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WORLD

WTO to rule on plain-pack panel in April

17 Apr 2014. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 25 April will hear two requests for an arbitration panel to decide whether Australian plain-packaging requirements for tobacco products violate international trade rules, Agence-France Presse reported.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Imperial to shutter two cigarette factories

15 Apr 2014. Imperial Tobacco will close two European cigarette factories over the next two years to boost competitiveness in a market where volume is declining, the company said.
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AUSTRALIA

Arbitrators divide plain-pack complaint, PMI says

15 Apr 2014. Arbitrators in Philip Morris International’s (PMI) challenge of Australian plain packaging for tobacco products will hear jurisdictional objections from the Canberra government before opening the main case, according to PMI.
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KOREA

Health agency sues three tobacco companies

14 Apr 2014. National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) filed suit against KT&G and the Korean subsidiaries of Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco to recover health costs associated with treating smokers, the Korean Herald said.
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ZIMBABWE

Leaf selling for less than year ago

10 Apr 2014. Growers have delivered nine million kilogrammes more tobacco so far this year but earnings have not risen due to lower prices for poor quality leaf, according to the Zimbabwe Herald.
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KOREA

High court upholds KT&G in landmark suit

10 Apr 2014. The Supreme Court ruled against claims by four smokers that smoking KT&G products caused their cancer, ending a 15-year battle to hold the cigarette company accountable, the Korea Herald said.
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ETHIOPIA

State may sell tobacco monopoly

09 Apr 2014. The government is negotiating with the minority investor in National Tobacco Enterprises (NTE) to sell its controlling stake in the monopoly, an Addis Ababa newspaper reported.
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CHINA

WHO report urges graphic warnings

09 Apr 2014. Text admonitions on cigarette packs are not deterring Chinese smokers, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report that urges adoption of large pictorial warnings.
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UNITED STATES

Alliance One and IOTO form e-liquid JV

08 Apr 2014. Alliance One International (AOI) and IOTO International created a US-based joint venture to produce and distribute e-liquids for the growing e-cigarette market, the companies said.
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NETHERLANDS

PMI in talks to close Bergen op Zoom factory

07 Apr 2014. Philip Morris International (PMI) plans to end cigarette production at Bergen op Zoom in response to falling European sales and a negative regulatory climate, the company said.
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