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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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Tobacco Promotion Board under fire in India

Tobacco Promotion Board under fire in India

| February 9, 2015

A group of tobacco control activists and supporters staged a demonstration in Chennai, India, on Saturday demanding the closure of the ‘Tobacco Promotion Board’, according to a story in the Times of India. Members of the Tamil Nadu People’s Forum for Tobacco Control said that while the health ministry was working on improving the country’s […]

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High levels of smoking among Saudi’s young women

High levels of smoking among Saudi’s young women

| February 9, 2015

Sixty five percent of Saudi secondary schoolgirls and 45 percent of the country’s intermediate schoolgirls are ‘smokers’, according to a story in Arab News quoting the results of a recently-published survey. The survey, conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at the Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz University, said the rates of smoking posed a ‘real threat’ to […]

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Non-duty-paid cigarettes hit legitimate market

Non-duty-paid cigarettes hit legitimate market

| February 9, 2015

Taxed cigarettes’ share of the Philippines’ market declined last year, according to a story in The Philippine Star quoting Philip Morris International’s fourth quarter and full-year report. PMI was quoted as saying that the estimated industry-wide tax-paid cigarette volume fell by 4.6 percent to about 82.3 billion units last year, reflecting the prevalence of domestic […]

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New CEO for Scandinavian Tobacco Group

New CEO for Scandinavian Tobacco Group

| February 9, 2015

Niels Frederiksen will take over on March 1 from Anders Colding Friis as the CEO of the Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG), according to a story in the Copenhagen Post. Frederiksen, who has more than 15 years of experience in the tobacco industry, is currently STG’s executive vice president of the global supply chain and a […]

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Tobacco season to be pushed back

Tobacco season to be pushed back

| February 6, 2015

Zimbabwe is likely to push back the start of its tobacco marketing season by about a month from the traditional mid-February period. Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board Chief Executive Dr. Andrew Matibiri said that most of the dry-land crop, which accounts for most of the tobacco grown, is still in the early stages of maturing. […]

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EU shines glimmer of light on PMI’s gloomy volumes

EU shines glimmer of light on PMI’s gloomy volumes

| February 6, 2015

Philip Morris International’s shipment volumes during the 12 months to the end of December, at 855,954 million, were down by 2.8 percent on those of the 12 months to the end of December 2013, 880,169 million. Volumes were increased by 0.1 percent to 185,197 million in its EU region, but fell in each of its […]

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Imperial launching lifestyle electronic cigarette

Imperial launching lifestyle electronic cigarette

| February 6, 2015

Imperial Tobacco is due to launch a new electronic cigarette in France on Monday, a move that, according to a story by Martinne Geller for Reuters, will give the company a lifestyle brand to stand alongside its existing brand, Puritane, which is marketed more as a healthcare product. The new brand, called Jai, will be […]

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Good and bad news on Latvia’s contraband sales

Good and bad news on Latvia’s contraband sales

| February 6, 2015

Twenty eight point nine percent of the cigarettes smoked in Latvia last year were contraband, according to a report in The Baltic Course (UK) citing a study carried out by AC Nielsen during the fourth quarter of 2014. The good news is that 28.9 percent was the lowest proportion recorded by Latvia during the past […]

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