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Minister goes on the offensive

Minister goes on the offensive

| August 1, 2014

The Indian minister of health and family welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has written to Arun Jaitley, the minister of finance and the minister of defense, urging that the armed forces stop selling tobacco products at their canteens. And Vardhan has asked the minister to review the policy whereby tobacco products are made available at discount […]

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New dual filter offers capsule plus …

New dual filter offers capsule plus …

| August 1, 2014

Essentra Filter Products has launched Dual Sensation, a filter that enables a capsule segment to be combined within a multisegment filter. In a press note announcing the new filter, Essentra said that it provided cigarette manufacturers with the flexibility to design products that delivered to their consumers flavor on demand and the benefits of either […]

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BAT reports robust first-half volumes

BAT reports robust first-half volumes

| July 31, 2014

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the six months to the end of June, at 331 billion, was down slightly on that of the six months to the end of June 2013, 332 billion. Volume was increased in the company’s Asia Pacific region by 4 percent to 104 billion, and increased in its EEMEA (Eastern […]

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Reynolds’ cigarette sales down sharply

Reynolds’ cigarette sales down sharply

| July 31, 2014

R.J Reynolds Tobacco’s domestic cigarette volume during the three months to the end of June, at 15.6 billion, was 8.3 percent down on that of the three months to the end of June 2013, 17 billion. Pall Mall volume was down by 6 percent to 5.3 billion, Camel volume was down by 4.4 percent to […]

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Lorillard volume shipments down

Lorillard volume shipments down

| July 31, 2014

Lorillard’s domestic-market wholesale cigarette shipments during the three months to the end of June, at 9,977 million, were down by 2.8 percent on those of the second quarter of 2013, 10,262 million. Shipments of Newport were down by 1.9 percent to 8,524 million, while shipments of Kent and True, Lorillard’s other full-price brands, were down […]

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China produces more cigarettes

China produces more cigarettes

| July 29, 2014

China’s tobacco companies produced more cigarettes even as the number of tobacco farms decreased in the first half of 2014, reports Xinhua News Agency quoting figures from the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA). In the January-June period, Chinese cigarette manufacturers produced 1.3 million sticks, 0.2 percent more than in the first half of 2013. Meanwhile, […]

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E-cigarettes not unbanned in Australia

E-cigarettes not unbanned in Australia

| July 29, 2014

In Australia, it is illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to deliver nicotine, not because a bureaucrat has made a decision to ban them, but because no one has yet asked the right bureaucrat for permission, according to David Leyonhjelm, the Liberal Democrats’ senator for New South   Wales, writing in The Australian Financial Review. ‘It […]

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Call for e-cigarette ban in Saudi Arabia

Call for e-cigarette ban in Saudi Arabia

| July 29, 2014

A medical professor at King Saud University (KSU) has called for a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, at least in respect of those under the age of 18, according to a story in the Arab News. Sultan Ayoub Meo, a professor at the KSU’s College of Medicine, said that electronic cigarette use should […]

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SA looking at plain packs by next year

SA looking at plain packs by next year

| July 29, 2014

South   Africa aims to force cigarette manufacturers to sell their products in standardized packs by next year, according to a story by Wendell Roelf for Reuters, quoting the country’s Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is currently looking into complaints about the introduction of standardized packs in Australia, but Motsoaledi said […]

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Cigarette production increased slightly

Cigarette production increased slightly

| July 29, 2014

Chinese cigarette production during the first half of this year, at 1,300,000 million, was increased by 0.2 per cent on that of the first half of last year, according to a Xinhua News Agency story published in the Global Post of Boston, US. Tobacco taxes during the first half of this year, which raised about […]

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Tanzanian leaf tobacco bound for China

Tanzanian leaf tobacco bound for China

| July 29, 2014

China’s Yunnan Tobacco International (YTI) has said it will start buying leaf tobacco from Tanzania this season with a purchase of 10 million kg, according to a story in the Daily News. The move follows the signing of a bilateral trade agreement during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Tanzania in March last year. The […]

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Diversion outweighs smuggling in Korea

Diversion outweighs smuggling in Korea

| July 29, 2014

A large quantity of Korean tax-exempt cigarettes earmarked for export are being diverted onto the domestic market, according to a story in The Korea Times quoting the Korea Customs Service (KCS). The KCS reportedly said the value of the diverted cigarettes had reached about WON100 billion (US$97.5 million) this year, up from WON 3 billion […]

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New Orleans testing butts recycling

New Orleans testing butts recycling

| July 29, 2014

The US City of New Orleans and the city’s Downtown Development District (DDD) are launching a pilot program to collect and recycle cigarette butts using an extension of TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Brigade – a nationwide, mail-in recycling program that is sponsored by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co, according to a NACS (Association for Convenience & […]

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Imperial supporting homeless, jobless

Imperial supporting homeless, jobless

| July 29, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is helping to provide accommodation for the homeless and employment opportunities for the jobless in Rosario, home to its factory in the Philippines. The foundation stone of a number of buildings that will house up to 10 homeless families was laid by Carlos Saez-Diez (pictured, far right), factory manager of the Philippine Bobbin […]

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ITC chairman’s speech to be webcast

ITC chairman’s speech to be webcast

| July 29, 2014

ITC is due to host a live webcast of the speech by chairman Y. C. Deveshwar to the company’s 103rd annual general meeting in Kolkata, India. The speech, at www.itcportal.com, will be webcast from10.00 hours local time on July 30.

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France unable to distinguish between electronic and tobacco cigarettes

France unable to distinguish between electronic and tobacco cigarettes

| July 28, 2014

France is set to ban electronic cigarettes from public places and generally subject them to the same controls as tobacco cigarettes, according to a story in World Observer. Health Minister Marisol Touraine was quoted as saying the electronic cigarette was not an ordinary product. However, she said also: “We need to apply the same measures […]

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