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EU scrutinizing Hungary’s tobacco turnover tax

EU scrutinizing Hungary’s tobacco turnover tax

| July 20, 2015

The European Commission has opened two separate ‘in-depth’ investigations to examine further whether two recent Hungarian tax measures with steeply progressive rate structures are in line with EU state aid rules. One measure concerns a tax on turnover from the production of and trade in tobacco products, while the other concerns a food chain inspection […]

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Warnings issued on dangers of ‘very light smoking’

Warnings issued on dangers of ‘very light smoking’

| July 20, 2015

While the overall smoking rate is falling in the US, one group is bucking the trend – young women who opt for ‘very light smoking’, according to a HealthDay News story citing the results of a new study. The study, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, defined a very light habit as smoking five […]

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Andhra auction season being extended

Andhra auction season being extended

| July 20, 2015

The Tobacco Board of India is extending to the end of September the flue-cured tobacco auctions currently being staged in Andhra Pradesh because of the slow rate of sales, according to a Business Standard story relayed by the TMA. Only 58 million kg have been sold so far this year, compared to 105 million kg […]

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Zimbabwe’s growers take eight percent price hit

Zimbabwe’s growers take eight percent price hit

| July 20, 2015

Zimbabwe’s 2015 flue-cured tobacco marketing season ended on Wednesday with growers taking a nearly eight percent hit on prices, according to a New Zimbabwe story. Grower prices were down from US$3.20 last season to US$2.95 this season. At the same time, volume sales were said to be down by 8.5 percent to 188.5 million kg […]

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PMI’s shipment volume down in second quarter

PMI’s shipment volume down in second quarter

| July 17, 2015

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the second quarter to the end of June, at 219,833 million, was down by 1.3 per cent on that of the second quarter of 2014, 222,801 million. Excluding the effect of acquisitions, shipment volume was down by 1.4 percent. Volume was down in each of its four regions: […]

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PMI and Altria extending e-vapor co-operation

PMI and Altria extending e-vapor co-operation

| July 17, 2015

Philip Morris International announced yesterday the extension of its December 13 strategic framework with the Altria Group to include a joint research, development and technology sharing agreement. ‘The additional Agreement provides the framework under which PMI and Altria will collaborate to develop the next generation of e-vapor products for commercialization in the United States by […]

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SM and PMI to dissolve smokeless joint venture

SM and PMI to dissolve smokeless joint venture

| July 17, 2015

Swedish Match and Philip Morris International have mutually agreed to dissolve their joint venture agreement relating to the sale of smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the US. The joint venture, SMPM International, which was owned on a 50/50 basis by Swedish Match and PMI, was established in 2009. In a press note, Swedish Match […]

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Swedish Match’s second quarter sales increased

Swedish Match’s second quarter sales increased

| July 17, 2015

Swedish Match’s sales during the second quarter to the end of June, at SEK3,644 million, were up by nine percent on those of the second quarter of 2014, SEK3,339 million. Operating profit, excluding SM’s share of net profit from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) and larger one-off items, increased by nine percent to SEK937 million, […]

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BAT welcomes BSI vaping-product guidelines

BAT welcomes BSI vaping-product guidelines

| July 17, 2015

British American Tobacco has welcomed vaping-product guidelines issued yesterday by the British Standards Institution (BSI). The guidelines set quality and safety standards for vaping products, including electronic cigarettes and e-liquids. “We are supportive of the BSI specifications for e-cigarettes and believe that they have the potential to grow this important category by giving the appropriate […]

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Smokers have reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease

Smokers have reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease

| July 16, 2015

When compared with non-smokers, smokers have a 36-50 percent reduced risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease, according to a Helsingin Sanomat story citing research carried out in Finland. The story, relayed by the TMA, said also that consuming coffee reduced the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 33 percent. The researchers, who were based at the University […]

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E-cigarette vapor performs like air in human airways

E-cigarette vapor performs like air in human airways

| July 16, 2015

Vapor from two different types of electronic cigarettes had no cytotoxic impact on human airway tissue, according to a eurekalert.org story citing new research published in Toxicology in Vitro (DOI: 10.1016/j.tiv.2015.05.018). Scientists at British American Tobacco and MatTek Corporation were said to have used a unique combination of tests to investigate the potential adverse effects […]

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Indonesia wary that excise hike would hit smoking

Indonesia wary that excise hike would hit smoking

| July 16, 2015

In a reversal of the received wisdom on tobacco tax, the Indonesian government has said that it will not be increasing excise on cigarettes because such a rise might make them unaffordable for many people, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe. The director general of the Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of Customs (DGC), […]

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Nepal’s cigarette excise duty raised “slightly”

Nepal’s cigarette excise duty raised “slightly”

| July 16, 2015

An excise duty-increase will raise the prices of cigarettes in Nepal from tomorrow, according to a Republica story. A similar increase will affect also alcohol. The budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which the Minister for Finance Ram Sharan Mahat presented on Tuesday, raised the excise duty on cigarettes by up to 11 percent and that […]

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Altria to host second quarter results webcast

Altria to host second quarter results webcast

| July 16, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at altria.com from 09.00 Eastern Time on July 29 to discuss its 2015 second-quarter business results. The company will issue a results press note about 07.00 on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, chairman, CEO and president, Marty […]

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ITC board member to sit on RAI board

ITC board member to sit on RAI board

| July 16, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors had elected Robert Lerwill, the retired CEO of the Aegis Group, as a Class II director, effective immediately. Lerwill, who fills the board vacancy created by the death of Sir Nicholas Scheele in July 2014, will serve on the board’s compensation and leadership development committee. […]

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Farmers’ leader says Zimbabwe needs smaller crops

Farmers’ leader says Zimbabwe needs smaller crops

| July 15, 2015

The president of the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU), Wonder Chabikwa, has said that Zimbabwe needs to grow smaller crops in the future, according to a NewsDay story. He said the CFU believed that if crops were smaller, the quality would improve and demand would increase. Zimbabwe has had a difficult marketing season this year, reportedly […]

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Court orders implementation of bigger warnings rule

Court orders implementation of bigger warnings rule

| July 15, 2015

An Indian court has directed the federal government to implement a regulation requiring bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, according to a Reuters story. The measure had been put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel. The government last year decided that 85 percent of a tobacco pack’s surface should be covered in […]

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Calls for regulation of e-cigarettes in Hong Kong

Calls for regulation of e-cigarettes in Hong Kong

| July 15, 2015

In Hong Kong, Children as young as six have ‘admitted’ trying electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Danny Lee for the South China Morning Post and citing the results of a survey conducted by the social welfare group Caritas. The survey findings are said to have brought calls for tighter regulation of these devices […]

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RAI to host results conference call and webcast

RAI to host results conference call and webcast

| July 15, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of its second-quarter 2015 financial results before the market opens on July 28. The participants will be Susan M. Cameron, president and CEO; Andrew D. Gilchrist, CFO; and Morris L. Moore, vice president of investor relations. The conference call and […]

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Malawi tobacco growers abandoned by buyers

Malawi tobacco growers abandoned by buyers

| July 14, 2015

The closure of tobacco auctions in Malawi has left tobacco growers with a ‘huge quantity’ of unsold leaf, according to a Malawi24 story. The auctions which are said to be the sole means of selling tobacco in Malawi, have been closed, apparently because of a lack of buyers. The CEO of Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission […]

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BAT closing its Chile operations after law changes

BAT closing its Chile operations after law changes

| July 14, 2015

British American Tobacco has said that it is closing its operations in Chile because of changes to the country’s tobacco law, according to a story by Richard Craver for The Associated Press, published in the Winston-Salem Journal. BAT said it objected to changes that included banning additives, such as menthol, and adding to cigarette packs […]

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Weighing the health cost of continuing to smoke

Weighing the health cost of continuing to smoke

| July 14, 2015

People who quit smoking gain an average of 4.1 kg in body weight over about five years, which is 2.6 kg more than that gained by continuing smokers, according to a story by Megan Haggan for the Australian Journal of Pharmacy citing a recent study carried out at the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for […]

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Nano-catalyst filter more effective against ETS

Nano-catalyst filter more effective against ETS

| July 14, 2015

Scientists working in South Korea have developed equipment that can decompose elements of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) more effectively than can equipment based on more traditional technology, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story relayed by the TMA. The new air-cleaning equipment, developed by Dr. Jongsoo Jurng and Dr. Gwi-Nam Bae of the Korea Institute […]

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Reynolds donates laboratory building

Reynolds donates laboratory building

| July 14, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company said on Friday that it had donated a laboratory building in the Whitaker Park complex to WPDA, a non-profit corporation created by Winston-Salem Business, the Winston-Salem Alliance and Wake Forest University. WPDA is said to be pursuing opportunities to lease the approximately 87,000-square-foot building and the nearly four-acre lot on which […]

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Andhra flue-cured target slashed by 30 percent

Andhra flue-cured target slashed by 30 percent

| July 13, 2015

The 2015-16 authorized flue-cured crop for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been cut by 30 percent from that of 2014-15, according to a story in the New Indian Express. The Tobacco Board, at a meeting in Hyderabad on Friday, decided – based on indications given by the Indian Tobacco Association (representing tobacco manufacturers, […]

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