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Cuban cigar sales up in 2012

Cuban cigar sales up in 2012

| March 4, 2013

Cuban cigar sales rose last year despite the continuing economic crisis in some of its most important European markets, including its number one buyer, Spain, according to an Associated Press Newswires story quoting state-run tobacco company officials. Sales had totaled $416 million in 2012, Habanos SA representatives told reporters at a press conference held to […]

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Imperial’s half year results due April 30

Imperial’s half year results due April 30

| March 4, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco Group’s half year results for the six months to March 31 are expected to be released on April 30. The interim dividend is due to be paid on August 16 to shareholders on the register at July 19.

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JTI appoints new MD for UK

JTI appoints new MD for UK

| March 4, 2013

Japan Tobacco International has appointed its regional sales and marketing vice-president for the Asia region as the new managing director of its UK division, according to a story by Alex Ralph for The Times. Jorge da Motta, who has been based in Hong Kong, will replace Martin Southgate who retired last month.

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Cigarette shortages following graphic warning requirement

Cigarette shortages following graphic warning requirement

| March 1, 2013

Cigarettes have been in short supply in Sri Lanka since the Ceylon Tobacco Co. (CTC) stopped distributing them on Feb. 27, reports Daily Mirror. A new law requires cigarette manufacturers print pictorial health warnings on its packs before releasing them to the market. The CTC went to court over the new regulations, which were introduced […]

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Hauni acquires Borgwaldt

Hauni acquires Borgwaldt

| March 1, 2013

Hauni Maschinenbau is acquiring the Borgwaldt Group, a supplier of measurement/analysis equipment and flavors for cigarette and filter production. Based in Hamburg, Germany, the Borgwaldt Group has around 150 employees worldwide. “We are delighted to welcome a globally recognized technology specialist with Borgwaldt Group as the youngest member of the Hauni family,” said Christopher Somm, […]

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Alberta looks set to legislate against flavored tobacco products

Alberta looks set to legislate against flavored tobacco products

| March 1, 2013

The results of a new survey indicating that a high percentage of teenager tobacco users in Alberta, Canada, consume flavored products are being used by anti-tobacco lobbyists to call for a ban on such products. According to a story by Keith Gerein for the Edmonton Journal, the 2010-11 Youth Smoking Survey conducted by Health Canada […]

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KT&G voluntarily removes ‘lights’ and ‘mild’ descriptors from packs

KT&G voluntarily removes ‘lights’ and ‘mild’ descriptors from packs

| March 1, 2013

KT&G is in the process of removing descriptors such as ‘lights’ from its packs even though it is under no legal obligation to do so, according to a story in The Korea Herald. In September, the Korean government tried to revise the National Health Promotion Law to include a ban on words that might misrepresent […]

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Keeping the screws on smokers

Keeping the screws on smokers

| March 1, 2013

Cigarettes have become more affordable in Sri Lanka during the past 10 years. A recent story in the Daily Mirror newspaper said that a study conducted on behalf of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) by Verité Research had shown that in 2010, cigarettes were relatively cheaper than they were in 2000. In […]

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BAT’s volume down 1.6 per cent in 2012

BAT’s volume down 1.6 per cent in 2012

| February 28, 2013

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the year to the end of December, at 694 billion, was down by 1.6 per cent on that 2011, 705 billion. The drop in volume was attributed to industry contractions in Western Europe, Brazil and Egypt, and losses in respect of low value brands in Indonesia and Turkey. The […]

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Molins’ tobacco machinery sales down but scientific services sales increase

Molins’ tobacco machinery sales down but scientific services sales increase

| February 28, 2013

Molins’ sales during the year to the end of December, at £93.0 million, were up by three per cent on those of 2011, £89.9 million. Its underlying profit before tax was up by nine per cent to £4.9 million and its underlying earnings per share was increased by 19 per cent to 21.8p. Tobacco Machinery […]

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Court upholds New York City ban on flavored smokeless tobacco products

Court upholds New York City ban on flavored smokeless tobacco products

| February 28, 2013

The Altria Group has lost a bid to block a 2009 New York City law banning the sale of flavored smokeless tobacco products except in tobacco bars, according to a CSP (Convenience Store/Petroleum) story quoting a Bloomberg report. The US appeals court in New York on Tuesday upheld a lower-court ruling that rejected arguments by […]

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Dutch retailers want cigarette possession by under-16s to be fining offence

Dutch retailers want cigarette possession by under-16s to be fining offence

| February 28, 2013

Tobacconists and petrol station owners in the Netherlands are calling on parliament to make it a criminal offence for the under-16s to be in possession of tobacco products, according to an Expatica.com story quoting the Telegraaf. Shopkeepers caught selling cigarettes to youngsters face a fine of €450 but the youngsters get off scot-free, the retailers […]

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Altria board declares dividend

Altria board declares dividend

| February 28, 2013

The Altria Group said yesterday that its board of directors had declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.44 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 15. The ex-dividend date is March 13.

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Outdoor smoking ban overturned – but don’t get too comfortable

Outdoor smoking ban overturned – but don’t get too comfortable

| February 27, 2013

Pro-smoking forces have won a rare victory in Australia. After a two-year battle, smokers will again be allowed to light their cigarettes when dining outdoors in Parramatta, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, after the local council deferred to the wishes of restaurateurs concerned about lost profits, according to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald. […]

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NewCo provides $50-a-container support for projects in three producer countries

NewCo provides $50-a-container support for projects in three producer countries

| February 27, 2013

NewCo has said that for each container it ships to its clients during 2013, it will donate $50 to one of three foundations chosen by the client. The company said in a press note yesterday that it had decided to donate money to those who needed help ‘in their lives and in their development’. Together […]

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JT repurchases almost 87 million shares

JT repurchases almost 87 million shares

| February 27, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc said today that it had repurchased 86,805,500 of its common-stock shares for ¥249,999,840,000. This followed a resolution by JT’s board of directors on Monday providing for the repurchase up to 118,000,000 of its common stock (6.20 per cent of the total issued shares, excluding treasury shares), or shares worth up to ¥250,000,000,000, […]

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New board member for Altria Group

New board member for Altria Group

| February 27, 2013

  The Altria Group said yesterday that its board of directors had elected Debra J. Kelly-Ennis to the board. With the addition of Kelly-Ennis, Altria’s board increases from 11 to 12 directors. Kelly-Ennis was president and chief executive officer of Diageo Canada, a subsidiary of Diageo plc, a global spirits, wine and beer company, from […]

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Industry mourns Roy Ingram

Industry mourns Roy Ingram

| February 26, 2013

Roy Ingram died peacefully Jan. 9, 2013, in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. From 1952 to 1968, Ingram worked for Gallaher in Nyasaland, Rhodesia, Northern Ireland and England. He returned to Rhodesia in 1969, where he joined Tabex. In 1977 Ingram moved to Belgium and worked for Intabex. In 1984, he helped establish Intabex in the […]

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The shisha party’s all but over in Turkey

The shisha party’s all but over in Turkey

| February 26, 2013

Turkey’s shisha cafés have six more months to ply their trade. A law requiring shisha cafés to comply with an indoor smoking ban in force for cigarettes, pipes and cigars since 2009 was published in Turkey’s Official Gazette last month. It gave the cafés and their customers six months of grace before the axe falls. […]

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Possible conflict of interest for new director of FDA’s CTP

Possible conflict of interest for new director of FDA’s CTP

| February 26, 2013

Prof. Michael Siegel, of BostonUniversity’s School of Public Health, believes that Mitch Zeller J.D. will likely take “a much more hard-line approach” in his dealings with the tobacco industry than did his predecessor, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal relayed by the TMA. Siegel was commenting on the appointment of Zeller as […]

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TFWA’s China conference one week away

TFWA’s China conference one week away

| February 26, 2013

More than 330 delegates have registered so far for the TFWA’s (Tax Free World Association) two-day conference due to be held at Beijing on March 5-7. The conference theme is, ‘China’s Century: The Fast Pace of Change in China Duty Free & Travel Retail’. The event, which will start on March 5 with cocktails at […]

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Row over JTI Red Cross donations

Row over JTI Red Cross donations

| February 26, 2013

The Geneva-based International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum says it wants to return a donation made to it by Japan Tobacco International, but JTI says it won’t take the money back, according to a Swiss Radio International report. In November, international anti-smoking and health advocacy groups protested at the museum’s decision to accept a […]

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Re-christen cigarettes cancerettes?

Re-christen cigarettes cancerettes?

| February 26, 2013

A UK clergyman has launched a new front in the war on smoking – by suggesting that cigarettes are renamed cancerettes, according to a story in the Coastal Scene newspaper. The Rev Charles Mugleston, from Witnesham in the county of Suffolk, has launched a petition on the 10 Downing Street website and could have the […]

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Imperial hosting investor event

Imperial hosting investor event

| February 26, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco Group was due to host in London today an investor event focusing on the company’s strategies for sustainable growth and ‘delivering quality sales growth supported by cost and cash optimisation’. Imperial said that, during the presentations, it would state its intention of growing dividends by at least 10 per cent a year […]

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MEPs call for stronger anti-tobacco measures in products directive

MEPs call for stronger anti-tobacco measures in products directive

| February 25, 2013

Three members of the European Parliament have called for a more forceful Tobacco Products Directive than the one that will come into being if proposed revisions to the directive are put into effect, according to an Agence Europe story. The three MEPs are: Cristian Silviu Busoi, of Romania, co-president of the MEP Heart Group; Alojz […]

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