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PMI cigarette volumes fall in third quarter

PMI cigarette volumes fall in third quarter

| October 16, 2015

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter (July-September), at 218,911 million was down by 1.5 percent on that of the third quarter of 2014, 222,300 million. Shipments were increased by 2.6 percent to 79,265 million in the company’s Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMA) region, but they were down by 0.8 […]

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Kreteks ousted from draft cultural heritage bill

Kreteks ousted from draft cultural heritage bill

| October 15, 2015

Articles acknowledging kreteks as part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage have been removed from a draft culture bill by the country’s House of Representatives, according to a story in The Jakarta Post citing a report by kompas.com. The decision was said to have been made by the House’s Commission X, which on Wednesday oversaw a meeting […]

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TFWA’s Cannes exhibition build-up on schedule

TFWA’s Cannes exhibition build-up on schedule

| October 15, 2015

The TFWA reported on Tuesday that the build-up to its October exhibition and conference was proceeding according to schedule. According to the report, the TFWA executive team was in Cannes supervising the final preparations for its World Exhibition & Conference, which is due to be staged in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on […]

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Growers alarmed by planned TPP tobacco carve-out

Growers alarmed by planned TPP tobacco carve-out

| October 14, 2015

The Tobacco Growers’ Association of North Carolina (TGANC) has said that it is alarming and un-American that for the first time in history the White House is actively working to discriminate against its own farmers in trade agreement negotiations. In a letter to a 15-member North Carolina Congressional Delegation, the TGANC said it had learned […]

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Innovia in security partnership with Rolling Optics

Innovia in security partnership with Rolling Optics

| October 14, 2015

The Innovia Group said yesterday that it had secured a partnership with Rolling Optics, a high-tech firm based in Stockholm, Sweden. In a press note, Innovia said that Rolling Optics’ expertise lay in the design and production of unique technologies and processes to produce 3D micro-optical designs and 3D effects for the protection of products […]

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Vapor Corp. acquires three retail stores in Georgia, USA

Vapor Corp. acquires three retail stores in Georgia, USA

| October 13, 2015

Vapor Corp., a leading U.S.-based distributor and retailer of vaporizers, e-liquids, e-cigarettes and e-hookahs, has acquired three established retail vape stores in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This three-store chain marks the company’s first retail acquisition outside of Florida and brings the total number of store Vapor Corp. owns to 18. Terms of the transaction were not […]

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UK tax-increase plan would be counterproductive

UK tax-increase plan would be counterproductive

| October 13, 2015

The UK’s Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) has said that a call by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health to increase the rate at which tobacco taxes are increased is based on economic illiteracy. According to a BBC story, the tax rate is increased by two percent above inflation each year, but the group […]

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Anger over delay in buying low-grade Andhra leaf

Anger over delay in buying low-grade Andhra leaf

| October 13, 2015

Andhra Pradesh’s State Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, is said to have taken strong exception to the fact that buyers failed to meet a September 30 deadline set by the Indian Minister of State for Commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman, for buying Andhra’s entire flue-cured crop. Andhra overproduced in 2014-15 at a time when demand was low, […]

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UAE may ease ban on e-cigarette sales

UAE may ease ban on e-cigarette sales

| October 12, 2015

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is introducing regulations that may ease the ban on the sale of e-cigarettes within the country. Authorities from Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (Esma) in January sent a draft technical regulation to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which notified them of the UAE’s intention to regulate the sale of […]

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Imperial Tobacco forms Tabacalera USA 

Imperial Tobacco forms Tabacalera USA 

| October 12, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s premium cigar group has announced the formation of Tabacalera USA, which will oversee the company’s leading premium cigar business subsidiaries in the U.S. market. Tabacalera USA will oversee the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA-based premium cigar division of Altadis U.S.A., which manufactures handmade cigar brands such as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and VegaFina. Tabacalera […]

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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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