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Tobacco used in fight against Ebola

Tobacco used in fight against Ebola

August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Drug makers’ use of tobacco plants as a fast and cheap way to produce novel biotechnology treatments is gaining global attention because of its role in an experimental Ebola therapy, according to a story by Sharon Begley for Reuters. The treatment, which had been tested only in laboratory animals before being given to two US […]

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Tobacco used in fight against pollution

Tobacco used in fight against pollution

August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Boeing and the state-owned South African Airways have agreed to co-operate in producing jet fuel from a new type of tobacco plant, with the aim of reducing environmental pollution, according to a story by Eduard Gismatullin for Bloomberg News. The partners will use SkyNRG’s hybrid plant Solaris, which can be grown as an energy crop, […]

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Move to ban children from tobacco farms

Move to ban children from tobacco farms

August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

A US politician has introduced legislation to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, according to a story by Cristina Marcos for The Hill. David Cicilline, a Democrat of Rhode Island, said he had been inspired to address the issue after a Human Rights Watch report earlier this year documented how children working in tobacco […]

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Objections lodged against Ireland’s standardized packaging proposal

Objections lodged against Ireland’s standardized packaging proposal

August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Three EU countries have lodged objections to Ireland’s standardized tobacco packaging proposals put forward by Dr. James Reilly when he was Minister for Health, according to a story in The Irish Times. Portugal, Bulgaria and Slovakia are said to have objected in recent weeks on the basis that the proposals are incompatible with EU rules […]

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Japanese tobacco gets the all-clear

Japanese tobacco gets the all-clear

August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Testing in Japan of this year’s domestic crop of flue-cured Virginia tobacco has been completed, and none of the leaf tested exceeded the Japan Tobacco Inc. standard value of radioactive cesium: 100Bq/kg. JT has been conducting a number of tests at each stage of its production process for radioactive materials in Japanese domestic tobacco in […]

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De la Fargue to head up Hail & Cotton

De la Fargue to head up Hail & Cotton

August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Hail & Cotton International Group (HCIG) has hired Michael de la Fargue as president and CEO.  De la Fargue brings more than 20 years of relevant tobacco leaf experience, having most recently served as vice president of leaf services in Africa for JTI.  He replaces Warren L. Corbin who served as HCIG’s president/CEO for the […]

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Leaf prices down on those of last year

Leaf prices down on those of last year

August 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Alliance One International made a net loss of $18.6 million during its first quarter to the end of June, a smaller net loss than was recorded during the first quarter to the end of June 2013, $36.9 million. Gross profit increased by 23.2 percent to $35.1 million and gross profit as a percentage of sales […]

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Growers threaten boycott over leaf prices

Growers threaten boycott over leaf prices

August 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Kisan Board of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, has rejected a price of Rs150 per kg for leaf tobacco and threatened to stop growing the crop if farmers are not paid Rs200 per kg, according to a story in The Express Tribune. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa grows the bulk of Pakistan’s tobacco crop. It produced 83 million kg in 2012-13, […]

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Total makeover for JT menthol cigarette

Total makeover for JT menthol cigarette

August 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco Inc. is redesigning its Pianissimo Precia Dia’s Menthol cigarette; an all-new version of which is due to be rolled out nationwide in Japan from mid-September. In announcing its plans, JT said that Pianissimo was one of the most popular menthol brands on the market and that the Pianissimo Precia series offered ‘an elegantly […]

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American earns top sustainability award

American earns top sustainability award

August 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

The American Snuff Company (ASC) has been awarded the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) highest award for sustainable business practices, the Tennessee Green Star Partnership Three-Star Certification. ASC, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American (RAI), is the first Memphis-based company and the 13th in Tennessee to hold this award. “ASC-Memphis is very pleased […]

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