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Seeking new alliances

Seeking new alliances

| February 9, 2018

Alliance One International, which yesterday announced a rise in volume sales, is seeking to expand into new, added-value business lines that offer improved margins and good growth potential.

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Smokers spending big

Smokers spending big

| February 9, 2018

Although Turkey’s smoking incidence and cigarette consumption have both fallen during the past 10-12 years, spending on cigarettes has continued to climb.

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Gambling on smoking

Gambling on smoking

| February 9, 2018

Tourists visiting Macau, many of them probably unaware of local customs, are bearing the brunt of fines being handed out for smoking infractions.

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Watching the weather

Watching the weather

| February 9, 2018

Local observers believe that Indonesia, which grew 70,000 tons of tobacco in 2016, could grow 200,000 tons this year – if the weather is co-operative.

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Lower volumes, higher revenues

Lower volumes, higher revenues

| February 8, 2018

Philip Morris International reports full-year results.

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Star Tobacco expanding

Star Tobacco expanding

| February 8, 2018

Star Tobacco’s recent expansion is being reflected in the establishment of bigger facilities in Turkey and Indonesia.

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Malawi crop down

Malawi crop down

| February 8, 2018

In an economically poor country such as Malawi, the question arises as to why fewer farmers registered to grow tobacco this season than did so the previous season.

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Tracking an export ban

Tracking an export ban

| February 8, 2018

A question has been raised about the possible de facto ban on the export of cigarettes from the EU to countries that won’t accept track-and-trace coding on tobacco packaging.

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Presentation to be webcast

Presentation to be webcast

| February 8, 2018

Altria’s CEO Marty Barrington is due to make a presentation at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference later this month.

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Inquiry into VLN cigarettes

Inquiry into VLN cigarettes

| February 7, 2018

Health Canada has issued a tender notice asking suppliers what it would cost to purchase 1 million very low-nicotine cigarettes.

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Anniversary celebration

Anniversary celebration

| February 7, 2018

Cuba gears up for the 20th edition of the Habano Festival.

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E-cig review welcomed

E-cig review welcomed

| February 7, 2018

A question has been asked as to why the vaping industry is banned from advertising research by Public Health England that says more smokers should be made aware of the benefits of switching to vaping.

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Universal looking forward

Universal looking forward

| February 7, 2018

Green-leaf purchases have begun in Brazil, and Universal Corporation believes already that its fiscal year 2019 volumes will rise, given a recovery in African volumes and overall market stability.

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Duty-rise proposal rejected

Duty-rise proposal rejected

| February 7, 2018

A budget proposal that would have increased significantly the duties imposed on cigarettes sold in Iran is being looked at again.

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JT aims to catch up

JT aims to catch up

| February 7, 2018

Japan Tobacco plans to spend big during the next three years in a race to get ahead in the reduced-risk product category.

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EU in denial over snus

EU in denial over snus

| February 6, 2018

It has long been known that snus use has almost ousted tobacco smoking in Sweden, along with the diseases caused by smoking. Now, the same seems to be happening in Norway.

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Vaping key to quitting

Vaping key to quitting

| February 6, 2018

How is that the up-take of a hugely less-risky, acceptable alternative to smoking is being held up by misinformation?

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JTI volumes down in 2017

JTI volumes down in 2017

| February 6, 2018

Japan Tobacco’s combustible-cigarette volume fell by 12.5 percent between 2016 and 2017, but the company outperformed the market so its share rose marginally.

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Tree levy opposed

Tree levy opposed

| February 6, 2018

Not one tree seedling has been planted in Zimbabwe as part of a government reforestation scheme funded to the tune of US$20 million by levies imposed on farmers since 2015.

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Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

| February 5, 2018

Five days of factory tours, farm visits, recreational activities and many, many cigars.

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