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E-cigarettes help asthmatic smokers

E-cigarettes help asthmatic smokers

| May 15, 2014

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health indicates that asthmatic smokers who use e-cigarettes experience an improvement in their asthma symptoms and lung function, even if they remain dual users, according to a leading health expert. The study (See: Polosa R, et al. “Effect of smoking abstinence and […]

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Altria declares dividend

Altria declares dividend

| May 15, 2014

Following Altria’s annual meeting yesterday, the company’s board of directors declared a regular dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on July 10 to shareholders of record as of June 16. The ex-dividend date is June 12. At the meeting, the company reaffirmed its 2014 full-year guidance for reported and adjusted diluted earnings per share.

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Alcohol next in line for plain packaging

Alcohol next in line for plain packaging

| May 14, 2014

Scotch whisky could be dragged into a tit-for-tat trade war because of plans to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes in Scotland and, possibly, the rest of the U.K., according to a story by David Maddox for The Scotsman, reflecting the fears of some MPs. The Indonesian government has proposed forcing Australian wine to be sold […]

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Zimbabwe’s leaf prices down 14 percent

Zimbabwe’s leaf prices down 14 percent

| May 14, 2014

Zimbabwe has sold 124 million kg of flue-cured for US$398 million so far during the current sales season, which began in the middle of February, according to a story by Oliver Kazunga for the Chronicle, quoting figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board. By the same stage of the previous sales season, 98 million […]

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Major issues to address at nicotine forum

Major issues to address at nicotine forum

| May 14, 2014

One of the main topics for discussion at the first Global Forum on Nicotine, which will be held in Poland next month, will be the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations for e-cigarettes. But also high on the list will be the new EU Tobacco Products Directive, the World Health Organization’s position on e-cigarettes, […]

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Andhra tobacco sales set brisk pace

Andhra tobacco sales set brisk pace

| May 14, 2014

About 64 percent more flue-cured was sold during the first 60 days of the current auction season in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh than was sold during the same period of the previous season, according to a story in the latest edition of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. This season, 62.89 million kg was […]

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Universal to webcast results conference

Universal to webcast results conference

| May 14, 2014

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call following the release of its results for fiscal year 2014 after market close on May 20. The conference call, which will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, will be hosted by Vice President and Treasurer Candace C. Formacek. A live webcast of the conference call will […]

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Opposing flavored e-cigarettes but not tobacco cigarettes with menthol

Opposing flavored e-cigarettes but not tobacco cigarettes with menthol

| May 13, 2014

A leading U.S. health expert has said that calls for bans on flavored e-cigarettes are disingenuous in the mouths of those who don’t oppose the addition of menthol to tobacco cigarettes. Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, last week challenged the position of […]

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BAT thought to be in acquisitive mood

BAT thought to be in acquisitive mood

| May 13, 2014

British American Tobacco has asked Deutsche Bank to work with UBS on possible financial deals in the U.S., according to a story by Erika Janowicz for Benzinga.com, quoting a report in The Times of London on Monday. The article said that BAT had hired the banker to advise the company on possible acquisitions and deals. […]

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Smile when you smoke in Bangalore—your image might end up on Facebook

Smile when you smoke in Bangalore—your image might end up on Facebook

| May 13, 2014

Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar has appealed to the public to upload to the Bangalore city police Facebook page photographs showing people smoking tobacco in public places where such activity is banned, according to a story by Chaitanya Swamy for the Bangalore Mirror. The public is able to inform on smokers also by calling 100. These […]

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Focus on preventing illicit tobacco trade

Focus on preventing illicit tobacco trade

| May 13, 2014

The prevention of cigarette smuggling is one of five key tasks for Vietnam’s Market Management Agency this year, according to a VietnamNet story quoting Do Thanh Lam, deputy director of the agency. Lam said that about 600 million–700 million packs of cigarettes were smuggled into Vietnam each year, “causing losses of nearly $190 million to […]

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Graphic warnings reduced in size

Graphic warnings reduced in size

| May 13, 2014

A Sri Lankan court yesterday dismissed a challenge filed by the country’s leading tobacco products manufacturer against the government’s requirement for the inclusion of graphic warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story on Colombo Page. However, the court reduced the size of the warnings from 80 percent to 50–60 percent. The Court of Appeal […]

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Report calls for immediate action against threat posed by tobacco use in Africa

Report calls for immediate action against threat posed by tobacco use in Africa

| May 12, 2014

A report by the Network of African Science Academies has called for immediate action to prevent what it says is the growing threat posed by tobacco use in Africa, according to a SpyGhana.com story. The report, Preventing a Tobacco Epidemic in Africa: A Call for Effective Action to Support Health, Social, and Economic Development, assesses […]

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MEP raises questions over Imperial’s proposed facility closures in France

MEP raises questions over Imperial’s proposed facility closures in France

| May 12, 2014

Questions have been raised in the European Parliament about the closure of Imperial Tobacco facilities in France. In a preamble to his questions, French member of the European Parliament Patrick Le Hyaric said Seita had announced that the larger of the last two cigarette manufacturing plants in France was to be closed as part of […]

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Appointments at Hungarian DIET plant

Appointments at Hungarian DIET plant

| May 12, 2014

Renata Becse and Franz Rappl have been appointed, respectively, process coordinator and administrator, and blending and DIET manager at Leaf NewCo. Earlier this year, Leaf NewCo officially opened a factory in Hungary offering expanded tobacco or the use of expanded tobacco processing capacity to small- and medium-sized tobacco products manufacturers unable to justify the cost […]

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Shisha smoking crackdown in Saudi

Shisha smoking crackdown in Saudi

| May 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of the Interior has asked the Control and Investigation Bureau (CIB) in Makkah to start cracking down on cafés in Jeddah disregarding the ban on smoking shisha and other tobacco products in enclosed public areas, according to a story in the Arab News. The Jeddah Governorate had apparently sought the help of […]

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Old man jailed over illicit cigarettes

Old man jailed over illicit cigarettes

| May 12, 2014

A 78-year-old man has been sentenced in Singapore to a year in jail and a $217,000 fine after pleading guilty to possessing untaxed cigarettes, according to an AsiaOne story. The man, along with others, was caught in a customs sting as they unloaded untaxed cigarettes from a taxi. Later, untaxed cigarettes were found at his […]

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Bahrain to mull 100 percent import duty

Bahrain to mull 100 percent import duty

| May 12, 2014

Bahrain could soon charge 100 percent import duty on all tobacco products, according to a Trade Arabia story quoting a report in the Akhbar Al Khaleej newspaper. A proposal to amend the current anti-tobacco law is expected to be on parliament’s agenda on Tuesday. The proposed amendments include also curbs on public places smoking.

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Value of SM’s sales increased slightly

Value of SM’s sales increased slightly

| May 9, 2014

Swedish Match’s sales during the three months to the end of March, at SEK3,014 million, were up by 1.1 percent on those of the three months to the end of March 2013, SEK2,982 million. Operating profit was down by 16.8 percent to SEK858 million, while operating profit from product areas, which excludes SM’s share of […]

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Spending on cigarettes falling steadily

Spending on cigarettes falling steadily

| May 9, 2014

Household spending on cigarettes fell in South Korea for the eighth consecutive year in 2013, but more money was spent on alcohol, according to a Yonhap News Agency story. A household comprising two people or more spent an average of KRW17,263 (US$16.9) per month on tobacco last year, or 0.7 percent of the average income […]

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E-cigarettes enjoy massive growth

E-cigarettes enjoy massive growth

| May 9, 2014

E-cigarettes have enjoyed massive growth in the U.S. during the past two years, with sales increasing from $283 million in 2012 to $537 million in 2013, according to new research by Mintel. In 2013, the market for e-cigarettes was on par with the market for smoking cessation gum, the largest segment of the smoking cessation […]

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Researchers want cigarette filters banned

Researchers want cigarette filters banned

| May 9, 2014

Banning cigarette filters is one of a number of policies recently put forward by U.S.-based researchers as a way of reducing or eliminating the environmental problems caused by carelessly discarded butts. Such a policy might seem extreme, but those proposing it describe filtered cigarettes as a “farce” in terms of consumer safety. And they cite […]

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Joint cartonboard congress in September

Joint cartonboard congress in September

| May 9, 2014

ECMA, the European Carton Manufacturers’ Association, and Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers, are due to hold their first joint congress Sept. 17–20 in Sorrento, Italy. A note on the Pro Carton website said the congress would be open to the whole supply chain, with brand owners and other industry partners […]

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Reynolds American declares dividend

Reynolds American declares dividend

| May 9, 2014

Reynolds American Inc.’s board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.67 per share ($2.68 per share annualized). The dividend will be payable on July 1 to shareholders of record on June 10. RAI said that this was the 40th consecutive quarterly cash dividend since it had become […]

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Ethiopia mulls bid for tobacco monopoly

Ethiopia mulls bid for tobacco monopoly

| May 8, 2014

Ethiopia’s Public Enterprises Board is due to decide by tomorrow whether to accept Sheba Investment’s request to buy an additional 48 percent share in the state-owned National Tobacco Enterprise (NTE), according to an Addis Fortune story. The Yemeni-based Sheba already owns a 22 percent share in NTE, which it acquired in 1999. Sheba’s request followed […]

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