Jessica Miller | February 14, 2011
Forget the Marlboro man: China is the world’s cigarette king. The mainland produces—and consumes—more tobacco products than any other country in the world. The China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC), the state-run cash cow that holds an effective monopoly on the industry, is a source of good business for the party: in 2010, Big Tobacco paid 498.85 billion yuan (around $75 billion) in taxes to the Chinese government, according to the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration.
Jessica Miller | December 24, 2010
Leading cigarette manufacturers Godfrey Phillips India and ITC have resumed production after getting directions from the government on what kind of pictorial warnings should be displayed on the packets. When contacted, GPI Vice-President Marketing Neeta Kapur confirmed that the company has resumed production since Monday.
Jessica Miller | June 4, 2010
Raising taxes on tobacco products like Marlboro, Chesterfield, Lucky Strike etc is the only sure way of curbing smoking in the country, the health minister has said. “Tobacco is a killer and leads to environmental degradation. The finance ministry should increase taxes on tobacco products then people will find it expensive to smoke,” Stephen Malinga said in a speech read by Jacinta Amandua, the commissioner for health services.