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Seoul’s smoking spaces shrinking

Seoul’s smoking spaces shrinking

| August 2, 2016

From September 1; smokers in Seoul, South Korea, will not be allowed to smoke within 10 meters of a subway entrance. How long will it be before that becomes 20 meters, 30 meters…?

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JT reports six-month results

JT reports six-month results

| August 1, 2016

Adjusted operating profit was down 3.2 percent to ¥318.3 billion, due to unfavorable local currency movements. At constant currency, adjusted operating profit increased 14.3 percent, driven by strong business momentum in the international tobacco business.

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The quest continues

The quest continues

| August 1, 2016

Driven by regulatory pressures and new technologies, tobacco science is more important than ever.

BAT’s Chris Proctor comments on the latest developments.

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Destination unknown

Destination unknown

| August 1, 2016

Britain’s decision to leave the EU raises serious questions.

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Next move?

Next move?

| August 1, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations can make or break your company.

A viable post-deeming strategy starts with a proper understanding of the new rules.

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Focus on the filter

Focus on the filter

| August 1, 2016

The filter has become one of the last bastions of product differentiation.

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On demand

On demand

| August 1, 2016

How smart supply chain solutions facilitate the procurement and storage of spare parts.

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After the party

After the party

| August 1, 2016

How COP has affected the tobacco industry—and what to expect going forward.

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API completes Hazen acquisition

API completes Hazen acquisition

| July 29, 2016

API Group has completed the acquisition of Hazen Paper Co.’s paperboard lamination facilities and business in Osgood, Indiana, USA.

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New VP marketing & sales at ITG

New VP marketing & sales at ITG

| July 29, 2016

Kathleen A. Sparrow has been promoted to executive vice president, marketing and sales, at ITG Brands.

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Tobacco renders farmers poorer

Tobacco renders farmers poorer

| July 29, 2016

The prices paid to tobacco farmers in Malawi are, according to one report, making them poorer. And the miserliness of buyers is reportedly not confined to those operating on the auction floors.

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Lower price ‘compares favorably’

Lower price ‘compares favorably’

| July 29, 2016

The concept of low leaf tobacco prices has apparently become so embedded in the psyche of industry observers that an average price this year of $2.94 per kg is seen to compare favorably with an average of $2.95 per kg last year.

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Universal to host results webcast

Universal to host results webcast

| July 29, 2016

Starting at 17.00 on August 4, Universal is due to host a conference-call webcast of its first quarter results.

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BAT announces board appointment

BAT announces board appointment

| July 29, 2016

British American Tobacco has appointed Dr. Marion Helmes to its board as a non-executive director.

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E-Vapor Coalition challenges FDA

E-Vapor Coalition challenges FDA

| July 28, 2016

On behalf of the Right to be Smoke Free Coalition and 10 vapor-industry trade associations (the “E-Vapor Coalition”), Keller and Heckman has filed a motion for summary judgement in a lawsuit challenging parts of the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently published deeming rule .

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Aichholzer sets slow-smoking record

Aichholzer sets slow-smoking record

| July 28, 2016

In her first attempt at the slow-smoking challenge, Cosima Aichholzer beat the previous world record held by Christina Bartnikowski by six minutes. With a smoking time of two hours, nine minutes and six seconds, she joined the world’s top 15 slow smokers.

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BAT volumes up 3.4 percent

BAT volumes up 3.4 percent

| July 28, 2016

During the first six months of this year, British American Tobacco increased its cigarette volume by 3.4 percent while strongly developing its Next Generation Products.

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US Marlboro volume down 5.5 percent

US Marlboro volume down 5.5 percent

| July 28, 2016

Marlboro shipments in the US were down by 5.5 percent during the second quarter of this year, and the brand lost 0.1 of a percentage point of market share.

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Slight increase in women smokers

Slight increase in women smokers

| July 28, 2016

There was a slight increase in the number of women smokers in Japan between last year and this year, but overall the number of adult smokers in the country was down.

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Newport lifts Reynolds’ 2Q volume

Newport lifts Reynolds’ 2Q volume

| July 27, 2016

Newport and Natural American Spirit provided the high points of Reynolds American’s second quarter, which otherwise was characterized by falling cigarette and smokeless volumes.

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