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Associated Central Africa purchases ATC’s Malawian subsidiary

Associated Central Africa purchases ATC’s Malawian subsidiary

| October 12, 2015

The shareholders of Associated Central Africa Limited have purchased Associated Tobacco Company’s (ATC) Malawian subsidiary, Associated Tobacco Company (M) Limited, through a management buyout effective Oct. 1. Although Associated Central Africa Limited is an independent company with no links to Associated Tobacco Company Limited, both companies will continue to work closely together in areas of […]

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Smokeless tobacco acrylamide exposure tiny

Smokeless tobacco acrylamide exposure tiny

| October 12, 2015

The first comprehensive assessment of exposure to acrylamide through smokeless tobacco products (STPs) use is much smaller than – approximately 1 percent of –exposure from eating food or cigarette smoking, according to new research published in Chemistry Central Journal. Acrylamide is a chemical that forms when plant matter is exposed to high temperatures, for example when […]

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Cabrera named president and CEO of SFATA

Cabrera named president and CEO of SFATA

| October 9, 2015

The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) has appointed Cynthia Cabrera, SFATA’s executive director, to its board of directors and named her as its next president and CEO. Cabrera succeeds Phil Daman, who has served as SFATA’s president and CEO since 2013, and has worked with SFATA since 2012. Daman, along with Cabrera, has been instrumental […]

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ITM acquires Gemba Solutions

ITM acquires Gemba Solutions

| October 9, 2015

The ITM Group has acquired Gemba Solutions of Nuneaton, U.K. Gemba Solutions specializes in delivering OEE software and continuous-improvement (CI) services that maximize production efficiency, increase throughput, reduce inventory and provide all-round visibility into factory operations and processes. The acquisition follows four years of cooperation between the ITM Group and Gemba Solutions, during which the […]

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Scotland set to ban smoking in cars with youngsters

Scotland set to ban smoking in cars with youngsters

| October 9, 2015

A bill to ban tobacco smoking in cars carrying young people yesterday passed its first hurdle in the Scottish parliament, according to a BBC story. Members of the Scottish parliament voted unanimously for the principles of the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced as a members’ bill by the Liberal […]

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PMI to webcast third-quarter results discussion

PMI to webcast third-quarter results discussion

| October 9, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 09.00 Eastern Time on October 15 to discuss its 2015 third-quarter results, which will be issued about 07.00 on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, Jacek Olczak, CFO, will discuss PMI’s results and answer questions […]

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New KT&G president seeks ethical expansion

New KT&G president seeks ethical expansion

| October 8, 2015

KT&G’s new president, Baek Bok-in, vowed during his inauguration yesterday to strengthen transparency and ethical management at South Korea’s biggest tobacco manufacturer, the former South Korean tobacco and ginseng monopoly, according to a story in The Korea Herald. He urged KT&G to leave behind the wrongs of the past. Baek, 50, said he would make […]

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PMI and Universal in Polish processing agreement

PMI and Universal in Polish processing agreement

| October 7, 2015

Universal has reached an agreement whereby it will process the green leaf tobacco bought by Philip Morris in Poland. Universal Corporation said yesterday that its subsidiary, Universal Leaf Tobacco Poland had entered into an agreement with Philip Morris Polska Tobacco (PMP), a subsidiary of Philip Morris International, to process green leaf tobaccos procured by PMP […]

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Health groups welcome tobacco exclusion from trade agreement

Health groups welcome tobacco exclusion from trade agreement

| October 6, 2015

The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations on Oct. 5 reached a final agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after eight years of negotiations, and a provision that excludes the tobacco industry from participation in the TTP’s dispute system has been welcomed by advocates of public health. The TPP—which is the largest […]

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JTI calls for transparency on plain-packaging report

JTI calls for transparency on plain-packaging report

| October 6, 2015

The Australian government has not yet published its Post-Implementation Review (PIR) regarding plain-packaging six months after the conclusion of the consultation period. This delay in publishing has raised concerns about the integrity of the report and caused concerns that its authors could be misrepresenting data or omitting evidence in order to ensure the country’s plain-packaging […]

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Tobacco excluded from trade dispute system

Tobacco excluded from trade dispute system

| October 6, 2015

The tobacco industry has been excluded from participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) dispute system that allows foreign corporations to challenge governments’ health policies, according to a story in The New York Times relayed by the TMA. After eight years of negotiations, including five days of just-concluded talks in the US, 12 Pacific Rim nations […]

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TFWA issues reassurance about Cannes exhibition

TFWA issues reassurance about Cannes exhibition

| October 6, 2015

The TFWA [Tax Free World Association] has moved to reassure exhibitors and visitors that its partners are working to ensure that its upcoming event in Cannes, France, will take place without disruption, despite the devastating floods that struck the city on the weekend. The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2015 is due to be held […]

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Landmark study uses 22nd Century’s low-nicotine cigarettes

Landmark study uses 22nd Century’s low-nicotine cigarettes

| October 5, 2015

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has published an article detailing a landmark study that used low-nicotine Spectrum cigarettes produced by 22nd Century, a leader in tobacco harm reduction. The double-blind, parallel, randomized clinical trial was led by the Center for the Evaluation of Nicotine in Cigarettes and involved 840 smokers at 10 locations. […]

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Prosecutors raid KT&G over alleged corruption

Prosecutors raid KT&G over alleged corruption

| October 5, 2015

Prosecutors announced on Oct. 2 that they have raided the headquarters of KT&G, South Korea’s leading tobacco maker, due to allegations that the company created slush funds in the process of taking over other companies, according to The Korea Herald. The office of Min Young-jin, the former head of KT&G Corp., as well as that […]

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Greek cardiologist supports e-cig use

Greek cardiologist supports e-cig use

| October 5, 2015

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist from Greece, has argued that e-cigarettes should be made available to smokers who want to stop using combustible cigarettes but don’t want to give up nicotine, according to Mayalsia’s The Star. Farsalinos, who is a cardiologist and researcher at the University of Patras’ Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, has indicated that […]

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Haia cracks down on smokers in Saudi Arabia

Haia cracks down on smokers in Saudi Arabia

| October 5, 2015

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) is cracking down on people smoking shisha in public places, according to a story in the Arab News. Arab News recently visited a public park in Wadi Namir, Dariyah region, and found numerous people smoking shisha. This irritated many people who were […]

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Sixteen percent of Finns smoke, one percent vape

Sixteen percent of Finns smoke, one percent vape

| October 5, 2015

bout 16 percent of Finns aged 15-64 smoke daily, a figure that comprises 17 percent men and 14 percent women, according to an Esmerk story citing Finland’s National Institute of Health and Welfare. Eleven percent of 16-year-olds smoke. Less than one percent of the country’s working-age population vape electronic cigarettes daily, though seven percent of […]

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‘Educational’ approach to car smoke ban

‘Educational’ approach to car smoke ban

| October 5, 2015

Motorists who break a new law that bans tobacco smoking in cars while children are inside are unlikely to be prosecuted or fined, according to a story in The Daily Telegraph. Since the beginning of this month, any driver caught smoking in a vehicle carrying someone under the age of 18 has been liable to […]

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RAI to consolidate Vuse manufacturing

RAI to consolidate Vuse manufacturing

| October 1, 2015

Reynolds American is consolidating the manufacturing operations for its Vuse digital vapor cigarette. Currently, production is split between R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s factory in Tobaccoville, North Carolina, USA, and a contractor in Kansas. Going forward, all production of Vuse will occur at Tobaccoville, pursuant to a services agreement between R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and RJR […]

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India to impose 85 percent warnings on April 1

India to impose 85 percent warnings on April 1

| September 30, 2015

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry of India said on Monday that tobacco-pack health warnings would be increased in size from April 1, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The warnings, which were said currently to take up 40 percent of the pack surface, are due to […]

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VAT increase seen as endangering jobs in Indonesia

VAT increase seen as endangering jobs in Indonesia

| September 30, 2015

Indonesia’s Industry Minister has asked the Finance Ministry to review its decision to raise VAT on cigarettes, arguing that the increase would put pressure on cigarette manufacturers to cut jobs, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe. The Finance Minister said yesterday that VAT on cigarettes would be increased from 8.4 percent to 8.7 […]

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JT’s share price drops as acquisition confirmed

JT’s share price drops as acquisition confirmed

| September 30, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s share price fell to its lowest level in six months after the company agreed to pay about US$5 billion for the international rights to the Natural American Spirit cigarette brand, according to a story by Monami Yui and Sam Chambers for Bloomberg News. Under the deal JT will buy from Reynolds American […]

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JT buys international rights to Natural American Spirit

JT buys international rights to Natural American Spirit

| September 29, 2015

The Japan Tobacco Group of companies (JT) has agreed to buy from Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brands outside of the United States, for approximately $5 billion. Since its launch in the U.S. […]

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New Zealand urged to follow Australian pack

New Zealand urged to follow Australian pack

| September 29, 2015

An activist in New Zealand has called on the government to follow Australia’s lead in introducing standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a New Zealand Herald story relayed by the TMA. Smokefree Coalition chairperson, Dr. Jan Pearson, says that even though New Zealand’s smoking prevalence is declining; it is not falling as fast as in […]

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Vapor-product regulations sought in Malaysia

Vapor-product regulations sought in Malaysia

| September 29, 2015

A petition urging the government of Malaysia to regulate vapor products in the country has attracted 50,000 signatures, according to a Bernama story citing the Malaysian Organisation of Vape Entities (MOVE). MOVE’s president, Samsul Kamal Arriffin, said the group wanted the government to ensure that the manufacture, sale and distribution of the products were managed […]

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