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Vaping privately in public view

Vaping privately in public view

| February 19, 2014

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has launched Invisi-Vapor cartridges, which are said to produce 95 percent less vapor than is produced by its ClearDraw cartridges. “For times when customers do not want to draw unwanted attention to themselves, Invisi-Vapor is the solution,” the company said in a press note issued through PRNewswire. “White Cloud’s ultra-low vapor […]

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High hopes as Zimbabwe’s market opens

High hopes as Zimbabwe’s market opens

| February 19, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco marketing season was due to open today, with expectations high for both volume sales and earnings, according to a story in New Zimbabwe. The 91,000 growers—mostly small-scale farmers—who registered to grow the 2013–2014 crop are thought to have produced about 175 million–185 million kg, up from the 167 million kg produced […]

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BAT Nigeria provides farmer support

BAT Nigeria provides farmer support

| February 19, 2014

The more than 800 members of the Nigeria Independent Tobacco Association in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State are to benefit from NGN282 million in interest-free loans from British American Tobacco Iseyin Agronomy (BATIA), a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Nigeria, according to a Business Day story. The loans, which are to be distributed […]

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Newly emboldened health officials predicting US smoking endgame

Newly emboldened health officials predicting US smoking endgame

| February 18, 2014

Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in the U.S., according to an Associated Press story. They have long wished for a cigarette-free country but previously have shied away from predicting that smoking rates would fall to near zero by any particular year. But because of what AP referred to as […]

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Illicit cigarettes flooding SA’s borders

Illicit cigarettes flooding SA’s borders

| February 18, 2014

Counterfeit cigarettes are among the illicit goods most likely to be smuggled across South   Africa’s borders on a daily basis, according to a Mondaq story. The story said that the illicit trade in counterfeit and genuine cigarettes had grown at a “phenomenal pace” and that cigarettes now comprised one of the most prevalent and […]

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Smokers’ lobby can now get some sleep

Smokers’ lobby can now get some sleep

| February 18, 2014

Smokers, who, in recent years, have been finding it increasingly difficult to book suitable accommodation, now have Smoketels.com, a website that specializes in smoker-friendly hotels, according to a story by Joe Sharkey for The New York Times. “We don’t offer nonsmoking rooms, so if you’re a nonsmoker, you’re not for us,” said Shawn Bradley, who […]

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Trade agreement package questioned

Trade agreement package questioned

| February 17, 2014

The New Zealand government has blocked an attempt by Labour to have parliament ask for the release of the full agreed text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement before it is signed, according to an Independent Newspapers story. Labour leader David Cunliffe said he was “disappointed, but not surprised.” One of the immediate, […]

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Youth camp policy for fighting addiction

Youth camp policy for fighting addiction

| February 17, 2014

Although Turkey had had success in fighting substance abuse, it remained one of the top 10 tobacco-using countries, according to a story in today’s Zaman quoting a report by the Turkish temperance organization Yeşilay. The report, which includes data on a number of addictions, said Turkey had 16 million smokers above the age of 15. […]

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Lorillard to webcast presentation

Lorillard to webcast presentation

| February 17, 2014

Lorillard is due to webcast its presentation at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference in Boca Raton, Florida, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow. Murray S. Kessler, chairman, president and CEO, and David H. Taylor, CFO, will participate in the conference. Their presentation will be available through the Investor […]

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Budget boost for Canadian bootleggers

Budget boost for Canadian bootleggers

| February 14, 2014

Canada’s National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) has expressed disappointment that the 2014 federal budget “increased the lucrative nature of contraband tobacco while also failing to provide meaningful measures to stop it,” according to a Canada Newswire story. “By increasing the difference in price between the legal and illegal market, the government is effectively putting […]

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JT’s domestic volume up in January

JT’s domestic volume up in January

| February 14, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during January, at 8.8 billion, was increased by 3.6 percent on that of January 2013, 8.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The January 2013 figure was down by 0.8 percent on that of January 2012. Volume during April 2013–January 2014, at 98.5 billion, […]

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Kenya clamps down on tax stamp abuse

Kenya clamps down on tax stamp abuse

| February 14, 2014

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has started a campaign of tobacco-retailer inspections aimed at catching out those using fake or superseded excise stamps, according to a story in The Star. The KRA phased out the-now superseded excise stamps in November 2012 and introduced a new generation of less easily forged stamps last year so as […]

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Renewed interest in Bulgartabak

Renewed interest in Bulgartabak

| February 14, 2014

Livero Establishments, a Lichtenstein-registered company, has expressed an interest in buying the 79.8 percent stake in Bulgartabak owned by the Russian bank, VTB, according to a Reuters report by Tsvetelia Tsolova and Oksana Kobzeva quoting Bulgaria’s competition watchdog. VTB acquired Bulgartabac for €100.1 million, €100,000 above the minimum asking price, when BT Invest, a company […]

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Draconian penalties for e-cigarette sales

Draconian penalties for e-cigarette sales

| February 14, 2014

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday that e-cigarettes constituted a banned drug, according to a story on Focus Taiwan News Channel. There are no regulations under which individuals could be punished for owning or using electronic cigarettes, but importers, producers and sellers could face fines, though none of them have been fined […]

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Imperial backs environment project

Imperial backs environment project

| February 14, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is supporting a wildlife conservation project to help save endangered species in the Philippines. The company, which has its headquarters in Bristol, U.K., is backing a scheme led by the Bristol Zoo to preserve the unique forest habitat of the island of Negros. During their time in the Philippines, the zoo’s Neil Maddison […]

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Lorillard’s volumes beating the market

Lorillard’s volumes beating the market

| February 13, 2014

Lorillard’s domestic shipment volumes during the 12 months to the end of December, at 39,325,216,000, were down by 0.4 percent on those of 2012. Including shipments to Puerto Rico and U.S. possessions, shipments were down by 0.5 percent to 39,947,512,000. Shipments of Newport cigarettes increased by 0.7 percent to 33,352,162,000, and shipments of full-price brands […]

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Volume down but revenue up at Imperial

Volume down but revenue up at Imperial

| February 13, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s tobacco-products volume during the three months to the end of December (Imperial’s Q1) was down by 11 percent on that of the three months to the end of December 2012, according to an interim management statement issued this morning. Tobacco products here include cigarettes, fine-cut tobacco, cigars and snus. Tobacco net revenue, meanwhile, […]

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Automating e-cigarettes out of China

Automating e-cigarettes out of China

| February 13, 2014

Freedom Smokeless has unveiled its new, U.S.-built, high-speed e-cigarette automation machinery at the TPC [Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo] 2014 show in Las Vegas. In a press note issued yesterday through PRNewswire, Freedom, which is an e-cigarette manufacturer based in southern California, said that it was the first U.S.-based company to offer automatic machinery that could […]

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English smokers fall below 20 percent

English smokers fall below 20 percent

| February 13, 2014

The smoking prevalence in England has fallen below 20 percent for the first time in about 80 years, according to a report posted on the BMJ website, quoting research carried out at University College, London. The latest figures come from a large national surveillance study that has been tracking smoking prevalence in England since 2006. […]

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TRP and Kentucky Cut Rag complete merger

TRP and Kentucky Cut Rag complete merger

| February 12, 2014

Tobacco Rag Processors (TRP) and Kentucky Cut Rag, a wholly owned subsidiary of G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Co., have completed merger of their cut-rag operations. The combined company will operate out of Tobacco Rag’s Wilson, North Carolina, USA, headquarters. Derek Vaughan and Conrad Whitaker will join Tobacco Rag as consultants under long-term agreements. “We are extremely […]

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Nicolites inches closer to “medicine” label

Nicolites inches closer to “medicine” label

| February 12, 2014

An e-cigarette manufacturer is a step closer to seeing its product classified as a medicine—a move that could see the firm supplying the devices for National Health Service (NHS) prescriptions, according to a story in The Birmingham Post. Nicolites said it was “well advanced” in talks with the medicines regulator over plans to have its […]

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New managing director at Parkside

New managing director at Parkside

| February 12, 2014

Parkside Flexibles (Europe) has appointed Nick Smith as its managing director, effective April 1. Smith succeeds CEO Lawrence Dall, who died in September last year. Prior to joining Park Flexibles, Smith worked at Sun Chemicals, where he held several positions, including that of managing director of the firm’s U.K.-Nordic division. Smith holds a degree in […]

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Reynolds’ domestic cigarette volume down by 6.8 percent last year

Reynolds’ domestic cigarette volume down by 6.8 percent last year

| February 12, 2014

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco’s U.S. domestic cigarette volume during the year to the end of December, at 64.2 billion, was down by 6.8 percent on that of 2012, 68.9 billion. Camel volume fell by 1.4 percent to 20.9 billion, and Pall Mall volume fell by 2.7 percent to 21.3 billion, so the company’s total “growth brands” […]

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Public smoking ban might include shisha

Public smoking ban might include shisha

| February 12, 2014

The health ministry of India is considering extending the existing ban on smoking tobacco in enclosed public places to cover shisha, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The ministry appears to be concerned that the consumption of shisha is growing, especially among young people. Nevertheless, the ministry […]

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Tobacco industry cutting smoking

Tobacco industry cutting smoking

| February 12, 2014

Retailers across Jordan were reported on Sunday to have been low on cigarettes for a few days, with manufacturers and storeowners trading accusations about who is to blame for the shortages, according to a story in The Jordan Times. Some retailers have said that cigarette manufacturers and distributors have not delivered cigarettes since the government […]

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