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Imperial helps fight illicit trade in Mali

Imperial helps fight illicit trade in Mali

| April 17, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is supporting a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the illicit trade in Mali. As part of the campaign, the National Directorate of Trade & Competition recently organized an anti-illicit trade (AIT) information and awareness forum in the capital, Bamako, for retailers and wholesalers. Key government and law enforcement authorities took part in […]

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Imperial preparing for factory closures

Imperial preparing for factory closures

| April 16, 2014

The Imperial Tobacco Group is proposing to close its cigarette factories at Nottingham, U.K., and Nantes, France. The proposed closures are part of a number of “European restructuring projects” that could see 900 jobs axed. In a note posted on its website, Imperial said the projects, which are planned to be “implemented progressively” during the […]

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PM USA pays $3.3 billion to U.S. states

PM USA pays $3.3 billion to U.S. states

| April 16, 2014

Philip Morris USA yesterday made its annual Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) payment, which, this year, amounts to about $3.3 billion, net of various items related to the non-participating manufacturer adjustment disputes. In a statement posted on its website, the company said that, since signing the tobacco settlement agreements, PM USA had paid U.S. states more […]

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Industry acts in face of forest crisis

Industry acts in face of forest crisis

| April 16, 2014

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) and tobacco merchants have established the Sustainable Afforestation Association (SAA) to spearhead reforestation across the country, according to a story by Elias Mambo for the Zimbabwe Standard. The reforestation program is aimed at countering the deforestation that is taking place as a result of the increased number of […]

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E-cigarette use link to smoking cessation

E-cigarette use link to smoking cessation

| April 16, 2014

New survey data from England show rising e-cigarette use has been accompanied by a notable increase in smoking cessation, according to a story by Jacob Sullum for Reason Magazine. Sullum quotes Boston University public health professor Michael Siegel as having highlighted the Smoking Toolkit Study, which had shown that e-cigarette use in England had been […]

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PM straining at the bit over brand protection dispute with Australia

PM straining at the bit over brand protection dispute with Australia

| April 15, 2014

Philip Morris Asia (PMA) is keen to get to the core of its dispute with the Australian government over the issue of standardized tobacco packaging. In a note posted on its website, the company reported that the tribunal assigned to hear PMA’s challenge to Australia’s plain packaging law yesterday decided to divide the proceedings in […]

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FCTC threatens more harm than good

FCTC threatens more harm than good

| April 15, 2014

Indonesian Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi has said his government will not ratify the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) soon, according to a Tempo story. According to the views of the trade ministry and of the industry ministry, Lutfi said, the ratification did not have to take place immediately. “Mr. Hidayat [the […]

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Drinking goes up as smoking goes down

Drinking goes up as smoking goes down

| April 15, 2014

Fewer South Koreans are smoking, but more are drinking hard, feeling fat and getting depressed, according to a story in the Korea Joongang Daily quoting figures from a government poll. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced the results of its 2013 Community Health Research poll, which showed, in part, that the […]

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Way sought to prevent labor-market turmoil when Dutch factory closes

Way sought to prevent labor-market turmoil when Dutch factory closes

| April 15, 2014

Dutch trade unions have appealed to Philip Morris Holland (PMH) to protect the 1,230 people employed at the company’s cigarette factory at Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, which is due to close by October, according to an ANP story. The personnel should continue to be paid until finding a new job, Arend van Wijngaarden, chairman of trade union CNV Vakmensen, was […]

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MEP poses tax-harmonization question

MEP poses tax-harmonization question

| April 14, 2014

The European Commission has been asked whether it intends in the near future to propose the harmonization of excise duties on tobacco products within the union, so as to combat tax tourism. In a preamble to a number of questions, French MEP Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid said that on March 14, 2013, the European Court of Justice […]

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Korea’s state health insurer to sue tobacco firms over disease costs

Korea’s state health insurer to sue tobacco firms over disease costs

| April 14, 2014

South Korea’s state health insurer said today it was going to court to seek an initial KRW53.7 billion ($51.9 million) from KT&G and the local units of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to tobacco smoking, according to stories by Reuters and Arirang TV & Radio. “We believe […]

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Beijing to ban tobacco smoking—again

Beijing to ban tobacco smoking—again

| April 14, 2014

A draft regulation published on Friday would ban public money being used in Beijing to buy tobacco products for gifts or public functions, according to the Xinhua News Agency quoting the city’s legal affairs office. The draft regulation on smoking control, which has been put out for public comment, would prohibit also tobacco smoking in […]

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EU Commission watching waterpipe use

EU Commission watching waterpipe use

| April 14, 2014

The EU Commission is monitoring the use of waterpipes within member states and, under the new Tobacco Products Directive, will be able to apply stricter ingredient regulations to waterpipe tobacco should there be a substantial increase in sales of this product or in its use among young people. This was part of an answer given […]

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Good growth in JT’s domestic sales

Good growth in JT’s domestic sales

| April 14, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during March, at 12.7 billion, was increased by 30.1 percent on that of March 2013, 9.7 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The March 2013 figure was down by 3.6 percent on that of March 2012. Volume during April 2013–March 2014, at 120.1 […]

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Lorillard to host results conference call

Lorillard to host results conference call

| April 14, 2014

Lorillard is due to host a conference call for analysts and investors from 1 p.m. Eastern Time on April 24 following the release of its first quarter 2014 results. The conference call will be hosted by chairman, president and CEO, Murray S. Kessler, and CFO and executive vice president, finance and planning, David H. Taylor. […]

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Addiction levels down in smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes

Addiction levels down in smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes

| April 11, 2014

A new study has provided evidence that nicotine addiction levels are decreased in smokers who have switched to electronic cigarettes, according to Dr. Michael Siegel writing on his blog, The Rest of the Story: Tobacco Analysis and Commentary. Siegel, who is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public […]

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Pushing ahead with packs challenge

Pushing ahead with packs challenge

| April 11, 2014

Indonesia has decided to ask the World Trade Organization to establish a single panel of trade and legal experts to process its challenge to Australia’s law on standardized packaging for tobacco products, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Since December 1, 2012, Australia has required that all tobacco products be sold in packaging […]

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PMI to host Q1 results webcast

PMI to host Q1 results webcast

| April 11, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 09.00 hours Eastern Time on April 17 to discuss its 2014 first-quarter results, which will be issued about 07.00 hours on the same day. During the webcast, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss the company’s results and answer questions from the investment […]

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Altria to host Q1 results webcast

Altria to host Q1 results webcast

| April 11, 2014

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at www.altria.com from 09.00 hours Eastern Time on April 24 to discuss its 2014 first-quarter business results, which will be published in a press release about 07.00 hours on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, chairman and CEO, […]

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If you go down in the woods today …

If you go down in the woods today …

| April 11, 2014

Volunteers from Imperial Tobacco’s factory at Radom, Poland, recently gave up a Saturday to plant trees and shrubs in a community forest as part of the factory’s ‘We Can Help’ program. A group of more than 40 employees and their families took part in the event in the MarculeForest near Radom. Saplings were donated by […]

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