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Imperial working to end child labor and boost schooling in Malawi

Imperial working to end child labor and boost schooling in Malawi

| October 12, 2012

An initiative backed by Imperial Tobacco is helping children in tobacco-growing areas of Malawi to attend school. In a note posted on its website, Imperial said that the ‘Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-growing (ECLT) Foundation’ was working with the government and other agencies to improve educational provision in rural areas. All youngsters of school age […]

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PMI to host results webcast

PMI to host results webcast

| October 12, 2012

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com starting at 09.00 hours Eastern Time on October 18 to discuss its 2012 third-quarter results, which will be issued about 07.00 hours on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, Jacek Olczak, CFO, will discuss the results […]

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Altria to host results webcast

Altria to host results webcast

| October 12, 2012

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at www.altria.com beginning at 09.00 hours Eastern Time on October 25 to discuss its 2012 third-quarter business results. The results will have been issued as a press release about 07.00 hours on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, […]

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Stiffer smuggling penalties ahead of Australia’s ugly pack imposition

Stiffer smuggling penalties ahead of Australia’s ugly pack imposition

| October 11, 2012

The Australian federal government seems to be concerned that cigarette smuggling will increase with the imposition from December 1 of its requirement that tobacco products are sold in ‘plain’, ugly packs. According to an Australian Associated Press story, people involved in tobacco smuggling inAustraliaare to face criminal charges under new changes to customs law. The […]

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Andhra MP objects to FCTC guidelines – and he’s yet to cop the results of CoP5

Andhra MP objects to FCTC guidelines – and he’s yet to cop the results of CoP5

| October 11, 2012

The Andhra Pradesh MP, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, has written to the Indian Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, objecting to the implementation of guidelines drawn up by the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Rao said that enforcement […]

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Attempts made to protect yields from drought and excessive rain

Attempts made to protect yields from drought and excessive rain

| October 11, 2012

Yunnan province’s Luoping county says it is speeding up the consolidation of its tobacco-production farmland, according to a Qujing Tobacco Monopoly Administration story relayed by Tobacco China Online The consolidation is aimed at establishing a number of standard tobacco fields with well-established infrastructure that can produce stable yields during seasons of drought or excessive rain. […]

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Vending ban challenge rejected

Vending ban challenge rejected

| October 11, 2012

A legal challenge by the tobacco industry to a ban on cigarette sales from vending machines in Scotland has been rejected by senior judges, according to a story in the Daily Record and Sunday Mail. The ban is one of several measures being introduced under the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010. Due […]

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Progress report issued on PMI’s Agricultural Labor Practices program

Progress report issued on PMI’s Agricultural Labor Practices program

| October 11, 2012

Philip Morris International has issued its first report on its Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) program, which was launched in May last year. The ALP program seeks progressively to eliminate child labor and other labor abuses on farms PMI sources tobacco from. “We are pleased to share the progress we have made” said Martin King, senior […]

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Youth tobacco prevention program is free from Reynolds and available online

Youth tobacco prevention program is free from Reynolds and available online

| October 11, 2012

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co says that teachers, parents and community youth groups have a free youth tobacco prevention program at their fingertips with the online enhancement of its evidence-based program, Right Decisions Right Now: Be Tobacco Free (RDRN). ‘RDRN educational materials – now readily available via computers and smart boards – can be used to […]

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High cigarette taxes make for poorer smokers not ex-smokers

High cigarette taxes make for poorer smokers not ex-smokers

| October 10, 2012

New York’s highest-in-the-nation cigarette taxes are failing to drive down smoking rates, according to a story by Patrick Basham and John Luik in the New York Post quoting a new study funded by the state’s Department of Health. What these taxes are doing is putting a heavy extra burden on poor New Yorkers. ‘Yes, the […]

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Hospitality sector given short shrift

Hospitality sector given short shrift

| October 10, 2012

The Bulgarian Health Minister, Desislava Atanasova, has refused to lift the smoking ban in enclosed public places imposed in June, according to a Novinite story. “This is a very European step that we made and we shouldn’t come back,” Atanasova was quoted as having said yesterday. Representatives ofBulgaria’s restaurant and hotel sector had written an […]

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Retaining jobs number one priority at UNITAB Congress in Budapest

Retaining jobs number one priority at UNITAB Congress in Budapest

| October 10, 2012

Tobacco farmers from 14 countries are due to arrive in Budapestnext week for the 33rd Congress of their European association, UNITAB, at which the main theme will be: Retain the jobs inEurope. The Congress, which has attracted more than 250 delegates to register, will be held on October 18-20. On the first day, representatives of […]

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Call for bar managers to be responsible for what their customers get up to

Call for bar managers to be responsible for what their customers get up to

| October 10, 2012

The Hong Konggovernment has been urged to make bar managers liable for prosecution if people smoke inside their premises, according to a story in the Hong Kong Standard. Since 2007, most public places in Hong Kong have been covered by a smoking ban and smokers have been liable to prosecution in the event that they […]

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JTI appoints Vladislav Mihov country manager in Bulgaria

JTI appoints Vladislav Mihov country manager in Bulgaria

| October 10, 2012

Japan Tobacco International said yesterday that Vladislav Mihov had been appointed country manager forBulgaria, according to a Novinite story quoting a JTI press note. Mihov’s predecessor, Charles Cunningham-Reid, is to head consumer and trade marketing for Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova. Mihov, who is said to be the first Bulgarian to lead the company’s business in […]

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RAI to webcast results conference call

RAI to webcast results conference call

| October 10, 2012

Reynolds American Inc is due to webcast a conference call at 09.00 hours Eastern Time on October 23 following the release of its third-quarter 2012 financial results. The conference call, which will be available online on a listen-only basis at www.reynoldsamerican.com, will include Daniel M. Delen, president and CEO, Thomas R. Adams, CFO, and Morris […]

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Fine-cut sales on a roll in Iceland

Fine-cut sales on a roll in Iceland

| October 9, 2012

Sales of loose tobacco in Iceland were 34 per cent higher during the first nine months of this year than they were during January-September 2011, according to an Iceland Review story quoting data from the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland. At the same time, sales in cigarettes, the prices of which have risen […]

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Revamped factory almost doubles PM’s capacity in South Korea

Revamped factory almost doubles PM’s capacity in South Korea

| October 9, 2012

Philip Morris Korea (PMK) yesterday opened its revamped cigarette manufacturing facility at Yangsan, South Gyeongsang province, according to a Korea Herald story relayed by the TMA. The revamped plant now has an annual production capacity of 40 billion cigarettes a year, almost double that of the original factory built in 2002. PMK invested WON190 billion […]

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Hospitality sector appeals to PM over Bulgaria’s costly smoking ban

Hospitality sector appeals to PM over Bulgaria’s costly smoking ban

| October 9, 2012

Representatives ofBulgaria’s restaurant and hotel sector have written an open letter to Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, asking for an easing of the country’s indoor public-places tobacco smoking ban, according to a Novinite story. The sector estimates that turnover has slumped by 20-40 per cent since the ban was introduced on June 1 and is alarmed […]

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Raison Cafe – breakfast in one product

Raison Cafe – breakfast in one product

| October 9, 2012

KT&G has said it is due to launch a 1 mg version of its coffee-scented Raison Cafe cigarette on October 10, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The brand was launched in 6 mg format in July. A KT&G spokesman said Raison Cafe delivered a rich scent of ‘hazelnut coffee’ through the addition […]

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BAT Zimbabwe to sell 21 per cent stake to local employees and investors

BAT Zimbabwe to sell 21 per cent stake to local employees and investors

| October 9, 2012

As part of its efforts to comply with Zimbabwe’s indigenization policy, BAT Zimbabweis planning to sell a 21 per cent stake in the company, according to a Business Day (South Africa) story relayed by the TMA. The policy compels foreign-owned companies to empower the country’s citizens by transferring majority shareholdings to locals. BATZimbabwesaid it was […]

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Imperial factory workers branch out

Imperial factory workers branch out

| October 9, 2012

Volunteers from Imperial Tobacco’s Radom factory in Polandrecently gave up some of their spare time to help plant 50 trees in a public park in the city. A group of 25 employees and their families took part in the tree planting day inRadom’s Osiedle Południe park with saplings donated by Imperial. The tree planting was […]

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Plain packaging valid because brand names not acquired by government

Plain packaging valid because brand names not acquired by government

| October 8, 2012

Australia’s law requiring that tobacco be sold in ‘plain packaging’ is constitutionally valid because it does not acquire property, the High Court has explained. According to an Australian Associated Press story, the court on Friday published its reasons for ruling in mid-August that plain packaging was constitutionally valid. ‘Although the (Tobacco Plain Packaging) act regulated […]

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Laid-off workers vow to continue blockade of Philip Morris plant

Laid-off workers vow to continue blockade of Philip Morris plant

| October 8, 2012

About 1,000 workers said to have been laid off by Philip Morris Pakistan are taking part in a demonstration outside the company’s warehouse at Ismaila, according to a report in The Nation and another in Right Vision News, which was relayed by the TMA. The protestors are demanding reinstatement in light of the Peshawar High […]

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French tobacconists block border with Spain in cigarette price protest

French tobacconists block border with Spain in cigarette price protest

| October 8, 2012

About 100 French tobacconists have blocked access to the border with Spainin the south-western frontier village of Perthusto protest against a recent price hike on cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to an Agence France Presse story relayed by Tobacco China Online. The demonstrators set up barricades along a four-kilometer route to denounce a 6.5-10.0 […]

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Information about TFWA’s October event available through app

Information about TFWA’s October event available through app

| October 8, 2012

Access to information about the TFWA (Tax Free World Association) World Exhibition is being made available through an app. The exhibition is due to be held inCanneson 21-26 October. Organizers say that by downloading the app it is possible to view the agendas of the exhibition, conference and workshops, and the social program. The app […]

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