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Cigar auction to see warm front moving in, pushing depression southward

Cigar auction to see warm front moving in, pushing depression southward

| April 5, 2013

London’s spring might be a tad overdue, but a warm front is on the horizon—at least for cigar lovers. Many of the world’s wealthiest smokers are expected to flock to Britain’s capital on June 10 when an estimated £300,000 worth of vintage, rare and mature cigars, along with cigar-related lots, are expected to go under […]

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RFID show announced

RFID show announced

| April 5, 2013

RFID Journal says that it expects a record number of new products to be exhibited at RFID Journal LIVE! 2013, an event it describes as the world’s premier conference and exhibition focused on radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. LIVE! 2013 will be held from April 30—May 2 at the Orange County […]

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Assam considers total tobacco ban

Assam considers total tobacco ban

| April 4, 2013

After it finalizes its ban on gutkha, the Indian state of Assam might turn its attention to banning all forms of tobacco products, including cigarettes and bidis, according to a story in The Assam Tribune. The Health Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, told parliament this week that the health department was keen to launch an all-out […]

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Smokeless smoking in the US

Smokeless smoking in the US

| April 4, 2013

The smokeless tobacco category provided another solid year for U.S. convenience stores in 2012, and all signs indicate that this year should remain just as strong, according to a story in Convenience Store Decisions (CSD). According to the market research company SymphonyIRI, smokeless sales in U.S. convenience stores during the year 2012 totaled $4.82 billion, […]

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Italy to raise e-cigarette purchase age

Italy to raise e-cigarette purchase age

| April 4, 2013

Italy has announced plans to raise the legal age limit for people buying e-cigarettes from 16 to 18 years old, according to an Agence France Presse story. The new rules, which are due to go into effect on April 23, are scheduled to be in place until October 31, but they might be extended. A […]

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Malaysia to target contraband in shops

Malaysia to target contraband in shops

| April 4, 2013

Malaysia is to crackdown on the illicit trade in cigarettes, which, it is claimed, is costing the government RM2 billion in tax revenue annually, according to a story in The Star. The crackdown, which is to be led by representatives of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, along with police and customs personnel, will […]

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Sharjah shuns sales of cigarettes

Sharjah shuns sales of cigarettes

| April 4, 2013

All grocery stores in residential areas and near schools in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah have been banned from selling cigarettes, according to a story in The National. The ban, effective immediately, was passed on April 2 by the Sharjah Municipal Council. Dr. Wedad Al Maidoor, head of tobacco control at the Ministry […]

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BLF says doctors should examine smokers’ mental health

BLF says doctors should examine smokers’ mental health

| April 3, 2013

Smoking might be a sign of psychiatric illness, so doctors should routinely consider referring people who smoke to mental health services in case they need treatment, according to a story by Jeremy Laurance for The Irish Independent quoting the British Lung Foundation (BLF). The BLF suggestion came in response to a report, Smoking and Mental […]

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Hungary forced to hold second tender for tobacco retail concessions

Hungary forced to hold second tender for tobacco retail concessions

| April 3, 2013

Hungary will issue a new tender for retail tobacco sales in 1,417 communities from which no applications were received during the initial tender, according to a Budapest Business Journal story quoting MTI-Econews. The country’s parliament adopted legislation in September of last year for the establishment of a state monopoly of the retail sale of tobacco products […]

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Kenyan growers seek factory investors

Kenyan growers seek factory investors

| April 3, 2013

More than 20,000 tobacco farmers in Migori, Kenya, have asked the county government to help identify investors who would be willing to build a factory in the area, according to a story by Manuel Odeny for the Nairobi Star. The factory, presumably a leaf processing plant, was said to be one of the pledges made […]

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Smuggling rises on back of price increase talks

Smuggling rises on back of price increase talks

| April 3, 2013

The smuggling of cigarettes into South Korea has soared this year, apparently on the back of mere plans to increase the excise duty on tobacco products, according to a story in The Korea Times. The Times story said that the “value of illegally imported cigarettes from January to February was WON1.16 billion ($1.04 million)”, though […]

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BAT publishes snus study

BAT publishes snus study

| April 3, 2013

Scientists at British American Tobacco have shown that less than a third of each snus constituent they measured was extracted by consumers during use. A EurekAlert story on the BAT study published in Chemistry Central Journal is at: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/raba-tce032613.php.

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Niconovum welcomes new NRT rules

Niconovum welcomes new NRT rules

| April 3, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended changes to the warnings and directions for use of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, allowing more people to use these products effectively for smoking cessation, according to a note included on Reynolds American Inc’s website. “This is a very beneficial step by the FDA and will […]

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When is an exemption not an exemption? When the EU Commission says so

When is an exemption not an exemption? When the EU Commission says so

| April 2, 2013

Sweden’s exemption from the EU ban on snus is not as watertight as it might once have seemed. The health and consumer affairs commissioner, Tonio Borg, recently told the European Parliament that the Swedish exemption, as set out in its accession treaty, related only to the placing on the market of oral tobacco. “It did […]

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Tanzania’s exporters welcome China’s participation on leaf tobacco market

Tanzania’s exporters welcome China’s participation on leaf tobacco market

| April 2, 2013

Exporters in Tanzania have welcomed the participation of China in the market for tobacco, according to a story by Sebastian Mrindoko for the China Daily newspaper. China would provide a reliable market for Tanzania’s tobacco and reduce dependency on traditional Western markets, the executive director of the Tanzania Exporters’ Association, Mtemi Laurence was quoted as […]

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Vapor Corp’s sales up by a third

Vapor Corp’s sales up by a third

| April 2, 2013

The e-cigarette company, Vapor Corp, announced that net sales for the year 2012 had reached a record $21.4 million, 33.6 percent up on its net sales during 2011. The company’s cost of goods sold, at $13.2 million, was 96.4 percent higher than it was during 2011, while gross margins decreased to 38.1 percent from 57.8 […]

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ITC ranked No. 1 in CSR

ITC ranked No. 1 in CSR

| April 2, 2013

ITC said that it had been ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year in the CSR category of the recently published Nielsen Corporate Image Monitor 2012-13. “ITC’s top position in the ratings in the category, ‘Most active in CSR’ is an acknowledgement of the scale and impact of its sustainability initiatives, which have created […]

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Retailer concerns about standardized packaging proved valid in Australia

Retailer concerns about standardized packaging proved valid in Australia

| March 28, 2013

Australian retailers who worried that standardized packaging of tobacco products would negatively affect their bottom lines had good reason to be concerned, according to a Convenience Store story quoting new research. ‘The Impact of Plain Packaging on Small Retailers’ report from Roy Morgan, commissioned by Philip Morris and with Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) […]

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Scotland to impose standardized packs, and ‘smoke-free’ status by 2034

Scotland to impose standardized packs, and ‘smoke-free’ status by 2034

| March 28, 2013

Campaigners have criticised the Scottish government’s support for standardised packaging of tobacco. Support for the measure is included in a new tobacco-control strategy that includes also provision for “education” programs for young people and that aims ultimately to create a smoke-free nation by 2034, defined as one where fewer than five percent of the population […]

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Open season on smokers in Quakertown, Pa.

Open season on smokers in Quakertown, Pa.

| March 28, 2013

While it is illegal to smoke in parks in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, U.S., it will soon be legal to carry unconcealed firearms there, according to a story in the Doylestown (PA) The Intelligencer. The town bans firearms at the moment, but that ban has been found to run foul of state law that states county and […]

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Danish bill a loose cannon

Danish bill a loose cannon

| March 28, 2013

The Danish government has put forward a bill to ban the sale of loose snuff in Denmark, according to an Esmerk Danish News story. But the bill is not expected to be passed because a majority in the parliament is against it. The government put forward the bill following a requirement from the European Commission […]

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OLAF defends Dalli investigation

OLAF defends Dalli investigation

| March 28, 2013

The EU anti-fraud agency, OLAF, has hit back at allegations that it encouraged a company at the center of an investigation into events surrounding the resignation of a health commissioner to “lie”, according to a story in The Parliament Magazine. John Dalli, the then commissioner for health and consumer affairs resigned in October, shortly before […]

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Malawi under producing flue-cured

Malawi under producing flue-cured

| March 27, 2013

Growers of flue-cured tobacco in Malawi are poised for increased earnings this year because demand for this type is said to be high on the international market, according to a Zodiak Online story. On Friday, flue-cured fetched as much as US$3.70 per kg at the Chinkhoma auction floors. Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) chief executive Bruce […]

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Anti-smoking propaganda campaign kicked off in the Philippines

Anti-smoking propaganda campaign kicked off in the Philippines

| March 27, 2013

Eight provinces across the Philippines launched a new campaign to warn people about the risks posed by smoking and, specifically, the risk caused by the tar delivered by cigarettes, according to a World Lung Foundation (WLF) story published in Asian Scientist. The campaign, called ‘”Sponge”, has aired in more than 10 countries already. Its Philippines […]

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KT&G’s cigarette business held steady at home, advanced strongly abroad

KT&G’s cigarette business held steady at home, advanced strongly abroad

| March 27, 2013

KT&G’s overseas sales last year reached $634 million during 2012, up from $37,000 during 2000, when it was just starting out on the export trail, according to a story in The Korea Times. The company’s Esse brand was said to have dominated the super-slim market with sales of more than 50 billion cigarettes worldwide last […]

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