Archive for August, 2013

Altria quarterly dividend declared

Altria quarterly dividend declared

| August 27, 2013

Altria said on Friday that its board of directors had voted to increase the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 9.1 percent from $0.44 to $0.48 per common share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 10 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 16. The ex-dividend date is Sept. 12, 2013. The new annualized dividend rate […]

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Deadline approaching for crucial EU Tobacco Products Directive vote

Deadline approaching for crucial EU Tobacco Products Directive vote

| August 23, 2013

With members of the European Parliament due to vote on a proposed new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on Sept. 10, the U.K. smokers’ lobby group Forest has revised its No Thank EU campaign. The revised TPD, if passed in its present form, would, among other things, ban menthol and slim cigarettes, ban small pouches of […]

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No health concerns from e-cigarettes

No health concerns from e-cigarettes

| August 23, 2013

A recent U.S. study has found that chemicals in electronic cigarettes pose no health concerns for users or bystanders, according to a press note from the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) released through PRNewswire. The study, by professor Igor Burstyn, of the Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is said to […]

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Flue-cured field day set for September 5

Flue-cured field day set for September 5

| August 23, 2013

The Virovitica-based Hrvatski Duhani is to host the Flue-cured Tobacco Field Day 2013 in Croatia on Sept. 5. This, the 14th such event, will start on Sept. 4 with a welcome dinner at the Pustara Višnjica hotel. Sept. 5 will be devoted to visiting tobacco fields and trials. In announcing the event, Hrvatski Duhani said it […]

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Anti-smoking campaigns have rural aims

Anti-smoking campaigns have rural aims

| August 23, 2013

Cigarette sales in Sri Lanka have gone down by 7 percent during the past several months due to the government’s efforts at discouraging smoking, according to a Daily News story quoting Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena. And now the ministry is waiting on a court judgement that is expected to give it the go-ahead to require […]

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Tobacco firms “slipping” into Myanmar

Tobacco firms “slipping” into Myanmar

| August 22, 2013

While some of the world’s biggest companies were trumpeting their arrival in Myanmar, tobacco manufacturers were slipping into the country without fanfare, according to an Associated Press story. British American Tobacco was said to have “shepherded a select audience of government officials to a low-key ceremony last month where it formalized a $50 million investment […]

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Researchers demand supply-side market

Researchers demand supply-side market

| August 22, 2013

The New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores (NZACS) has come out strongly against a suggestion that the government should consider banning convenience stores and dairies from selling tobacco products, according to Scoop and NZ City stories. Otago University researchers say that tobacco is too readily available, and that retail outlets are especially prevalent near schools […]

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Tobacco growing and manufacturing to be banned in United Arab Emirates

Tobacco growing and manufacturing to be banned in United Arab Emirates

| August 22, 2013

The United  Arab Emirates has agreed a comprehensive federal anti-tobacco will come into force next year, according to a story in the Khaleej Times. Under the new law, growing or manufacturing tobacco for commercial purposes will be banned. Existing manufacturing plants have been given a grace period of 10 years, but tobacco farmers have been […]

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E-cigarettes investigated by police

E-cigarettes investigated by police

| August 22, 2013

A decision to allow police in Cambridgeshire, U.K., to use electronic cigarettes at work has been upheld following a review over health scares. According to a story in the Cambridge News, the Cambridgeshire force’s Executive Board (EB) had been asked by the force’s “People Board” to reconsider the decision to allow the use of electronic […]

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Canadian trial provides “opportunity”

Canadian trial provides “opportunity”

| August 21, 2013

After a two-month break, the Blais and Létourneau class actions trial against Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. and other Canadian tobacco companies resumed on Monday in the Quebec Superior Court before Mr. Justice Brian Riordan. According to an Imperial press note, the case, which is the first of its kind in Canada, is providing Imperial and […]

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FCTC means no harm to tobacco industry

FCTC means no harm to tobacco industry

| August 21, 2013

Indonesia’s Health Ministry is trying to push the country into ratifying the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi recently told reporters that her ministry had asked the president for permission to ratify the treaty. Nafsiah said that while Indonesia was one of the 192 countries that had formulated […]

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Imperial’s Australian packaging getting greener—and not just plain olive green

Imperial’s Australian packaging getting greener—and not just plain olive green

| August 21, 2013

While news about cigarette packaging in Australia has focused recently on legislation requiring that it be made to look ugly, some positive developments have been going on behind the scenes. Imperial Tobacco’s Australian (ITA) business, for instance, has reported that it has been recognized by the government for its “careful approach to product packaging.” ITA […]

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Logical outcome

Logical outcome

| August 21, 2013

LOGIC Technology is continuing to outperform its U.S. competitors in sales of electronic cigarettes per distribution point, according to a LOGIC press note quoting figures from Nielsen’s latest Item Rank Report. The Nielsen report, based on sales from convenience stores nationwide, posits LOGIC electronic cigarettes as the only major brand demonstrating increased sales since the […]

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Turkey has fewer tobacco users smoking fewer cigarettes post public-places ban

Turkey has fewer tobacco users smoking fewer cigarettes post public-places ban

| August 20, 2013

The number of tobacco users in Turkey has fallen by about 7.5 percent since 2008, while cigarette consumption has fallen by more than 10 percent, according to a Cihan News Agency story quoting data from the Turkish Statistics Institute. In 2008, 31.2 percent of people aged 15 or over—about 16 million people—used tobacco on a […]

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Packaging plan threatens shops, jobs

Packaging plan threatens shops, jobs

| August 20, 2013

Hundreds of shops would be forced to close and more than 3,000 jobs would be lost if the Scottish government were to go ahead with its plans to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a story by Eddie Barnes for The Scotsman quoting new research. A paper by the Centre for Economics and Business […]

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Growing tobacco at home is taxing work

Growing tobacco at home is taxing work

| August 20, 2013

British people caught farming their own tobacco have been warned they could face a hefty penalty if they do not pay duty on it, according to a story in The Star. With 20 cigarettes retailing at about £7-£8 and 25 g of fine cut retailing at about £8, some smokers have taken to growing their […]

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Turkey’s tobacco exports booming

Turkey’s tobacco exports booming

| August 20, 2013

Turkey is expected this year to export tobacco worth more than $1 billion, which would represent an 18.3 percent increase on last year’s exports, worth $845 million, according to a Hurriyet story quoting data supplied by the Turkish exporters’ association. In July, the value of the country’s tobacco exports surged to $90.3 million, up 120 […]

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Altria employees provide grants of nearly $3 million to local communities

Altria employees provide grants of nearly $3 million to local communities

| August 20, 2013

The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) said last week that it had awarded more than $2.9 million in grants to 140 nonprofit organizations based in some of its operating communities. “Given these difficult economic times, many nonprofits are in more need than ever to continue their missions to address acute needs in their communities,” […]

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Lorillard declares dividend

Lorillard declares dividend

| August 20, 2013

Lorillard on Friday declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.55 per share, payable on Sept. 10 to stockholders of record as of Aug. 30.

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EU law does not prohibit “atrocious” tobacco product tests on animals

EU law does not prohibit “atrocious” tobacco product tests on animals

| August 19, 2013

EU legislation does not prohibit the testing of tobacco products on animals. This was the gist of an answer given by the European Commission to a number of questions posed by Polish MEP Jarosław Leszek Wałęsa. In introducing his questions, Wałęsa said that while the testing of cosmetic products on animals and the importation of […]

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With cigarette volumes tumbling, Imperial to launch “e-vapor” product next year

With cigarette volumes tumbling, Imperial to launch “e-vapor” product next year

| August 19, 2013

Imperial Tobacco said on Thursday that it was continuing to make “good progress” with its initiatives in the “e-vapor sector” through its subsidiary Fontem Ventures, and that it remained on track to launch its own products in 2014. In publishing an interim management statement, Imperial reported that its stick equivalent [cigarettes and fine-cut] volume fell […]

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JTI’s July cigarette volume increased

JTI’s July cigarette volume increased

| August 19, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during July, at 10.5 billion, was increased by 3.3 percent on its July 2012 volume, 10.2 billion, which was down by 18.5 percent on that of July 2011, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. Volume during April–July, at 39.8 billion, was up by 0.7 […]

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Hong Kong exporting fake e-cigarettes

Hong Kong exporting fake e-cigarettes

| August 19, 2013

Hong Kong is the main source of fake electronic cigarettes and e-liquids entering the EU, according to the European Commission’s 2012 annual report on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR). A commission press note said that last year EU customs “detained” almost 40 million products valued at nearly €1 billion “suspected of violating” IPR. […]

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Imperial employees getting stuck in outside the factory gates

Imperial employees getting stuck in outside the factory gates

| August 19, 2013

Imperial Tobacco is supporting a scheme to improve adult literacy in the Dominican Republic and to promote greater social inclusion in the Caribbean nation. The Altadis Foundation and Imperial’s local subsidiary, Tabacalera de García, are jointly backing the Ministry of Education’s “Quisqueya Aprende Contigo” (“Dominican Republic learn with you”) initiative. The foundation will pay for […]

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Fuller builds technical center in Germany

Fuller builds technical center in Germany

| August 19, 2013

Adhesives provider H.B. Fuller has broken ground for a new technical center at its existing site in Lüneburg, Germany. The ceremony, on Aug. 12, was attended by Mayor Ulrich Mädge, along with representatives from the company’s leadership team and local employees. Covering an area of 2,300 square meters, the center will have three sections—one with […]

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