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Plain packaging being lined up behind graphic warnings in South Africa

Plain packaging being lined up behind graphic warnings in South Africa

| September 20, 2012

South   Africais considering imposing plain packaging on tobacco products manufacturers, according to a Times Live story. “We are keen to test this and if there is… support for it, we will go this route,” the health department’s director for health promotion, Vimla Moodley, was quoted as saying. For the time being, the department is […]

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Imperial expects full-year volumes to be down by three per cent

Imperial expects full-year volumes to be down by three per cent

| September 20, 2012

The Imperial Tobacco Group said today that its overall financial position and operational performance for the financial year to September 30 was in line with the board’s expectations. ‘We are delivering strong gains from our key strategic brands and improving our revenue momentum through our focus on driving quality growth across our total tobacco portfolio,’ […]

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Delegation from China gets first-hand account of US’ counterfeit problem

Delegation from China gets first-hand account of US’ counterfeit problem

| September 19, 2012

A delegation fromChinais inRichmond,Virginia, on a fact-finding mission to lay the groundwork for future efforts against tobacco-products counterfeiting, according to localUSreports relayed by the TMA and Tobacco China Online. The Chinese officials, including representatives of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, the Provincial Tobacco Monopoly Administration’s enforcement division and the […]

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Sekap bidders to be named tomorrow

Sekap bidders to be named tomorrow

| September 19, 2012

The names of bidders for a 50.4 per cent stake in the Greek cigarette maker Sekap SA are due to be announced tomorrow, according to a Bloomberg News story quoting a Kathimerini newspaper report and relayed by the TMA. Due diligence is to be completed by the end of October.

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Pack colors mislead few Irish smokers

Pack colors mislead few Irish smokers

| September 19, 2012

Only five per cent of Irish smokers wrongly believes that a light color on a pack of cigarettes signals that the contents are less hazardous than are those in darker-colored packs. The same proportion of Irish smokers believes that slim cigarettes are less hazardous than are traditional-sized cigarettes. These figures, reported by the Irish Independent, […]

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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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