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Nicolites expanding into Poland

Nicolites expanding into Poland

| March 4, 2014

The U.K. e-cigarette supplier Nicolites is expanding into Poland, according to a story in The Grocer. The move follows an increase in demand from Polish customers visiting the Nicolites website. Nicolites was said to have secured listings with retailers and distributors to stock its products across the country. At the same time it is setting […]

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RAI to webcast conference presentation

RAI to webcast conference presentation

| March 4, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. will host a webcast at www.reynoldsamerican.com of the remarks made by CEO and President Daniel M. Delen during the 2014 RBC Capital Markets’ Consumer and Retail Conference in Boston starting about 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 12. Registration for the webcast, which will be relayed on a listen-only basis, is […]

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Indonesia fights over warnings deadline

Indonesia fights over warnings deadline

| March 3, 2014

Four months before the planned implementation in Indonesia of a regulation requiring pictorial warnings on cigarette packs, efforts to comply with the rules seem to be at a standstill, according to a story in The Jakarta Post quoting a health expert. Widyastuti Soerojo, of the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health, said the slow […]

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EU tobacco directive moving ahead

EU tobacco directive moving ahead

| March 3, 2014

The European Commission’s Tobacco Products Regulatory Committee is due to meet on Wednesday to discuss the new Tobacco Products Directive, which was adopted by the European Parliament on Feb. 26. One of the items on the draft agenda is the presentation and discussion of new health warning images. Under the new TPD, health warnings will […]

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Classic case of cigarette contraband

Classic case of cigarette contraband

| March 3, 2014

Seizures within the EU of Classic cigarettes fell from 181,112,416 in 2011 to 142,209,532 in 2012, according to the European Commission responding to a question from the member of the European Parliament for Flanders, Bart Staes. Staes had asked: 1.         “How many ‘Classic’ cigarettes were seized in the EU in 2011 […]

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NDC appoints global operations VP

NDC appoints global operations VP

| March 3, 2014

NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Mahesh Havildar vice president of global operations for its sensors, systems and metals divisions. In his new position, Havildar is responsible for overall manufacturing operations, including production, quality, supply chain, material planning, project management, shipping logistics, radiation safety and product engineering. Havildar, who lives in Irvine, California,USA, has more than […]

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Indonesia closer to ratifying FCTC

Indonesia closer to ratifying FCTC

| February 28, 2014

Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has agreed to ratify the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story on en.tempo.co quoting a statement by Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi. Nafsiah said there was now an understanding between ministries about the importance of ratification, which meant the government had only to formulate […]

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Molins hints at acquisition in reporting increased sales and profits for 2013

Molins hints at acquisition in reporting increased sales and profits for 2013

| February 28, 2014

Molins’ sales during the year to the end of December, at £105.2 million, were up by 13.2 percent on those of 2012, £93.0 million. Its underlying profit before tax was up by 10.2 percent to £5.4 million, and its underlying earnings per share were increased by 9.6 percent to 23.9 p. Tobacco Machinery sales were […]

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Cambodia bans shisha and e-cigarettes

Cambodia bans shisha and e-cigarettes

| February 28, 2014

Following a request from the Phnom Penh municipality on Tuesday, Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has ordered a ban on the importation and use of shisha and e-cigarettes, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. After receiving an assessment from the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) claiming that these products posed a […]

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State legislates for smokeless ban

State legislates for smokeless ban

| February 28, 2014

Assam has become the first state in India to legislate specifically for a ban on the consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco products containing nicotine, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Assam Health Bill bans the manufacture and advertisement of, trade in, and the […]

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JT price increases approved in Japan

JT price increases approved in Japan

| February 28, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that the minister of finance had approved the company’s Jan. 30 application to amend the list prices of its domestic tobacco products at the same time as the imposition of a planned consumption tax increase on April 1. The prices will be increased in most cases by ¥10 or ¥20 […]

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Imperial rewarded for recruitment policies

Imperial rewarded for recruitment policies

| February 28, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has won a prestigious national award for the process used to attract potential new employees to work for its business in Turkey. “Imperial was honoured at the 13th annual Human Respect Awards, organised by Kariyer.net, the nation’s leading recruitment website,” Imperial said in a note posted on its website. “For the second successive […]

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Unseemly scrap over soggy cigarettes

Unseemly scrap over soggy cigarettes

| February 28, 2014

People in Dorset, England, are being allowed by Border Agency staff to collect cigarette packs washed up on a beach, but are then having the cigarettes taken from them by the agency’s staff, according to a story by Samantha Harman for the Dorset Echo. “We are letting them spend in some cases hours collecting the […]

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BAT’s tobacco volumes down last year

BAT’s tobacco volumes down last year

| February 27, 2014

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during 2013, at 676 billion, were down by 2.7 percent on those of 2012. Volumes were increased in the company’s Asia Pacific region by 4.8 percent to 197 billion, but they were down in the Americas by 5.6 percent to 134 billion, down in Western Europe by 7.7 percent to […]

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Time needed to comply with EU directive

Time needed to comply with EU directive

| February 27, 2014

The Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (CECCM) wants EU member states and the tobacco industry at large to be given reasonable time to adjust to the numerous and complex requirements included in the new Tobacco Products Directive. The new TPD was adopted by the European Parliament yesterday. The chairman of the CECCM, Michiel Reerink, […]

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TPD a ‘gift’ for black market criminals

TPD a ‘gift’ for black market criminals

| February 27, 2014

Philip Morris International has expressed concern about the implications of some aspects of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive. “The Tobacco Products Directive adopted by the European Parliament today represents a worrying departure from the EU’s basic standards of proportionate, evidenced-based policymaking, which will further erode intellectual property rights and undermine the EU Charter where […]

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Directive negates need for plain packs

Directive negates need for plain packs

| February 27, 2014

The U.K. smokers’ group Forest, which campaigned against revisions to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, has questioned the need for standardized packaging of tobacco after the European Parliament voted yesterday to adopt the revised directive. The directive will force EU member states to increase the size of health warnings to cover 65 percent of the […]

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Altria declares quarterly dividend

Altria declares quarterly dividend

| February 27, 2014

The Altria Group’s board of directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 14. The ex-dividend date is March 12.

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EU Parliament passes TPD

EU Parliament passes TPD

| February 26, 2014

The European Parliament endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on Feb. 26, solidifying an agreement reached with the council last December. The council will now have to approve the TPD for it to take force. The endorsement of the new TPD strengthens the current European regulation on tobacco in several ways. Among other […]

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Lorillard seeks to end animal testing

Lorillard seeks to end animal testing

| February 26, 2014

Lorillard is banning all animal testing unless it is necessary to meet future regulatory requirements. The introduction of the new policy follows several years of discussions between Lorillard and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and a shareholder resolution submitted by PETA in December 2013 requesting the policy and highlighting the effectiveness of […]

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Indian e-cigarette sales not approved

Indian e-cigarette sales not approved

| February 26, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration of Maharashtra (MFDA) state, India, has issued a warning against the sale and use of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in the state, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. MFDA officials said that e-cigarettes were being sold widely without the approval of the Drug Controller […]

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New rules to govern growing contracts

New rules to govern growing contracts

| February 26, 2014

The government in Zimbabwe is developing legislation under which it will be able to govern contract tobacco farming and curb undesirable practises that have become “rampant,” according to a New Zimbabwe story quoting Agriculture Minister Joseph Made. “The ministry is already collecting views and information to be used in drafting a legal framework to guide […]

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Study: hookah not harmless

Study: hookah not harmless

| February 25, 2014

A new University of Florida, USA, study shows that patrons leaving hookah cafés had carbon monoxide levels more than three times higher than patrons exiting traditional bars. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to tissues, and long-term exposure has been linked to cardiovascular disease. The UF study results appeared in the March […]

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Karnataka auctions drawing to a close

Karnataka auctions drawing to a close

| February 25, 2014

Tobacco farmers in the Indian state of Karnataka have so far this season sold more than 94 million kg of flue-cured for an average price Rs131.65 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Farmers are thought to have harvested about 100 million kg of flue-cured and […]

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Smokers given chance to pop a monster

Smokers given chance to pop a monster

| February 25, 2014

KT&G is due to launch in South Korea a cigarette with a ‘monster’ capsule in the filter, according to a story in The Korea Herald quoting a company statement of yesterday. The new product, Bohem Shake, is said to contain a capsule that is about 4.5 mm in diameter, the biggest on the market and […]

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