Archive for February, 2013

Andhra Pradesh aiming to have 50 tobacco-free villages by end of May

Andhra Pradesh aiming to have 50 tobacco-free villages by end of May

| February 15, 2013

Efforts are being made in Andhra Pradesh, India, to have 50 villages declared tobacco-free by the end of May. After the village of Pongalipaka in the Madugula division of the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra hit the headlines for becoming the state’s first tobacco-free village on May 31, 2012, efforts have been under way to make […]

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David Eckles passes away

David Eckles passes away

| February 14, 2013

David Eckles, a well-known and respected figure in the international tobacco industry for more than 40 years, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, following a short illness. He was 76. Eckles was instrumental in the development of TABEXPO and served as organizer of the 1994 and 1998 events. Prior to creating TABEXPO with his partners, […]

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Lorillard’s cigarette shipments down in 2012 but up in final quarter

Lorillard’s cigarette shipments down in 2012 but up in final quarter

| February 14, 2013

Lorillard’s domestic shipment volumes during the 12 months to the end of December 2012, at 39,490,890,000, were down by 1.4 per cent on those of the previous 12 months. Including shipments to Puerto Rico and US Possessions, shipments were down by 1.4 per cent to 40,152,192,000. Shipments of Newport cigarettes fell by 1.8 per cent […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| February 14, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast of a presentation and question-and-answer session by its CFO, Jacek Olczak, at the Consumer Analyst Group of New   York (CAGNY) Conference. The entire session will be available in listen-only mode at www.pmi.com starting about 09.15 hours Eastern Time on February 20. An archived […]

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Imperial collects second award in Poland

Imperial collects second award in Poland

| February 14, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s operation in Poland has been handed a prestigious award by the nation’s leading business organisation. The ‘Diamond to the Gold Statuette of the Business Leader’ was awarded in recognition of Imperial’s social and economic contribution to Polish society. The award was made at the annual Grand Gala of Business Leaders held in Warsaw […]

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Moist snuff helps RAI transform its tobacco sales volume

Moist snuff helps RAI transform its tobacco sales volume

| February 13, 2013

R.J Reynolds Tobacco’s US domestic cigarette volume during the year to the end of December, at 68.9 billion, was down by 5.6 per cent on that of 2011. Pall Mall volume fell by 0.6 per cent to 21.9 billion and Camel volume fell by 2.3 per cent to 21.2 billion; so the company’s total ‘growth […]

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Public-places tobacco-smoking ban passed by Russian parliament

Public-places tobacco-smoking ban passed by Russian parliament

| February 13, 2013

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, yesterday approved in its third and final reading a bill banning tobacco smoking in public places, according to an RT TV/TV Novosti story. The ban, which is due to take effect on June 1, was passed by a 441 votes to one. The bill envisages a gradual […]

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On-line campaign urges those opposed to standardized packaging to lobby MPs

On-line campaign urges those opposed to standardized packaging to lobby MPs

| February 13, 2013

Opponents of the standardized packaging of tobacco on Monday launched an online campaign urging people in the UK to lobby their members of parliament about the issue. Hands Off Our Packs, the campaign set up and run by the smokers’ group Forest, has launched a new website that supporters hope will encourage thousands of people […]

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WTO compliance issue rumbles on between the Philippines and Thailand

WTO compliance issue rumbles on between the Philippines and Thailand

| February 12, 2013

The Philippines is putting further pressure on Thailand to comply fully and in a timely manner with a World Trade Organization ruling in respect of a cigarette excise tax dispute between the two countries, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. This follows the Philippines’ implementation of a new excise tax law on distilled […]

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Banking on Innovia Films

Banking on Innovia Films

| February 12, 2013

UK-based Innovia Films has agreed to buy the Reserve Bank of Australia’s 50 per cent share in Securency International Pty Ltd, which, since 1998, has been owned by Innovia and the bank in a 50/50 joint venture. The acquisition is being funded from Innovia’s existing cash reserves and is expected to be completed on February […]

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E-cigarettes and this sporting life

E-cigarettes and this sporting life

| February 12, 2013

In a re-play of the tobacco industry’s former close connection with sport, Totally Wicked, a supplier of electronic cigarettes, on the weekend announced a sponsorship deal with St Helens’ RFC, one of England’s top rugby league clubs. According to a PRNewswire story, under the deal, the club’s Langtree Park North Stand is to be renamed […]

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Move over Romeo y Julieta, here comes The Merchant of Venice

Move over Romeo y Julieta, here comes The Merchant of Venice

| February 12, 2013

Tourists heading for Cuba with the idea of taking pictures of locals happily puffing away at quality cigars are likely to be disappointed. At least that is the picture painted by Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez, writing in the Huffington Post. In a piece relayed by the TMA, Sanchez said that it was becoming increasingly difficult […]

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White House petitioned by e-cigarette users fearful of FDA intentions

White House petitioned by e-cigarette users fearful of FDA intentions

| February 11, 2013

US vapers are submitting a petition to urge the White House to take action to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from enacting unnecessary, burdensome regulations that could effectively ban the sale of many electronic cigarettes, according to a press note issued through USNewswire. The White House required 25,000 signatures to be collected in one […]

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Getting on top of cigarette litter

Getting on top of cigarette litter

| February 11, 2013

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has reported an average 55 per cent reduction in cigarette litter within the communities that implemented its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) during 2012, according to a press note issued through USNewswire. In 2012, the program’s 10th year, there were 195 grant-supported implementations across the US in a variety of places […]

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Norway’s Health Minister firm on snus

Norway’s Health Minister firm on snus

| February 11, 2013

A commission of health care experts has proposed a new list of restrictions to discourage consumption of tobacco and alcohol in Norway, but Heath Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, apparently thinks they went too far, according to a story on newsinenglish.no. He quickly rejected several of their recommendations. The commission had wanted to ban snus in […]

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Chewing tobacco bans in India work to depress menthol prices

Chewing tobacco bans in India work to depress menthol prices

| February 11, 2013

Menthol prices in India have fallen due to the bans that have been imposed in some states on certain types of chewing tobacco, according to a story by Keshav Seth for TopNews. The FMCG company, Emami, was quoted as saying that it was enjoying lower raw material costs because of the bans and a growth […]

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Work as art

Work as art

| February 11, 2013

The Cultivation of Tobacco, the monumental artwork created in 1960 by the husband-and-wife Greek engravers, Tassos (Anastasios Alevizos), and Loukia Maggiorou, is returning to Stavroupouli in Thessaloniki, according to a story by Nicky Mariam Onti for the Greek Reporter The masterpiece shows men and women engaged in the cultivation and processing of tobacco in all […]

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Altria to webcast conference presentation

Altria to webcast conference presentation

| February 11, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference in Boca   Raton, Florida, starting about 13.45 hours Eastern Time on February 19. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode at www.altria.com, will feature a presentation by chairman and […]

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Imperial’s market manager earns medal for customer engagement in Finland

Imperial’s market manager earns medal for customer engagement in Finland

| February 11, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s market manager in Finland has been honoured for excellence in customer engagement by one of the country’s largest retail organizations. Kari Heikkila was recently guest of honour at the centenary dinner for the Finnish K-Retailers’ Association, where he was presented with a medal in recognition of his efforts working with trade partners over […]

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Universal reports $107 million income for nine months

Universal reports $107 million income for nine months

| February 8, 2013

Universal Corp. reported net income of $106.6 million for the nine months ending Dec. 31, up from $66.3 million for the same period of the previous fiscal year. Revenues increased by 1 percent to $1.8 billion for the first nine months of fiscal year 2013, mostly as a result of higher volumes from carryover crop […]

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Sikkel new CEO Alliance One

Sikkel new CEO Alliance One

| February 8, 2013

Pieter Sikkel will become president and chief executive officer of Alliance One International on March 1. Sikkel is currently the company’s president and a member of its board of directors. Mark W. Kehaya, currently chairman of the board of directors and interim CEO, will continue as nonexecutive chairman of the board of directors and will […]

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ATD Machinery declares independence

ATD Machinery declares independence

| February 8, 2013

ATD Machinery of the Netherlands has become an independent company, ATD Machinery BV, as of Jan. 1, 2013. Previously the technical department of Agio Cigars, ATD has over the years evolved into a full-fledged supplier of machinery to the global cigar industry. To learn more about the newly independent ATD Machinery, visit www.atdmachinery.nl.

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Goldman to lead new Swisher division

Goldman to lead new Swisher division

| February 7, 2013

Alex Goldman has joined Swisher International as president of its new premium cigars division, Royal Gold Cigars. Goldman’s tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience. “Alex’s leadership of House of Oxford/Mom’s Cigars as its owner and president for the past 20 years positions […]

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New pouch manufacturing solution from TDC

New pouch manufacturing solution from TDC

| February 7, 2013

Technical Development Corp. (TDC) of the Netherlands, a sister company of International Tobacco Machinery, has developed the Osiris, a new nonstop inline pouch-manufacturing machine. Using advanced and reliable technology, the machine can produce perfectly shaped pouches without compromising flexibility, according to TDC. The Osiris can produce pouches with a variety of specifications. Width and height […]

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| February 6, 2013

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