Archive for July, 2014

Irish anti-tobacco campaigner inspired by US damages award against Reynolds

Irish anti-tobacco campaigner inspired by US damages award against Reynolds

| July 24, 2014

An Irish anti-smoking campaigner has welcomed a US jury’s decision to order R.J. Reynolds Tobacco to pay $23.6 billion in punitive damages and are urging the government to mount its own court action, according to an Irish Daily Mail story. The damages award is the subject of an appeal. Professor Luke Clancy, of Dublin’s Tobacco […]

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Latvia’s exports down, imports up

Latvia’s exports down, imports up

| July 24, 2014

Latvia’s cigarette imports during the first five months of this year, at 1.485 billion, were up by 0.7 per cent on those of the first five months of 2013, 1.474 billion, according to a Baltic Business Daily story quoting figures from the Excise Goods Administration of the Latvian State Revenue Service (VID). At the same […]

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German sales increase in second quarter

German sales increase in second quarter

| July 24, 2014

The volume of taxed cigarettes sold in Germany during the second quarter of this year, at 20.2 billion, was 2.7 per cent higher than volume sales during the second quarter of 2013, according to a story in Die Welt quoting Federal Statistics Office figures. ‘Sales of cigars and cigarillos increased by 15.2 per cent in […]

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Sales down, share up at PM USA

Sales down, share up at PM USA

| July 23, 2014

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the three months to the end of June, at 32,134 million, was down by 5.0 per cent on that of the three months to the end of June 2013, 33,819 million. Marlboro shipments fell by 4.9 per cent to 27,679 million; shipments of other premium brands fell […]

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Waiting for a safe e-cigarette in Sweden

Waiting for a safe e-cigarette in Sweden

| July 23, 2014

A Swedish court has ruled that electronic cigarettes should be treated as pharmaceutical products subject to approval by the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket – MPA), according to a story in The Local. The ruling means that it is illegal for these products to be sold in grocery and convenience stores. “We will continue our […]

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Smokio synchronizes with US trade body

Smokio synchronizes with US trade body

| July 23, 2014

Smokio, described as the world’s first connected electronic cigarette that synchronizes automatically with users’ smartphones, said yesterday that it had formed a partnership with the Asian American Trade Association Council (AATAC), an organization designed to build partnerships between convenience stores and manufacturers. “We are very proud to partner with AATAC to be able to offer […]

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Menthol report barred over conflicts of interest within FDA advisory panel

Menthol report barred over conflicts of interest within FDA advisory panel

| July 22, 2014

A federal judge ruled yesterday that the US Food and Drug Administration cannot use an advisory panel’s 2011 report on menthol cigarettes because its members had conflicts of interest, according to a story by Michael Felberbaum for the ColumbusRepublic. Felberbaum reported that while the agency had since conducted an independent review on the public health […]

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Homeopathic liquid nicotine launched

Homeopathic liquid nicotine launched

| July 22, 2014

The Aquitine Group yesterday launched nation-wide in the US Aqua-tineTM, which is described as a colorless, odorless homeopathic liquid nicotine formulation designed specifically to satisfy tobacco cravings. According to a press not issued through PRNewswire, Aqua-tine is an alternative to traditional and electronic cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco. ‘The product comes in airtight 2.4 ml […]

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Aquino signs law on graphic warnings

Aquino signs law on graphic warnings

| July 22, 2014

President Benigno Aquino III has signed a law that will require the inclusion of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs sold in the Philippines, according to a story at GMA News Online. The new law (R.A. 10643: ‘An Act to Effectively Instil Health Consciousness through Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco Products’) will require that the […]

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Risk of third-hand smoke exposed

Risk of third-hand smoke exposed

| July 22, 2014

Research led by the UK’s University of York has highlighted the potential cancer risk in non-smokers – particularly young children – of tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited on surfaces and dust in the home, according to a HealthCanal story. The story said that until now, the risks of this exposure to what is known […]

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CORESTA registration deadlines near

CORESTA registration deadlines near

| July 22, 2014

The organizing committee of CORESTA 2014 has advised that the ‘Earlybird’ registration deadline for the forthcoming CORESTA Congress is August 1. Up until that date, participants will be able to register for a fee lower than will apply after August 1. Registration is available at www.coresta2014.org, where hotel accommodation at the congress venue can also […]

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Poland to file complaint over TPD

Poland to file complaint over TPD

| July 21, 2014

The Polish government has decided to file a complaint with the Court of Justice of the European Union against the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), according to a Polish News Bulletin story. The new TPD entered into force on May 20 and member states are required to bring into force by May 20, 2016, […]

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Reynolds to appeal against $23.6 billion punitive damages award in ‘Engle’ case

Reynolds to appeal against $23.6 billion punitive damages award in ‘Engle’ case

| July 21, 2014

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco was hit on Friday with $23.6 billion in punitive damages by a Florida state court jury, one of the largest such awards in US corporate and legal history, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. A jury in Escambia   Court had determined the previous day that the […]

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Chinese activist asks court for Yuan250

Chinese activist asks court for Yuan250

| July 21, 2014

Li Enze, who is suing a Chinese tobacco manufacturer and a Beijing supermarket for Yuan250, has vowed to fight on despite having lost on Friday the second round of his battle, according to a story by Zhuang Pinghui for the South China Morning Post. Li is suing China Tobacco Jiangxi Industrial and a Beijing supermarket […]

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Personal tobacco import levels to be cut

Personal tobacco import levels to be cut

| July 21, 2014

The French Senate on Thursday voted to lower the quantity of tobacco that an individual can be in possession of when entering France from another EU country, making the amount equal to that prescribed in the EU directive, according to a story in Le Figaro. The new rules are due to come into force after a vote […]

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Lorillard to release second quarter results

Lorillard to release second quarter results

| July 21, 2014

Lorillard said on Friday that it would release its second quarter 2014 results on July 30, before the market opened. A news release would be made available under the Investor Relations section of Lorillard’s website at www.lorillard.com.

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PMI’s second-quarter cigarette volume increased by 2.4 per cent in EU

PMI’s second-quarter cigarette volume increased by 2.4 per cent in EU

| July 18, 2014

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the second quarter to the end of June, at 222,801 million, was down by 2.7 per cent on that of the second quarter of 2013, 228,899 million. Volume was increased in the EU by 2.4 per cent to 49,913 million, but down in the rest of the company’s […]

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Turkey to crack down harder on smokers

Turkey to crack down harder on smokers

| July 18, 2014

Turkey, which already bans tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, plans to impose further restrictions on where its citizens may smoke, according to a Daily Sabah story. Existing legislation bans smoking in restaurants and cafés but, up to now, people have been allowed to smoke in outdoor areas of such premises. Now, under new measures […]

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SM’s sales up in second quarter

SM’s sales up in second quarter

| July 18, 2014

Swedish Match’s sales during the second quarter to the end of June, at SEK3,339 million, were up by four per cent on those of the second quarter of 2013, SEK3,220 million. But operating profit, excluding SM’s share of net profit from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) and larger one-off items, fell by one per cent […]

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Proposed Lorillard acquisition suggests FDA unlikely to ban use of menthol

Proposed Lorillard acquisition suggests FDA unlikely to ban use of menthol

| July 18, 2014

A leading US health expert has said that the proposed acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds American is an indication that the latter is confident the Food and Drug Administration will not be pressured by politicians into banning menthol. Writing on his Rest of the Story blog, Dr. Michael Siegel, who is a professor in the […]

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RAI declares quarterly dividend

RAI declares quarterly dividend

| July 18, 2014

Reynolds American’s board of directors yesterday declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.67 per share ($2.68 per share annualized). The dividend is payable on October 1 to shareholders of record on September 10. In making the dividend announcement, RAI said that it was the 41st consecutive quarterly cash dividend that […]

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Policies plainly not working in England

Policies plainly not working in England

| July 17, 2014

Conservative candidates in marginal seats, including public health minister, Jane Ellison, risk electoral defeat because of the government’s nanny state policies, according to a new survey* of English voters commissioned by the Democracy Institute, which describes itself as a politically independent think tank. Conducted before and after this week’s cabinet reshuffle, the poll was said […]

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Only 12.8 per cent of Australians smoking

Only 12.8 per cent of Australians smoking

| July 17, 2014

According to a US Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids story, Australian health officials yesterday reported that Australia’s smoking rate had dropped by more than 15 per cent – from 15.1 per cent in 2010 to 12.8 per cent in 2013 – ‘following the implementation of a landmark law requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging’. […]

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Threat to single cigarette sales in India

Threat to single cigarette sales in India

| July 17, 2014

The Indian Health Ministry is considering whether it should ban the sale of single cigarettes, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala newsletter. In fact, such a ‘ban’ might be a case of enforcing one already in place since the ministry said the country’s Tobacco Act prohibited the sale of […]

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Zimbabwe grows biggest crop in 14 years

Zimbabwe grows biggest crop in 14 years

| July 17, 2014

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured production has surpassed 210 million kg for the first time in 14 years, according to a story in NewsDay. The last time output surpassed 210 million kg was in 2000 when it reached 227,726,000 kg. By July 15, the day of mop-up sales, 210,598,690 kg had been sold for $668,002,625; at an average […]

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