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US manufacturers reach agreement with some states over MSA payment disputes

US manufacturers reach agreement with some states over MSA payment disputes

| December 19, 2012

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, Philip Morris USA and Lorillard have reached an agreement with 17 USstates, the District of Columbia andPuerto Rico to settle 10 years of claims related to the Non-Participating Manufacturer (NPM) adjustment provisions of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Under the agreement, Reynolds will receive credits currently estimated to be worth more […]

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Three per cent find US tobacco industry generally honest and trustworthy

Three per cent find US tobacco industry generally honest and trustworthy

| December 19, 2012

An annual Harris Poll that measures how people in the US perceive various industries has found that tobacco is not among the top ranks when it comes to being ‘generally honest and trustworthy’, according to a press note issued through PRNewswire. In fact, the tobacco industry was at the bottom of the heap with only […]

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Smokeless tobacco products fall victim partly to US’ tobacco control act

Smokeless tobacco products fall victim partly to US’ tobacco control act

| December 18, 2012

Star Scientific said yesterday that it was getting out of the smokeless tobacco business because of low sales and financial losses, the regulatory environment in the US, and the fact that its association with tobacco was making it difficult for it to interest research centers in undertaking clinical research into its pharmaceutical products. According to […]

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New York City landlords to be offered ‘bounties’ for banning tobacco smoking

New York City landlords to be offered ‘bounties’ for banning tobacco smoking

| December 18, 2012

New York City is to offer community boards rewards of $10,000 to convince landlords to ban smoking in apartments, according to a report by Gary Baumgarten for CBS New York, quoting The New York Post. Under the scheme, the community boards would work with property managers and tenants to enact smoke-free policies in exchange for […]

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Pakistani growers say no thank you to below-cost-of-production prices

Pakistani growers say no thank you to below-cost-of-production prices

| December 18, 2012

Tobacco growers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, say they have decided not to grow tobacco next year because the prices on offer do not cover the cost of production, according to a story by Muhammad Irfan for the Express Tribune. A study led by the Islamabad Director of the National Agriculture Council, Dr. Sharif Zia, in February […]

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Commission’s tobacco products directive proposals due out Wednesday

Commission’s tobacco products directive proposals due out Wednesday

| December 17, 2012

The European Commission is due to adopt its proposals to revise the EU’s tobacco products directive on Wednesday. According to the Commission’s Top News, the proposed legislation comprises new and strengthened rules on how tobacco products may be manufactured, presented, and sold. The proposals, which are said to involve a substantial revision of the current […]

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Slim cigarettes possible victim of tobacco products directive revisions

Slim cigarettes possible victim of tobacco products directive revisions

| December 17, 2012

Proposed revisions for the EU’s tobacco products directive will include a prohibition on slim cigarettes, a requirement for graphic health warnings, a ban on ‘taste-enhancing’ additives and a ban on descriptors such as ‘light’, according to a story in the German newspaper, Bild. The story was said to be based on a draft document obtained […]

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“All out war” if snus threatened by tobacco products directive revisions

“All out war” if snus threatened by tobacco products directive revisions

| December 17, 2012

Sweden’s Trade Minister, Ewa Björling, has said the EU faces “all out war” with Sweden if revisions to the tobacco products directive due out on Wednesday threaten Swedish snus, according to a story in The Local. “This has been a low intensity conflict for years,” Björling told the TT news agency after leaving a one-hour […]

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Factory workers threaten further protests

Factory workers threaten further protests

| December 17, 2012

Former workers at a cigarette factory in the Bandarban area of Chittagong, Bangladesh, have threatened to step up their protests on Wednesday if production at the factory has not been resumed by then, according to a story in The Financial Express. About 800 workers have been jobless for the past two months following the closing of Azizuddin […]

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Black and White Camels for Japan

Black and White Camels for Japan

| December 17, 2012

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it would be launching Camel Black Box and Camel White Box in selected stores across Japan, excluding Okinawa Prefecture, in the middle of January. The new-to-Japan products are said to have excellent flavour balance and smoothness and to be presented in curved packs. Camel Black Box cigarettes deliver 10 […]

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Indonesia urged to apply hefty tobacco taxes – especially to kreteks

Indonesia urged to apply hefty tobacco taxes – especially to kreteks

| December 17, 2012

A planned 8.5 per cent increase in Indonesia’s tobacco excise this month would neither push up the price of cigarettes significantly nor reduce the number of cigarette smokers in the country, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. Abdillah Ahsan, a researcher with the University of Indonesia’s demographic center (LDUI), said the number of […]

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Imperial’s cigarette volumes down but fine-cut volumes improve

Imperial’s cigarette volumes down but fine-cut volumes improve

| December 14, 2012

Imperial Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the year to the end of September, at 292.5 billion, was down by 3.2 per cent on the volume recorded during the year to September 30, 2011: 302.1 billion. During the same period, fine-cut volume, calculated in cigarette stick equivalents, was increased by 0.4 per cent, from 43.9 billion to […]

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FDA to consider petition on ‘lower risk’ labeling for some products

FDA to consider petition on ‘lower risk’ labeling for some products

| December 14, 2012

A petition filed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco could represent the boldest step to date in trying to market smokeless-tobacco products in theUSas less harmful alternatives to cigarettes, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. The US Food and Drug Administration is due to hold a hearing on Monday in which it […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in November but up during April-November

JT’s domestic volume down in November but up during April-November

| December 14, 2012

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during November, at 9.6 billion, was down by 0.8 per cent on its November 2011 volume, 9.7 billion, which itself was increased by 40.0 per cent on that of November 2010, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during the eight months, April-November, at 79.1 […]

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Race is on for five per cent status

Race is on for five per cent status

| December 13, 2012

Could the latest and greatest threat to the tobacco industry come from a race to the bottom by cities and countries competing to have the lowest incidence of smoking? An opinion piece in the South China Morning Post has suggested thatHong Kongcould become the world’s first city to be declared tobacco ‘smoke-free’. Tobacco smoking among […]

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Philippines’ tobacco playing field ‘leveled’ by new sin tax heavy roller

Philippines’ tobacco playing field ‘leveled’ by new sin tax heavy roller

| December 13, 2012

British American Tobacco said yesterday that it would invest $200 million in the Philippines during the next five years, according to a story in The Manila Bulletin. The company was reported as saying that, following the ratification of a new tobacco and alcohol tax regime on December 11, players in the local tobacco industry could […]

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Cutting coupons cuts quitting

Cutting coupons cuts quitting

| December 13, 2012

Tobacco companies’ aggressive coupon marketing tactics could reduce the likelihood that current smokers will quit, according to a PRNewswire press note quoting new research published in an article in Tobacco Control. The report is said to be the first of its kind to illustrate that cigarette coupons have a negative association with smoking cessation. “We […]

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Court denies request to open ‘lights’ case

Court denies request to open ‘lights’ case

| December 13, 2012

Philip Morris USA said yesterday that the Madison County Circuit Court had denied the plaintiffs’ request to reopen the Price ‘Lights’ case. “The trial court correctly recognized that the plaintiffs could not meet their burden of proof to reopen the judgment,” said Murray Garnick, Altria Client Services senior vice president and associate general counsel, speaking […]

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Altria declares regular dividend

Altria declares regular dividend

| December 13, 2012

The Altria Group’s board of directors declared yesterday a regular quarterly dividend of $0.44 per common share, payable on January 10 to shareholders of record as of December 26. The ex-dividend date is December 21.

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PMI declares regular dividend

PMI declares regular dividend

| December 13, 2012

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.85 per common share, payable on January 11, to stockholders of record as of December 27. The ex-dividend date is December 24.

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New excise tax regime is ‘better’ or ‘ridiculous’ – take your pick

New excise tax regime is ‘better’ or ‘ridiculous’ – take your pick

| December 12, 2012

Voting 10-9 with no abstentions, senators in the Philippines yesterday ratified a measure restructuring the taxes on tobacco and alcohol products, according to a story in The Philippine Star. The House later followed with its own ratification and the measure now awaits President Aquino’s signature. The Manila Times, meanwhile, said the Department of Finance had […]

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Sticker firm needs to watch its derrière as health department takes close look

Sticker firm needs to watch its derrière as health department takes close look

| December 12, 2012

A company based in Queensland, Australia, is starting to offer stickers for wrapping around cigarette packs, according to a story in Marketing magazine quoting the Gold Coast Bulletin. Box Wrap, a sticker manufacturing company, created the ‘workaround’ for smokers who dislike the olive green background color and hugely-dominate graphic health warnings, which have been mandatory […]

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Making money out of plain packaging

Making money out of plain packaging

| December 12, 2012

An opportunist capitalising on Australia’s ‘plain-packaging’ laws has stolen $30,000 worth of cigarettes from 14 supermarkets across South Australia and Victoria, according to a News Interactive Network story. On each occasion, the man has posed as a tobacco company employee to trick supermarket staff into allowing him to remove discontinued stock because of the mandatory […]

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E-auctions put spark under continuing Karnataka flue-cured sales

E-auctions put spark under continuing Karnataka flue-cured sales

| December 12, 2012

Flue-cured tobacco prices at the continuing auctions in the Indian state of Karnataka have surged by about 10 per cent across all platforms, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The price surge seems to be being attributed mainly to the introduction of the e-auction system. The e-sales […]

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Uttar Pradesh pricing itself out of the cigarette revenue market

Uttar Pradesh pricing itself out of the cigarette revenue market

| December 12, 2012

Uttar Pradesh cigarette vendors and the Uttar Pradesh Cigarette Traders’ Association are urging the state government to cut its 50 per cent rate of VAT on cigarettes to bring it in line with neighboring states. The traders claim the disparity between the VAT rates imposed in Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states is driving up sales […]

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