Archive for March, 2014

NewCo supporting schools and clinics

NewCo supporting schools and clinics

| March 17, 2014

NewCo, with the help of its India-based partner, S.B. Impex, last year provided financial assistance to two schools in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, that cater especially for blind children and those who are mentally and/or physically disabled. The money for this and other projects has been raised following a decision by NewCo a year ago to […]

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Four things not to do in Singapore

Four things not to do in Singapore

| March 17, 2014

Singapore is considering forming a volunteer corps of individuals who would be empowered to fine people who litter, spit, urinate and/or smoke in places where such activities are prohibited, according to a TODAYonline story. Initially, the idea, put forward by the Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, was to form an anti-litter volunteer corps […]

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Danish smoking rate down to 17 percent

Danish smoking rate down to 17 percent

| March 17, 2014

Danish people are smoking—and drinking—less than they previously were, according to an Icenews story quoting a report based on new research from the country’s health department. Sundhedsstyrelsens Nationale Sundhedsprofil, the national health profile division of the health department, said the number of Danes who admitted to smoking on a daily basis had fallen to 17 […]

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Malaysia steps up illicit trade battle

Malaysia steps up illicit trade battle

| March 17, 2014

Malaysia’s fight against smuggled cigarettes has gone into full swing with the Royal Malaysian Customs Depart­ment conducting raids nationwide since the beginning of the month, according to a story in The Star. The raids, conducted under the Ops Outlet name, are part of renewed efforts by the department to curb the sales of smuggled cigarettes […]

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Johnson Creek teams with Republic for distribution

Johnson Creek teams with Republic for distribution

| March 14, 2014

Johnson Creek Enterprises, the leading manufacturer of e-liquid in the U.S., has teamed up with Republic Tobacco, the nation’s largest distributor of roll-your-own and make-your-own tobacco products and accessories, to distribute Johnson Creek’s e-cigarette hardware and e-liquids nationally in the U.S. “This is a perfect fit for both of our companies,” says Christian Berkey, Johnson […]

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Anger over tobacco place at rules meet

Anger over tobacco place at rules meet

| March 14, 2014

Anti-tobacco campaigners have protested against the involvement of tobacco companies in drafting Bangladesh’s Smoking and Tobacco Product Usage (Control) Rules 2014, according to a story in The Financial Express. The advocacy group Progga, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance jointly registered the protest, saying there was no scope for involving the […]

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JT’s domestic sales ahead in February

JT’s domestic sales ahead in February

| March 14, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during February, at 8.9 billion, increased by 3.7 percent on that of February 2013, 8.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The February 2013 figure was down by 3.2 percent on that of February 2012. Volume during April 2013–February 2014, at 107.4 billion, was […]

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Nonsmoking establishments certified

Nonsmoking establishments certified

| March 14, 2014

The King Hussein Cancer Foundation and the King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC) is due to start issuing “smoke-free zone” certificates to institutions that ban smoking in all their indoor facilities, according to a story in The Jordan Times quoting a KHCC official. The certification program aimed to highlight the efforts of institutions committed to the […]

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Myanmar turns down tax rise proposal

Myanmar turns down tax rise proposal

| March 14, 2014

Myanmar’s Union Parliament has rejected a private member’s bill proposing a 200 percent tax increase on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, according to an Eleven story. MEPs voted instead to maintain the current “vice tax” rates, which amount to 100 percent on cigarettes and 50 percent on other tobacco products and alcohol. In submitting her […]

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New e-liquid addresses vapor concerns

New e-liquid addresses vapor concerns

| March 14, 2014

JAC Vapour has launched an e-liquid that emits no vapor when exhaled, according to a company press note issued through PRNewswire. The company described Clear Steam as being the first British-made, branded e-liquid that emitted no vapor. It said the innovative product could revolutionize vaping in public spaces. Existing e-liquids emit a visible vapor when […]

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E-cigarette patents battle heats up

E-cigarette patents battle heats up

| March 14, 2014

Fontem Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.K.-based Imperial Tobacco, has filed patents suits in California against nine U.S. e-cigarette suppliers, including the top three—Lorillard’s Blu Ecigs, NJOY and Logic—which together account for about 80 percent of the $2 billion U.S. market, according to a Financial Times story by Duncan Robinson in London and Shannon […]

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New leaf processing alliance in Turkey

New leaf processing alliance in Turkey

| March 13, 2014

Alliance One’s Turkish subsidiary and Öz-Ege have formed a joint-venture processing and storage facility in Turkey. Under the agreement, Alliance One Tütün and Öz-Ege Tütün will each contract with Oryantal Tütün Paketleme Sanayi for oriental tobacco processing and storage, while continuing to maintain separate farmer contracting, agronomy, buying and selling operations. Oryantal Tütün’s facility is […]

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Kazakhstan plan something to chew on

Kazakhstan plan something to chew on

| March 13, 2014

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has supported a proposal by Kazakhstan’s health ministry to ban the use of smokeless tobacco products (nasvai, snuff and chewing tobacco) in the Customs Union countries of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, according to a story in The Times of Central Asia. The Times quoted a Novosti-Kazakhstan report that, oddly, cited […]

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Three new Seven Stars in the firmament

Three new Seven Stars in the firmament

| March 13, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. is due to launch three new versions of its Seven Stars brand, one of the most popular in Japan. The company says that from mid-April Seven Stars Menthol 12 Box, Seven Stars Menthol 8 Box and Seven Stars Menthol 5 Box (the numbers indicate tar deliveries), will offer consumers the choice of […]

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JTI recognized as Top Employer

JTI recognized as Top Employer

| March 13, 2014

Japan Tobacco International was recognized as the third Top Employer in Europe during an awards ceremony held in London on Tuesday. According to a note posted on the company’s website, 25 JTI offices “across Europe and beyond” were certified by the Top Employers Institute for their excellence in people management. The survey results were confirmed […]

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PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

| March 13, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on April 11 to shareholders of record as of March 27. The ex-dividend date is March 25. At the same time, PMI said that Mathis Cabiallavetta and J. Dudley Fishburn would retire from the board […]

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KT&G invests heavily in slim cigarettes

KT&G invests heavily in slim cigarettes

| March 11, 2014

KT&G’s manufacturing plant at Sintanjin, north of Daejeon, is now the world’s biggest manufacturer of slim cigarettes, according to the Korea Joongang Daily quoting company sources. An expansion of the production facility, which, with the installation of automatic machinery, took three years and five months, was completed yesterday. The Daily’s story said the plant’s “production” […]

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Public smoking crackdown in Shenzhen

Public smoking crackdown in Shenzhen

| March 11, 2014

A police crackdown on public-places tobacco smoking in a major Chinese city on Saturday resulted in just 37 people being fined, according to an Ecns.cn report quoting the Guangzhou Daily. The raids came exactly a week after authorities in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, introduced new anti-smoking regulations. Most of the offenders were discovered in restaurants and […]

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Taiwan to impose retailer registration

Taiwan to impose retailer registration

| March 11, 2014

In an effort to help curb the sale of illicit cigarettes, Taiwan’s government is planning to introduce a registration system for cigarette vendors around the country, according to a story in the Taipei Times. At the moment, cigarettes can be purchased at convenience stores and roadside stalls nationwide. Anybody can set up a table anywhere […]

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Imperial is Top Employer in Italy

Imperial is Top Employer in Italy

| March 11, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has been recognized by the Top Employers Institute as one of the best companies to work for in Italy. “Their comprehensive analysis highlighted our ‘exceptional employee conditions,’ especially the way our HR leadership strategies nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation,” Imperial said in a note posted on its website. […]

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BAT benefits from Philippines’ sin tax

BAT benefits from Philippines’ sin tax

| March 11, 2014

British American Tobacco Philippines (BATP) is expecting to enjoy a strong double-digit growth in its operations this year, largely due to robust sales of its low-cost brand, Pall Mall, and the more expensive, menthol-capsule-filtered Lucky Strike Click & Roll, according to a story in The Philippine Star. BAT Philippines general manager James Lafferty said Pall […]

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FCTC ratification not on the agenda

FCTC ratification not on the agenda

| March 10, 2014

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has no plans to ratify the global convention on tobacco control and will not rush to do so, according to a story in the Jakarta Post quoting a senior presidential aide. At the end of February, a story on en.tempo.co quoting Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi indicated that the president had […]

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Plain talking about plain packs in Ireland

Plain talking about plain packs in Ireland

| March 10, 2014

The smokers’ group Forest has launched a new website to fight plans to introduce plain tobacco packaging in Ireland. Plain Packs Plain Stupid, which has a sludge-brown background to highlight the dull packaging proposed by Health Minister James Reilly, lists some of the consumer arguments against standardized packs. It also features a campaign video, The […]

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Kenya plant to up processing 41 percent

Kenya plant to up processing 41 percent

| March 10, 2014

British American Tobacco Kenya (BATK) has estimated that it will this year process nearly 41 percent more leaf tobacco at its plant at Thika, Kenya, than it processed there last year, according to a story in The Star. The increase, from 27,000 tonnes to 38,000 tonnes, will be mainly down to the arrival of tobacco […]

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Are you married? Yes, sir! No, sir!

Are you married? Yes, sir! No, sir!

| March 10, 2014

The Korea Military Academy plans to lift a decades-old ban on drinking, smoking and marrying to reflect social changes, according to a story in The Korea Times. The army has prohibited cadets from drinking, smoking or marrying while attending the elite military academy since its establishment in 1952. The bans are said to have been […]

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