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Dutch MPs vote to punish small bars for the sins of their bigger counterparts

Dutch MPs vote to punish small bars for the sins of their bigger counterparts

| February 18, 2013

A small majority of Dutch MPs voted last week for a motion calling for the reinstatement of a ban on smoking in all restaurants, bars and cafés, according to an Expatica story. Small bars and cafés run by their owners and not employing other staff have been exempt since the ban was relaxed in 2010 […]

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LOGIC appoints new executive

LOGIC appoints new executive

| February 18, 2013

US-based LOGIC Technology has appointed Chris Colónto to its key executive team. In his role as national director of key accounts, Colónto will establish and manage new accounts and oversee existing ones with retailers nationwide. “We’re absolutely thrilled to add such an experienced e-cig category expert to our team,” said Eli Alelov, CEO of LOGIC. […]

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Production up but emissions down at Iggesund Paperboard’s mill

Production up but emissions down at Iggesund Paperboard’s mill

| February 15, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard’s production of Invercote last year surpassed all previous environmental achievements at its mill at Iggesund, Sweden, the company has reported. Despite record-high manufacturing levels, emissions of environmentally harmful substances were lower than ever before. “In a paper industry, the environmentally harmful emissions, above all to water, are usually proportional to production: that is, […]

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Good opening sales day in Zimbabwe, but it could have been even better

Good opening sales day in Zimbabwe, but it could have been even better

| February 15, 2013

More tobacco was sold in Zimbabwe on the opening day of this year’s auction sales than on the opening day of 2012’s auctions, but prices were lower and rejects were up, according to a story by Elita Chikwati for the Zimbabwe Herald. The first day’s auctions saw 265,000 kg sold for US$784,000, up from 178,000 […]

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JT’s domestic cigarettes sales during first 10 months up by 9.4 per cent

JT’s domestic cigarettes sales during first 10 months up by 9.4 per cent

| February 15, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during January, at 8.5 billion, was down by 0.8 per cent on its January 2012 volume, 8.6 billion, which itself was increased by 0.9 per cent on that of January 2011, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during the 10 months, April 2012-January 2013, […]

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One pack of duty-free cigarettes: the line between social justice and its absence?

One pack of duty-free cigarettes: the line between social justice and its absence?

| February 15, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Finance is halving the country’s duty-free allowance for cigarettes, which even now is hardly generous. According to a Globes online story quoting the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv, from April, passengers returning to Israel from overseas will be allowed only 125 gm of duty-free tobacco products, equal to one pack of cigarettes. The Israel […]

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Andhra Pradesh aiming to have 50 tobacco-free villages by end of May

Andhra Pradesh aiming to have 50 tobacco-free villages by end of May

| February 15, 2013

Efforts are being made in Andhra Pradesh, India, to have 50 villages declared tobacco-free by the end of May. After the village of Pongalipaka in the Madugula division of the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra hit the headlines for becoming the state’s first tobacco-free village on May 31, 2012, efforts have been under way to make […]

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David Eckles passes away

David Eckles passes away

| February 14, 2013

David Eckles, a well-known and respected figure in the international tobacco industry for more than 40 years, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, following a short illness. He was 76. Eckles was instrumental in the development of TABEXPO and served as organizer of the 1994 and 1998 events. Prior to creating TABEXPO with his partners, […]

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Lorillard’s cigarette shipments down in 2012 but up in final quarter

Lorillard’s cigarette shipments down in 2012 but up in final quarter

| February 14, 2013

Lorillard’s domestic shipment volumes during the 12 months to the end of December 2012, at 39,490,890,000, were down by 1.4 per cent on those of the previous 12 months. Including shipments to Puerto Rico and US Possessions, shipments were down by 1.4 per cent to 40,152,192,000. Shipments of Newport cigarettes fell by 1.8 per cent […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| February 14, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast of a presentation and question-and-answer session by its CFO, Jacek Olczak, at the Consumer Analyst Group of New   York (CAGNY) Conference. The entire session will be available in listen-only mode at www.pmi.com starting about 09.15 hours Eastern Time on February 20. An archived […]

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Imperial collects second award in Poland

Imperial collects second award in Poland

| February 14, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s operation in Poland has been handed a prestigious award by the nation’s leading business organisation. The ‘Diamond to the Gold Statuette of the Business Leader’ was awarded in recognition of Imperial’s social and economic contribution to Polish society. The award was made at the annual Grand Gala of Business Leaders held in Warsaw […]

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Moist snuff helps RAI transform its tobacco sales volume

Moist snuff helps RAI transform its tobacco sales volume

| February 13, 2013

R.J Reynolds Tobacco’s US domestic cigarette volume during the year to the end of December, at 68.9 billion, was down by 5.6 per cent on that of 2011. Pall Mall volume fell by 0.6 per cent to 21.9 billion and Camel volume fell by 2.3 per cent to 21.2 billion; so the company’s total ‘growth […]

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Public-places tobacco-smoking ban passed by Russian parliament

Public-places tobacco-smoking ban passed by Russian parliament

| February 13, 2013

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, yesterday approved in its third and final reading a bill banning tobacco smoking in public places, according to an RT TV/TV Novosti story. The ban, which is due to take effect on June 1, was passed by a 441 votes to one. The bill envisages a gradual […]

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On-line campaign urges those opposed to standardized packaging to lobby MPs

On-line campaign urges those opposed to standardized packaging to lobby MPs

| February 13, 2013

Opponents of the standardized packaging of tobacco on Monday launched an online campaign urging people in the UK to lobby their members of parliament about the issue. Hands Off Our Packs, the campaign set up and run by the smokers’ group Forest, has launched a new website that supporters hope will encourage thousands of people […]

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WTO compliance issue rumbles on between the Philippines and Thailand

WTO compliance issue rumbles on between the Philippines and Thailand

| February 12, 2013

The Philippines is putting further pressure on Thailand to comply fully and in a timely manner with a World Trade Organization ruling in respect of a cigarette excise tax dispute between the two countries, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. This follows the Philippines’ implementation of a new excise tax law on distilled […]

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Banking on Innovia Films

Banking on Innovia Films

| February 12, 2013

UK-based Innovia Films has agreed to buy the Reserve Bank of Australia’s 50 per cent share in Securency International Pty Ltd, which, since 1998, has been owned by Innovia and the bank in a 50/50 joint venture. The acquisition is being funded from Innovia’s existing cash reserves and is expected to be completed on February […]

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E-cigarettes and this sporting life

E-cigarettes and this sporting life

| February 12, 2013

In a re-play of the tobacco industry’s former close connection with sport, Totally Wicked, a supplier of electronic cigarettes, on the weekend announced a sponsorship deal with St Helens’ RFC, one of England’s top rugby league clubs. According to a PRNewswire story, under the deal, the club’s Langtree Park North Stand is to be renamed […]

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Move over Romeo y Julieta, here comes The Merchant of Venice

Move over Romeo y Julieta, here comes The Merchant of Venice

| February 12, 2013

Tourists heading for Cuba with the idea of taking pictures of locals happily puffing away at quality cigars are likely to be disappointed. At least that is the picture painted by Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez, writing in the Huffington Post. In a piece relayed by the TMA, Sanchez said that it was becoming increasingly difficult […]

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White House petitioned by e-cigarette users fearful of FDA intentions

White House petitioned by e-cigarette users fearful of FDA intentions

| February 11, 2013

US vapers are submitting a petition to urge the White House to take action to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from enacting unnecessary, burdensome regulations that could effectively ban the sale of many electronic cigarettes, according to a press note issued through USNewswire. The White House required 25,000 signatures to be collected in one […]

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Getting on top of cigarette litter

Getting on top of cigarette litter

| February 11, 2013

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has reported an average 55 per cent reduction in cigarette litter within the communities that implemented its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) during 2012, according to a press note issued through USNewswire. In 2012, the program’s 10th year, there were 195 grant-supported implementations across the US in a variety of places […]

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Norway’s Health Minister firm on snus

Norway’s Health Minister firm on snus

| February 11, 2013

A commission of health care experts has proposed a new list of restrictions to discourage consumption of tobacco and alcohol in Norway, but Heath Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, apparently thinks they went too far, according to a story on newsinenglish.no. He quickly rejected several of their recommendations. The commission had wanted to ban snus in […]

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Chewing tobacco bans in India work to depress menthol prices

Chewing tobacco bans in India work to depress menthol prices

| February 11, 2013

Menthol prices in India have fallen due to the bans that have been imposed in some states on certain types of chewing tobacco, according to a story by Keshav Seth for TopNews. The FMCG company, Emami, was quoted as saying that it was enjoying lower raw material costs because of the bans and a growth […]

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Work as art

Work as art

| February 11, 2013

The Cultivation of Tobacco, the monumental artwork created in 1960 by the husband-and-wife Greek engravers, Tassos (Anastasios Alevizos), and Loukia Maggiorou, is returning to Stavroupouli in Thessaloniki, according to a story by Nicky Mariam Onti for the Greek Reporter The masterpiece shows men and women engaged in the cultivation and processing of tobacco in all […]

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Altria to webcast conference presentation

Altria to webcast conference presentation

| February 11, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference in Boca   Raton, Florida, starting about 13.45 hours Eastern Time on February 19. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode at www.altria.com, will feature a presentation by chairman and […]

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Imperial’s market manager earns medal for customer engagement in Finland

Imperial’s market manager earns medal for customer engagement in Finland

| February 11, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s market manager in Finland has been honoured for excellence in customer engagement by one of the country’s largest retail organizations. Kari Heikkila was recently guest of honour at the centenary dinner for the Finnish K-Retailers’ Association, where he was presented with a medal in recognition of his efforts working with trade partners over […]

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