Archive for January, 2014

PM USA’s cigarette shipments down by 4.1 per cent in year to end of December

PM USA’s cigarette shipments down by 4.1 per cent in year to end of December

| January 31, 2014

Philip Morris USA’s cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 129,312 million, was down by 4.1 per cent on that of the 12 months to the end of December 2012. Marlboro shipments were down by 4.3 per cent to 111,421 million while shipments of other premium brands were down […]

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Tobacco harvest could hit 185 million kg

Tobacco harvest could hit 185 million kg

| January 31, 2014

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco production could reach 185 million kg this season (2013-14), 11 per cent more than that of last season, according to a story in The Zimbabwe Mail quoting an industry official speaking ahead of the start of the selling season in February. “The outlook is quite encouraging and we will easily surpass the […]

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Minister compromises on warnings

Minister compromises on warnings

| January 31, 2014

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Wednesday told the Court of Appeal that the Minister of Health was agreeable to reduce the size of the pictorial warnings required on tobacco-product packs to 70 per cent of the display areas, according to a story by Chitra Weerarathne for The Island. He said warnings occupying 80 per cent […]

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PMI to host full-year results webcast

PMI to host full-year results webcast

| January 31, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 13.00 hours Eastern Time on February 6 to discuss its 2013 fourth-quarter and full-year results, which will be issued mid-morning on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, André Calantzopoulos, CEO, and Jacek Olczak, CFO, will […]

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Bali show to proceed as planned

Bali show to proceed as planned

| January 30, 2014

The organizers of Inter-tabac Asia and Protobex say their event will take place Feb. 27-28 at the Bali Nusa Dua convention center, as scheduled. Earlier, The Jakarta Post had reported that the governor of Bali had taken action to prevent the show. The organizers say they have secured all the required approvals for a tobacco […]

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JT’s cigarette shipment up slightly but JTI’s volume down sharply

JT’s cigarette shipment up slightly but JTI’s volume down sharply

| January 30, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc reported today that its domestic cigarette sales during the nine months to the end of December, at 89.7 billion, were increased by 0.4 per cent on those of the nine months to the end of December 2012. Core revenue for the domestic tobacco business increased by 0.5 per cent to ¥505.1 billion […]

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Consumer choice delivered by new filter

Consumer choice delivered by new filter

| January 30, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. today announced the pending launch of Mevius Control One, which will feature the ADJUSTABLE® filter that, reportedly, can be used to vary tar levels. The new 1 mg tar product will go on sale in the prefectures of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Saga in mid-February. The filter is such that consumers can rotate […]

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PMI restructuring for growth in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East

PMI restructuring for growth in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East

| January 30, 2014

Philip Morris International is to restructure its business in Egypt as part of an initiative aimed at enhancing its profitability and growth in markets across North Africa and the Middle East. ‘The new business model entails a new contract manufacturing agreement with our long-standing, strategic business partner, Eastern Company S.A.E., the creation of a new […]

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Growers line up for start of sales season

Growers line up for start of sales season

| January 30, 2014

About 85,360 farmers have so far registered for Zimbabwe’s 2014 tobacco selling season, up from about 65,000 at the same stage of last year, according to a story in The Standard quoting the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board. The board’s chairperson, Monica Chinamasa, attributed the increase to the ‘lucrative cash payments’ that come with selling tobacco. […]

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Lorillard to host results conference call

Lorillard to host results conference call

| January 30, 2014

Lorillard is due to host a results webcast and conference call from 09.00 hours on February 12 following the release of its fourth quarter and full year 2013 results. The conference call for analysts and investors will be hosted by Murray S. Kessler, chairman, president and CEO, and David H. Taylor, executive vice president, finance […]

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Global Forum on Nicotine announced

Global Forum on Nicotine announced

| January 29, 2014

The First Global Forum on Nicotine is due to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 27-28. Professor Gerry Stimson said that his company, KAC, which will stage the forum, believed the timing was right for such an event, given the fast moving pace of knowledge and understanding around nicotine. KAC stages public health and […]

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India’s growers asked to stick to quotas

India’s growers asked to stick to quotas

| January 29, 2014

Tobacco growers in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have been asked to comply with flue-cured crop targets so as to ensure good prices at auction, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Tobacco Board of India chairman, K. Gopal, said growers should exercise discipline […]

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Forest riled by car smoking ban plan

Forest riled by car smoking ban plan

| January 29, 2014

The smokers’ group Forest has come out strongly against the UK Labour Party’s plans to ban smoking in cars with children. “Legislation is completely unnecessary,” said Forest director, Simon Clark. “Most adult smokers accept that smoking in a car with children present is inconsiderate and the overwhelming majority choose not to. “Banning smoking in private […]

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US business group lobbies against plain cigarette pack imposition in Ireland

US business group lobbies against plain cigarette pack imposition in Ireland

| January 29, 2014

The Washington-based US Chamber of Commerce is lobbying against proposals by Ireland’s Department of Health to standardize the design of cigarette packs, according to a story by Tom Lyons for the Irish Times. In doing so, the powerful lobby group has joined other business interests resisting the proposed change, including employer representative Ibec and the […]

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RAI to host website results conference

RAI to host website results conference

| January 29, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast at 09.00 hours Eastern Time on February 11 following the release of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 financial results before the market opens. Daniel M. Delen, president and CEO, Thomas R. Adams, CFO, and Morris L. Moore, vice president of investor relations, will […]

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‘Budget issues’ behind insurer’s cigarette manufacturer damages suit in Korea

‘Budget issues’ behind insurer’s cigarette manufacturer damages suit in Korea

| January 28, 2014

The decision by South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) to sue cigarette manufacturers operating in the country has been described by a tobacco industry group as a misguided attempt to solve budget issues, according to a Yonhap News Agency story. In an English-language statement, the Korea Tobacco Association (KTA) said it was disappointed with […]

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Coffee-house culture under fire in Jordan

Coffee-house culture under fire in Jordan

| January 28, 2014

The Jordanian government is coming under fire for planning to enforce fully, by the end of this year, an anti-tobacco law passed in 2008, according to an Associated Press report published in The Tampa Tribune, Florida, US. Enforcement would see the government this year revoke the licenses of all 6,000 coffee shops that serve shisha. […]

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Anti-tobacco law passed in Ethiopia

Anti-tobacco law passed in Ethiopia

| January 28, 2014

Ethiopia has passed an anti-tobacco law that includes a ban on ‘smoking in public’, according to a Diretube.com story. The country’s house of representatives has issued a proclamation that would see the imposition of the ban on tobacco smoking in public places, the raising of cigarette prices through the imposition of ‘enormous taxes’, the inclusion […]

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Indian government to sell ITC shares

Indian government to sell ITC shares

| January 28, 2014

The Indian government has decided to sell its 11.3 per cent share in ITC, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The government is also selling its shares in Axis Bank (23.58 per cent) and L&T (8.27 per cent). British American Tobacco, which has about a 30 per […]

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Health insurer to seek WON333 billion from cigarette manufacturers in Korea

Health insurer to seek WON333 billion from cigarette manufacturers in Korea

| January 27, 2014

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) has said it will file a damages suit against KT&G and other tobacco companies seeking up to WON333 billion, according to a story in The Korea Times. The decision to go ahead with the claim was made at an NHIS board meeting on Friday, when 11 members voted […]

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Greek government losing revenue battle

Greek government losing revenue battle

| January 27, 2014

As the Greek government continues to raise tobacco-products taxes as part of the austerity measures demanded by international lenders, it is having to expend more effort on trying to stem the growing tide of the illicit trade in cigarettes, which is being boosted by those tax increases. According to a story by Andy Dabilis for […]

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Plain packs will open Pandora’s box

Plain packs will open Pandora’s box

| January 21, 2014

Legislation that would impose standardized packaging on tobacco sold in Ireland is not fit for purpose, according to the smokers’ group Forest Eireann. In a submission to the Oireachtas (parliamentary) Joint Committee on Health and Children, the group said that standardized packaging would not stop children smoking and could boost the illicit trade in cigarettes. […]

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Workshop will hear assessment of deal linking tobacco industry and EU

Workshop will hear assessment of deal linking tobacco industry and EU

| January 21, 2014

A workshop on cigarette smuggling is due to be held at the European Parliament tomorrow. It has been organized by the Policy Department D on Budgetary Affairs and will be staged at the Altiero Spinelli Building from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A draft program indicated that one of the sessions would see Hana Ross […]

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Display ban has little effect in Finland

Display ban has little effect in Finland

| January 21, 2014

The Finnish Grocery Trade Association believes that the recent falls in the domestic consumption of cigarettes and cigars are not down to the introduction of retail display bans in the country, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story. Rather, it believes the falls are merely part of a long-term downward trend in tobacco use. And […]

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Tobacco tax revenues fall in Italy

Tobacco tax revenues fall in Italy

| January 21, 2014

Lower tobacco product sales last year cost the Italian government €730 million in reduced taxes, according to a story in La Stampa quoting figures from the Federazione Italiana Tabaccai. In the past 10 years, tobacco sales have shrunk by about 21 million kg; 10 million kg in the period 2011–2013 alone.

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