Regional Updates

Smoking civil servants in Penang to receive free nicotine treatment, 13/09/09

GEORGE TOWN: Civil servants who smoke are eligible to receive free nicotine treatment provided by the state government in a move to turn Penang into a smoke-free state. State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said he hoped to encourage people to quit smoking by starting with civil servants. “It …

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Tobacco firm sees up to 15% decline, 14/09/09

  PROSPECTS for the local tobacco industry have become dimmer with legislated tax hikes aggravating the weakening of demand for cigarette products amid the slow economy, according to a tobacco executive. In a chance interview, Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. president Chris Nelson said the total industry could go down by 10% to 15% this year, …

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New council member named suspect in cigarette fraud case, 11/09/09

The Malang customs and excise office (KPPBC) has busted a syndicate that produced and distributed cigarettes bearing improper excise stickers, an official said Thursday. The syndicate allegedly involved a recently-elected member of the Malang Legislative Council. Head of the KPPBC’s intelligence and execution section, Rudi Hery Kurniawan, said that during a raid held earlier this …

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Efforts to ban cigarette ads continue-15/09/09

The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) said Saturday it would stop its campaign for an end to cigarette promotion. “The commission will continue its campaign to ban cigarette advertising. We are trying to push the health bill into law before the current House of Representatives members finish their term,” said Cahya Shima Dewi, …

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Take measures to arrest the illicit sale of tobacco-Dr. Mary Assunta-24/09/09

I REFER to “BAT cooperating fully with Govt” (The Star, Sept 17) and wish to comment on several statements that do not provide an accurate picture of the reality and is contrary to the international tobacco treaty (FCTC) that Malaysia has ratified. Contrary to British American Tobacco’s (BAT) claim, law enforcement is indeed the responsibility …

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BAT cooperating fully with Govt-Letters, the Star online

WE refer to “Increase tax on cigarettes” (The Star, Sept 12). BAT Malaysia feels compelled to correct some statements outlined in the article on illicit trade in cigarettes in Malaysia. The writer asks: “Does that mean that many of the contraband cigarettes are his (BAT’s) own company brands?” We would like to state that accord­ing …

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Philip Morris to build Subic warehouse-25/08/09

Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI) has signed a 50-year lease agreement with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), increasing the company’s investment here and paving the way for the construction of a P1-billion tobacco leaf regional warehouse. In the lease agreement signed by SBMA administrator Armand Arreza and PMPMI managing director Christopher Nelson on Tuesday …

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