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Focusing on tobacco in the Philippines but keeping a wary eye on illicit trade

Focusing on tobacco in the Philippines but keeping a wary eye on illicit trade

| June 20, 2013

The Philippines-based LT Group is to look to its core businesses of tobacco and liquor for further growth, according to a story in The Philippine Star. “We will focus on our core business and fully capitalize on our market leadership position to benefit from the strong demand in growth in consumer-focused businesses,” the group’s president, […]

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Revised TPD a ‘balanced compromise’

Revised TPD a ‘balanced compromise’

| June 19, 2013

The Irish Presidency of the EU says that its revised version of the European Commission’s proposed Tobacco Products Directive is ‘a balanced compromise that should be agreeable to the majority of the member states’. The Presidency is proposing a reduction in the combined picture and text warnings for cigarettes, roll-your-own and water pipe tobacco from […]

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Call for tobacco prohibition in Norway

Call for tobacco prohibition in Norway

| June 19, 2013

The Norwegian Heart and Lung Patient Organization, LHL, has called for Norway to become tobacco-smoke free, according to a story in The Nordic Page. LHL’s secretary general, Frode Jahren, was quoted as saying that now was the time to face up to the fact that smoking killed, and so prohibit the sale and importation of […]

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Smoking decline continues in US

Smoking decline continues in US

| June 19, 2013

The prevalence of tobacco smoking in the US fell from 18.9 per cent in 2011 to 18.0 per cent in 2012, according to estimates based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey and previous surveys. Smoking fell from 24.7 per cent in 1997 to 20.9 per cent in 2005, and from 20.6 per […]

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Alliance reports increased tobacco sales

Alliance reports increased tobacco sales

| June 18, 2013

Alliance One International’s sales and other operating revenues during the year to the end of March, at $2,243.8 million, were increased by 4.3 per cent on those of the previous year. Tobacco sales were up by $94.1 million, primarily due to higher green costs caused by smaller crops in African countries and Brazil in respect […]

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Vapers encouraged to lobby MEPs

Vapers encouraged to lobby MEPs

| June 18, 2013

SKYCIG, a UK electronic cigarette provider, has set up a website to help vapers write to their MEPs (members of the European Parliament) and oppose proposed changes to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). One of the European Commission’s proposed changes to the TPD would effectively emasculate the electronic cigarettes now on sale in the […]

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PMI awaits jurisdiction ruling in Uruguay bilateral investment treaty litigation

PMI awaits jurisdiction ruling in Uruguay bilateral investment treaty litigation

| June 18, 2013

Philip Morris International expects a decision to be made this month or next on a challenge by Uruguay as to whether an international tribunal set to hear bilateral investment treaty complaints has jurisdiction over the matter. In 2010, three Philip Morris International companies (PMI) initiated international arbitration proceedings against Uruguay under the Uruguay-Switzerland Bilateral Investment […]

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Imperial’s US employees driving support for Oklahoma tornado victims

Imperial’s US employees driving support for Oklahoma tornado victims

| June 18, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees in the US are helping to raise funds to support families in Oklahoma affected by last month’s devastating tornado. And Commonwealth – Altadis has pledged to match the donations made by its employees to the American Red Cross Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund. The idea came from Bonnie Marks, fleet supervisor in Travel […]

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Shisha smokers behind bars

Shisha smokers behind bars

| June 17, 2013

Police in Rawalpindi have arrested 15 shisha smokers around the city following a crackdown on smoking in public places, according to a story in the Daily Times. And it seemed that the 15, if found guilty, would be going to jail. According to the Times’ story, the Lahore High Court had ordered the provincial government […]

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No receipts for smoking fines

No receipts for smoking fines

| June 17, 2013

Some police officers in the Indian city of Bengaluru are being ‘over-zealous’ in enforcing a ban on tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story in the Deccan Chronicle. The paper said there had been complaints that some people had been made to pay Rs500, more than twice the Rs200 stipulated under the law. […]

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Jail and fines for contraband offences

Jail and fines for contraband offences

| June 17, 2013

The owner of a beauty salon in Kenmore, Washington state, US, is to serve time in federal prison for selling contraband cigarettes sourced from Vietnam, according to an Associated Press story. It wasn’t stated how long Han Bui would be spending in federal prison, but she has been ordered by US district judge John C. […]

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E-cigarette seizures increasing

E-cigarette seizures increasing

| June 17, 2013

If consumption levels of banned products reflect seizures of those products, then consumption of electronic cigarettes in Singapore is increasing despite the ban there, according to a story by Poon Chian Hui for the Straits Times. In the first five months of the year, Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority seized 2,428 electronic cigarettes, whereas, during the […]

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Swedish government capitulates on snus

Swedish government capitulates on snus

| June 17, 2013

The Swedish government sees no hope of overturning the-near EU-wide sales ban on snus and so will concentrate on protecting the right to sell the product in Sweden; the only country where it isn’t banned, according to a Reuters News story quoting the Minister for Children and the Elderly, Maria Larsson. Sweden pushed for the […]

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Tobacco executives go electronic

Tobacco executives go electronic

| June 17, 2013

Tony Scanlan has been appointed to the newly-created role of CEO at the UK-based electronic cigarette manufacturer and distributor, Gamucci. In a press note, the company said that Scanlan had a strong background and reputation in the traditional tobacco industry, having spent 17 years with Rothmans International in a number of senior roles, including strategic […]

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Vintage cigars go under the hammer

Vintage cigars go under the hammer

| June 17, 2013

Last week saw £312,000 of vintage cigars and cigar-related lots sold at C.Gars’ eighth auction at Boisdale Canary Wharf, London. “Ninety-five per cent of the 347 Lots were sold, most above estimate,” said managing director, Mitchell Orchant. “It was one of the largest cigar auctions in the world, to date.“There was also a lot of new […]

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Indonesian growers suffer heavy losses

Indonesian growers suffer heavy losses

| June 14, 2013

Heavy rain has destroyed tobacco seedlings in Indonesia and caused farmers at Jember, East Java, to incur heavy losses, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The head of the Kasturi Tobacco Farmers’ Association, Abdurahman, was quoted as saying that as many as 600 farmers cultivating 800 ha had had to replant two or […]

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WHO tax plan given short shrift in Russia

WHO tax plan given short shrift in Russia

| June 14, 2013

Russia’s chief health inspector has told the World Health Organization it has no right to dictate how Russia should develop its tobacco pricing policies, according to a TV Novosti report. The head of WHO’s office in Russia, Luigi Migliorini, had earlier expressed disappointment in plans for ‘lower than expected’ tobacco excise increases after 2016. Migliorini […]

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Zimbabwe on target for 170 million kg

Zimbabwe on target for 170 million kg

| June 14, 2013

More than 143 million kg of tobacco had been sold for US$527 million after 76 days of Zimbabwe’s auction and contract selling season, according to a story in The Zimbabwe Herald. The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board chief executive, Dr. Andrew Matibiri, said deliveries to the auction floors had declined, though contract deliveries were still […]

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Small increase in JT’s domestic volume

Small increase in JT’s domestic volume

| June 14, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during May, at 10.2 billion, was increased by 0.4 per cent on its May 2012 volume, also rounded to 10.2 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during April-May, at 19.8 billion, was increased by 1.8 per cent on that of April-May 2012, 19.5 […]

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Alliance appoints new board members

Alliance appoints new board members

| June 14, 2013

Alliance One International said yesterday that Jeffrey A. Eckmann, Carl L. Hausmann and John D. Rice were being appointed to the board of directors effective June 14. At the same time, the company announced the retirement of board members Joseph L. Lanier, Jr, B. Clyde Preslar and William S. Sheridan as of the 2013 annual […]

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Lorillard to webcast investor presentation

Lorillard to webcast investor presentation

| June 14, 2013

Lorillard is due to host a webcast of its Investor Day presentation to the investment community in New York City on June 27. The webcast, which will begin at 09.00 hours Eastern Time, will include presentations by Murray S. Kessler, chairman, president and CEO, David H. Taylor, CFO and executive vice president, finance and planning, […]

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MEPs to receive e-cigarettes

MEPs to receive e-cigarettes

| June 13, 2013

As the proposed revision of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive is now being discussed in the European Parliament, the UK-based electronic cigarette manufacturer, Totally Wicked Ltd, is sending an electronic cigarette to all 754 MEPs. ‘Accompanying the e-cigarette will be a briefing document that simply and factually explains why e-cigarettes do not belong in the […]

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JT to launch snus in Osaka

JT to launch snus in Osaka

| June 13, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc is adding two snus products to its Zerostyle smokeless tobacco line. ‘Zerostyle Snus Regular’ and ”Zerostyle Snus Mint will go on sale at selected retails stores in the city of Osaka from early August. In a launch press note posted on its website, JT said that while the majority of consumers in […]

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New acetate-and-paper filter from Filtrona

New acetate-and-paper filter from Filtrona

| June 13, 2013

Filtrona Filters has launched the BiTech™ filter, a new addition to its AdvantageRange. The new filter is said to maximize the benefits of both paper and cellulose acetate –  the high filtration efficiency and cost effectiveness of paper with the familiar taste of cellulose acetate – through its ‘unique construction’. ‘As a result, cigarette manufacturers […]

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PMI declares quarterly dividend

PMI declares quarterly dividend

| June 13, 2013

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.85 per common share, payable on July 12 to shareholders of record as of June 27. The ex-dividend date is June 25.

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