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Archive for August, 2013

Changzhou gives out portable ashtrays

August 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Urban patrol officers in Changzhou, China, have started to distribute portable ashtrays in an attempt to reduce the number of cigarette butts littering streets, according to a China Daily story quoting the Modern Express Daily. The first 5,000 portable ashtrays were distributed free of charge on Friday in Nandajie, the city’s busiest commercial street. More […]

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Hi-Lite products change allegiance

August 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

In what seems to be a pre-emptive strike against possible future product descriptor limitations, Japan Tobacco Inc. is bringing two of its Hi-Lite products under the Winston brand name. In many markets, though not in Japan, words such as “mild” and “light/lite” have been banned from use in respect of tobacco products and, in what […]

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EU Commission believes cigarette pack regulations will not boost illicit trade

August 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

The European Commission believes that its proposed new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) will not increase the illicit trade in cigarettes. In the preamble to a written question, Slovakian MEP Monika Flašíková Beňová said that, according to the commission, the review of the TPD was aimed at finding ways to reduce the volume of cigarette sales […]

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Karnataka crop down by 10 percent

August 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Unhelpful weather is expected to cause flue-cured production in Karnataka, India, this season to be down by about 10 percent on that of the previous season, 2012–2013. The Tobacco Board had fixed a crop size of 102 million kg for 2013–2014, up from 98 million in 2012–2013.

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Tobacconists tour Imperial R&D facility

August 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Imperial Group’s flagship research and development facility in France has, for the first time, played host to a visit by French tobacconists. The laboratories, at a site in Fleury-les-Aubrais, near Orléans, have recently undergone a €1.5 million modernization and extension program. The 30 tobacconists were invited on a guided tour of the facility as […]

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Altria quarterly dividend declared

August 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

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

August 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

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

August 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

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

August 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

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

August 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

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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