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Christmas card is at the cutting edge

Christmas card is at the cutting edge

| December 4, 2012

This year’s Christmas card from Iggesund Paperboard could well become a collector’s piece. It has been produced by the van Heertum Design agency, which has made a name for itself by not flinching from design commissions that demand both complex printing and intricate finishing. The motif is a starry sky with depictions of reindeer and […]

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Tobacco Products Directive, like Christmas, is coming …

Tobacco Products Directive, like Christmas, is coming …

| December 3, 2012

The newly-appointed European Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, Dr. Tonio Borg, is said to have forwarded the proposed new Tobacco Products Directive to the Commissioner’s College for vetting and approval, according to a Malta Today story of December 2. This may pave the way for the proposal and previous directive drafts to be seen, before […]

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Packaging, tick: now the targets are additives, nicotine and a timed ban

Packaging, tick: now the targets are additives, nicotine and a timed ban

| December 3, 2012

Welcoming the imposition in Australia on Saturday of mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, an anti-tobacco campaigner said there was still more that could be done, according to an Australian Associated Press (AAP) story. From December 1,Australiahas required that all tobacco products be sold in ‘plain packaging’ – packaging designed on behalf of the government […]

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Imperial and its Kiev employees help spruce up local park

Imperial and its Kiev employees help spruce up local park

| December 3, 2012

A number of Imperial Tobacco’s Ukraine-based employees have spent a weekend sprucing up a park in the capital Kiev as part of an ongoing community investment partnership. Around 30 Imperial people from different functions came together for the urban rejuvenation project in the Golosiivsky district, near to Imperial’s offices on the outskirts of the city. […]

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Swedish photographer’s Black Box to be unveiled by Iggesund in Moscow

Swedish photographer’s Black Box to be unveiled by Iggesund in Moscow

| December 3, 2012

A new Black Box is due to be unveiled during an exhibition at the Flacon Club in Moscow on Thursday. For almost two years, Iggesund Paperboard has been running the Black Box Project, which has challenged well-known international designers and design companies to fill a black box of a specified format with contents that in […]

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RAI quarterly dividend payable January 2

RAI quarterly dividend payable January 2

| December 3, 2012

Reynolds American Inc’s board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.59 per share ($2.36 per share annualized). The dividend is payable on January 2 to shareholders of record on December 10. RAI said that this was the 34th consecutive quarterly cash dividend that it had declared since it […]

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Stiff fines for smokers, drinkers, music lovers, campers and those walking cats

Stiff fines for smokers, drinkers, music lovers, campers and those walking cats

| December 3, 2012

Starting next month, anyone caught smoking, drinking, camping, blasting music or engaging in any other illegal activities at Boulder Creek parks, California, is to be fined heavily, according to a story by Kimberly White for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The fines, which are referred to also as ‘fees’, will range from $160 for infractions, such […]

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Earnings up at Donskoi Tabak

Earnings up at Donskoi Tabak

| November 29, 2012

Russian cigarette maker Donskoi Tabak on Nov. 20 reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of RUR1.86 billion ($ 59.3 million) in January-September 2012, up 26 percent from a year ago, reports Prima-Tass. Net revenue jumped 71 percent year-year to RUR19.7 billion, volumes rose 2 percent to 23.5 billion cigarettes, and the company’s […]

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Proposal to raise smoking age

Proposal to raise smoking age

| November 29, 2012

Junior Health Minister Martin van Rijn plans to introduce legislation to raise the Dutch legal age to buy tobacco products from 16 to 18, reports DutchNews.nl. Earlier this month, the Dutch cigarette industry association SSI, the smoking tobacco association VNK, and Philip Morris Benelux, called for raising the legal tobacco buying age. Anti-tobacco group Stivoro […]

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Belarus braces for tax hike

Belarus braces for tax hike

| November 29, 2012

The Belarusian government will increase tobacco excise tax rates by between 50 percent and 100 percent, starting Jan.1, reports Oreanda-News. The excise tax rate on filtered cigarettes will increase by 55.6 percent to 110 percent, depending on the price group. The excise tax rates on smoking and pipe tobacco, and cigars will increase by 66.7 […]

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Report dismisses industry claims about plain packaging

Report dismisses industry claims about plain packaging

| November 29, 2012

A report commissioned by Cancer Research UK dismisses the tobacco industry’s claims that the U.K. government’s plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes will boost the trade in illegal cigarettes, reports HealthCanal. According to the report, which was prepared by Luk Joossens, advisor to the World Bank, the European Commission and World Health Organization on […]

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Australia’s plain packaging an “anomaly”

Australia’s plain packaging an “anomaly”

| November 29, 2012

Morgan Stanley analysts believe the spread of plain packaging beyond Australia may be “very slow.” Capital markets have been concerned that Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law–the world’s first–could spread to other nations, ultimately commoditizing the tobacco category by hurting brand equity and reducing manufacturers’ pricing power. The analysts base their optimism on the facts that […]

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E-cigarettes may surpass NRT sales

E-cigarettes may surpass NRT sales

| November 29, 2012

Euromonitor International believes the value of the global trade in electronic cigarettes may soon exceed that of non-prescription nicotine-replacement products. In a recent report, the market intelligence provider estimated the worldwide e-cigarette market at $2 billion, compared with $2.4 billion for the NRT market, excluding prescription sales. The report also highlights the increasing involvement of […]

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FlexLink opens distribution center

FlexLink opens distribution center

| November 28, 2012

FlexLink Systems inaugurated new international distribution (IDB) and engineering centers near Poznan, Poland, on Nov. 22. With the new operations, FlexLink has “insourced” its delivery services and combined it with complementary services to keep full control of the delivery performance to its customers. The combined operations holds capacities in engineering, pre-assembly of conveyor systems and […]

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Judge spells out “corrective statements”

Judge spells out “corrective statements”

| November 27, 2012

A U.S. federal court has spelled out the “corrective statements” District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered tobacco companies to make in 2006 when she found them guilty of violating civil racketeering laws and engaging in fraud to deceive the American people about the health risks of smoking. The order requires tobacco companies to make corrective […]

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Anti-smoking campaigns should be tailored to smoker occupations

Anti-smoking campaigns should be tailored to smoker occupations

| November 23, 2012

There is a higher incidence of smoking among South Korea’s young, male white-collar workers than among young, male blue-collar workers, according to a story in The Korea Times quoting the results of a university survey. The survey found that 62.6 per cent of young (19-34 years of age) men working in services and sales were […]

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Plain tobacco packaging ruled out in Malaysia – for the moment

Plain tobacco packaging ruled out in Malaysia – for the moment

| November 23, 2012

Malaysia’s health ministry has no plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, according to a story in The Star quoting the deputy minister, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin. “The Ministry supports the action of the Australian government in implementing the plain packaging as a move to reduce smoking there,” she said in answering a question […]

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Better times finally arrive for Kentucky and Tennessee Burley growers

Better times finally arrive for Kentucky and Tennessee Burley growers

| November 23, 2012

Burley tobacco growers inKentucky and Tennesseeare reaping some of their best paydays since plunging into the free market, according to a story by Bruce Schreiner for Associated Press. The growers are capitalizing on what were said to be tight leaf supplies and a quality crop that bounced back from an early-season drought. Will Snell, a […]

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Business wants smokers moved on, along with their antisocial entourage

Business wants smokers moved on, along with their antisocial entourage

| November 23, 2012

A Facebook campaign to extend a tobacco smoking ban in the central business district of an Australian town is said not to be about smoking but about antisocial behavior, according to a story by Patrick Billings for the Examiner. The campaign, launched by Watson’s Showcase Jewellers in Launceston, Tasmania, is said to have garnered thousands […]

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Government likely to be unmoved by smoking ban protest in Sofia

Government likely to be unmoved by smoking ban protest in Sofia

| November 23, 2012

About 2,500 people turned out yesterday to protest outside the parliament building in Sofia, Bulgaria, against the tobacco smoking ban that was imposed in enclosed public places in June, according to a Sofia Globe story. The protest was organised by a hotel and restaurant association and on social networks. Organisers object to what they described […]

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EU health commissioner in waiting says tobacco directive is first priority

EU health commissioner in waiting says tobacco directive is first priority

| November 23, 2012

Dr. Tonio Borg says that he is looking forward to starting work as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs, with the tobacco products directive being the first item on his agenda, according to a story by Keith Micallef for the Malta Independent. The European Parliament on Wednesday approved Borg’s nomination by 386 votes to […]

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Québec’s budget is illicit trade charter

Québec’s budget is illicit trade charter

| November 22, 2012

In raising taxes on licit tobacco products in its latest budget, the Québec government has set out a welcome mat for organized crime to increase its stake in the province’s tobacco market, according to a note posted by Imperial Tobacco Canada on its website. “Given the availability of cheap illegal products, raising tobacco taxes is […]

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Display ban challenge in Scotland

Display ban challenge in Scotland

| November 22, 2012

Imperial Tobacco is to launch a Supreme Court challenge against the implementation of a cigarette display ban in Scotland, according to a story by Louise Wilson for the Edinburgh Journal. Imperial, which is concerned about the cost to retailers of their implementing the ban and about the boost the ban will give to the illicit […]

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Tobacco smoke breaks translate into higher levels of productivity

Tobacco smoke breaks translate into higher levels of productivity

| November 22, 2012

Workers at a firm in Leeds, England, are being offered regular ‘sweet breaks’ after their boss discovered smokers were more productive after popping outside to smoke, according to a story by Ian Garland for The Sun. Larry Gould, the CEO of translation company, thebigword, was said to have been shocked to find employees got more […]

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US smokers pay umpteen taxes, for the MSA and higher insurance premiums

US smokers pay umpteen taxes, for the MSA and higher insurance premiums

| November 22, 2012

Health insurance companies in the US would be allowed to set their premiums for smokers at 1.5 times the level of those for non-smokers under proposed new rules. According to a story by N.C. Aizenman for the Washington Post, the Obama administration proposed new rules on Tuesday that would loosen some of its 2010 health-care-law […]

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