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Cigarette taxes to fund anti-campaign

Cigarette taxes to fund anti-campaign

| November 6, 2013

The Jakarta city administration is to target students and low-income residents in a new anti-smoking campaign funded by cigarette tax revenue, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Starting from next year, the city is expected to receive about IDR400 billion (US$35.2 million) a year in revenue from cigarette excise tax. “We are currently […]

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Teenage smoking rates ‘shocking’

Teenage smoking rates ‘shocking’

| November 6, 2013

Levels of tobacco use by young people in the UAE were described as shocking on Monday after a new study had found that more than one in five boys aged 13 to 15 was a smoker, according to a story in The National. The teenage smoking problem was being blamed on the availability of cheap […]

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Young Koreans least health-conscious

Young Koreans least health-conscious

| November 6, 2013

The Ministry of Health and Welfare says that women in their 20s and men in their 30s are the least health-conscious Koreans, according to a story in the Korea Joongang Daily. The ministry’s concerns were based on the results of a national health survey. It is thought that young women and men smoke and drink […]

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Imperial’s stick-equivalent volume down 7 percent over full year

Imperial’s stick-equivalent volume down 7 percent over full year

| November 5, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s stick-equivalent volume sales during the year to the end of September, at 317 billion, were down by 7 percent on those of the year to the end of September 2012. Stick-equivalent sales include sales of cigarettes, and those of fine-cut, cigars and snus converted to cigarette-stick equivalents. Meanwhile, the company reported that its […]

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UK-bound fakes seized in Philippines

UK-bound fakes seized in Philippines

| November 4, 2013

The Philippines’ Bureau of Customs last week seized a shipment of counterfeit cigarettes from China worth PHP18 million, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The fake Marlboro cigarettes, which had been declared as mono-acetate filter rods, arrived at the Manila International Container Port on Tuesday. Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, who was reported […]

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Imperial’s results to be webcast tomorrow

Imperial’s results to be webcast tomorrow

| November 4, 2013

Imperial Tobacco is due to publish its preliminary results for the year to the end of September on Nov. 5. A live webcast and the slides of the presentation to analysts and investors will be available at http://www.imperial-tobacco.com from 8:30 a.m. U.K. time. The presentation transcript will be available on the same site from 10 […]

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Sikora to succeed Stanikowski at ITM Poland

Sikora to succeed Stanikowski at ITM Poland

| November 1, 2013

Andrew Stanikowski will step down in March as CEO of International Tobacco Machinery Poland after leading the company for 22 years. He will continue in a nonexecutive role. Stanikowski was instrumental in the creation of ITM Poland, which helped turn the ITM Group into a respected OEM and a leading innovator. Leszek Sikora will take […]

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New York City raises to 21 minimum tobacco-products purchase age

New York City raises to 21 minimum tobacco-products purchase age

| November 1, 2013

New York City Council members have voted to raise the minimum age at which people can buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, according to a story by Cheryl K. Chumley for the Washington Times. One hundred and eighty days after the mayor, Michael Bloomberg, signs the measure, which he is expected to do, the […]

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Ending proves this is no shaggy dog tale

Ending proves this is no shaggy dog tale

| November 1, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s Czech operations have supported a competition to find the best sniffer dogs used by customs officials to detect illicit tobacco. The contest, staged at the customs training centre in north Bohemia, involved dogs from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and Slovenia, as well as Czech dogs. The aim of the competition was to recognize […]

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Universal to webcast 2Q conference call

Universal to webcast 2Q conference call

| November 1, 2013

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call from 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 5 following the release of its second-quarter results after market close on that date. The conference call, which will be available on a listen-only basis at www.universalcorp.com, will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer. A […]

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NDC appoints Patterson VP global customer care

NDC appoints Patterson VP global customer care

| October 31, 2013

NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Terry Patterson as vice president of global customer care for its sensors, systems and metals divisions. Patterson’s responsibilities involve managing NDC’s customer care division and for developing its various support products that are designed to maximize the return on investment for its customers. Patterson has 25 years of experience in […]

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New logo BMJ

New logo BMJ

| October 31, 2013

Cigarette paper manufacturer BMJ has a new logo and slogan. The logo comprises a blue square and red letter type that appears to peel away in the left bottom corner. The square is meant to represent BMJ’s confidence and pursuit of perfection, according to BMJ CEO Omar Rahmanadi, while the peel effect symbolizes the company’s […]

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JT’s volume inches up but JTI’s volume drops sharply in first six months

JT’s volume inches up but JTI’s volume drops sharply in first six months

| October 31, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during the six months from April to September, at 59.6 billion, was up by 0.1 percent on that of April–September 2012. In announcing this morning its consolidated results, JT said that a strong performance by Mevius had contributed to its domestic market share reaching 60.6 percent for April–September, […]

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Tobacconists want exclusive right to sell e-cigarettes in France

Tobacconists want exclusive right to sell e-cigarettes in France

| October 31, 2013

Tobacconists in France are claiming that e-cigarettes fall under the tobacco sale monopoly law and should therefore be sold exclusively by them, according to a EurActiv story. “We want that the sale of the electronic cigarette is done exclusively within the framework of the network of tobacconists,” said Jean-Luc Renaud, secretary general of the confederation […]

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Lifting tobacco smoking ban could hinder not help Bulgaria’s tourism industry

Lifting tobacco smoking ban could hinder not help Bulgaria’s tourism industry

| October 31, 2013

Bulgaria’s National Tourism Board has warned that lifting the tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places could result in a wave of reimbursement claims, according to a Novinite story quoting the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency. Rumen Draganov, a member of the NTB, said the government should refrain from canceling the smoking ban for the time being. […]

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Sorry, we can’t sell gutka; have you tried pan masala—and chewing tobacco?

Sorry, we can’t sell gutka; have you tried pan masala—and chewing tobacco?

| October 31, 2013

The Health and Family Welfare minister of India’s Karnataka state, U.T. Khader, has said that his government will explore what options it has to plug loopholes in regulations designed to prevent the consumption of certain oral tobaccos, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Khader said he will […]

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JT to axe people, factories and operations as it opts for profit in challenging times

JT to axe people, factories and operations as it opts for profit in challenging times

| October 30, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is to cut its domestic workforce by about 1,600 people and close factories, sales offices and its vending machine division. The announcement of the retrenchments comes seven months after the Japanese government reduced its share in JT from just over 50 percent to about 33 percent (with 37 percent voting rights). One […]

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Shorter cigarettes launched in India as higher prices force consumption down

Shorter cigarettes launched in India as higher prices force consumption down

| October 30, 2013

Cigarette manufacturers in India are launching shorter-length versions of popular brands in an attempt to revive the market following a sharp surge in prices, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Sales were said to have dropped by about 3 percent during the six months from April […]

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Hole in one for Iggesund’s Invercote

Hole in one for Iggesund’s Invercote

| October 30, 2013

The latest cover of Novum magazine has lifted Invercote paperboard from support act to starring role. The starting point for the cover of the German graphic magazine’s October issue is a tribute to typography. The designer, Clormann Design, played with letters in various typefaces to create a delicate pattern that was then laser cut from […]

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Private members bill calls for imposition of standardized tobacco packs in India

Private members bill calls for imposition of standardized tobacco packs in India

| October 29, 2013

An opposition MP has introduced a private member’s bill into the Indian parliament calling for “logos and company branding to be totally removed from tobacco products,” according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. report. The proposal is said to be based on standardized packaging legislation imposed in Australia last year. Since Dec. 1, Australia has required […]

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Criminals will take “delight” in tobacco retail fee earmarked for Ireland

Criminals will take “delight” in tobacco retail fee earmarked for Ireland

| October 29, 2013

Newsagents in Ireland have labelled the 10-fold increase in the cost of a tobacco sales licence as a sneak attack on small corner shops, according to an Independent News & Media story. Although the budget measure was not included in the finance minister’s speech, the Department of Health has confirmed on its website that a […]

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Competitive pressures knock back Swedish Match’s 3Q profit

Competitive pressures knock back Swedish Match’s 3Q profit

| October 29, 2013

Swedish Match reported today that its sales during the third quarter to the end of September, at SEK3,230 million, were increased by 1 percent on those of the third quarter of 2012. Operating profit from product areas, which excludes a share of the profit from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group, declined by 11 percent to SEK836 […]

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Only 17 percent still smoking in Finland

Only 17 percent still smoking in Finland

| October 29, 2013

About 17 percent of Finns aged 15–64 smoked daily last year: 21 percent of men and 14 percent of women, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story quoting Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare. At the same time, 12 percent of boys and girls aged 14–18 smoked daily. Daily smoking has been declining among […]

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New sales leader at Logic Technology

New sales leader at Logic Technology

| October 29, 2013

Logic Technology said yesterday that Raz Rahman had joined its key executives team. In a press note, the e-cigarette company said that in his role as Northeast regional director, Rahman would lead the “rapid business development of Logic brands by accelerating distribution and improving market presence to further establish Logic as a category leader.” Rahman […]

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Imperial impresses Dutch trade partners

Imperial impresses Dutch trade partners

| October 29, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s business in the Netherlands has been recognized by trade partners for its field sales excellence, according to a note posted on the company’s website. Imperial said that it had won the Distrifood Field Sales Team of the Year award in the non-food category for the fourth time, ahead of firms such as Mars […]

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