Archive for February, 2013

Imperial hosting investor event

Imperial hosting investor event

| February 26, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco Group was due to host in London today an investor event focusing on the company’s strategies for sustainable growth and ‘delivering quality sales growth supported by cost and cash optimisation’. Imperial said that, during the presentations, it would state its intention of growing dividends by at least 10 per cent a year […]

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MEPs call for stronger anti-tobacco measures in products directive

MEPs call for stronger anti-tobacco measures in products directive

| February 25, 2013

Three members of the European Parliament have called for a more forceful Tobacco Products Directive than the one that will come into being if proposed revisions to the directive are put into effect, according to an Agence Europe story. The three MEPs are: Cristian Silviu Busoi, of Romania, co-president of the MEP Heart Group; Alojz […]

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New director appointed for US FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

New director appointed for US FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

| February 25, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration is replacing the head of its tobacco governance group with a former associate commissioner with ties to an anti-smoking advocacy group and a pharmaceutical company, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. Mitch Zeller J.D. is due to become director of the Center for Tobacco […]

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Parliamentarians ignore their own law on banning smoking in public places

Parliamentarians ignore their own law on banning smoking in public places

| February 25, 2013

Five laws banning tobacco smoking in public places have been introduced during the past 10 years only to be largely ignored by Greek smokers; so the government has vowed to impose yet another crackdown, according to a story in the Greek Reporter quoting a Kathimerini newspaper report. The Health Ministry’s general secretary, Christina Papanikolaou, has […]

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Unified Patent Court will ensure uniform applicability of patent law

Unified Patent Court will ensure uniform applicability of patent law

| February 25, 2013

The international agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC), which was signed last week in Brussels, is expected to ensure the uniform applicability of patent law throughout the EU’s signatory countries. According to a press note issued on behalf of the EU Council, the new court will avoid the occurrence of multiple court cases […]

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Fight breaks out over extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ireland

Fight breaks out over extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ireland

| February 25, 2013

Ireland’s revenue commissioners have rejected as inaccurate a survey claiming that the consumption of illicit cigarettes in the country rose to 28.2 per cent during 2012, up from 24.5 per cent during 2011, according to a story by Marie O’Halloran for the Irish Times. The commissioners said the survey did not distinguish between illicit products […]

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Government prepares for JT shares sale

Government prepares for JT shares sale

| February 25, 2013

The Japanese government is expected to offer for sale 333,333,200 of Japan Tobacco Inc’s common stock, according to a press note included on JT’s website earlier today. This secondary offer comprises 141,666,600 international and 191,666,600 Japanese shares. However, the final decision on the number of shares to be offered will be made by the shareholder, […]

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New Brazilian marketing deal agreed

New Brazilian marketing deal agreed

| February 25, 2013

NewCo and Tabacos Venus (previously Interfumos) have signed a co-operation agreement for the marketing of all of the Brazilian tobaccos contracted by Tabacos Venus. Interfumos changed its name to Tabacos Venus when it started negotiating to sell its factory at Venâncio Aires. The name of the factory’s new owner is due to be announced shortly, […]

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JTI welcomes call for inquiry into tobacco lobbying at European Commission

JTI welcomes call for inquiry into tobacco lobbying at European Commission

| February 22, 2013

Japan Tobacco International said today that it welcomed a proposal by some members of the European Parliament for a special inquiry into tobacco lobbying at the European Commission. “Open and transparent lobbying activities to inform elected officials and civil servants over policy decision-making clearly serve the public interest,” said Thierry Lebeaux, head of EU affairs […]

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Campaigners want a consumer-focused tobacco bill not a business-focused bill

Campaigners want a consumer-focused tobacco bill not a business-focused bill

| February 22, 2013

Indonesia’s National Commission on Tobacco Control (KNPT) has called on the House of Representatives to draft a new bill aimed at protecting consumers from the adverse impacts of tobacco, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The commission wants the House to drop plans for the tobacco bill that is already scheduled for inclusion […]

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Maxim design aims for one big impact

Maxim design aims for one big impact

| February 22, 2013

KT&G is putting one million limited-edition packs of its The One Impact cigarette on the market for a four-week period, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The outer packaging of The One Impact Maxim Edition was designed in collaboration with Maxim, said to be the world’s best-selling men’s monthly magazine. The aim is […]

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Standardized packaging could extend to alcohol, fast food and soft drinks

Standardized packaging could extend to alcohol, fast food and soft drinks

| February 21, 2013

One of the organizations that contributed to New Zealand’s public consultation on standardized packaging for tobacco products is concerned that the decision to go ahead with imposing such a requirement will set a precedent for other products, according to a Yahoo! New Zealand News story. The New Zealand government has said that it is to […]

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Chile prepares for tobacco smoking ban

Chile prepares for tobacco smoking ban

| February 21, 2013

Chile’s anti-tobacco lobby is looking forward to the imposition of a new law that is due, from March 1, to ban tobacco smoking in enclosed public places such as pubs, restaurants and discos, according to a UPI story quoting The Santiago Times. Co-ordinator Lezak Shallat, of Chile’s Free Tobacco organization, said smoking cost the country […]

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Japanese government prepares to sell shares in Japan Tobacco

Japanese government prepares to sell shares in Japan Tobacco

| February 21, 2013

The Japanese government’s sale of a $10 billion stake in Japan Tobacco Inc. is expected to kick off within days after bankers met on Tuesday to discuss details of  the sale, according to a Reuters story quoting ‘sources close to the deal’. Japan’s Ministry of Finance, which owns just more than 50 per cent of […]

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Malawi sales season set to start in March

Malawi sales season set to start in March

| February 21, 2013

Malawi’s tobacco selling season is due to open in the middle of March, according to a Zodiak Malawi story quoting the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC). The TCC chief, Dr. Bruce Munthali, said that tobacco sales at Lilongwe, Limbe and Chinkhoma would start during the second week of March, while the Mzuzu auction floors would open […]

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Swedish Match reports sales increase

Swedish Match reports sales increase

| February 21, 2013

Swedish Match’s sales for the year to the end of December, at SEK12,486 million, were up by seven per cent on those of 2011. And sales during the fourth quarter of 2012, at SEK3,148 million, were up by three per cent on those of the fourth quarter of 2011. Calculated in local currencies, sales for […]

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