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E-cigarette use among never-smokers negligible, says anti-smoking body

E-cigarette use among never-smokers negligible, says anti-smoking body

| April 29, 2014

Electronic cigarette use among people who have never smoked remains negligible in Great   Britain, according to an ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) fact sheet. Only 1.1 percent of “never-smokers” have ever tried e-cigarettes and almost none of those who have tried these products continue to use them. Among former smokers, 11.8 percent have […]

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TFWA registrations up 23 percent

TFWA registrations up 23 percent

| April 29, 2014

With less than three weeks to go before the start of the TFWA (Tax-Free World Association) Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference, 1,480 duty-free operators, travel-retail businesses and landlords had registered for the event, according to the association’s newsletter, Evoice. Registrations for the event, which will be held in Singapore May 11–15, were up 23 percent […]

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Macau ups the ante on smoking lounges

Macau ups the ante on smoking lounges

| April 29, 2014

The government of Macau will announce its technical guidelines for the installation of smoking lounges in casinos by June or July at the earliest, according to a Macau Business Daily story quoting Health Bureau Director Lei Chin. Before the guidelines were launched, Lei said, his bureau was going to discuss the approval criteria with the […]

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Warning: Proposed e-cigarette rules could devastate public health

Warning: Proposed e-cigarette rules could devastate public health

| April 28, 2014

A public health expert has expressed serious concerns about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed regulations on electronic cigarettes. Writing on his blog, Dr. Michael Siegel, who is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, said that with the release of its deeming regulations, the FDA […]

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Bangladesh looks to check growing trend

Bangladesh looks to check growing trend

| April 28, 2014

The government in Bangladesh is planning to check the increase in production of leaf tobacco in the country, according to a story in The Financial Express quoting a UNB News Agency report. “A policy will be formulated soon to check the cultivation and production of tobacco,” M. Amin Ul Ahsan, coordinator of the tobacco control […]

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Online Coresta registration open

Online Coresta registration open

| April 28, 2014

Online registration and accommodation booking for Coresta’s 2014 congress is now available at www.coresta2014.org. The congress is due to be held at the Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada, on Oct. 12–16. The theme of the congress is “Building on experience to shape the future.” The deadline for the submission of congress paper abstracts is May […]

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Innovia owners share investment vision

Innovia owners share investment vision

| April 28, 2014

Arle Capital has acquired the Innovia Group from the Candover 2001 Fund for an enterprise value of €498 million, with funds raised from a syndicate of new investors. The deal means that ownership remains with funds managed by the same international private equity company. “We are delighted that we will be partnering again with Arle, […]

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Fifth tender for Hungary’s retail licenses

Fifth tender for Hungary’s retail licenses

| April 28, 2014

Hungary’s government-operated National Tobacco Trade Nonprofit (NTTN) is due to issue a tender on May 8 for the remaining 18 licenses for the retail sale of tobacco products, according to an MTI-EcoNews story. A government monopoly on the issuing of such licenses was introduced in July 2013. About 5,800 National Tobacco Shops are currently selling […]

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Altria’s cigarette shipments down but cigar and smokeless volumes up

Altria’s cigarette shipments down but cigar and smokeless volumes up

| April 25, 2014

PM USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the three months to the end of March, at 28,749 million, was down by 2.5 percent on that of the first quarter of 2013, 29,501 million. The company estimates that, when adjusted for trade inventory changes, its domestic cigarette shipment volume fell about 3.5 percent against a total […]

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Lorillard’s cigarette shipments down

Lorillard’s cigarette shipments down

| April 25, 2014

Lorillard’s domestic-market wholesale cigarette shipments during the three months to the end of March, at 8,838 million, were down by 2.3 percent on those of the first quarter of 2013, 9,044 million. Shipments of Newport were down by 1.5 percent to 7,551 million, while shipments of Kent and True, Lorillard’s other full-price brands, were down […]

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Proposed U.S. FDA regulations on “other” tobacco products generally welcomed

Proposed U.S. FDA regulations on “other” tobacco products generally welcomed

| April 25, 2014

Lorillard, the owner of blu eCigs, has applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which yesterday published proposed regulations in respect of e-cigarettes. “Lorillard applauds the agency’s initial efforts to establish a reasonable regulatory framework for the electronic cigarette category,” the company said in a note posted on its website. “Lorillard has long supported […]

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JT’s domestic volume up over 12 months

JT’s domestic volume up over 12 months

| April 24, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette volume sales during the 12 months to the end of March, at 120.1 billion, were 3.3 percent up on those of the 12 months to the end of March 2013. JT reported that the volume increase was down to a steady growth in market share and a one-off increase in […]

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Reynolds’ first-quarter volume down

Reynolds’ first-quarter volume down

| April 24, 2014

R.J. Reynolds’ domestic-market cigarette volume during the first quarter to the end of March, at 14.3 billion, was down by 3.8 percent on that of the first quarter of last year, 14.9 billion. Total growth brands volume was up by 1.2 percent from 9.6 billion to 9.7 billion, driven by a 2.5 percent increase to […]

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Meeting to discuss leaf’s carbon imprint

Meeting to discuss leaf’s carbon imprint

| April 24, 2014

One of the two focuses of this year’s meeting of the European Association on Tobacco Research and Experimentation (AERET) will be the carbon imprint of leaf tobacco production. The other will be biodiversity. AERET’s annual meeting is due to be held in Kraków, Poland, June 10–12. June 10 and 11 will be dedicated to technical […]

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Mugabe threatens tobacco growing ban

Mugabe threatens tobacco growing ban

| April 23, 2014

President Robert Mugabe has warned farmers that tobacco production will be banned in Zimbabwe if they continue to cut down trees to provide fuel for curing their crops, according to a story on NewZimbabwe.com. In his Independence Day speech on the weekend, Mugabe said tobacco growers were causing desertification. “Our people are growing tobacco and […]

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Disagreement over regulation timing

Disagreement over regulation timing

| April 23, 2014

If Denmark’s health minister, Nick Hækkerup, has his way, parliament will “soon” be taking action to curb the increasing use of e-cigarettes in the country, according to a Copenhagen Post story. “It concerns me that children are using strawberry- and licorice-flavored e-cigarettes,” Hækkerup wrote in a statement to parliament’s committee on health. “It doesn’t matter […]

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Anti-tobacco vigilantes to be let loose

Anti-tobacco vigilantes to be let loose

| April 23, 2014

A new anti-tobacco law that is expected to be issued “soon” will grant judicial powers to some anti-smoking volunteers to detect and report violations of the law, according to a story in The Peninsula quoting an official of Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH). The proposed law, which will amend an existing law, will ban […]

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Hungary asked to alter tax-change rules

Hungary asked to alter tax-change rules

| April 23, 2014

The European Commission has warned that it might refer to the European Court of Justice Hungarian legislation that runs counter to an EU directive regulating tobacco trade. In Hungary, tax rates are included on tobacco products packaging, and when taxes change, packs with the old tax rates cannot be sold after 15 days of the […]

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PMI’s volume down in first quarter

PMI’s volume down in first quarter

| April 22, 2014

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the first quarter of 2014, at 195.961 billion, was down by 4.4 percent on that of the first quarter of last year, 204.947 billion, though, excluding the unfavorable impact of estimated inventory movements in the quarter, the company reported, its volume decreased by about 2 percent. Volume was […]

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Bergerac R&D in cost-cutting sights

Bergerac R&D in cost-cutting sights

| April 22, 2014

As part of its cost-cutting plans, Imperial Tobacco intends to “offload” its research center in Bergerac, France, according to a story in Le Figaro. Imperial said last week that it was proposing to close its cigarette factories at Nottingham, U.K., and Nantes, France, as part of a cost optimization program aimed at delivering savings of […]

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Pleasures for poor people—what next?

Pleasures for poor people—what next?

| April 22, 2014

MPs in Uganda have queried why tobacco farmers look poor while tobacco companies look rich, according to a story by John Odyek for The New Vision. The MPs were apparently attending a meeting at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel to discuss the Tobacco Control Bill 2014. “People who have planted tobacco live in grass-thatched houses,” said […]

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Shipping cigarette butts to useful ends

Shipping cigarette butts to useful ends

| April 22, 2014

Imperial Tobacco Australia is helping to fund a pioneering scheme to recycle cigarette butts. The business is partnering with recycling firm Terracycle to encourage people over the age of 18 to sign up to its Cigarette Waste Brigade. Other tobacco companies are also providing financial support for the scheme. Those taking part can send cigarette […]

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New Universal business includes sweetener for tobacco growers

New Universal business includes sweetener for tobacco growers

| April 17, 2014

Universal Corp. said yesterday that it had entered the fruit and vegetable food ingredients market through its new subsidiary, Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients (CIFI). “The new business will utilize advanced technology to produce high-quality, food-grade dehydrated and juiced fruit and vegetable products,” Universal said in a note posted on its website. “Initially the business will […]

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Read this important Siegel blog—now

Read this important Siegel blog—now

| April 17, 2014

In a hard-hitting blog published yesterday, Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, has shone a little light into some of the murky corners of U.S. tobacco control legislation. He is at times scathing about the road that led to regulations on “lights” descriptors […]

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Flue-cured prices rising steeply in Andhra

Flue-cured prices rising steeply in Andhra

| April 17, 2014

Flue-cured tobacco prices have been rising steeply on the auction floors of Andhra Pradesh, India, and recently hit a new high of INR172 per kg at the Koyyalagudem floors in the West Godavari district of the state, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The story said […]

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