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RAI to host results webcast

RAI to host results webcast

| April 10, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on April 23, following the release of its first-quarter 2014 financial results before the market opens. The webcast will include presentations by president and CEO, Daniel M. Delen; CFO, Thomas R. Adams; and vice president of investor relations, […]

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Nicotine poisoning a parenting issue

Nicotine poisoning a parenting issue

| April 9, 2014

A U.S.-based e-cigarette supplier has responded firmly to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that described how poisonings involving the liquid nicotine used in these products had increased, according to a story by Amy Dominello Braun for the Triad Business Journal, North Carolina. Jason Healy, president of the e-cigarette manufacturer […]

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WHO pressures China on warnings

WHO pressures China on warnings

| April 9, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging China to make its tobacco products warnings more graphic, according to a Xinhua News Agency story. The WHO believes that China’s text warnings, including “Smoking is hazardous to your health,” no longer deter people from smoking. A report by the WHO and the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation […]

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Backing current rules on casino smoking

Backing current rules on casino smoking

| April 9, 2014

The government of Macau believes there is currently no need to change its tobacco smoking restrictions in casinos into full bans, according to a story in the Macau Business Daily. Casinos and gaming venues are allowed to set up smoking areas that take up no more than 50 percent of their public space, but they […]

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Imperial’s firefighters ‘best new team’

Imperial’s firefighters ‘best new team’

| April 9, 2014

Volunteers from Imperial Tobacco’s factory in the Philippines recently proved their mettle in competition against crews from other industries in a national firefighting skills competition. A team of fire officers at the Philippine Bobbin Corp. were trained by the local fire chief before taking part in the event near Cavite. Competing alongside 15 other teams […]

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Ethiopian tobacco monopoly to be sold

Ethiopian tobacco monopoly to be sold

| April 8, 2014

The Ethiopian tobacco monopoly is expected to be sold, either to the foreign investors who already own a share of the enterprise and who are currently negotiating a full acquisition, or, failing that, through some other form of sale, according to a story by Dawit Taye for The Reporter. Currently, the state owns 78 percent […]

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Health board sitting on electronic fence

Health board sitting on electronic fence

| April 8, 2014

The Toronto Board of Health has said it will tackle the issue of e-cigarettes  “later this spring,” but for the moment it is not declaring a position, according to a story by Jenny Yuen for the Toronto Sun, quoting board chairman Joe Mihevc. “There are certainly some benefits to it,” said Mihevc. “I think it […]

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Talk to honor smoking behavior pioneer

Talk to honor smoking behavior pioneer

| April 8, 2014

The first Michael Russell Oration is due to be given on June 27, during the opening session of the First Global Forum on Nicotine, which is to be held in Poland. The oration has been established by Knowledge-Action-Change as an annual event, to be delivered to honor the work and memory of professor Michael Russell, […]

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Imperial award for people development

Imperial award for people development

| April 8, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Norway has been recognized with a prestigious award as one of the best companies in the country for developing its employees. Imperial was ranked in the overall top 10 companies to work for in the 2014 Best Workplaces in Norway awards. Market manager Jörg Glasenapp collected the award on behalf of […]

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AOI and Ioto join forces in e-liquids

AOI and Ioto join forces in e-liquids

| April 7, 2014

Alliance One International and Ioto International have completed the formation of a joint venture, Ioto E-Liquids America. Located in Greenville, North Carolina, USA, Ioto-ELA will produce flavored liquids for electronic vapor products. AOI’s strength in the global leaf market and Ioto’s worldwide market position in flavors establishes a solid base to grow the new company, […]

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Philip Morris to close Dutch cigarette factory

Philip Morris to close Dutch cigarette factory

| April 7, 2014

Philip Morris International will shut down its manufacturing facility in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, in response do declining demand for cigarettes in Europe. The closure of the plant in Bergen op Zoom, PMI’s largest production facility worldwide, would result in 1,230 job losses, about 90 percent of its total workforce there. Production will shift […]

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PM to close Bergen op Zoom cigarette plant with loss of about 1,230 jobs

PM to close Bergen op Zoom cigarette plant with loss of about 1,230 jobs

| April 7, 2014

Philip Morris Holland (PMH) has said it intends to end cigarette production at its factory at Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, with the loss of about 1,230 jobs. The announcement of the proposed closure, which is due to happen by October, follows hard on the heels of Philip Morris Limited’s decision to stop cigarette manufacturing […]

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Study findings could be used further to denormalize New Zealand’s smokers

Study findings could be used further to denormalize New Zealand’s smokers

| April 7, 2014

The visibility of smokers in city streets has for the first time anywhere been mapped, according to a Eurek Alert story quoting the findings of a new study by the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand. The study was published in the international journal BMC Public Health and was funded by the Cancer Society of […]

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WTO challenges pose no threat to Australia’s plain packaging law

WTO challenges pose no threat to Australia’s plain packaging law

| April 7, 2014

Indonesia won’t win its case against Australia’s standardized tobacco packaging laws at the World Trade Organization, according to a story in the Herald Sun quoting Tanya Plibersek, who is the deputy leader of the opposition Labor party and who served in the government that introduced standardized packaging. Indonesia recently became the fifth country after Cuba, […]

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U.K. ‘minded’ to introduce plain packaging

U.K. ‘minded’ to introduce plain packaging

| April 4, 2014

Campaigners opposed to standardized packaging are urging the U.K. government to keep an “open mind” on the issue following a less-than-encouraging announcement by public health minister Jane Ellison. According to the smokers’ group FOREST, Ellison said the government was currently minded to proceed with standardized packaging but would conduct a final short consultation. “It makes […]

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Plain packs report finding ‘defies logic’

Plain packs report finding ‘defies logic’

| April 4, 2014

British American Tobacco said yesterday it was disappointed to hear that Sir Cyril Chantler had concluded that standardized tobacco packaging could be an effective measure for public health in the U.K., despite recognizing “there are limitations to the evidence currently available.” “Therefore, based on the evidence included in [Chantler]’s report, the conclusion that plain packaging […]

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No robust evidence to back plain packs

No robust evidence to back plain packs

| April 4, 2014

Imperial Tobacco said yesterday that it believed there was no robust evidence to support standardized packaging, though it promised to review the Chantler report. In November, Sir Cyril Chantler, a pediatrician, chairman of University College London Partners and nonexecutive chairman of the Quality and Clinical Risk Committee of NHS (National Health Service) England, was asked […]

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Plain packs report disregards evidence

Plain packs report disregards evidence

| April 4, 2014

In its response to the Chantler Report and the U.K. government’s statement on standardized packaging, Philip Morris International said Sir Cyril Chantler had chosen to disregard the evidence on standardized packaging from Australia—the only country to have implemented it. (In November, Chantler, a pediatrician, chairman of University College London Partners and nonexecutive chairman of the […]

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Secondhand smoke in perspective

Secondhand smoke in perspective

| April 4, 2014

The mayor of Santee, California, USA, has enraged anti-smoking activists by playing down the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke, according to a report by Natasha Zouves for 10 News. Santee recently received a failing grade from the American Lung Association for allowing people to smoke in city parks, but Mayor Randy Voepel was unabashed. “Here’s […]

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Spitting image given makeover

Spitting image given makeover

| April 4, 2014

An inventor has come up with a portable spittoon and is now offering to license or sell it to manufacturers or marketers through InventHelp. The SPITTY is said to provide a convenient place to spit while chewing smokeless tobacco, eliminating the need to carry empty cans and cups. The invention is lightweight, portable, easy to […]

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Snus gets another clean bill of health

Snus gets another clean bill of health

| April 3, 2014

Swedish researchers who two years ago reported that snus use was not associated with heart attacks have now concluded it is not associated with stroke, according to professor Brad Rodu writing on the R Street Institute website. Rodu is a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville (UofL), USA. He holds an endowed chair […]

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Indonesia stands up for tobacco growers by standing firm against FCTC pressure

Indonesia stands up for tobacco growers by standing firm against FCTC pressure

| April 3, 2014

The World Health Organization is putting pressure on Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to ratify the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) despite the fact that the president has expressed specific reservations about doing so. According to a story on en.tempo.com, Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said the latest “push” had been made by […]

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JT to make Pianissimo brand changes

JT to make Pianissimo brand changes

| April 3, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it was redesigning three of its Pianissimo products—Pianissimo Lucia Menthol, Pianissimo Pétil Menthol One and Pianissimo Fram Menthol One—though no changes were being made to their flavors and aromas. The three cigarettes are said to share a smooth, unassertive menthol flavor and light, gentle aroma. And it is their […]

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Entries invited for packaging awards

Entries invited for packaging awards

| April 3, 2014

Pro Carton is inviting entries for its 2014 ECMA Award, which is said to be open to the whole supply chain, from the carton-board and carton industries to designers, brand owners and retailers. The last date for entries is June 6. The presentation of awards is due to be made during a gala evening of […]

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PM to close Australian factory this year

PM to close Australian factory this year

| April 2, 2014

Philip Morris Limited (PML) said today that it was to stop cigarette manufacturing in Australia by the end of this year. The manufacture of cigarettes for the Australian market will be moved to PML’s affiliate in South Korea. Currently, about 180 people are employed at PML’s factory at Moorabbin, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. “This […]

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