Tobacco Industry News

Zimbabwe: Farmers welcome tobacco transformation plan

Farmers have welcomed the Tobacco Transformation Plan, which is aimed at boosting production through local funding. Government instituted a tobacco value addition and transformation roadmap under the National Value Chain Tobacco Transformation Plan last week, which is aimed at localising tobacco financing and transforming the industry into a US$5 billion industry by 2025. The plan is...

India: ‘Majority smokers against plan to ban sale of loose cigarettes’

They believe that this decision to reduce tobacco use may instead force smokers to buy full packs. New Delhi: An overwhelming majority of smokers do not support the proposal to ban the sale of loose cigarettes and designated smoking areas under the amendments in the law on cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a...

Big tobacco about to score big win in Ukraine, roll back excise tax

It has been 3.5 months since Ukraine’s government tripled the excise tax for heated tobacco products — it is now the same as the minimum tax for traditional cigarettes.  The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed this move. It was supposed to bring Hr 115.8 billion ($4.1 billion) to Ukraine’s budget by 2025, according to estimates...

BATN Foundation calls for entrepreneurship entries

The British America Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has commenced the second season of its Farmers for the Future (F4F) project, which is aimed at empowering young agricultural entrepreneurs in Nigeria. The scheme provides opportunities for young and enthusiastic farmers with viable agri-business models that are in need of equity-free capital to access grants for their...

Philippines: Ban foreign lobby groups, govt urged

CONSUMER groups promoting e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction asked the government to ban foreign groups that provide grants to influence local policies. Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippines Inc. (NCUP) and advocacy groups like the Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association (PECIA) and Vaper AKO said the country should follow India’s lead in banning non-government organizations involved...

Kenya: #ChooseToChallenge: Meet three manufacturing professionals who have found passion in supporting women and girls

Zipporah Kuria, Corporate Tax Manager, BAT Kenya "The complexities of the current world have made it difficult for young people to thrive, especially when they lack an adequate support system. With pressure coming from all angles – especially social media – we are seeing many cases of youth depression and general hopelessness in life. Due to...

New Report: India’s Anti‑Smoking Laws Are Ineffective

A 50-page report published by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), points out loopholes and weak areas in India’s current Tobacco Act, and calls for much needed amendments. Glaring gaps” in India’s tobacco control legislation make it “ineffective for regulating tobacco consumption and exposure to second-hand smoke,” argues the report. These concerns are...

Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates Says WHO Recommended Ban on Vaping Will Only Create More Smokers

World Health organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) meeting, delayed last year, could be the venue to push a global vape ban in November MANILA, Philippines, March 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of vapers across Asia could feel forced to return to smoking if a proposal from the World Health Organization (WHO) way on...

BAT Interested in Entering Cannabis Business

Global tobacco company launched its first CBD vapor product in the U.K. LONDON —British American Tobacco (BAT) plc is looking to get in the cannabis business—and has already started a pilot cannabidiol (CBD) vaping product in the U.K. The company’s chief marketing officer, Kingsley Wheaton, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” in February that CBD is one...