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RAI and employees support non-profits

RAI and employees support non-profits

| February 21, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliates, related private charitable foundations and employees donated about $11.6 million to a wide range of non-profit organizations in 2013. “So many communities continued to face economic challenges last year, and we were happy to be able to offer support,” said Alan Caldwell, director of corporate and civic engagement at […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

| February 21, 2014

Lorillard’s board of directors has approved a 12 per cent increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock from $0.55 per share to $0.615 per share. The dividend is payable on March 10 to stockholders of record as of February 28. ‘This step marks the sixth dividend increase and a doubling of the quarterly […]

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Spain looks at e-cigarette ad bans

Spain looks at e-cigarette ad bans

| February 20, 2014

The Spanish government is looking to approve draft legislation that will control the advertising of e-cigarettes and require information displays concerning the “risks to health” posed by these products, according to a story in The Leader. Under new consumer protection guidelines, television advertising will be largely banned before 8 p.m., though some concessions will be […]

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Philippines city looks at tobacco ad bans

Philippines city looks at tobacco ad bans

| February 20, 2014

An Iloilo city councilor has set in motion a discussion aimed at introducing an ordinance prohibiting tobacco advertising, promotions and sponsorships in the city, according to a Sun Star story. Joshua Alim is chairman of what was described in the story as the city council’s Committee on Rules and Style, but which is described elsewhere […]

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Sri Lanka to impose huge warnings

Sri Lanka to impose huge warnings

| February 20, 2014

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved the imposition of graphic health warnings covering the top 80 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs, cartons and other packaging, according to a story in The Island. The regulations were presented to parliament under the provisions of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act […]

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Book provides shed-load of history

Book provides shed-load of history

| February 20, 2014

A new book, Tobacco Sheds: Vanishing Treasures in the Connecticut River Valley, by Dale Cahill and Darcy Cahill, catalogs some of the beautiful tobacco-farm structures that had not been lost at the time their photographs were taken. “In recent years, over 1,000 tobacco sheds have disappeared from the ‘Tobacco Valley,’” says a promotional note from Schiffer […]

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Snus use can protect against smoking

Snus use can protect against smoking

| February 19, 2014

A Norwegian researcher says that snus seems to protect against smoking if the snus-taking debut does not happen too early during adolescence, according to a Reuters story. Ingeborg Lund, a researcher with the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research – SIRUS, in Oslo, said it was particularly important to keep teenagers tobacco-free until they […]

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Sales up, profit down at Swedish Match

Sales up, profit down at Swedish Match

| February 19, 2014

Swedish Match’s sales for the year to the end of December, at SEK12,610 million, were up by 1 percent on those of 2012. And sales during the fourth quarter of 2013, at SEK3,178 million, were up by 1 percent on those of the fourth quarter of 2012. Calculated in local currencies, sales for the full […]

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Vaping privately in public view

Vaping privately in public view

| February 19, 2014

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has launched Invisi-Vapor cartridges, which are said to produce 95 percent less vapor than is produced by its ClearDraw cartridges. “For times when customers do not want to draw unwanted attention to themselves, Invisi-Vapor is the solution,” the company said in a press note issued through PRNewswire. “White Cloud’s ultra-low vapor […]

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High hopes as Zimbabwe’s market opens

High hopes as Zimbabwe’s market opens

| February 19, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco marketing season was due to open today, with expectations high for both volume sales and earnings, according to a story in New Zimbabwe. The 91,000 growers—mostly small-scale farmers—who registered to grow the 2013–2014 crop are thought to have produced about 175 million–185 million kg, up from the 167 million kg produced […]

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BAT Nigeria provides farmer support

BAT Nigeria provides farmer support

| February 19, 2014

The more than 800 members of the Nigeria Independent Tobacco Association in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State are to benefit from NGN282 million in interest-free loans from British American Tobacco Iseyin Agronomy (BATIA), a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Nigeria, according to a Business Day story. The loans, which are to be distributed […]

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Newly emboldened health officials predicting US smoking endgame

Newly emboldened health officials predicting US smoking endgame

| February 18, 2014

Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in the U.S., according to an Associated Press story. They have long wished for a cigarette-free country but previously have shied away from predicting that smoking rates would fall to near zero by any particular year. But because of what AP referred to as […]

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Illicit cigarettes flooding SA’s borders

Illicit cigarettes flooding SA’s borders

| February 18, 2014

Counterfeit cigarettes are among the illicit goods most likely to be smuggled across South   Africa’s borders on a daily basis, according to a Mondaq story. The story said that the illicit trade in counterfeit and genuine cigarettes had grown at a “phenomenal pace” and that cigarettes now comprised one of the most prevalent and […]

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Smokers’ lobby can now get some sleep

Smokers’ lobby can now get some sleep

| February 18, 2014

Smokers, who, in recent years, have been finding it increasingly difficult to book suitable accommodation, now have Smoketels.com, a website that specializes in smoker-friendly hotels, according to a story by Joe Sharkey for The New York Times. “We don’t offer nonsmoking rooms, so if you’re a nonsmoker, you’re not for us,” said Shawn Bradley, who […]

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Trade agreement package questioned

Trade agreement package questioned

| February 17, 2014

The New Zealand government has blocked an attempt by Labour to have parliament ask for the release of the full agreed text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement before it is signed, according to an Independent Newspapers story. Labour leader David Cunliffe said he was “disappointed, but not surprised.” One of the immediate, […]

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Youth camp policy for fighting addiction

Youth camp policy for fighting addiction

| February 17, 2014

Although Turkey had had success in fighting substance abuse, it remained one of the top 10 tobacco-using countries, according to a story in today’s Zaman quoting a report by the Turkish temperance organization Yeşilay. The report, which includes data on a number of addictions, said Turkey had 16 million smokers above the age of 15. […]

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Lorillard to webcast presentation

Lorillard to webcast presentation

| February 17, 2014

Lorillard is due to webcast its presentation at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference in Boca Raton, Florida, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow. Murray S. Kessler, chairman, president and CEO, and David H. Taylor, CFO, will participate in the conference. Their presentation will be available through the Investor […]

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Budget boost for Canadian bootleggers

Budget boost for Canadian bootleggers

| February 14, 2014

Canada’s National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) has expressed disappointment that the 2014 federal budget “increased the lucrative nature of contraband tobacco while also failing to provide meaningful measures to stop it,” according to a Canada Newswire story. “By increasing the difference in price between the legal and illegal market, the government is effectively putting […]

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JT’s domestic volume up in January

JT’s domestic volume up in January

| February 14, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during January, at 8.8 billion, was increased by 3.6 percent on that of January 2013, 8.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The January 2013 figure was down by 0.8 percent on that of January 2012. Volume during April 2013–January 2014, at 98.5 billion, […]

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Kenya clamps down on tax stamp abuse

Kenya clamps down on tax stamp abuse

| February 14, 2014

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has started a campaign of tobacco-retailer inspections aimed at catching out those using fake or superseded excise stamps, according to a story in The Star. The KRA phased out the-now superseded excise stamps in November 2012 and introduced a new generation of less easily forged stamps last year so as […]

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Renewed interest in Bulgartabak

Renewed interest in Bulgartabak

| February 14, 2014

Livero Establishments, a Lichtenstein-registered company, has expressed an interest in buying the 79.8 percent stake in Bulgartabak owned by the Russian bank, VTB, according to a Reuters report by Tsvetelia Tsolova and Oksana Kobzeva quoting Bulgaria’s competition watchdog. VTB acquired Bulgartabac for €100.1 million, €100,000 above the minimum asking price, when BT Invest, a company […]

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Draconian penalties for e-cigarette sales

Draconian penalties for e-cigarette sales

| February 14, 2014

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday that e-cigarettes constituted a banned drug, according to a story on Focus Taiwan News Channel. There are no regulations under which individuals could be punished for owning or using electronic cigarettes, but importers, producers and sellers could face fines, though none of them have been fined […]

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Imperial backs environment project

Imperial backs environment project

| February 14, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is supporting a wildlife conservation project to help save endangered species in the Philippines. The company, which has its headquarters in Bristol, U.K., is backing a scheme led by the Bristol Zoo to preserve the unique forest habitat of the island of Negros. During their time in the Philippines, the zoo’s Neil Maddison […]

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Lorillard’s volumes beating the market

Lorillard’s volumes beating the market

| February 13, 2014

Lorillard’s domestic shipment volumes during the 12 months to the end of December, at 39,325,216,000, were down by 0.4 percent on those of 2012. Including shipments to Puerto Rico and U.S. possessions, shipments were down by 0.5 percent to 39,947,512,000. Shipments of Newport cigarettes increased by 0.7 percent to 33,352,162,000, and shipments of full-price brands […]

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Volume down but revenue up at Imperial

Volume down but revenue up at Imperial

| February 13, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s tobacco-products volume during the three months to the end of December (Imperial’s Q1) was down by 11 percent on that of the three months to the end of December 2012, according to an interim management statement issued this morning. Tobacco products here include cigarettes, fine-cut tobacco, cigars and snus. Tobacco net revenue, meanwhile, […]

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