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BAT buys into low-nicotine research

BAT buys into low-nicotine research

| October 4, 2013

U.S.-based 22nd Century Group, which is developing very low nicotine cigarettes, has signed a $7 million research license agreement with British American Tobacco, according to a story by David Robinson for Buffalo News. The deal, spanning four years, is said to give BAT access to 28 of 22nd Century’s patents and patent applications involving the […]

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PM Thailand vows to fight tax allegations

PM Thailand vows to fight tax allegations

| October 4, 2013

Philip Morris Thailand (PMT) vowed yesterday to “vigorously defend itself” against Thai tax evasion allegations, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Newly appointed attorney general, Athapol Yaisawang, said the indictment had been launched against PMT by his predecessor, Chulasingh Vasantasingh, before his recent retirement. Although the details of the allegations were unclear, PMT […]

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Finally faced with smoking-problem solution, US officialdom flunking it

Finally faced with smoking-problem solution, US officialdom flunking it

| October 3, 2013

The U.S. faces several unresolved public policy crises including a federal government shutdown, and yet officials are trying to create a problem where none exists, according to the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA). “Some U.S. Senators and state attorneys general, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have launched […]

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Fake goods bought mostly by people who cannot afford genuine articles

Fake goods bought mostly by people who cannot afford genuine articles

| October 3, 2013

Northern Ireland (NI) is the regional counterfeit capital of the U.K., according to a BBC Online story quoting the results of a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report that looked at the economic impact of counterfeiting. People in NI were said to have admitted buying more fake clothing and accessories, films, music and alcohol than those in other […]

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Lebanon expands tobacco smoking ban

Lebanon expands tobacco smoking ban

| October 3, 2013

A tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places, including coffee shops, restaurants and bars, went into force in Lebanon on Monday, according to an Agence France Presse story. Such a ban took effect a year ago in airports, hospitals and schools, but has now been expanded to include all enclosed public places. The new anti-tobacco […]

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JT launches more smokeless products

JT launches more smokeless products

| October 3, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is relaunching its Zerostyle Blue Mint and Zerostyle Bitter Leaf smokeless tobacco products. The Zerostyle product line started life in 2010 as a non-lit, cigarette-shaped product, or “pipe,” containing a replaceable cartridge with tobacco and flavors. It had a tapered mouthpiece and removable cap. Zerostyle is often referred to as a “snuff” […]

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Lorillard stakes claim as leader of global electronic cigarette industry

Lorillard stakes claim as leader of global electronic cigarette industry

| October 2, 2013

Lorillard said yesterday that it had acquired all of the assets and operations of Skycig, a U.K.-based electronic cigarette business. In a note posted on its website, Lorillard said the acquisition provided it with a major U.K. electronic cigarette brand and, along with its U.S. electronic cigarette brand, Blu Ecigs, “a global presence in the […]

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New anti-tobacco alliance in Thailand comes armed with warning

New anti-tobacco alliance in Thailand comes armed with warning

| October 2, 2013

Doctors and academics in Thailand have together formed the National Alliance for Tobacco Control (NATC) in order to strengthen the country’s anti-smoking messages, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. The alliance, officially launched on Tuesday, said that its first mission was to support the public health policy of enforcing bigger health warning images […]

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First Bangladeshi MD at BAT Bangladesh

First Bangladeshi MD at BAT Bangladesh

| October 2, 2013

Shehzad Munim yesterday became the first Bangladeshi to take over as managing director of British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB), according to a story in The Daily Star. Prior to his latest appointment, Munim worked as the marketing director for BAT’s South Asia region. Munim joined BATB after graduating from the Institute of Business Administration of […]

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Excise rise ‘shocking and disappointing’

Excise rise ‘shocking and disappointing’

| October 2, 2013

The Malaysian government has raised the excise duty on tobacco by 14 percent ahead of its 2014 budget due on Oct. 25, and the country’s biggest cigarette manufacturer has described the move as “shocking and disappointing,” according to a story by Pauline Ng for the Business Times. The increase was gazetted on Friday. “Such a […]

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Alliance completes monitoring obligation

Alliance completes monitoring obligation

| October 2, 2013

Alliance One International says that it has fulfilled its obligations under separate settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On Aug. 6, 2010, Alliance entered into agreements with the DOJ and the SEC to resolve those agencies’ respective investigations relating to violations under the Foreign Corrupt […]

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PMI acquisition will up Algerian earnings

PMI acquisition will up Algerian earnings

| October 1, 2013

Philip Morris International said yesterday it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 49 percent of the shares of United Arab Emirates-based Arab Investors-TA (AITA) for $625 million. Through this acquisition, PMI will secure an almost 25 percent economic interest in the Société des Tabacs Algéro-Emiratie (STAEM), a joint venture that is 51 percent […]

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Indonesia steers for FCTC ratification

Indonesia steers for FCTC ratification

| October 1, 2013

Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has said that her government will strive to ensure that Indonesia ratifies the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The minister said that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had agreed in principle to ratification but wanted firstly to see the […]

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New cigar house launched in US

New cigar house launched in US

| October 1, 2013

U.S. entrepreneur Joe Baker and the Florida-based company Palomino Cigars and Imports have together launched the House of Burgess Cigars Ltd. Silvio Palomino is a longtime importer and distributor of premium Dominican cigars and owner of Palomino Imports. He has been providing private-brand cigars to brand owners across the U.S. since 1990. Baker, of Cleveland, […]

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Child labor worry over Australia’s imports

Child labor worry over Australia’s imports

| October 1, 2013

Australia’s cigarette trade is being “propped up by the exploitation of children,” according to a piece by Jill Stark published in The Sydney Morning Herald. Stark writes that “new figures” reveal that $16 million worth of tobacco is imported annually from countries where “cheap child labor” is used to produce the crop. “An analysis of […]

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PMI looks to reorganize in Switzerland

PMI looks to reorganize in Switzerland

| September 30, 2013

Philip Morris International said today that it had opened an employee consultation on the company’s intention to restructure its global and regional functions based in Switzerland, a reorganization that might involve up to 170 positions being either eliminated or transferred to other countries. “The intended restructuring aims to reduce complexity and reallocate resources to better […]

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Smokers should be tested for COPD

Smokers should be tested for COPD

| September 30, 2013

Ninety percent of people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) developed the condition after tobacco use or exposure to secondhand smoke, National Taiwan University principal and lung cancer specialist, Yang Pan-chyr, said on Saturday at a John Tung Foundation press launch of its online COPD self-assessment. According to a story in the Taipei Times, […]

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‘Golden leaf’ takes on new meaning

‘Golden leaf’ takes on new meaning

| September 30, 2013

Cigarette papers are selling in the U.S. for up to $5 each—but they do have an outer layer of gold leaf, according to a story by Joanna Prisco for ABC. Historically, Prisco wrote, hand-rolling cigarettes were an economical alternative to factory-made products, but a new product had taken the ritual to a luxurious counterpoint and […]

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Imperial drives teamwork in Taiwan

Imperial drives teamwork in Taiwan

| September 30, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s office-based people in Taiwan have been learning more about the work of the field force sales team in an initiative to build business understanding and teamwork spirit. As part of the One-Day Sales Programme, Imperial Tobacco employees from non-sales functions shadow a trade marketing executive, assisting them on their retailer visits. “By learning […]

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Tobacco and whiskey shop expands

Tobacco and whiskey shop expands

| September 30, 2013

In the face of Scotland’s hostile smoking climate, the country’s oldest cigar shop, Robert Graham, has had to move into larger premises in the heart of Glasgow, former home of the Tobacco Lords, 18th century tobacco merchants who became hugely wealthy plying their trade. Robert Graham, which was established in 1874 and is one of Scotland’s […]

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Indonesia criticized over pack challenge

Indonesia criticized over pack challenge

| September 25, 2013

Tobacco control activists have criticized the Indonesian government for challenging Australia’s decision to impose standardized cigarette packaging, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe. It was reported here yesterday that Indonesia had made a formal request to the World Trade Organization for consultations on Australia’s regulations, which could be the first step toward a […]

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Court finds for PM USA in ‘lights’ case

Court finds for PM USA in ‘lights’ case

| September 25, 2013

A California Superior Court judge yesterday issued his final decision in favor of Philip Morris USA in a 16-year-old class-action “lights” cigarette case (Willard R. Brown, et al. v. The American Tobacco Co., Inc. et al.). According to a note posted on the Altria website, the court rejected the plaintiffs’ efforts to impose as much […]

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Hasty electronic cigarette regulation would be problem, not solution

Hasty electronic cigarette regulation would be problem, not solution

| September 25, 2013

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is urging President Barack Obama to advise the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take the time needed to develop science-based regulations that will serve the interests of public health. CASAA is concerned that last week several organizations wrote to the president asking him to order the […]

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NDC appoints regional sales manager

NDC appoints regional sales manager

| September 25, 2013

David Paprocki (pictured) has joined NDC Infrared Engineering as regional sales manager for the Asia Pacific region. Paprocki will be working from NDC’s Singapore office and will be responsible for sales of NDC on-line gauges and at-line NIR analyzers into the region’s tobacco industry. Paprocki has lived for more than 20 years in Asia, where […]

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Free app available for TFWA event

Free app available for TFWA event

| September 25, 2013

The organizers of the TFWA World Exhibition are offering a free app, which they say will improve participants’ experience of the exhibition. In all, 470 exhibitors have confirmed their participation at the event, which will be held in Cannes, France, on Oct. 25–26. The TFWA app, which is available to download at the App Store, […]

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