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Altria delivers ‘outstanding returns’

Altria delivers ‘outstanding returns’

| January 29, 2016

Philip Morris USA’s cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 126,018 million, was increased by 0.5 percent on that of the 12 months to the end of December 2014, 125,390 million.

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Altria to cut 490 from workforce

Altria to cut 490 from workforce

| January 29, 2016

Altria is planning to eliminate about 490 jobs from its US workforce during the next two months as the company seeks to save about $300 million a year by the end of 2017, according to a story by John Reid Blackwell for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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EU meeting closed so it could be open

EU meeting closed so it could be open

| January 29, 2016

Members of the European Parliament discussed EU deals with four tobacco multinationals behind closed doors in Brussels on Wednesday, while saying they had nothing to hide, reports the EU Observer.

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PMI to host results and outlook webcast

PMI to host results and outlook webcast

| January 29, 2016

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 09.00 Eastern Time on February 4 to discuss its 2015 fourth-quarter and full-year results, which will be issued about 07.00 the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CEO André Calantzopoulos will discuss the company’s results, the […]

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RAI to host results conference call

RAI to host results conference call

| January 29, 2016

Reynolds American Inc is due to host a conference call and webcast from 09.00 Eastern Time on February 11 following the release of its fourth-quarter 2015 financial results before the market opens that day. The RAI speakers will be president and CEO, Susan M. Cameron, CFO, Andrew D. Gilchrist, and vice president of investor relations, […]

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Tobacco facing ‘worst nightmare’ in Australia

Tobacco facing ‘worst nightmare’ in Australia

| January 28, 2016

There is an expectation that a drop to a record low in the rate of smoking among young Australians could be the early signs of a smoke-free generation, according to a story by Courtney Wilson for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Figures from a new report are said to show that in the past 20 years […]

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E-cigarettes to carry same warnings as tobacco

E-cigarettes to carry same warnings as tobacco

| January 28, 2016

Belgium’s Public Health Minister Maggie De Block is scheduled to introduce legislation that would legalize the sale of electronic cigarettes to people aged 16 and above, according to an Expatica.com story relayed by the TMA. However, given that the bill is signed into law by HM King Philippe, electronic cigarettes will have to comply with […]

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Smugglers limit losses with smaller shipments

Smugglers limit losses with smaller shipments

| January 28, 2016

The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) is asking the government of New Brunswick, Canada, to use next week’s budget to increase action against the province’s growing contraband tobacco problem. “Illegal cigarettes are a growing and significant problem in New Brunswick,” said Gary Grant, national spokesperson for the NCACT. “Just last week, RCMP in the […]

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Cigarette imports again on the rise in South Korea

Cigarette imports again on the rise in South Korea

| January 28, 2016

South Korea’s cigarette imports increased last year after contracting for four straight years despite the government’s having hiked tobacco taxes in an effort to discourage smoking, according to a Yonhap News Agency report citing Korea Customs Service (KCS) data. Between 2014 and 2015, volume imports rose by 128.1 percent to 1,877 tons while the value […]

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Imperial to hold AGM on February 3

Imperial to hold AGM on February 3

| January 28, 2016

Imperial Tobacco is due to hold its Annual General Meeting on February 3. A presentation script and slides will be made available on its website after the event.

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Korea seeks disclosure of cigarette chemicals

Korea seeks disclosure of cigarette chemicals

| January 27, 2016

Tobacco makers and importers may have to disclose all the ingredients in cigarettes as part of South Korea’s effort to control the harmful effects of tobacco consumption, reports The Korea Times. In a policy report to President Park Geun-hye, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it will seek to require tobacco importers and […]

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The Marbach Group expands

The Marbach Group expands

| January 27, 2016

The Marbach Group, a global leader in die-cutting technology, has invested more than €5 million ($5.44 million) over the past two years into a new building and production equipment for its rotary die cutting tools. After expanding and modernizing the machinery park in 2015, the project “New rotary production hall Heilbronn” is now completed. Strong […]

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UK cancer charity seeks health levy on cigarettes

UK cancer charity seeks health levy on cigarettes

| January 27, 2016

The charity Cancer Research UK is calling on the government to make the tobacco industry contribute towards tobacco control through a levy of 1p on every cigarette sold in the country. Earlier this month, a report published by the charity indicated that cuts to public health funding mean that local Stop Smoking Services are being […]

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Zambia’s crop expected to be reduced this season

Zambia’s crop expected to be reduced this season

| January 27, 2016

Zambia is expected this season to produce a tobacco crop reduced from that of 2014/15, 27,000 tonnes, according to a story in The Times of Zambia. Production is expected to be down significantly in the Eastern Province. Eastern Fodya Association of Zambia chairperson Franklyn Mwale said in an interview with the Times that only 450 […]

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Motive for Uruguay tobacco tax rise questioned

Motive for Uruguay tobacco tax rise questioned

| January 27, 2016

Uruguayan storeowners believe that recent tobacco-product tax increases are aimed more at boosting government revenue than at reducing the number of smokers, according to a Latin American Herald Tribune story quoting the ‘trade association head’ Claudio Orrego. President Tabare Vazquez signed on Friday an executive order increasing the tax to 52.22 pesos (US$1.68) on a […]

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Myanmar looking to change tobacco tax rates

Myanmar looking to change tobacco tax rates

| January 27, 2016

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a new tax law for the coming fiscal year that, according to a story in The Myanmar Times, includes ‘a dizzying array of tax brackets for locally made cigarettes’. If it is approved by the president, the law will take effect on April 1, after the new National League for Democracy-led […]

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Imperial helping to fight malaria in Ivory Coast

Imperial helping to fight malaria in Ivory Coast

| January 27, 2016

Imperial Tobacco, through its Altadis Foundation, is supporting a number of projects in Africa, including a program aimed at tackling the spread of malaria. ‘The Foundation’s activities include a rebuilding project in the Ivory Coast, which will benefit 40,000 people, as well as ongoing support for the National Programme to Fight Malaria, which educates people on how to avoid […]

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Universal to host results webcast

Universal to host results webcast

| January 27, 2016

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call on February 3 following the release of its results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 after market close on that date. The conference call will begin at 17.00 Eastern Time and will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer. The webcast […]

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New police unit to fight illegal trade in Ontario

New police unit to fight illegal trade in Ontario

| January 26, 2016

Canada’s National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) yesterday welcomed the announcement of a new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team within the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). “With about one in three of all cigarettes purchased in the province being illegal, Ontario has the worst contraband tobacco problem in the country,” said Gary Grant, a 39-year veteran of […]

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Georgia aiming to expand cigar exports

Georgia aiming to expand cigar exports

| January 26, 2016

Cigars from Georgia’s Adjara region could soon appear on the shelves of shops in other countries if their manufacturer, Imeri, is successful in its current export campaign, according to a story on Agenda.ge. Imeri cigars have already been exported to Turkey, where they are available in duty free shops, and now the company is said […]

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JT announces launch of next-generation Ploom

JT announces launch of next-generation Ploom

| January 26, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it would launch the next generation of its Ploom ‘tobacco vapor’ device, Ploom TECH, and three types of ‘MEVIUS for Ploom TECH’ tobacco capsules. All products would be available in Japan from early March through nearly 900 stores in Fukuoka City and nationwide via a dedicated online store operated […]

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Alternative crops reduced to ‘next best option’

Alternative crops reduced to ‘next best option’

| January 26, 2016

To help India meet its ‘obligation’ to reduce leaf tobacco growing by 50 percent by 2020, the Tobacco Board in the state of Karnataka has decided to encourage tobacco farmers to switch to the “next best option”, according to a story by Laiqh A. Khan for the Hindu, relayed by the TMA. India’s ‘obligation’ is […]

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Quitting through knitting – a creative approach

Quitting through knitting – a creative approach

| January 26, 2016

A solution to the knotty problem of quitting smoking and avoiding weight gain has emerged from the field of crafts – specifically knitting. Knitting could also help to reduce tension when prisons go smoke free, though that is possibly a longer shot. In a blog in the New York Times, Jane E. Brody said that […]

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Tobacco’s labor-intensive status questioned

Tobacco’s labor-intensive status questioned

| January 25, 2016

Thousands more jobs may be lost within the Indonesian tobacco industry as manufacturers increasingly turn from manual production methods to cheaper machine systems, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Widyastuti Soerojo of the Public Health Scholars Association (IAKMI) said that about 15,000 tobacco workers had lost their jobs last year. In many cases, […]

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Spain to lose last Altadis cigarette factory in June

Spain to lose last Altadis cigarette factory in June

| January 25, 2016

Imperial Tobacco’s Altadis plans to close its last cigarette factory in Spain, according to an Agence France Presse story. The group’s cigarette sales in Spain have slumped by more than 45 percent in volume during the past five years due in part to regulatory pressures. A spokesperson who did not want to be named told […]

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