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RAI judged likely to acquire Lorillard

RAI judged likely to acquire Lorillard

| May 22, 2014

It looks increasingly likely that Reynolds American (RAI) will acquire Lorillard, according to a research note issued by Bonnie Herzog, managing director of beverage, tobacco and convenience store research at Wells Fargo Securities (WFS). In part, Herzog’s position is based on news reports that came out yesterday afternoon indicating that RAI was in “active discussions” […]

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E-cigarettes highly efficient quit aids

E-cigarettes highly efficient quit aids

| May 22, 2014

E-cigarettes are considerably more effective than over-the-counter treatments such as nicotine gum and patches at helping people to quit smoking, according to a story in The Independent quoting the results of a new study by researchers at University College London (UCL). One leading expert was quoted as saying it would be “perfectly reasonable” for the […]

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Trademark dispute over Blu e-cigarettes

Trademark dispute over Blu e-cigarettes

| May 22, 2014

Zippo Manufacturing Company (ZMC), maker of the Zippo® lighter, and its subsidiary ZippMark, said on Tuesday that they were suing LOEC Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lorillard, for alleged trademark infringement, according to a ZFC press note issued through PRNewswire. Zippo’s lawsuit, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, seeks […]

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JT to grant 11 Asian student scholarships

JT to grant 11 Asian student scholarships

| May 22, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it would grant scholarships to 11 students from Asia as part of its 2014 Asian Scholarship Program (ASP) for human resource development in the region. Aiming to promote international exchange and human resource development in Asia, the JT ASP was established in 1998 to offer financial support to Asian […]

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Zimbabwe prices down by 14 percent

Zimbabwe prices down by 14 percent

| May 21, 2014

So far this sales season, Zimbabwe’s average flue-cured price, at $3.18 per kg, is more than 14 percent down on that of the same period of last year, $3.71, according to a story in News Day. No explanation was given as to why the prices paid to farmers were down so dramatically. The latest figures […]

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Universal reports on challenging year

Universal reports on challenging year

| May 21, 2014

Universal Corporation yesterday reported net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, at $149.0 million or $5.25 per diluted share, increased on that of the previous year’s $132.8 million or $4.66 per diluted share. Segment operating income, which excludes certain one-off items, was $175.2 million, down by $57.6 million or 24.7 percent. The reduction […]

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Counterfeit Rizla booklets seized in China

Counterfeit Rizla booklets seized in China

| May 21, 2014

More than 1.2 million counterfeit Rizla booklets have been seized in China following an initiative led by Imperial Tobacco’s Group Security team. The illicit products (pictured) were captured during a series of raids by the authorities in the provinces of Guangdong and Jiangxi. “Lengthy investigations by Group Security into a number of smuggling networks targeting […]

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More smoking bans planned for Oman

More smoking bans planned for Oman

| May 21, 2014

The Muscat Governorate plans to extend a ban on smoking tobacco in public places, according to a story in the Times of Oman. The governorate is a region of Oman that includes the country’s capital, also known as Muscat. Smoking has been banned since April 2010 in enclosed public places such as shopping malls, cafés […]

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Smokers priced out of duty-paid market

Smokers priced out of duty-paid market

| May 20, 2014

The consumption in the U.K. of tobacco products that have not had U.K. duty paid on them is said to be on the rise again, according to a story by Guy Bentley for City A.M, quoting figures from HM Revenue and Customs. Non-U.K.-duty-paid (NUKDP) products accounted for 16 percent of the cigarette market during the […]

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Call for more hotels to go smoke-free

Call for more hotels to go smoke-free

| May 20, 2014

More hotels in Malaysia should be declared smoke-free in a bid to reduce the amount of secondhand smoke in public places, according to a story in The Star quoting the Health Ministry’s deputy director-general, Dr. Lokman Hakim Sulaiman. “There are a number of hotels where smoking is banned in the entire premises, and this is […]

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Warning over high-voltage e-cigarettes

Warning over high-voltage e-cigarettes

| May 20, 2014

High-voltage e-cigarettes might expose users to increased levels of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, according to research led by Maciej Goniewicz, Ph.D., Pharm.D., a researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at the U.S.’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The study was published online by Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Some e-cigarettes allow the user […]

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White Cloud demonstrates U.S. credentials

White Cloud demonstrates U.S. credentials

| May 20, 2014

U.S.-based White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has launched ClearDraw2, “a radical reinvention of the traditional e-cigarette cartridge.” According to a press note issued through PRNewswire, the proprietary new design “eliminates the industry-standard cotton filler and narrow airflow chambers, giving users more e-liquid per cartridge, and more flavor and vapor with every puff.” The design of ClearDraw2 […]

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About 4,900 jobs to go as Sampoerna looks to axe two hand-rolling plants

About 4,900 jobs to go as Sampoerna looks to axe two hand-rolling plants

| May 19, 2014

Sampoerna said on Friday that it planned to restructure its hand-rolled kretek cigarette (SKT) manufacturing operations in Indonesia, a development that would “impact” about 4,900 employees. “The company has decided to discontinue the production in its SKT manufacturing facilities in Jember and Lumajang as of 31 May 2014, while at the same time continue to […]

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Petition calls for more relaxed attitude to public-places smoking in Russia

Petition calls for more relaxed attitude to public-places smoking in Russia

| May 19, 2014

About 100,000 signatures have been collected on a petition calling for Russian lawmakers to backpedal on the country’s smoking ban, according to a RT TV/TV Novosti report. An anti-tobacco law was approved in February 2013 and came into effect on June 1 last year. However, restrictions are being introduced gradually, so that, since last summer, […]

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Coresta Congress abstracts due Friday

Coresta Congress abstracts due Friday

| May 19, 2014

The deadline for the submission of abstracts of presentations to the 2014 Coresta Congress is Friday, according to the congress’ organizing committee. 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 […]

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Poland to challenge EU menthol ban

Poland to challenge EU menthol ban

| May 16, 2014

Polish officials are expected to try to block the ban on menthol cigarettes included as part of the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which is due to come into force on May 20. A story in the Warsaw Business Journal said that under the new TPD, sales of menthol cigarettes would be banned in […]

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Tobacco worker protection in own best interests of farmers, says grower body

Tobacco worker protection in own best interests of farmers, says grower body

| May 16, 2014

The Tobacco Growers’ Association of North Carolina has said that the great majority of tobacco farmers in NC fully understand that protecting and providing support for their workers is in their own best interests as well as those of their workforces. The association was replying to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report issued on Wednesday, […]

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The question is unusual – the answer, according to a new book, isn’t pretty

The question is unusual – the answer, according to a new book, isn’t pretty

| May 16, 2014

The smokers’ group, Forest, and Buckingham University Press is due to host a drinks reception and talk by John Staddon, author of Unlucky Strike, Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking. Staddon, who is Professor Emeritus at the US’ Duke University and Honorary Visiting Professor at the UK’s University of York, has […]

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JT’s sales well down in April

JT’s sales well down in April

| May 16, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during April, at 6.7 billion, was down by 30.2 per cent on that of April 2013, 9.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The April 2013 figure was increased by 3.2 per cent on that of April 2012. Volume during January-April 2014, at 37.1 […]

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Industry drones on about smuggling

Industry drones on about smuggling

| May 16, 2014

A Lithuanian home-made drone ‘detained’ in Russia’s Kaliningrad region last week had been used in an attempt to smuggle cigarettes into Russia, Oleg Dzhurayev, the press service chief of the Kaliningrad border department of the Russian Federal Security service, told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday. The drone, which was said to have been used by a Russian-Lithuanian […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

| May 16, 2014

Lorillard has declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.615 per share. The dividend is payable on June 10 to stockholders of record as of May 30.

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Children exposed on U.S. tobacco farms

Children exposed on U.S. tobacco farms

| May 15, 2014

Children working on tobacco farms in the U.S. are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides and other dangers, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released yesterday. “While U.S. law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to children, children can legally work on tobacco farms in the U.S.,” HRW said in a press note announcing […]

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E-cigarettes help asthmatic smokers

E-cigarettes help asthmatic smokers

| May 15, 2014

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health indicates that asthmatic smokers who use e-cigarettes experience an improvement in their asthma symptoms and lung function, even if they remain dual users, according to a leading health expert. The study (See: Polosa R, et al. “Effect of smoking abstinence and […]

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Altria declares dividend

Altria declares dividend

| May 15, 2014

Following Altria’s annual meeting yesterday, the company’s board of directors declared a regular dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on July 10 to shareholders of record as of June 16. The ex-dividend date is June 12. At the meeting, the company reaffirmed its 2014 full-year guidance for reported and adjusted diluted earnings per share.

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Alcohol next in line for plain packaging

Alcohol next in line for plain packaging

| May 14, 2014

Scotch whisky could be dragged into a tit-for-tat trade war because of plans to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes in Scotland and, possibly, the rest of the U.K., according to a story by David Maddox for The Scotsman, reflecting the fears of some MPs. The Indonesian government has proposed forcing Australian wine to be sold […]

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