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EU’s illegal trade falling but still substantial

EU’s illegal trade falling but still substantial

| May 28, 2015

The scale of the EU’s illegal trade in cigarettes remains ‘sizeable’, with 56.6 billion illicit cigarettes consumed there last year – about 10.4 percent of total consumption, according to a press note posted on Philip Morris International’s website, citing the latest annual report by KPMG. The report was prepared for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, […]

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Need for more co-operation in illegal trade battle

Need for more co-operation in illegal trade battle

| May 28, 2015

In a note posted on its website today, British American Tobacco says that it is reiterating the need for greater understanding of the illegal tobacco trade and the criminals behind it, and the need for greater co-operation and collaboration in fighting this trade. ‘This call to action launches as part of a new campaign, developed […]

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Practical guide to safe use of flavors in e-cigarettes

Practical guide to safe use of flavors in e-cigarettes

| May 28, 2015

What is being described as the first practical guide to ensure the safe use of flavors in electronic cigarettes has been published by Nicoventures, a nicotine company established by British American Tobacco (Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology DOI: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2015.05.018). A BAT press note said today that while electronic cigarettes and other vapor products delivered nicotine without smoke […]

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Imperial repairing cyclone damage in Madagascar

Imperial repairing cyclone damage in Madagascar

| May 28, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Madagascar, Soctam, is helping rebuild facilities for a community left badly damaged by recent cyclones. So far, Soctam has helped to renew and equip educational and medical facilities in Bevilany – a village 200 km from the company’s tobacco production facility in Mahajanga. In addition, Soctam has supported the creation of […]

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Anti-trust body clears RAI acquisition of Lorillard

Anti-trust body clears RAI acquisition of Lorillard

| May 27, 2015

Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard said yesterday that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had voted to accept a proposed consent agreement, authorizing RAI to close its proposed $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard. The FTC clearance is subject to certain conditions, most of which the companies had previously agreed to as part of the related […]

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Romania exports cigarettes to North Korea

Romania exports cigarettes to North Korea

| May 27, 2015

Romania exported goods worth €90 million (US$98.2 million) to North Korea in 2014, with cigarettes accounting for €83 million (US$90.5 million) of those exports, according to a Romania Insider story relayed by the TMA. British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International did not export any cigarettes to North Korea. But industry observers […]

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Thailand looks to raise tobacco-buying age to 20

Thailand looks to raise tobacco-buying age to 20

| May 27, 2015

Increasing to 20 the minimum age for buying cigarettes is one of a number of measures contained in a tobacco-control bill endorsed by Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday, according to a story in The Bangkok Post. In a move hailed by anti-smoking activists, the cabinet approved in principle legislation that would outlaw also the sale of […]

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Essentra adds dedicated e-cigarette test laboratory

Essentra adds dedicated e-cigarette test laboratory

| May 27, 2015

Essentra Scientific Services (ESS) has increased the capacity of its laboratory at Jarrow, UK, with the addition of a new facility dedicated to testing electronic cigarettes. ‘The new laboratory complements Essentra’s full-service e-cigarette offering, and ensures it can continue to respond to the industry’s growing demand for reliable and high quality testing and analysis,’ Essentra […]

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Bangladesh looks to break tobacco tax dependency

Bangladesh looks to break tobacco tax dependency

| May 26, 2015

The draft of a national tobacco tax policy prepared by Bangladesh’s National Board of Revenue provides for a shift away from ‘dependency on tobacco for internal revenue collection’, according to a story in The Financial Express. The proposed policy, which includes a time-framed action plan, is said to be aimed at keeping a tight rein […]

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MEPs concerned over influence of 30,000 lobbyists

MEPs concerned over influence of 30,000 lobbyists

| May 26, 2015

Two French MEPs have asked the European Commission whether or not it intends in the future to allow itself to be influenced by pressure groups, including those representing tobacco-industry interests, ‘at the cost of democratic transparency’. They put the number of lobbyists in Brussels representing all interests at about 30,000. In a preamble to their […]

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Indonesia’s electronic cigarette ban not set in stone

Indonesia’s electronic cigarette ban not set in stone

| May 26, 2015

Indonesia seems to be having second thoughts on imposing an outright ban on electronic cigarettes – but then again, perhaps not. A story in The Jakarta Post at the beginning of last week had the Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel saying that sales of electronic cigarettes would be banned in line with concerns voiced by the […]

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Next week’s nicotine forum expected to attract 250

Next week’s nicotine forum expected to attract 250

| May 26, 2015

Hon Lik, the inventor of the electronic cigarette, is scheduled to address the 2nd Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, Poland, next week. The Forum is due to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, on June 5 and 6, though an awards ceremony is scheduled to take place during the Forum’s Pre-conference Vape […]

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JT expected to sell beverage business to Suntory

JT expected to sell beverage business to Suntory

| May 26, 2015

Suntory Beverage & Food has said it will buy Japan Tobacco Inc’s beverage vending machine business for about ¥150 billion ($1.2 billion), according to a Reuters report citing figures from the industry publication Inryosouken. JT’s withdrawal from the business, which includes the sale of its Roots canned coffee and Momono Tennen-sui flavoured water brands, comes […]

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Vapor less toxic according to Cultex study

Vapor less toxic according to Cultex study

| May 22, 2015

Cultex Laboratories—a leader in the research and development of cell-based exposure systems and cultivation technologies based in Hannover, Germany—has examined the cytotoxic effects of the vapor emitted by e-cigarettes. Using specially designed exposure models that made it possible to keep cells at an atmosphere that mimicked the real characteristics of a human lung, researchers conducting […]

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PMI files plain packaging suit against UK government

PMI files plain packaging suit against UK government

| May 22, 2015

Philip Morris International today filed suit in the English High Court to contest the UK government’s recently introduced standardized packaging regulations for tobacco products. In a note posted on its website, PMI said it was seeking a decision that the regulations – which imposed a wholesale ban on logos and visual trademark elements and required […]

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Low leaf tobacco prices cause concern in Zimbabwe

Low leaf tobacco prices cause concern in Zimbabwe

| May 22, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands and Agriculture has expressed concern over the low prices being offered at tobacco auction floors this season, according to a story in The Herald. It has urged stakeholders to educate growers on what they have to do to be rewarded with good returns for their tobacco. The committee members […]

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Reynolds on the brink of acquiring Lorillard

Reynolds on the brink of acquiring Lorillard

| May 22, 2015

Reynolds American is poised to win US antitrust approval for its $25 billion purchase of Lorillard as early as next week, according to a story by David McLaughlin for Bloomberg News, quoting ‘a person familiar with the matter’. If the merger is cleared, Reynolds will account for about a third of domestic tobacco sales and, […]

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More Brits vaping but more taken in by health scares

More Brits vaping but more taken in by health scares

| May 22, 2015

The number of vapers in Britain has risen by 500,000 recently, according to a Press Association story citing figures from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). ASH was quoted as saying that there were now 2.6 million vapers in Britain, up from 2.1 million in 2014, with nearly all of this increase attributable to a […]

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Number of Saudi smokers expected to climb steeply

Number of Saudi smokers expected to climb steeply

| May 22, 2015

The number of smokers in Saudi Arabia is expected to climb from six million now to 10 million in 2020, according to a Saudi Gazette story quoting the Al-Riyadh daily and citing a recent World Health Organization study. About 40 percent of adult men, 10 percent of adult women and 15 percent of teenagers smoke, […]

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E-cigarette study shows risks of e-cigarette studies

E-cigarette study shows risks of e-cigarette studies

| May 21, 2015

A new study has challenged a previous suggestion that some electronic cigarettes could deliver levels of formaldehyde greater than those of traditional tobacco cigarettes. In January, a report published as a research letter in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that a 3rd generation electronic cigarette (one with variable power settings) operated at its maximum power […]

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