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Las Vegas setting for Vapefest 2013

Las Vegas setting for Vapefest 2013

| September 16, 2013

The Vegas Vapefest 2013 is due to be held at the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on Sept. 20–21. The National Vapers’ Club, which organizes the Vapefest, describes it as an event to promote research and education for e-cigarette users while providing a venue for the latest products. “Vapefest, the first annual e-cigarette convention, […]

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Lancet says yes and no to e-cigarettes

Lancet says yes and no to e-cigarettes

| September 16, 2013

The medical journal The Lancet is undecided on electronic cigarettes. On Sept. 14, it wrote that as a result of “safety fears,” the EU and the U.K. were planning to regulate electronic cigarettes as they would a medicine. “On the one hand, excessive regulation could marginalise e-cigarettes in favour of conventional cigarettes,” the Lancet piece […]

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BAT industry leader in sustainability

BAT industry leader in sustainability

| September 16, 2013

British American Tobacco says that it has maintained its position as industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the 12th year running. In a note posted on its website, BAT said that the DJSI tracked the economic, environmental and social performance of leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide and were based on the co-operation […]

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E-cigarette event in Europe

E-cigarette event in Europe

| September 13, 2013

Representatives of leading e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers are due to speak at the first Ecig Europe industry conference, to be held Dec. 4-5, in London, United Kingdom. The conference, hosted by Technology IQ, will provide e-cigarette vendors and suppliers with an opportunity to discuss key issues, including regulation, business intelligence and profitability, as well as […]

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E-cigarette company joins Coresta

E-cigarette company joins Coresta

| September 13, 2013

U.S.-based White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes said yesterday that it had been accepted as a member of Coresta, the organization that promotes international cooperation in research into tobacco and related matters. Based in Paris, France, Coresta, which was founded in 1956, now has 140 members in more than 50 countries. “We have joined Coresta to participate […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in August

JT’s domestic volume down in August

| September 13, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during August, at 10.4 billion, was down by 1.7 percent on its August 2012 volume, 10.5 billion, which was increased by 2.6 percent on that of August 2011, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during April–August, at 50.2 billion, was up by 0.2 percent […]

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Malaysian tobacco growers urged to seek alternative income sources

Malaysian tobacco growers urged to seek alternative income sources

| September 13, 2013

The Malaysian government has said that it will “continue helping small-time tobacco farmers seek an alternative source of income,” according to a story in The Star. This commitment was made in the wake of the April 1 decision by cigarette manufacturers to stop buying local tobacco, said Datuk Noriah Kasnon, deputy plantation industries and commodities […]

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Menthol: studying the studies

Menthol: studying the studies

| September 13, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling for public comments on menthol in cigarettes to be submitted by Nov. 22. Specifically, the FDA is requesting information to inform its thinking about potential regulatory options such as tobacco product standards and sale and distribution restrictions. The FDA conducted what it refers to as a “preliminary […]

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Altria on Dow Jones sustainability index

Altria on Dow Jones sustainability index

| September 13, 2013

Altria said yesterday it had been named a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America), “recognizing the company’s ongoing progress in responsibly managing its business practices.” “For the second year in a row, Altria’s commitment to corporate responsibility has been recognized by this leading business organization,” said Jennifer Hunter, senior […]

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U.S. manufacturers to receive MSA credits

U.S. manufacturers to receive MSA credits

| September 12, 2013

Altria said yesterday that Philip Morris USA expected to receive a credit of about $145 million, plus interest, following the findings of an arbitration panel looking into payment disputes relating to the U.S. Master Settlement Agreement. “An arbitration panel has determined that six out of 15 states failed in 2003 to diligently enforce laws that […]

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Nicotine test not valid proof of smoking

Nicotine test not valid proof of smoking

| September 12, 2013

A problem arises with a company’s having a hiring policy that disqualifies smokers on the basis of a nicotine test because the applicant might be an e-cigarette or smokeless-tobacco user. For instance, from next month, anybody looking to work for Flagler County, Florida, USA, will have to pass a nicotine test, according to a story […]

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Tobacco control study says smokeless seen as business insurance policy

Tobacco control study says smokeless seen as business insurance policy

| September 12, 2013

Transnational tobacco companies have taken a cynical approach to European investments in smokeless tobacco products, according to a ScienceDaily story on new research by Silvy Peeters and Anna Gilmore from the University of Bath, U.K., and the U.K. Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, published this week in PLOS Medicine. ScienceDaily reported that the study had […]

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World Heart Federation calls for all states to set tobacco-use end dates

World Heart Federation calls for all states to set tobacco-use end dates

| September 12, 2013

At the Tobacco End Game conference in New Delhi, India, the World Heart Federation (WHF) on Monday called for countries worldwide to follow the example set by nations such as Finland, New Zealand and Scotland in setting a target year for the ending of tobacco use among their populations, according to a Science Codex story. […]

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Imperial appoints new finance director

Imperial appoints new finance director

| September 12, 2013

Imperial Tobacco said today that Oliver Tant, formerly vice chairman of KPMG and chairman of KPMG’s Client Council, would succeed Bob Dyrbus as finance director. Tant will be appointed to the board on Oct. 1 and will be appointed finance director on Nov. 5, when Dyrbus will step down from the board ahead of retiring […]

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Andhra auctions end on a high note

Andhra auctions end on a high note

| September 11, 2013

Flue-cured prices in some districts of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh soared during the just-concluded auctions there, according to the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Prices went as high as INR200 a kg in West Godavari, while the statewide average for the season was INR145 a kg. The Tobacco Board […]

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Karnataka auctions off to flying start

Karnataka auctions off to flying start

| September 11, 2013

Flue-cured tobacco auctions in the Indian state of Karnataka got off to a record start this season, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Prices were said to have touched INR150.20 per kg, a record for a first day and more than 7 percent above last season’s opening-day […]

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U.S. campaign adds 333,333 years of life

U.S. campaign adds 333,333 years of life

| September 11, 2013

An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Tips From Former Smokers” national campaign, according to a CDC press note describing the results of the campaign. “As a result of the 2012 campaign, more than 200,000 Americans had quit smoking immediately following the three-month […]

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Pigs and explosions down on the farm—but this was no pop concert

Pigs and explosions down on the farm—but this was no pop concert

| September 11, 2013

The tobacco monopoly administration of Shantou, Guangdong Province, and local government agencies blew up a facility destined to be used for the production of fake cigarettes at Xinmin village on Saturday, according to a China Daily story quoting the Southern Metropolis Daily. Explosives were used to destroy the production site, which was said to have […]

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Volunteer program expanded

Volunteer program expanded

| September 11, 2013

More than 140 of Imperial Tobacco’s German employees gave up their time recently to take part in a community volunteer day. The employees, based in Hamburg, joined one of eight local projects for the Reemtsma Help Day. Projects included helping out at animal rescue centers, taking part in tandem bike rides with blind people, creating […]

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PMI’s quarterly dividend increased

PMI’s quarterly dividend increased

| September 11, 2013

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today increased the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 10.6 percent to an annualized rate of $3.76 per share. The new quarterly dividend of $0.94 per share, up from $0.85 per share, is payable on Oct. 11 to stockholders of record as of Sept. 26. The ex-dividend date […]

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E-cigarette study misses the point

E-cigarette study misses the point

| September 10, 2013

A recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found the use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students increasing is in danger of missing the most important point, according to Miguel Martin, president of the electronic cigarette company Logic Technology. “The recent CDC report does not address the key […]

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Snus makes its debut in South Korea

Snus makes its debut in South Korea

| September 10, 2013

Cigarette consumption in South Korea was expected to reach a record low during the first half of this year due to the introduction of stricter anti-smoking regulations and heightened health awareness among consumers, according to a story by Park Hyong-ki for The Korea Herald, quoting industry data. But compared with some other markets, Korea’s is […]

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Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

| September 10, 2013

The boss of a U.K.-based e-cigarette company has been ordered to return a website domain name that previously had been used by an anti-tobacco charity, according to a BBC Online story. Action on Smoking & Health (Ash) Wales forgot to renew the domain registration for ashwales.co.uk after it developed a new site in April 2011. […]

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New filter in the Groove

New filter in the Groove

| September 10, 2013

Filtrona Filter Products has launched Groove Core, an innovative filter combining “the performance benefits of activated carbon with high-impact, visual brand differentiation.” Groove Core, which is the latest addition to Filtrona’s Performance Range, is said to provide consumers with the smooth taste experience associated with a carbon filter and a distinctive end appearance created by […]

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PMI speaks out on right to be heard

PMI speaks out on right to be heard

| September 9, 2013

Tobacco manufacturers are frequently upbraided simply for defending their interests, even though it would be odd if they didn’t speak up in this way. And so many in the tobacco industry will welcome today’s intervention by Philip Morris International in which it is seeking to address recent attacks on the company’s efforts to express its […]

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