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EU Commission quizzed over OLAF’s relationship with tobacco industry

EU Commission quizzed over OLAF’s relationship with tobacco industry

| November 10, 2014

The European Commission has been asked how it can guarantee that co-operation between the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the tobacco industry won’t lead to a reduction in tobacco-industry vigilance by OLAF. In a preamble to his question, Marc Tarabella, a Belgian politician and member of the European Parliament, said that since 2004 the Commission […]

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PM to hold discussions on plant closure

PM to hold discussions on plant closure

| November 10, 2014

The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to meet Northern Ireland representatives to discuss the forthcoming closure of the Lisnafillan tobacco factory at Ballymena, County Antrim, according to a UTV News story. It was announced last month that the plant, owned by Japan Tobacco International, would be shut down during the next two years […]

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Graphic warnings unveiled in Philippines

Graphic warnings unveiled in Philippines

| November 10, 2014

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) has published 12 templates for the graphic health warnings set to be included on tobacco packs, according to stories in the Daily Inquirer and the Sun-Star. The 12 warnings are to be rotated so that each variant of every brand displays them all with approximately equal frequency during a […]

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US farm labor issues continue to dog tobacco interests around the world

US farm labor issues continue to dog tobacco interests around the world

| November 7, 2014

A report released on Wednesday by two members of the British Parliament asks tobacco companies to guarantee freedom of association for US farm laborers, according to a story by Vanessa McCray for The Blade newspaper. The report, by Labour Party members Jim Sheridan and Ian Lavery, followed a July fact-finding trip (see July 25 story: […]

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Universal impacted by leaf oversupply

Universal impacted by leaf oversupply

| November 7, 2014

Universal Corp’s results continue to be impacted by an oversupply in leaf tobacco markets and the effects of softer demand from its customers. “As is typical under these conditions, markets have developed slowly in some origins, with a later start to purchasing and processing, as well as delayed receipt of shipping instructions from customers,” said […]

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Sporting chance of Tokyo smoking ban

Sporting chance of Tokyo smoking ban

| November 7, 2014

Some people within the Tokyo government are pushing for a tobacco smoking ban in line with those in force in some western nations, according to a PRESS TV story. Such a ban was attempted in Yokohama but failed due to strong business opposition. However, some people believe the time is now right and there are […]

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Universal says new PMI leaf supply deal will help address US farm labor issues

Universal says new PMI leaf supply deal will help address US farm labor issues

| November 6, 2014

The Universal Corp subsidiary, Universal Leaf North America (ULNA), is set to increase its direct purchases of US flue-cured and Burley tobaccos as part of a new leaf supply agreement with Philip Morris International. In making the announcement, Universal Corp’s chairman, president and CEO, George C. Freeman III, said PMI’s decision to adopt a new […]

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Modest price rise for Japan’s growers

Modest price rise for Japan’s growers

| November 6, 2014

Japan’s Leaf Tobacco Deliberative Council today announced the area on which domestic leaf would be grown next year and the prices that would be paid to farmers. In a note posted on its website, Japan Tobacco Inc. said the council had been in general agreement with a proposal put forward by JT earlier in the […]

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E-cigarette outlets plummet in Spain

E-cigarette outlets plummet in Spain

| November 6, 2014

The number of shops selling electronic cigarettes in Spain has fallen by 90 percent during the past 12 months, according to a story in The Local quoting the country’s electronic cigarette industry association, ANCE. A year ago there were about 3,000 shops selling electronic cigarettes in Spain but now there are about 300. “There has […]

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UAE to outlaw tobacco smoking in public

UAE to outlaw tobacco smoking in public

| November 6, 2014

A nationwide ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is due to come into force from early next year, according to a story in The National quoting a Ministry of Health announcement. The ban will include public places such as universities, hospitals, public transport, theatres, cinemas, playgrounds and […]

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PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model

PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model

| November 5, 2014

Philip Morris International is adopting a new leaf buying model in the United States. The company will transition from directly purchasing tobacco through contracts with U.S. growers to purchasing through two suppliers, Alliance One International Inc. (AOI) and Universal Corp. This new purchasing model will take effect on April 1, 2015. “Moving to a new […]

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AOI to supply PMI

AOI to supply PMI

| November 5, 2014

Alliance One International has been selected to supply U.S. tobacco to Philip Morris International (PMI), as PMI adopts a new leaf procurement model in the United States and Canada. On Nov. 5, 2014, PMI announced its decision to transition from direct contracting and purchasing of tobacco from U.S. growers to sourcing its U.S. tobacco requirements […]

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Regulators shouldn’t disfavor e-cigarettes

Regulators shouldn’t disfavor e-cigarettes

| November 5, 2014

Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn’t warranted based on current evidence, according to a HealthDay News story quoting a new study and reproduced on the HealthFinder.gov section of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ website. On the contrary, allowing electronic cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, the […]

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Singapore to ban sales of shisha

Singapore to ban sales of shisha

| November 5, 2014

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) intends to prohibit the import, distribution and sale of shisha from later this month, according to a Channel News Asia story. The Parliamentary Secretary for the MOH, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, was said to have announced the proposed ban in Parliament yesterday. According to the National Health Survey 2010, […]

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Alliance pays lower tobacco prices but seeks to improve social responsibility

Alliance pays lower tobacco prices but seeks to improve social responsibility

| November 5, 2014

The prices paid for farmers’ tobacco by Alliance One International during the second quarter of this financial year were generally below those of ‘last season’. In announcing the company’s second quarter results to the end of September, CEO Pieter Sikkel said that the challenging conditions identified at the end of fiscal year 2014 had continued […]

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Don’t get sniffy about these detectors – although more research is needed

Don’t get sniffy about these detectors – although more research is needed

| November 5, 2014

Portable devices are expected to be used in the Netherlands to take from cafés air samples that will later be analyzed to help inspectors determine whether the national tobacco smoking ban has been broken, according to a story by Janene Van Jaarsveldt for nltimes.nl. The strategy, which is based on research by the National Institute […]

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