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Swedish Match declares dividend

Swedish Match declares dividend

| May 8, 2014

Swedish Match held its 2014 annual general meeting yesterday when it was resolved, in accordance with a proposal from the board of directors, to pay a dividend of SEK7.30 per share. The day of record for the right to receive a cash dividend is May 12. Payment through Euroclear Sweden is expected to be made […]

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Volunteering to stem a tide of garbage

Volunteering to stem a tide of garbage

| May 8, 2014

Imperial Tobacco employees in the Philippines are improving their local environment by helping to maintain a river estuary near the company’s Cavite factory. The Philippine Bobbin Corp. (PBC) has joined with other local businesses in an environmental protection scheme by adopting the Maalimango River. To mark World Water Day, more than 60 employees from the […]

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Imperial’s total tobacco volume down 8 percent during first half

Imperial’s total tobacco volume down 8 percent during first half

| May 7, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s total tobacco volume during the six months to the end of March, at 140 billion stick equivalents, was down by 8 percent on that of the six months to the end of March 2013. Stick equivalent volume is said to include cigarette, fine-cut tobacco, cigar and snus volumes. Growth Brand volume was down […]

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Campaign promoting China smoking ban

Campaign promoting China smoking ban

| May 7, 2014

A monthlong publicity campaign is being run in China aimed at promoting a nationwide ban on smoking in public places, according to a story in the South China Morning Post quoting the Xinhua news agency. A spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Mao Qunan, told a launch ceremony in Beijing on Monday […]

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E-cigarette cartridges to be made in U.S.

E-cigarette cartridges to be made in U.S.

| May 7, 2014

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes says that it is taking a major step toward moving its operations to the U.S. by basing production of its e-cigarette cartridges entirely in the U.S. from May 15. The company described the move as “unorthodox” within the e-cigarette industry, which largely relies on China-based manufacturing. “White Cloud already makes its […]

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PMI to webcast summit presentation

PMI to webcast summit presentation

| May 7, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of remarks by CFO Jacek Olczak and a question-and-answer session during the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Summit starting about 08.55 hours Eastern Time on May 13. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI […]

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RAI to webcast summit presentation

RAI to webcast summit presentation

| May 7, 2014

Reynolds American is due to host a webcast of business remarks by president and CEO Susan M. Cameron at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Summit in New York starting about 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time on May 13. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will be available at www.reynoldsamerican.com, where registration is now available. […]

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Lorillard to webcast summit presentation

Lorillard to webcast summit presentation

| May 7, 2014

Lorillard’s chairman, president and CEO, Murray S. Kessler, and its CFO, David H. Taylor, are due to participate in the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Summit in New York City from 1:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13. The presentation, which will be webcast live, can be accessed through the Investor Relations section […]

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Cuba says U.K. is anti-capitalist

Cuba says U.K. is anti-capitalist

| May 6, 2014

Cuba has accused the U.K. of being anti-capitalist and threatening free trade with its plans to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes and cigars, according to a story on The Telegraph Online. In a letter to the World Trade Organization, the country said it recognized the U.K.’s right to apply measures aimed at protecting the health […]

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E-cigarettes to come in from the cold

E-cigarettes to come in from the cold

| May 6, 2014

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry plans to push through legislation to drag e-cigarettes under existing laws controlling the sale of tobacco cigarettes, according to a story in The Nation. The move seems to be a step forward for e-cigarettes, which have been banned in Thailand for about five years but, nevertheless, have been growing in popularity. […]

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TPD compliance could cost €200 million

TPD compliance could cost €200 million

| May 6, 2014

British American Tobacco expects compliance with the new European Commission’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) to cost it between €100 million and €200 million during the next two years as it alters machinery to meet new packaging rules, according to a Reuters story. The TPD—directive 2014/40/EU of April 3, 2014—which governs the laws, regulations and administrative […]

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Imperial to release results tomorrow

Imperial to release results tomorrow

| May 6, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is due tomorrow to host a live webcast of the release of its first-half results. The live webcast and the slides of a presentation to analysts and investors will be made available at http://www.imperial-tobacco.com from 8:50 a.m. U.K. time on May 7. The presentation transcript will be available on the same site from […]

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Health alert: Fast food takes up smoking

Health alert: Fast food takes up smoking

| May 6, 2014

Municipal Police in Prague have apparently fined a man dressed as a slice of pizza for smoking a cigarette in a public transportation station, according to a Prague Post story. Smoking is forbidden at metro and tram stops, as well as on all public transportation. Photographer and local resident Stefan Berec posted a picture of […]

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Cracking down on cigarette smuggling

Cracking down on cigarette smuggling

| May 2, 2014

China’s customs and tobacco authorities destroyed 375,890 cartons of smuggled cigarettes said to be “worth” CNY22 million (US$3.6 million) in Zhanjiang City, Guangdong, on Tuesday, according to a China Radio International report. The cigarettes were said to have included more than 30 brands, including Marlboro, 555 and Double Happiness. They were shredded and then burned […]

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After the beast comes the reckoning

After the beast comes the reckoning

| May 2, 2014

The EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which was published on April 29, has come in for some criticism, and could come in for more. Ewald Stadler, an Austrian member of the European Parliament, has asked the European Commission for information about what were the costs incurred by the TPD trilogue negotiations. In a preamble […]

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Andhra flue-cured selling fast

Andhra flue-cured selling fast

| May 2, 2014

Flue-cured seems to be selling fast at auctions in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. According to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter, at the same stage of the 2013 and 2014 selling seasons, 22.58 million kg and 43.56 million kg had been sold respectively, so volume sales […]

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France primed for public vaping ban

France primed for public vaping ban

| May 2, 2014

E-cigarettes could be banned from enclosed public places in France after the country’s health minister recently reiterated her desire to tighten the laws around the use of these devices, according to a story in The Local. Health Minister Marisol Touraine has previously given hints that she intended to introduce a law to crack down on […]

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England seeks safe use of e-cigarettes

England seeks safe use of e-cigarettes

| May 2, 2014

Health officials have considered banning the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places in England, according to a story in The Independent quoting “documents from a recent board meeting.” The suggestion, said to have been one of a number of options raised at a Public Health England (PHE) meeting in February, proposed prohibiting e-cigarette use […]

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BAT Philippines wants more competition

BAT Philippines wants more competition

| May 2, 2014

British American Tobacco Philippines has joined calls for the passage of a competition law that would curb monopolies and unfair trade practices in the country, according to a story in The Philippine Star. “We support the call recently aired by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and other business groups urging Congress to […]

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Draft FDA e-cigarette regulations said to be a solution in search of a problem

Draft FDA e-cigarette regulations said to be a solution in search of a problem

| May 1, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s draft regulations on e-cigarettes are an example of a government imposing a “solution” and then looking for a problem, according to the president of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), Julie Woessner, J.D. In a press note issued through PRNewswire, CASAA said the regulations offered little benefit. […]

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Leaf tobacco prices down in Malawi

Leaf tobacco prices down in Malawi

| May 1, 2014

Malawi earned MWK15 billion (about US$38 million) from tobacco sales during the first five weeks of the 2014 marketing season, according to a Star Africa story quoting figures issued by the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) on Tuesday. TCC chief executive Bruce Munthali said about 28 million kg of tobacco had been sold so far over […]

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Karnataka crop target up by 4 percent

Karnataka crop target up by 4 percent

| May 1, 2014

The Tobacco Board of India has increased Karnataka’s authorized flue-cured crop size to 104 million kg for the 2014–2015 season, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. For the past two seasons, the board has targeted the state’s production at 100 million kg. The increase follows the […]

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Nadi, Fiji, declared “tobacco free”

Nadi, Fiji, declared “tobacco free”

| May 1, 2014

Nadi, Fiji’s third largest conurbation, on Monday was declared “tobacco free,” according to an Islands Business story. “Most parts of the town are smoke-free, including the handicraft center, the municipal market, the bus stand, all restaurants, public bars and all night clubs, with more to be added to the list,” Nadi’s special administrator, Robin Ali, […]

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Linx building on business success

Linx building on business success

| May 1, 2014

U.K.-based coding and marking specialist Linx Printing Technologies has started construction of a purpose-built headquarters in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. The company plans to transfer from its existing premises during spring next year. The major development at Compass Point Business Park will consolidate the separate buildings currently occupied by Linx’s various operations in St. Ives into […]

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PMI to webcast shareholder meeting

PMI to webcast shareholder meeting

| May 1, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast of its 2014 annual meeting of shareholders at www.pmi.com/webcasts, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 7. The webcast will be in listen-only mode. During the meeting, Louis C. Camilleri, chairman of the board, will address shareholders and answer questions. André Calantzopoulos, CEO, […]

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