Archive for March, 2013

Taiwan’s need for cigarette health surcharge increase questioned

Taiwan’s need for cigarette health surcharge increase questioned

| March 7, 2013

The price of a pack of cigarettes in Taiwan could be increased to at least NT$100 if the tobacco surcharge is raised to NT$40, as has been suggested, according to a story by Joy Lee for The China Post quoting the chairman of the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corp, Hsu An-hsuan. The director general of […]

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Designers offered unique chance to see the wood and the trees – and much else

Designers offered unique chance to see the wood and the trees – and much else

| March 7, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard, manufacturer of Invercote, is inviting designers from around the world to participate in a unique learning experience. “We tried this for the first time in 2012 and the appreciation and enthusiasm we got from the participating designers was overwhelming,” said Staffan Sjöberg, public relations manager at Iggesund Paperboard. “So we’ll do it again.” […]

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Parkside celebrates three years in Malaysia

Parkside celebrates three years in Malaysia

| March 6, 2013

Parkside Flexibles is celebrating the three-year anniversary of its manufacturing facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The plant—the company’s first outside of the United Kingdom—was opened in March 2010 by the Malaysian deputy minister of international trade and industry, Dato Mukriz Matathir. The facility has enabled Parkside to shorten lead times and improve service levels for […]

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Smokers to pick up bill for additional welfare spending in Korea

Smokers to pick up bill for additional welfare spending in Korea

| March 6, 2013

The Korea Tobacco Association (KTA), a civic group that advocates smokers’ rights, has come out strongly against a government plan to raise cigarette taxes to secure funding for President Park Geun-hye’s welfare pledges, according to a story in The Korea Times. A KTA spokesman was quoted as saying that price hikes were acceptable only when […]

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Raise legal smoking age from 18 to 21 says Texas senator

Raise legal smoking age from 18 to 21 says Texas senator

| March 6, 2013

Texas state senator, Carlos Uresti, is calling for the legal smoking age to be raised from 18 to 21, according to a report by Karen Grace for KVUE. Uresti says that more than 503,000 people now under the age of 18 will die prematurely from tobacco-related illnesses. “If this bill passes, 33 per cent of […]

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Average price down over first 12 days of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured sales

Average price down over first 12 days of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured sales

| March 6, 2013

The first 12 days of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured sales season saw what a Newsday story referred to as a marginal increase in volumes to 8.9 million kg, but a five per cent drop in the value of those sales to $31 million. The average price of $3.42 per kg was down from last season’s $3.60 per […]

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Pfizer agreed to settle most Chantix quit-drug lawsuits for about $273 million

Pfizer agreed to settle most Chantix quit-drug lawsuits for about $273 million

| March 6, 2013

Pfizer has agreed to settle the majority of lawsuits alleging its smoking cessation drug, Chantix, caused suicide and injuries, according to a Thomson Reuters story quoting the company’s annual filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The drug maker last year entered into agreements to settle about 80 per cent of the more than 2,700 […]

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Imperial sales force recognized in Greece

Imperial sales force recognized in Greece

| March 6, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s sales force in Greece has won a national Sales Force of the Year award for the second consecutive year. The Sales Excellence Awards run by the National Greek Sales Institute (NGSI) acknowledge and reward best practice across all business sectors. The NGSI initiative culminated in a presentation ceremony in Athens where Nikos Nikiforidis, […]

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Anti-farmer provision removed from Bangladesh’s new draft tobacco law

Anti-farmer provision removed from Bangladesh’s new draft tobacco law

| March 5, 2013

Two provisions have been dropped from the final draft of an anti-tobacco law in Bangladesh following lobbying from tobacco companies, according to a story in The Daily Star. One of the provisions that have been dropped would have prevented farmers from obtaining soft loans or subsidies for tobacco cultivation. The other would have prevented separate […]

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Public debate sought on e-cigarettes

Public debate sought on e-cigarettes

| March 5, 2013

Israel’s Health Ministry is asking for public feedback on electronic cigarettes before deciding whether or not to ban them, according to a story by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich for the Jerusalem Post. This is despite a ministry committee’s having recommended that the marketing, import and use of e-cigarettes be prohibited for five years and that the prohibition […]

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Iggesund inspires in Japanese too

Iggesund inspires in Japanese too

| March 5, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard’s magazine, Inspire, which aims to convey inspiration about paperboard, paperboard packaging and design, is now available also in Japanese. Inspire, which has a print run of almost 20,000 copies and which is distributed around the world, was published already in Swedish, English, French, German and Mandarin. But the current issue, now being distributed, […]

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Price reduction in Vogue

Price reduction in Vogue

| March 5, 2013

British American Tobacco Korea said yesterday that it would reduce the price of its Vogue cigarettes to WON2,300 from WON2,500 per pack beginning March 14, according to a story in The Korea Times. There are three products under the Vogue brand name – Vogue 1 mg, Vogue Bleue 1 mg and Vogue 0.3 mg. “We […]

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PMI agrees to buy more Greek oriental

PMI agrees to buy more Greek oriental

| March 4, 2013

Philip Morris International and its affiliate, Papastratos Cigarette Manufacturing, say they have reached an agreement with the Greek government regarding the purchase of Greek oriental tobacco during the next three years. The co-operation agreement was signed by the Minister of Agriculture, Athanassios Tsaftaris, and PMI’s COO, André Calantzopoulos, in the presence of the Prime Minister, […]

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JT completes acquisition of Nakhla

JT completes acquisition of Nakhla

| March 4, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that the JT Group had completed the acquisition of Al Nakhla Tobacco Company S.A.E. and Al Nakhla Tobacco Company – Free Zone S.A.E. (collectively, Nakhla). The acquisition was announced in a statement issued on November 16. Nakhla, with two factories, one in Cairo and one in Shebin El Kom, Egypt, […]

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Innovia completes Securency acquisition

Innovia completes Securency acquisition

| March 4, 2013

The Innovia Group said on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) shareholding in Securency International and was now sole owner of the company. And as of Friday, Securency International was renamed Innovia Security Pty Ltd (in Australia) and Innovia Security S.A. de C.V. (in Mexico). ‘Innovia Security […]

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Cuban cigar sales up in 2012

Cuban cigar sales up in 2012

| March 4, 2013

Cuban cigar sales rose last year despite the continuing economic crisis in some of its most important European markets, including its number one buyer, Spain, according to an Associated Press Newswires story quoting state-run tobacco company officials. Sales had totaled $416 million in 2012, Habanos SA representatives told reporters at a press conference held to […]

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Imperial’s half year results due April 30

Imperial’s half year results due April 30

| March 4, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco Group’s half year results for the six months to March 31 are expected to be released on April 30. The interim dividend is due to be paid on August 16 to shareholders on the register at July 19.

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JTI appoints new MD for UK

JTI appoints new MD for UK

| March 4, 2013

Japan Tobacco International has appointed its regional sales and marketing vice-president for the Asia region as the new managing director of its UK division, according to a story by Alex Ralph for The Times. Jorge da Motta, who has been based in Hong Kong, will replace Martin Southgate who retired last month.

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Cigarette shortages following graphic warning requirement

Cigarette shortages following graphic warning requirement

| March 1, 2013

Cigarettes have been in short supply in Sri Lanka since the Ceylon Tobacco Co. (CTC) stopped distributing them on Feb. 27, reports Daily Mirror. A new law requires cigarette manufacturers print pictorial health warnings on its packs before releasing them to the market. The CTC went to court over the new regulations, which were introduced […]

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Hauni acquires Borgwaldt

Hauni acquires Borgwaldt

| March 1, 2013

Hauni Maschinenbau is acquiring the Borgwaldt Group, a supplier of measurement/analysis equipment and flavors for cigarette and filter production. Based in Hamburg, Germany, the Borgwaldt Group has around 150 employees worldwide. “We are delighted to welcome a globally recognized technology specialist with Borgwaldt Group as the youngest member of the Hauni family,” said Christopher Somm, […]

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Alberta looks set to legislate against flavored tobacco products

Alberta looks set to legislate against flavored tobacco products

| March 1, 2013

The results of a new survey indicating that a high percentage of teenager tobacco users in Alberta, Canada, consume flavored products are being used by anti-tobacco lobbyists to call for a ban on such products. According to a story by Keith Gerein for the Edmonton Journal, the 2010-11 Youth Smoking Survey conducted by Health Canada […]

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KT&G voluntarily removes ‘lights’ and ‘mild’ descriptors from packs

KT&G voluntarily removes ‘lights’ and ‘mild’ descriptors from packs

| March 1, 2013

KT&G is in the process of removing descriptors such as ‘lights’ from its packs even though it is under no legal obligation to do so, according to a story in The Korea Herald. In September, the Korean government tried to revise the National Health Promotion Law to include a ban on words that might misrepresent […]

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Keeping the screws on smokers

Keeping the screws on smokers

| March 1, 2013

Cigarettes have become more affordable in Sri Lanka during the past 10 years. A recent story in the Daily Mirror newspaper said that a study conducted on behalf of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) by Verité Research had shown that in 2010, cigarettes were relatively cheaper than they were in 2000. In […]

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