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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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Former US surgeon general joins board of e-cigarette company NJOY

Former US surgeon general joins board of e-cigarette company NJOY

| March 26, 2013

Dr. Richard Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General from 2002 to 2006, has been appointed a member of the board of directors of the e-cigarette company, NJOY. Carmona will provide strategic counsel to the company on public health and regulatory issues and spearhead its research on the harm-reduction potential of e-cigarettes. “As one of the nation’s […]

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New threat-led fitness craze hits U.S.

New threat-led fitness craze hits U.S.

| March 26, 2013

U.S. employers are increasingly trying to lower healthcare costs by using incentives to persuade workers to change their habits, according to a story by Katie Thomas for the New York Times, quoting the results of a new survey. The survey of 800 large and midsize employers, conducted by the human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt, […]

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Clinical trials show certain toxicants reduced in novel smoking products

Clinical trials show certain toxicants reduced in novel smoking products

| March 26, 2013

British American Tobacco is pressing on with research into cigarettes that deliver reduced levels of toxicants despite the fact that the company doesn’t know whether it will be possible to prove scientifically that such cigarettes reduce health risks. “There are already tobacco and nicotine products available, such as snus and e-cigarettes, that are known to […]

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Cigarette trade dispute ruling having further airing by WTO dispute body

Cigarette trade dispute ruling having further airing by WTO dispute body

| March 26, 2013

The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) was due to discuss today the status of Thailand’s compliance with the agency’s ruling that it should implement tax reforms in respect of imported cigarettes. The ruling came about following a complaint filed by the Philippines; and the Philippine government has requested a meeting with representatives from […]

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Britain, or perhaps the UK, is winning, or maybe losing, the illicit tobacco trade war

Britain, or perhaps the UK, is winning, or maybe losing, the illicit tobacco trade war

| March 25, 2013

Britain is said to be ‘winning the war’ against tobacco smugglers who supply addicted smokers deliberately pushed out of the licit market by government policies aimed at making cigarettes too expensive for the financially less well off. According to a story by Denis Campbell for The Guardian quoting a report on the illicit tobacco trade […]

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Tobacco sales licensees to be announced

Tobacco sales licensees to be announced

| March 25, 2013

The names of the successful applicants for licences to sell tobacco under Hungary’s soon-to-be-introduced state monopoly of tobacco retailing are due to be announced by April 23, according to an MTI – EcoNews story. The story was based on a statement by the communications director for the National Tobacco Trade Non-profit organization, which is overseeing […]

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CEO’s pay increased as profits fall

CEO’s pay increased as profits fall

| March 25, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. paid its CEO, Daniel M. Delen, $8.65 million in fiscal 2012, about two per cent more than he was paid the previous year, according to a story by Michael Felberbaum for Associated Press based on AP’s analysis of a regulatory filing. Delen received a base salary of $1 million and a $1.2 […]

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Reemtsma Liberty Award recognizes Congo civil-war reporting

Reemtsma Liberty Award recognizes Congo civil-war reporting

| March 25, 2013

Journalist Bettina Rühl has been honoured with the 2013 Reemtsma Liberty Award for her investigative reports on the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now in its seventh year, the award, made by Imperial Tobacco’s German business, recognises foreign correspondents working to sustain freedom of the press under harsh conditions. The decision to […]

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JTI is Top Employer

JTI is Top Employer

| March 25, 2013

Japan Tobacco International on Friday received Top Employer Europe 2013 certification during an awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza hotel in London. According to a note posted on the JTI website, 10 JTI offices were recognized for their excellence in human resources management by the CRF (Corporate Research Foundation) Institute. The offices are in Belgium, […]

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MEPs seek own Dalli inquiry

MEPs seek own Dalli inquiry

| March 22, 2013

Members of the European Parliament are asking for their own inquiry into the resignation in October of the former European Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, John Dalli, shortly before the Commission unveiled its proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive, according to a story by Dave Keating for the European Voice. On March 20, […]

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Anti-smoking bill a step nearer in Nigeria

Anti-smoking bill a step nearer in Nigeria

| March 22, 2013

Nigeria’s House of Representatives yesterday unanimously passed the second reading of an anti-smoking bill that includes provisions to prohibit smoking in public places, according to a story in the Premium Times relayed by the TMA. If passed, the bill would ban too the sale of tobacco products to minors and regulate tobacco advertising, promotion and […]

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Melbourne a smuggling hotspot

Melbourne a smuggling hotspot

| March 22, 2013

Customs officials in Victoria, Australia, have said that Melbourne is becoming the new hot spot for the arrival of undeclared cigarettes and loose tobacco from Asia and Europe, according to a story in the Herald Sun relayed by the TMA. Shipments to Melbourne were becoming more frequent and the shippers were using increasingly sophisticated techniques […]

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Manila show under fire from WHO

Manila show under fire from WHO

| March 22, 2013

The World Health Organization has expressed concern that the Philippines could be encouraging smoking by hosting one of the ‘world’s biggest tobacco trade shows’, according to an Agence France Presse story quoting a health official. The WHO had written to President Benigno Aquino citing the country’s treaty [Framework Convention on Tobacco Control] pledge to ban […]

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Worth a try?

Worth a try?

| March 22, 2013

The editorial board of the New York Times said yesterday that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest tobacco control effort, to ban open displays of tobacco products in stores while still allowing their advertising, ‘is worth a try, though ‘[i]t is hard to know whether hiding the products would really work to discourage smoking’, […]

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TMA announces 2013 meeting

TMA announces 2013 meeting

| March 21, 2013

The Tobacco Merchants Association will be hosting its 98th annual meeting and conference May 15–17, 2013, at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. The conference will include opening remarks by Mitchell Zeller, the newly appointed director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). Other speakers include David […]

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New device to map second-hand smoke

New device to map second-hand smoke

| March 21, 2013

Researchers in the US have invented the first tobacco smoke sensor capable of recording second-hand smoke data in real time, according to a story in Medical Xpress quoting the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal. The sensor is said to be able to detect, too, ‘third-hand’ smoke, ‘or nicotine off-gassing from clothing, furniture, car seats and […]

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Mild Seven morphs to Mevius in Korea

Mild Seven morphs to Mevius in Korea

| March 21, 2013

The rebranding of Mild Seven to Mevius, currently being carried out around the world, was announced yesterday by JT International Korea, according to a story in the Korea Joongang Daily. “Since Mild Seven is mainly sold in Asia, we changed the name in order to capture markets such as Europe and the United States,” said […]

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FDA goes back to the drawing board after warnings legal battle abandoned

FDA goes back to the drawing board after warnings legal battle abandoned

| March 20, 2013

The US government has abandoned its attempts to require cigarette manufacturers to include on their products the big graphic warnings designed by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a number of news reports. The FDA introduced its graphic warning requirement in 2011, but some of the country’s cigarette manufacturers successfully sued on the grounds […]

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Relighting cigarettes more prevalent in difficult economic times

Relighting cigarettes more prevalent in difficult economic times

| March 20, 2013

Researchers at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, US, have found that a trend of smokers relighting cigarettes is related to economic factors, according to a Science Daily story. The results of the study by the researchers were given at a poster presentation during the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine […]

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Ban on cigarette sales ignored

Ban on cigarette sales ignored

| March 20, 2013

Shops in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah (Mecca) are selling tobacco products despite a ban by local authorities, according to a story in the Saudi Gazette quoting local residents. In fact, residents said more than 80 percent of shops in the city’s Al-Otaibiyah neighborhood sold cigarettes. The residents said that the ban was not […]

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International Women’s Day marked

International Women’s Day marked

| March 20, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Morocco this month celebrated the contribution made by its female employees with an event to mark International Women’s Day. About 80 women who work for Société Marocaine des Tabacs (SMT) were invited to attend the event hosted by general manager, Paul Leggat, and his senior managers. Women currently make up about […]

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Swedish Match to hold AGM

Swedish Match to hold AGM

| March 20, 2013

Swedish Match is due to hold its annual general meeting of shareholders at 16.30 hours Central European Time on April 25 at the Hotel Rival, Stockholm. The board of directors is proposing a dividend increased to SEK7.30 per share. The proposed record date for entitlement to receive a cash dividend is April 30.

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