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App aids tax compliance

App aids tax compliance

| May 2, 2016

Smokers in the Philippines can now install an app on their smartphones to determine if taxes have been paid on their cigarettes.

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Cypriot farmers to fill Syrian gap

Cypriot farmers to fill Syrian gap

| April 28, 2016

Cypriot farmers revive tobacco production as output of their biggest competitor, Syria, plummets in the wake of civil war.

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Layoffs at ITG Brands

Layoffs at ITG Brands

| April 22, 2016

ITG Brands will lay off approximately 375 employees at its manufacturing facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.

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Committee passes new predicate date

Committee passes new predicate date

| April 19, 2016

The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations has approved an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill offered by Representatives Tom Cole and Sanford Bishop that would modify the predicate date for vapor products.

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USTC enhances grower-assessments

USTC enhances grower-assessments

| April 19, 2016

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (USTC) is expanding its grower-audit program to include an independent third-party assessment of all its farmers.

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Goebel reports biggest order yet

Goebel reports biggest order yet

| April 18, 2016

Goebel IMS, a global provider of slitting/rewinding equipment headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, recently completed the biggest order in its history.

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Turkey mulls ‘dark’ market

Turkey mulls ‘dark’ market

| April 18, 2016

Long a haven for smokers, Turkey is now considering plain tobacco packaging and other restrictions designed to curb tobacco use.

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Jobs at risk due to warnings limbo

Jobs at risk due to warnings limbo

| April 13, 2016

The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India said that the uncertainty surrounding graphic health warnings is threatening the livelihood of more than 45 million people engaged in the tobacco industry.

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Domino’s Bond joins Brother executive team

Domino’s Bond joins Brother executive team

| April 13, 2016

Nigel Bond, CEO of Domino Printing Sciences, has joined the Brother executive management team. Following Brother Industries’ acquisition of the coding, marking and digital printing company on June 11, 2015, the appointment reflects the importance the Japanese multinational company places on Domino as a growth platform in the portfolio of its businesses.

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Shopkeepers jailed for selling tobacco

Shopkeepers jailed for selling tobacco

| April 12, 2016

Police in Thimphu, Bhutan, detained 10 betel-leaf shop owners for selling tobacco products. Bhutan banned the sale and consumption of tobacco products in December 2004.

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IHMA updates hologram register

IHMA updates hologram register

| April 8, 2016

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association’s (IHMA) updated Hologram Image Register (HIR) allows for faster online registration and copyright checking of hologram designs.

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New designs for Mevius

New designs for Mevius

| April 8, 2016

Japan Tobacco is redesigning 16 Mevius products to celebrate the brand’s third anniversary. Next month, the company will also launch three new products in Japan

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Correction

Correction

| April 5, 2016

Tobacco Reporter mistakenly relayed a statement from the Korea Tobacco Association concerning graphic health warnings, which in fact was never made.

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Doody named marketing director at Domino

Doody named marketing director at Domino

| April 4, 2016

Paul Doody has assumed the position of global marketing director at Domino Printing Sciences. In his new role, he will be defining and driving effective marketing campaigns for the coding and marking company.

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AR Packaging and Egem to cooperate

AR Packaging and Egem to cooperate

| April 4, 2016

AR Packaging Group, of Lund, Sweden, and Egem Ambalaj Sanayi ve Ticaret, of Izmir, Turkey, have signed a deal to cooperate in the manufacture, purchasing, sale and marketing in Turkey of packaging made out of cardboard or other materials.

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API sells holographic business

API sells holographic business

| April 4, 2016

The API Group of the U.K. has completed the earlier announced sale of the security holographic business of API Holographics Limited to OpSec Security Group, a provider of anti-counterfeiting security solutions.

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Zimbabwean exports up

Zimbabwean exports up

| March 27, 2016

Zimbabwe has exported 35.5 million kilograms worth $223.4 million of Virginia tobacco since the start of the selling season, slightly more than it exported during the comparable period last year.

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‘Illicit cigarettes to outsell legal ones’

‘Illicit cigarettes to outsell legal ones’

| March 27, 2016

Unless the government moderates its tax policies, illicit cigarette sales could soon overtake legal ones, according to the Confederation of Malaysian Tobacco Manufacturers.

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Trend spotting

Trend spotting

| March 19, 2016

What’s next for vapor – impressions from the recent TPE

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Gaïatrend expands into U.S.

Gaïatrend expands into U.S.

| March 18, 2016

Gaïatrend, a leading vapor company in France, is expanding into the United States, where it will be launching its flagship brand, Alfaliquid. Industry veteran and executive Arnaud Dumas de Rauly will lead Gaïatrend USA’s development as president.

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A class act

A class act

| March 17, 2016

Tobacco Reporter at the ProCigar Festival in the Dominican Republic.

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Golden touch

Golden touch

| March 17, 2016

Impressions from the recent Habanos Festival gala dinner

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Tobacco aims higher

Tobacco aims higher

| March 16, 2016

Altria Group and Reynolds American may soon take another look at U.S. business opportunities in the production of marijuana-related products, according to Bloomberg Intelligence’s senior tobacco industry analyst, Kenneth Shea.

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Scanlan joins Madvapes

Scanlan joins Madvapes

| March 16, 2016

Tony Scanlan has been appointed CEO of Madvapes U.K. to lead the company’s business expansion strategy in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

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Canada looks into plain packaging

Canada looks into plain packaging

| March 16, 2016

Canada’s Public Health Agency has posted a public tender for a “cost-benefit analysis of the plain packaging of tobacco products,” reports CBC News.

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