Archive for December, 2013

NZ smoking prevalence at 15.1 percent

NZ smoking prevalence at 15.1 percent

| December 12, 2013

The prevalence of smoking in New Zealand has fallen by more than a quarter in six years, according to a story by Martin Johnston for the New Zealand Herald. Data from this year’s census showed that 15.1 percent of people aged 15 or older smoked daily, down from 20.7 percent in the previous (2006) census. […]

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Imperial in new anti-illicit trade compact

Imperial in new anti-illicit trade compact

| December 12, 2013

Imperial Tobacco says that it has signed a new agreement with the customs authorities in Belgium to help combat illicit trade. “Belgium is an important country for the movement of illicit tobacco products by criminals due to its location and communication links,” the company said in a note posted on its website. “The signing of […]

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Annual survey said to overestimate illicit cigarettes in some European countries

Annual survey said to overestimate illicit cigarettes in some European countries

| December 12, 2013

Researchers say that an annual study overestimates illicit cigarette levels in some European countries and suggests that Philip Morris International’s supply chain control is inadequate, according to a paper published online by Tobacco Control (TC). Following a legal agreement with the EU, PMI has commissioned from the global accountancy firm KPMG a yearly report, known […]

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Keeping smokers comfortable outdoors

Keeping smokers comfortable outdoors

| December 12, 2013

Paris, France, is set to launch a sustainable alternative to the environment unfriendly café heaters currently used to keep smokers warm outside, according to a story by Elisabeth Braw for Guardian Professional. And as well as providing heat, the solar-powered parasols will apparently absorb cigarette smoke. The parasols are being supplied by the U.S. company, […]

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Pianissimo ups the menthol volume

Pianissimo ups the menthol volume

| December 12, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. has said that it intends to launch Pianissimo Icene Spike, a product that will offer the strongest menthol sensation of the Pianissimo brand. The new product will go on sale across Japan from the middle of next month. The Pianissimo Icene range is said to offer a smooth taste and a refreshingly […]

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Another appointment at Gamucci

Another appointment at Gamucci

| December 12, 2013

Damien Scott (pictured) has been appointed brand manager at the U.K.-based e-cigarette manufacturer and marketer Gamucci. Scott was previously the commercial manager with e-cigarette brand Skycig, where he spearheaded the company’s early market success. He was subsequently responsible for Skycig’s offline brand strategy and public reputation.

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PMI quarterly dividend declared

PMI quarterly dividend declared

| December 12, 2013

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on Jan. 10 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 26. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 23.

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Altria quarterly dividend declared

Altria quarterly dividend declared

| December 12, 2013

The Altria Group said yesterday its board of directors had declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on Jan. 10 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 26. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 23.

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Ottawa social housing to ban smoking

Ottawa social housing to ban smoking

| December 11, 2013

Tobacco smoking will be banned from social housing units in the Canadian city of Ottawa starting from June next year, according to the latest proposal from Ottawa’s Community Housing Corp. (CHC). Writing in the Ottawa Citizen, Derek Spalding said that the new no-smoking policy was widely popular among residents who lived in the 14,800 units […]

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French court ruling could spell end of specialist e-cigarette stores

French court ruling could spell end of specialist e-cigarette stores

| December 11, 2013

A court in France ruled on Monday that e-cigarettes qualify as tobacco products and as such can be sold only by licensed tobacconists, according to a story by Sam Ball for France 24. The ruling threatens to put specialist e-cigarette sellers across the country out of business. It was made by a court in Toulouse […]

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‘Complete transparency’ at e-auctions

‘Complete transparency’ at e-auctions

| December 11, 2013

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Karnataka have sold more than 53.41 million kg of flue-cured at an average price of INR137.35 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. At the same stage of the 2012–2013 sales season, growers in the state had sold 43.52 […]

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Failure of TPP talks an ‘interim victory’

Failure of TPP talks an ‘interim victory’

| December 11, 2013

The failure to reach agreement during negotiations in Singapore on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being seen as an interim victory for campaigns by the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH) and its allies. CPATH said in a press note issued through PRNewswire yesterday that it wanted to extricate tobacco control measures […]

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New Mode unites four Mevius products

New Mode unites four Mevius products

| December 11, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is to integrate four of its Less Smoke Smell products under the new name of Mevius Mode. Two of the products are currently within its Mevius D-SPEC line, and two are within its super-slim Mevius Style Plus line. The flavor and aroma of these products will remain the same, but they will […]

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Most US states not serious about funding tobacco prevention and cessation

Most US states not serious about funding tobacco prevention and cessation

| December 10, 2013

The U.S. state of North Dakota currently spends $9.5 million a year on tobacco prevention cessation programs, a level of funding that meets that recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But this level of funding represents only 14.8 percent of the $64.3 million revenue that this year the state will […]

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‘Grave risks’ in secrecy over TTP plans

‘Grave risks’ in secrecy over TTP plans

| December 10, 2013

As the final round of ministerial talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership resumed on Sunday, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote to each of the 12 participating nations, warning that the deal and the secrecy surrounding it presented “grave risks,” according to a story by economics correspondent Peter Martin, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald. The […]

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US politicians put pressure on Ireland over standardized packaging plans

US politicians put pressure on Ireland over standardized packaging plans

| December 10, 2013

The governor of the U.S. state of Virginia has written to the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, urging him to reject proposals to introduce standardized cigarette packaging, according to a story in The Irish Times. In a letter last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell said there were other proven ways to regulate the industry that were […]

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