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JT starts fiscal year with sales rise

JT starts fiscal year with sales rise

| May 17, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during April, at 9.6 billion, was increased by 3.2 per cent on its April 2012 volume, 9.3 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. JT’s market share stood at 60.2 per cent in April and at 59.6 per cent for the full year to the […]

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Property seized from cigarette smugglers

Property seized from cigarette smugglers

| May 17, 2013

Hong Kong Customs recently confiscated property worth $18.5 million that was previously owned by the mastermind of a gang convicted in an illicit cigarette and money-laundering case, according to a 7th Space Interactive story. The case represented the first time that a confiscation order had been granted in respect of a cigarette smuggling conviction. A […]

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Tax stamp forum next month

Tax stamp forum next month

| May 17, 2013

Reconnaissance International is to stage the Tax Stamp forum in Vienna on June 3-5. The forum is said to be the only global event of its kind, bringing together tax and custom authorities, law enforcement agencies, regulators, integrators and more than 30 specialist exhibitors to discuss the issues and problems caused by the illicit trade […]

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Altria declares quarterly dividend

Altria declares quarterly dividend

| May 17, 2013

Altria’s board of directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.44 per common share, payable on July 10 to shareholders of record as of June 14. The ex-dividend date is June 12.

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Vapor Corp sales up in first quarter

Vapor Corp sales up in first quarter

| May 17, 2013

Net sales by the US-based electronic cigarette company, Vapor Corp, during the three months to the end of March, at about $6.4 million, were increased by $1.5 million or 31.1 per cent on those of the three months to the end of March 2012. “The first quarter of 2013 was marked by continued sales growth, […]

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Smoking in the workplace: the bare facts

Smoking in the workplace: the bare facts

| May 17, 2013

A US county’s board of health has used part of the money handed to it under the Centers for Disease Control program, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, to conduct a focus group of exotic dancers. According to Jim Galloway’s Political Insider column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, referencing the Georgia Tipsheet, the website, Cause of Action, […]

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UK shop owner sentenced for selling ‘dangerous’ Jin Ling cigarettes

UK shop owner sentenced for selling ‘dangerous’ Jin Ling cigarettes

| May 16, 2013

A shop owner in Boston, Lincolnshire, has been found guilty of intentionally selling ‘dangerous’ cigarettes in the first case of its kind in the UK, according to a story in the Boston Standard. The man, who was found guilty at Boston Magistrates’ Court of eight offences, including the sale of non self-extinguishing cigarettes, was ordered […]

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New chair elected at US Tobacco Co-op

New chair elected at US Tobacco Co-op

| May 16, 2013

Jimmy Hill has been elected chairman of the board at the US Tobacco Co-operative (USTC) in succession to Albert Johnson, who had served as chairman since 2005. USTC, which is said to be the largest tobacco co-operative in the US, has more than 900 member growers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. […]

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First phase of trial to US manufacturers

First phase of trial to US manufacturers

| May 16, 2013

US tobacco manufacturers have notched up a significant courtroom victory. According to a note posted on Altria’s website, a unanimous West Virginia jury yesterday rejected all but one of the plaintiffs’ claims in a consolidated trial involving about 600 individual lawsuits against the major tobacco companies. In reaching its decision, the jury also rejected the […]

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Smoke ban stacked odds against casino

Smoke ban stacked odds against casino

| May 16, 2013

A US casino that went bankrupt has acknowledged that preventing its clients from smoking was one of a number of key mistakes it had made in running its business, according to an Asbury Park Press story. But now it has a chance to put things right. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission approved Revel’s reorganization […]

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Universal to webcast results conference

Universal to webcast results conference

| May 16, 2013

Universal Corp is due to webcast at www.universalcorp.com a conference call on May 21 following the release of its results for fiscal year 2013 after market close on that date. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will begin at 17.30 hours Eastern Time and will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice […]

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Shenzhen serious about smoking fines

Shenzhen serious about smoking fines

| May 15, 2013

Smokers who violate tobacco smoking bans in China’s Shenzhen city are likely to face heavy fines in the future. According to a Global Times story, proposed revisions to Shenzhen city’s tobacco control regulations, which were given a public airing yesterday, would see maximum fines raised from Yuan20 to Yuan500. Business owners who failed to stop […]

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Smoking down but cigarette litter up

Smoking down but cigarette litter up

| May 15, 2013

The number of cigarette butts found on UK beaches doubled between September 2011 and September 2012, and the amount of smoking-related detritus rose by 90 per cent, according to an ITV Network report quoting the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual study of beach litter, Beachwatch Big Weekend. Overall, litter levels were at their highest level […]

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Smoking shelter a sign of the times?

Smoking shelter a sign of the times?

| May 15, 2013

Workers at Dublin’s Convention Centre are to get a smoking shelter three years after the facility was opened, according to a story by Alan O’Keeffe for the Evening Herald. That such a shelter should be built now is possibly an indication that attitudes to smokers are softening in certain places and in certain respects – […]

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Lorillard declares dividend

Lorillard declares dividend

| May 15, 2013

Lorillard yesterday declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.55 per share, payable on June 10 to stockholders of record as of May 31.

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Aussies to jack up tobacco tax in 2014

Aussies to jack up tobacco tax in 2014

| May 14, 2013

The price of a pack of cigarettes will rise by about $0.07 next year in Australia, according to a story in the Herald Sun. The increase will see the government face a potential re-election tussle with tobacco companies and retailers, who are still smarting over plain packaging laws. Cigarettes were the only sin tax targeted by […]

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New tender for tobacconists in Hungary

New tender for tobacconists in Hungary

| May 14, 2013

Hungary’s national tobacco company has put out a new tender for tobacconists who were not granted a concession in a recent bid, a government official said on Tuesday. Thanks to the new tender, tobacconists who would otherwise be obliged to give up their business as of June 30 will be given an opportunity to try […]

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$2.87 per pack tax possible in Calif.

$2.87 per pack tax possible in Calif.

| May 14, 2013

California lawmakers chose not to make smokers pay more for health insurance,  but they may be more willing to make smokers pay more for cigarettes. A new bill proposing to raise the tax on tobacco by $2 per pack of cigarettes  cleared its first two committee votes last week in predictably partisan votes. SB 768, […]

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Sticky story: 3rd-hand smoke gives guests gooey fingers

Sticky story: 3rd-hand smoke gives guests gooey fingers

| May 14, 2013

Anyone who has ever walked into a “non-smoking” hotel room and caught the distinct odor of cigarette smoke will not be surprised by the findings of a new study: When a hotel allows smoking in any of its rooms, the smoke gets into all of its rooms, the study suggests, according to a story in […]

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Canadian tobacco giants begin defense in $27 billion suit

Canadian tobacco giants begin defense in $27 billion suit

| May 14, 2013

Three of Canada’s tobacco giants began their defense Monday against a $27-billion class-action lawsuit in Montreal by calling a witness who said the dangers of smoking are no secret. Historian and professor Jacques Lacoursière testified tobacco’s health risks have been common knowledge for decades. He pointed to over 700 references to the hazards of smoking […]

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Diggers reject mine sites smoking ban

Diggers reject mine sites smoking ban

| May 14, 2013

A call by the Cancer Council for smoking to be banned at all West Australian (WA) mines sites has been rejected, according to an Australian Associated Press report. The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) has said that a ban would cause resentment. WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum data show smoking rates in the […]

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Demand drives crop size increase

Demand drives crop size increase

| May 14, 2013

The Tobacco Board of India has increased Karnataka’s authorized 2013–14 crop size by about four percent on that of 2012–13, according to a report in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The crop size has been set at 102 million kg, up from 98 million kg in 2012–13 and 100 million kg […]

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Reynolds agrees to more farm labor talks

Reynolds agrees to more farm labor talks

| May 14, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. has agreed to resume discussions with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) about ways to address alleged farm-worker abuse, according to a story by Federico Martinez for The Blade (Toledo, Ohio). Reynolds was said to have agreed to resume the meetings after the farm-labor union and advocacy group staged a protest outside […]

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Smoking bans move further into the open

Smoking bans move further into the open

| May 14, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York’s smoke-free areas will be expanded to state parks and historic sites, according to a report by Jess String for The Legislative Gazette. The expansion will take effect in time for the 2013 peak summer season. Violators will be liable to a fine of up to $250, plus […]

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Revenue drop fires VAT rethink

Revenue drop fires VAT rethink

| May 14, 2013

In an unusual move that has attracted some criticism, India’s Uttar Pradesh state government has slashed the VAT on cigarettes and cigars from 50 percent to 25 percent. According to a report in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter, the decision to reduce VAT was taken at a meeting of the state […]

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