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Smoking test for UK mothers-to-be

Smoking test for UK mothers-to-be

| May 13, 2013

Expectant mothers in the U.K. will be asked to take breath tests to show whether or not they have been smoking during their pregnancies, according to a number of media stories. About 20 percent of women are estimated to smoke while pregnant, which is said to lead to low birth weights and to cause complications […]

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Potential help for unborn in Vitamin C

Potential help for unborn in Vitamin C

| May 13, 2013

Vitamin C might help prevent lung problems in babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy, according to a small new study reported by HealthDay. Pregnant women are advised not to smoke because it can harm their babies’ lungs and lead to problems such as wheezing and asthma. But if a pregnant woman can’t quit […]

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RAI expanding e-cig operations

RAI expanding e-cig operations

| May 10, 2013

Reynolds American Inc.’s experiment with making e-cigarettes is about to move to a larger distribution scale, the company said Thursday at its annual shareholders meeting. The company provided several strategic updates during formal remarks by Daan Delen, its CEO and president, and during a question-and-answer session that wasn’t consumed by farm-worker issues, according to the website […]

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Seoul may link cigarette prices to inflation

Seoul may link cigarette prices to inflation

| May 10, 2013

South Korea may link cigarette price hikes to the growth of consumer inflation in an effort to reduce smoking and secure more revenue, reports The Korea Herald. Tobacco prices have been frozen at KRW2,500 ($2.28) per pack for more than eight years. The health ministry earlier said average cigarette prices need to be raised to […]

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Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

| May 10, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari filed by the tobacco companies challenging the advertising regulations promulgated pursuant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act. While the Court’s cert denial allows a previous 6th Circuit decision to stand, the contested rules may never be enforced. The Solicitor General declined to file a writ […]

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Smoking goes airside at Aberdeen airport

Smoking goes airside at Aberdeen airport

| May 10, 2013

The establishment of an airside smoking shelter at Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland is expected to help reduce the number of full terminal evacuations caused by people smoking in areas where smoking is banned, according to a story by The Scotsman. The shelter, which is adjacent to the main departure lounge, will provide passengers who have […]

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Ousted retailers could be compensated

Ousted retailers could be compensated

| May 10, 2013

The Hungarian government is considering what it should do to compensate tobacco-product retailers who missed out when tobacco retail licenses were recently put out to tender, according to an All Hungary Media Group story (AHMG). Legislation passed in September last year provided for the establishment of a state monopoly of the retail sale of tobacco […]

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‘Lighting up’ given whole new meaning

‘Lighting up’ given whole new meaning

| May 10, 2013

Hand-rolling tobacco intercepted by customs officers as it was being smuggled into the U.K. is to be burned in an incinerator to help generate electricity for the national grid, according to a story by the Western Morning News. But the electricity generated is unlikely to blow any fuses – only 150 kg of tobacco is […]

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E-cigarette firm appoints supply-chain VP

E-cigarette firm appoints supply-chain VP

| May 10, 2013

The e-cigarette company FIN Branding Group has appointed Joe Cipolla as its vice president of its supply chain. The company said that Cipolla would oversee the “end-to-end supply chain with responsibility for procurement through distribution and warehousing, and maintain relationships with FIN’s internal partners and vendors.” Before joining FIN, Cipolla served as the senior director […]

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New president for Lorillard’s blu eCigs

New president for Lorillard’s blu eCigs

| May 10, 2013

The e-cigarette company, blu eCigs, acquired by Lorillard last year, has appointed Jim Raporte as its new president. The company said that, with more than 30 years of experience across tobacco, food and business services industries, Raporte was set to lead blu eCigs’ “functional operations” and help drive its transition from an emerging startup to […]

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Altria to webcast annual meeting

Altria to webcast annual meeting

| May 10, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast of its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 16 starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Directions for pre-event registration are at www.altria.com. An archived copy of the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will be made available at www.altria.com.

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RAI increases quarterly dividend

RAI increases quarterly dividend

| May 10, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors had approved a 6.8 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock, taking it from $0.59 per share ($2.36 per share annualized) to $0.63 per share ($2.52 per share annualized). The dividend will be payable on July 1 to shareholders of […]

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WHO snags Kosovo in its tobacco-control net

WHO snags Kosovo in its tobacco-control net

| May 9, 2013

The World Health organization announced it had snared Kosovo in its ever-growing tobacco-control net. The country has adopted a comprehensive tobacco control law in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The measures include: 100 percent smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces, and public transportation, as well as specified outdoor areas, with some […]

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Dalligate update: Kimberley denies asking for €60 million

Dalligate update: Kimberley denies asking for €60 million

| May 9, 2013

Defence lawyers of Sliema restaurateur Silvio Zammit yesterday pressed the police’s witness Gayle Kimberley on whether she was the one who came up with the €60 million figure at the heart of the Dalligate scandal. Kimberley denied it categorically, but lawyer Edward Gatt insisted on the point, reminding the young lawyer that she was testifying […]

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Tobacco the crop of choice in Zimbabwe

Tobacco the crop of choice in Zimbabwe

| May 9, 2013

Zimbabwe had sold 107 million kg of flue-cured tobacco for a total of $400 million by the end of the 55th day of sales, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald. By the same stage of last season’s sales, 84 million kg of flue-cured had been sold for  $315 million. The Tobacco Industry and […]

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Tobacco industry has little to fear from EU TPD proposals

Tobacco industry has little to fear from EU TPD proposals

| May 9, 2013

The European Commission believes that its proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive would, if adopted, have limited adverse impact on the tobacco industry – and some positive impacts. “The adoption of the proposal for a revised Tobacco Products Directive was preceded by a thorough impact assessment, including an assessment of the economic impacts on […]

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Dutch smoking ban does another U-turn

Dutch smoking ban does another U-turn

| May 9, 2013

The Netherland’s ban on tobacco smoking in bars and cafés will be reinstated across almost the entire hospitality industry in July next year, according to a DutchNews story quoting junior health minister, Martin van Rijn. Changes to the tobacco law would be presented to parliament before October so that all legal obstacles could be dealt […]

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E-cigarettes under threat in EU

E-cigarettes under threat in EU

| May 9, 2013

The European Commission has said that the majority of e-cigarettes sold in the EU would most likely fall under pharmaceutical legislation if the commission’s proposed revisions to its Tobacco Products Directive were to be accepted. The commission has proposed that e-cigarettes would fall under the legal framework for medicinal products if they contained levels of […]

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PMI to webcast symposium presentation

PMI to webcast symposium presentation

| May 9, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of its remarks and question-and-answer session by CFO Jacek Olczak at the Goldman Sachs Consumer Products Symposium on May 14, starting about 9:05 a.m. Eastern Time. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI session. An […]

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PMI celebrates performance at annual meeting

PMI celebrates performance at annual meeting

| May 8, 2013

Philip Morris International held its annual meeting of shareholders today. Louis C. Camilleri, chairman of the board and CEO, addressed shareholders and answered questions. Chief Operating Officer André Calantzopoulos gave the business presentation, focusing on PMI’s performance since its spin-off in March 2008, which has seen total shareholder return reach 135 percent through April 30, […]

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Obama $0.94 smoke tax a ghost

Obama $0.94 smoke tax a ghost

| May 8, 2013

It’s never going to happen, apparently it wasn’t ever going to. The cigarette sin tax to generate $78 billion to fund a preschool education program vanished almost as soon as Obama announced it four weeks ago, according to the Washington, D.C.-centered  blog Politica.com The president hasn’t mentioned it. The White House didn’t coordinate with outside anti-smoking groups, […]

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Asia Marketing Services to represent Agio

Asia Marketing Services to represent Agio

| May 7, 2013

Royal Agio Cigars has appointed Asia Marketing Services as its agent for the Asia Pacific region. Asia Marketing Services will be responsible for coordinating the sales and marketing efforts of the Agio Cigars brands in the Asia Pacific domestic and travel retail markets. “This strategic partnership with Asia Marketing Services will enable us to continue growing […]

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Cuba joins fight over Aussie plain packaging rules

Cuba joins fight over Aussie plain packaging rules

| May 6, 2013

Cuba has become the latest country to launch a legal attack on Australia’s landmark plain packaging rules for tobacco at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The laws came into effect last December and mean cigarettes can only be sold in brown packages with graphic health warnings. The WTO says Cuba has requested consultations with Australia […]

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A nickel a butt adds up

A nickel a butt adds up

| May 3, 2013

Redemption programs have dramatically reduced the amount of bottles and cans that go into the waste stream. Now a restaurant owner in Portland, Maine, U.S.A. wants to do the same with cigarette butts, according to a story reported on WLBZ. Mike Roylos says he’s tired of dealing with butts outside the Spartan Grill. “They’re everywhere. I […]

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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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