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Most US states not serious about funding tobacco prevention and cessation

Most US states not serious about funding tobacco prevention and cessation

| December 10, 2013

The U.S. state of North Dakota currently spends $9.5 million a year on tobacco prevention cessation programs, a level of funding that meets that recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But this level of funding represents only 14.8 percent of the $64.3 million revenue that this year the state will […]

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‘Grave risks’ in secrecy over TTP plans

‘Grave risks’ in secrecy over TTP plans

| December 10, 2013

As the final round of ministerial talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership resumed on Sunday, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote to each of the 12 participating nations, warning that the deal and the secrecy surrounding it presented “grave risks,” according to a story by economics correspondent Peter Martin, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald. The […]

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US politicians put pressure on Ireland over standardized packaging plans

US politicians put pressure on Ireland over standardized packaging plans

| December 10, 2013

The governor of the U.S. state of Virginia has written to the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, urging him to reject proposals to introduce standardized cigarette packaging, according to a story in The Irish Times. In a letter last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell said there were other proven ways to regulate the industry that were […]

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Tobacco vending machines to be ousted from Israel by start of next year

Tobacco vending machines to be ousted from Israel by start of next year

| December 10, 2013

The sale of cigarettes from indoor and outdoor vending machines will be outlawed throughout Israel from the beginning of next year, according to a story by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich. The law was originally passed in August 2011, but its implementation was postponed until the beginning of 2014 because vending companies said they needed time to adjust […]

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Health alliance says e-cigarettes must remain available to smokers

Health alliance says e-cigarettes must remain available to smokers

| December 9, 2013

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has called for the regulation of e-cigarettes as a matter of urgency, but insists that regulation should be framed so as to ensure these products remain available to smokers, according to an Agence Europe story. The agency report said that, in the absence of health impact studies on e-cigarettes, […]

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TPP would hand too much influence to tobacco and pharmaceutical firms

TPP would hand too much influence to tobacco and pharmaceutical firms

| December 9, 2013

Civic groups have warned of the potential negative impacts a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement could have on the poor and their “medical rights,” according to a story by Lu Hsin-hui and Jay Chen for Focus Taiwan. The warning came as ministers from 12 countries gathered in Singapore over the weekend for closed-door meetings on […]

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Flood of submissions on Ireland’s proposed standardized packs bill

Flood of submissions on Ireland’s proposed standardized packs bill

| December 9, 2013

An attempt is being made to bury Ireland’s Department of Health in paper so as to frustrate efforts to introduce standardized packs for cigarettes sold in the country, according to a story in The Irish Examiner. The department’s chief medical officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, told the committee on health and children that the department had […]

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Malawi appoints NewCo manager to Tobacco Control Commission

Malawi appoints NewCo manager to Tobacco Control Commission

| December 9, 2013

NewCo’s country manager for Malawi, Robin Saunders, has been appointed to the board of the Malawi Tobacco Control Commission (TCC), where he is expected to serve until Sept. 9, 2016. The TCC is responsible for, among other things, advising the government on tobacco-related matters, regulating the production, processing and marketing of tobacco, and promoting the […]

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Last tango in New York

Last tango in New York

| December 9, 2013

New York state lawmakers are urging people to sign petitions in favor of a long-stalled bill that would ban public assistance from being spent on alcohol, lap dances and cigarettes, according to a story by Kate Briquelet for The New York Post. The Public Assistance Integrity Act would also ban welfare recipients from using their […]

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China struggling with smoking rules

China struggling with smoking rules

| December 6, 2013

Health and law experts say that regional anti-smoking regulations in China lack the teeth to protect nonsmokers from secondhand tobacco smoke, according to a story in the China Daily. China is said to be looking at a national ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public areas. Currently, more than 10 cities have smoking regulations, all […]

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New head of JTI Korea appointed

New head of JTI Korea appointed

| December 6, 2013

Japan Tobacco International has appointed Anastasios Sitsas as general manager of its Korean operation, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Sitsas began his career as a consumer and trade marketing expert in 1990 at the British tobacco manufacturer Gallaher. After Gallaher was acquired by JTI in 2007, he headed JTI’s regional operations in […]

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Altria on The Civic 50 list of companies

Altria on The Civic 50 list of companies

| December 6, 2013

Altria was recognized yesterday as one of the U.S.’s most community-minded companies when it was included on The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship and […]

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Volunteering might prove habit forming

Volunteering might prove habit forming

| December 6, 2013

Almost 70 employees working for Imperial Tobacco subsidiaries in Madrid have taken part in the company’s first community help day held in the city. The initiative was launched as part of the company’s corporate responsibility framework and co-ordinated through the Altadis Foundation. Volunteers carried out tasks such as weeding and decorating to help spruce up […]

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Ex-chairman returns to RAI board

Ex-chairman returns to RAI board

| December 6, 2013

Susan Cameron (Ivey) was yesterday elected to rejoin the RAI board of directors. Cameron—or Ivey as she was then known—retired as chairman, president and CEO of RAI in February 2011. She had served on the RAI board between 2004 and 2011. Also yesterday, H.G.L. “Hugo” Powell retired from the RAI board. Powell was one of […]

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Reynolds American declares dividend

Reynolds American declares dividend

| December 6, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors had declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.63 per share ($2.52 per share annualized). The dividend will be payable on Jan. 2 to shareholders of record on Dec. 16. The company said that this was the 38th consecutive quarterly cash […]

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“No impact of plain packaging on transactions”

“No impact of plain packaging on transactions”

| December 5, 2013

A study led by Curtin University professor Owen Carter, which timed transactions at retail stores before and after Australia’s plain packaging law took effect in December 2012, found virtually no difference in transaction times, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The study was conducted to investigate claims that transactions would take up to 45 seconds longer […]

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Skycig appoints CFO

Skycig appoints CFO

| December 5, 2013

Skycig, the Scottish e-cigarette company that was acquired by Lorillard in October, has appointed Bruce Casely as its chief financial officer. Casely is the former finance chief of U.S. online advertising firm Digital Globe Services. Skycig’s president and co-founder Tom Rolfe said Casely will help the company integrate smoothly into a global corporation with complex […]

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China’s cigarette output soars despite tobacco control

China’s cigarette output soars despite tobacco control

| December 5, 2013

China’s cigarette production has soared over the past decade, despite efforts to curtail tobacco use, according to a new study, reported by China Daily. Annual cigarette production in the world’s most populous country has increased 50 percent over the past 10 years, according to the report Tobacco Control in China from a Civil Society Perspective […]

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Blackout Cigs to accept virtual currency

Blackout Cigs to accept virtual currency

| December 5, 2013

E-cigarette manufacturer Blackout Cigs has started accepting payments in Bitcoin, a virtual currency. Because Bitcoin is not tied to credit card issuers or banks, the value is transferred directly from the customer to the merchant. As a result, transactions are completed faster and the fees are minimal. “Our mission is to make Bitcoin every merchant’s […]

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22nd Century purchases equipment out of bankruptcy

22nd Century purchases equipment out of bankruptcy

| December 5, 2013

22nd Century Group has purchased the cigarette production equipment used by the defunct Renegade Tobacco in Mocksville, North Carolina, USA. The Clarence, New York-based biotechnology firm intends to manufacture experimental and high-end cigarettes at the plant. 22nd Century paid $3.22 million for the equipment owned by GE Capital during a bankruptcy proceeding. In October, the company […]

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Promotions at Star Tobacco

Promotions at Star Tobacco

| December 4, 2013

Star Tobacco International has made several corporate management appointments. Baldev Mistry has been promoted to the position of vice president, African Region. In capacity, he will oversee all of Star’s commercial operations in Africa, as well as spearhead vertical integration projects in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. He will also be responsible for the […]

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PMI and JTI acquire stakes in Russian distribution firm

PMI and JTI acquire stakes in Russian distribution firm

| December 4, 2013

Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International are acquiring equity stakes of 20 percent each in Megapolis Distribution, the holding company of CJSC TK Megapolis, a major distributor in Russia. The companies are paying $750 million each for their stakes. If Megapolis’ operational performance meets certain benchmarks during the four fiscal years following the closing […]

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Tobacco Solutions Asia installs first filter facility

Tobacco Solutions Asia installs first filter facility

| December 4, 2013

Tobacco Solutions Asia (TSAL) has commissioned its first filter rod manufacturing facility, in South Africa. The machine comprises a Hauni KDF line capable of supplying monoacetate filters in various diameters and lengths. The capacity is 8,500 rods per minute. “This completes TSAL’s first African project,” says Frederick Maan, business development manager, TSAL. “We are also […]

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Liggett to enter US e-cigarette market

Liggett to enter US e-cigarette market

| December 3, 2013

Zoom E-Cigs, an indirect subsidiary of the Vector Group, is due to launch Zoom e-cigarettes nationwide in the U.S. from January, according to a Business Wire story. Sales and distribution of Zoom’s first e-cigarette, a non-rechargeable product, will be managed by Liggett Vector Brands. Zoom, a 100 mm, low-weight product with a soft-tip filter, will […]

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Gamucci in deal with retailer Tesco

Gamucci in deal with retailer Tesco

| December 3, 2013

Gamucci today announced a deal with Tesco that will see Gamucci’s e-cigarettes on sale in about 2,000 Tesco Express Stores and Tesco Filling Stations across the U.K. “This further strengthens Gamucci’s retail footprint in the U.K. and follows similar tie-ups with Waitrose, WHSmith and other leading retailers both within the U.K. and overseas,” Gamucci said […]

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