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Smog blankets China’s cities with respiratory disease concerns

Smog blankets China’s cities with respiratory disease concerns

| November 18, 2013

The prevalence of smoking in China tends to fudge the contribution of air pollution to the growing incidence of respiratory disease in the country, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. Two recent incidents were described as being timely reminders of the cost of China’s rapid development. In one, an 8-year-old girl […]

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Essentra takes packaging design award

Essentra takes packaging design award

| November 18, 2013

The in-house design department of Essentra Packaging has been named Design Team of the Year at the U.K. Packaging Awards. The company was also highly commended in the Packaging Company of the Year category, after reaching the final shortlist of four nominees. Based at the company’s headquarters in Nottingham, U.K., Essentra’s four-strong design team is […]

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Smoking bans at Berkeley’s castle walls

Smoking bans at Berkeley’s castle walls

| November 15, 2013

A city council member in Berkeley, California, USA, is calling for a tobacco smoking ban in some single-family homes, according to a story by Carolyn Jones for the San Francisco Chronicle. Councilman Jesse Arreguin said that a proposal to ban cigarette smoking in apartments and condos, where smoke can waft through ventilation systems, was not […]

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Plain packaging this ain’t

Plain packaging this ain’t

| November 15, 2013

U.K.-based Smoke Screenz Ltd. has launched a retail website that provides consumers with the opportunity to create personal designs for plastic cigarette-pack holders and then to buy those holders. At www.smoke-screenz.com, consumers can overlay full-color graphics and text onto a durable, lightweight, high-quality, hard plastic holder that will accept a regular king-sized pack of 20 […]

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Indonesia’s overproducing clove growers look to export kretek manufacture

Indonesia’s overproducing clove growers look to export kretek manufacture

| November 15, 2013

The Indonesian Clove Farmers’ Association (APCI) wants to widen the market for cloves by working with overseas tobacco manufacturers to help them produce kreteks, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. Indonesia currently has an oversupply of cloves. At the fourth Asia Tobacco Forum in Surabaya, East Java, APCI Treasurer I. Ketut Budiman said […]

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Leaf growers renew call for FDI in India

Leaf growers renew call for FDI in India

| November 15, 2013

Indian tobacco farmers operating under the banner of the United Association of Tobacco Growers (UATG) are urging the Indian government to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the tobacco sector, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The farmers believe that opening the sector to FDI would […]

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JT increases domestic cigarette volumes

JT increases domestic cigarette volumes

| November 15, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 10.2 billion, was increased by 2 percent on that of October 2012, 10 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The October 2012 figure was up by 4.2 percent on that of October 2011. Volume during April–October, at 69.8 billion, was up […]

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Lorillard to participate at NY conference

Lorillard to participate at NY conference

| November 15, 2013

Lorillard’s chairman, president and CEO, Murray S. Kessler, and its CFO, David H. Taylor, are due to participate in the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer Conference in New York, New York, from 10.20 hours to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 19. The presentation will be webcast live and access will be available through the Investor […]

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JTI to launch tobacco vaporizer in Korea

JTI to launch tobacco vaporizer in Korea

| November 14, 2013

JTI Korea said yesterday that it would introduce Ploom, a tobacco vaporizer, on the domestic market on Nov. 18, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The Ploom vaporizer is a pocket-sized smoking alternative device that heats tobacco contained in pods to a constant temperature, vaporizing nicotine and flavors without burning the materials or […]

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E-cigarettes banned on public transport

E-cigarettes banned on public transport

| November 14, 2013

The use of e-cigarettes on Switzerland’s public transport system will be banned as of next month, according to a Medical Xpress story quoting the national association of mass-transit operators. From Dec. 15, those caught using e-cigarettes on public transport will face a fine of CHF25, a spokesman for the Public Transportation Union told the Swiss […]

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Corporate watchdog concerned over direction of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Corporate watchdog concerned over direction of Trans-Pacific Partnership

| November 14, 2013

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who is leading closed-door negotiations concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is pushing a proposal that would grant tobacco manufacturers the right to sue governments for passing laws aimed at protecting the public from tobacco, according to a Corporate Accountability International (CAI) report. “Disturbingly—but not surprisingly—the U.S. trade representative has caved […]

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Karnataka auctions might be shortened

Karnataka auctions might be shortened

| November 14, 2013

The Tobacco Board of India is reportedly contemplating speeding up flue-cured auctions in Karnataka, India, so that they are finished by the end of January, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala newsletter. Normally, Karnataka auctions finish in February. But with average prices climbing by more than 21 percent on […]

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Whoops!

Whoops!

| November 14, 2013

Copies of a national newspaper featuring a half-page tobacco advertisement on its front page were given away at an event held by Indonesia’s Health Ministry to commemorate National Health Day on Nov. 12, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The seemingly inappropriate gift was handed out at a time when the ministry is […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| November 14, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of a presentation and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer Conference starting about 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 20. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI […]

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Football wasn’t the only goal

Football wasn’t the only goal

| November 14, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees from Germany and Poland recently competed in a football competition staged near to the company’s Tarnowo plant in Poland. The weekend tournament involved teams from Radom, near Warsaw, and Langenhagen, near Hannover, as well as two teams from Tarnowo. “It was great for our people from Poland and Germany to meet up […]

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Karnataka grower prices surge on strong demand for high-quality flue-cured

Karnataka grower prices surge on strong demand for high-quality flue-cured

| November 13, 2013

Flue-cured prices in Karnataka, India, have risen sharply this year with the highest bid during the 51 days of auctions up to Nov. 8 having reached INR176.40 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. By Nov. 8, growers had sold 38.12 million kg of the 100 […]

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Call for ‘repulsive’ warnings in Korea

Call for ‘repulsive’ warnings in Korea

| November 13, 2013

Moon Hyung-pyo, who has been nominated for the position of minister of health and welfare in South Korea, said yesterday that cigarette prices should be increased in order to deter people from smoking, according to a story in The Korea Times. Before a confirmation hearing at the National Assembly, Moon said the government needed actively […]

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Scotland to follow Australia on packaging

Scotland to follow Australia on packaging

| November 13, 2013

Scotland is aiming to become the second country after Australia to impose standardized packaging requirements on tobacco manufacturers, according to Ria Patel, writing in TopNews. Since Dec. 1, Australia has required that all tobacco products be sold in packaging designed on behalf of the previous Labor government to be as ugly as possible. Packs are […]

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US government thinking of muscling in on manufacturer payments to growers

US government thinking of muscling in on manufacturer payments to growers

| November 13, 2013

The U.S. government has come under fire for considering appropriating millions of dollars that otherwise would be paid by tobacco manufacturers to tobacco growers. This is not taxpayer money, but the government is in a position to appropriate it because the money passes through the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The U.S. […]

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Tax-free event review available online

Tax-free event review available online

| November 13, 2013

A digital review of the TFWA World Exhibition 2013 has been made available at http://www.tfwa.com/inreview/TFWA-World-Exhibition-in-Review. The TFWA (Tax Free World Association) event, which included an exhibition, conference, workshops and social events, was held in Cannes, France, on Oct. 25–26.

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Manufacturing interaction at Imperial

Manufacturing interaction at Imperial

| November 13, 2013

Factory managers from all of Imperial Tobacco’s production sites worldwide recently gathered at Santander in Spain. This was the first time that such a gathering had taken place. “The event was an opportunity to celebrate achievements in the last 12 months, and awards were handed to those factories with outstanding results in safety, quality and […]

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Test 2

Test 2

| November 12, 2013

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Japan’s growers to receive 0.84 percent more for 2014 crop than for 2012 crop

Japan’s growers to receive 0.84 percent more for 2014 crop than for 2012 crop

| November 12, 2013

Japan’s 2014 leaf tobacco crop will be grown on 8,964 ha, down by 2.7 percent on the area under tobacco this year, 9,245 ha, which was down by 1.4 percent on that of 2012. The flue-cured production area, at 5,805 ha, will be down by 98 ha or 1.7 percent; the burley production area, at […]

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Tobacco-industry CSR in Asia linked to marketing, say anti-tobacco activists

Tobacco-industry CSR in Asia linked to marketing, say anti-tobacco activists

| November 12, 2013

Tobacco control advocates in Southeast Asia are calling for tougher rules to ban cigarette-company contributions and sponsorships, according to a story in The Philippine Star. The director of the Southeast Asian Tobacco Control Alliance, Bunon Ritthiphakdee, said tobacco companies were making sponsorship a part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs so as to skirt […]

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Reynolds sharing information on tobacco

Reynolds sharing information on tobacco

| November 12, 2013

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co says that it has transformed its non-corporate website intended to inform adult tobacco consumers, retailers and wholesalers about tobacco tax issues. The site, www.transformtobacco.com, has added a new e-mail alert feature that allows individuals to sign up to receive electronic notifications anytime an alert is issued for their state. “This new […]

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