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Kenya clamps down on tax stamp abuse

Kenya clamps down on tax stamp abuse

| February 14, 2014

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has started a campaign of tobacco-retailer inspections aimed at catching out those using fake or superseded excise stamps, according to a story in The Star. The KRA phased out the-now superseded excise stamps in November 2012 and introduced a new generation of less easily forged stamps last year so as […]

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Renewed interest in Bulgartabak

Renewed interest in Bulgartabak

| February 14, 2014

Livero Establishments, a Lichtenstein-registered company, has expressed an interest in buying the 79.8 percent stake in Bulgartabak owned by the Russian bank, VTB, according to a Reuters report by Tsvetelia Tsolova and Oksana Kobzeva quoting Bulgaria’s competition watchdog. VTB acquired Bulgartabac for €100.1 million, €100,000 above the minimum asking price, when BT Invest, a company […]

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Draconian penalties for e-cigarette sales

Draconian penalties for e-cigarette sales

| February 14, 2014

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday that e-cigarettes constituted a banned drug, according to a story on Focus Taiwan News Channel. There are no regulations under which individuals could be punished for owning or using electronic cigarettes, but importers, producers and sellers could face fines, though none of them have been fined […]

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Imperial backs environment project

Imperial backs environment project

| February 14, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is supporting a wildlife conservation project to help save endangered species in the Philippines. The company, which has its headquarters in Bristol, U.K., is backing a scheme led by the Bristol Zoo to preserve the unique forest habitat of the island of Negros. During their time in the Philippines, the zoo’s Neil Maddison […]

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Lorillard’s volumes beating the market

Lorillard’s volumes beating the market

| February 13, 2014

Lorillard’s domestic shipment volumes during the 12 months to the end of December, at 39,325,216,000, were down by 0.4 percent on those of 2012. Including shipments to Puerto Rico and U.S. possessions, shipments were down by 0.5 percent to 39,947,512,000. Shipments of Newport cigarettes increased by 0.7 percent to 33,352,162,000, and shipments of full-price brands […]

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Volume down but revenue up at Imperial

Volume down but revenue up at Imperial

| February 13, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s tobacco-products volume during the three months to the end of December (Imperial’s Q1) was down by 11 percent on that of the three months to the end of December 2012, according to an interim management statement issued this morning. Tobacco products here include cigarettes, fine-cut tobacco, cigars and snus. Tobacco net revenue, meanwhile, […]

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Automating e-cigarettes out of China

Automating e-cigarettes out of China

| February 13, 2014

Freedom Smokeless has unveiled its new, U.S.-built, high-speed e-cigarette automation machinery at the TPC [Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo] 2014 show in Las Vegas. In a press note issued yesterday through PRNewswire, Freedom, which is an e-cigarette manufacturer based in southern California, said that it was the first U.S.-based company to offer automatic machinery that could […]

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English smokers fall below 20 percent

English smokers fall below 20 percent

| February 13, 2014

The smoking prevalence in England has fallen below 20 percent for the first time in about 80 years, according to a report posted on the BMJ website, quoting research carried out at University College, London. The latest figures come from a large national surveillance study that has been tracking smoking prevalence in England since 2006. […]

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TRP and Kentucky Cut Rag complete merger

TRP and Kentucky Cut Rag complete merger

| February 12, 2014

Tobacco Rag Processors (TRP) and Kentucky Cut Rag, a wholly owned subsidiary of G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Co., have completed merger of their cut-rag operations. The combined company will operate out of Tobacco Rag’s Wilson, North Carolina, USA, headquarters. Derek Vaughan and Conrad Whitaker will join Tobacco Rag as consultants under long-term agreements. “We are extremely […]

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Nicolites inches closer to “medicine” label

Nicolites inches closer to “medicine” label

| February 12, 2014

An e-cigarette manufacturer is a step closer to seeing its product classified as a medicine—a move that could see the firm supplying the devices for National Health Service (NHS) prescriptions, according to a story in The Birmingham Post. Nicolites said it was “well advanced” in talks with the medicines regulator over plans to have its […]

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New managing director at Parkside

New managing director at Parkside

| February 12, 2014

Parkside Flexibles (Europe) has appointed Nick Smith as its managing director, effective April 1. Smith succeeds CEO Lawrence Dall, who died in September last year. Prior to joining Park Flexibles, Smith worked at Sun Chemicals, where he held several positions, including that of managing director of the firm’s U.K.-Nordic division. Smith holds a degree in […]

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Reynolds’ domestic cigarette volume down by 6.8 percent last year

Reynolds’ domestic cigarette volume down by 6.8 percent last year

| February 12, 2014

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco’s U.S. domestic cigarette volume during the year to the end of December, at 64.2 billion, was down by 6.8 percent on that of 2012, 68.9 billion. Camel volume fell by 1.4 percent to 20.9 billion, and Pall Mall volume fell by 2.7 percent to 21.3 billion, so the company’s total “growth brands” […]

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Public smoking ban might include shisha

Public smoking ban might include shisha

| February 12, 2014

The health ministry of India is considering extending the existing ban on smoking tobacco in enclosed public places to cover shisha, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The ministry appears to be concerned that the consumption of shisha is growing, especially among young people. Nevertheless, the ministry […]

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Tobacco industry cutting smoking

Tobacco industry cutting smoking

| February 12, 2014

Retailers across Jordan were reported on Sunday to have been low on cigarettes for a few days, with manufacturers and storeowners trading accusations about who is to blame for the shortages, according to a story in The Jordan Times. Some retailers have said that cigarette manufacturers and distributors have not delivered cigarettes since the government […]

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PMI to webcast presentation and Q&A

PMI to webcast presentation and Q&A

| February 12, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host at www.pmi.com/webcasts a live audio webcast of a presentation and question-and-answer session at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference starting about 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 18. PMI’s CEO, André Calantzopoulos, who will make the presentation, will be joined for the question-and-answer session by […]

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Feb. 17 opening for Andhra auctions

Feb. 17 opening for Andhra auctions

| February 11, 2014

Flue-cured tobacco auctions are scheduled to begin on Feb. 17 in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group’s newsletter, quoting the Tobacco Board of India Chairman Koothati Gopal. The chairman said that every effort was being made to conclude the flue-cured tobacco auctions […]

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E-cigarettes are best quit aids

E-cigarettes are best quit aids

| February 11, 2014

New research has indicated that smokers of tobacco cigarettes who use e-cigarettes to try to quit their tobacco habit have better outcomes than those who use no aids or those who used an over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), according to a blog by Grzegorz Krol on the Nicotine Policy website. The research was presented […]

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UAE might go for smoking ban in cars

UAE might go for smoking ban in cars

| February 11, 2014

The United Arab Emirates could ban smoking inside cars if a proposal by the Dubai traffic police chief is taken up, according to an Emirates247.com story. Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, who heads the Federal Traffic Council, said he would shortly make a recommendation to the council for a total ban on smoking inside […]

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Nicotine forum registration open

Nicotine forum registration open

| February 11, 2014

Registration has opened for the First Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to be held at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, June 27–28. The forum, which will be staged by KAC, is set to examine the current state of the debate about the use of nicotine across the globe; critically examine the science relating […]

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Sri Lanka’s cigarette production down

Sri Lanka’s cigarette production down

| February 11, 2014

Cigarette production in Sri Lanka last year, at 4,130 million, was 4.4 percent lower than it was in 2012, 4,320 million, according to a story in The Island. The production figures were provided by the commissioner general of excise, D.G.M.V. Hapuarachchi.

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Moroccan retailers’ payments secured

Moroccan retailers’ payments secured

| February 11, 2014

A secure payment scheme for almost 19,000 retailers has been introduced by Imperial Tobacco’s Moroccan business to remove the need for cash payments. Small shops selling tobacco whose owners do not have access to a bank account can now make use of the new Taâbia’ti card. The Taâbia’ti card is the result of a partnership […]

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Farmers have say on sin-tax revenue

Farmers have say on sin-tax revenue

| February 10, 2014

The Philippines’ National Tobacco Administration (NTA) has begun consulting tobacco farmers’ groups in northern Luzon about the revision of the regulations governing the use of cigarette excise tax revenues, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The revisions are apparently necessary following changes that were made in January last year to the way […]

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E-cigarette vapor causes turbulence

E-cigarette vapor causes turbulence

| February 10, 2014

India’s national carrier, Air India, has been reprimanded by the health ministry for advertising and selling e-cigarettes on-board its aircraft, according to a story in the Times of India. In a letter written to the civil aviation ministry, the health ministry said Air India had been selling through its discount booklets “Air Bazaar” a tobacco-free […]

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Illicit products sell strongly in Lithuania

Illicit products sell strongly in Lithuania

| February 10, 2014

Illicit cigarettes account for more than a quarter of Lithuania’s tobacco product market, according to a Baltic Business Daily story quoting figures from an empty pack survey carried out by Nielsen. But the survey indicated that illicit cigarette consumption had fallen by 1.4 percentage points to account for 28.2 percent of the country’s total cigarette […]

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Plain packs litigation ‘unlikely to succeed’

Plain packs litigation ‘unlikely to succeed’

| February 10, 2014

The Scottish government would be “very confident” of defending plans to bring in standardized packaging for cigarettes if there were a legal challenge from tobacco companies, according to a Herald Scotland story quoting Public Health Minister Michael Matheson. Matheson said that introducing standardized packs for cigarettes and other tobacco products was necessary to help Scotland […]

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