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Imperial repairing cyclone damage in Madagascar

Imperial repairing cyclone damage in Madagascar

| May 28, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Madagascar, Soctam, is helping rebuild facilities for a community left badly damaged by recent cyclones. So far, Soctam has helped to renew and equip educational and medical facilities in Bevilany – a village 200 km from the company’s tobacco production facility in Mahajanga. In addition, Soctam has supported the creation of […]

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Anti-trust body clears RAI acquisition of Lorillard

Anti-trust body clears RAI acquisition of Lorillard

| May 27, 2015

Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard said yesterday that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had voted to accept a proposed consent agreement, authorizing RAI to close its proposed $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard. The FTC clearance is subject to certain conditions, most of which the companies had previously agreed to as part of the related […]

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Romania exports cigarettes to North Korea

Romania exports cigarettes to North Korea

| May 27, 2015

Romania exported goods worth €90 million (US$98.2 million) to North Korea in 2014, with cigarettes accounting for €83 million (US$90.5 million) of those exports, according to a Romania Insider story relayed by the TMA. British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International did not export any cigarettes to North Korea. But industry observers […]

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Thailand looks to raise tobacco-buying age to 20

Thailand looks to raise tobacco-buying age to 20

| May 27, 2015

Increasing to 20 the minimum age for buying cigarettes is one of a number of measures contained in a tobacco-control bill endorsed by Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday, according to a story in The Bangkok Post. In a move hailed by anti-smoking activists, the cabinet approved in principle legislation that would outlaw also the sale of […]

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Essentra adds dedicated e-cigarette test laboratory

Essentra adds dedicated e-cigarette test laboratory

| May 27, 2015

Essentra Scientific Services (ESS) has increased the capacity of its laboratory at Jarrow, UK, with the addition of a new facility dedicated to testing electronic cigarettes. ‘The new laboratory complements Essentra’s full-service e-cigarette offering, and ensures it can continue to respond to the industry’s growing demand for reliable and high quality testing and analysis,’ Essentra […]

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Bangladesh looks to break tobacco tax dependency

Bangladesh looks to break tobacco tax dependency

| May 26, 2015

The draft of a national tobacco tax policy prepared by Bangladesh’s National Board of Revenue provides for a shift away from ‘dependency on tobacco for internal revenue collection’, according to a story in The Financial Express. The proposed policy, which includes a time-framed action plan, is said to be aimed at keeping a tight rein […]

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