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Most smokers trying to quit

Most smokers trying to quit

| August 5, 2013

Gallup researchers have found that only 12 percent of smokers have never tried to quit the habit, according to a blog in the Huffington Post. Forty percent have tried to quit once or twice in their lives, 41 percent have tried to quit three to 10 times, and 4 percent have tried to quit more […]

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Quitting smoking – a matter of taste

Quitting smoking – a matter of taste

| August 5, 2013

A U.S. doctor in Beckley, West Virginia, believes that he has developed a product for helping people quit or cut down on smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol and food, according to a story by Lisa Shrewsberry for the Beckley Register Herald. Dr. Hassan Amjad, an oncologist and herbalist known for preferring natural remedies, has developed a […]

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BAT praised for supporting farmer empowerment initiatives in Nigeria

BAT praised for supporting farmer empowerment initiatives in Nigeria

| August 5, 2013

Oil palm cultivation in Nigeria’s Cross River State is being boosted by British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), which has so far invested more than N10 million in the state’s oil palm revival program, according to a story by Jude Okwe for This Day. The investment figure was revealed by Francis Adie, a director at the […]

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Electronic cigarette company appointed category leader by major UK retailer

Electronic cigarette company appointed category leader by major UK retailer

| August 5, 2013

The electronic cigarette company Gamucci has been appointed category leader by WHSmith as part of the U.K. retailer’s plans to expand its range of electronic cigarettes. The partnership will see a gradual roll-out of Gamucci’s products in 600 high street stores from today. WHSmith will display electronic cigarettes through Gamucci branded fixtures, either as part […]

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Smokers in street protest in Seoul

Smokers in street protest in Seoul

| August 2, 2013

Smokers, who normally comprise one of the most submissive large minority groups of all, are starting to voice their opposition to the designation of no-smoking streets and areas in Seoul, South Korea, according to a story in the Korea Times. The latest no-smoking street is a 250-meter-long strip called Hwigyeong-ro, which leads from the Hankuk […]

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Vietnam establishing anti-tobacco fund

Vietnam establishing anti-tobacco fund

| August 2, 2013

The Vietnamese government has decided to establish under the Ministry of Health a fund to be used for the control and prevention of tobacco harm, according to a story in Vietnam Plus. The fund, which will be regulated under the Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harm law, will be operated on a nonprofit basis. It […]

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Universal to webcast results conference

Universal to webcast results conference

| August 2, 2013

Universal Corp. is due to webcast a conference call at www.universalcorp.com from 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 6 following the mid-afternoon release of its results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer. A […]

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E-cigarette company appoints former tobacco executive as president

E-cigarette company appoints former tobacco executive as president

| August 1, 2013

Miguel Martin, a former senior tobacco executive, has joined the electronic cigarette company Logic Technology as president. According to a press note issued through PRNewswire, Martin “will lead Logic Technology’s rapid growth, developing and implementing a strategic plan to accelerate Logic’s status as a leader in the electronic cigarette industry.” “This is an exciting time […]

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Smokers to pay for budget shortcomings

Smokers to pay for budget shortcomings

| August 1, 2013

Tomorrow’s mini-budget will contain bad news for Australian smokers, according to a story by Mark Kenny for The Sydney Morning Herald. The government is set to announce the imposition of four 12.5 percent annual increases in federal tobacco excise, which will push the price of cigarettes toward a dollar each. The measure is among several […]

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NewCo widens Vietnam offering

NewCo widens Vietnam offering

| August 1, 2013

Khoi Pham, who has been NewCo International’s main Vietnam-based supplier of leaf tobacco, has agreed to be the company’s representative in Vietnam with immediate effect. Khoi will oversee NewCo’s sourcing and sales of tobacco in Vietnam. And his presence, the company said, would mean that it would be able to offer additional tobaccos and services […]

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Scientists demonstrate how to become a blabbermouth without uttering a word

Scientists demonstrate how to become a blabbermouth without uttering a word

| August 1, 2013

A team of researchers at the National Taiwan University in Taipei are currently perfecting—if that is the right word—a device that could inform doctors and dentists whether and when their patients have been eating, drinking and smoking, according to a story by Adam Clark Estes in Gizmodo. Mouths make unique motions depending on whether they […]

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Video interview: BAT CEO Durante on 2013 half-year results

Video interview: BAT CEO Durante on 2013 half-year results

| July 31, 2013

This video was originally published by Mercantos Investor Video, a provider of financial news, featuring video interviews and webcasts from FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies.

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BAT’s volume down in first six months

BAT’s volume down in first six months

| July 31, 2013

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the six months to the end of June, at 332 billion, was down by 3.4 percent on that of the six months to the end of June 2012. Volume was increased in the company’s Asia Pacific region by 5.5 percent to 100 billion, but it was down in its […]

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Retiring BAT COO will not be replaced

Retiring BAT COO will not be replaced

| July 31, 2013

John Daly will step down as British American Tobacco’s chief operating officer at the end of December and will not be replaced. “It is not intended, at this point in time, to appoint a further executive director or successor to the role of chief operating officer,” a note on BAT’s website said. “The four regional […]

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Ireland’s illicit trade booming

Ireland’s illicit trade booming

| July 31, 2013

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) in Ireland is advising the government to tackle the sale of illicit cigarettes, according to a story in the Irish Examiner. The story said that a new [unspecified] survey had shown that almost 28 percent of discarded packs across the country were untaxed and, therefore, illicit. The survey, […]

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Proposal would see some tobacco excise earmarked for Russia’s health care

Proposal would see some tobacco excise earmarked for Russia’s health care

| July 31, 2013

President Vladimir Putin has urged Russia’s health and finance ministries to devise a scheme for channeling a portion of tobacco excise revenue to the health-care sector, according to a story in Russia Beyond The Headlines quoting an Interfax report. The idea was said to have been proposed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and the Astrakhan […]

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BAT launches e-cigarette in UK

BAT launches e-cigarette in UK

| July 30, 2013

British American Tobacco said today that it had launched on the U.K. market its first electronic cigarette. Vype will be made available initially online, though there are plans to move it into mainstream retail outlets from September 2013. In a note posted on its website, BAT said that Vype used a nicotine e-liquid that was […]

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Volume down at JT (slightly) and JTI

Volume down at JT (slightly) and JTI

| July 30, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s volume cigarette sales during the three months to the end of June, at 29.3 billion, were down by 0.2 percent on those of the three months to the end of June 2012. Comparing the same periods, industry volume was said to have declined by 2.0 percent; so JT’s market share increased from […]

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Japan’s smoking prevalence falls

Japan’s smoking prevalence falls

| July 30, 2013

A study conducted in May has put the prevalence of smoking among Japanese adults at 20.9 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point on that of a year earlier. Smoking among men was down by 0.5 of a percentage point to 32.2 percent, while smoking among woman was up by 0.1 of a percentage point […]

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FOREST launches campaign against proposed EU directive diversions

FOREST launches campaign against proposed EU directive diversions

| July 30, 2013

The U.K. smokers’ lobby group FOREST has launched a campaign to fight an EU directive that will ban tobacco products that are currently legal and severely restrict consumer choice. In announcing its latest initiative, FOREST said the No Thank EU campaign would give retailers and consumers the opportunity to register their opposition to the proposed […]

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Regional smokeless tobacco ban sought

Regional smokeless tobacco ban sought

| July 29, 2013

Representatives of 10 South and Southeast Asian countries attending an anti-tobacco meeting in Delhi, India, have called for a ban on smokeless forms of tobacco, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story. The representatives, from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste (East Timor), were attending a regional meeting […]

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Growth of China’s luxury market seen as opportunity for Indonesian cigar tobacco

Growth of China’s luxury market seen as opportunity for Indonesian cigar tobacco

| July 29, 2013

An Indonesian company looking to boost its non-sugar revenues sees cigar tobacco as its ticket into the Chinese market for luxury goods, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe. Perkebunan Nusantara X (PTPN X), which is the country’s largest sugar producer, spotted an opportunity to expand its tobacco arm after exports were 44 percent […]

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Mayoral campaign targets menthol

Mayoral campaign targets menthol

| July 29, 2013

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked the Chicago Board of Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to undertake a series of initiatives aimed at curtailing the use of menthol cigarettes by young people in Chicago, according to a press note issued by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) through PRNewswire. The board […]

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Smokers not risk takers by nature

Smokers not risk takers by nature

| July 29, 2013

Researchers in Israel have shown that smoking results from an inability to delay satisfaction and consider long-term effects, rather than from a heightened capacity for risk taking, according to a story by John Ericson in the Medical Daily. The researchers, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, set out to […]

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Champix class action certified in Canada

Champix class action certified in Canada

| July 29, 2013

The Ontario Superior Court has certified a class action for Canadians who took the quit-smoking drug Champix between April 2, 2007, and May 31, 2010, and allegedly suffered certain reactions, according to a press note issued by Canadian law firm Bruneau Group Inc. through PRNewswire. The reactions listed in the press note were thoughts about […]

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