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JT’s volumes down

JT’s volumes down

| February 4, 2016

Japan Tobacco reported today that its domestic cigarette sales volume during the year to the end of December, at 109.2 billion, was down by 2.8 percent on that of the year to the end of December 2014, 112.4 billion.

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Universal lowers crop estimates

Universal lowers crop estimates

| February 4, 2016

Universal Corporation has lowered its estimates of big-leaf tobacco production for the 2016 crop year and is now forecasting an 11 percent decline in the flue-cured harvest outside of China and a 6 percent decline in the Burley harvest when compared with the harvests of the 2015 crop year.

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Universal declares dividends

Universal declares dividends

| February 4, 2016

Universal Corporation’s board of directors yesterday declared a quarterly dividend of $0.53 per share on the company’s common shares, payable on May 9 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 11.

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Altria to webcast presentation

Altria to webcast presentation

| February 4, 2016

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 12.30 Eastern Time on February 17.

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Philippines’ tax reform delivers growth

Philippines’ tax reform delivers growth

| February 3, 2016

Tobacco and liquor tax revenues in the Philippines grew last year at the fastest rate on record, according to a story in The Philippine Star quoting the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

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Pressure to enforce smoking ban

Pressure to enforce smoking ban

| February 3, 2016

The High Court in Bangladesh has issued a ruling asking why it should not order the government to take the necessary steps to ban tobacco smoking in public places, in line with the existing law.

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Italy’s smokers face new regulations

Italy’s smokers face new regulations

| February 3, 2016

Italy’s 10.3 million tobacco smokers are facing a raft of new regulations aimed at reducing the incidence of smoking in the country, currently 19 percent, according to a story in The Local.

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Found: uncut 1940s packaging

Found: uncut 1940s packaging

| February 3, 2016

Sheets of uncut cigarette packaging dating back to the 1940s have been discovered under the carpet of a house in Bristol, England, according to a BBC Online story.

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Deakes to lead hologram association

Deakes to lead hologram association

| February 2, 2016

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) has outlined its plans for continuing growth with the appointment of a new general secretary.

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Tobacco tax policies questioned

Tobacco tax policies questioned

| February 2, 2016

Questions have been raised about the viability of an Australian Labor Party proposal to increase excise taxes on tobacco products so as to generate additional revenue for education, budget repair and other yet-to-be-announced measures.

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Japan seeks bigger health warnings

Japan seeks bigger health warnings

| February 2, 2016

Japan’s Finance Ministry is due to consider whether cigarette manufacturers should be required to include on their products more prominent warnings about the possible negative health impacts of smoking.

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Oman mulls unhealthy-products tax

Oman mulls unhealthy-products tax

| February 2, 2016

A tax on unhealthy products such as tobacco, fast food and soft drinks had to be introduced in Oman soon, the country’s Minister of Health Dr Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi has told the Times of Oman.

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MEPs want tobacco minutes online

MEPs want tobacco minutes online

| February 1, 2016

Two members of the European parliament are putting pressure on the Commission to publish online the minutes of meetings between its employees and tobacco interest groups.

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Children grow tobacco in Bangladesh

Children grow tobacco in Bangladesh

| February 1, 2016

Although children are banned from tobacco production in Bangladesh, a large number of them are to be found working on tobacco farms and in bidi factories, according to a story on bdnews24.com.

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Concerns over transposing TPD

Concerns over transposing TPD

| February 1, 2016

Cigarette manufacturers in Romania are asking that the deadline for production compliance with provisions of the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive be reset.

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Zimbabwe selling season to delay

Zimbabwe selling season to delay

| January 29, 2016

The opening of Zimbabwe’s 2016 tobacco selling season is likely to be delayed as most farmers are not ready for the market, according to the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB), reports The Herald.

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USTC opens marketing center

USTC opens marketing center

| January 29, 2016

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative will open a new marketing center in La Crosse, Virginia, USA, for the 2016 growing season. The facility will service a large number of the cooperative’s flue-cured tobacco growers in both Virginia and North Carolina.

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Altria delivers ‘outstanding returns’

Altria delivers ‘outstanding returns’

| January 29, 2016

Philip Morris USA’s cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 126,018 million, was increased by 0.5 percent on that of the 12 months to the end of December 2014, 125,390 million.

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Altria to cut 490 from workforce

Altria to cut 490 from workforce

| January 29, 2016

Altria is planning to eliminate about 490 jobs from its US workforce during the next two months as the company seeks to save about $300 million a year by the end of 2017, according to a story by John Reid Blackwell for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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EU meeting closed so it could be open

EU meeting closed so it could be open

| January 29, 2016

Members of the European Parliament discussed EU deals with four tobacco multinationals behind closed doors in Brussels on Wednesday, while saying they had nothing to hide, reports the EU Observer.

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PMI to host results and outlook webcast

PMI to host results and outlook webcast

| January 29, 2016

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 09.00 Eastern Time on February 4 to discuss its 2015 fourth-quarter and full-year results, which will be issued about 07.00 the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CEO André Calantzopoulos will discuss the company’s results, the […]

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RAI to host results conference call

RAI to host results conference call

| January 29, 2016

Reynolds American Inc is due to host a conference call and webcast from 09.00 Eastern Time on February 11 following the release of its fourth-quarter 2015 financial results before the market opens that day. The RAI speakers will be president and CEO, Susan M. Cameron, CFO, Andrew D. Gilchrist, and vice president of investor relations, […]

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Tobacco facing ‘worst nightmare’ in Australia

Tobacco facing ‘worst nightmare’ in Australia

| January 28, 2016

There is an expectation that a drop to a record low in the rate of smoking among young Australians could be the early signs of a smoke-free generation, according to a story by Courtney Wilson for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Figures from a new report are said to show that in the past 20 years […]

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E-cigarettes to carry same warnings as tobacco

E-cigarettes to carry same warnings as tobacco

| January 28, 2016

Belgium’s Public Health Minister Maggie De Block is scheduled to introduce legislation that would legalize the sale of electronic cigarettes to people aged 16 and above, according to an Expatica.com story relayed by the TMA. However, given that the bill is signed into law by HM King Philippe, electronic cigarettes will have to comply with […]

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Smugglers limit losses with smaller shipments

Smugglers limit losses with smaller shipments

| January 28, 2016

The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) is asking the government of New Brunswick, Canada, to use next week’s budget to increase action against the province’s growing contraband tobacco problem. “Illegal cigarettes are a growing and significant problem in New Brunswick,” said Gary Grant, national spokesperson for the NCACT. “Just last week, RCMP in the […]

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