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OLAF dismantles  illegal cigarette network

OLAF dismantles illegal cigarette network

| December 12, 2014

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and  law enforcement authorities in Italy and Germany have dismantled an international cigarette contraband network that was manufacturing “made in Italy” cigarettes destined in part for the illegal market in the European Union (EU). More than 10 individuals were arrested in an ongoing investigation. The network produced cigarettes in the […]

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Golden Leaf Awards

Golden Leaf Awards

| November 14, 2014

With all the negative publicity surrounding tobacco, it’s easy to lose sight of our industry’s positive aspects. Although we trade in a traditional commodity, many of our business practices and technologies are cutting-edge. Think of a cigarette packing machine, for example. The ability to produce 1,000 cigarette packs every minute without shredding the cartons and pulverizing […]

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China vapor forum

China vapor forum

| August 4, 2014

The CECMOL forum 2014 will take place Sept. 2-4 at the Kirin Parkview Hotel in Shenzhen, China on. This is the first major international forum in China dedicated to the vapor market. Experts will discuss issues such as public policy, standardization, R&D and manufacturing. This forum is an opportunity for visitors to meet China’s major […]

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Test 2

Test 2

| November 12, 2013

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Cigarette taxes to fund anti-campaign

Cigarette taxes to fund anti-campaign

| November 6, 2013

The Jakarta city administration is to target students and low-income residents in a new anti-smoking campaign funded by cigarette tax revenue, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Starting from next year, the city is expected to receive about IDR400 billion (US$35.2 million) a year in revenue from cigarette excise tax. “We are currently […]

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Teenage smoking rates ‘shocking’

Teenage smoking rates ‘shocking’

| November 6, 2013

Levels of tobacco use by young people in the UAE were described as shocking on Monday after a new study had found that more than one in five boys aged 13 to 15 was a smoker, according to a story in The National. The teenage smoking problem was being blamed on the availability of cheap […]

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Young Koreans least health-conscious

Young Koreans least health-conscious

| November 6, 2013

The Ministry of Health and Welfare says that women in their 20s and men in their 30s are the least health-conscious Koreans, according to a story in the Korea Joongang Daily. The ministry’s concerns were based on the results of a national health survey. It is thought that young women and men smoke and drink […]

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Imperial’s stick-equivalent volume down 7 percent over full year

Imperial’s stick-equivalent volume down 7 percent over full year

| November 5, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s stick-equivalent volume sales during the year to the end of September, at 317 billion, were down by 7 percent on those of the year to the end of September 2012. Stick-equivalent sales include sales of cigarettes, and those of fine-cut, cigars and snus converted to cigarette-stick equivalents. Meanwhile, the company reported that its […]

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The ‘Davos’ of tobacco

The ‘Davos’ of tobacco

| September 17, 2012

Commentators have already dubbed the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum (GTNF) the “Davos” of tobacco, after the prestigious World Economic Forum meetings in Switzerland—and for good reason. From a humble experiment in Rio de Janeiro in 2008, the GTNF has grown into a force to be reckoned with on the international stage of tobacco events. The […]

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Hail & Cotton – Global Sales Director

Hail & Cotton – Global Sales Director

| September 12, 2012

2500 South Main Street Springfield, Tennessee USA www.hailcottonintl.com Now Hiring – Global Sales Director Hail & Cotton International Group (“HCIG”), recognized world-wide as a quality supplier of all types of leaf tobacco, is actively recruiting for the position of Global Sales Director. This position will report directly to the President and will oversee an experienced […]

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NZ smokers paying more than their share of taxes

NZ smokers paying more than their share of taxes

| May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012—A treasury report has admitted that smoking saves the New Zealand government money because smokers die earlier and pay more in tobacco tax than their health problems cost, according to a story in the Otago Daily Times relayed by Tobacco China Online. The regulatory impact statement on tobacco taxes prepared ahead of the […]

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Challenge to NY parks smoking ban unexpected

Challenge to NY parks smoking ban unexpected

| May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012—New York officials said yesterday that they were putting a temporary hold on the enforcement of a ban on tobacco smoking at state parks in the city, according to a story by Glenn Blain for the New York Daily News. The ban, enacted in April, extended also to designated areas around pools and […]

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FDA launches regulatory science fellowship program

FDA launches regulatory science fellowship program

| May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012—The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), is launching a new regulatory science fellowship program. The new program is designed for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates […]

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Romania likely to benefit from Bulgaria’s smoking ban

Romania likely to benefit from Bulgaria’s smoking ban

| May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012—Romania hopes to capitalize on Bulgaria’s decision to ban tobacco smoking in all enclosed public places since it may be seen by smokers as an attractive alternative tourist destination, according to a Novinite story quoting media reports. Smokers will be able to take advantage of Romania’s more relaxed smoking regime in restaurants, cars, […]

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Most US states show scant interest in smoking fight

Most US states show scant interest in smoking fight

| May 30, 2012

May 25, 2012—A report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that US states have been spending a small and dwindling portion of their tobacco revenues on programs to prevent young people from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a PRNewswire story from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). ‘From […]

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Seoul sets its heart on ousting smoking

Seoul sets its heart on ousting smoking

| May 30, 2012

May 25, 2012—The metropolitan government of Seoul, South Korea, said on Wednesday that it would begin enforcing tobacco smoking bans in more public places next month in an effort to turn all public areas of the city into smoke-free zones, according to a story by Lee Eun-joo for the Korea JoongAng Daily. In June, the […]

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Animal tests cruel and pointless

Animal tests cruel and pointless

| May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012—PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is campaigning against a draft recommendation by the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products that some tobacco products be tested on animals, according to an Ecorazzi story relayed by Tobacco China Online. ‘This guidance would allow companies to conduct cruel animal tests […]

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TABEXPO: A message from the chairman at Tobacco Reporter

TABEXPO: A message from the chairman at Tobacco Reporter

| March 30, 2012

Following the huge success of TABEXPO 2011 Prague, many people are working behind the scenes on TABEXPO 2015 and figuring out how we can continue to make it bigger, better and more relevant to our audience – you! Selecting the host city for TABEXPO involved many considerations: accessibility, accommodations and their quality and location, a […]

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GTNF 2012

GTNF 2012

| March 30, 2012

The Global Tobacco Networking Forum, GTNF, is quite simply the greatest interactive tobacco industry idea exchange on earth. GTNF 2012 just wrapped up two days of engaging forums and interactive workshops. Look for comprehensive coverage of this event in the upcoming August issue of Tobacco Reporter. GTNF 2012 website: click here You may also be […]

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Golden Leaf Awards

Golden Leaf Awards

| March 30, 2012

Tobacco Reporter, in association with our exclusive sponsor, BMJ, has presented the industry’s only annual awards for excellence since 2006, recognizing companies, products or individuals for performance in the following categories: Most impressive public service initiative Most promising new product introduction Most exciting newcomer to the industry Most outstanding service to the industry BMJ Most […]

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