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Archive for February, 2014

Directive negates need for plain packs

Directive negates need for plain packs

February 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

The U.K. smokers’ group Forest, which campaigned against revisions to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, has questioned the need for standardized packaging of tobacco after the European Parliament voted yesterday to adopt the revised directive. The directive will force EU member states to increase the size of health warnings to cover 65 percent of the […]

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Altria declares quarterly dividend

Altria declares quarterly dividend

February 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Altria Group’s board of directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 14. The ex-dividend date is March 12.

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The way forward

The way forward

February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Brazilian leaf tobacco industry cannot afford complacency in the wake of last year’s record earnings. By Taco Tuinstra There were lots of smiling faces in southern Brazil last year. At 706 million kg, the 2012–2013 tobacco crop volume may not have broken records, but its export earnings—the variable that counts—were unprecedented. According to Sinditabaco, […]

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EU Parliament passes TPD

EU Parliament passes TPD

February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The European Parliament endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on Feb. 26, solidifying an agreement reached with the council last December. The council will now have to approve the TPD for it to take force. The endorsement of the new TPD strengthens the current European regulation on tobacco in several ways. Among other […]

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Lorillard seeks to end animal testing

Lorillard seeks to end animal testing

February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Lorillard is banning all animal testing unless it is necessary to meet future regulatory requirements. The introduction of the new policy follows several years of discussions between Lorillard and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and a shareholder resolution submitted by PETA in December 2013 requesting the policy and highlighting the effectiveness of […]

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Indian e-cigarette sales not approved

Indian e-cigarette sales not approved

February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Food and Drug Administration of Maharashtra (MFDA) state, India, has issued a warning against the sale and use of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in the state, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. MFDA officials said that e-cigarettes were being sold widely without the approval of the Drug Controller […]

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New rules to govern growing contracts

New rules to govern growing contracts

February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The government in Zimbabwe is developing legislation under which it will be able to govern contract tobacco farming and curb undesirable practises that have become “rampant,” according to a New Zimbabwe story quoting Agriculture Minister Joseph Made. “The ministry is already collecting views and information to be used in drafting a legal framework to guide […]

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Study: hookah not harmless

Study: hookah not harmless

February 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

A new University of Florida, USA, study shows that patrons leaving hookah cafés had carbon monoxide levels more than three times higher than patrons exiting traditional bars. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to tissues, and long-term exposure has been linked to cardiovascular disease. The UF study results appeared in the March […]

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Karnataka auctions drawing to a close

Karnataka auctions drawing to a close

February 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Tobacco farmers in the Indian state of Karnataka have so far this season sold more than 94 million kg of flue-cured for an average price Rs131.65 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Farmers are thought to have harvested about 100 million kg of flue-cured and […]

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Smokers given chance to pop a monster

Smokers given chance to pop a monster

February 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

KT&G is due to launch in South Korea a cigarette with a ‘monster’ capsule in the filter, according to a story in The Korea Herald quoting a company statement of yesterday. The new product, Bohem Shake, is said to contain a capsule that is about 4.5 mm in diameter, the biggest on the market and […]

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