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Little tobacco rush in Alaska

Little tobacco rush in Alaska

| October 15, 2013

Tobacco smoking among Alaska’s high school students has declined dramatically in recent years, according to an Associated Press story. Comparing data from six years ago with that gathered from a spring survey, the number of “smoking” students was down by 40 percent. This year, 10.6 percent of students were “smokers” compared with 17.8 percent in […]

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New General snus can is far from general

New General snus can is far from general

| October 15, 2013

Swedish Match this week unveiled at the US NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) in Atlanta, what is describes as smart, revolutionary new packaging for General snus. “General Snus will soon be available in a premium brushed-metal can with a fresh foil seal,” according to a Swedish Match press note. “The ergonomic design also features […]

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Essentra rebrand for Filtrona and Payne

Essentra rebrand for Filtrona and Payne

| October 15, 2013

In a much-trailed move, Filtrona Filter Products yesterday took on its new name, Essentra Filter Products (EFP). The name change realigns the company with its parent, which in June changed its name from Filtrona PLC to Essentra PLC. In a press note announcing the name change, EFP, which has its headquarters in Singapore, described itself […]

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Commission wants to can snus sales on Finnish ships in Swedish waters

Commission wants to can snus sales on Finnish ships in Swedish waters

| October 14, 2013

The European Commission might put an end to the sale of snus on Finnish cruise ships even when they are sailing in Swedish waters, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story. When the European Parliament voted on the commission’s proposed Tobacco Products Directive on Oct. 8, the status of snus was unchanged in that its […]

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Electronic cigarettes subjected to tougher regulations than are tobacco cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes subjected to tougher regulations than are tobacco cigarettes

| October 14, 2013

Electronic cigarettes have been declared illegal in the Indian state of Punjab, according to a Daily Bhaskar story quoting the health department’s chief secretary, Vini Mahajan. The newspaper said that Punjab was the only state to have declared such a ban, though it was not clear what the prohibition encompassed—whether the manufacture, import, sale, possession, […]

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Indonesian government comes under more pressure to ratify FCTC

Indonesian government comes under more pressure to ratify FCTC

| October 14, 2013

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) is putting pressure on the government immediately to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Speaking at the National Seminar on Tobacco Control on Wednesday, Komnas HAM Commissioner Roichatul Aswidah said that tobacco smoke was a serious threat […]

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Spain getting tough on oversupply

Spain getting tough on oversupply

| October 14, 2013

The Spanish Treasury is considering taking measures that would prohibit the export sale of cigarettes that are not justified by the demand in the countries of import, according to a Gibraltar Chronicle story. The move, revealed by Treasury Secretary of State Miguel Ferre Navarrete at a conference at the Instituto de Estudios Fiscales, aims to […]

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Electronic cigarettes have joint use

Electronic cigarettes have joint use

| October 14, 2013

More and more, people in the U.S. are openly smoking marijuana using electronic cigarettes and vapor pens with little or no fear of being caught, according to a story by Ann Givens and Pei-Sze Cheng for NBCNewYork.com. Marijuana laws have relaxed nationwide in recent years, with Colorado and Washington legalizing its use and more than […]

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JT’s volume sales hold steady

JT’s volume sales hold steady

| October 11, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during September, at 9.5 billion, was unchanged from that of September 2012, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The September 2012 figure was down by 2.8 percent on that of September 2011. Volume during April–September, at 59.6 billion, was up by 0.1 percent on that […]

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Iggesund Paperboard clearing the air with all of its 900 mill employees

Iggesund Paperboard clearing the air with all of its 900 mill employees

| October 11, 2013

This autumn Iggesund Paperboard is providing environmental training for all the nearly 900 employees at its Iggesund Mill in Sweden. According to a company press note, participants “will receive a half-day orientation in current environmental issues.” “The program is in response to requests from the relevant authorities and certification bodies but is also prompted by […]

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Swedish Match hit by increased competition on US cigar-market

Swedish Match hit by increased competition on US cigar-market

| October 11, 2013

Swedish Match has revised downward its third-quarter and full-year forecasts for its Other Tobacco Products segment following increased competition on the U.S. cigar market. In a press note dated Oct. 11 and posted on its website, the company said that, as part of its January–June half-year 2013 report, it had stated: “For the full year […]

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PMI to host results webcast

PMI to host results webcast

| October 11, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 17 to discuss 2013 third-quarter results, which will be issued about 7 a.m. on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss the company’s results and answer questions […]

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Lorillard to host results webcast

Lorillard to host results webcast

| October 11, 2013

Lorillard said yesterday that it would release its third-quarter 2013 results on Oct. 23. A results conference call for analysts and investors, which is due to begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on the same day, will be hosted by Chairman, President and CEO Murray S. Kessler and Executive Vice President, finance and planning, and […]

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Altria to host results webcast

Altria to host results webcast

| October 11, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at altria.com from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 24 to discuss its 2013 third-quarter business results. The results will be issued by means of a press release about 7 a.m. the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, Chairman […]

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Imperial given high marks by graduates

Imperial given high marks by graduates

| October 11, 2013

Imperial Tobacco has been named by graduates as one of the top 10 companies to work for in the U.K.’s FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) sector. The ranking was achieved on the Job Crowd website, which provides graduate employees with the chance to rate their companies so others can assess each organization on the basis of […]

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Philip Morris investing in Indonesia

Philip Morris investing in Indonesia

| October 10, 2013

Philip Morris Indonesia (PMID) and its affiliate, Sampoerna, have disclosed plans to invest US$174 million to improve production capacities at their two factories in Karawang, West Java, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Sampoerna’s president director, Paul Janelle, said in a press note issued yesterday that the group had invested more than $390 […]

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JT completes prepurchase leaf tests

JT completes prepurchase leaf tests

| October 10, 2013

Japan’s burley and native tobacco from 144 of the 146 areas where these leaf types are grown have been found to fall within Japan Tobacco Inc.’s standard value for radioactive materials—radioactive cesium of 100 Bq/kg. JT said today that it had now completed its prepurchase radioactive material testing of this year’s Japanese domestic leaf tobacco. […]

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Filipino smokers outflank sin tax

Filipino smokers outflank sin tax

| October 10, 2013

Implementation of the so-called sin tax law in the Philippines has not reduced the consumption of licit products by as much as had been expected because many smokers have shifted to lower-priced brands, according to a story in the Philippine Star. And in any case, Jo-ann Latuja, a senior economist with the private think tank […]

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Competing for rubbish in Morocco

Competing for rubbish in Morocco

| October 10, 2013

More than 100 Imperial employees in Morocco recently volunteered to clean up a popular beach in their free time. The event was part of an on-going commitment to environmental protection by Imperial’s subsidiary, Société Marocaine des Tabacs (SMT). Sacks of litter were removed from Les Sablettes beach near to Imperial’s Aïn Harrouda factory by SMT […]

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European Parliament gives vote of confidence to electronic cigarettes

European Parliament gives vote of confidence to electronic cigarettes

| October 9, 2013

There were mixed reactions to the European Parliament’s handling of the commission’s proposed new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which was voted on yesterday, but the electronic cigarette industry seemed full of praise for MEPs. In a press note issued yesterday, Gamucci, the electronic cigarette manufacturer and supplier, said the parliament had listened to reason in […]

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Reynolds to host results webcast

Reynolds to host results webcast

| October 9, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call webcast following the release of its third-quarter 2013 financial results before the market opens on Oct. 22. The webcast, at www.reynoldsamerican.com, is due to start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. It will be in listen-only mode. The speakers will be President and CEO Daniel M. […]

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Does the US need another MSA?

Does the US need another MSA?

| October 8, 2013

The United States Supreme Court yesterday denied a request from Philip Morris USA (PM USA) and other tobacco companies to review the constitutionality of the trial structure being used in the Engle progeny cases in Florida. The Engle progeny cases stem from a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision that decertified a class action but allowed […]

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New Mevius design to make an impact

New Mevius design to make an impact

| October 8, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s Mevius Impact One 100s box is being given a pack redesign that will be rolled out across Japan from early November. While the cigarette delivers only 1 mg of tar, it is said to provide—as its name implies—an “impactful smoking experience,” so its flavor and aroma are being maintained. According to a […]

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Bulgaria considers relaxing smoking ban

Bulgaria considers relaxing smoking ban

| October 8, 2013

Bulgaria’s ruling party, the BSP, is working on a proposal to ease the country’s ban on tobacco smoking in public places, according to a Standart News story. Standart said the most likely outcome would see smoking permitted in bars but banned in offices. The BSP party leader, Sergey Stanishev, is said to have made a […]

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Biggest smoking-related event for years

Biggest smoking-related event for years

| October 8, 2013

A fine-cigar auction in London already scheduled for Nov. 19 is to be followed by The Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year Dinner. The dinner will be hosted by British journalist, broadcaster and cigar fan, Andrew Neil. “This will be the biggest smoking-related event to take place in the U.K. for years,” said Mitchell Orchant, […]

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