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Electronic cigarette company sponsoring Electric Lounge at Texas music festival

Electronic cigarette company sponsoring Electric Lounge at Texas music festival

| March 13, 2013

The electronic cigarette company, blu eCigs, is sponsoring the Electric Lounge at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, which is due to take place on March 14 -16, according to a PRNewswire press note. The company said that it had revamped the venue inside and out, ‘bringing in diverse artists, leading sound providers and […]

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Weakened kwacha provides price-boost for Malawi’s Burley growers

Weakened kwacha provides price-boost for Malawi’s Burley growers

| March 13, 2013

Malawi tobacco growers were pleased on Monday with the opening of the 2013 tobacco marketing season as prices, buoyed by the weakening of the kwacha, looked good, according to a story by Dumbani Mzale for the Malawi Nation Online. In early sales, Burley fetched from US$0.90 per kg (K360) to US$2.30 (K880) per kg. Most […]

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Sales boosted by talk of price increases

Sales boosted by talk of price increases

| March 13, 2013

Talk of price increases has done wonders for cigarette sales in South Korea. According to a story by Yoo-jin Lee and Sun-ah Kim for the Maeil Business Newspaper, sales have risen rapidly at the country’s large-scale discount stores and convenience stores since the possibility of prices rises was first raised on Wednesday last week. This […]

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Bill aims to ban tobacco smoking in all of California’s multi-unit accommodation

Bill aims to ban tobacco smoking in all of California’s multi-unit accommodation

| March 12, 2013

People living in townhouses, condominiums and other attached units would be prohibited from tobacco smoking indoors under a ban proposed by a California state lawmaker, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle. The ban is said to comprise the most sweeping anti-tobacco-smoking legislative proposal in the US. The law would ban tobacco smoking […]

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Website names tobacco’s supporters

Website names tobacco’s supporters

| March 12, 2013

Two lung specialists have launched a website listing the names and jobs of people it says work for the tobacco industry lobby in the Netherlands, according to a DutchNews.nl story. The list includes health minister, Edith Schippers, described as the ‘minister of tobacco employers’, as well as several other prominent politicians. Schippers, an ex-smoker, relaxed […]

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Imperial clears rubbish, improves hygiene in Gabon-factory neighborhood

Imperial clears rubbish, improves hygiene in Gabon-factory neighborhood

| March 12, 2013

An initiative funded by Imperial Tobacco’s local business has seen the clearance of more than 120 tonnes of rubbish from a neighbourhood in the capital of Gabon. A lack of municipal waste collections together with fly-tipping had been creating a hygiene problem; so the company stepped in to help support the community near its factory […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| March 12, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com of its presentation to the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CAGE) conference in London, UK. The presentation will start about 10.15 hours local time on March 18. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide audio of the presentation and […]

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New SM board member proposed

New SM board member proposed

| March 12, 2013

Wenche Rolfsen will be put forward by the nominating committee of Swedish Match for election as a new member of the company’s board. The election will take place during the annual general meeting on April 25. Rolfsen is said to have broad experience in the development, marketing and sales of health care and consumer products. […]

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E-Lites notches up another court victory in fight for soul of e-cigarettes

E-Lites notches up another court victory in fight for soul of e-cigarettes

| March 11, 2013

The UK based electronic cigarette company, E-Lites, has overturned an attempt by a European government to have electronic cigarettes classified as medical devices. The Administrative Court in Estonia last week found in favour of Zandera Ltd, owners of the E-Lites brand, and against the Estonian State Agency of Medicines. This decision comes at a time […]

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Hamshaw-Thomas joins E-Lites

Hamshaw-Thomas joins E-Lites

| March 11, 2013

Charles Hamshaw-Thomas has been appointment director of legal and corporate affairs at E-Lites, the UK-based electronic cigarette company. Hamshaw-Thomas has substantial senior executive experience as general counsel and corporate affairs director for some of the UK’s largest plc’s. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the political and regulatory environment surrounding smoking and tobacco. And, […]

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Estonian ministry wants menthol banned

Estonian ministry wants menthol banned

| March 11, 2013

The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs is in favor of banning the sale of menthol cigarettes and requiring that graphic health warnings are included on cigarette packages, according to a story in the Baltic Daily. The ministry last week declared its position in respect of the EU Commission’s proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive. […]

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Finland ministry wants no brand identities

Finland ministry wants no brand identities

| March 11, 2013

Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health would like tobacco packs to have no brand information on them at all, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story quoting an unnamed newspaper report. Such a proposal goes further than do the proposed revisions to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive put forward by the Commission in December, […]

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Awaiting votes on coupled subsidies

Awaiting votes on coupled subsidies

| March 11, 2013

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has called for the rejection of a proposal that would reintroduce subsidies coupled to tobacco production, according to a story in Europolitics. The EU Parliament is due to vote on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package this week. “Pumping taxpayers’ money into a harmful industry once more is […]

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NewCo opens new Indian facility

NewCo opens new Indian facility

| March 11, 2013

NewCo and its Indian partner, S.B. Impex, last week officially inaugurated a leaf facility close to Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. ‘We are able to store up to four million kg and to pack hand strip and butted tobaccos of various Indian varieties,’ NewCo said in a press note. The plant is located on the main road […]

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Lorillard to repurchase shares

Lorillard to repurchase shares

| March 11, 2013

Lorillard’s board of directors has approved a new share repurchase program involving up to $500 million of the company’s outstanding common stock. The program is expected to be completed this year. “Today’s announcement that the board has authorized a new share repurchase program reinforces the company’s intent to efficiently manage our financial resources and our […]

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JT share offering specified

JT share offering specified

| March 11, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that the Minister of Finance had decided the terms of the secondary share offerings that it would be making in respect of the company’s common stock. In all, 253,261,800 shares will be offered, made up of an international offering of 107,636,300 shares and a Japanese offering of 145,625,500 shares. The […]

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European Ombudsman launches health commissioner resignation probe

European Ombudsman launches health commissioner resignation probe

| March 8, 2013

The European Ombudsman on Wednesday launched an investigation into the resignation in October of John Dalli as European commissioner for health and consumer affairs, according to a story by Dave Keating for the European Voice. Dalli, who had had overall responsibility for the drafting of proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Division that were eventually […]

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British PM denies that decision made to introduce plain tobacco packaging

British PM denies that decision made to introduce plain tobacco packaging

| March 8, 2013

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said yesterday that the government had not decided whether to introduce standardized packaging for tobacco products, according to a Forest press note. A story in The Guardian on Wednesday under the byline of the political editor, Patrick Wintour, said that, ‘Ministers are to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes with […]

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Negotiating ‘substantial equivalence’ – welcome to the world of Josef K.

Negotiating ‘substantial equivalence’ – welcome to the world of Josef K.

| March 8, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration has so far issued no rulings on the approximately 3,500 tobacco-product substantial equivalence reports it has received, despite having 115 employees reviewing them, according to a story by Jacob Grier for The Atlantic Monthly quoting a report by Michael Felberbaum for Associated Press. Under the Tobacco Control Act of […]

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BAT reacts to news that UK government moving towards standardized packs

BAT reacts to news that UK government moving towards standardized packs

| March 7, 2013

British American Tobacco has come out against a suggestion that legislation on standardized tobacco packaging will form part of the Queen’s speech in May. “It is important to remember that these are just rumours at the moment but we would be surprised and disappointed if the UK government implemented plain packaging when there is still […]

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“We’ve beat up on these people enough.”

“We’ve beat up on these people enough.”

| March 7, 2013

A law has been introduced into the Utah legislature that would tax electronic cigarette refills, according to a story by Rachel Lowry for the Deseret News. Originally, the bill called for ‘e-cigarettes, candy-like dissolvable tobacco and other nicotine products to be defined and taxed as tobacco’. Under the proposed law, such products would be required […]

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Taiwan’s need for cigarette health surcharge increase questioned

Taiwan’s need for cigarette health surcharge increase questioned

| March 7, 2013

The price of a pack of cigarettes in Taiwan could be increased to at least NT$100 if the tobacco surcharge is raised to NT$40, as has been suggested, according to a story by Joy Lee for The China Post quoting the chairman of the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corp, Hsu An-hsuan. The director general of […]

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Designers offered unique chance to see the wood and the trees – and much else

Designers offered unique chance to see the wood and the trees – and much else

| March 7, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard, manufacturer of Invercote, is inviting designers from around the world to participate in a unique learning experience. “We tried this for the first time in 2012 and the appreciation and enthusiasm we got from the participating designers was overwhelming,” said Staffan Sjöberg, public relations manager at Iggesund Paperboard. “So we’ll do it again.” […]

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Parkside celebrates three years in Malaysia

Parkside celebrates three years in Malaysia

| March 6, 2013

Parkside Flexibles is celebrating the three-year anniversary of its manufacturing facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The plant—the company’s first outside of the United Kingdom—was opened in March 2010 by the Malaysian deputy minister of international trade and industry, Dato Mukriz Matathir. The facility has enabled Parkside to shorten lead times and improve service levels for […]

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Smokers to pick up bill for additional welfare spending in Korea

Smokers to pick up bill for additional welfare spending in Korea

| March 6, 2013

The Korea Tobacco Association (KTA), a civic group that advocates smokers’ rights, has come out strongly against a government plan to raise cigarette taxes to secure funding for President Park Geun-hye’s welfare pledges, according to a story in The Korea Times. A KTA spokesman was quoted as saying that price hikes were acceptable only when […]

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