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Reynolds penalized for Eclipse claims

Reynolds penalized for Eclipse claims

| June 6, 2013

A Vermont Superior Court judge has ordered RJ Reynolds Tobacco to pay the state of Vermont $8.3 million in penalties for violating the state’s consumer protection laws, according to stories in the Vermont Business Magazine and Bloomberg News. Judge Dennis Pearson imposed penalties based on Reynolds’ advertising of one of its tobacco products, Eclipse, as […]

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Iggesund announces board upgrade

Iggesund announces board upgrade

| June 6, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard says that its Incada folding box board will, from the Northern Hemisphere autumn, be whiter and lighter, and incorporate a number of improved properties affecting printability. Incada Exel, which is targeted more as a packaging board, will have too improved stiffness. For grammages over 300 g/m2, this gain will be as much as […]

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Filtrona to change name to Essentra

Filtrona to change name to Essentra

| June 6, 2013

Filtrona plc is to be renamed Essentra plc from June 26 and the company’s various divisions will be renamed later this year. Filtrona Filter Products will become Essentra Filter Products while Payne and Contego will be brought together under the name Essentra Packaging. In a press note, Payne and Contego said the name Essentra had […]

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FlexLink opens facility in Turkey

FlexLink opens facility in Turkey

| June 5, 2013

FlexLink, a provider of production logistics solutions, has opened a facility in Izmir, Turkey. The new FlexLink operations provide Turkish companies with direct access to the company’s latest technologies, including the recently launched conveyor platform X65. FlexLink’s new facility in Turkey is located close to that of G.D, a leading supplier of tobacco machinery. “We […]

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Imperial helping to end child labor

Imperial helping to end child labor

| June 5, 2013

Imperial Tobacco is strengthening its ties with a charity working to end child labor in tobacco growing areas of the world. In a note posted on its website, the company said that all of its executive directors were leading by example by championing specific areas of responsibility, ranging from sustainable sourcing to employee well-being, in […]

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Cessation in Massachusetts means quitting anti-smoking programs

Cessation in Massachusetts means quitting anti-smoking programs

| June 5, 2013

Although tobacco taxes are often raised with the stated intention that the additional revenue will be spent on smoking cessation programs; the truth is that it is usually frittered away. A recent story by Petro S Ka Sfikis and Mike Trinh for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle is illustrative. ‘Twenty years ago, supporters of a tobacco […]

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BAT ponders factory in the Philippines

BAT ponders factory in the Philippines

| June 5, 2013

British American Tobacco is considering putting up a factory in the Philippines within the next two years in a move that would involve an investment on top of the $200 million it has already committed to the country, according to a story in The Star. “We will need a factory here at some point,” James […]

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About 13 million Chinese women smoke

About 13 million Chinese women smoke

| June 5, 2013

About 2.4 per cent of Chinese women – some 13 million – smoke, according to the All-China Women’s Federation, quoting ‘China‘s Report on the Harm of Smoking’. The federation warned that the risk of contracting HPV (human papilloma virus) was 3.0 times higher among women who smoked 15 cigarettes a day than among non-smokers. It […]

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Foreigners undermine tobacco industry

Foreigners undermine tobacco industry

| June 4, 2013

In most parts of the world, May 31 was marketed as world no tobacco day, but in Medan, North Sumatra, a number of activists supporting the Indonesian Kretek Community (KKI) staged a rally expressing their support for the nation’s tobacco industry. Medan KKI co-ordinator, Chaidir Harahap, was reported as having said that world no tobacco […]

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Malaysia to ban cigarette price discounts

Malaysia to ban cigarette price discounts

| June 4, 2013

A ban on retail cigarette price discounts is to be one of a number of new tobacco regulations to be introduced in Malaysia, according to a story in The Star. Smoking bans are to be extended to take in all roofed areas; so covered walkways will be included. In addition, maximum cigarette tar and nicotine […]

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Japan wants only 12 per cent smoking

Japan wants only 12 per cent smoking

| June 4, 2013

Japan’s Health Ministry wants the incidence of smoking in Japan reduced to 12 per cent by 2022, according to a Japan Daily Press story. Currently 19.5 per cent of Japanese people smoke, down from 27.7 per cent in 2000, but the proportion of smokers among men aged 30 to 40 is about 40 per cent. […]

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Sounding graphic warnings in Korea

Sounding graphic warnings in Korea

| June 4, 2013

South   Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Chin Young, has promised to try to convince the country’s lawmakers to pass a bill that would enforce the printing of graphic warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story in The Korea Times. His comment has been seen as an effort to break a stalemate over the […]

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Looking to increase corporate tax rate

Looking to increase corporate tax rate

| June 4, 2013

Bangladesh’s National Board of Revenue (NBR) is looking into increasing the corporate tax rate on tobacco companies, according to a story in The Daily Star. At present, the corporate tax rate for publicly traded tobacco companies is 35 per cent while that for non-publicly traded companies is 42.5 per cent. The proposal now under consideration […]

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Aficionados set to storm cigar auction

Aficionados set to storm cigar auction

| June 4, 2013

With the UK’s spring having been officially declared the coldest on record, the organizers of a cigar auction in London have moved quickly to assure people of the event’s all-weather credentials. “Cigar smoking has now become, for many, a seasonal experience, for it’s difficult to keep your Havana alight in the pouring rain, wind, or […]

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‘Silica filter optimizes filtration’

‘Silica filter optimizes filtration’

| June 3, 2013

Solvay Acetow has launched Rhodia FilterSorb, a silica filter solution for optimized filtration. A unique silica-based granule in a cellulose acetate matrix, Rhodia FilterSorb adds a second filtration step to a standard filter to provide optimized filtration, without loss of flavor, according to Solvay Acetoy. In a qualitative taste panel, comparing a standard cellulose acetate […]

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GPs need a course on nicotine

GPs need a course on nicotine

| June 3, 2013

A survey of GPs in the UK and Sweden has revealed that many incorrectly identify nicotine as one of the most harmful components of cigarette smoke. So, in the UK, successful implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s guidance on harm reduction approaches to smoking might require GP education on the relative […]

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E-cigarette ban catastrophic: doctor

E-cigarette ban catastrophic: doctor

| June 3, 2013

Several doctors have spoken out against a decision by the French Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, banning the use of electronic cigarettes in certain public places, according to a story by Charlotte Boitiaux for France 24. Touraine decided on Friday to establish “the same laws for electronic cigarettes as for regular cigarettes,” meaning that they will […]

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Starbucks falls foul of smoking gun

Starbucks falls foul of smoking gun

| June 3, 2013

The pressure group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is asking Starbucks to ban guns from its stores in all states. ‘In light of the epidemic of gun violence in America, as well as recent shootings at Starbucks stores, Moms Demand Action fails to see the logic in the company’s determination that second-hand […]

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PMI provides investors with Asia insights

PMI provides investors with Asia insights

| June 3, 2013

Philip Morris International is providing investors with a review of its Asian business during its Asia Region Investor Field Trip. The event was due to begin today in Singapore with presentations from Matteo Pellegrini, PMI’s president, Asia Region, and Laurent Boissart, PMI’s president Japan. It is due to end tomorrow in Indonesia following a presentation […]

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Altria to host investor day presentation

Altria to host investor day presentation

| June 3, 2013

Altria is due to host a webcast at www.altria.com of its Investor Day in New York presentation from about 09.00 hours to about 12.00 hours Eastern Time on June 11. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature presentations by Altria’s chairman and CEO, Marty Barrington, and other members of Altria’s senior management […]

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Chinese firms move adverts to Internet

Chinese firms move adverts to Internet

| May 31, 2013

A recent report claims that while Chinese tobacco companies have reduced their advertising in traditional media, they are stepping up their presence on the Internet, according to a China Daily story. The Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) compiled the report after monitoring 32 television channels, 91 newspapers and magazines, and various Internet […]

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Butts to trigger charitable donations

Butts to trigger charitable donations

| May 31, 2013

The San Rafael Clean Coalition, California, was due yesterday to install a ‘cigarette eater meter’ at the San RafaelCityPlaza, according to a story in the Marin Independent Journal. The idea is that people will use the device as a repository for cigarette butts and, in doing so, trigger a charitable donation. For every butt deposited, […]

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Olaf denies endorsing empty-pack survey

Olaf denies endorsing empty-pack survey

| May 31, 2013

The European Union’s anti-fraud office, Olaf, is to take issue with British American Tobacco for making what Olaf alleges were false claims about the nature of their relationship when lobbying British health officials, according to a story in The Times. BAT is said to have told civil servants at the Department of Health during a […]

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Odds on smoking ban being eased

Odds on smoking ban being eased

| May 31, 2013

Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has revealed that he met recently with Sheldon Adelson, the American casino magnate, but stressed that “no decision has yet been made” on whether to relax Spain’s smoking ban in the gaming rooms of ‘Eurovegas’, according to an El Pais story. The huge Eurovegas complex is set to be built […]

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Altria to host investor day presentation

Altria to host investor day presentation

| May 31, 2013

Altria is due to host a webcast at www.altria.com of its Investor Day in New York presentation from about 09.00 hours to about 12.00 hours Eastern Time on June 11. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature presentations by Altria’s chairman and CEO, Marty Barrington, and other members of Altria’s senior management […]

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