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Bulgaria aligning with Tobacco Products Directive

Bulgaria aligning with Tobacco Products Directive

| December 17, 2015

Bulgaria’s Cabinet has finalized amendments to the country’s tobacco legislation that will see the imposition of graphic health warnings on tobacco packs and a ban on ‘characterizing’ flavors in tobacco products, according to a story in the Sofia Globe. The amendments are aimed at transposing the provisions of the EU’s latest Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) […]

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Health expert questions idea of ‘defective’ cigarettes

Health expert questions idea of ‘defective’ cigarettes

| December 16, 2015

A public health expert in the US has pilloried the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) for asking consumers to notify it if cigarettes they buy are defective or contaminated. In a wry piece published on his website, Dr. Michael Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University […]

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Imperial Tobacco proposes name migration

Imperial Tobacco proposes name migration

| December 16, 2015

The Imperial Tobacco Group has said that it plans to rename itself Imperial Brands, subject to approval by its shareholders at its annual general meeting in February, according to a Reuters report relayed by the TMA. The company was quoted as having said that the proposed new name ‘better reflects the dynamic, brand-focused business that […]

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Australians smoking less but getting fat

Australians smoking less but getting fat

| December 16, 2015

Australia’s latest national health survey has indicated that the country’s smoking incidence has declined by about seven percent since 2011-2012, according to a story by Greg Jericho for The Guardian, relayed by the TMA. The number of ex-smokers in Australia is now nearly double the number of its current smokers. The survey of 14,700 households […]

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CSi opens sales and service center in U.S.

CSi opens sales and service center in U.S.

| December 15, 2015

CSi, a global leader in product handling at the end of production and packaging lines, opened its sales and services organization in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, USA, on Nov. 1, marking its entry into the American market. The organization will provide sales and service for the entire country. Although CSi has conducted business with several American companies […]

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Azerbaijan bans GMO tobacco 

Azerbaijan bans GMO tobacco 

| December 15, 2015

Azerbaijan has implemented a ban on GMO tobacco, according to a story in the AzerNews. In addition to GMO tobacco, no GMO wine or cotton products can be imported to Azerbaijan or produced in the country, effective immediately. A series of amendments to the laws “On tobacco,” “On viticulture and winemaking” and “On the cotton” […]

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Flue-cured prices regain lost ground in Karnataka

Flue-cured prices regain lost ground in Karnataka

| December 15, 2015

Flue-cured tobacco prices are continuing to climb at auctions being held in the Indian state of Karnataka, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Fifty one days into the 2015-16 sales season and with 28.43 million kg sold, the average price stood at Rs137 per kg, up about […]

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UAE opening six new quit-smoking clinics

UAE opening six new quit-smoking clinics

| December 15, 2015

Six new quit-smoking clinics are being opened across the United Arab Emirates, according to a story in The National. One clinic was recently opened in Dibba and five more are due to open in January at Sharjah city, Khorfakkan, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. And over the next few weeks, the Ministry […]

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Arrangements announced for 2016 nicotine forum

Arrangements announced for 2016 nicotine forum

| December 15, 2015

Donna Darvill, one of the founding members of the New Nicotine Alliance (Australia), is due to give the Michael Russell Memorial Oration during the 2016 Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN). The GFN is due to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 17-18, under the theme Evidence, Accountability, Transparency. The organizers are currently accepting abstracts […]

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Imperial’s Dutch plant now running on hydropower

Imperial’s Dutch plant now running on hydropower

| December 15, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s manufacturing site in the Netherlands is now being powered purely by renewable energy. Since last month the 8,200 MWh of electricity needed each year to run the company’s fine-cut tobacco facility in Joure has been generated by Nordic hydropower plants. Factory manager Robert Hall said that the plant’s management team had taken the […]

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Poor air quality kills over 400,000 Europeans a year

Poor air quality kills over 400,000 Europeans a year

| December 14, 2015

Ambient air quality is a determinant of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and is responsible for more than 400,000 premature deaths per year, according to the EU Commission. The Commission was replying to three questions raised by the Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins about respiratory diseases. In a preamble to his questions, Mamikins cited 2012 data indicating […]

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Oman bans e-products on medical grounds

Oman bans e-products on medical grounds

| December 14, 2015

Oman’s Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) has banned electronic cigarettes and electronic shisha. A PACP official was quoted as saying that the bans were imposed after medical studies had found that these items ‘contain cancer-causing elements’. Although the ban was said to have been imposed only on Sunday, the PACP said it would‘intensify inspections […]

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Thornburgh resigns from RAI board of directors

Thornburgh resigns from RAI board of directors

| December 11, 2015

Richard E. Thornburgh resigned from the Reynolds American (RAI) board of directors and the board’s audit and finance committee, effective Dec. 7. Thornburgh had served on the RAI board as an independent director since December 2011. “RAI’s shareholders, board and management have greatly benefited from Dick’s financial acumen and strategic advice and counsel over the […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette volume down slightly

JT’s domestic cigarette volume down slightly

| December 11, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during November, at 8.6 billion, was down by 0.8 percent on that of November 2014, 8.7 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The November 2014 figure was down by 8.8 percent on that of November 2013. Volume during January-November, at 99.3 billion, was down […]

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CORESTA documents available for download

CORESTA documents available for download

| December 11, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said yesterday that the following documents had been published and could be downloaded from: www.coresta.org. PTM SG CTR “2015 Proficiency Test Report – The Measurement of Diffusion Capacity of Cigarette Papers” (2015-09-17). STS SG CTR “Proficiency Test Report – The Determination of Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Nickel, Lead, and Selenium in Reference Materials” (2015-09-29). IVT SG […]

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Teens may not buy tobacco but may absorb nicotine

Teens may not buy tobacco but may absorb nicotine

| December 10, 2015

The US government and tobacco companies are failing to protect teenage children from hazardous work in tobacco farming, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video published yesterday. The 72-page report, Teens of the Tobacco Fields: Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming, documents the harm caused to 16- and 17-year-olds who work long […]

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Altria declares regular quarterly dividend

Altria declares regular quarterly dividend

| December 10, 2015

  The Altria Group said yesterday that its board of directors had declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.565 per common share, payable on January 11 to shareholders of record as of December 24. The ex-dividend date is December 22.

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PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

| December 10, 2015

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.02 per common share, payable on January 8 to shareholders of record as of December 23. The ex-dividend date is December 21.

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Singapore prepares for tobacco display bans

Singapore prepares for tobacco display bans

| December 10, 2015

Retailers in Singapore will not be allowed to display tobacco products in their shops, starting in 2017, according to a story by Loke Kok Fai for channelnewsasia.com, citing an announcement from the Ministry of Health yesterday. The ministry said the ban on stores displaying such products would be introduced after amendments to the Tobacco (Control […]

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Small share of tobacco income spent on prevention

Small share of tobacco income spent on prevention

| December 9, 2015

US states are failing to fund tobacco-use prevention programs adequately despite receiving billions of dollars in tobacco revenue, according to a report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. The upshot of this is that for every $20 that tobacco companies spend on marketing their products, the states spend $1 on programs aimed […]

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Ban sought on products that promote nicotine

Ban sought on products that promote nicotine

| December 9, 2015

A bill due to be tabled in Thailand next year will seek to ban all products that promote nicotine use, according to a story by Loh Foon Fong for The Star (Malaysia). “We need this law because we are seeing attempts by tobacco companies to come up with more and more of these products,” said […]

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Iggesund delivers another sharp card

Iggesund delivers another sharp card

| December 9, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard, which traditionally sends out elaborate, customized Christmas cards, this year commissioned a card of extreme complexity from the UK company, Santoro Graphics, which is known for its 3D greeting cards. “Santoro Graphics is a company which uses on a daily basis our Invercote Creato paperboard to the extremes of its capacity,” explains Anna […]

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API appoints Richard Burhouse to commercial team

API appoints Richard Burhouse to commercial team

| December 8, 2015

API, a brand enhancement specialist and leading manufacturer and distributor of foils, laminates and holographics, has further strengthened its commercial team with the appointment of packaging and security industry professional Richard Burhouse. Burhouse takes on the new role of commercial director at API Laminates’ site in Poynton, U.K. In his new position, Burhouse will be […]

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EU court expected to rule soon on TPD challenge

EU court expected to rule soon on TPD challenge

| December 8, 2015

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is expected to give on December 23 a preliminary judgment in a case brought by British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International against the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), according to a story in the Irish Examiner relayed by the TMA. The tobacco companies allege that the directive prevents […]

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Ontario has major, widespread illegal trade problem

Ontario has major, widespread illegal trade problem

| December 8, 2015

A study conducted on behalf of the Ontario Convenience Store Association (OCSA) in Canada found that 21.8 percent of all cigarette butts collected from 133 locations across the Province during October were from illicit products, according to a story in the Ottawa Sun relayed by the TMA. Every community, not just areas close to reserves, […]

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