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On-line campaign urges those opposed to standardized packaging to lobby MPs

On-line campaign urges those opposed to standardized packaging to lobby MPs

| February 13, 2013

Opponents of the standardized packaging of tobacco on Monday launched an online campaign urging people in the UK to lobby their members of parliament about the issue. Hands Off Our Packs, the campaign set up and run by the smokers’ group Forest, has launched a new website that supporters hope will encourage thousands of people […]

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WTO compliance issue rumbles on between the Philippines and Thailand

WTO compliance issue rumbles on between the Philippines and Thailand

| February 12, 2013

The Philippines is putting further pressure on Thailand to comply fully and in a timely manner with a World Trade Organization ruling in respect of a cigarette excise tax dispute between the two countries, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. This follows the Philippines’ implementation of a new excise tax law on distilled […]

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Banking on Innovia Films

Banking on Innovia Films

| February 12, 2013

UK-based Innovia Films has agreed to buy the Reserve Bank of Australia’s 50 per cent share in Securency International Pty Ltd, which, since 1998, has been owned by Innovia and the bank in a 50/50 joint venture. The acquisition is being funded from Innovia’s existing cash reserves and is expected to be completed on February […]

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E-cigarettes and this sporting life

E-cigarettes and this sporting life

| February 12, 2013

In a re-play of the tobacco industry’s former close connection with sport, Totally Wicked, a supplier of electronic cigarettes, on the weekend announced a sponsorship deal with St Helens’ RFC, one of England’s top rugby league clubs. According to a PRNewswire story, under the deal, the club’s Langtree Park North Stand is to be renamed […]

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Move over Romeo y Julieta, here comes The Merchant of Venice

Move over Romeo y Julieta, here comes The Merchant of Venice

| February 12, 2013

Tourists heading for Cuba with the idea of taking pictures of locals happily puffing away at quality cigars are likely to be disappointed. At least that is the picture painted by Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez, writing in the Huffington Post. In a piece relayed by the TMA, Sanchez said that it was becoming increasingly difficult […]

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White House petitioned by e-cigarette users fearful of FDA intentions

White House petitioned by e-cigarette users fearful of FDA intentions

| February 11, 2013

US vapers are submitting a petition to urge the White House to take action to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from enacting unnecessary, burdensome regulations that could effectively ban the sale of many electronic cigarettes, according to a press note issued through USNewswire. The White House required 25,000 signatures to be collected in one […]

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Getting on top of cigarette litter

Getting on top of cigarette litter

| February 11, 2013

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has reported an average 55 per cent reduction in cigarette litter within the communities that implemented its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) during 2012, according to a press note issued through USNewswire. In 2012, the program’s 10th year, there were 195 grant-supported implementations across the US in a variety of places […]

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Norway’s Health Minister firm on snus

Norway’s Health Minister firm on snus

| February 11, 2013

A commission of health care experts has proposed a new list of restrictions to discourage consumption of tobacco and alcohol in Norway, but Heath Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, apparently thinks they went too far, according to a story on newsinenglish.no. He quickly rejected several of their recommendations. The commission had wanted to ban snus in […]

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Chewing tobacco bans in India work to depress menthol prices

Chewing tobacco bans in India work to depress menthol prices

| February 11, 2013

Menthol prices in India have fallen due to the bans that have been imposed in some states on certain types of chewing tobacco, according to a story by Keshav Seth for TopNews. The FMCG company, Emami, was quoted as saying that it was enjoying lower raw material costs because of the bans and a growth […]

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Work as art

Work as art

| February 11, 2013

The Cultivation of Tobacco, the monumental artwork created in 1960 by the husband-and-wife Greek engravers, Tassos (Anastasios Alevizos), and Loukia Maggiorou, is returning to Stavroupouli in Thessaloniki, according to a story by Nicky Mariam Onti for the Greek Reporter The masterpiece shows men and women engaged in the cultivation and processing of tobacco in all […]

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Altria to webcast conference presentation

Altria to webcast conference presentation

| February 11, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference in Boca   Raton, Florida, starting about 13.45 hours Eastern Time on February 19. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode at www.altria.com, will feature a presentation by chairman and […]

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Imperial’s market manager earns medal for customer engagement in Finland

Imperial’s market manager earns medal for customer engagement in Finland

| February 11, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s market manager in Finland has been honoured for excellence in customer engagement by one of the country’s largest retail organizations. Kari Heikkila was recently guest of honour at the centenary dinner for the Finnish K-Retailers’ Association, where he was presented with a medal in recognition of his efforts working with trade partners over […]

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Sikkel new CEO Alliance One

Sikkel new CEO Alliance One

| February 8, 2013

Pieter Sikkel will become president and chief executive officer of Alliance One International on March 1. Sikkel is currently the company’s president and a member of its board of directors. Mark W. Kehaya, currently chairman of the board of directors and interim CEO, will continue as nonexecutive chairman of the board of directors and will […]

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ATD Machinery declares independence

ATD Machinery declares independence

| February 8, 2013

ATD Machinery of the Netherlands has become an independent company, ATD Machinery BV, as of Jan. 1, 2013. Previously the technical department of Agio Cigars, ATD has over the years evolved into a full-fledged supplier of machinery to the global cigar industry. To learn more about the newly independent ATD Machinery, visit www.atdmachinery.nl.

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Goldman to lead new Swisher division

Goldman to lead new Swisher division

| February 7, 2013

Alex Goldman has joined Swisher International as president of its new premium cigars division, Royal Gold Cigars. Goldman’s tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience. “Alex’s leadership of House of Oxford/Mom’s Cigars as its owner and president for the past 20 years positions […]

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New pouch manufacturing solution from TDC

New pouch manufacturing solution from TDC

| February 7, 2013

Technical Development Corp. (TDC) of the Netherlands, a sister company of International Tobacco Machinery, has developed the Osiris, a new nonstop inline pouch-manufacturing machine. Using advanced and reliable technology, the machine can produce perfectly shaped pouches without compromising flexibility, according to TDC. The Osiris can produce pouches with a variety of specifications. Width and height […]

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Taxing questions about EU funding to fight illicit trade in tobacco products

Taxing questions about EU funding to fight illicit trade in tobacco products

| February 4, 2013

The funds contributed by four multinational tobacco manufacturers to the EU purportedly to help fight the illicit trade in tobacco products are paid into the EU’s general budget. There is no earmarking of the funds. This was made clear by the European Commission in answer to two written parliamentary questions by the Irish member of […]

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Creepy warning creep

Creepy warning creep

| February 4, 2013

Thailand is aiming to become the country with the largest cigarette-pack health warnings, according to a story in The Nation. At present, its warnings are said to take up 55 per cent of a pack’s surface area, but that is set to rise to 85 per cent, the country’s Public Health Minister, Pradit Sinthawanarong, said. […]

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Ombudsman asked to rule on release of ‘Dalligate’ documents

Ombudsman asked to rule on release of ‘Dalligate’ documents

| February 4, 2013

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has submitted a formal complaint to the EU Ombudsman about the European Commission’s handling of what has become known as ‘Dalligate’. The former European Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, John Dalli, resigned in October in circumstances that were examined by OLAF, the European Anti-fraud Office, and that are still being […]

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Smoking incidence down in Slovenia

Smoking incidence down in Slovenia

| February 4, 2013

The incidence of smoking in Slovenia is declining but nearly a quarter of the country’s population still smokes, according to a story in Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija quoting figures from the latest survey by the Public Health Institute (IVZ). The survey, which was conducted during 2011 and 2012 among 7,500 respondents between the ages of 15 […]

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MEP questions whether Spanish tobacco import restrictions are discriminatory

MEP questions whether Spanish tobacco import restrictions are discriminatory

| February 4, 2013

A member of the European parliament has asked whether newly imposed limits by Spain on the import of cigarettes across the La Línea de la Concepción border with Gibraltar amount to discrimination. In a written question to the European Commission, the English MEP, Sir Graham Watson, said that, under the rules, introduced at the start […]

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PM USA’s cigarette volume stable against background of declining market

PM USA’s cigarette volume stable against background of declining market

| February 1, 2013

Philip Morris USA’s cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 134,874 million, was down by 0.2 per cent on that of the 12 months to the end of December 2011. Marlboro shipments were down by 0.7 per cent to 116,377 million while shipments of other premium brands were down […]

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Altria board member to retire

Altria board member to retire

| February 1, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth E. Bailey, is to retire from the board of directors of the Altria Group following completion of her current term. She will not stand for re-election at the 2013 annual general meeting of shareholders. Bailey, who has been a board member since 1989, currently serves as a member of the Compensation, Finance and […]

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Universal to host results conference call

Universal to host results conference call

| February 1, 2013

Universal Corp is due to webcast a conference call at www.universalcorp.com from 17.00 hours Eastern Time on February 5 following the release of its results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 after market close on that day. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, […]

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PMI to host results webcast

PMI to host results webcast

| February 1, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com starting at 13.00 hours Eastern Time on February 7 to discuss its 2012 full-year and fourth-quarter results, which will be issued at mid-morning of the same day. During the webcast, Louis C. Camilleri, chairman and CEO, and Jacek Olczak, CFO, will discuss […]

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