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Parkside installs laser technology

Parkside installs laser technology

| July 21, 2013

Parkside Flexibles, a manufacturer of printed flexible packaging, has installed new laser technology at its Normanton, U.K., facility. The laser unit is a versatile contour unit and is capable of laser scribing and cutting a wide range of materials to a specified depth and shape. The scribe produces an easy-opening system on packaging and creates […]

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Saka retires from Drew Estate

Saka retires from Drew Estate

| July 21, 2013

Steve Saka has retired as the CEO of Drew Estate, its family of companies and its subsidiaries. Saka joined the company as president in July 2005 and was promoted to CEO in July 2012. “The team at Drew Estate would like to thank Steve for all of his hard work and dedication over the past […]

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Coresta e-cigarette task force to present first report

Coresta e-cigarette task force to present first report

| July 21, 2013

Coresta’s new e-cigarette task force will present its first report during the organization’s Smoke Science and Product Technology meeting in Seville, Spain, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2013. Although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, Coresta members in November agreed to establish a task force dedicated to this new product category. The interest in e-cigarettes has been growing […]

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PMI volumes down by 3.9 percent

PMI volumes down by 3.9 percent

| July 19, 2013

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the second quarter to the end of June, at 228,899 million, was down by 3.9 percent on that of the second quarter of 2012. Volume was down in all of the company’s regions: by 3.5 percent to 80,588 million in Asia; by 3.6 percent to 76,298 million in […]

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Sales up at Swedish Match

Sales up at Swedish Match

| July 19, 2013

Swedish Match’s sales during the second quarter to the end of June, at SEK3,220 million, were up by 3 percent on those of the second quarter of 2012. But operating profit (including SM’s share of net profit from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group and larger one-off items) fell by 11 percent to SEK1,082 million, while basic […]

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Guide to smoker-friendly locations

Guide to smoker-friendly locations

| July 19, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s Smoke Spots website has been launched in London. Already live in Germany and Austria, the U.K. version enables consumers to find bars, restaurants and clubs with smoking facilities, and outlets selling tobacco. The new website has been expanded so as to build on social aspects, including a blog and forums to enable people […]

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Young Danes little interested in smoking

Young Danes little interested in smoking

| July 17, 2013

The number of 13-year-old Danes who take up drinking and smoking has fallen dramatically, but the decline has not been as pronounced among older students, according to a story in the Copenhagen Post. Results from the “Copenhagen Barometer,” a poll of students in the seventh through ninth grades, found that consumption had dropped across the […]

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Ramadan is quit-smoking opportunity

Ramadan is quit-smoking opportunity

| July 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has advised people that Ramadan is the best time to give up cigarettes, according to the Arab News. The ministry’s spokesman, Dr. Khaled Al-Mirghalani, said Ramadan provided the ideal platform for people to quit smoking because Muslims abstained from the habit from dawn to dusk anyway. The theory was that […]

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Ramadan causes cigarette sales slump

Ramadan causes cigarette sales slump

| July 17, 2013

Sales of cigarettes in Oman slumped during the first week of Ramadan, according to a story in the Oman Daily Observer. Such a fall in sales will not have come as a surprise to retailers, however, since smoking in public during the daylight hours of Ramadan is a punishable offense in the country. Buying patterns […]

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Encouraging illicit-trade informers

Encouraging illicit-trade informers

| July 17, 2013

The Pakistan Inland Revenue’s Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation has issued a toll-free number, 0800-77377, through which people can inform on the illicit cigarette trade. The service will be available from 08.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily. A directorate official said people could inform on the storage or sale of illegal cigarettes using the toll-free […]

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KT&G strikes up blue band LIP technology in South Korea

KT&G strikes up blue band LIP technology in South Korea

| July 16, 2013

KT&G said yesterday that it would launch South Korea’s first low-ignition propensity (LIP) cigarettes later this month, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The company says it has developed independently a “blue band” system for producing LIP cigarettes, a system that applies chemicals to the cigarette paper. It has five patent applications submitted […]

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Nepal seeks big rise in tobacco revenue

Nepal seeks big rise in tobacco revenue

| July 16, 2013

The Nepalese government is looking to increase excise duty collection on tobacco products by 23 percent during fiscal year 2013-2014, according to a story in Republica. In its 2013-2014 budget brought down on Sunday, the government said it expected to raise RS6.82 billion from excise duty on tobacco products during the year. During the 2012-2013 […]

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Standardized packs decision under fire

Standardized packs decision under fire

| July 16, 2013

The U.K. government is coming under heavy fire for abandoning—for the time being at least—the idea of introducing standardized tobacco packaging. The government put the matter out to public consultation and, following that consultation, decided to await the outcome of Australia’s pioneering adoption of standardized packaging. Quoting the government’s summary report of the public consultation, […]

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EU directive revisions threaten jobs, the economy and tax revenues

EU directive revisions threaten jobs, the economy and tax revenues

| July 15, 2013

The European economic and social committee (EESC) has said that changes to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive proposed by the European Commission would have serious consequences for jobs, the economy and tax revenues. The committee adopted an opinion on the commission’s review of the directive following what was described as a heated debate at its […]

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EU directive revisions threaten market stability, grower incomes and taxes

EU directive revisions threaten market stability, grower incomes and taxes

| July 15, 2013

The revisions to the EU Tobacco Products Directive, as endorsed by the environment, public health and food safety committee, would ban almost 38 percent of Poland’s current cigarette sales, according to a Polish News Bulletin story. The new directive is due be decided upon at a plenary session of the EU parliament in September, but, […]

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Pack campaigners delighted—for a while

Pack campaigners delighted—for a while

| July 15, 2013

Campaigners in the U.K. who opposed the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging are celebrating following the government’s announcement that it has abandoned—for the time being—moves to introduce such packaging. “We are delighted,” said Hands Off Our Packs campaigner Angela Harbutt. “The government conducted a public consultation on plain packaging in 2012 and half a million […]

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EU countries waiting on Australian tobacco packs verdicts

EU countries waiting on Australian tobacco packs verdicts

| July 15, 2013

If Australia wins the international litigation on plain packaging of cigarettes, countries of the EU will probably follow its example, according to a Baltic Business Daily story quoting European Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg. “I believe that, if Australia wins the international litigation, more European states will declare their intention to introduce plain packaging,” Borg […]

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New filter maker from Molins

New filter maker from Molins

| July 15, 2013

Molins Tobacco Machinery has developed a new filter making machine, the Forte. While retaining the familiar layout and footprint of previous machines, the Forte has been completely improved and upgraded, according to Molins, “to set the standard for filter rod production for the future.” New features include a touchscreen control panel that constantly feeds information […]

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EU committee vote on e-cigarettes out of line with public health aims

EU committee vote on e-cigarettes out of line with public health aims

| July 12, 2013

The European Parliament’s environment, public health and food safety committee has voted to back the European Commission’s proposal to classify electronic cigarettes as medicinal products. For many people, this proposal is the most health-negative of the raft of proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive put forward by the commission at the end of last […]

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JTI’s domestic volume down in June

JTI’s domestic volume down in June

| July 12, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during June, at 9.5 billion, was down by 4.2 percent on its June 2012 volume, 9.9 billion, which itself was up by 10.7 percent on that of June 2011, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during April-June, at 29.3 billion, was down by 0.2 […]

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PMI to host results webcast

PMI to host results webcast

| July 12, 2013

Philip Morris International Inc. is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on July 18 to discuss its 2013 second-quarter results, which will be issued about 7 a.m. on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss the company’s […]

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Lorillard to host results conference call

Lorillard to host results conference call

| July 12, 2013

Lorillard is due to host a conference call for analysts and investors from 09.00 hours on July 25, after it has announced its second-quarter 2013 results. The conference call will be hosted by Chairman, President and CEO Murray S. Kessler and Executive Vice President, Finance and Planning, and CFO David H. Taylor. The conference call […]

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Reynolds declares dividend

Reynolds declares dividend

| July 12, 2013

Reynolds American Inc.’s board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.63 per share ($2.52 per share annualized). The dividend will be payable on Oct. 1 to shareholders of record on Sept. 10. In announcing the dividend, RAI said it was the 37th consecutive quarterly cash dividend that […]

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Claims of substantial progress in tobacco control look like smoke screen

Claims of substantial progress in tobacco control look like smoke screen

| July 11, 2013

A recent report claims that “substantial progress” has been made in global tobacco control since the adoption of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) 10 years ago. This is despite the fact that the conclusions to the report’s executive summary admit that two-thirds of the world’s population are not fully protected […]

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Tobacco taste: it’s all in the mind’s eye

Tobacco taste: it’s all in the mind’s eye

| July 11, 2013

The introduction of standardized tobacco packs in Australia has caused some smokers to complain that the cigarettes inside taste worse than they did previously, according to a piece by Matt Siegel in The New York Times. Since Dec. 1, Australia has required that all tobacco products be sold in packaging designed on behalf of the […]

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