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Smoking prevalence up in Thailand

Smoking prevalence up in Thailand

| November 7, 2012

Anti-tobacco campaigners in Thailand have urged the government to speed up the implementation of tougher tobacco regulations, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. In April, the government added elements of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to its existing tobacco laws, but critics say implementation of the regulations is […]

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C.Gars to put rare cigars under the hammer in November

C.Gars to put rare cigars under the hammer in November

| November 7, 2012

Vintage, rare and mature cigars worth an estimated £250,000 are expected to be sold during C.Gars Ltd’s seventh auction at Boisdale CanaryWharf, London, on November 26. In announcing the auction, which will include also cigar-related lots, managing director, Mitchell Orchant, said the global downturn and global smoking bans hadn’t affected C.Gars’ shop, website or auction […]

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Proceeds from new cigar line will help injured Marines and their families

Proceeds from new cigar line will help injured Marines and their families

| November 7, 2012

Author and speaker Nick ‘Gunny Pop’ Popaditch – ‘The Cigar Marine’ – is launching a line of cigars with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and honor his fellow military men and women. In recognition of the Marine Corps’ birthday, Popaditch will unveil his new cigar line […]

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Altria to webcast consumer conference presentation by Barrington

Altria to webcast consumer conference presentation by Barrington

| November 7, 2012

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference inNew York Citystarting about 09.10 hours Eastern Time on November 13. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by, chairman and CEO, Marty Barrington. Pre-event registration is […]

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PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation by Camilleri

PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation by Camilleri

| November 7, 2012

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com of a presentation by, and a question-and-answer session with, chairman and CEO, Louis Camilleri, at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference starting about 12.00 hours Eastern Time on November 13. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide […]

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Dutch health minister opposes proposed tobacco products directive revisions

Dutch health minister opposes proposed tobacco products directive revisions

| November 6, 2012

EU plans to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and ban vending machines are opposed by the Dutch health minister, Edith Schippers, according to an Expatica.com story quoting an RTL news report. The European Commission is due imminently to come forward with proposed revisions to the tobacco products directive, though the timing has been […]

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Health warnings would be printed on cigarettes under proposed regulations

Health warnings would be printed on cigarettes under proposed regulations

| November 6, 2012

The Malaysian government is considering whether it should make tobacco manufacturers print ‘Smoking is hazardous to health’ on every cigarette they produce, according to a story in The Star. This and other new provisions are expected to be added to the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004. A government source was quoted as saying that […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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