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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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Reemtsma honors investigative journalist

Reemtsma honors investigative journalist

| May 1, 2014

Journalist Susanne Koelbl (pictured) has been honored with the 2014 Reemtsma Liberty Award for her investigative reports from Syria and North Korea. Now in its eighth year, the award, presented by Imperial Tobacco’s German subsidiary, recognizes foreign correspondents “working to sustain freedom of the press under harsh conditions.” This year’s keynote speech was given by […]

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BAT’s 1Q volume down by 1 percent

BAT’s 1Q volume down by 1 percent

| April 30, 2014

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the three months to the end of March, at 158 billion, was down by 1 percent on that of the first quarter of 2013, 160 billion. Volumes increased from 48 billion to 50 billion in the company’s Asia Pacific region, but fell in its other regions: from 32 billion […]

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JTI calls for clarity on TPD provisions

JTI calls for clarity on TPD provisions

| April 30, 2014

While criticizing strongly some of the provisions contained in the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive, Japan Tobacco International has appealed for clarity so that tobacco industry businesses can comply with the complex and costly changes that have to be made in the short timeframe allowed. “These regulations are wide-ranging and restrict the way products are […]

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It might seem obvious but not to the FDA

It might seem obvious but not to the FDA

| April 30, 2014

A leading health expert has expressed dismay that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is unsure whether smoking tobacco cigarettes is any more hazardous than is vaping e-cigarettes. Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, said on Monday that the most damaging revelation in […]

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PM USA seeking review of reinstatement of $10.1 billion “lights” judgment

PM USA seeking review of reinstatement of $10.1 billion “lights” judgment

| April 30, 2014

Philip Morris USA has said that it will seek immediate review by the Illinois Supreme Court of yesterday’s appellate court decision to order reinstatement of the 2003 judgment in the Price “lights” case. While that review is pending, the appellate court decision is stayed automatically. “Almost 10 years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the […]

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Essentra Packaging offers prize to keep the ideas fresh at Interpack exhibition

Essentra Packaging offers prize to keep the ideas fresh at Interpack exhibition

| April 30, 2014

Visitors to Interpack are being asked for ideas about how AquaSense™, the latest label innovation from Essentra Packaging, can revolutionize packs. Every idea submitted by visitors to Essentra’s stand, C20, in hall 7 at Messe Düsseldorf May 8–14 will be in with a chance of winning an iPad Mini at the end of the show, […]

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Plain packaging dispute moves up a gear

Plain packaging dispute moves up a gear

| April 29, 2014

Australia could learn by the end of this year whether its standardized tobacco packaging regulations have fallen afoul of World Trade Organization requirements, according to an Agence France Presse story. Since Dec. 1, 2012, Australia has required that all tobacco products be sold in packaging designed on behalf of the previous Labor government to be […]

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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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