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Amcor completes tobacco packaging acquisition in brazil

Amcor completes tobacco packaging acquisition in brazil

| September 1, 2015

Amcor Tobacco Packaging has completed the acquisition of Souza Cruz’s internal tobacco packaging operations in Cachoeirinha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The investment is supported by a long-term supply contract between Amcor and Souza Cruz and the business is expected to achieve annual sales of approximately brl200 million ($56 million). “This acquisition adds a third […]

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US adult smoking incidence falls to 17 per cent

US adult smoking incidence falls to 17 per cent

| September 1, 2015

The US’ adult smoking rate is continuing to fall, according to an Associated Press story citing a new government report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, said to have come from a large national survey, indicated that the adult smoking incidence dropped from 18 percent in 2013 to 17 percent last year. The […]

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Cigarettes now priced at more than A$1 each

Cigarettes now priced at more than A$1 each

| September 1, 2015

Smokers buying their cigarettes in Queensland, Australia, are from today having to pay up to $3.05 more for a pack of 50, according to a story in the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. In the case of some cigarettes, the retail price of a single cigarette is now more than A$1. The latest national tobacco excise increase […]

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Change.org petition lights up smoking ban violations

Change.org petition lights up smoking ban violations

| September 1, 2015

The Jakarta Environmental Management Agency has disclosed that 90 percent of malls and shopping centers that it inspected in the Indonesian capital were in violation of a gubernatorial regulation banning tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. “Ninety percent of malls and shopping centers we inspected violated the bylaw,” […]

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Opposition to minimum price in Philippines

Opposition to minimum price in Philippines

| September 1, 2015

A number of Indonesian groups are opposing a bill in the House of Representatives that seeks to set a minimum price for cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star. The groups described the move as being more of a profit strategy for the tobacco industry than a tobacco control measure. The Action for […]

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War of attrition in parks ban on tobacco smoking

War of attrition in parks ban on tobacco smoking

| September 1, 2015

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is preparing to make more Han River parks no-tobacco-smoking zones, according to a story in The Korea Times. Currently, of the 12 parks along the river, only Sunyudo Park in western Seoul is a no-smoking zone. The city government had considered banning smoking at all of the parks but, since it […]

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Benson named marketing director at NDC

Benson named marketing director at NDC

| August 28, 2015

NDC Technologies, a leading global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, has appointed Ian B. Benson as marketing director. Previously global sales and marketing director for the company’s food and bulk business, Benson brings a wealth of international marketing and business development experience to his new position. Benson will be responsible for the development […]

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ITG to respond to additive-free warning

ITG to respond to additive-free warning

| August 28, 2015

ITG Brands is to respond to a warning from the US Food and Drug Administration about its use of the term ‘additive free’ in relation to its Winston brand of cigarettes, according to a story by Toni Clarke for Reuters, relayed by the TMA. The FDA has warned Santa Fe Natural Tobacco (Reynolds American), ITG […]

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Imperial joins battle against Latvian illegal trade

Imperial joins battle against Latvian illegal trade

| August 28, 2015

Imperial Tobacco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Latvian State Revenue Service jointly to tackle the illegal trade in tobacco. In a note posted on its website, Imperial said that KPMG’s latest Project Sun report had revealed that Latvia had the highest proportion of illegal cigarette trade in the EU last year. The […]

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Limited edition of Ettan launched by Swedish Match

Limited edition of Ettan launched by Swedish Match

| August 28, 2015

Swedish Match is launching a special design edition of its Ettan brand of loose snus for the autumn season. In a note posted on its website, Swedish Match said that 82,000 cans of Ettan Jakt would be produced and sold from the end of August at OKQ8 outlets throughout Sweden, in Swedish Match’s stores in […]

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FDA targets ‘natural’ tobacco claims

FDA targets ‘natural’ tobacco claims

| August 27, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and ITG Brands that advertising traditional cigarette products as “additive free” or “natural” is in violation of federal regulations, reports The Winston-Salem Journal. The warnings pertain to Santa Fe’s Natural American Spirit brand and ITG’s Winston brand. It is the first […]

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Proposed EU-US trade treaty mired in secrecy

Proposed EU-US trade treaty mired in secrecy

| August 27, 2015

The European Commission has been accused of a cover-up after refusing to release details of talks between its officials and tobacco companies during negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty, according to a story by Paul Gallagher for The Independent. Corporate lobbying campaigners are said to have published documents that revealed […]

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Lebanese growers looking to expand production

Lebanese growers looking to expand production

| August 27, 2015

Tobacco growers operating in the Akkar district of Lebanon are calling on the government to allow them to expand their harvested areas while increasing the weight of tobacco authorized per permit from 330 kg to 500 kg, according to a story on Al Bawaba.com. “We also ask the government to increase the price of 1 […]

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Myanmar gears up for graphic health warnings

Myanmar gears up for graphic health warnings

| August 27, 2015

Cigarette packs sold in Myanmar will shortly carry graphic health warnings, according to a story in The Myanmar Times quoting Health Minister U Than Aung. “We have drawn up a notification to include health warnings in pictures and text covering 75 percent of a cigarette package on both sides, in accordance with international agreements,” U […]

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Big fall in tobacco smoking among Scotland’s adults

Big fall in tobacco smoking among Scotland’s adults

| August 27, 2015

The number of Scots who smoke has fallen to one in five of the adult population, according to a BBC online story citing a Scottish government survey. The Scottish Household Survey for 2014 found that 20 percent of adults smoked (22 percent of men and 19 percent of women), down from 23 percent in 2011. […]

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Altria to webcast business presentation

Altria to webcast business presentation

| August 27, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, starting about 09.45 Eastern Time on September 9. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by Billy Gifford, Altria’s CFO. Directions for the necessary pre-event registration are […]

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Ministry of Agriculture does not support tobacco

Ministry of Agriculture does not support tobacco

| August 26, 2015

The Indian Ministry of Agriculture has said that it does not support tobacco production, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Rather, it supports tobacco control. And in a written reply to the Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation, which is examining proposed changes to the Cigarettes and […]

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Electronic cigarettes coming out of the cold

Electronic cigarettes coming out of the cold

| August 26, 2015

Electronic cigarette use among adults in Alaska is on the rise as tobacco use is falling, according to a story by Suzanna Caldwell for Anchorage Daily News citing state Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) data. An Alaska Division of Epidemiology bulletin released last week said that electronic cigarette use among Alaska’s adults had […]

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Fontem to axe 55 e-cigarette jobs in Scotland

Fontem to axe 55 e-cigarette jobs in Scotland

| August 26, 2015

Fifty five jobs are expected to be axed as Imperial Tobacco’s non-tobacco product subsidiary, Fontem Ventures, implements its plan to close its electronic cigarette warehouse and office in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to a Herald Scotland story relayed by the TMA. The closure is to be carried out from September 30 to December 30, basically during […]

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ITM technology for new EU tax stamp requirements

ITM technology for new EU tax stamp requirements

| August 25, 2015

ITM has developed a piece of equipment that will help tobacco companies comply with the requirements of the revised EU tobacco directive (TDP2) relating to the position of the tax stamp. Within several months new European legislation will mandate health warnings covering 65 percent of the front and back panels of the pack. Although the EU […]

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Call for ban on 75 percent of cigarette sales in India

Call for ban on 75 percent of cigarette sales in India

| August 25, 2015

Researchers at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease have called on the government of India to ban the sale of single cigarettes, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story relayed by the TMA. A study conducted by the researchers found that sales of single cigarettes accounted for almost 75 percent of total cigarette […]

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Malaysia making renewed efforts to table tobacco bill

Malaysia making renewed efforts to table tobacco bill

| August 25, 2015

Malaysia’s Health Ministry is drafting a tobacco bill that would, among other things, increase the minimum age at which people could buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 and ban smoking in vehicles carrying young people, according to a story in The New Straits Times. Currently, tobacco products are regulated under the Food Act 1983. […]

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Tobacco sector working steadily at afforestation

Tobacco sector working steadily at afforestation

| August 25, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Sustainable Afforestation Association said recently that it had planted 600 ha of eucalyptus in its first year of operation and 3,340 ha in 2014-15, according to a story in the Herald, relayed by the TMA. The association, which was formed in October 2013 to curb the deforestation caused by the use of wood fuel […]

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No interest from smaller firms in anti-fraud deals

No interest from smaller firms in anti-fraud deals

| August 24, 2015

While the four multinational tobacco companies operating within the EU have signed agreements aimed at reducing the illegal trade in tobacco products, no other tobacco company has expressed an interest in signing such agreements, according to the European Commission. The Commission was responding to two questions from the Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovčić. In a preamble […]

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Seized Jin Ling cigarettes sent for analysis in Ireland

Seized Jin Ling cigarettes sent for analysis in Ireland

| August 24, 2015

Ireland’s gardaí has sent for analysis a number of seized Jin Ling cigarettes amid fears they may contain asbestos, according to a story by Fiona Magennis for the Drogheda Independent and Irish Independent. About 20,000 cigarettes were seized at Drogheda market during an operation by Drogheda gardaí following a tip off. Thousands of counterfeit CDs […]

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