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Cutting coupons cuts quitting

Cutting coupons cuts quitting

| December 13, 2012

Tobacco companies’ aggressive coupon marketing tactics could reduce the likelihood that current smokers will quit, according to a PRNewswire press note quoting new research published in an article in Tobacco Control. The report is said to be the first of its kind to illustrate that cigarette coupons have a negative association with smoking cessation. “We […]

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Court denies request to open ‘lights’ case

Court denies request to open ‘lights’ case

| December 13, 2012

Philip Morris USA said yesterday that the Madison County Circuit Court had denied the plaintiffs’ request to reopen the Price ‘Lights’ case. “The trial court correctly recognized that the plaintiffs could not meet their burden of proof to reopen the judgment,” said Murray Garnick, Altria Client Services senior vice president and associate general counsel, speaking […]

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Altria declares regular dividend

Altria declares regular dividend

| December 13, 2012

The Altria Group’s board of directors declared yesterday a regular quarterly dividend of $0.44 per common share, payable on January 10 to shareholders of record as of December 26. The ex-dividend date is December 21.

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PMI declares regular dividend

PMI declares regular dividend

| December 13, 2012

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.85 per common share, payable on January 11, to stockholders of record as of December 27. The ex-dividend date is December 24.

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New excise tax regime is ‘better’ or ‘ridiculous’ – take your pick

New excise tax regime is ‘better’ or ‘ridiculous’ – take your pick

| December 12, 2012

Voting 10-9 with no abstentions, senators in the Philippines yesterday ratified a measure restructuring the taxes on tobacco and alcohol products, according to a story in The Philippine Star. The House later followed with its own ratification and the measure now awaits President Aquino’s signature. The Manila Times, meanwhile, said the Department of Finance had […]

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Sticker firm needs to watch its derrière as health department takes close look

Sticker firm needs to watch its derrière as health department takes close look

| December 12, 2012

A company based in Queensland, Australia, is starting to offer stickers for wrapping around cigarette packs, according to a story in Marketing magazine quoting the Gold Coast Bulletin. Box Wrap, a sticker manufacturing company, created the ‘workaround’ for smokers who dislike the olive green background color and hugely-dominate graphic health warnings, which have been mandatory […]

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Making money out of plain packaging

Making money out of plain packaging

| December 12, 2012

An opportunist capitalising on Australia’s ‘plain-packaging’ laws has stolen $30,000 worth of cigarettes from 14 supermarkets across South Australia and Victoria, according to a News Interactive Network story. On each occasion, the man has posed as a tobacco company employee to trick supermarket staff into allowing him to remove discontinued stock because of the mandatory […]

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E-auctions put spark under continuing Karnataka flue-cured sales

E-auctions put spark under continuing Karnataka flue-cured sales

| December 12, 2012

Flue-cured tobacco prices at the continuing auctions in the Indian state of Karnataka have surged by about 10 per cent across all platforms, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The price surge seems to be being attributed mainly to the introduction of the e-auction system. The e-sales […]

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Uttar Pradesh pricing itself out of the cigarette revenue market

Uttar Pradesh pricing itself out of the cigarette revenue market

| December 12, 2012

Uttar Pradesh cigarette vendors and the Uttar Pradesh Cigarette Traders’ Association are urging the state government to cut its 50 per cent rate of VAT on cigarettes to bring it in line with neighboring states. The traders claim the disparity between the VAT rates imposed in Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states is driving up sales […]

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Battle lines being drawn up over Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban

Battle lines being drawn up over Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban

| December 11, 2012

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boiko Borissov, has hinted that he will not oppose a move under consideration by his ruling party MPs that would see the country’s enclosed-public-places tobacco smoking ban eased to allow people to light up in restaurants and bars after 22.00 hours, according to a Sofia News story. But Health Minister, Desislava Atanasova, […]

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Possession of contraband cigarettes to become criminal offence in Malaysia

Possession of contraband cigarettes to become criminal offence in Malaysia

| December 11, 2012

It will become illegal to be in possession of contraband cigarettes under a proposal currently under consideration by the government of Malaysia, according to a story in The Star. The Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, was quoted as saying that his ministry was finalizing proposed amendments to the existing Control of Tobacco Products […]

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Tobacco smugglers given long jail terms

Tobacco smugglers given long jail terms

| December 11, 2012

Five men who were involved in smuggling tobacco into the UK have been jailed for terms of between 18 months and four years and nine months, according to a story by Jane Hunt for the East Anglian Daily Times. Martyn Levett, prosecuting, told the Ipswich Crown Court that the case concerned the smuggling of tobacco […]

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Cigarette taxes to rise again on Egyptian market already besieged by smuggling

Cigarette taxes to rise again on Egyptian market already besieged by smuggling

| December 10, 2012

The Egyptian government has announced a series of tax hikes that will see a 50 per cent increase in the retail price of cigarettes, according to a Bikya Masr story. The tax hikes, which take in everything from alcohol to bottled water, from advertising to retailing and from energy prices to real estate, seem to […]

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Tobacco Board of India to be without chairman during critical few months

Tobacco Board of India to be without chairman during critical few months

| December 10, 2012

The Tobacco Board of India is expected to remain headless until at least February following the completion of the two-year term of the former chairman, G Kamalavardhan Rao, according to a Times of India story. Rao, who has been named Revenue Secretary of Kerala, handed over to the board’s executive director, C V Subba Rao, […]

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The Philippines’ small tobacco firms and employees ‘doomed’ by tax changes

The Philippines’ small tobacco firms and employees ‘doomed’ by tax changes

| December 10, 2012

Small, local tobacco companies in the Philippines will be forced to shut down and lay off hundreds of workers once Congress passes a law imposing extremely high taxes on low-priced cigarette brands, according to a story in The Manila times quoting Blake Dy, vice-president of Associated Anglo American Tobacco Corp. “We are doomed,” Dy said […]

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Fall in overall consumption in France down mainly to lower cigarette sales

Fall in overall consumption in France down mainly to lower cigarette sales

| December 10, 2012

French households cut back slightly on their consumption in October, mainly in response to a rise in cigarette prices, according to an Agence France Presse story quoting official data. Consumption, a main driver of growth in the French economy, slipped by 0.2 per cent in October from the September level. The INSEE statistics institute said […]

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Demand for smuggled cigarettes high because licit products highly taxed

Demand for smuggled cigarettes high because licit products highly taxed

| December 10, 2012

Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and illicit drugs are set to be the most valuable contraband seized byMalaysia’s Customs Department this year, according to a story in The Star. Of the RM850 million worth of goods seized in the first 11 months of this year, alcohol, tobacco and drugs accounted for RM450 million. Alcohol and tobacco […]

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Government urged to reduce cigarette yields gradually in Malaysia

Government urged to reduce cigarette yields gradually in Malaysia

| December 10, 2012

Malaysia’s Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, has said that the tar nicotine and carbon monoxide deliveries of cigarettes sold in Malaysia would be lowered in September 2013 and then reduced again a year later, according to a story in The Sun Daily. But a research company has called for a slow and gradual […]

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NewCo appoints Pakistan manager

NewCo appoints Pakistan manager

| December 10, 2012

The NewCo Group said on Friday that Raza Ullah Khan had recently joined its global team as country manager in Pakistan. Khan has worked in the tobacco business for more than 35 years. NewCo said that Khan’s experience and knowledge would give it a strong presence in the Pakistani market.

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High-speed cigarette maker sought by Ethiopia’s state tobacco company

High-speed cigarette maker sought by Ethiopia’s state tobacco company

| December 7, 2012

Ethiopia’s National Tobacco Enterprise (NTE) is trying to obtain funding for the purchase of a new cigarette-making machine to produce 20,000 cigarettes a minute, according to a story by Mahlet Mesfin for the Addis Fortune. The cost of the machine is said to be about 142 million birr (US$7.79 million). NTE, which started production with […]

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Back-door snus ban feared

Back-door snus ban feared

| December 7, 2012

Swedish Match has attacked reported European plans to further legislate on snus as an indirect attempt to ban the product, according to a Reuters story quoting the newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The newspaper quoted what it said was draft legislation by the European Commission [the tobacco products directive] that sought to restrict the use of flavorings […]

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Four states tie for last place on tobacco prevention funding league table

Four states tie for last place on tobacco prevention funding league table

| December 7, 2012

Ohio is one of four US states that have budgeted no funds for tobacco prevention programs this year, according to a Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) press note issued through PRNewswire. ‘This is the third year in a row that Ohio has provided zero state funding for tobacco prevention,’ the note said. ‘The U.S. Centers […]

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Court fines BAT Chile US$1.7 million for anti-competitive practices

Court fines BAT Chile US$1.7 million for anti-competitive practices

| December 7, 2012

British American Tobacco Chile has been fined US$1.7 million for anti-competitive practices, according to a story by Emily Green for the Santiago Times. In addition, Chile’s Supreme Court has imposed further restrictions on the company’s business practices. BAT Chile currently accounts for 93 per cent of domestic tax-paid cigarette sales.

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Iggesund’s latest Black Box is a treasury of marketing trade opportunities

Iggesund’s latest Black Box is a treasury of marketing trade opportunities

| December 7, 2012

Iggesund Paperboard’s Black Box Project has broken yet new ground with the formation of a website through which the contents of the latest box can be traded. For almost two years, Iggesund Paperboard has been operating the Black Box Project through which it has challenged a number of well-known international designers and design companies to […]

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Spending money on tobacco prevention is dying business among US states

Spending money on tobacco prevention is dying business among US states

| December 6, 2012

US states have spent less on tobacco prevention during the past two years than in any period since the national tobacco settlement in 1998, despite record high revenues from the settlement and tobacco taxes, according to a story by Sabrina Tavernise for the New York Times quoting a report due for release today. The states […]

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