Breaking News

Committee to look at Gutkha bans

Committee to look at Gutkha bans

| November 6, 2012

India’s Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has promised to establish a committee to examine the concerns expressed by members of the Smokeless Tobacco Association about the gutkha prohibitions introduced in 14 states, according to a Samay story relayed by the TMA. Members of the association say the bans, introduced under the Food Safety and Standards […]

Read More

Government urged to relax smoking ban

Government urged to relax smoking ban

| November 6, 2012

The Association of Restaurant Owners in Lebanon has threatened to hold a sit-in protest tomorrow to pressure the government to relax the smoking ban in enclosed public places, according to a Daily Star story relayed by the TMA. The ban, which includes coffee shops, restaurants and bars, took effect on September 3. Toni al-Rami, secretary-general […]

Read More

Look back at last month’s TFWA event

Look back at last month’s TFWA event

| November 6, 2012

A review of the 2012 TFWA (Tax Free World Association) World Exhibition is being made available during the first half of November at tfwa.com. The exhibition was held atCannes,France, on October 21-26. The review, which includes videos and photographs, looks at the exhibition and conference, and at the event’s sporting, cultural and social events.

Read More

Cigarette companies urged not to forget former tobacco growers

Cigarette companies urged not to forget former tobacco growers

| November 6, 2012

Cigarette companies in Malaysia are being asked to help former tobacco growers in the state of Kelantan repair their homes and provide a clean supply of water, according to a Malaysian National News Agency story. Before they were forced to stop growing tobacco because their leaf could not compete with that produced in neighbouring countries, […]

Read More

Yunnan’s leaf crop earnings increased

Yunnan’s leaf crop earnings increased

| November 5, 2012

Leaf tobacco production in China’s Yunnan Province is expected this year to reach 1.1205 million tons, an increase of 92,100 tons on last year’s figure, according to a Tobacco China Online story. By October 20, 1.08705 million tons of tobacco had been purchased and 33,650 tons of air-cured and sun-cured were still to be purchased. […]

Read More

Electronic cigarette company moves into bigger production facility

Electronic cigarette company moves into bigger production facility

| November 5, 2012

Chinese electronic cigarette company, Innokin Technologies, has relocated its headquarters and production facility from HengChangRong Industrial Park in Shenzhen to XinXianTian Industrial Park, also in Shenzhe, according to a PR Newswire story relayed by the TMA. Innokin’s founder and CEO, James Lee, said the investment in the new, larger facility reflected the company’s growing production […]

Read More

Karnataka’s flue-cured production down but farmer prices increased

Karnataka’s flue-cured production down but farmer prices increased

| November 5, 2012

Manju Pillai, director (auctions) at the Tobacco Board of India, has said that Karnataka’s flue-cured production during the 2012-13 season is expected to be about 100 million kg, down from 127 million kg during 2011-12 because of erratic rainfall, according to a story in the Hindu relayed by the TMA. At the same time, the […]

Read More

Malawi moves to 80 per cent contract sales but prices not yet fixed

Malawi moves to 80 per cent contract sales but prices not yet fixed

| November 5, 2012

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has expressed optimism that the forthcoming tobacco growing season will see production increased and foreign exchange earnings boosted, according to a story by Kingsley Jassi for the Daily Times. The TCC expects the country’s growers to produce about 184 million kg of tobacco next year, an amount that is said […]

Read More

FDA to provide advice on what violates Internet tobacco marketing regulations

FDA to provide advice on what violates Internet tobacco marketing regulations

| November 5, 2012

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is due to hold a webinar on the warnings it has issued for violations of regulations governing the sales, distribution, marketing and advertising of tobacco products on the Internet. The webinar, which as been scheduled to start at 14.00 hours Eastern Time on November […]

Read More

Leaf tobacco prices not keeping up with production costs in Lebanon

Leaf tobacco prices not keeping up with production costs in Lebanon

| November 5, 2012

Tobacco growers in Lebanon are complaining that prices are not keeping abreast of increasing production costs, according to a Beirut Daily Star story. The Lebanese Tobacco Board has started receiving 2012 tobacco in 14 southLebanoncenters in Nabatieh, Marjayoun,Tyreand Bint Jbeil. Prices have ranged from L£8,000 per kg for low-quality, to L£13,000 for medium-quality and to […]

Read More

Charlie Finch dies

Charlie Finch dies

| November 2, 2012

Charlie Clifton Finch Jr. died Oct. 29. Born in 1943, Finch began his career with the Flue-cured Stabilization Corp. in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, as an administrative assistant, becoming the chief administrative officer and manager of member relations. In 1998, he became managing director of the Burley Stabilization Corp. in Knoxville, Tennessee. Finch had been […]

Read More

Video interview: Imperial CEO on full-year results

Video interview: Imperial CEO on full-year results

| November 2, 2012

Imperial Tobacco Chief Executive Alison Cooper discusses the company’s full-year results in an interview with financial broadcaster Cantos.

Read More

Commission asked for more information on Dalli resignation, OLAF report

Commission asked for more information on Dalli resignation, OLAF report

| November 2, 2012

The European Commission is considering providing more public information about the circumstances that led to John Dalli’s resignation as health commissioner, but it says it first has to establish what it can legally divulge, according to a Times of Malta story. Confirming that Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, had received a letter from the European […]

Read More

Retailers having brand-differentiation problems with ‘plain’ packs

Retailers having brand-differentiation problems with ‘plain’ packs

| November 2, 2012

The ‘plain’ cigarette packs starting to appear in Australian shops are causing problems for retailers, according to a story in the Canberra Times. The owner of the IGA supermarket in Hughes, Canberra, Michael Makas, was quoted as saying that he had so far sold a few of the new packs, which are required by law […]

Read More

Feel good factor for Finnish smokers

Feel good factor for Finnish smokers

| November 2, 2012

A company in Finland that sells fine-cut tobacco and filter tubes is offering its customers the opportunity of putting those items through a machine that can produce 190-200 cigarettes from 200 g of tobacco in eight minutes. According to an Esmerk Finnish News story, Feel, has started to offer this service from a tobacco shop […]

Read More

Strong demand for electronic cigarettes

Strong demand for electronic cigarettes

| November 2, 2012

The market for electronic cigarettes is growing rapidly in the UK, where there are now an estimated 650,000 users and associated sales worth £60 million, according to a press note released by VIP Electronic Cigarette through PRNewswire. In order to meet demand for these products, VIP says that it has undergone significant expansion in recent […]

Read More

Sidewalk smoking ban in Taipei

Sidewalk smoking ban in Taipei

| November 2, 2012

Tobacco smoking has been banned on sidewalks aroundTaipei City Hall station, according to a story by Jake Chung for the Taipei Times quoting the city government’s Department of Health. The multi-storey building comprises an MRT station, a bus station and stores. The department said it was the first time sidewalks around a building had been designated […]

Read More

Archie Mishkin passes away

Archie Mishkin passes away

| November 2, 2012

Tobacco industry veteran E. “Archie” Mishkin passed away on Oct. 30, 2012. Mishkin was 94 and had lived in Ketchum, Idaho, USA, since his retirement in 1985. After serving in the U.S. army during World War II, Mishkin worked as an accountant in New York City and Havana, Cuba. While in Cuba he became a […]

Read More

ITC picks up Asian Forum CSR award

ITC picks up Asian Forum CSR award

| November 1, 2012

The Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) has conferred on ITC the AIM Asian CSR Award in recognition of ITC’s contribution to the creation of ‘sustainable livelihoods and fostering economic growth in rural communities in India’, according to a note posted on ITC’s website. ‘ITC won the award in the Governance and Society category […]

Read More

‘Stoptober’ campaign above expectations

‘Stoptober’ campaign above expectations

| November 1, 2012

More than a quarter of a million people pledged to stub out their last cigarette during the UK’s “Stoptober” anti-smoking campaign, according to a Press Association story published by the Lakeland Echo and quoting a government source. The month-long NHS [National Health Service] quit drive was aimed at encouraging some ofBritain’s eight million smokers to […]

Read More

Zimbabwe could grow 300 million kg

Zimbabwe could grow 300 million kg

| November 1, 2012

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) says the country’s tobacco production could grow to 300 million kg during the next few years if the industry maintains its current momentum, according to a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation report. Speaking at a prize giving ceremony to honour top tobacco growers, TIMB chairperson, Monica Chinamasa, applauded local farmers […]

Read More

JTI fined £150,000 over death at Northern Ireland cigarette factory

JTI fined £150,000 over death at Northern Ireland cigarette factory

| November 1, 2012

Japan Tobacco International, which owns the Gallaher cigarette factory in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, has been fined £150,000 for health and safety violations, according to a BBC Online story relayed by the TMA. Maintenance engineer, Trevor Allen, died in July last year after a robotic arm fell on him. Northern   Ireland’s Health and Safety Executive […]

Read More

Universal to webcast conference call

Universal to webcast conference call

| November 1, 2012

Universal Corp. is due to webcast a live conference call at www.universalcorp.com from 17.00 hours Eastern Time on November 6 following the release of its results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will be hosted by vice president and treasurer, Candace C. Formacek. A […]

Read More

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

| November 1, 2012

Lorillard yesterday declared a quarterly dividend of $1.55 per share on its common stock payable on December 10 to stockholders of record as of November 30.

Read More

CoP5 recommendations lambasted by Indian growers and Tobacco Board

CoP5 recommendations lambasted by Indian growers and Tobacco Board

| October 31, 2012

Indian tobacco grower representatives and the Tobacco Board of India have expressed strong opposition to certain of the draft recommendations made by the working group of the fifth Conference of the Parties (CoP5) of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM […]

Read More