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Cigarette prices increased in Jordan

Cigarette prices increased in Jordan

| February 5, 2014

Cigarette prices in Jordan were increased by 100 fils (JD0.10: there are 1,000 fils to the dinar) a pack as of yesterday, while the price of hookah tobacco went up by JD1.2 per kg, according to a story in the Jordan Times. The Times reported that tobacco prices were usually raised through the issue of […]

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New chairman taking over at Imperial

New chairman taking over at Imperial

| February 5, 2014

Iain Napier is due to retire as non-executive chairman, and Berge Setrakian is due to retire as a non-executive director at the end of Imperial Tobacco’s annual general meeting, which is being held today. Deputy chairman Mark Williamson will become chairman, and Michael Herlihy will succeed Williamson as senior independent director. Herlihy will step down […]

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BAT Zimbabwe: investing in the future

BAT Zimbabwe: investing in the future

| February 4, 2014

British America Tobacco Zimbabwe has spent more than US$5 million over the past five years in capital investments, according to a story in The Herald quoting the company’s finance director, Peter Doona. About 50 per cent of the expenditure was invested in manufacturing and Doona said that the company would increase its capital expenditure this […]

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Smokers given cigarette price guidance

Smokers given cigarette price guidance

| February 4, 2014

Egypt’s Ministry of Finance has produced a cigarette price list and consumers are being asked to inform the country’s tax authority if they are asked by retailers to pay more than the list prices, according to a story in the Daily News Egypt. There would seem to be a discrepancy between some of the prices […]

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Smoking bans move step closer in Lagos

Smoking bans move step closer in Lagos

| February 4, 2014

The Lagos State House of Assembly recently passed a bill seeking to make illegal tobacco smoking in enclosed public places within the state, according to a story in the Vanguard. The bill is now before Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, who has to sign it before it becomes law. If signed, the new law will make […]

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Better youth tobacco prevention program

Better youth tobacco prevention program

| February 4, 2014

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co has improved its tobacco prevention program aimed at young people. In a note posted on its website, the company said that its free, evidence-based youth tobacco prevention program, Right Decisions Right Now: Be Tobacco Free (RDRN), now offered more website features, including Spanish-language posters and parent brochures, smart board activities, improved […]

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Altria acquires Green Smoke

Altria acquires Green Smoke

| February 3, 2014

Altria Group’s NuMark subsidiary has acquired the e-vapor business Green Smoke for $110 million in cash plus up to $20 million in incentive payments, reports Wells Fargo Securities. Posting $40 million revenue in 2013, the majority of Green Smoke’s sales are online in the U.S. The company’s retail sales in convenience stores were $3.9 million […]

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Warning straight from the horse’s mouth

Warning straight from the horse’s mouth

| February 3, 2014

A number of Chinese health organizations are asking people not to send cigarettes as gifts nor offer them to guests during the current Spring Festival, according to a Xinhua News Agency report. The festival, which takes in the Chinese New Year, started on Friday and is due to end on Thursday. The organizations, including the […]

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Zambia: Africa’s best investment option

Zambia: Africa’s best investment option

| February 3, 2014

Zambia has been described by the managing director of Japan Tobacco International Leaf Zambia as the best investment destination in Africa, based on the stability of the country’s economy during the past 10 years. According to a Times of Zambia story, Robert Royle told a Zambia-Japan Trade and Investment Promotion event in Lusaka last week, […]

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Helping people ‘opt’ for a healthier life

Helping people ‘opt’ for a healthier life

| February 3, 2014

Tobacco is one of the focuses of a public-health action-plan being put forward by the Danish government, according to an Esmerk Danish News story. The plan includes seven national targets for reducing smoking and drinking among Danes, but looks also at reducing obesity among children and encouraging more people to take exercise. The government will […]

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Sri Lanka aims to be free of tobacco

Sri Lanka aims to be free of tobacco

| February 3, 2014

Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry has dedicated this year to building a society free of tobacco and alcohol, and a presidential task force is being set up to tackle the issues of smoking and drinking. Addressing a World Cancer Day 2014 seminar at the Health Education Bureau, the Minister of Health, Maithreepala Sirisensaid, said a cabinet […]

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Vehicle smoking ban difficult to enforce

Vehicle smoking ban difficult to enforce

| February 3, 2014

The UK’s deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has said he opposes as illiberal plans for a law banning smoking in cars when young people are present, according to a story in The Guardian. He said smoking in such circumstances was irresponsible but he did not see how a law could be enforced. Speaking on LBC’s […]

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Smokers’ lungs make good transplants

Smokers’ lungs make good transplants

| February 3, 2014

New research shows that people given the lungs of smokers are just as likely to be alive up to three years after transplantation as those who receive organs from non-smokers, according to a story by Roger Dobson for The Independent newspaper. In some cases, they had improved survival rates. “Donor lungs from even heavy smokers […]

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Imperial to hold AGM on Wednesday

Imperial to hold AGM on Wednesday

| February 3, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is due to hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday. Presentation slides and transcript from the meeting will be available after the event on the company’s website, at http://www.imperial-tobacco.com. Information about the meeting is at: http://www.imperial-tobacco.com/index.asp?page=516.

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Alliance to host results conference call

Alliance to host results conference call

| February 3, 2014

Alliance One International is due to hold a conference call starting at 17.00 hours Eastern Time on February 4 to report financial results for its third quarter ended December 31. The webcast will be at www.aointl.com, where would-be participants need to register15 fifteen minutes in advance. A replay of the conference call will be available […]

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Universal to host results conference call

Universal to host results conference call

| February 3, 2014

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call at www.universalcorp.com starting at 17.00 hours Eastern Time on February 6 following the release after market close on that day of its results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will be hosted by Candace C. […]

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PM USA’s cigarette shipments down by 4.1 per cent in year to end of December

PM USA’s cigarette shipments down by 4.1 per cent in year to end of December

| January 31, 2014

Philip Morris USA’s cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 129,312 million, was down by 4.1 per cent on that of the 12 months to the end of December 2012. Marlboro shipments were down by 4.3 per cent to 111,421 million while shipments of other premium brands were down […]

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Tobacco harvest could hit 185 million kg

Tobacco harvest could hit 185 million kg

| January 31, 2014

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco production could reach 185 million kg this season (2013-14), 11 per cent more than that of last season, according to a story in The Zimbabwe Mail quoting an industry official speaking ahead of the start of the selling season in February. “The outlook is quite encouraging and we will easily surpass the […]

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Minister compromises on warnings

Minister compromises on warnings

| January 31, 2014

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Wednesday told the Court of Appeal that the Minister of Health was agreeable to reduce the size of the pictorial warnings required on tobacco-product packs to 70 per cent of the display areas, according to a story by Chitra Weerarathne for The Island. He said warnings occupying 80 per cent […]

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PMI to host full-year results webcast

PMI to host full-year results webcast

| January 31, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 13.00 hours Eastern Time on February 6 to discuss its 2013 fourth-quarter and full-year results, which will be issued mid-morning on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, André Calantzopoulos, CEO, and Jacek Olczak, CFO, will […]

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Bali show to proceed as planned

Bali show to proceed as planned

| January 30, 2014

The organizers of Inter-tabac Asia and Protobex say their event will take place Feb. 27-28 at the Bali Nusa Dua convention center, as scheduled. Earlier, The Jakarta Post had reported that the governor of Bali had taken action to prevent the show. The organizers say they have secured all the required approvals for a tobacco […]

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JT’s cigarette shipment up slightly but JTI’s volume down sharply

JT’s cigarette shipment up slightly but JTI’s volume down sharply

| January 30, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc reported today that its domestic cigarette sales during the nine months to the end of December, at 89.7 billion, were increased by 0.4 per cent on those of the nine months to the end of December 2012. Core revenue for the domestic tobacco business increased by 0.5 per cent to ¥505.1 billion […]

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Consumer choice delivered by new filter

Consumer choice delivered by new filter

| January 30, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. today announced the pending launch of Mevius Control One, which will feature the ADJUSTABLE® filter that, reportedly, can be used to vary tar levels. The new 1 mg tar product will go on sale in the prefectures of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Saga in mid-February. The filter is such that consumers can rotate […]

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PMI restructuring for growth in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East

PMI restructuring for growth in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East

| January 30, 2014

Philip Morris International is to restructure its business in Egypt as part of an initiative aimed at enhancing its profitability and growth in markets across North Africa and the Middle East. ‘The new business model entails a new contract manufacturing agreement with our long-standing, strategic business partner, Eastern Company S.A.E., the creation of a new […]

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Growers line up for start of sales season

Growers line up for start of sales season

| January 30, 2014

About 85,360 farmers have so far registered for Zimbabwe’s 2014 tobacco selling season, up from about 65,000 at the same stage of last year, according to a story in The Standard quoting the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board. The board’s chairperson, Monica Chinamasa, attributed the increase to the ‘lucrative cash payments’ that come with selling tobacco. […]

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