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MEP questions whether Spanish tobacco import restrictions are discriminatory

MEP questions whether Spanish tobacco import restrictions are discriminatory

| February 4, 2013

A member of the European parliament has asked whether newly imposed limits by Spain on the import of cigarettes across the La Línea de la Concepción border with Gibraltar amount to discrimination. In a written question to the European Commission, the English MEP, Sir Graham Watson, said that, under the rules, introduced at the start […]

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PM USA’s cigarette volume stable against background of declining market

PM USA’s cigarette volume stable against background of declining market

| February 1, 2013

Philip Morris USA’s cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 134,874 million, was down by 0.2 per cent on that of the 12 months to the end of December 2011. Marlboro shipments were down by 0.7 per cent to 116,377 million while shipments of other premium brands were down […]

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Altria board member to retire

Altria board member to retire

| February 1, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth E. Bailey, is to retire from the board of directors of the Altria Group following completion of her current term. She will not stand for re-election at the 2013 annual general meeting of shareholders. Bailey, who has been a board member since 1989, currently serves as a member of the Compensation, Finance and […]

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Universal to host results conference call

Universal to host results conference call

| February 1, 2013

Universal Corp is due to webcast a conference call at www.universalcorp.com from 17.00 hours Eastern Time on February 5 following the release of its results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 after market close on that day. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, […]

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PMI to host results webcast

PMI to host results webcast

| February 1, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com starting at 13.00 hours Eastern Time on February 7 to discuss its 2012 full-year and fourth-quarter results, which will be issued at mid-morning of the same day. During the webcast, Louis C. Camilleri, chairman and CEO, and Jacek Olczak, CFO, will discuss […]

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Japan Tobacco increases volume sales at home and internationally

Japan Tobacco increases volume sales at home and internationally

| January 31, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales during the nine months to the end of December, at 89.4 billion, were increased by 10.5 per cent on those of the nine months to the end of December 2011. The 2011 figure was negatively impacted by the manufacturing and distribution challenges JT faced following the earthquake and tsunami […]

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Indian growers want representation at next Conference of the Parties

Indian growers want representation at next Conference of the Parties

| January 31, 2013

Tobacco growers from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are asking the Indian government to ensure that they are represented in the group currently being formed to attend the next working session of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala […]

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Proposed public places smoking ban includes Melbourne city footpaths

Proposed public places smoking ban includes Melbourne city footpaths

| January 31, 2013

A new councilor, Richard Foster, is pushing for a ban on smoking in public places ‘throughout the city of Melbourne’, Australia, according to a story by Vittorio Hernandez for the IBTimes and quoting The Age. The ban would include footpaths. Foster said that cutting the impact of smoking would help make Melbourne healthier. “We have […]

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Going for a song

Going for a song

| January 31, 2013

A Canadian tobacco manufacturer established by ethnic Koreans plans to launch a cigarette named Gangnam, following Psy’s global hit, ‘Gangnam Style’, according to a story in The Korea Times. Gangnam is the area south of the Han River that is now an affluent district of Seoul. Canada Tobacco & Global (CT&G), set up by 38 […]

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Upwardly mobile Imperial employees to shun lifts and use the stairs

Upwardly mobile Imperial employees to shun lifts and use the stairs

| January 31, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees are due to test their fitness levels in a contest to encourage improved health and well being. Around 16 teams from the company’s operations in Australia, France, Poland, Spain and the UK have signed up for the 2013 Global Corporate Challenge. ‘Evidence shows that, as well as helping to keep fit, exercise […]

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Imperial’s fine-cut sales up nine per cent in three months to end of December

Imperial’s fine-cut sales up nine per cent in three months to end of December

| January 30, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s fine-cut sales during the three months to the end of December, boosted by strong growth in make-your-own tobacco sales in Western and Central Europe, were nine per cent higher than those of the three months to the end of December 2011. Nevertheless, Imperial’s total stick equivalent volumes (cigarettes and fine-cut) were down by […]

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Dyrbus to retire from Imperial Tobacco

Dyrbus to retire from Imperial Tobacco

| January 30, 2013

Mark Williamson has been appointed deputy chairman of the board at Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, effective immediately. Williamson joined the board in July 2007 and was appointed senior independent non-executive director in 2012, a role that he will continue to perform. He was formerly CFO of International Power PLC and is a non-executive director of […]

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Former physician to US presidents joins BAT as non-executive director

Former physician to US presidents joins BAT as non-executive director

| January 30, 2013

Dr. Richard Tubb, a US citizen and former brigadier general, has been appointed as a non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc with effect from January 28. A BAT press note said that Tubb was one of the longest serving White House physicians, with his leadership spanning more than 14 years and serving the administrations […]

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Vietnam to impose 18 year limit on buying and selling tobacco products

Vietnam to impose 18 year limit on buying and selling tobacco products

| January 30, 2013

Vietnam is set to impose a ban in which those under 18 years of age will not be allowed to sell tobacco products at retail outlets, nor buy them, according to a Vietnam News story. The ban is part of a long-term national plan approved by Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung. It aims, in part, […]

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Mid-February start for Zimbabwe sales

Mid-February start for Zimbabwe sales

| January 30, 2013

Zimbabwe’s tobacco marketing season is due to start with auction sales on February 15 and contract sales the following day. Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board chairperson, Monica Chinamasa, told journalists yesterday that four auction floors and seven buying teams would be operating this year. The auction floors are: Tobacco Sales Floor, Boka Tobacco Auction Floors, […]

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Reynolds to webcast full-year results

Reynolds to webcast full-year results

| January 30, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 financial results before the market opens on February 12. The conference call and webcast will start at 09.00 hours Eastern Time and be hosted by Daniel M. Delen, president and CEO, Thomas R. Adams, CFO, […]

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Lorillard to webcast full-year results

Lorillard to webcast full-year results

| January 30, 2013

Lorillard is due to publish its fourth quarter and full year 2012 results on February 13. A conference call for analysts and investors, which will begin at 09.00 Eastern Time, will be hosted by Murray S. Kessler, chairman, president and CEO, and David H. Taylor, executive vice president, finance and planning, and CFO. Investors and […]

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Securing tobacco supply lines by evolving track and trace systems

Securing tobacco supply lines by evolving track and trace systems

| January 29, 2013

British American Tobacco says that this year will see the evolution of track and trace systems that monitor and secure products across the supply chain. In a note published on its website, the company’s head of anti-illicit trade, Pat Heneghan, said that, according to the World Health Organization, illegal tobacco trafficking cost governments at least […]

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Vietnam cracks down on illicit trade

Vietnam cracks down on illicit trade

| January 29, 2013

One hundred Vietnamese officials and representatives from relevant ministries and agencies met on January 25 at Ha Noi to discuss how to implement a new government circular on handling the illicit trade in cigarettes, according to a story in Vietnam News. The circular sets out strict penalties for trading, transporting and storing smuggled tobacco. People […]

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Dhaka journalists take sides on tobacco

Dhaka journalists take sides on tobacco

| January 29, 2013

The public debate over a bill to amend Bangladesh’s 2005 tobacco products control act seems likely to be one sided. Ruhul Amin Rushd, convenor of the Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance, a journalists’ platform said to represent all media outlets in Dhaka, was reported by bdnews24.com to have said that his organization was demanding tough laws to […]

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Playing the color card

Playing the color card

| January 29, 2013

Researchers in Japan have suggested that Asian women might be discouraged from smoking if it could be shown that smoking were associated with a darker skin color. An abstract of the paper was published by Tobacco Control at: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/01/25/tobaccocontrol-2012-050524.abstract?papetoc. In a paper that seems to court controversy, the authors said that having a lighter skin […]

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Ferrary to manage Rhodia Acetow

Ferrary to manage Rhodia Acetow

| January 28, 2013

Olivier Ferrary is taking over from Gérard Collette as general manager of Rhodia Acetow, which in 2011 became part of the Solvay Group. A former manager of SDU Special Chemicals, Ferrary has held various responsibilities relating to chemicals and plastics within the Solvay Group. Collette will take over the management of Solvay’s industrial function and […]

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ChristenUnie party trying to resurrect smoking ban in the Netherlands

ChristenUnie party trying to resurrect smoking ban in the Netherlands

| January 28, 2013

Smoking is back on the political agenda in the Netherlands with the opposition party, ChristenUnie, planning to launch a new effort to have smoking banned in all cafés and bars, according to a DutchNews.nl story. The Netherlands banned smoking in cafés, bars and clubs in 2008, but since then bars smaller than 70 square metres […]

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Stopping tobacco smoke insulting the nasal senses of Australian neighbors

Stopping tobacco smoke insulting the nasal senses of Australian neighbors

| January 28, 2013

Smoking tobacco on apartment balconies will be banned if smoking bylaws are enforced by body corporate committees across Queensland, Australia, according to a Sunshine Coast Daily story. Travis Schultz, of Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers, said smokers were entitled to smoke within their own units but the body corporate was now able to pass a bylaw […]

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Lobbyists object to smokers being accommodated in public places

Lobbyists object to smokers being accommodated in public places

| January 28, 2013

Anti-tobacco lobbyists are unhappy that Bangladesh’s proposed Bill for Amending Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act, 2005, would provide designated smoking areas in restaurants and workplaces. They don’t want any provision to be made for smokers. The lobbyists were attending a five-day workshop on ‘enforcing anti-tobacco laws’, which was organised by the International Union […]

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