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FDA electronic cigarette proposals exposed

FDA electronic cigarette proposals exposed

| December 3, 2015

Two respected US health experts have asked why it should be that the most toxic consumer products on the market – combustible cigarettes – have to do absolutely nothing to stay on the market, while a burdensome and prohibitively expensive applications system is being proposed for much safer, tobacco-free electronic cigarettes. In a blog published […]

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Proposal seeks to impose domestic-leaf inclusion

Proposal seeks to impose domestic-leaf inclusion

| December 3, 2015

Six of Ukraine’s MPs are proposing that it should be a requirement that cigarettes manufactured in the country contain at least 30 percent Ukrainian-grown leaf tobacco by 2024, according to a Ukraine General Newswire story relayed by the TMA. Under proposed Bill No. 3548, starting in 2017, production licenses would be issued only to companies […]

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Japan’s hospitals ban or restrict tobacco smoking

Japan’s hospitals ban or restrict tobacco smoking

| December 3, 2015

About half of Japan’s 8,500 hospitals have banned tobacco smoking on their premises, according to a story in The Japan Times citing a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey. The ministry described the survey as a snapshot of the situation that existed on October 1 last year. The survey results, published yesterday, showed that the […]

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Solutions sought in wake of tobacco-grower suicides

Solutions sought in wake of tobacco-grower suicides

| December 3, 2015

Drawing Indian MPs’ attention to the 20 tobacco growers who committed suicide this year, YSR Congress Party Whip Y.V. Subba Reddy told parliament on Tuesday that the government, which wants to discourage tobacco production, needs to come up with a strategy to help tobacco growers make a smooth transition to alternative crops that are equally […]

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Reynolds American declares quarterly dividend

Reynolds American declares quarterly dividend

| December 3, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors had declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.36 per share ($1.44 per share annualized). The dividend is payable on January 4 to shareholders of record on December 14. RAI said this was the 46th consecutive quarterly cash dividend since RAI […]

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RJR and BAT to co-operate on vapor developments

RJR and BAT to co-operate on vapor developments

| December 2, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc (RAI), said yesterday that it had signed a definitive vapor technology-sharing and licensing agreement with Nicoventures Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco. ‘The companies signed a term sheet in September, providing a framework for collaboration and mutual cross-licensing of vapor product technologies […]

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South Africa has huge illegal tobacco trade problem

South Africa has huge illegal tobacco trade problem

| December 2, 2015

The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) has said that the South African government ‘loses’ more than ZAR4 billion ($277 million) in revenue annually to the illegal tobacco trade, and that the proceeds from that trade might be funding organized crime, according to an Anadolu Agency story. But the story said only that – unnamed […]

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Liggett owner declares quarterly dividend

Liggett owner declares quarterly dividend

| December 2, 2015

Vector Group Ltd. said yesterday that it had declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.40 per share. It said the dividend was payable on December 29 to holders of record as of December 15. Vector Group is a holding company that indirectly owns, among other interests, Liggett Group LLC.

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TV program accuses BAT of bribery in East Africa

TV program accuses BAT of bribery in East Africa

| December 1, 2015

The BBC’s Panorama program has alleged that British American Tobacco made illegal payments to politicians and civil servants in countries in East Africa. In responding to the allegations, BAT told the BBC in a statement: ‘The truth is that we do not and will not tolerate corruption, no matter where it takes place’. The payments […]

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Exclusive snus marks 150th anniversary of General

Exclusive snus marks 150th anniversary of General

| December 1, 2015

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of General, Scandinavia’s largest snus brand and, to celebrate this milestone, Swedish Match is today launching the exclusive snus General Kardus Fäviken 2016. The original product was said to have been created by perfectionist Johan A Boman in 1866, and his creation is now being interpreted by Chef Magnus […]

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BAT-Imperial deal ‘likely’

BAT-Imperial deal ‘likely’

| November 30, 2015

Wells Fargo Securities believes a deal between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG) is “very probable,” based on a detailed market share and leverage analysis it performed. The most likely scenario, according to the financial services firm, is that BAT acquires Imperial but divests its U.S. assets, ITG Brands, in a tax-free […]

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22nd Century to open new laboratories

22nd Century to open new laboratories

| November 30, 2015

22nd Century Group, a plant biotechnology company and leader in tobacco harm reduction, has announced that it will open specialized laboratories in western New York, USA, dedicated to new scientific research at substantially lower costs than sponsored research projects at third-party universities. Paul J. Rushton, Ph.D., the company’s vice president of plant biotechnology, will lead […]

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JTI goads Australia over ‘branding ban’ failure

JTI goads Australia over ‘branding ban’ failure

| November 30, 2015

After three years in which Australia’s standardized tobacco packaging legislation has been in force, the government is still refusing to admit that it has been a failure, according to a note posted on Japan Tobacco International’s website today. Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act (TPPA) was aimed at: discouraging people from taking up smoking or using […]

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Fontem settles another e-vapor patents case

Fontem settles another e-vapor patents case

| November 30, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s Fontem Ventures, and CB Distributors and DR Distributors (CBD and DRD) have settled patent infringement litigation in the US, according to a PRNewswire story. Fontem is the owner of the electronic cigarette brand blu, while CBD and DRD own and distribute the electronic cigarette brands 21st Century Smoke and Vapin Plus. ‘The settlement […]

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Media asked to create awareness of anti-tobacco act

Media asked to create awareness of anti-tobacco act

| November 27, 2015

A non-governmental organization in Nigeria has warned that about eight million people are at risk of losing their lives to tobacco use by 2030, according to a story by Segun Olaniyi for the Lagos Guardian. The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) reportedly said that this would be the outcome if measures were not put […]

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France to impose standardized cigarette packaging

France to impose standardized cigarette packaging

| November 27, 2015

The French parliament has narrowly passed a law to impose standardized packaging on cigarettes, according to a Euronews story. Standardized packaging, which is already used for tobacco products in Australia and which has been legislated for in Ireland and the UK, is being imposed in France from May next year in a bid to reduce […]

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High level of compliance with Beijing’s smoking ban

High level of compliance with Beijing’s smoking ban

| November 26, 2015

During the first five months of Beijing’s public-places tobacco-smoking ban, only 0.01 percent of the city’s smokers were fined for non-compliance. This extremely low level of recorded non-compliance occurred despite the authorities having set up a hotline for reporting smokers and despite the fact that almost all law enforcement personnel in Beijing were charged with […]

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Asking for a stroke gets you a pack of cigarettes

Asking for a stroke gets you a pack of cigarettes

| November 26, 2015

The South Korean government’s latest anti-smoking video is drawing strong opposition from smokers because it equates buying tobacco products with buying lung cancer, according to a story in The Korea Times. The nation’s largest smokers’ group, ‘I love Smoking,’ which has about 100,000 members, said yesterday that the Ministry of Health and Welfare ‘has violated […]

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Flue-cured tobacco prices increased in Karnataka

Flue-cured tobacco prices increased in Karnataka

| November 25, 2015

The average price paid for flue-cured tobacco during the first 35 days of auctions in Karnataka, India, at Rs138.00 per kg, was about 17 percent higher than the average price paid during the corresponding period of last year, Rs117.85 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group’s newsletter. […]

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How do you like your rat droppings – smoked or not?

How do you like your rat droppings – smoked or not?

| November 25, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration allows up to 13 ‘fragments’ of rodent excreta in a 24-ounce container of cornmeal, according to a Yahoo! Health story quoting the FDA’s Defect Levels Handbook. It allows also a maximum of nine rodent hairs in a 16-ounce container of pasta. But while these contaminants might sound distasteful, the […]

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Labor aiming to hurt the poor – for their own good

Labor aiming to hurt the poor – for their own good

| November 24, 2015

Australia’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has said that the Labor party is ‘keenly aware’ that its proposal to push the price of cigarettes to $40 a pack by 2020 would hurt the poor, according to a story by Eliza Borrello for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The government has been increasing its cigarette tax take regularly […]

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Tobacco grower registrations down in Zimbabwe

Tobacco grower registrations down in Zimbabwe

| November 24, 2015

The number of Zimbabwean farmers who have registered so far this year to grow tobacco is down by more than 20 percent on the number who had signed up by the same point of last year’s registration period, according to a Newsdzesibabwe story. In its latest bulletin, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) said […]

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Pakistan lay-offs down to tax-led illegal trade

Pakistan lay-offs down to tax-led illegal trade

| November 23, 2015

Philip Morris Pakistan (PMPK) is laying off 141 employees from its purchasing and processing departments but says that it is committed to continuing to operate in Pakistan, according to a story in The Nation. PMPK, formerly Lakson Tobacco, apparently told the paper that the decision to axe the employees had been taken as a result […]

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JT product to offer ‘ultimate smoking experience’

JT product to offer ‘ultimate smoking experience’

| November 23, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc has said that it will launch in mid-December a cigarette that will provide the ‘ultimate smoking experience’. In a note posted on its website, the company said that ‘fastidious attention’ had been paid to every detail of Mevius Prestige, which would be sold exclusively at the duty-free stores of five airports: Narita, […]

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Reynolds launches Vuse Connect Solo

Reynolds launches Vuse Connect Solo

| November 20, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. is launching Vuse Connect Solo power units in the United States on Nov. 24. The units feature Bluetooth low-energy technology that enables adult tobacco consumers to pair the device with a mobile app to monitor things such as battery level, battery life and cartridge levels. The power units will be available […]

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