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China looks to extend advertising bans

China looks to extend advertising bans

| August 27, 2014

China’s top legislature has begun reviewing a draft amendment that would extend the country’s current tobacco advertising restrictions, according to a China Daily story. ‘Tobacco advertisements directly or indirectly transmitted via radio, film, television, newspapers, magazines, books, audio and visual products, electronic publications, telecommunication networks and the Internet are banned,’ says a copy of the […]

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Management changes at BAT

Management changes at BAT

| August 27, 2014

Andrew Gray has been appointed group marketing director at British American Tobacco, effective September 1. Gray, who is currently regional director, EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa), has been with the company for 27 years and has been a member of the management board for the past seven years. Previously, he held various senior […]

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Altria employee fund awards grants

Altria employee fund awards grants

| August 27, 2014

The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) has awarded $3.1 million in grants to 142 non-profit organizations based in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky. ‘The fund is the only employee-managed workplace-giving program that is publicly reported among U.S. companies, according to the Changing Our World organization.’ Altria said in a note posted on its […]

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AHA: e-cigs could help smokers quit

AHA: e-cigs could help smokers quit

| August 26, 2014

Medical professionals should support but not promote using e-cigarettes as cessation devices, according to recently released statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). E-cigarettes should also be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to young people. The group also called […]

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Vapers ask WHO to think risk reduction

Vapers ask WHO to think risk reduction

| August 26, 2014

The vaper organization, European Vapers United Network (EVUN), has added its voice to the growing call for the World Health Organization to be guided by the principle of risk reduction when considering electronic cigarettes. According to a story on the Nicotine Science and Policy website, vaping organizations from 13 countries have written to WHO’s director […]

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India considers raising legal age to 25

India considers raising legal age to 25

| August 26, 2014

India’s national government is considering raising the legal age for tobacco use from18 to 25, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Minister of Health, Harsh Vardhan, constituted a committee last month to suggest changes to the country’s Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003, and the […]

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Spain’s sales almost halved in five years

Spain’s sales almost halved in five years

| August 26, 2014

Cigarette sales have dropped dramatically in Spain during the past five years, according to an El Pais story quoting Finance Ministry and cigarette industry figures. More than 90 billion cigarettes were sold legally in Spain half a decade ago, but last year those sales were down to 47.5 billion, a drop of 47 percent. The […]

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Another tobacco trade surplus likely

Another tobacco trade surplus likely

| August 26, 2014

South Korea has recorded a tobacco-trade surplus every year since 2004, and that surplus looks set to increase this year, according to a story by The Hankyoreh Media Co. This is despite the fact that the value of tobacco imports increased by about 59 percent from US$249 million during 2003 to US$395 million last year. […]

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ITC jumps aboard vapor train

ITC jumps aboard vapor train

| August 21, 2014

The diversified ITC group has forayed into electronic cigarettes to offset shrinking sales of its conventional tobacco cigarettes due to recurrent price increases. The Kolkata-headquartered cigarettes to hotels group has launched two vaping devices, or e-cigarettes, under the Eon brand. The products have been designed in-house but are being manufactured in China, according to The […]

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Russia suggests tobacco embargo

Russia suggests tobacco embargo

| August 20, 2014

Vladimir Gutenyov, first deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee for Industry, said on August 19th that the government would possibly take into account the recommendations of some experts about the need to impose an embargo on the import of tobacco and alcoholic products from the EU and the U.S., according to the ITAR-TASS […]

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Amcor closing Neumunster plant, opening one in East Java

Amcor closing Neumunster plant, opening one in East Java

| August 20, 2014

Australia-based packaging solutions provider Amcor announced that due to an overcapacity in Western Europe, its tobacco packaging unit in Neumunster, Germany, will close by December 31, 2014. The company also announced its plans to build a new tobacco packaging plant in East Java, Indonesia, which is expected to be fully operational by late 2015 to support […]

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Zippo granted ‘blu’ name in Germany

Zippo granted ‘blu’ name in Germany

| August 20, 2014

Zippo Manufacturing Company (ZMC), announced that it has been granted a preliminary injunction in Germany against Cygnet UK Trading Ltd., a Lorillard subsidiary, preventing Cygnet from using the “blu” brand name for e-cigarettes sold in that country. The Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main agreed with ZMC that the “blu” e-cigarette brand creates a likelihood […]

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Imperial sales see small decline

Imperial sales see small decline

| August 19, 2014

Imperial Tobacco Group reported a small decline in nine-month revenue on Aug. 18 and said it was on course to complete its acquisition of a pack of U.S. cigarette brands from Reynolds American and Lorillard, according to CBS News. Imperial, maker of JPS and Gauloises, said sales fell 1 percent to GBP4.75 billion ($7.95 billion) in the nine months […]

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Tobacco to take to the sky

Tobacco to take to the sky

| August 18, 2014

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG have announced they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant, according to a story in the Nigerian Tribune. This initiative broadens cooperation between Boeing and SAA to develop renewable jet fuel in ways that support South Africa’s goals for public health […]

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Warnings have graphic effect on market

Warnings have graphic effect on market

| August 15, 2014

Graphic health warnings that were applied to cigarette packs from June are already starting to take their toll on sales in Indonesia, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Muhammad Guntur, the owner of the Janur Kuning cigarette factory in Kudus, Central Java, was quoted as saying that his cigarette sales had fallen by […]

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Ireland under pressure on plain packs

Ireland under pressure on plain packs

| August 15, 2014

Associations representing German advertisers and brand owners have written to the Irish ambassador in Berlin saying plans for standardized tobacco packaging would, if implemented, have ‘devastating’ economic implications for Irish companies, according to a story by Juno McEnroe for the Irish Examiner. The associations have warned also that the tobacco market would be ‘swamped’ with […]

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JT presents domestic July sales figures, restates some May and June figures

JT presents domestic July sales figures, restates some May and June figures

| August 15, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during July, at 10.0 billion, was down by 4.4 percent on that of July 2013, 10.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The July 2013 figure was increased by 3.3 percent on that of July 2012. Volume during January-July 2014, at 65.1 billion, was […]

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E-cigarettes just got even healthier!

E-cigarettes just got even healthier!

| August 15, 2014

Having seen in Brooklyn, New York, a retail truck offering ‘VitaCigs’, the managing editor at Motherboard, Meghan Neal, is wondering whether in the future people will be smoking – or vaping – their medicine. It’s a fair question because VitaCigs are apparently disposable, flavored electronic cigarettes with vitamins but with no nicotine. ‘The novel e-cig […]

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EU shifted TPD policy significantly after tobacco industry lobbying

EU shifted TPD policy significantly after tobacco industry lobbying

| August 14, 2014

Tobacco industry lobbyists were successful in influencing some aspects of the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), according to research carried out by the University of Oxford, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the University of Bath. The TPD, which governs the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the member states concerning […]

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Andhra Pradesh’s crop target unchanged

Andhra Pradesh’s crop target unchanged

| August 14, 2014

The Tobacco Board of India has fixed Andhra Pradesh’s 2014-15 flue-cured tobacco crop target at 172 million kg, which is unchanged from that of the previous season, according to a story published in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The new crop size was set despite calls by merchants for the target […]

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