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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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Imperial statement due on Thursday

Imperial statement due on Thursday

| February 10, 2014

Imperial Tobacco said on Friday that it was due to issue an interim management statement on Feb. 13.

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Universal declares dividends

Universal declares dividends

| February 10, 2014

Universal Corp.’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.51 per common share payable on May 12 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 14. The board declared also a quarterly dividend of $16.875 per share on the company’s Series B 6.75% convertible perpetual preferred stock (series B preferred stock) […]

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PMI’s 2013 volume shipments holed by tax regime changes in the Philippines

PMI’s 2013 volume shipments holed by tax regime changes in the Philippines

| February 7, 2014

Philip Morris International’s shipment volumes during the 12 months to the end of December, at 880,169 million, were down by 5.1 percent on those of the 12 months to the end of December 2012. Volumes were down in each of PMI’s region: by 7.7 percent in Asia; by 6.5 percent in the EU; by 2.4 […]

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Universal sees opportunities for growth

Universal sees opportunities for growth

| February 7, 2014

Universal Corp’s net income for the third quarter to the end of December was $38.6 million or $1.36 per diluted share, up from $35.5 million or $1.25 per diluted share during the three months to the end of December 2012. Segment operating income during the third quarter of fiscal 2014, at $74.6 million, was up […]

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Dioxins undetectable in cigarette MSS

Dioxins undetectable in cigarette MSS

| February 7, 2014

New research from Essentra Scientific Services (ESS) has found that dioxins are not present at detectable levels in cigarette mainstream smoke. The new research, carried out by Dr. William Guthery, analytical chemist at ESS, drew on an innovative gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis to demonstrate that dioxins, which are cited by the US Food and […]

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Bhutan says tobacco ban must end

Bhutan says tobacco ban must end

| February 6, 2014

Bhutan’s Upper House resolved that the country’s ban on the import of tobacco must end. In a majority resolution on February 3 the house said the ban on import and sale of tobacco products must end to control the black market, reports the Bhutan News Network. Bhutan had gained fame for being the first country […]

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No. 2 U.S. drugstore to stop selling smokes

No. 2 U.S. drugstore to stop selling smokes

| February 6, 2014

CVS Caremark Corp. said on Feb. 5 that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October of this year, becoming the first national drugstore chain in the United States to take cigarettes off the shelf. Public health experts called the decision by the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain a precedent-setting step […]

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No fire in smoking impeachment plan

No fire in smoking impeachment plan

| February 6, 2014

A proposal that the Philippines’ President, Benigno S. Aquino III, should be impeached because of his tobacco smoking seems unlikely be realized, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. While the president had not quit smoking, he had followed the smoking ban in government offices and other public areas, presidential communications secretary, Herminio Coloma […]

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Ground prepared for standardized packs

Ground prepared for standardized packs

| February 6, 2014

The Northern Ireland Assembly voted on Monday to accept the introduction of standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a BBC Online story. Assembly members voted on a legislative consent motion on the Children and Families Bill, which will allow the UK government in Westminster to legislate to impose standardized packaging in Northern   Ireland. Health […]

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Cancer: a consequence of living longer

Cancer: a consequence of living longer

| February 6, 2014

Cancer is on the rise in Singapore as the consequences of modern lifestyles – including smoking and over-eating – add to the problems of an aging population, says a story in the Straits Times. According to the latest figures available, two years ago, 12,123 people were diagnosed with cancer in Singapore, up 14.6 per cent […]

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Much interest in TFWA Asia Pacific show

Much interest in TFWA Asia Pacific show

| February 6, 2014

Online visitor registration for the annual TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference is due to open on February 19 at www.tfwa.com. The event is to be staged in the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center in Singapore on May 11-15. The TFWA president, Erik Juul-Mortensen, said his association was delighted by the demand for […]

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Altria to host presentation webcast

Altria to host presentation webcast

| February 6, 2014

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca   Raton, Florida, starting about 09.15 hours Eastern Time on February 19. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by Marty Barrington, chairman and CEO, […]

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Alliance sales down in third quarter

Alliance sales down in third quarter

| February 5, 2014

Alliance One International’s gross profit during its third quarter to the end of December, at $83.8 million, was up by 0.9 per cent on that of the third quarter to the end of December 2012, despite sales having decreased by 6.4 per cent to $654.6 million. “Fiscal year 2014 is on track to experience improved […]

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Armenia raises cigarette output sharply

Armenia raises cigarette output sharply

| February 5, 2014

Cigarette production in Armenia last year, at 7,729,500,000, was up by 25.6 per cent on that of 2012, 6,155,000,000, according to an Armenian News Agency story quoting figures from the National Statistical Service. The story said also that cigarette exports had risen sharply between 2012 and 2013, though no comparative figures were given. However, the […]

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Cigarette prices increased in Jordan

Cigarette prices increased in Jordan

| February 5, 2014

Cigarette prices in Jordan were increased by 100 fils (JD0.10: there are 1,000 fils to the dinar) a pack as of yesterday, while the price of hookah tobacco went up by JD1.2 per kg, according to a story in the Jordan Times. The Times reported that tobacco prices were usually raised through the issue of […]

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New chairman taking over at Imperial

New chairman taking over at Imperial

| February 5, 2014

Iain Napier is due to retire as non-executive chairman, and Berge Setrakian is due to retire as a non-executive director at the end of Imperial Tobacco’s annual general meeting, which is being held today. Deputy chairman Mark Williamson will become chairman, and Michael Herlihy will succeed Williamson as senior independent director. Herlihy will step down […]

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BAT Zimbabwe: investing in the future

BAT Zimbabwe: investing in the future

| February 4, 2014

British America Tobacco Zimbabwe has spent more than US$5 million over the past five years in capital investments, according to a story in The Herald quoting the company’s finance director, Peter Doona. About 50 per cent of the expenditure was invested in manufacturing and Doona said that the company would increase its capital expenditure this […]

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Smokers given cigarette price guidance

Smokers given cigarette price guidance

| February 4, 2014

Egypt’s Ministry of Finance has produced a cigarette price list and consumers are being asked to inform the country’s tax authority if they are asked by retailers to pay more than the list prices, according to a story in the Daily News Egypt. There would seem to be a discrepancy between some of the prices […]

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Smoking bans move step closer in Lagos

Smoking bans move step closer in Lagos

| February 4, 2014

The Lagos State House of Assembly recently passed a bill seeking to make illegal tobacco smoking in enclosed public places within the state, according to a story in the Vanguard. The bill is now before Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, who has to sign it before it becomes law. If signed, the new law will make […]

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