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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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Proposed new tobacco directive would cause “massive” job losses in Germany

Proposed new tobacco directive would cause “massive” job losses in Germany

| October 7, 2013

Tobacco companies in Germany have warned of massive job cuts should the EU force companies to place larger health warnings on cigarette packs, according to a Handelsblatt story. The works councils of Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, Reemtsma (Imperial Tobacco), Japan Tobacco International, von Eicken, Landewyck and Lekkerland said the introduction of new rules under […]

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Ireland to denormalize smokers in its quest for tobacco-free status by 2025

Ireland to denormalize smokers in its quest for tobacco-free status by 2025

| October 7, 2013

A proposal to reduce the prevalence of smoking in Ireland from the current 22 percent of the population to less than 5 percent by 2025 has been published by the Minister for Health, James Reilly, according to a story in the Irish Times. The proposal broadly sets out the government’s aims but a detailed action […]

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Poland to take more money off smokers

Poland to take more money off smokers

| October 7, 2013

Poland’s cabinet has approved a 5 percent increase in excise tax on tobacco products from next year, according to a Market Insider story quoting a budget-related bill for 2014 adopted last week. Poland is looking to grab PLN247.98 billion in tax receipts in 2014, including PLN115.7 billion from VAT and PLN62.08 billion from excise.

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Replacing lighter sockets with USB ports

Replacing lighter sockets with USB ports

| October 7, 2013

The South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has said that it will replace cigarette lighter sockets with USB power points in its passenger cars made for the domestic market, according to a story for the U.K.’s Electronic Telegraph. Hyundai said the change would affect all passenger cars and SUVs sold in Korea from October. Hyundai’s decision […]

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Bulgaria to introduce new tax stamps

Bulgaria to introduce new tax stamps

| October 7, 2013

Tobacco products in Bulgaria will have new excise stamps from Jan. 1, 2014, according to a Bulgarian News Agency story quoting Finance Ministry sources. The change is part of efforts being made to fight the trade in contraband and counterfeit products. It will be legal to sell stocks of tobacco products with the current excise […]

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Air-fresheners as bad as cigarette smoke

Air-fresheners as bad as cigarette smoke

| October 4, 2013

Some household air-fresheners are more toxic than tobacco smoke, according to a Euro Weekly News story quoting Spain’s Consumer and User Organization (OCU). The OCU says that some household air-fresheners that are heated, including oils, incense and perfumed candles, worsen the quality of the air because they have “excessive levels of toxic, allergenic and contaminating […]

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Fewer men smoking in Uzbekistan

Fewer men smoking in Uzbekistan

| October 4, 2013

The number of male smokers in Uzbekistan has decreased from 30 percent in 2002 to 22 percent today, according to a story by Maksim Yeniseyev for CentralAsiaOnline.com, quoting figures from the World Health Organization. Only 3 percent of the country’s women were said to smoke, but it was not clear whether this figure was higher […]

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BAT buys into low-nicotine research

BAT buys into low-nicotine research

| October 4, 2013

U.S.-based 22nd Century Group, which is developing very low nicotine cigarettes, has signed a $7 million research license agreement with British American Tobacco, according to a story by David Robinson for Buffalo News. The deal, spanning four years, is said to give BAT access to 28 of 22nd Century’s patents and patent applications involving the […]

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PM Thailand vows to fight tax allegations

PM Thailand vows to fight tax allegations

| October 4, 2013

Philip Morris Thailand (PMT) vowed yesterday to “vigorously defend itself” against Thai tax evasion allegations, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Newly appointed attorney general, Athapol Yaisawang, said the indictment had been launched against PMT by his predecessor, Chulasingh Vasantasingh, before his recent retirement. Although the details of the allegations were unclear, PMT […]

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Finally faced with smoking-problem solution, US officialdom flunking it

Finally faced with smoking-problem solution, US officialdom flunking it

| October 3, 2013

The U.S. faces several unresolved public policy crises including a federal government shutdown, and yet officials are trying to create a problem where none exists, according to the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA). “Some U.S. Senators and state attorneys general, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have launched […]

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Fake goods bought mostly by people who cannot afford genuine articles

Fake goods bought mostly by people who cannot afford genuine articles

| October 3, 2013

Northern Ireland (NI) is the regional counterfeit capital of the U.K., according to a BBC Online story quoting the results of a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report that looked at the economic impact of counterfeiting. People in NI were said to have admitted buying more fake clothing and accessories, films, music and alcohol than those in other […]

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Lebanon expands tobacco smoking ban

Lebanon expands tobacco smoking ban

| October 3, 2013

A tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places, including coffee shops, restaurants and bars, went into force in Lebanon on Monday, according to an Agence France Presse story. Such a ban took effect a year ago in airports, hospitals and schools, but has now been expanded to include all enclosed public places. The new anti-tobacco […]

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JT launches more smokeless products

JT launches more smokeless products

| October 3, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is relaunching its Zerostyle Blue Mint and Zerostyle Bitter Leaf smokeless tobacco products. The Zerostyle product line started life in 2010 as a non-lit, cigarette-shaped product, or “pipe,” containing a replaceable cartridge with tobacco and flavors. It had a tapered mouthpiece and removable cap. Zerostyle is often referred to as a “snuff” […]

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