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TV program accuses BAT of bribery in East Africa

TV program accuses BAT of bribery in East Africa

| December 1, 2015

The BBC’s Panorama program has alleged that British American Tobacco made illegal payments to politicians and civil servants in countries in East Africa. In responding to the allegations, BAT told the BBC in a statement: ‘The truth is that we do not and will not tolerate corruption, no matter where it takes place’. The payments […]

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Exclusive snus marks 150th anniversary of General

Exclusive snus marks 150th anniversary of General

| December 1, 2015

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of General, Scandinavia’s largest snus brand and, to celebrate this milestone, Swedish Match is today launching the exclusive snus General Kardus Fäviken 2016. The original product was said to have been created by perfectionist Johan A Boman in 1866, and his creation is now being interpreted by Chef Magnus […]

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BAT-Imperial deal ‘likely’

BAT-Imperial deal ‘likely’

| November 30, 2015

Wells Fargo Securities believes a deal between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG) is “very probable,” based on a detailed market share and leverage analysis it performed. The most likely scenario, according to the financial services firm, is that BAT acquires Imperial but divests its U.S. assets, ITG Brands, in a tax-free […]

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22nd Century to open new laboratories

22nd Century to open new laboratories

| November 30, 2015

22nd Century Group, a plant biotechnology company and leader in tobacco harm reduction, has announced that it will open specialized laboratories in western New York, USA, dedicated to new scientific research at substantially lower costs than sponsored research projects at third-party universities. Paul J. Rushton, Ph.D., the company’s vice president of plant biotechnology, will lead […]

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JTI goads Australia over ‘branding ban’ failure

JTI goads Australia over ‘branding ban’ failure

| November 30, 2015

After three years in which Australia’s standardized tobacco packaging legislation has been in force, the government is still refusing to admit that it has been a failure, according to a note posted on Japan Tobacco International’s website today. Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act (TPPA) was aimed at: discouraging people from taking up smoking or using […]

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Fontem settles another e-vapor patents case

Fontem settles another e-vapor patents case

| November 30, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s Fontem Ventures, and CB Distributors and DR Distributors (CBD and DRD) have settled patent infringement litigation in the US, according to a PRNewswire story. Fontem is the owner of the electronic cigarette brand blu, while CBD and DRD own and distribute the electronic cigarette brands 21st Century Smoke and Vapin Plus. ‘The settlement […]

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Media asked to create awareness of anti-tobacco act

Media asked to create awareness of anti-tobacco act

| November 27, 2015

A non-governmental organization in Nigeria has warned that about eight million people are at risk of losing their lives to tobacco use by 2030, according to a story by Segun Olaniyi for the Lagos Guardian. The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) reportedly said that this would be the outcome if measures were not put […]

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France to impose standardized cigarette packaging

France to impose standardized cigarette packaging

| November 27, 2015

The French parliament has narrowly passed a law to impose standardized packaging on cigarettes, according to a Euronews story. Standardized packaging, which is already used for tobacco products in Australia and which has been legislated for in Ireland and the UK, is being imposed in France from May next year in a bid to reduce […]

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High level of compliance with Beijing’s smoking ban

High level of compliance with Beijing’s smoking ban

| November 26, 2015

During the first five months of Beijing’s public-places tobacco-smoking ban, only 0.01 percent of the city’s smokers were fined for non-compliance. This extremely low level of recorded non-compliance occurred despite the authorities having set up a hotline for reporting smokers and despite the fact that almost all law enforcement personnel in Beijing were charged with […]

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Asking for a stroke gets you a pack of cigarettes

Asking for a stroke gets you a pack of cigarettes

| November 26, 2015

The South Korean government’s latest anti-smoking video is drawing strong opposition from smokers because it equates buying tobacco products with buying lung cancer, according to a story in The Korea Times. The nation’s largest smokers’ group, ‘I love Smoking,’ which has about 100,000 members, said yesterday that the Ministry of Health and Welfare ‘has violated […]

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Flue-cured tobacco prices increased in Karnataka

Flue-cured tobacco prices increased in Karnataka

| November 25, 2015

The average price paid for flue-cured tobacco during the first 35 days of auctions in Karnataka, India, at Rs138.00 per kg, was about 17 percent higher than the average price paid during the corresponding period of last year, Rs117.85 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group’s newsletter. […]

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How do you like your rat droppings – smoked or not?

How do you like your rat droppings – smoked or not?

| November 25, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration allows up to 13 ‘fragments’ of rodent excreta in a 24-ounce container of cornmeal, according to a Yahoo! Health story quoting the FDA’s Defect Levels Handbook. It allows also a maximum of nine rodent hairs in a 16-ounce container of pasta. But while these contaminants might sound distasteful, the […]

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Labor aiming to hurt the poor – for their own good

Labor aiming to hurt the poor – for their own good

| November 24, 2015

Australia’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has said that the Labor party is ‘keenly aware’ that its proposal to push the price of cigarettes to $40 a pack by 2020 would hurt the poor, according to a story by Eliza Borrello for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The government has been increasing its cigarette tax take regularly […]

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Tobacco grower registrations down in Zimbabwe

Tobacco grower registrations down in Zimbabwe

| November 24, 2015

The number of Zimbabwean farmers who have registered so far this year to grow tobacco is down by more than 20 percent on the number who had signed up by the same point of last year’s registration period, according to a Newsdzesibabwe story. In its latest bulletin, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) said […]

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Pakistan lay-offs down to tax-led illegal trade

Pakistan lay-offs down to tax-led illegal trade

| November 23, 2015

Philip Morris Pakistan (PMPK) is laying off 141 employees from its purchasing and processing departments but says that it is committed to continuing to operate in Pakistan, according to a story in The Nation. PMPK, formerly Lakson Tobacco, apparently told the paper that the decision to axe the employees had been taken as a result […]

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JT product to offer ‘ultimate smoking experience’

JT product to offer ‘ultimate smoking experience’

| November 23, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc has said that it will launch in mid-December a cigarette that will provide the ‘ultimate smoking experience’. In a note posted on its website, the company said that ‘fastidious attention’ had been paid to every detail of Mevius Prestige, which would be sold exclusively at the duty-free stores of five airports: Narita, […]

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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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