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Decline of Basmi production

Decline of Basmi production

| August 13, 2015

Bulgaria’s National Association of Tobacco Producers expects the output of Basmi tobacco to decline by about 3,000 metric tons to 10,000 mt in the 2015 season due to a reduction in acreage and a dry summer in the main cultivating areas of southern Bulgaria.

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Health group views e-cig as cessation tool

Health group views e-cig as cessation tool

| August 13, 2015

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has urged health chiefs across the U.K. to encourage smokers who have enrolled in the National Health Service’s stop-smoking services to use e-cigarettes as smoking-cessation devices, reports The Guardian. It also argued for new “exclusion zones” outside schools, bars, pubs and parks, where smoking, but not vaping, should […]

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Tobacco remains viable business

Tobacco remains viable business

| August 12, 2015

Despite the declining smoking rate in the U.S. and pressure from regulatory authorities, tobacco companies still have “tools” to ensure steady revenue and continue rewarding shareholders, according to stock analysis provider Trefis. Writing in Forbes, Trefis points out that smoking rates are still growing in many developing countries and that major companies are turning to […]

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Croatia considering graphic health warnings

Croatia considering graphic health warnings

| August 11, 2015

Croatian lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require cigarette companies to print graphic health warnings covering 65 percent of the pack surface, according to local press reports. The proposal would also ban the sale of cigarette packs containing fewer than 20 pieces, prohibit the use of additives and flavors in cigarettes and rolling tobacco,and […]

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Survey reveals ‘non-shop’ tobacco trade

Survey reveals ‘non-shop’ tobacco trade

| August 11, 2015

Almost one-third of participants in a survey commissioned by the U.K. Tobacco Manufacturers Association (TMA) said they purchase cigarettes from “non-shop” sources such as from friends or family, in pubs, online, on the street, at car boot sales, at work, from private houses and from abroad, reports The Sunday Express. The TMA estimates that the […]

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Peter Beckett joins Nerudia Compliance

Peter Beckett joins Nerudia Compliance

| August 10, 2015

Peter Beckett has joined the Nerudia Group to establish Nerudia Compliance, a new subsidiary that will offer a full product stewardship solution to companies seeking to become compliant with the regulations and legislation governing the vapor industry. “We’re delighted to welcome Peter to the Nerudia team,” says Nerudia co-founder David Newns. “When it came to […]

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Most people complying with Beijing smoking ban

Most people complying with Beijing smoking ban

| August 7, 2015

Since the June 1 start of a public-places tobacco smoking ban in Beijing, China, enforcement officials have conducted more than 20,000 inspections at 13,000 venues and ticketed 73 businesses and 179 individuals, according to a story by Chu Yiming for China Radio International, relayed by the TMA. Put another way, for each inspection they made, […]

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Universal reports start of end of oversupply

Universal reports start of end of oversupply

| August 7, 2015

There are signs that the global leaf market is moving towards a more balanced position following more than a year of oversupply. In announcing Universal Corporation’s financial results for its first quarter that ended on June 30, chairman, president, and CEO George C. Freeman III said that as the leaf industry entered the second year […]

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E-cigarettes reduce need for quit-smoking program

E-cigarettes reduce need for quit-smoking program

| August 7, 2015

A sharp decline in Scotland in the number of people using a National Health Service (NHS) support program to help them quit smoking has been linked to the rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes, according to a BBC Online story. The Smoking Matters service in Dumfries and Galloway, for instance, helped 102 people in deprived […]

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Where 19.7 percent illicit cigarettes is record low

Where 19.7 percent illicit cigarettes is record low

| August 7, 2015

An empty pack survey in Lithuania conducted by the National Association of Tobacco Producers has found that 19.7 percent of the packs collected were smuggled into the country from other markets, according to a Baltic News Service story relayed by the TMA. Although 19.7 percent might seem high, it is the lowest rate since the […]

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Grower prices down but AOI’s profits fall

Grower prices down but AOI’s profits fall

| August 6, 2015

Market prices paid in US dollars for suppliers’ green tobacco have again been generally lower this year, according to Alliance One International’s president and CEO, Pieter Sikkel. Announcing the company’s results for its first quarter to the end of June, Sikkel said that global leaf tobacco markets were still in oversupply, though the supply/demand situation […]

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Egypt looks to reduce its smoking incidence

Egypt looks to reduce its smoking incidence

| August 6, 2015

Twenty four percent of Egyptians are smokers and 12 percent of the country’s smokers are under 15 years of age, according to a story in the Cairo Post quoting the Health Ministry Undersecretary Amr Kandil. The ministry was reported to have signed a protocol with the Consumer Protection Agency to support quit-smoking activities and thereby […]

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Turkey nets record haul of illicit cigarettes

Turkey nets record haul of illicit cigarettes

| August 6, 2015

Turkish police have seized 3.5 million packs of cigarettes hidden on trucks arriving from Georgia, according to an Agence France Presse story. Five trucks loaded with the cigarettes were seized at the Black Sea border post of Sarp on Tuesday following a three-month undercover operation, the customs ministry said in a statement. ‘When the smuggled […]

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Japan’s flue-cured gets clean bill of health

Japan’s flue-cured gets clean bill of health

| August 6, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that Japan’s flue-cured tobacco had been tested and found to be free of radioactive contamination. The Company has been conducting a number of tests for radioactive materials at each stage of the production process of Japanese domestic leaf tobacco in order to allay consumer concerns that arose following the accident […]

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Austrian court finds in favor of vapor shops

Austrian court finds in favor of vapor shops

| August 5, 2015

A constitutional court in Austria has overturned a planned amendment to tobacco laws that would have limited the sale of most electronic cigarettes to officially licensed tobacco shops, according to a Reuters story published by businessinsider.com. Reuters reported that the government had proposed that sales of electronic cigarettes be limited to licensed tobacconists from October […]

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Smoking among young: “still much more to be done”

Smoking among young: “still much more to be done”

| August 5, 2015

A survey of more than 125,000 15-year-olds in England conducted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has found that 24 percent have tried smoking at least once, according to a story in The Guardian relayed by the TMA. Twenty eight percent of 15-year-old females and 21 percent of 15-year-old males were found to […]

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Artist uses paperboard to shine light in dark places

Artist uses paperboard to shine light in dark places

| August 5, 2015

Asylum, an installation by the artist Nils Olof Hedenskog has gone on display at the Industrial museum – the Old Iron Mill – of Iggesund, Sweden. As was described here on June 9 (Exploring visions of security through paperboard), Hedenskog worked during the spring using Invercote paperboard from Iggesund, which had offered him the opportunity […]

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Universal declares dividends

Universal declares dividends

| August 5, 2015

Universal Corporation’s board of directors yesterday declared a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per common share, payable on November 9 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 13. In addition, the board declared a quarterly dividend of $16.875 per share on the Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock (Series B Preferred […]

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Kovacevic joins Nicopure Labs

Kovacevic joins Nicopure Labs

| August 4, 2015

Patricia I. Kovacevic has joined Nicopure Labs as general counsel and chief compliance officer. With extensive U.S. and international e-cigarette and tobacco experience, Kovacevic has held senior legal and compliance positions at Philip Morris International, Lorillard and ITG Brands. Kovacevic was instrumental in securing the first ever premarket approvals for newly regulated tobacco products by […]

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Pacific Rim ministers fail to agree secret trade deal

Pacific Rim ministers fail to agree secret trade deal

| August 4, 2015

Trade ministers from12 Pacific Rim nations failed to finalize the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the weekend, as they had been expected to do. Quite what went wrong – or right – is difficult to know because the negotiations have been held in secret and what little has come to light has been courtesy […]

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Russia posts another 30,000 cigarette outlets

Russia posts another 30,000 cigarette outlets

| August 4, 2015

Cigarettes are due to go on sale in Russian post offices, according to a story in the Moscow Times quoting the pro-government daily Izvestia. In line with an agreement reached between Russia’s national mail service, Russian Post, and four tobacco companies, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco, cigarettes will be […]

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BAT to close documents depository

BAT to close documents depository

| August 4, 2015

British American Tobacco said on Friday that it intends to close its Guildford Depository, a publicly accessible depository that was established in 1999 as part of a settlement in a US lawsuit entitled State of Minnesota v. Philip Morris, et al. BAT, which was released from the requirement to maintain the depository in 2011, says […]

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New president for Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco

New president for Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco

| August 4, 2015

The Philippines’ Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) has named a new president to take over from Paul Riley, according to an ABS-CBN News story. The company said that Roman Militsyn would take over as the new president on August 16. Militsyn has been managing director of Philip Morris’ affiliate in Argentina since 2011. He […]

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AOI to host 1Q results conference call

AOI to host 1Q results conference call

| August 4, 2015

Alliance One International said yesterday that it would hold from 17.00 Eastern Daylight Time on August 5 a conference call to report its financial results for the first quarter ended June 30. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available at www.aointl.com, where it is necessary to register 15 minutes in advance. A […]

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JT’s domestic volume down, international volume up

JT’s domestic volume down, international volume up

| August 3, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales during the six months to the end of June, at 53.1 billion, were down by 3.7 percent on those of the six months to the end of June 2014. Volume sales were said to have been ‘affected’ by an industry-wide volume decline. In announcing its results, JT said that […]

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