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Third China Cigar Festival imminent

Third China Cigar Festival imminent

October 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cigar Ambassador is to hold its 2014 China Cigar Festival at Shanghai on October 27-31. This, the third such festival, will start on October 27 with a welcome party. It will include sessions on China’s cigar market, cigar trade and the management of cigar shops and clubs. It will see the opening of the first […]

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Hesse joins Global Laboratory Services

Hesse joins Global Laboratory Services

October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Kimberly Hesse has joined Global Laboratory Services as business development manager. She brings with her a solid marketing and advertising background plus six years of experience in the tobacco laboratory industry. Global Laboratory Services offers analytical testing in crop protection agents, e-cigarettes, and smoke (HPHCs).  

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OLAF-led operation seizes counterfeit goods and 130 million illicit cigarettes

OLAF-led operation seizes counterfeit goods and 130 million illicit cigarettes

October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

More than 1.2 million counterfeit goods and 130 million cigarettes have seized during a two-week international joint customs operation co-ordinated by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). According to a European Commission press note, the operation, code-named REPLICA, targeted the import of counterfeit goods by sea. ‘Under the co-ordination of OLAF, customs authorities carried out targeted […]

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France aims for plain packs by 2016

France aims for plain packs by 2016

October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

France is due to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes in 2016, according to an Agence France Presse report citing an announcement by Health Minister Marisol Touraine on Wednesday. In the wake of the introduction of standardized tobacco packs in Australia, Touraine initially announced a raft of measures last month to tackle smoking. One of the […]

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Potentially reduced risk products now in production at PMI plant near Bologna

Potentially reduced risk products now in production at PMI plant near Bologna

October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris International on Friday officially opened its first pilot plant for the production of potentially reduced-risk products (RRPs). The pilot plant, at Zola Predosa about 11 km west of Bologna, Italy, is now in operation. Meanwhile, PMI’s first manufacturing facility for larger scale production of RRPs, which is currently under construction in Crespellano, about […]

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European Court agrees with Yesmokes

European Court agrees with Yesmokes

October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

The European Court of Justice on Thursday rejected Italy’s application of higher excise duties on cheaper cigarettes, according to an AGI (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia) news agencystory. The ruling ends the legal action initiated by the Italian tobacco group Yesmokes, which sells cigarettes in Italy at lower prices than the most popular brands. Italy has since […]

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E-cigarettes to move out of TV shadows

E-cigarettes to move out of TV shadows

October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Electronic cigarettes may be shown in UK television advertisements from November 10, according to a BBC news story quoting the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP). Ruling for the first time specifically on electronic cigarettes, the CAP said advertisements must not target under-18s or non-smokers, and must not show tobacco ‘in a positive light’. While the […]

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COP6 delegates in Moscow

COP6 delegates in Moscow

October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was due to start at the World Trade Center Moscow today. COP6 is expected to close at lunchtime on October 18.

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UK’s smoking population at record low

UK’s smoking population at record low

October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

The proportion of smokers among the UK’s adult population has fallen to its lowest level since recording started in the 1940s, according to a story in The Guardian. Official figures suggest that the habit’s prevalence among over-18s fell from 19.8 per cent during 2012 to 18.7 per cent last year. Government ministers were said to […]

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JT’s domestic sales volume down

JT’s domestic sales volume down

October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during September, at 9.4 billion, was down by 0.9 per cent on that of September 2013, 9.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The September 2013 figure was unchanged from that of September 2012. Volume during January-September 2014, at 83.9 billion, was down by […]

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