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Dioxins undetectable in cigarette MSS

Dioxins undetectable in cigarette MSS

| February 7, 2014

New research from Essentra Scientific Services (ESS) has found that dioxins are not present at detectable levels in cigarette mainstream smoke. The new research, carried out by Dr. William Guthery, analytical chemist at ESS, drew on an innovative gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis to demonstrate that dioxins, which are cited by the US Food and […]

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Bhutan says tobacco ban must end

Bhutan says tobacco ban must end

| February 6, 2014

Bhutan’s Upper House resolved that the country’s ban on the import of tobacco must end. In a majority resolution on February 3 the house said the ban on import and sale of tobacco products must end to control the black market, reports the Bhutan News Network. Bhutan had gained fame for being the first country […]

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No. 2 U.S. drugstore to stop selling smokes

No. 2 U.S. drugstore to stop selling smokes

| February 6, 2014

CVS Caremark Corp. said on Feb. 5 that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October of this year, becoming the first national drugstore chain in the United States to take cigarettes off the shelf. Public health experts called the decision by the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain a precedent-setting step […]

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No fire in smoking impeachment plan

No fire in smoking impeachment plan

| February 6, 2014

A proposal that the Philippines’ President, Benigno S. Aquino III, should be impeached because of his tobacco smoking seems unlikely be realized, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. While the president had not quit smoking, he had followed the smoking ban in government offices and other public areas, presidential communications secretary, Herminio Coloma […]

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Ground prepared for standardized packs

Ground prepared for standardized packs

| February 6, 2014

The Northern Ireland Assembly voted on Monday to accept the introduction of standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a BBC Online story. Assembly members voted on a legislative consent motion on the Children and Families Bill, which will allow the UK government in Westminster to legislate to impose standardized packaging in Northern   Ireland. Health […]

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Cancer: a consequence of living longer

Cancer: a consequence of living longer

| February 6, 2014

Cancer is on the rise in Singapore as the consequences of modern lifestyles – including smoking and over-eating – add to the problems of an aging population, says a story in the Straits Times. According to the latest figures available, two years ago, 12,123 people were diagnosed with cancer in Singapore, up 14.6 per cent […]

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Much interest in TFWA Asia Pacific show

Much interest in TFWA Asia Pacific show

| February 6, 2014

Online visitor registration for the annual TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference is due to open on February 19 at www.tfwa.com. The event is to be staged in the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center in Singapore on May 11-15. The TFWA president, Erik Juul-Mortensen, said his association was delighted by the demand for […]

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Altria to host presentation webcast

Altria to host presentation webcast

| February 6, 2014

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca   Raton, Florida, starting about 09.15 hours Eastern Time on February 19. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by Marty Barrington, chairman and CEO, […]

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Alliance sales down in third quarter

Alliance sales down in third quarter

| February 5, 2014

Alliance One International’s gross profit during its third quarter to the end of December, at $83.8 million, was up by 0.9 per cent on that of the third quarter to the end of December 2012, despite sales having decreased by 6.4 per cent to $654.6 million. “Fiscal year 2014 is on track to experience improved […]

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Armenia raises cigarette output sharply

Armenia raises cigarette output sharply

| February 5, 2014

Cigarette production in Armenia last year, at 7,729,500,000, was up by 25.6 per cent on that of 2012, 6,155,000,000, according to an Armenian News Agency story quoting figures from the National Statistical Service. The story said also that cigarette exports had risen sharply between 2012 and 2013, though no comparative figures were given. However, the […]

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Cigarette prices increased in Jordan

Cigarette prices increased in Jordan

| February 5, 2014

Cigarette prices in Jordan were increased by 100 fils (JD0.10: there are 1,000 fils to the dinar) a pack as of yesterday, while the price of hookah tobacco went up by JD1.2 per kg, according to a story in the Jordan Times. The Times reported that tobacco prices were usually raised through the issue of […]

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New chairman taking over at Imperial

New chairman taking over at Imperial

| February 5, 2014

Iain Napier is due to retire as non-executive chairman, and Berge Setrakian is due to retire as a non-executive director at the end of Imperial Tobacco’s annual general meeting, which is being held today. Deputy chairman Mark Williamson will become chairman, and Michael Herlihy will succeed Williamson as senior independent director. Herlihy will step down […]

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BAT Zimbabwe: investing in the future

BAT Zimbabwe: investing in the future

| February 4, 2014

British America Tobacco Zimbabwe has spent more than US$5 million over the past five years in capital investments, according to a story in The Herald quoting the company’s finance director, Peter Doona. About 50 per cent of the expenditure was invested in manufacturing and Doona said that the company would increase its capital expenditure this […]

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Smokers given cigarette price guidance

Smokers given cigarette price guidance

| February 4, 2014

Egypt’s Ministry of Finance has produced a cigarette price list and consumers are being asked to inform the country’s tax authority if they are asked by retailers to pay more than the list prices, according to a story in the Daily News Egypt. There would seem to be a discrepancy between some of the prices […]

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Smoking bans move step closer in Lagos

Smoking bans move step closer in Lagos

| February 4, 2014

The Lagos State House of Assembly recently passed a bill seeking to make illegal tobacco smoking in enclosed public places within the state, according to a story in the Vanguard. The bill is now before Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, who has to sign it before it becomes law. If signed, the new law will make […]

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Better youth tobacco prevention program

Better youth tobacco prevention program

| February 4, 2014

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co has improved its tobacco prevention program aimed at young people. In a note posted on its website, the company said that its free, evidence-based youth tobacco prevention program, Right Decisions Right Now: Be Tobacco Free (RDRN), now offered more website features, including Spanish-language posters and parent brochures, smart board activities, improved […]

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Altria acquires Green Smoke

Altria acquires Green Smoke

| February 3, 2014

Altria Group’s NuMark subsidiary has acquired the e-vapor business Green Smoke for $110 million in cash plus up to $20 million in incentive payments, reports Wells Fargo Securities. Posting $40 million revenue in 2013, the majority of Green Smoke’s sales are online in the U.S. The company’s retail sales in convenience stores were $3.9 million […]

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Warning straight from the horse’s mouth

Warning straight from the horse’s mouth

| February 3, 2014

A number of Chinese health organizations are asking people not to send cigarettes as gifts nor offer them to guests during the current Spring Festival, according to a Xinhua News Agency report. The festival, which takes in the Chinese New Year, started on Friday and is due to end on Thursday. The organizations, including the […]

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Zambia: Africa’s best investment option

Zambia: Africa’s best investment option

| February 3, 2014

Zambia has been described by the managing director of Japan Tobacco International Leaf Zambia as the best investment destination in Africa, based on the stability of the country’s economy during the past 10 years. According to a Times of Zambia story, Robert Royle told a Zambia-Japan Trade and Investment Promotion event in Lusaka last week, […]

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Helping people ‘opt’ for a healthier life

Helping people ‘opt’ for a healthier life

| February 3, 2014

Tobacco is one of the focuses of a public-health action-plan being put forward by the Danish government, according to an Esmerk Danish News story. The plan includes seven national targets for reducing smoking and drinking among Danes, but looks also at reducing obesity among children and encouraging more people to take exercise. The government will […]

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