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Most of Malawi’s tobacco will be grown under contracts in coming season

Most of Malawi’s tobacco will be grown under contracts in coming season

| September 19, 2012

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has said that about 80 per cent of tobacco growers will be moving to contract farming for the 2012-13 production season. TCC’s CEO, Bruce Munthali, apparently told The Daily Times that the move was aimed at controlling tobacco production and trying to minimize the overproduction that had a negative effect […]

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First private label brand of electronic cigarettes launched

First private label brand of electronic cigarettes launched

| September 19, 2012

Los Angeles-based Safecig and the Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc. yesterday launched Seminole Unconquered, which is said to be the first private label brand of electronic cigarette and cigar products. The products will be sold in Seminole Smoke Shops, at Seminole & Hard Rock Casinos, and online. The launch of the Seminole electronic vaping products […]

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Innovations appointment at Filtrona

Innovations appointment at Filtrona

| September 19, 2012

Filtrona Filter Products has appointed Patrick Meredith (pictured) as its innovations director, based inSingapore. Prior to his new role, Meredith was Filtrona Filters’ director of program management, having originally joined the company in 2003 as engineering project manager at the Filtrona Technology Centre atJarrow,UK. Before joining Filtrona Filters, Meredith worked in construction as a design […]

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Top marks for Imperial Tobacco’s fight against illicit trade

Top marks for Imperial Tobacco’s fight against illicit trade

| September 19, 2012

Imperial Tobacco has won recognition for its management of social, environmental and economic issues, and gained top marks for its efforts to combat illicit trade. Sustainability Asset Management (SAM), an independent organisation providing guidance for investors on behalf of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, rated Imperial highly for its approach to a number of key […]

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Electronic cigarettes could become the “deal breaker for a smoke-free nation”

Electronic cigarettes could become the “deal breaker for a smoke-free nation”

| September 18, 2012

The New Zealand Health Ministry has been criticized over its recent move to ban sales of the electronic cigarette brand Hydro on the grounds that such sales are in violation of the Medicines Act, according to a Scoop story relayed by the TMA. End Smoking New Zealand chairman, Dr. Murray Laugesen, described the prohibition of […]

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Italian natural-gas-powered curing barn under test in Yunnan

Italian natural-gas-powered curing barn under test in Yunnan

| September 18, 2012

The Luoping County Tobacco Sub-company (LCTS) has been carrying out trials of a leaf tobacco curing barn that uses the burning of natural gas as its heat source, according to a Qujing Tobacco Monopoly Administration story relayed by Tobacco China Online. LCTS, which is inQujing City,Yunnanprovince, imported the Spapperi barn fromItaly. In trying to reduce […]

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Encouraging level of tobacco grower registrations in Malawi

Encouraging level of tobacco grower registrations in Malawi

| September 18, 2012

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has said that the number of tobacco-grower registrations indicated that production would be higher in the coming season than it was in the past season, according to a story in The Maravi Post. Speaking yesterday, Dr. Bruce Munthali, head of the TCC, said the registration exercise had started on a […]

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Imperial trading update due Thursday

Imperial trading update due Thursday

| September 18, 2012

Imperial Tobacco is due to issue a trading update on September 20. The group’s financial year ends on September 30.

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Research suggests new route towards less harmful cigarettes

Research suggests new route towards less harmful cigarettes

| September 18, 2012

A little-known bone protein has shed some light on the development of cardiovascular disease in smokers, according to research by British American Tobacco in conjunction with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. BAT said in a press note that osteopontin might be useful in studies of the effects of modified cigarettes with reduced toxicant levels, though more […]

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Malawi commits to tackling child labor

Malawi commits to tackling child labor

| September 17, 2012

During a recent conference in Lilongwe, Malawi’s government and other stakeholders endorsed a plan to eliminate child labor in agriculture. Malawi’s child labor incidence is among the highest in southern Africa. Held Sept. 4-6, the Malawi National Conference on Child Labor in Agriculture was the first of its kind in Malawi. The event was convened […]

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JTI’s sales volume increased in August

JTI’s sales volume increased in August

| September 17, 2012

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during August, at 10.5 billion, was up by 2.6 per cent on its August 2011 volume, 10.3 billion, which itself was down by 21.3 per cent on that of August 2010, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. Volume during the five months, April-August, at […]

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Bulgartabac has big export ambitions

Bulgartabac has big export ambitions

| September 17, 2012

Bulgartabac, which was sold by the Bulgarian government to a subsidiary of the Russian bank VTB for €100.1 million in September last year, expects its cigarette exports to Western Europe to grow by 35 per cent next year, according to a Novinite story. At the same time, the company plans a 31 per cent increase […]

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NewCo to co-operate with Wallace on marketing Malawian tobacco

NewCo to co-operate with Wallace on marketing Malawian tobacco

| September 17, 2012

NewCo Asia Leaf Pte Ltd. says it as entered into an agreement with R.W.J. Wallace Ltd under which it will assist Wallace to market its Malawian tobaccos. Wallace is an established coffee and tobacco exporter that was incorporated as a company in 1951 and that has over half a century of experience in the tobacco […]

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Altria on sustainability index

Altria on sustainability index

| September 17, 2012

Altria said on Thursday that it had been named a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America), which represented recognition of the company’s ongoing progress in responsibly managing its business practices. “Responsibility is core to Altria’s mission and our businesses,” said Jennifer Hunter, senior vice president of corporate affairs, Altria […]

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Indonesian survey confirms heavy smoking

Indonesian survey confirms heavy smoking

| September 14, 2012

More than 67 percent of adult men in Indonesia smoke tobacco products, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), reports the Jakarta Post. In 1995, the National Social Economic Survey reported a figure of 53.9 percent. The GATS’ 2011 report also shows that about 60 million people, or 34.8 percent of all adults, were […]

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RAI re-qualifies for Dow Jones sustainability

RAI re-qualifies for Dow Jones sustainability

| September 14, 2012

Reynolds American Inc. has been awarded membership in the 2012-2013 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, effective Sept. 24, 2012. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company has been recognized this way. Reynolds American is one of 140 North American companies on the index, which is used by many investment portfolio managers when […]

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Test your innovations with Prolab

Test your innovations with Prolab

| September 14, 2012

Next year, Hauni plans to launch Prolab, a cigarette making line designed for the tobacco industry’s R&D departments. Tobacco companies spend considerable amounts of time and money on developing new products. Sooner or later developers need to find out how a new idea performs in a manufacturing context. What do their new products look, feel […]

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Hauni filter system improves efficiency

Hauni filter system improves efficiency

| September 14, 2012

Hauni Maschinenbau is introducing a new all-automatic high-bay storage system that allows cigarette makers to separate filter making from the cigarette production process. Apart from maximizing machine utilization, the system’s space-saving storage unit keeps filters ready for use wherever and whenever required. “This storage system keeps the filter and cigarette manufacturing processes separate, allowing filter […]

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Tobacco growers launch petition against FCTC’s ‘destructive proposals’

Tobacco growers launch petition against FCTC’s ‘destructive proposals’

| September 14, 2012

The International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA), representing more than 30 million tobacco farmers worldwide, on Wednesday reacted with outrage to the publication of new proposals to regulate tobacco farming by the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The ITGA has vowed to rally governments to oppose the measures. “By suggesting governments phase […]

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European growers up in arms over EU tobacco directive revision leaks

European growers up in arms over EU tobacco directive revision leaks

| September 14, 2012

UNITAB, which represents nearly 85,000 tobacco growers acrossEurope, is questioning the EU’s commitment to preserving jobs following leaks about the European Commission’s proposals for the revision of its tobacco products directive. Francois Vedel, UNITAB’s delegate secretary says that the introduction of plain packaging would lead to a price war because manufacturers would be prevented from […]

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India shifting from unlit to lit products

India shifting from unlit to lit products

| September 14, 2012

The bans on various oral tobacco-containing products, such as gutkha, which have now spread to at least 11 Indian states, are likely to be ‘positive’ for cigarette companies, according to a story in The Times of India quoting tobacco analysts. The bans have been brought in under the Food Safety Standards Authority of India, which […]

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Canadian province seeking undisclosed sum from tobacco manufacturers

Canadian province seeking undisclosed sum from tobacco manufacturers

| September 14, 2012

Prince Edward Island’s courts could be the next battleground forCanada’s tobacco companies after the provincial government filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for health care costs associated with alleged tobacco-related disease, according to a Guardian story. The province’s statement of claim filed Monday named 13 tobacco companies as part of an alleged conspiracy to keep knowledge […]

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Manufacturer in retailer initiative to tackle underage sales

Manufacturer in retailer initiative to tackle underage sales

| September 14, 2012

Imperial Tobacco says that its business inAustraliais helping to tackle youth smoking with an initiative to remind retailers of the rules that are in place to avoid underage sales. In a note posted on its website, the company said that the nationwide campaign had involved internal briefings with sales teams, and retailer engagement designed to […]

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China makes record sales of low-tar cigarettes during first half

China makes record sales of low-tar cigarettes during first half

| September 13, 2012

Sales of low-tar cigarettes inChinaduring the first half of this year reached a record high of 153.785 billion, up by 86.39 billion on sales during the first half of 2011. Sales of low-tar cigarettes, defined as having deliveries of 8 mg or less, are being officially promoted at present. Production of low tar cigarettes, also […]

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Hungarian state to monopolize tobacco sales from July next year

Hungarian state to monopolize tobacco sales from July next year

| September 13, 2012

Hungary’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law that establishes a state monopoly for the retail sale of tobacco products from July 1, 2013, according to a realdeal.hu story. The bill, submitted by the ruling Fidesz party in December, will require shop owners to acquire a concession from the state to sell tobacco products. And it […]

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