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Tobacco firms may face health care lawsuits by Korea’s national insurer

Tobacco firms may face health care lawsuits by Korea’s national insurer

| April 12, 2013

Korea’s state-run National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) is considering filing lawsuits against cigarette companies to seek compensation for rising health care costs from smoking-related illnesses, according to a story in The Korea Herald. NHIS’ president Kim Jong-dae, said that tobacco companies should no longer be free of responsibility for smoking-related diseases that cost massive amounts […]

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JT’s new smokeless product has stronger menthol flavor

JT’s new smokeless product has stronger menthol flavor

| April 12, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it will relaunch from late May its Zerostyle Mint smokeless tobacco product with improved flavor and aroma, and a redesigned pack. The relaunched product, Zerostyle Blue Mint, which is due to be rolled out across Japan, will have the same flavour and aroma as that of Zerostyle Drive Concept, […]

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PMI to host results webcast April 18

PMI to host results webcast April 18

| April 12, 2013

Philip Morris International Inc. is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts starting at 09.00 hours on April 18 to discuss its 2013 first-quarter results, which will be issued about 07.00 hours the same day. During the webcast, which will be in a listen-only mode, CFO, Jacek Olczak, will discuss the company’s 2013 […]

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Lorillard to host results webcast April 24

Lorillard to host results webcast April 24

| April 12, 2013

Lorillard is due to host a live audio webcast of its first-quarter 2013 results conference call on April 24 starting at 09.00 hours Eastern Time. 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. Investors will be able […]

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Altria to host results webcast April 25

Altria to host results webcast April 25

| April 12, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast starting at 09.00 hours Eastern Time on April 25 to discuss its 2013 first-quarter business results. The business results will be issued by means of a press release about 07.00 hours the same day. The webcast, at www.altria.com, will be in listen-only mode, and […]

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Obama’s tobacco tax proposal ‘unfair’, unlikely to succeed

Obama’s tobacco tax proposal ‘unfair’, unlikely to succeed

| April 11, 2013

President Obama’s proposal to impose the biggest-ever increase in the U.S.’ federal cigarette tax to fund preschool programs has been condemned by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). “For the president to target a minority of adult Americans with this massive tax increase to pay for the extension of preschool programs nationwide is unfair […]

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Growers angry as kwacha replaces dollar in Zambian leaf sales

Growers angry as kwacha replaces dollar in Zambian leaf sales

| April 11, 2013

Zambian tobacco will this year be sold in kwacha instead of U.S. dollars, according to a story in The Times of Zambia. The decision to move to kwacha was made by the government, but the Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) secretary Samson Muyembe, was quoted as saying that the TBZ did not see anything wrong with selling […]

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Tanzania Leaf donates books to Urambo secondary school

Tanzania Leaf donates books to Urambo secondary school

| April 11, 2013

Tanzania Leaf Tobacco Co. (TLTC) has donated 860 books worth TZS5.3 million to a secondary school as part of its policy of partnering with government. The Usisya school is in the Urambo district of Tanzania’s Tabora Region, and TLTC is a major leaf buyer in the Urambo and other districts. Expressing his appreciation for the […]

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RAI to host results conference call

RAI to host results conference call

| April 11, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of first-quarter 2013 financial results before the market opens on April 23. The company’s president and CEO, Daniel M. Delen, its CFO, Thomas R. Adams, and its vice president of investor relations, Morris L. Moore, will speak during the conference […]

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Tobacco use a pre-existing medical condition

Tobacco use a pre-existing medical condition

| April 10, 2013

D.C. is moving ahead in creating its health exchange—the marketplace for individual and small group insurance plans required under the provisions of President Obama’s health care reform—and the board responsible for it yesterday voted to bar insurers from charging smokers and other tobacco users higher premiums. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are allowed to […]

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Davidoff to roll out new cigar in Vegas

Davidoff to roll out new cigar in Vegas

| April 10, 2013

A new Davidoff of Geneva cigar will roll into Vegas for the annual International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association’s (IPCPR) annual trade show to be held on July 13–17. Swiss cigar maker Oettinger Davidoff Group will launch the new brand, Davidoff Nicaragua, which Davidoff CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard said is the company’s first Nicaraguan puro featuring […]

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Tobacco beats cannabis in battle of bad health

Tobacco beats cannabis in battle of bad health

| April 10, 2013

Smoking tobacco and/or smoking tobacco mixed with cannabis might lead to worse physical health outcomes than smoking cannabis on its own, according to a San Francisco Chronicle blog quoting an Australian study. Researchers at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, recruited 350 adults over the age of 40 and divided them into four […]

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Prison doesn’t work, not for quitters

Prison doesn’t work, not for quitters

| April 10, 2013

A new study has found that behavioral intervention provided to U.S. prison inmates who smoked before going to jail substantially increased their ability to remain smoke-free after release, according to a report by MedPage Today. Most prisons in the U.S. are tobacco-free, with about 60 percent having total tobacco bans for staff and inmates, so most […]

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Housing project is growing initiative

Housing project is growing initiative

| April 10, 2013

Tobacco growers and their families in Vietnam have moved into new homes built for them under an Imperial Tobacco responsibility initiative. Project Symphony is the result of a collaboration between Imperial Tobacco Vietnam, its local partner DOFICO and the Altadis Foundation. The homes, constructed from brick and steel, have been built in the provinces of […]

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Plain packaging a £5 billion gorilla for UK taxpayer?

Plain packaging a £5 billion gorilla for UK taxpayer?

| April 9, 2013

U.K. taxpayers could face a £5 billion ($7.67 billion) bill if ministers insist cigarettes are sold in plain packages. The money would be awarded by courts to tobacco companies in recognition of the fact that the government had destroyed their brand equity, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, as reported on the This is Money website. […]

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Inconvenience: Philip Morris report says plain packaging could cost 30,000 jobs

Inconvenience: Philip Morris report says plain packaging could cost 30,000 jobs

| April 9, 2013

Thousands of jobs could be lost if plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products is introduced, according to a story in the South Wales Evening Post, citing a report released and commissioned by Philip Morris Ltd. The report suggests up to 30,000 of the 182,300 jobs in Britain’s small, independent retailers are at risk and concludes tobacco […]

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Gutka takes gut shot, banned in India’s most populous state

Gutka takes gut shot, banned in India’s most populous state

| April 9, 2013

Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state with more than 200 million residents, has started implementing a ban on the sale of gutka. This action follows the Supreme Court’s denial of a tobacco industry petition to stay implementation of the ban. Altogether, 23 of India’s 28 states and five of seven union territories have now joined the […]

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Swedish Match fires against allegations it lied, altered ‘Dalligate’ story

Swedish Match fires against allegations it lied, altered ‘Dalligate’ story

| April 9, 2013

Swedish Match says that it has not lied nor altered its story during meetings about the resignation of the former EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs. John Dalli resigned in October, shortly before the commission unveiled its proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive. According to a story in Malta Today, the transparency watchdog […]

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Cuba fumes over ‘blatant robbery’ of Cohiba brand

Cuba fumes over ‘blatant robbery’ of Cohiba brand

| April 9, 2013

Cuba has accused the U.S. of enabling the ‘blatant robbery’ of brand names from the island following a new court verdict in a lawsuit between Cubatabaco and U.S.-based General Cigar over the Cohiba cigars brand name. “The blatant robbery of Cuban trademarks in the United States continues to be protected by federal authorities hiding behind […]

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Former Nepalese factory workers pay demands derailed

Former Nepalese factory workers pay demands derailed

| April 9, 2013

The government of Nepal is unlikely to meet all of the pay demands of former workers at the Janakpur Cigarette factory, according to a story in the Daily Republica. The factory, which was established in 1965 with the support of the Russian government, has been closed for two years. It used to manufacture popular brands of […]

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Further delay to UK e-cigarette regulations

Further delay to UK e-cigarette regulations

| April 9, 2013

The UK government’s plans to license e- cigarettes have been delayed further, according to a story in the Times Of London. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency began a consultation in February 2010, but it said in March 2011 that it would take another 18 months to gather greater evidence on the health risks […]

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PMI, Spanish tobacco renew relationship

PMI, Spanish tobacco renew relationship

| April 9, 2013

Philip Morris International is strengthening its long-term commitment to the future of tobacco growing in Spain by renewing its Framework Collaboration Agreement with the Spanish Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Environment for the next three years, the company said last week. “As part of the new Agreement signed today in Madrid and subject to […]

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Zimbabwe: $200 million realized at tobacco auction floors

Zimbabwe: $200 million realized at tobacco auction floors

| April 8, 2013

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has recorded close to $200 million from sales of the golden leaf as more farmers continue to deliver their crop, according to a story in the Zimbabwe newspaper NewsDay. The latest statistics from TIMB showed that as of Friday (Day 35), revenue had reached $191,243 million from the 51 […]

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JTI to challenge Scottish plain-packaging plans

JTI to challenge Scottish plain-packaging plans

| April 8, 2013

The tobacco giant Japan Tobacco International is preparing to challenge the Scottish Government’s plain cigarette packets plans in an advertising campaign this week, according to an article in The Scotsman. It will reveal correspondence, obtained through Freedom of Information, from the Department of Health in which officials state there is no hard evidence to suggest the […]

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Minimum warning wider than width of pack, leaves 5 mm for brand name

Minimum warning wider than width of pack, leaves 5 mm for brand name

| April 8, 2013

The EU Commission has denied that proposed changes to its Tobacco Products Directive would have the effect of banning regular-sized cigarette packs produced in two factories in the Azores and sold in the Azores and Portugal. This is despite the fact that the minimum width of health warnings would be wider than the width of […]

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