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BAT sales up 5 pct, driven by global brands

BAT sales up 5 pct, driven by global brands

| April 25, 2013

British American Tobacco reported revenue growth of 5 percent at constant rates of exchange in the first quarter ended March 31, adding that global drive brand cigarette volumes grew by 1 percent. The report stated: Revenue growth of 1 percent at current rates of exchange. Cigarette volumes from subsidiaries fell 3.7 percent to 160 billion, with a decrease […]

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Altria plans e-cig sales, Marlboro demand falls

Altria plans e-cig sales, Marlboro demand falls

| April 25, 2013

Altria Group, the largest seller of tobacco in the U.S., plans to introduce an e-cigarette this year, chasing smaller rivals as demand for traditional smokes declines. The e-cigarette will be sold in an undisclosed market starting in the second half of 2013, Richmond, Virginia-based Altria said today in a statement. The company declined to provide […]

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IMHA urges brand protection

IMHA urges brand protection

| April 25, 2013

The trade body representing the global hologram industry is urging organisations to review and if necessary redouble their brand protection and authentication strategies to stem the “hemorrhage” of counterfeit goods flowing out of china. That’s the stark message from the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) which was commenting on a new UN report that says […]

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UK campaigners condemn ‘sexist’ study on plain packaging

UK campaigners condemn ‘sexist’ study on plain packaging

| April 25, 2013

Campaigners in the U.K. opposed to plain packaging of tobacco have described as “sexist” a study that says young female smokers get less satisfaction and less enjoyment from smoking cigarettes that come in plain, standardized packs. Hands Off Our Packs campaigner Angela Harbutt, a smoker, said, “The idea that plain packaging will have a greater […]

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E-cigarettes could turn kids into smokers, health department says

E-cigarettes could turn kids into smokers, health department says

| April 25, 2013

The Philippine health department warned the public on April 12 against e-cigarettes, saying the tobacco substitute could turn children into smokers. E-cigarettes have been gaining favor among Filipinos as higher tobacco taxes make smoking more expensive, according to a story in the Manila Times. Food and Drug Administration director-general Kenneth Hartigan-Go disputed what he said were […]

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Indonesia: Cigarette makers blame costs for lower profits

Indonesia: Cigarette makers blame costs for lower profits

| April 25, 2013

Cigarette manufacturers in Indonesia blamed higher production costs and currency fluctuations for the slow-down in their business throughout 2012. Revenues at PT Gudang Garam increased by 17.1 percent to reach IDR49.03 trillion ($5 billion). However, their spending also increased, jumping 25.6 percent to IDR39.84 trillion. The higher spending and losses from currency fluctuations ultimately saw […]

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TTM wary of decreasing market share

TTM wary of decreasing market share

| April 25, 2013

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) has gradually lost market share to imported cigarettes since the country lifted the tax barrier two decades ago, says director-general Torsak Chotimongkol. Local cigarettes still claim 76 percent of the market, but foreign cigarettes are likely to gain one percentage point to 25 percent by the end of this year, according to […]

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Vietnam’s anti-smoking law to take effect May 1

Vietnam’s anti-smoking law to take effect May 1

| April 25, 2013

Vietnam’s law on the prevention and control of smoking takes effect on May 1, 2013, according to the Health Ministry, according to a story in VietnamPlus. The law, with five chapters and 35 clauses, regulates measures aimed to reduce the demand for tobacco, control supply and prevent tobacco harm, said the ministry at a conference in […]

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China: HongyunHonghe launches cigarette-processing unit in Africa

China: HongyunHonghe launches cigarette-processing unit in Africa

| April 25, 2013

HongyunHonghe Tobacco Group, in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, recently launched its cigarette-processing unit for Africa at the Walvis Bay port in Namibia. The project is intended to produce HongyunHonghe’s Yunyan, Honghe, Honghe and Honghe brands for sale in Africa. The annual production capacity of the unit could reach 1 billion cigarettes.

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TIMB report: nearly $300 million in sales of golden leaf

TIMB report: nearly $300 million in sales of golden leaf

| April 25, 2013

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has recorded close to $300 million from the sales of the golden leaf as more farmers deliver their crop to the country’s three auction floors, according to a story by Zimbabwe’s NewsDay. TIMB shows that as of Wednesday (Day 44), revenue had reached $289 million from 77,787 million […]

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Lorillard’s 1Q profit up 47 pct on higher pricing, e-cig sales, lower costs

Lorillard’s 1Q profit up 47 pct on higher pricing, e-cig sales, lower costs

| April 25, 2013

Lorillard’s first-quarter profit jumped 47 percent as higher prices, e-cigarette sales and lower legal expenses from a longstanding legal settlement offset a decline in traditional cigarette sales. The nation’s third-biggest tobacco company on Wednesday reported earnings of $328 million, or 86 cents per share, for the period ended March 31, up from $223 million, or […]

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Police: Kessler interrogation illegal in ‘Dalligate’

Police: Kessler interrogation illegal in ‘Dalligate’

| April 24, 2013

OLAF director-general Giovanni Kessler had no authority to carry out an interrogation on Maltese territory, a senior police officer privy to the John Dalli investigation, according to a story in MaltaToday. In comments that followed yesterday’s presentation of the OLAF supervisory committee’s annual report, which highlighted questionable legal practices employed by Kessler in his investigation of […]

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Reynolds American profits jump 88 pct in Q1, volume down

Reynolds American profits jump 88 pct in Q1, volume down

| April 24, 2013

Consumers squeezed by higher gas prices and an increase to the payroll tax led Reynolds American Inc. to report a sharp drop in cigarette volumes in the first quarter. “Overall, the external environment remained challenging,” President and CEO Daniel Delen said. “Industry cigarette volumes were negatively impacted by higher energy prices, the expiration of the payroll-tax […]

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Australian fund gets tough on TOMRA’s tobacco ties

Australian fund gets tough on TOMRA’s tobacco ties

| April 23, 2013

An Australian superannuation and investment fund is leading an international effort to pressure a Norwegian machinery maker to leave the tobacco  industry. In what amounts to a new front in the war against tobacco, Australian Ethical will put forward a resolution on Monday at the annual general meeting of Norwegian company TOMRA, demanding it stop selling tobacco sorting […]

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NYC attempts to raise smoking age to 21, Chicago may follow

NYC attempts to raise smoking age to 21, Chicago may follow

| April 23, 2013

New York City put forward a proposal Monday that, if adopted, would make it the first major U.S. city to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21 — the same age for buying alcohol, according to a story in USA Today. The proposal is part of a decade-long, anti-tobacco campaign by outgoing […]

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BAT benefits from reduced illicit trade, says CEO

BAT benefits from reduced illicit trade, says CEO

| April 22, 2013

British American Tobacco (BAT) is benefitting from the gradual deflation in the illicit trade of cigarettes locally due to the improved regulatory environment in Malaysia, according to a story posted on The Star Online. Managing director Datuk William Toh said the illegal buying and selling of cigarettes had declined last year by 1.6 percent compared to 2011. “We […]

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Supreme Court declines to hear cigarette label case

Supreme Court declines to hear cigarette label case

| April 22, 2013

The legality of placing graphic warnings on cigarette packages appears to have been settled when the U.S. Supreme Court declined today to hear an appeal on the labels from a group of tobacco manufacturers, according to a story in the Winston-Salem Journal. However, it remains unclear what the warning labels will look like or when they […]

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Where there’s smoke, there’s still profit

Where there’s smoke, there’s still profit

| April 22, 2013

When the three major U.S. tobacco companies report their first-quarter results this week, investors can find comfort in two themes that have remained consistent for years: Cigarette volumes will fall, but profits will rise, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal. For the past three years, cigarette volumes have dropped around 3 percent to […]

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Tobacco magnate Cartes wins Paraguay presidential poll

Tobacco magnate Cartes wins Paraguay presidential poll

| April 22, 2013

Horacio Cartes, a Paraguayan tobacco magnate, faced various challenges during his presidential bid, which he won decidedly last week. He was pressed to explain why antinarcotics police officers apprehended a plane carrying cocaine and marijuana on his ranch in 2000; why he went to prison in 1989 on currency fraud charges; and why he had […]

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Cigarette addiction saves lives

Cigarette addiction saves lives

| April 22, 2013

David Henneberry, an avid boater and member of the Watertown Yacht Club, walked outside to smoke a cigarette just after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick  lifted the curfew on Boston, MA, USA, residents at 6 p.m. Friday, April, 18. Puffing away, Henneberry noticed the tarp that covered his rare, 22-foot  pleasure cruiser—a white Seahawk with blue trim and […]

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E-cig company gets green certification

E-cig company gets green certification

| April 22, 2013

ProSmoke is the now the only company in its industry to be certified by the Green Business Bureau. This award is only given to companies that are both environmentally responsible and commercially beneficial to the environment and society, according to a story on PRNewswire.com. The Green Business Bureau certifies businesses as environmentally friendly organizations in order […]

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2013 Pakistan Tobacco profits 202 percent higher than 2012

2013 Pakistan Tobacco profits 202 percent higher than 2012

| April 22, 2013

The Pakistan Tobacco Company has announced its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, recording stellar earnings of Rs1.09 billion as compared to only Rs359 million earned in the same period of the preceding year (translating into 202 percent growth). The company has also announced an interim dividend of Rs2 per share alongside the results, […]

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Boston’s JFK library fire caused by careless smoker, not terrorists

Boston’s JFK library fire caused by careless smoker, not terrorists

| April 19, 2013

The fire at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston Monday was caused by the careless disposal of smoking materials, city fire officials said. Boston officials had initially feared that the fire at the library might have been connected to the bombings at the Boston Marathon, because it was ­reported just six minutes after the […]

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NC tobacco tax totals turn down

NC tobacco tax totals turn down

| April 19, 2013

North Carolina, USA, is catching up with a lot of other American states in collecting less tax revenue on cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013, which began in July, state revenue collections were $190 million, down 6 percent from the $202 million that came in during a comparable […]

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Cigar makers hope to snuff out FDA efforts

Cigar makers hope to snuff out FDA efforts

| April 19, 2013

Cigar makers are trying to snuff out an effort by the Food and Drug  Administration to regulate their products for the first time. The FDA said in its regulatory agenda for the year that it would propose rules in April to expand federal oversight of tobacco products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The […]

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