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RAI to make Hurricane Sandy donation

RAI to make Hurricane Sandy donation

| November 15, 2012

Reynolds American Inc. says that the Reynolds American Foundation will donate $140,000 to the American Red Cross to help provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the east coast of theUS at the end of last month. ‘Recovery efforts continue in the areas affected by the storm and all seven chapters of the […]

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World’s cigarette volume roughly stable through 2015, says PMI chief

World’s cigarette volume roughly stable through 2015, says PMI chief

| November 14, 2012

The international (excluding China) tobacco industry cigarette volume forecast through 2015 ranges from stable to a continued modest annual decline of up to 1.3 per cent, according to Philip Morris International’s chairman and CEO, Louis Camilleri. Addressing investors yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference inNew   York, Camilleri said that PMI […]

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EU tobacco products directive would be new commissioner’s top priority

EU tobacco products directive would be new commissioner’s top priority

| November 14, 2012

EU health commissioner-designate Dr. Tonio Borg, has said that his top priority as health commissioner would be to forward a revised version of the EU’s tobacco products directive for inter-service consultation in January 2013, according to a story in the Malta Star, relayed by the TMA. Borg was speaking yesterday before the European Parliament at […]

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Bulgaria’s growers threaten to call a crop holiday over poor opening prices

Bulgaria’s growers threaten to call a crop holiday over poor opening prices

| November 14, 2012

Bulgaria’s National Association of Tobacco Growers has threatened to declare a ‘zero year’ if buying companies don’t increase tobacco prices, according to a Novinite story relayed by the TMA. A zero year is presumably a year when no tobacco is produced. Growers in Andhra  Pradesh, India, employed such a tactic about 10 years ago when […]

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Plain packaging threatens Dominican Republic’s hard-fought premium position

Plain packaging threatens Dominican Republic’s hard-fought premium position

| November 14, 2012

The Dominican Republic has requested the establishment of a panel under the dispute settlement procedures of the World Trade Organization to consider a challenge toAustralia’s plain packaging measures for tobacco products, according to a Marketwire report. The country’s representatives have asked that this request be included on the agenda of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body […]

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Reprieve for duty-free tobacco sales but sector is under notice from FCTC

Reprieve for duty-free tobacco sales but sector is under notice from FCTC

| November 14, 2012

Duty-free tobacco sales were given a reprieve yesterday with the adoption of an international illicit trade protocol that did not include a ban on such sales, according to a story by Nicole Mezzasalma for DFNI. The protocol, which does call for further scrutiny of these sales in the future, was adopted at the fifth Conference […]

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Lorillard declares 3-for-1 stock split

Lorillard declares 3-for-1 stock split

| November 14, 2012

Lorillard said yesterday that its board of directors had declared a three-for-one split of Lorillard common stock. The stock split, it added, would be effected through a 200 per cent stock dividend. “Since becoming an independent publicly traded company in 2008, Lorillard has consistently grown its business and financial results, and those results have largely […]

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FCTC delegates warned not to undermine benefits of cigarette alternatives

FCTC delegates warned not to undermine benefits of cigarette alternatives

| November 13, 2012

Delegates to the World Health Organization’s tobacco meeting inSeoulthis month have been warned that they risk causing harm by not taking account of the benefits offered by some cigarette alternatives. According to a TMA report, South Korea’s JoongAng Daily has carried a column by Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy […]

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Proposed TPD on hold until after new EU health commissioner appointed

Proposed TPD on hold until after new EU health commissioner appointed

| November 13, 2012

A German member of the European Parliament has said that Tonio Borg,Malta’s foreign minister, should not be allowed to join the college of European commissioners, according to a story by Toby Vogel for the European Voice. Borg, who has been put forward by Malta as a replacement for John Dalli, who resigned last month from […]

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Codentify showcased before 4,000 at Moscow forum on anti-counterfeiting

Codentify showcased before 4,000 at Moscow forum on anti-counterfeiting

| November 13, 2012

Imperial Tobacco says that it recently attended an international anti-counterfeiting forum that was the first showcase of Codentify technology. The aim of the event, which was held inMoscow, was to share ideas between governments and representatives from consumer goods industries, including tobacco, with a particular focus onRussia. The two-day forum was opened by the Russian […]

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PMI welcomes WHO protocol on fighting the illicit tobacco trade

PMI welcomes WHO protocol on fighting the illicit tobacco trade

| November 12, 2012

Philip Morris International has welcomed the passing by the World Health Organization of the first international protocol aimed at fighting the illicit trade in tobacco. “With sales estimated at more than 600 billion cigarettes a year – more than one in every 10 consumed – all black market tobacco products combined make up the third […]

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Imperial Tobacco Canada welcomes Manitoba’s First Nation clampdown

Imperial Tobacco Canada welcomes Manitoba’s First Nation clampdown

| November 12, 2012

Imperial TobaccoCanadahas congratulated the government of Manitoba for its leadership in addressing the supply of untaxed and unregulated tobacco sold by the First Nations-owned Chundee Smoke Shop. “Manitobais leading the way on this important and complex societal issue,” said Caroline Ferland, Imperial’s vice-president corporate affairs. “The province has taken decisive action to confront a problem […]

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Europe’s MPs still digging for more information on Dalli resignation

Europe’s MPs still digging for more information on Dalli resignation

| November 12, 2012

Members of the European Parliament are refusing to take no for an answer from the European Commission chief on access to a report on John Dalli, who resigned last month from his position as European Commissioner responsible for health and consumer affairs. German Liberal MEP, Michael Theurer, the head of the budget control committee, reportedly […]

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Smoking amongst Tasmania’s young men way above Australia’s average

Smoking amongst Tasmania’s young men way above Australia’s average

| November 12, 2012

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics’ national health survey shows that smokers make up 45.8 per cent of Tasmania’s men aged 25-34, according to a Mercury story relayed by the TMA. This figure compares with an Australian average rate of 26.7 per cent for men in the same age group. ASH’s national chief executive, Anne […]

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BAT shocked by image of young smoker

BAT shocked by image of young smoker

| November 12, 2012

Responding to a Channel 4 (UK) documentary, Unreported World, British American Tobacco said on Friday that children were not, and would never be, its audience. The company said that it, too, had been shocked to see the tragic situation of a six year old smoker whose mother had said he had been smoking since an […]

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Altria highly ranked on civics list

Altria highly ranked on civics list

| November 12, 2012

The Altria Group has been ranked number 30 amongAmerica’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 survey – the first comprehensive ranking of S&P (Standard & Poor’s) 500 corporations that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by […]

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Irish government urged to cream-off tobacco manufacturers’ profits

Irish government urged to cream-off tobacco manufacturers’ profits

| November 9, 2012

The Irish government has been asked to appoint a regulator who would limit the profits of the tobacco industry and, in doing so, generate around €150m a year for the exchequer, according to a story by Eilish O’Regan for the Irish Independent. The request was made by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Cancer […]

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Graphic warnings challenged in court

Graphic warnings challenged in court

| November 9, 2012

The Sri Lankan Health Ministry says the government suffers an annual loss of Rs4 billion due to non-communicable diseases caused by smoking and that the ministry is committed to reducing the habit, according to a story in the Daily Mirror. The tobacco industry filed action against Health Minister, Maithripala Sirisena, in the Court of Appeal […]

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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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