Category: Markets

Deadlock over leaf prices

Deadlock over leaf prices

| September 8, 2017

It doesn’t seem to make much sense to hold down leaf prices – perhaps below the cost of production – because cigarette manufacturers are holding too much stock.

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IMPACT funding announced

IMPACT funding announced

| September 8, 2017

Thirty-two projects have been awarded a total of about US$28 million as part of a Philip Morris International initiative to help in the fight against illegal trade and related crimes.

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BAT in Papua agreement

BAT in Papua agreement

| September 8, 2017

British American Tobacco is to share with government agencies in Papua New Guinea intelligence on illegal trade.

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JT’s Mighty deal completed

JT’s Mighty deal completed

| September 8, 2017

The acquisition of Mighty Corporation by Japan Tobacco Inc largely brings to an end a ‘disruptive’ period in the history of the Philippines’ cigarette market.

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Call to end contract farming

Call to end contract farming

| September 7, 2017

Despite the benefits that tobacco growing produces for Zimbabwe – and for tobacco dealers and manufacturers, and governments in other countries – most growers remain poor.

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Leaf production down

Leaf production down

| September 7, 2017

Dissatisfaction with the grading system in the Philippines is apparently causing some tobacco growers to reduce their plantings.

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Growers told to up quality

Growers told to up quality

| September 7, 2017

One of two stories published in the Philippines yesterday suggests that growers can earn more by improving leaf quality, while the second suggests that graders might downgrade their leaf.

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Bigger is better in Taiwan

Bigger is better in Taiwan

| September 6, 2017

A proposal that bigger health warnings should be introduced in Taiwan seems to be based on flawed reasoning, but that won’t stop their introduction.

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Smoking down in Ukraine

Smoking down in Ukraine

| September 5, 2017

While there has been a 20 percent reduction over seven years in the incidence of smoking in Ukraine, there has been no significant reduction in smoking among women.

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Zimbabwe prices flat

Zimbabwe prices flat

| September 5, 2017

Contrary to an earlier report; it seems that grower prices for flue-cured tobacco in Zimbabwe were flat in 2017.

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Cellulose market smoking

Cellulose market smoking

| September 5, 2017

The growing use of cellulose acetate tow in cigarette filters is expected to boost the market for cellulose acetate.

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Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

| September 5, 2017

Flavored cigarettes make smoking easier and are particularly attractive to women and children, according to a recent study conducted in South Korea.

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Bans counter-productive

Bans counter-productive

| September 4, 2017

It seems that India could be edging toward a ban on electronic cigarettes without examining all the evidence.

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Standard the new norm

Standard the new norm

| September 4, 2017

The tobacco industry seems generally to have lost the battle against standardized tobacco-packs, which are starting to appear in an increasing number of countries.

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Small packs opposed

Small packs opposed

| September 4, 2017

If packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes have been found to be ‘kiddie packs’, could this not be put to advantage? Why couldn’t a request for a small pack be used by a retailer as an alarm bell?

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Only a minor change

Only a minor change

| September 4, 2017

A proposed change to Japan’s Civil Code that would lower the legal age of adulthood from 20 to 18 will not mean that people can start smoking two years sooner than is the case now.

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SM acquires V2 Tobacco

SM acquires V2 Tobacco

| September 1, 2017

Lars Dahlgren, president and CEO of Swedish Match, says the newly-acquired, “vibrant and independent” V2 Tobacco business is a good fit with SM’s existing organization.

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Smoking costs unaffordable

Smoking costs unaffordable

| August 31, 2017

With a 20 percent adult tobacco-smoking rate only a 2030 aspiration, China will struggle to bear the economic and social cost of the habit, some observers believe.

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The die is cast

The die is cast

| August 31, 2017

By switching from growing tobacco to indigo, US farmers will benefit from the fact that they will be paid, initially at least, on a per-acre basis.

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Management board changes

Management board changes

| August 31, 2017

The integration of British American Tobacco’s Next Generation Products unit into the main business is surely a sign that the company is serious about harm reduction.

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