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USTC joins responsibility program

USTC joins responsibility program

| February 15, 2016

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, an industry leader in growing, processing and manufacturing flue-cured tobacco, is now a participant in the Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production program.

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Reynolds donates almost $11 million

Reynolds donates almost $11 million

| February 15, 2016

RAI, its affiliates, related private charitable foundations and employees donated approximately $10.8 million to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in 2015.

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New book takes on WHO policies

New book takes on WHO policies

| February 15, 2016

The WHO enables terrorism through the promotion of illicit trade-inducing measures, such as high cigarettes taxes and plain packaging, argues foreign policy expert Patrick Basham in his latest book.

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Smoking-cessation filter

Smoking-cessation filter

| February 15, 2016

A Florida inventor has designed a smoking-cessation aid that consists of an filter infused with a herbal formula.

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Strong dollar hits Amcor profits

Strong dollar hits Amcor profits

| February 15, 2016

Amcor reported a net profit decline of 4.9 percent to us$305.5 million in the six months that ended Dec. 31, according to The Australian Financial Review.

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Seeking the silver lining

Seeking the silver lining

| February 14, 2016

As the economic crisis in their country persists, Russians turn to cheaper smokes.

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Manila publishes health-warning rules

Manila publishes health-warning rules

| February 11, 2016

The Philippine government has published its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on cigarette health warnings, The IRR define the space requirements for graphic health warnings, including photographic images on packaging and warnings in text, as well as the corresponding penalties for violations.

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KT&G expands in Iran

KT&G expands in Iran

| February 11, 2016

KT&G is expanding its business in Iran in the wake of relaxing sanctions against that country, according to a report in The Korea Herald. The company’s products have benefited from pricing, bold marketing and the popularity of Korean culture in the Islamic Republic.

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‘Transformational’ 2015 for RAI

‘Transformational’ 2015 for RAI

| February 11, 2016

Commenting on Reynolds American’s full-year and fourth-quarter results, CEO Susan Cameron describes 2015 as a ‘transformational’ year for the company.

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Tax up in Thailand

Tax up in Thailand

| February 11, 2016

Thailand’s excise tax on tobacco products has increased from 87 percent to 90 percent, reports The Nation. The government aims to raise revenue by about thb15 billion ($425.6 million) per year from thb60 billion.

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Drought forces marketing delay

Drought forces marketing delay

| February 11, 2016

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has deferred the 2016 marketing season of the crop to a date to be announced. Traditionally, Zimbabwe’s tobacco selling season begins in February. Last year, the tobacco selling season began on March 4 due to similar reasons.

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Tobacco firms among top employers

Tobacco firms among top employers

| February 10, 2016

The Top Employer Institute has recognized Philip Morris International (PMI) and Japan Tobacco International (JTI). PMI was recognized as a top employer in Europe for the fourth consecutive year, and for the first time in the Middle East; JTI was recognized as one of Europe’s top five employers.

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Azerbaijan to double leaf cultivation

Azerbaijan to double leaf cultivation

| February 10, 2016

Azerbaijan will increase tobacco prices and leaf cultivation in 2016, according to a local news report. The number of tobacco-related jobs is expected to grow to 8,000.

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Drones to hunt cigarette smugglers

Drones to hunt cigarette smugglers

| February 10, 2016

Hungary’s National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV) has acquired drones to crack down on cigarette smugglers, reports Magyar Idők.

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EAS launches Liquid Soul Vapor

EAS launches Liquid Soul Vapor

| February 8, 2016

E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) is launching Liquid Soul Vapor, scheduled to ship to high-volume vapor locations starting next month.

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Tax stamp industry creates trade body

Tax stamp industry creates trade body

| February 5, 2016

Leading players in the tax stamp industry have established The International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA). The new body’s mission is to contribute to a better understanding of the benefits of tax-stamp technology and to promote the highest professional standards within the sector.

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Vintero to represent MTS

Vintero to represent MTS

| February 5, 2016

Vintero Corp. has been appointed as the exclusive global sales agency for Misra Toxicology Services, (MTS) of Cary, North Carolina, USA.

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Deakes to lead hologram association

Deakes to lead hologram association

| February 2, 2016

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) has outlined its plans for continuing growth with the appointment of a new general secretary.

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Stuck on tobacco

Stuck on tobacco

| February 1, 2016

As the tobacco industry undergoes structural change, suppliers of adhesives face new challenges.

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Unintended consequences

Unintended consequences

| February 1, 2016

Attempts to restrict shisha consumption of may push smokers to cigarettes.

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