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Villiger eyes the premium side

Villiger eyes the premium side

| May 3, 2013

The U.S. unit of one of the major players in the world of European-style, machine-made cigars is expanding its presence on the premium side of the business. Villiger Cigars North America, the U.S. arm of Villiger Söhne AG of Pfeffikon, Switzerland, has expanded its small but growing stable of handmade cigar brands, according to a story […]

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Parkside’s safety and health approach gets gold

Parkside’s safety and health approach gets gold

| May 3, 2013

Parkside Flexibles’ approach to occupational safety and health has been recognized by the U.K. Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). RoSPA will present the company with its 2013 Gold Occupational Health and Safety Award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on May 14. Dating back 57 years, the RoSPA Awards […]

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UK plain packaging plan goes up in smoke

UK plain packaging plan goes up in smoke

| May 2, 2013

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has scrapped plans to force all cigarettes to be sold in plain packs, according to a story published today in The Sun. Health ministers had been considering the move for a year. Proponents had insisted making packages bland would put smokers off — and stop kids from picking up the habit. Cameron initially backed the plan, but has […]

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WHO to conduct tobacco cost-benefit analysis

WHO to conduct tobacco cost-benefit analysis

| May 1, 2013

A team of 20 WHO researchers will conduct a study in Uganda to determine the country’s earnings from the tobacco industry and costs incurred from treating people with tobacco-related illnesses, reports Monitor. According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2011, about 15 percent of males and 3 percent of females aged 15-49 use tobacco products. […]

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Philippine credit rating up after tax reform

Philippine credit rating up after tax reform

| May 1, 2013

Fitch Ratings recently raised Philippines’ credit worthiness to “BBB-,” saying recent “sin” tax reforms demonstrated the government’s commitment to strengthening its revenue base. In January, the Philippines enacted new alcohol and tobacco tax laws, which raised the price of locally made, low-end cigarette brands by about 700 percent.

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Kazakhstan to go graphic

Kazakhstan to go graphic

| May 1, 2013

Kazakhstan will start requiring pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs from July, according to Azhar Tulegaliyeva, director of the Medical Care Organization Department. The country will be the first nation in the Commonwealth of Independent States to mandate graphic warnings in line with the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which Kazakhstan ratified […]

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India reconsiders filmmakers’ smoking disclaimers

India reconsiders filmmakers’ smoking disclaimers

| May 1, 2013

At a meeting with the filmmaker on April 17, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare agreed to consider the possibility of replacing the current anti-smoking disclaimers played in movie theaters with more creative ones, reports The Times of India. Filmmakers and broadcasters said they are not opposed to laws that prevent glorification of […]

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Illicit trade breaks another EU record

Illicit trade breaks another EU record

| May 1, 2013

The illegal cigarette trade in the EU reached a new record high for the sixth year in a row, according to a KPMG report commissioned by Philip Morris International. The study showed the illegal cigarette trade rising to 11.1 percent in 2012 from 10.4 percent in 2011. At 31 percent of the national tobacco market, […]

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‘Tobacco Directive will encourage smoking’

‘Tobacco Directive will encourage smoking’

| May 1, 2013

Provisions in the proposed EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), including standardized packaging and a ban on menthol and slim cigarettes, have the potential to push consumer downtrading and fuel illegal trade, according to a study conducted by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, commissioned by Philip Morris International and reported by Business Wire. The report predicts 175,000 […]

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BAT to double Philippine leaf purchases

BAT to double Philippine leaf purchases

| May 1, 2013

British American Tobacco will double its purchases of Philippine tobacco as it plans to invest more than $50 million in the country this year, reports The Manila Bulletin. James Lafferty, general manager of BAT Philippines, said the company will buy 3.6 million kg of Philippine tobacco, valued at between $12 million and $14 million, in the […]

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Despite EU weakness, German smokers stay strong

Despite EU weakness, German smokers stay strong

| May 1, 2013

Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Tobacco, said cigarette and tobacco sales in Germany were “excellent,” despite the EU’s economic weakness, which hit the British multinational’s half-year profits. “We are growing cigarette share, we are growing fine-cut share, and not just at the value end of the market. We have seen growth at the top-end in brands […]

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Smoke signals towards higher prices in Pacific Islands

Smoke signals towards higher prices in Pacific Islands

| May 1, 2013

Expext a hike in the price of cigarettes if local authorities support moves to increase taxation on cigarettes in the Pacific Islands, where a high percentage of deaths are related to diseases caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The proposed increase in tax, which is supported by the World Health Organization, is aimed at discouraging smoking. The […]

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Microbac receives tobacco import license

Microbac receives tobacco import license

| May 1, 2013

Less than one year after establishing its Center of Excellence for Tobacco Products, the Microbac Laboratories Wilson (NC) Division received its tobacco products import license from the Alcohol, Tobacco Taxation Board (TTB). The laboratory has a long history in tobacco as a raw agricultural commodity, providing testing services on crop protection agents to the local, […]

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Sales up, profits mixed at Swedish Match

Sales up, profits mixed at Swedish Match

| April 30, 2013

Swedish Match’s sales increased by 2 percent to SEK2.98 billion ($460 million) during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. In local currencies, sales for the first quarter increased by 5 percent. Operating profit from product areas for the first quarter declined by 8 percent to SEK832 million. In local currencies, operating profit from product areas […]

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Imperial latest to hop aboard e-cig train

Imperial latest to hop aboard e-cig train

| April 30, 2013

Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth-largest cigarette group by market share, said it had set up a venture to develop e-cigarettes, as it battles an increasingly tough consumer environment in Europe. The company said Fontem Ventures would look into areas such as e-vapor cigarettes, according to a story published by Reuters. “We’re looking at opportunities and […]

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Video interview: Imperial Tobacco’s half-year 2013 results.

Video interview: Imperial Tobacco’s half-year 2013 results.

| April 30, 2013

CEO Alison Cooper and Financial Director Bob Dyrbus comment on Imperial Tobacco Group’s half-year 2013 results. The video was created by Merchantcantos, a provider of financial news about FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies.

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OLAF report: no evidence against Dalli

OLAF report: no evidence against Dalli

| April 29, 2013

EU anti-fraud office OLAF had no hard evidence that former health commissioner John Dalli tried to solicit a bribe from a tobacco firm. The information comes from its confidential report into the Dalli case, part of which was leaked on Sunday, April 28, by the MaltaToday news agency. In his cover letter to the paper, dated […]

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Coresta announces scientific meetings

Coresta announces scientific meetings

| April 26, 2013

Coresta’s smoke-techno meeting will take place at the Metropol-Parasol Convention Center in Seville, Spain, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2013. Hosted by the Imperial Tobacco Group, this is a joint meeting of the organization’s Smoke Science and Product Technology study groups. Coresta’s agro-phyto meeting will take place Oct. 13-17, 2013, at the Borgobrufa spa resort in Torgiano, […]

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Riley to replace Nelson as head of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco

Riley to replace Nelson as head of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco

| April 26, 2013

Cigarette maker Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. will have a new president starting  May 1, taking the reins from Chris Nelson who is retiring effective on the same date. In an emailed statement, the company said Nelson will be succeeded by Paul Riley, another company veteran, as PMFTC president. “Chris has long expressed his desire to retire […]

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Tax hike leaves retailers, puffers smoking mad

Tax hike leaves retailers, puffers smoking mad

| April 25, 2013

An increase in in Canada’s Manitoba province’s tobacco tax has some smokers and tobacconists worried about the holes it’s expected to burn through their wallets and bottom lines. On  April 16, the province announced an immediate $0.04 hike in the tax, to $0.29 per cigarette, as part of its 2013 budget, according to a story in […]

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‘Light’ label could cost Altria $544 million

‘Light’ label could cost Altria $544 million

| April 25, 2013

Altria Group Philip Morris USA unit falsely marketed its “light” cigarettes as a healthier choice than regular cigarettes and should pay $543.6 million in restitution to California smokers, a lawyer said at the start of a trial, according to a story in Bloomburg News. Mark Robinson, who represents smokers who brought the lawsuit as a […]

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Japan Tobacco tops competition, forecast beats estimates

Japan Tobacco tops competition, forecast beats estimates

| April 25, 2013

Japan Tobacco, the world’s best-performing cigarette maker this year, forecast a record profit that beat analyst estimates and raised its projected annual dividend by 35 percent on rising overseas sales and a weaker yen, according to Bloomberg News. Net income will probably be ¥415 billion ($4.2 billion) for the year ending March 2014, the Tokyo-based […]

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BAT sales up 5 pct, driven by global brands

BAT sales up 5 pct, driven by global brands

| April 25, 2013

British American Tobacco reported revenue growth of 5 percent at constant rates of exchange in the first quarter ended March 31, adding that global drive brand cigarette volumes grew by 1 percent. The report stated: Revenue growth of 1 percent at current rates of exchange. Cigarette volumes from subsidiaries fell 3.7 percent to 160 billion, with a decrease […]

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Altria plans e-cig sales, Marlboro demand falls

Altria plans e-cig sales, Marlboro demand falls

| April 25, 2013

Altria Group, the largest seller of tobacco in the U.S., plans to introduce an e-cigarette this year, chasing smaller rivals as demand for traditional smokes declines. The e-cigarette will be sold in an undisclosed market starting in the second half of 2013, Richmond, Virginia-based Altria said today in a statement. The company declined to provide […]

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IMHA urges brand protection

IMHA urges brand protection

| April 25, 2013

The trade body representing the global hologram industry is urging organisations to review and if necessary redouble their brand protection and authentication strategies to stem the “hemorrhage” of counterfeit goods flowing out of china. That’s the stark message from the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) which was commenting on a new UN report that says […]

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