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JT’s spread filter gives 3D sensation

JT’s spread filter gives 3D sensation

| August 29, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is due shortly to launch three additions to its Mevius Premium Menthol range of products that will each include a ‘spread filter’. Described as JT’s unique new menthol dispersion filter, the spread filter is said to deliver a ‘3D menthol sensation’. The new filter has laser-created holes at its end that are […]

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Punjab renews oral tobacco bans

Punjab renews oral tobacco bans

| August 29, 2013

Oral products containing tobacco and ingredients deemed to be ‘food’ are to remain on the banned list in the Indian state of Punjab, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala newsletter. Punjab’s chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, has approved a proposal by the State Health and Family Welfare Department […]

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Psychiatric unit’s smoking ban unlawful

Psychiatric unit’s smoking ban unlawful

| August 29, 2013

A patient at the StateHospital at Carstairs, Scotland, has won a court ruling that a ban on his smoking at the facility was unlawful and was a breach of his rights, according to a BBC Online story. The man, who has been detained at the high-security psychiatric hospital for 18 years, challenged the ban, which […]

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Smoking coach shown yellow card

Smoking coach shown yellow card

| August 29, 2013

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has warned the Super League club, Beşiktaş that it will fine coach Slaven Bilic if he again smokes inside a stadium during a soccer game, according to a Hurriyet story. The TFF told the club Bilic had been found smoking a cigarette inside a stadium despite a no-smoking ban. It […]

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PMI to host presentation webcast

PMI to host presentation webcast

| August 29, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of the company’s remarks and question-and-answer session by CFO, Jacek Olczak, during the Barclays Capital Back-To-School Consumer Conference on September 4, starting about 10.30 hours Eastern Time. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will cover the entire PMI session. An […]

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Burning environmental issue

Burning environmental issue

| August 29, 2013

Holmen Skog, Iggesund Paperboard’s sister company and forest raw material supplier, is burning the forest on the island of Innerstön, one of the group of Baltic islands that lie offshore from the city of Hudiksvall north of Iggesund. In a press note issued today, Iggesund explained that modern forest management tried to develop felling methods […]

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Cigarette warnings ruling to be appealed by Thailand’s Public Health Ministry

Cigarette warnings ruling to be appealed by Thailand’s Public Health Ministry

| August 28, 2013

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is planning to file an appeal with the Supreme Administrative Court so that its requirement for bigger graphic health warnings on cigarette packs can be imposed as planned, according to a story in The Nation. The Administrative Court on Monday suspended the ministry’s plan under which tobacco companies would have had […]

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Tobacco-farm child labor down to poverty

Tobacco-farm child labor down to poverty

| August 28, 2013

The use of children as tobacco-farm workers is common in at least some regions of Tanzania, according to a story by Ludovick Kazoka for All-Africa.com. Kazoka quoted the Urambo District (Tabora Region) senior community development official, Sabala Rukonda, as saying that most tobacco farmers opted for children because they were readily available to satisfy agriculture’s […]

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Closing time called on early opening

Closing time called on early opening

| August 28, 2013

The early opening time of one of Vienna’s traditional coffee houses, Café Drechsler, has fallen victim to a tobacco smoking ban, according to a story in the Vienna Times. Café Drechsler has been forced to introduce a full smoking ban because of the combined effect of its own architecture and the country’s smoking regulations; so […]

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Pressure mounts on India’s oral products

Pressure mounts on India’s oral products

| August 28, 2013

The Maharashtra State Food and Drug Administration (MSFDA) commissioner, Mahesh Zagade, has called on his counterparts in India’s other states to consider enforcing bans on the manufacture and sale of gutkha and pan masala, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala newsletter. At the same time, Zagade has reportedly […]

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Teenagers run rings around smart cards

Teenagers run rings around smart cards

| August 28, 2013

About half of Japan’s underage smokers have admitted to having bought tobacco products illegally using a borrowed Taspo card, the age-verification smart card used to purchase cigarettes from vending machines, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun story quoting the results of the research. The findings were reported by Takashi Oida, the professor at Nihon University who […]

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Altria to host presentation webcast

Altria to host presentation webcast

| August 28, 2013

Altria is due to host at altria.com a webcast of its business presentation to the Barclays Back-To-School Consumer Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on Sept. 3, starting about 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by Executive Vice President and CFO Howard Willard. Pre-event registration is […]

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ITM service center in Dominican Republic.

ITM service center in Dominican Republic.

| August 27, 2013

ITM Group has opened a new service center, GTS-SCM, in the Dominican Republic. The facility supplies machinery and spare parts to the cigar industry in the Caribbean and Latin America. GTS-SCM’s experienced and well-trained technicians also provide maintenance and services. Measuring more than 3,000 square-meters, the service center holds a vast stock of used cigar […]

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PM welcomes court’s suspension of new Thai health warning requirement

PM welcomes court’s suspension of new Thai health warning requirement

| August 27, 2013

Philip Morris (Thailand) (PMTL) has welcomed Friday’s decision by the Bangkok Central Administrative Court to suspend the implementation of a Ministry of Public Health requirement for enlarged graphic warnings on cigarette packs until the case against this measure has been heard. “We welcome the court’s recognition that this regulation should be suspended until this case […]

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Changzhou gives out portable ashtrays

Changzhou gives out portable ashtrays

| August 27, 2013

Urban patrol officers in Changzhou, China, have started to distribute portable ashtrays in an attempt to reduce the number of cigarette butts littering streets, according to a China Daily story quoting the Modern Express Daily. The first 5,000 portable ashtrays were distributed free of charge on Friday in Nandajie, the city’s busiest commercial street. More […]

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Hi-Lite products change allegiance

Hi-Lite products change allegiance

| August 27, 2013

In what seems to be a pre-emptive strike against possible future product descriptor limitations, Japan Tobacco Inc. is bringing two of its Hi-Lite products under the Winston brand name. In many markets, though not in Japan, words such as “mild” and “light/lite” have been banned from use in respect of tobacco products and, in what […]

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EU Commission believes cigarette pack regulations will not boost illicit trade

EU Commission believes cigarette pack regulations will not boost illicit trade

| August 27, 2013

The European Commission believes that its proposed new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) will not increase the illicit trade in cigarettes. In the preamble to a written question, Slovakian MEP Monika Flašíková Beňová said that, according to the commission, the review of the TPD was aimed at finding ways to reduce the volume of cigarette sales […]

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Karnataka crop down by 10 percent

Karnataka crop down by 10 percent

| August 27, 2013

Unhelpful weather is expected to cause flue-cured production in Karnataka, India, this season to be down by about 10 percent on that of the previous season, 2012–2013. The Tobacco Board had fixed a crop size of 102 million kg for 2013–2014, up from 98 million in 2012–2013.

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Tobacconists tour Imperial R&D facility

Tobacconists tour Imperial R&D facility

| August 27, 2013

The Imperial Group’s flagship research and development facility in France has, for the first time, played host to a visit by French tobacconists. The laboratories, at a site in Fleury-les-Aubrais, near Orléans, have recently undergone a €1.5 million modernization and extension program. The 30 tobacconists were invited on a guided tour of the facility as […]

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Altria quarterly dividend declared

Altria quarterly dividend declared

| August 27, 2013

Altria said on Friday that its board of directors had voted to increase the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 9.1 percent from $0.44 to $0.48 per common share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 10 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 16. The ex-dividend date is Sept. 12, 2013. The new annualized dividend rate […]

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Deadline approaching for crucial EU Tobacco Products Directive vote

Deadline approaching for crucial EU Tobacco Products Directive vote

| August 23, 2013

With members of the European Parliament due to vote on a proposed new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on Sept. 10, the U.K. smokers’ lobby group Forest has revised its No Thank EU campaign. The revised TPD, if passed in its present form, would, among other things, ban menthol and slim cigarettes, ban small pouches of […]

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No health concerns from e-cigarettes

No health concerns from e-cigarettes

| August 23, 2013

A recent U.S. study has found that chemicals in electronic cigarettes pose no health concerns for users or bystanders, according to a press note from the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) released through PRNewswire. The study, by professor Igor Burstyn, of the Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is said to […]

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Flue-cured field day set for September 5

Flue-cured field day set for September 5

| August 23, 2013

The Virovitica-based Hrvatski Duhani is to host the Flue-cured Tobacco Field Day 2013 in Croatia on Sept. 5. This, the 14th such event, will start on Sept. 4 with a welcome dinner at the Pustara Višnjica hotel. Sept. 5 will be devoted to visiting tobacco fields and trials. In announcing the event, Hrvatski Duhani said it […]

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Anti-smoking campaigns have rural aims

Anti-smoking campaigns have rural aims

| August 23, 2013

Cigarette sales in Sri Lanka have gone down by 7 percent during the past several months due to the government’s efforts at discouraging smoking, according to a Daily News story quoting Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena. And now the ministry is waiting on a court judgement that is expected to give it the go-ahead to require […]

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Tobacco firms “slipping” into Myanmar

Tobacco firms “slipping” into Myanmar

| August 22, 2013

While some of the world’s biggest companies were trumpeting their arrival in Myanmar, tobacco manufacturers were slipping into the country without fanfare, according to an Associated Press story. British American Tobacco was said to have “shepherded a select audience of government officials to a low-key ceremony last month where it formalized a $50 million investment […]

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