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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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Lobby group welcomes ban on tobacco lobbyists

Lobby group welcomes ban on tobacco lobbyists

| November 20, 2015

The doors to the Dutch government have been closed against the tobacco industry and its lobbyists, according to an anti-tobacco lobby group, the Framework Convention Alliance. In a note posted on its website, the alliance said that while a court in the Netherlands had denied a civil society suit brought against the government because of […]

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BAT to fuse ‘game changer’ on to risk continuum

BAT to fuse ‘game changer’ on to risk continuum

| November 20, 2015

British American Tobacco is due next week to test a hybrid product that uses tobacco and e-cigarette technology, according to a Reuters News story. The product, called iFuse, will be sold in a European market where Kent cigarettes are popular. Kingsley Wheaton, BAT’s managing director of next generation products was quoted as referring to the […]

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Jakarta to remove cigarette billboards

Jakarta to remove cigarette billboards

| November 19, 2015

Officers from the public order agency of Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 18 removed several cigarette billboards in the Mampang Prapatan district in South Jakarta whose permits had expired. The billboard removal operation was lead by district head Asril Rizal, who said the removal preceded the final banning of all cigarette billboards in December as decreed […]

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Health inequalities in Canada have widened

Health inequalities in Canada have widened

| November 19, 2015

A report entitled ‘Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada’ says that the gap between the health of richer and poorer Canadians has widened during the past 10 years, according to a Postmedia News report relayed by the TMA. The report was issued by the Canadian Institute for Health Information yesterday. Smoking prevalence is said […]

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Tobacco growing falling out of favour in Kenya

Tobacco growing falling out of favour in Kenya

| November 19, 2015

Tobacco growing in Kenya seems to be losing its appeal because of erratic weather and low returns, and a growing awareness among farmers about tobacco-related diseases, according to a Kenya Broadcasting Corporation report. Some tobacco growers are said to be switching to other crops, including maize and sugarcane. Partly this switch might be down to […]

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Senior appointments at Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Senior appointments at Scandinavian Tobacco Group

| November 18, 2015

Craig Reynolds has been named executive vice president of Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s global handmade cigar businesses, which includes General Cigar, its international business and Cigars International, a leading online retailer in the U.S. Reynolds will continue as president for Cigars International. Regis Broersma has been appointed president of General Cigar Co. He succeeds Dan Carr […]

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Smoking rates fall among South Korea’s teenagers

Smoking rates fall among South Korea’s teenagers

| November 18, 2015

South Korea’s teenage smoking rate has fallen to its lowest level since this type of data was first collected in 2005, according to a story in The Korea Times citing figures from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDCP). The government said on Monday that the fall was partly due to a rise […]

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Bobbin-plant employees help build affordable houses

Bobbin-plant employees help build affordable houses

| November 18, 2015

Employees at Imperial Tobacco’s Philippine Bobbin Corporation (PBC) factory have given up their own time to support a project that’s providing accommodation for disadvantaged families. About 25 volunteers from the PBC factory near Rosario recently helped with construction work on 20 new homes. The aim of the project is to improve the lives of poor […]

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Iggesund Paperboard receives environment and energy award

Iggesund Paperboard receives environment and energy award

| November 17, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard, a leading producer of high-quality virgin fibre paperboard for use in the premium packaging and graphics sectors, received the Environmental and Energy Awareness Award Nov. 16 for its mill in Workington, England. The company was chosen as the winner for its contribution to the reduction in fossil fuel CO2 emissions resulting from the […]

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CSi receives OHSAS certificate

CSi receives OHSAS certificate

| November 17, 2015

CSi, a global leader in product handling at the end of production and packaging lines based in the Netherlands, has been awarded the OHSAS certificate. The company received the certificated after a nine-month period of preparation, numerous internal audits and an extensive external audit by Veritas. CSi was formerly SCC** certified; however, this system is […]

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Estades elected chairman of Cigar Association 

Estades elected chairman of Cigar Association 

| November 17, 2015

Javier Estades, head of premium cigar manufacturer and marketer Tabacalera USA, has been elected chairman of the Cigar Association of America (CAA). CAA is a national trade organization of cigar manufacturers, importers and distributors as well as major suppliers to the industry. Estades was elected chairman at the organization’s recent annual conference in Palm Beach, […]

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Fontem and NJOY settle patent dispute

Fontem and NJOY settle patent dispute

| November 17, 2015

Fontem Ventures and NJOY have reached a global settlement agreement that resolves ongoing litigation in the U.S. and Germany. The settlement ends one of eight patent-infringement cases originally brought by Fontem Ventures and Fontem Holdings in March 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in relation to e-vapor technology. Under […]

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UN expert says ISDS system undermines democracy

UN expert says ISDS system undermines democracy

| November 17, 2015

Alfred de Zayas, the UN independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, has said that the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism has devastating implications for the respect of human rights around the world. ISDS provisions or their derivatives are included in trade agreements such as the proposed Transatlantic Trade and […]

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PMI recognized for addressing climate change issues

PMI recognized for addressing climate change issues

| November 17, 2015

Philip Morris International has been recognized for addressing climate change and reducing its carbon footprint. In a note posted on its website, the company said it had been named yesterday as the only consumer staples company in the S&P 500 on both the CDP Climate ‘A’ List for top performers and the Climate Disclosure Leadership […]

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US adult smoking rate at 16.8 percent last year

US adult smoking rate at 16.8 percent last year

| November 16, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) reported on Friday that the adult smoking rate in the US fell to a record low of 16.8 percent last year, down from 17.8 percent in 2013, according to a statement from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) issued through PRNewswire. The smoking rate has declined by […]

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Latvia’s smoking incidence at 36 percent in 2014

Latvia’s smoking incidence at 36 percent in 2014

| November 16, 2015

About 36 percent of Latvians aged 15 to 64 are daily smokers, according to a Baltic Daily story citing 2014 data presented to members of the parliamentary subcommittee on public health by the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC). About 52 percent of men and 21 percent of women aged 15-64 were said […]

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International Tax Stamp Association formed

International Tax Stamp Association formed

| November 13, 2015

Ten companies have formed the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) in order ‘to respond to the need for better understanding of the benefits of excise tax stamps and tax stamp technologies, as well as to promote high professional standards in this sector,’ according to an ITSA press note. The founder companies, which are said to […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette sales down in October

JT’s domestic cigarette sales down in October

| November 13, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 9.4 billion, was down by 1.9 percent on that of October 2014, 9.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The October 2014 figure was down by 5.5 percent on that of October 2013. Volume during January-October, at 90.7 billion, was down […]

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ISDS reforms ‘lipstick on a particularly unpopular pig’

ISDS reforms ‘lipstick on a particularly unpopular pig’

| November 13, 2015

The EU Commission’s reform of a dispute-settlement provision of a proposed trade-agreement has been described as “little more than putting lipstick on a particularly unpopular pig,” according to a story by William Louch for The Parliament Magazine. The Commission yesterday presented its proposed reforms on the investment protection and dispute resolution provision of the Transatlantic […]

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Urbane farmer jailed for growing tobacco

Urbane farmer jailed for growing tobacco

| November 12, 2015

An Australian man has been sentenced to one year in prison for growing 35,000 tobacco plants in a leased building, according to an AAP Information Services report relayed by the TMA. Evidence of his illegal crop came to light when the building caught fire in January. The report said the crop would have yielded about […]

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Nat Sherman anniversary raises $100,000 for hungry

Nat Sherman anniversary raises $100,000 for hungry

| November 12, 2015

The tobacconist Nat Sherman has celebrated its 85th anniversary by raising more than $100,000 for food banks and hunger-related charities across the US, including more than $30,000 for City Harvest, of New York City. The New York-based, family-owned company, raised funds by hosting from the beginning of the year a series of high-profile dinners and […]

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PMI to host conference presentation webcast

PMI to host conference presentation webcast

| November 12, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host at www.pmi.com/webcasts a live audio webcast of a presentation and question-and-answer session by its CFO Jacek Olczak at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference starting about 10.40 Eastern Time on November 18. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the […]

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GCC finance ministers approve tax on tobacco

GCC finance ministers approve tax on tobacco

| November 11, 2015

Finance ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states approved imposing a 100 percent selective tax on tobacco and related products equal to customs duties of these products, according to the Bahrain News Agency. The decision was taken upon a recommendation from the third meeting of representatives of the GCC customs union and a team […]

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Tobacco taxes to rise 11 percent in Indonesia

Tobacco taxes to rise 11 percent in Indonesia

| November 11, 2015

The Indonesian government has announced an average increase in tobacco excise taxes of 11.19 percent, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. “The highest tax increase of 12.96 to 16.47 percent will be applicable to machine-rolled cigarettes, and the lowest increase of 0 to 12 percent will apply to hand-rolled cigarettes,” said the Finance […]

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