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[France] French public sector scheme Ircantec to divest from tobacco

The €9.8bn French public sector pension scheme Ircantec is pulling out of the tobacco industry, a decision affecting some €20m of investments. Jean-Pierre Costes, president of Ircantec’s board of directors, told IPE that it made the decision for several
IPE.com / Investments and Pensions Europe (uk)
added Mar 31, 2018 14:13
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[Europe] Italy sentences leaders of black market cigarette ring

A criminal court in the northern Italian city of Turin has sentenced several individuals to prison and ordered the seizure of millions of euros worth of assets as part of a major trans-national tobacco contraband case that has involved law enforcement off
New Europe
added Mar 31, 2018 14:13
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[UK] Chopped up Ferrari cars found in £3 million haul in Birmingham raid Police swoop on container base and also discover alcohol and cigarettes

As well supercar parts including steering wheels and brakes, they have also found counterfeit alcohol and tobacco with an estimated value of £3m.
Birmingham Mail (uk)
added Mar 31, 2018 14:13
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[Canada] New Brunswick RCMP charge Ontario man with weapons, tobacco offences

The Mounties say that on Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m. officers stopped a car at a check stop on Highway 2. Police say they seized a firearm and illegal tobacco after searching the vehicle. Lyman Chatman was remanded into police custody and appea
Global News (ca)
added Mar 31, 2018 14:12
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[Europe] Vaping Not Out of Flavor

According to Euromonitor International, closed vaping systems edged out the competition in 2016, $2.120 billion versus $2.108 billion. However, analysts anticipate that difference to multiply exponentially over the next few years—a forecast of 23.6% comp
Convenience Store Decisions
added Mar 31, 2018 14:12
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[UK, Tennessee] AGRAFIOTIS: Vape advocate: Scientific evidence clears the air on vaping as tobacco harm reduction

John Newton, Director for Health Improvement at PHE said, “It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about their safety.”
Nooga.com
added Mar 31, 2018 14:12
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[Canada] SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON TAXATION AND DISPARITIES IN SMOKING

Although smoking rates in Canada remain substantially higher among lower socioeconomic groups, similar reductions have been achieved among all socioeconomic groups over the past 20 years—the period with the largest absolute increases in tobacco taxes.
Canadian Medical Association Journal (ca)
added Mar 31, 2018 14:12
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[UK-Northern Ireland] E-cigarette ads banned after racism claims upheld

A series of adverts in Belfast have been banned after being branded as racist. The billboard poster for Nicofresh electronic cigarettes featured an elderly white woman sitting on a couch alongside a young black man. The man had his arms around the woma
Irish Examiner (ie)
added Mar 30, 2018 19:46
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[Europe] EU takes aim at U.S. ag, textile, tobacco products in response to steel, aluminum tariffs

The European Union is proposing new tariffs on U.S. agriculture, textile, tobacco and a host of other products in response to the Trump administration’s plan to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.
World Trade Online [Inside U.S. Trade]
added Mar 30, 2018 19:42
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[Europe] #OLAF prioritizes terrorist financing and cigarette smuggling

The smuggling of cigarettes and other tobacco products is a global phenomenon which, in the EU alone, results in an annual loss of more than €10 billion in public revenue. A KPMG study commissioned by RUSI last year, analyzing the illicit cigarette mark
EU Reporter (uk)
added Mar 30, 2018 19:41
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