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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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Tobacco firms going to court over plain packs law

Tobacco firms going to court over plain packs law

| December 7, 2015

Four multinational tobacco companies will this week engage the UK government in a High Court battle over legislation that, as it stands, will require cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs by May next year, according to a story by Ben Martin for the Electronic Telegraph. British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and […]

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Call for stricter laws on smoking in the UAE

Call for stricter laws on smoking in the UAE

| December 7, 2015

A leading oncologist has called for stricter measures to combat smoking, especially shisha and medwakh smoking, in the UAE, according to a story by Mahak Mannan for 7Days. Dr Mohammed Jaloudi, chief of medical oncology, Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, told 7DAYS that the prevalence of lung cancer during the next 15 to 20 years could […]

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African tobacco abandoned in Cambodia

African tobacco abandoned in Cambodia

| December 7, 2015

Sixty four boxes dumped in a village in Kompong Speu, Cambodia, contained tobacco, not drugs, as had been suspected, according to a story by Chea Takihiro and Srey Kumneth for the Khmer Times, quoting an official with the Ministry of the Interior. Khieu Saman, director of the ministry’s anti-drug department, said his office had conducted […]

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China ‘expected’ to build cigarette plant in Harare

China ‘expected’ to build cigarette plant in Harare

| December 4, 2015

China is expected to set up a cigarette manufacturing plant in Harare following discussions between the Zimbabwean government and officials from China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, according to a Daily News story. Zimbabwe’s Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa is said to be keen to focus the country’s tobacco industry on value addition, so […]

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EU assessing PMI anti-illegal trade agreement

EU assessing PMI anti-illegal trade agreement

| December 4, 2015

The European Commission is expected to decide before the end of the year whether or not to renew the agreement concluded with Philip Morris International in 2004 on tackling contraband and counterfeiting, according to a story in the Bulletin Quotidien Europe. The EU has agreements with PMI, Japan Tobacco International, British American Tobacco and Imperial […]

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Jonathan Ross takes cigar smoker of the year award

Jonathan Ross takes cigar smoker of the year award

| December 4, 2015

Jonathan Ross, the English radio and television presenter, was hailed The Snow Queen Cigar Smoker Of The Year 2015 at a dinner held on Tuesday at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London. The Hollywood actor and director Burt Reynolds scooped the Snow Queen Lifetime Cigar Achievement Award at the same event, the Snow Queen Cigar Smoker of […]

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FDA electronic cigarette proposals exposed

FDA electronic cigarette proposals exposed

| December 3, 2015

Two respected US health experts have asked why it should be that the most toxic consumer products on the market – combustible cigarettes – have to do absolutely nothing to stay on the market, while a burdensome and prohibitively expensive applications system is being proposed for much safer, tobacco-free electronic cigarettes. In a blog published […]

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Proposal seeks to impose domestic-leaf inclusion

Proposal seeks to impose domestic-leaf inclusion

| December 3, 2015

Six of Ukraine’s MPs are proposing that it should be a requirement that cigarettes manufactured in the country contain at least 30 percent Ukrainian-grown leaf tobacco by 2024, according to a Ukraine General Newswire story relayed by the TMA. Under proposed Bill No. 3548, starting in 2017, production licenses would be issued only to companies […]

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Japan’s hospitals ban or restrict tobacco smoking

Japan’s hospitals ban or restrict tobacco smoking

| December 3, 2015

About half of Japan’s 8,500 hospitals have banned tobacco smoking on their premises, according to a story in The Japan Times citing a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey. The ministry described the survey as a snapshot of the situation that existed on October 1 last year. The survey results, published yesterday, showed that the […]

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Solutions sought in wake of tobacco-grower suicides

Solutions sought in wake of tobacco-grower suicides

| December 3, 2015

Drawing Indian MPs’ attention to the 20 tobacco growers who committed suicide this year, YSR Congress Party Whip Y.V. Subba Reddy told parliament on Tuesday that the government, which wants to discourage tobacco production, needs to come up with a strategy to help tobacco growers make a smooth transition to alternative crops that are equally […]

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Reynolds American declares quarterly dividend

Reynolds American declares quarterly dividend

| December 3, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors had declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.36 per share ($1.44 per share annualized). The dividend is payable on January 4 to shareholders of record on December 14. RAI said this was the 46th consecutive quarterly cash dividend since RAI […]

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RJR and BAT to co-operate on vapor developments

RJR and BAT to co-operate on vapor developments

| December 2, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc (RAI), said yesterday that it had signed a definitive vapor technology-sharing and licensing agreement with Nicoventures Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco. ‘The companies signed a term sheet in September, providing a framework for collaboration and mutual cross-licensing of vapor product technologies […]

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South Africa has huge illegal tobacco trade problem

South Africa has huge illegal tobacco trade problem

| December 2, 2015

The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) has said that the South African government ‘loses’ more than ZAR4 billion ($277 million) in revenue annually to the illegal tobacco trade, and that the proceeds from that trade might be funding organized crime, according to an Anadolu Agency story. But the story said only that – unnamed […]

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Liggett owner declares quarterly dividend

Liggett owner declares quarterly dividend

| December 2, 2015

Vector Group Ltd. said yesterday that it had declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.40 per share. It said the dividend was payable on December 29 to holders of record as of December 15. Vector Group is a holding company that indirectly owns, among other interests, Liggett Group LLC.

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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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