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Imperial Brands’ 1Q volume down

Imperial Brands’ 1Q volume down

| February 11, 2016

Stick-equivalent volumes at Imperial Brands fell during the company’s first quarter, and, excluding the effect of acquisitions, they fell sharply. Imperial’s CEO said the company had continued to make good progress against its strategic objectives in the first quarter and was well placed to meet full year expectations.

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Cambodian PM leading by example

Cambodian PM leading by example

| February 11, 2016

Cambodia’s Prime Minister is using Facebook to encourage smokers to follow his example and quit their cigarette habit. He said he had been a heavy smoker for more than 40 years and had tried 12 times to quit

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PMI to participate in conference

PMI to participate in conference

| February 11, 2016

PMI’s CEO André Calantzopoulos is due to make a presentation at a consumer analyst conference on February 17. The presentation slides and script will also be available at www.pmi.com/presentations.

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Duty-free event breaking records

Duty-free event breaking records

| February 11, 2016

The list of companies that have reserved space at this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference is ‘longer than ever’. The exhibition and conference are to be held at the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore on May 8-12.

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Tobacco firms among top employers

Tobacco firms among top employers

| February 10, 2016

The Top Employer Institute has recognized Philip Morris International (PMI) and Japan Tobacco International (JTI). PMI was recognized as a top employer in Europe for the fourth consecutive year, and for the first time in the Middle East; JTI was recognized as one of Europe’s top five employers.

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Azerbaijan to double leaf cultivation

Azerbaijan to double leaf cultivation

| February 10, 2016

Azerbaijan will increase tobacco prices and leaf cultivation in 2016, according to a local news report. The number of tobacco-related jobs is expected to grow to 8,000.

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Drones to hunt cigarette smugglers

Drones to hunt cigarette smugglers

| February 10, 2016

Hungary’s National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV) has acquired drones to crack down on cigarette smugglers, reports Magyar Idők.

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US judge adamant on statements

US judge adamant on statements

| February 10, 2016

‘Corrective statements’ required of US tobacco manufacturers are being corrected, but the judge responsible is determined they should be enforced.

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Singles sales ban pre-empted

Singles sales ban pre-empted

| February 10, 2016

The appearance in India of single cigarettes in packs bearing health warnings has pre-empted a proposed ban on sales of loose cigarettes in Bihar.

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Turkey to extend smoking bans

Turkey to extend smoking bans

| February 10, 2016

Smoking bans are to be extended to outdoor areas in Turkey even though many businesses still flout the indoor smoking bans introduced six years ago.

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No change to EU lobbying rules

No change to EU lobbying rules

| February 9, 2016

EU Commission ditched ombudsman’s recommendations on applying transparency rules to tobacco lobbying.

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Zim growers expect better prices

Zim growers expect better prices

| February 9, 2016

Zimbabwe’s growers are expecting leaf prices to rise from the low levels of last season, but they shouldn’t bank the money just yet.

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Imperial to issue trading statement

Imperial to issue trading statement

| February 9, 2016

Imperial Brands is to issue a trading statement on Thursday, the first under its new name.

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EAS launches Liquid Soul Vapor

EAS launches Liquid Soul Vapor

| February 8, 2016

E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) is launching Liquid Soul Vapor, scheduled to ship to high-volume vapor locations starting next month.

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MEP says bin tobacco agreements

MEP says bin tobacco agreements

| February 8, 2016

Irish MEP wants an end to the agreements under which the EU works with tobacco manufacturers in fighting the illegal trade in tobacco products.

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Sarkozy condemns plain packs

Sarkozy condemns plain packs

| February 8, 2016

Sarkozy appeals to the slippery slope concept in condemning standardized packaging for cigarettes.

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Brands replace Tobacco at Imperial

Brands replace Tobacco at Imperial

| February 8, 2016

Imperial Tobacco’s parent company today drops the Tobacco in favor of Brands.

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Tax stamp industry creates trade body

Tax stamp industry creates trade body

| February 5, 2016

Leading players in the tax stamp industry have established The International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA). The new body’s mission is to contribute to a better understanding of the benefits of tax-stamp technology and to promote the highest professional standards within the sector.

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Vintero to represent MTS

Vintero to represent MTS

| February 5, 2016

Vintero Corp. has been appointed as the exclusive global sales agency for Misra Toxicology Services, (MTS) of Cary, North Carolina, USA.

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PMI’s shipments down in 2015

PMI’s shipments down in 2015

| February 5, 2016

Philip Morris International shipped 847.27 billion cigarettes during the 12 months that ended in December, down 1 percent from the volume shipped in 2014. CEO André Calantzopoulos described 2015 as excellent year.

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TPP deal signed in New Zealand

TPP deal signed in New Zealand

| February 5, 2016

Trade ministers from 12 countries yesterday signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, an agreement that excludes tobacco interests from its Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions.

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New XR snus from Swedish Match

New XR snus from Swedish Match

| February 5, 2016

Swedish Match is due this month to add two new products to its XR range of snus. The company describes XR as “a range of competitively priced products in a discreet portion pouch that is less runny and retains its flavor longer.”

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BAT director elected to RAI board

BAT director elected to RAI board

| February 5, 2016

Reynolds American Inc.’s board yesterday elected Jerome Abelman, director of legal and external affairs, and general counsel at British American Tobacco, as a Class II director, following the resignation of John P. Daly.

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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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