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FDA can use menthol report, after all

FDA can use menthol report, after all

| January 18, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) right to use its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee’s (TPSAC) menthol report. The ruling overturns a lower court’s 2014 ruling prohibiting the FDA from using the report. The TPSAC report concluded that menthol cigarettes are no more […]

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Turkmenistan bans tobacco sales

Turkmenistan bans tobacco sales

| January 15, 2016

The government of Turkmenistan has banned the sale of all tobacco products, reports the BBC. Shops caught selling cigarettes are facing fines of up to tmt6,900 ($1,680), according to Chrono-TM, an independent website operating from Vienna. The State Service for Protecting the Security of a Healthy Society, which previously focused on combating drugs, has been […]

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Delfortgroup buys Mundet

Delfortgroup buys Mundet

| January 13, 2016

Delfortgroup has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Mundet group. Mundet has manufacturing sites in Virginia and Tennessee in the United States and in Toluca, Mexico. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016. With the acquisition of Mundet, Delfortgroup enhances […]

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AR Packaging partners with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika

AR Packaging partners with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika

| January 11, 2016

ÅR Packaging Group and Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika have agreed to cooperate in the manufacture, procurement, sale and marketing in Indonesia of packages made out of cardboard or other materials in combination with cardboard. ”We are pleased with this agreement and look forward to a successful collaboration with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika,” says Peter Aichhorn, […]

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PMI and GPI discuss corporate split

PMI and GPI discuss corporate split

| January 6, 2016

Philip Morris International (PMI) is in talks with its Indian partner, Godfrey Philips India (GPI), for a possible splitting of GPI into two entities, with one focusing only on manufacturing and the other overseeing GPI brands, reports The Economic Times. Another option under consideration is a demerger of GPI into a real estate and a […]

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Feeling the chill

Feeling the chill

| January 1, 2016

The changing global cigarette market has left its mark on the classical oriental tobacco sector.

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BAT Korea appoints new CEO

BAT Korea appoints new CEO

| December 30, 2015

Erik Stoel has been appointed CEO of British American Tobacco Korea, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Guy Meldrum who has been transferred as head of BAT Australasia. “Over the past three years, in his role as marketing director of BAT Korea, Mr. Stoel has made a substantial contribution to the company by strengthening the company’s […]

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Board changes at Hauni

Board changes at Hauni

| December 17, 2015

Juergen Spykman will become deputy chairman of Hauni Machinenbau’s executive board effective Jan. 1. In April he will succeed acting CEO Christopher Somm. Somm will then focus exclusively on his group executive board responsibilities. Somm will remain responsible for the company’s Business Area Tobacco and for Corporate Center Strategic Marketing and Sales. He will also […]

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BAT-Imperial deal ‘likely’

BAT-Imperial deal ‘likely’

| November 30, 2015

Wells Fargo Securities believes a deal between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG) is “very probable,” based on a detailed market share and leverage analysis it performed. The most likely scenario, according to the financial services firm, is that BAT acquires Imperial but divests its U.S. assets, ITG Brands, in a tax-free […]

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Passing the baton

Passing the baton

| November 1, 2015

–A note from GTNF advisory board chairman David O’Reilly As I step down as chairman of the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum (GTNF) advisory board, I would like to say that it has been a very real privilege to have had the opportunity to act as chairman for this fantastic forum over the past two […]

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A compelling intersect

A compelling intersect

| November 1, 2015

Convening in Bologna, industry stakeholders detect a win-win-win scenario—provided that certain conditions are met.

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And the winners are…

And the winners are…

| November 1, 2015

Tobacco Reporter announces the recipients of its 2015 Golden Leaf Awards. TR Staff Report Tobacco Reporter announced the winners of its 2015 Golden Leaf Awards during the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum gala dinner on Sept. 16 in Bologna, Italy. Recipients accepted trophies for their accomplishments in five different categories—Most impressive public service initiative, Most […]

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Chowdhury namedpartner at Keller and Heckman

Chowdhury namedpartner at Keller and Heckman

| January 6, 2015

E-cigarette expert Azim Chowdhury has been named partner in Keller and Heckman’s Washington DC law office. Chowdhury advises corporations in matters of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory compliance. Specifically, he assists corporations in establishing clearances for food and drug additives in the U.S., Canada and the European Union, with an emphasis […]

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E-cigarette Holding continues strong growth

E-cigarette Holding continues strong growth

| December 12, 2014

Electronic Cigarettes Holding (ECH) reported promising results for the first half of 2014. The company plans to expand its business to 25 countries within the next three months. ECH currently has online shops in 18 European countries. Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) for the first half-year of 2014 already surpassed those of last year, […]

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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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