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Imperial volumes down in first quarter

Imperial volumes down in first quarter

| February 12, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s tobacco-products volume during the three months to the end of December (Imperial’s Q1), at 71.8 billion, was down by four percent on that of the three months to the end of December 2013, according to an interim management statement issued this morning. But Growth Brand volume was increased by 11 percent to 35.4 […]

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Pakistan going for 85 percent graphic warnings

Pakistan going for 85 percent graphic warnings

| February 12, 2015

Pakistan’s Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Co-ordination, Saira Afzal Tarar, said yesterday that all cigarette packs sold in the country would have to carry new graphic warnings covering 85 percent of both the front and back panels, according to a story in the Business Recorder. Addressing a press conference, the minister said that […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| February 12, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of a presentation by CFO Jacek Olczak at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference starting about 13.45 Eastern Time on February 18. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI session. […]

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Ploom names two senior executives

Ploom names two senior executives

| February 11, 2015

Ploom, a San Francisco, California, USA-based vapor delivery system company, has added two senior executives to its team. Timothy Danaher was named vice president of finance and Scott Dunlap was appointed chief marketing officer. Reporting to founder and CEO James Monsees, Danaher will play a critical role in developing and executing the overall business and […]

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Reynolds’ volumes down but Santa Fe is on the up

Reynolds’ volumes down but Santa Fe is on the up

| February 11, 2015

R.J Reynolds Tobacco’s US domestic cigarette volume during the year to the end of December, at 61.0 billion, was down by 5.0 percent on that of 2013, 64.2 billion. Camel volume was unchanged at 20.9 billion but Pall Mall volume fell by 3.2 percent to 20.6 billion; so the company’s total ‘growth brands’ volume was […]

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Andhra growers seek guidance to the ‘promised land’

Andhra growers seek guidance to the ‘promised land’

| February 11, 2015

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are urging world leaders to address the issue of providing them with alternative livelihoods, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. So far, the search for the ‘promised land’ of alternative crops, which has been going on for years […]

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US FDA commissioner to step down next month

US FDA commissioner to step down next month

| February 11, 2015

The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, Margaret A. Hamburg, is to step down by the end of March. In a letter to her colleagues at the agency, Hamburg said that together they had made significant progress in implementing both the letter and spirit of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. […]

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PMI a top employer in Europe

PMI a top employer in Europe

| February 11, 2015

Philip Morris International said yesterday that it had been recognized as a top employer in Europe for the third consecutive year, in recognition of the high standards in its working environment. Certification was said to have been the result of independent assessment by the Top Employers’ Institute, which also recognized PMI’s affiliates as leading employers […]

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Cigar industry mourns Tony Barone

Cigar industry mourns Tony Barone

| February 10, 2015

Cigar icon Tony Barone died this week after a brief battle with cancer. Barone’s passing comes less than two years after he retired from Commonwealth-Altadis, following a long and illustrious career. The family will hold a “life celebration” for Barone on Saturday, on Feb. 14 in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA. Born in Tampa, Florida Barone […]

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Plain packaging ‘consultation’ planned in Norway

Plain packaging ‘consultation’ planned in Norway

| February 10, 2015

The Norwegian government looks set to impose standardized packaging on all tobacco products. According to a press note issued by the Norway Government Administration Services (NGAS), the government plans to consult on its standardized-packaging proposal, which would apply to cigarettes and snus. But a note issued by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) said that […]

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E-cigarettes not as addictive as tobacco counterparts

E-cigarettes not as addictive as tobacco counterparts

| February 10, 2015

A leading US health expert has said that electronic cigarettes do not seem to be anywhere close to tobacco cigarettes in respect of their potential to cause addiction. Writing on his Rest of the Story blog, Dr Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, said that […]

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AOI planning ‘comprehensive global restructuring’

AOI planning ‘comprehensive global restructuring’

| February 10, 2015

In announcing yesterday its third quarter results to the end of December, Alliance One International’s CEO and president, Pieter Sikkel, said that the company was planning a comprehensive global restructuring program to position it better for the future. The restructuring program would start during the fourth quarter and be completed over18 months. ‘As part of […]

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Imperial to issue interim statement

Imperial to issue interim statement

| February 10, 2015

UK-based Imperial Tobacco is due to issue an Interim Management Statement on February 12.

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RAI to webcast Cameron conference remarks

RAI to webcast Cameron conference remarks

| February 10, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast of remarks made by president and CEO, Susan M. Cameron, at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference starting about 17.30 Eastern Time on February 17. The webcast will be available on a listen-only basis at www.reynoldsamerican.com, where registration is now open. The presentation slides […]

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BAT rolls out Dunhill Pocket Pack for price-sensitive consumers

BAT rolls out Dunhill Pocket Pack for price-sensitive consumers

| February 9, 2015

British American Tobacco Korea plans to launch Dunhill Pocket Pack, a limited edition, 14-cigarette pack that costs only krw3,000 ($2.75). Although the pack is smaller — most packs have 20 cigarettes — the seemingly inexpensive price might be an appealing selling point  in South Korea, where many smokers have decided to quit or cut back […]

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How would plain packs legislation fare under TTIP?

How would plain packs legislation fare under TTIP?

| February 9, 2015

An Irish member of the European Parliament has sought to widen the standardized-packaging debate by placing it against the background of trade agreements currently being negotiated. In a written question to the European Commission, MEP Nessa Childers asked whether the Commission considered non-discriminatory standardized packaging legislation, such as that applicable to cigarette packaging, to be […]

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