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BAT identifies promising biomarkers of smoking-related disease and prognosis

BAT identifies promising biomarkers of smoking-related disease and prognosis

| November 9, 2012

A research review by scientists at British American Tobacco suggests that the regulatory functions and inherent stability of microRNAs make them suitable biomarker candidates for early detection of the molecular and genetic changes associated with smoking-related diseases (Biomarkers Med. (2012) 6(5), 671–684). ‘MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNA molecules that play key roles in regulating gene […]

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Filtrona gears up to market trends by implementing global machine strategy

Filtrona gears up to market trends by implementing global machine strategy

| November 9, 2012

Filtrona Filter Products has implemented a global machine strategy to optimise its machine technologies through upgrades and investment in new state-of-the-art machinery. The global strategy has been introduced following a comprehensive analysis of market trends and a review of the company’s machine technologies, encompassing hundreds of machines across nine production sites. “In an increasingly dynamic […]

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JTI donation will fund cataract operations for underprivileged elderly people

JTI donation will fund cataract operations for underprivileged elderly people

| November 9, 2012

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has donated US$25,000 to Thanh Nien News’ medical program to provide 650 cataract operations for underprivileged elderly people in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta of Vietnam, according to a Vietnam News story. A representative of Thanh Nien News said JTI’s contribution would help improve the living conditions of elderly people in […]

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Biggest graduate intake at Imperial

Biggest graduate intake at Imperial

| November 9, 2012

Imperial Tobacco says that it has taken on 30 graduates – its biggest such intake to date –as part of a strategy to invest in its ‘talent pipeline’. ‘The newcomers on our 2012 Graduate Programme will gain experience of different areas of the business across the globe in the next two years,’ the company said […]

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Cigar sales to help Sandy victims

Cigar sales to help Sandy victims

| November 9, 2012

Rafaelis Cigars, of Los Angeles, California, is offering to Donate $5 to the American Red Cross for every box of cigars it sells. The money will go towards aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Rafaelis sells boxes of 50 Churchill, Toro or Robusto cigars, each size in either natural (Sumatra) or dark (maduro) format.

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Parkside secure waste system guards against illicit trade

Parkside secure waste system guards against illicit trade

| November 8, 2012

Keen to improve its environmental credentials, Parkside Flexibles has invested in a secure waste management system. The investment will also help protect tobacco customers’ businesses from illicit trade by ensuring any sensitive waste generated is destroyed on site. Roydon Group has installed and commissioned a shredding and compacting system at Parkside Flexibles Normanton, West Yorkshire, […]

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Australian state involvement in tobacco investments under close scrutiny

Australian state involvement in tobacco investments under close scrutiny

| November 8, 2012

Australia’s Greens have blasted theNew South Wales government for investing almost $30 million in the tobacco industry, according to an Australian Associated Press story. The Greens say the state should come clean on all of its investments. On Tuesday, NSW Treasurer, Mike Baird, revealed the government had invested $28.7 million in tobacco companies through two […]

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Phasing out flue-cured growing in India would be a costly business

Phasing out flue-cured growing in India would be a costly business

| November 8, 2012

The Indian government has yet to approve a proposal recommended by the Tobacco Board under which flue-cured production would be phased out on 4,500 acres, according to a story in the Hindu. A board official was quoted as saying that the Ministry of Health would need to announce a financial package for funding the pilot […]

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Twice as much food aid donated by Imperial’s Spanish employees

Twice as much food aid donated by Imperial’s Spanish employees

| November 8, 2012

Imperial Tobacco’s Spanish employees have collected more than 4,500 kg of food to help alleviate hunger amongst the poor. The Altadis Foundation made an appeal for contributions for a third successive year to coincide with World Food Day on October 16. Items were donated for ‘Operación Kilos’ by employees at the company’s sites inMadrid, Logroño,Santanderand […]

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Lorillard to webcast conference presentation by Kessler and Taylor

Lorillard to webcast conference presentation by Kessler and Taylor

| November 8, 2012

Lorillard’s president and CEO, Murray S. Kessler, and CFO, David H. Taylor, are due to participate in the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference inNew York,NY, from 14.10 hours to 14.45 hours Eastern Time on November 13. Their presentation will be webcast at the Investor Relations section of www.lorillard.com. The presentation will be available […]

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With net income up Universal looks forward to improved market conditions

With net income up Universal looks forward to improved market conditions

| November 7, 2012

Universal Corporation’s net income for the first half of fiscal year 2013, which ended on September 30, was $71.1 million, or $2.50 per diluted share: significantly higher than its net income during the first half of last year, $7.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. The comparison of the current and prior year six-month periods […]

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Alliance on track as quality flue-cured and Burley steer towards undersupply

Alliance on track as quality flue-cured and Burley steer towards undersupply

| November 7, 2012

Alliance One International has reported net income for the second quarter ended September 30 at $18.4 million, or $0.21 per basic share, which compares with a net loss of $3.7 million, or $0.04 per basic share during the second quarter of last year. For the six months to the end of September, the company reported […]

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Smoking prevalence down in Brazil

Smoking prevalence down in Brazil

| November 7, 2012

Brazil recorded a 50 per cent decrease in smoking prevalence between 1989 and 2010, according to the findings of a new study published in PLOS Medicine. The study was conducted by researchers fromGeorgetownLombardiComprehensiveCancerCenterand the Brazilian National Cancer Institute. The fall in smoking prevalence was ascribed toBrazil’s strong tobacco control policies, which included the imposition of […]

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Smoking prevalence up in Thailand

Smoking prevalence up in Thailand

| November 7, 2012

Anti-tobacco campaigners in Thailand have urged the government to speed up the implementation of tougher tobacco regulations, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. In April, the government added elements of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to its existing tobacco laws, but critics say implementation of the regulations is […]

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C.Gars to put rare cigars under the hammer in November

C.Gars to put rare cigars under the hammer in November

| November 7, 2012

Vintage, rare and mature cigars worth an estimated £250,000 are expected to be sold during C.Gars Ltd’s seventh auction at Boisdale CanaryWharf, London, on November 26. In announcing the auction, which will include also cigar-related lots, managing director, Mitchell Orchant, said the global downturn and global smoking bans hadn’t affected C.Gars’ shop, website or auction […]

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Proceeds from new cigar line will help injured Marines and their families

Proceeds from new cigar line will help injured Marines and their families

| November 7, 2012

Author and speaker Nick ‘Gunny Pop’ Popaditch – ‘The Cigar Marine’ – is launching a line of cigars with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and honor his fellow military men and women. In recognition of the Marine Corps’ birthday, Popaditch will unveil his new cigar line […]

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Altria to webcast consumer conference presentation by Barrington

Altria to webcast consumer conference presentation by Barrington

| November 7, 2012

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference inNew York Citystarting about 09.10 hours Eastern Time on November 13. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by, chairman and CEO, Marty Barrington. Pre-event registration is […]

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PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation by Camilleri

PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation by Camilleri

| November 7, 2012

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com of a presentation by, and a question-and-answer session with, chairman and CEO, Louis Camilleri, at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference starting about 12.00 hours Eastern Time on November 13. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide […]

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Dutch health minister opposes proposed tobacco products directive revisions

Dutch health minister opposes proposed tobacco products directive revisions

| November 6, 2012

EU plans to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and ban vending machines are opposed by the Dutch health minister, Edith Schippers, according to an Expatica.com story quoting an RTL news report. The European Commission is due imminently to come forward with proposed revisions to the tobacco products directive, though the timing has been […]

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Health warnings would be printed on cigarettes under proposed regulations

Health warnings would be printed on cigarettes under proposed regulations

| November 6, 2012

The Malaysian government is considering whether it should make tobacco manufacturers print ‘Smoking is hazardous to health’ on every cigarette they produce, according to a story in The Star. This and other new provisions are expected to be added to the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004. A government source was quoted as saying that […]

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Committee to look at Gutkha bans

Committee to look at Gutkha bans

| November 6, 2012

India’s Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has promised to establish a committee to examine the concerns expressed by members of the Smokeless Tobacco Association about the gutkha prohibitions introduced in 14 states, according to a Samay story relayed by the TMA. Members of the association say the bans, introduced under the Food Safety and Standards […]

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Government urged to relax smoking ban

Government urged to relax smoking ban

| November 6, 2012

The Association of Restaurant Owners in Lebanon has threatened to hold a sit-in protest tomorrow to pressure the government to relax the smoking ban in enclosed public places, according to a Daily Star story relayed by the TMA. The ban, which includes coffee shops, restaurants and bars, took effect on September 3. Toni al-Rami, secretary-general […]

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Look back at last month’s TFWA event

Look back at last month’s TFWA event

| November 6, 2012

A review of the 2012 TFWA (Tax Free World Association) World Exhibition is being made available during the first half of November at tfwa.com. The exhibition was held atCannes,France, on October 21-26. The review, which includes videos and photographs, looks at the exhibition and conference, and at the event’s sporting, cultural and social events.

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Cigarette companies urged not to forget former tobacco growers

Cigarette companies urged not to forget former tobacco growers

| November 6, 2012

Cigarette companies in Malaysia are being asked to help former tobacco growers in the state of Kelantan repair their homes and provide a clean supply of water, according to a Malaysian National News Agency story. Before they were forced to stop growing tobacco because their leaf could not compete with that produced in neighbouring countries, […]

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Yunnan’s leaf crop earnings increased

Yunnan’s leaf crop earnings increased

| November 5, 2012

Leaf tobacco production in China’s Yunnan Province is expected this year to reach 1.1205 million tons, an increase of 92,100 tons on last year’s figure, according to a Tobacco China Online story. By October 20, 1.08705 million tons of tobacco had been purchased and 33,650 tons of air-cured and sun-cured were still to be purchased. […]

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