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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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Is it ethical for one company to offer for sale ‘both the evil and the remedy’?

Is it ethical for one company to offer for sale ‘both the evil and the remedy’?

| October 28, 2013

A member of the European Parliament has questioned the ethics of tobacco manufacturers moving into the e-cigarette business. Marc Tarabella, a Belgian MEP, noted in a preamble to questions he asked of the European Commission that all of the main cigarette companies had already bought “one or several electronic cigarette brands.” The objective of these […]

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Cyprus signs anti-illicit trade protocol

Cyprus signs anti-illicit trade protocol

| October 28, 2013

Cyprus has become the 36th country to have ratified an international protocol aimed at eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco products, according to a story in the Famagusta Gazette. The protocol was adopted with much fanfare in November at the fifth Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, […]

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Starring role for taste in new JT products

Starring role for taste in new JT products

| October 28, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. today announced the nationwide, early-December launch of two new Seven Stars products offering the “ultimate in taste.” Seven Stars Real Rich is said to offer the ultimate in rich flavor and aroma, while Seven Stars Real Smoke is said to provide the ultimate in deep flavor and aroma. In a note posted […]

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The longer the smoke, the greater the risk

The longer the smoke, the greater the risk

| October 28, 2013

Smokers of long or ultra-long cigarettes are at greater risk of lung and oral cancer than are the smokers of regular and king-sized cigarettes, according to Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Center for Global Tobacco Control. “We found that smokers of long or ultra-long cigarettes have higher concentrations of tobacco specific […]

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Altria reports 3Q increases in cigarette, cigar and smokeless shipments

Altria reports 3Q increases in cigarette, cigar and smokeless shipments

| October 25, 2013

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter to the end of September, at 34.1 billion, was 1.2 percent higher than it was during the third quarter of 2012. Marlboro volume was increased by 1.5 percent to 29.4 billion, while the volume of the company’s other premium brands was down by 7.4 […]

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Molins’ order intake and sales increased

Molins’ order intake and sales increased

| October 25, 2013

Molins PLC said yesterday that its order intake and sales had been broadly as expected and, in the year to date, remained ahead of those of last year. Performance in the period also had been broadly in line with expectations, the company said in issuing an interim management statement for the period from July 1 […]

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Nicotine not alone in causing addiction

Nicotine not alone in causing addiction

| October 25, 2013

Researchers in New Zealand say that nicotine is not the only ingredient in tobacco products that makes quitting difficult, according to a story by Peter Sergo for the Medical Daily. At the Smokefree Oceania conference in Auckland, Penelope Truman, of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research, presented a study that was said to show […]

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Lorillard reports higher cigarette sales, strong electronic cigarette position

Lorillard reports higher cigarette sales, strong electronic cigarette position

| October 24, 2013

Lorillard’s domestic wholesale cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter of this year, at 10,271 million, was up by 3.8 percent on that of the third quarter of 2012. Full-price cigarette volume, at 8,779 million, was up by 5.1 percent, because of a Newport volume rise of 5.3 percent to 8,697 million. Also in the […]

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Plain pack arbitration set for February

Plain pack arbitration set for February

| October 24, 2013

Philip Morris International has said that the next arbitration hearing in a dispute between Philip Morris Asia (PMA) and Australia over standardized packaging is scheduled to take place on Feb. 20. The arbitration is proceeding in accordance with the provisions of the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission […]

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Liggett set to settle most Engle cases

Liggett set to settle most Engle cases

| October 24, 2013

The Vector Group has announced that it and its Liggett Group tobacco subsidiary have reached a comprehensive settlement resolving most of the individual Engle progeny tobacco litigation cases pending in Florida. The Engle progeny cases stem from a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision that decertified a class action but allowed former class members to file […]

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Lower cigarette volumes at Reynolds but strong moist snuff sales at American

Lower cigarette volumes at Reynolds but strong moist snuff sales at American

| October 23, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) yesterday reported that R.J. Reynolds’ domestic cigarette volume shipments during the three months to the end of September, at 16.7 billion, were down by 4.3 percent on those of the three months to the end of September 2012. Reynolds’ growth brands volume, at 11.1 billion, was up by 0.7 percent, with […]

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BAT’s volumes down over nine months

BAT’s volumes down over nine months

| October 23, 2013

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during the nine months to the end of September, at 501 billion, were down by 3.2 percent on those of the nine months to the end of September 2012. According to an interim management statement posted on the company’s website, volumes were down in all of the company’s regions with […]

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Time to make views known on menthol

Time to make views known on menthol

| October 22, 2013

Lorillard is appealing to people to write to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in support of the legal sale of menthol cigarettes. In a press note, the company said the FDA was seeking information to help it determine whether or how to regulate menthol in cigarettes beyond the existing regulations that applied to all […]

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Czech president has doctors fuming

Czech president has doctors fuming

| October 22, 2013

Doctors have challenged a statement by Milos Zeman, the president of the Czech Republic, who reportedly said that tobacco smoking posed no health risk if smokers took up the habit after the age of 27, as he did, according to a story in the Prague Daily Monitor. Zeman was said to have made the statement […]

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Hardly any of India’s 275 million tobacco users intent on quitting their habit

Hardly any of India’s 275 million tobacco users intent on quitting their habit

| October 22, 2013

At least 94 percent of tobacco users in India have no intention of quitting, according to a Times of India story quoting a recent report by the Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project India (TCP India project). The TCP India project is part of the International Tobacco Control Project, a multicountry initiative to evaluate the impact […]

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Iggesund’s parent company in top 100 sustainable businesses index

Iggesund’s parent company in top 100 sustainable businesses index

| October 22, 2013

Holmen, the forest industry group to which Iggesund Paperboard belongs, has been rated as one of 100 world leaders in business sustainability. The United Nation’s Global Compact has set up a new global stock index (Global Compact 100 – GC 100) that takes into account the sustainability of a business and its financial performance. Holmen […]

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Ten-fold hike in tobacco retailer fees

Ten-fold hike in tobacco retailer fees

| October 21, 2013

Most retailers in Ireland are to be forced to pay fees increased by ten-fold if they want to keep selling tobacco products, according to a story in The Irish Examiner. As part of budget 2014, Finance Minister Michael Noonan will tell shop owners he is increasing the fee from €50 to €500, though slightly lower […]

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Scots to go it alone on standard packs

Scots to go it alone on standard packs

| October 21, 2013

The Scottish government has said that it will press ahead with plans to require that cigarettes are sold in unattractive packs, according to a story in The Times. It is understood that Scottish ministers want cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs along the lines of those found in Australia. Since Dec. 1, Australia has […]

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