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US FDA commissioner to step down next month

US FDA commissioner to step down next month

| February 11, 2015

The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, Margaret A. Hamburg, is to step down by the end of March. In a letter to her colleagues at the agency, Hamburg said that together they had made significant progress in implementing both the letter and spirit of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. […]

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PMI a top employer in Europe

PMI a top employer in Europe

| February 11, 2015

Philip Morris International said yesterday that it had been recognized as a top employer in Europe for the third consecutive year, in recognition of the high standards in its working environment. Certification was said to have been the result of independent assessment by the Top Employers’ Institute, which also recognized PMI’s affiliates as leading employers […]

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Cigar industry mourns Tony Barone

Cigar industry mourns Tony Barone

| February 10, 2015

Cigar icon Tony Barone died this week after a brief battle with cancer. Barone’s passing comes less than two years after he retired from Commonwealth-Altadis, following a long and illustrious career. The family will hold a “life celebration” for Barone on Saturday, on Feb. 14 in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA. Born in Tampa, Florida Barone […]

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Plain packaging ‘consultation’ planned in Norway

Plain packaging ‘consultation’ planned in Norway

| February 10, 2015

The Norwegian government looks set to impose standardized packaging on all tobacco products. According to a press note issued by the Norway Government Administration Services (NGAS), the government plans to consult on its standardized-packaging proposal, which would apply to cigarettes and snus. But a note issued by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) said that […]

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E-cigarettes not as addictive as tobacco counterparts

E-cigarettes not as addictive as tobacco counterparts

| February 10, 2015

A leading US health expert has said that electronic cigarettes do not seem to be anywhere close to tobacco cigarettes in respect of their potential to cause addiction. Writing on his Rest of the Story blog, Dr Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, said that […]

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AOI planning ‘comprehensive global restructuring’

AOI planning ‘comprehensive global restructuring’

| February 10, 2015

In announcing yesterday its third quarter results to the end of December, Alliance One International’s CEO and president, Pieter Sikkel, said that the company was planning a comprehensive global restructuring program to position it better for the future. The restructuring program would start during the fourth quarter and be completed over18 months. ‘As part of […]

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