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Imperial to float Logista

Imperial to float Logista

| June 11, 2014

Imperial Tobacco said yesterday that it intended to float its European logistics division, Logista, on the Spanish stock market, according to a story by Paul Sandle for Reuters. Imperial said its indirectly wholly owned subsidiary Altadis would sell a portion of shares in Logista to institutional investors in an initial public offer. The company said […]

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PMI declares quarterly dividend

PMI declares quarterly dividend

| June 11, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on July 11 to shareholders of record as of June 26. The ex-dividend date is June 24.

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Call for minimum tobacco pricing

Call for minimum tobacco pricing

| June 10, 2014

An Australian independent senator is pushing for the introduction of minimum pricing for cigarettes to counter British American Tobacco’s launch of what is said to be the lowest priced licit cigarette on the market at A$13 for a pack of 25, according to a News Interactive Network story. ‘Senator Nick Xenophon has accused the tobacco […]

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U.K.-based opponents of plain tobacco packaging launch online campaign

U.K.-based opponents of plain tobacco packaging launch online campaign

| June 10, 2014

U.K. campaigners against the standardized packaging of tobacco today launched an online campaign against the policy. The No, Prime Minister campaign was created by the smokers’ group Forest, which runs the Hands Off Our Packs program. The campaign features a letter that opponents of standardized packaging can send to the prime minister, David Cameron. According […]

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Bhutan ban remains but penalties relaxed

Bhutan ban remains but penalties relaxed

| June 10, 2014

Bhutan has amended for the second time the Tobacco Control Act it introduced in 2010, but the ban on the distribution and sale of tobacco products remains in force, according to a Kuensel Online story. The National Assembly on Friday endorsed by 37 votes to five with two abstentions the Tobacco Control Act 2014, which […]

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Call for full advertising ban in China

Call for full advertising ban in China

| June 10, 2014

Health professionals and tobacco control experts in China have called for tobacco advertising to be outlawed “fully,” according to a story in the People’s Daily. They are concerned that a draft amendment to the country’s advertising law fails to stipulate such a ban explicitly. The draft amendment was reviewed at an executive meeting of the […]

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Orion to manufacture Goodrich low-nicotine cigarettes

Orion to manufacture Goodrich low-nicotine cigarettes

| June 9, 2014

Goodrich Tobacco Co., a subsidiary of 22nd Century Group, has signed a letter of intent with Orion, a cigarette manufacturer in Poland, to contract manufacture the company’s proprietary tobacco products to be distributed in the European Union. Goodrich produces tobacco with very low nicotine levels. The firm will export its proprietary leaf from the United […]

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FlexLink opens office in South Africa

FlexLink opens office in South Africa

| June 9, 2014

FlexLink has opened a sales and engineering facility in Johannesburg, South Africa, to support customers in the Sub-Sahara region. In addition to selling and engineering of new installations, the new unit will provide aftermarket support for installations using FlexLink technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. FlexLink currently has operating units in 30 countries and works with partners […]

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Hauni opens office in South Africa

Hauni opens office in South Africa

| June 9, 2014

Hauni Maschinenbau has opened an office in Cape Town, South Africa, to support customers throughout Africa. The office will be housed on the premises of Reitech, which provided support services for Hauni’s Sub-Saharan customers in the past. Reitech will continue to assist Hauni with its customer support. The new Hauni team will be led by […]

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China planning tobacco tax increase

China planning tobacco tax increase

| June 9, 2014

The authorities in China are planning to increase the national tobacco tax in the hope of persuading more smokers to quit their habit, according to a Want China Times story quoting the Chinese-language Beijing News. The story said it was likely that the authorities would follow recommendations set by the World Health Organization, which says […]

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E-cigarettes included in official quit-smoking guidance in Scotland

E-cigarettes included in official quit-smoking guidance in Scotland

| June 9, 2014

E-cigarettes have been included for the first time in official NHS (National Health Service) Scotland guidance aimed at helping smokers quit their habit, according to a story by Lyndsay Buckland for The Scotsman. The new advice is said to recognize the increased popularity of these devices among people wishing to cut down their use of […]

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Big flue-cured volume sold in Zimbabwe

Big flue-cured volume sold in Zimbabwe

| June 9, 2014

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured sales, which are still in progress, have already seen more leaf sold than was traded during the whole of the 2013 sales season, according to a story in The Independent quoting Tobacco Industry Marketing Board figures. After 68 weeks of trading so far this year, 173 million kg of flue-cured had been sold […]

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Smoking causes 40 percent of cancers

Smoking causes 40 percent of cancers

| June 9, 2014

More than 12,000 people in Saudi Arabia suffer from cancer every year, and tobacco smoking remains the cause of 40 percent of cancer cases there, according to an Arab News story quoting local media and data released by the World Health Organization. About 40 percent of the cancer cases could be prevented, the story said, […]

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U.K. MPs back health experts urging WHO to adopt tobacco harm-reduction policies

U.K. MPs back health experts urging WHO to adopt tobacco harm-reduction policies

| June 6, 2014

U.K. MPs have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) in support of the stance taken by 53 health specialists in encouraging the World Health Organization to adopt tobacco harm reduction policies. A story based on the specialists’ views was included here on May 30. A summary of the EDM published on the U.K. parliament’s website […]

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Small cigars, big exports

Small cigars, big exports

| June 6, 2014

Cuba exported 64.7 million machine-made small cigars between January and May, according to an EFE News Service story quoting a Monday statement by the state-controlled Internacional Cubana de Tabacos (ICT). Meanwhile, sales of such small cigars so far this year were valued at about $10 million, according to the official AIN news agency, citing ICT […]

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You can lead a politician to ban smoking, but you cannot stop him from smoking

You can lead a politician to ban smoking, but you cannot stop him from smoking

| June 6, 2014

The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) has named Indonesia’s House of Representatives’ building as one of the smokiest in Jakarta, according to a BERNAMA (Malaysian National News Agency) story. The naming—and shaming—came about in a recent report on the effectiveness of the city administration’s 2010 ban on tobacco smoking inside public buildings. Of 225 government offices […]

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Alliance volumes improved slightly

Alliance volumes improved slightly

| June 6, 2014

Alliance One’s sales and other operating revenues during the year to the end of March, at $2,354.9 million, were up by 5 percent on those of the financial year that ended on March 31, 2013. The tobacco sales revenue and tobacco cost increases were said by Alliance to be mainly the result of larger crop […]

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Tobacco tax up and down in Philippines

Tobacco tax up and down in Philippines

| June 6, 2014

The Philippines’ government “lost” an estimated PHP15.6 billion in taxes last year due to the trade in illicit tobacco products, according to a story in The Philippine Star quoting a report by the U.K.-based Oxford Economics and the U.S.-based International Tax and Investment Center. The report, commissioned by Philip Morris International, was designed to measure […]

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Essentra expands its offering to include smokeless nicotine products service

Essentra expands its offering to include smokeless nicotine products service

| June 5, 2014

Essentra PLC is offering to supply to its customers tailor-made smokeless nicotine products based on Essentra “proofs of concept.” “The e-cigarette market is growing extremely rapidly, and it is therefore essential that Essentra—not only as a trusted partner to the tobacco industry through its Filter Products and Packaging businesses, but more broadly as an innovator—identifies […]

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Smoking grounded at Moscow Airport

Smoking grounded at Moscow Airport

| June 5, 2014

A Moscow Region court has ruled that smoking areas at Sheremetyevo Airport should be closed, according to a Russian Legal Information Agency story quoting an announcement yesterday by the prosecutor general’s office (PGO). The country’s anti-smoking law, the second part of which came into effect on June 1, bans smoking in many enclosed and open public […]

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