Archive - August 2008

Highest court upholds tax code

The Supreme Court has declared as constitutional a section of the tax code that levies higher taxes on cigarette brands introduced to the market after...

Lawmakers push for plain packaging

Lawmakers are calling for graphic-based health warnings on cigarette packs and are poised to file a bill which advocates plain packaging reports the Philippine...

Star Scientific wins appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the federal circuit overturned a previous ruling in favour of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco on Monday in a patent lawsuit filed by...

Government encourages crop diversification

The government has set up a Rs 5,000-crore (EUR 776 million) fund to finance tobacco farmers diversifying into other crops such as oilseeds, soybeans and...

Tobacco merger to create industry leader

Hongyun Group and Honghe Group, two major tobacco firms based in southwest China's Yunnan province, plan to merge to form the world's fourth-largest...

Case against R.J. Reynolds to proceed

A Vermont judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging claims by tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds that its Eclipse cigarette is healthier to smoke than the average...

BAT pulls out brand

British American Tobacco (BAT) has pulled its Pall Mall brand from the Philippine market due to a high excise tax rate imposed on imported cigarette...

Lawmakers pass Native American tobacco tax

State lawmakers in New York have given final passage to a measure that would end tax-free cigarette sales by Native American retailers to non-tribal members.

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