May 3, 2016

Tobacco tax hike to add billions to Australia's coffers

Smokers in Australia could pay approximately $40 Australian dollars ($30) for a pack of cigarettes from 2020, under revenue-boosting budget measures announced Tuesday. The cost of cigarettes will rise 12.5 percent every year, starting from 2017, with a packet currently costing around AU$25, according ...

Mar 23, 2016

France orders plain packaging for cigarettes; Japan Tobacco to appeal

France published a decree on Tuesday that requires cigarette manufacturers to introduce plain packaging by the end of the year. Japan Tobacco International immediately said it would challenge the measure. The publication of the decree was the culmination of government efforts launched in 2014 ...

Feb 17, 2015

Japan Tobacco acquires rights to U.S. firm Ploom Brand

Japan Tobacco Inc. said Tuesday its international division, Japan Tobacco International, has acquired patents and trademarks related to the tobacco vaporization device business from U.S. company Ploom Inc. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Ploom will buy back the 27 percent equity ...