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PMI to host conference presentation webcast

PMI to host conference presentation webcast

| November 12, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host at www.pmi.com/webcasts a live audio webcast of a presentation and question-and-answer session by its CFO Jacek Olczak at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference starting about 10.40 Eastern Time on November 18. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the […]

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GCC finance ministers approve tax on tobacco

GCC finance ministers approve tax on tobacco

| November 11, 2015

Finance ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states approved imposing a 100 percent selective tax on tobacco and related products equal to customs duties of these products, according to the Bahrain News Agency. The decision was taken upon a recommendation from the third meeting of representatives of the GCC customs union and a team […]

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Tobacco taxes to rise 11 percent in Indonesia

Tobacco taxes to rise 11 percent in Indonesia

| November 11, 2015

The Indonesian government has announced an average increase in tobacco excise taxes of 11.19 percent, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. “The highest tax increase of 12.96 to 16.47 percent will be applicable to machine-rolled cigarettes, and the lowest increase of 0 to 12 percent will apply to hand-rolled cigarettes,” said the Finance […]

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Andhra grower prices down by 20 percent

Andhra grower prices down by 20 percent

| November 11, 2015

The average price paid this year to flue-cured tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh, India, was about 20 percent down on that paid last year, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. This year, 190 million kg of flue-cured was sold over Andhra’s auction floors for an average price […]

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Japanese growers to miss out on profit sharing

Japanese growers to miss out on profit sharing

| November 11, 2015

The average leaf tobacco (all types) grower price for Japan’s 2016 harvest has been set at a lower level than that of 2015 despite the sole buyer’s having announced a week ago that its profits were up. Japan Tobacco Inc. said yesterday that the Leaf Tobacco Deliberative Council (LTDC), chaired by Yoshio Kobayashi, had released […]

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FDA deeming regs ‘embarrassment to public health’

FDA deeming regs ‘embarrassment to public health’

| November 10, 2015

A US public health expert has issued a robust and detailed criticism of the information publicly available about the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed deeming regulations, as they apply to electronic cigarettes. In his Rest of the Story blog, Dr. Michael Siegel, who is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University […]

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22nd Century settles litigation with former CEO

22nd Century settles litigation with former CEO

| November 9, 2015

22nd Century Group, a leader in tobacco harm reduction, announced Nov. 9 that the company and its former CEO and founder, Joseph Pandolfino, have settled all litigation and disputes between the parties. “As the founder of 22nd Century and as a major stockholder, Joe’s interests are closely aligned with those of other shareholders,” Henry Sicignano […]

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Buyers in Malawi told to ‘stop growing tobacco’

Buyers in Malawi told to ‘stop growing tobacco’

| November 9, 2015

AHL Group of Companies, Malawi’s sole tobacco and other commodities dealing company, has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to consider reversing its decision to allow tobacco multinationals to grow tobacco, according to Malawi24. AHL Group says the policy is hurting ordinary tobacco farmers. AHL Group’s general manager, Moses Yakobe, has urged the […]

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Support for trade agreement with tobacco ‘carve-out’

Support for trade agreement with tobacco ‘carve-out’

| November 9, 2015

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is urging the US Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which, if passed, could not be used by the tobacco industry to launch legal challenges against public health measures aimed at reducing tobacco use. Last week, the text of the TPP, whose eight-year-long negotiations were kept […]

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Volumes down at JT and JTI in first nine months

Volumes down at JT and JTI in first nine months

| November 6, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during the nine months to the end of September, at 81.3 billion, was down by 3.1 percent on that of the January-September period of 2014, 83.9 billion. In announcing its consolidated results on Wednesday, JT said that volume sales had fallen because of an industry-wide volume decline and […]

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Leaf tobacco markets headed for better balance

Leaf tobacco markets headed for better balance

| November 6, 2015

Weather patterns and reduced plantings in some parts of the world are expected to bring leaf tobacco markets largely into balance, according to George C. Freeman, III, chairman, president, and CEO of Universal Corporation. “We are monitoring weather conditions around the world that will likely have a negative impact on 2016 crop quality and production […]

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Indonesia unveils big tobacco excise increases

Indonesia unveils big tobacco excise increases

| November 5, 2015

The Indonesian government has said that it will impose an average 11 percent excise increase on tobacco products next year, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Indonesia has seen annual tobacco excise increases of about 11 percent since 2010, but the administration of President Joko Widodo had considered imposing a 23 percent increase […]

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Health Ministry calls for e-cigarette ban in Malaysia

Health Ministry calls for e-cigarette ban in Malaysia

| November 5, 2015

Malaysia’s Health Ministry has decided that electronic cigarettes containing nicotine should be banned, according to a Bernama story. The ministry’s deputy director-general of public health, Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman, said the decision had been reached on the basis of a study conducted by a technical committee tasked with reviewing the effects of electronic cigarettes […]

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BAT scientists propose new framework for assessing reduced-risk products

BAT scientists propose new framework for assessing reduced-risk products

| November 4, 2015

Scientists at British American Tobacco (BAT) have proposed a new scientific framework that could be used to assess the reduced-risk potential of nicotine and tobacco products currently being developed. The new assessment framework employs a four-stage process that uses lab-based and clinical tests along with real-world observations of individual and population perception and use, according […]

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Swedish Match enjoys snus and cigar volume growth

Swedish Match enjoys snus and cigar volume growth

| November 4, 2015

Swedish Match’s shipment volumes of snus in Scandinavia during the three months to the end of September, at 61.2 million cans, was five percent up on those of the three months to the end of September 2014. SM’s share of the snus market in Sweden during the three months to the end of September, at […]

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Stigmatizing smokers not a positive strategy

Stigmatizing smokers not a positive strategy

| November 4, 2015

A study conducted by researchers in Brazil, Germany, the UK and the US suggests that public health campaigns that stigmatize smoking or smokers can, in some cases, backfire, according to a Medical Xpress story relayed by the TMA. The study, which was published on Monday in Social Science & Medicine, reviewed almost 600 articles relating […]

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Prolamina and Ampac become ProAmpac

Prolamina and Ampac become ProAmpac

| November 3, 2015

Prolamina and Ampac, two recently merged global flexible packaging firms, have announced a new corporate name: ProAmpac. The new name reflects the merger of the two leading flexible packaging companies. The ProAmpac name and logo reflect the company’s mission in providing creative packaging solutions, industry-leading customer service and award-winning innovations to a diverse global marketplace. […]

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API increases production capacity for Transmet laminate

API increases production capacity for Transmet laminate

| November 3, 2015

API Laminates, a leading manufacturer and distributor of foils, laminates and holographics, has significantly increased production capacity for its Transmet laminate, following the recent upgrade and commissioning of its new Transmet module on the Laminator 4 production line at its Poynton manufacturing site. Transmet is API’s film-free laminate option for paperboard that provides an all-over, […]

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Imperial’s tobacco-product volumes down

Imperial’s tobacco-product volumes down

| November 3, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s volume shipments of cigarettes and other tobacco products calculated as ‘stick equivalents’ during the 12 months to the end of September, at 285.1 billion, were down by 3.1 percent on those of the 12 months to the end of September 2014, 294.4 billion. In announcing its preliminary results for the year to the […]

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Study finds no profit in growing tobacco in Indonesia

Study finds no profit in growing tobacco in Indonesia

| November 2, 2015

A survey conducted by the Muhammadiyah Tobacco Control Center (MTCC) suggests that growing tobacco in Indonesia is no longer profitable, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The MTCC surveyed during June and July 391 tobacco farmers and 191 former tobacco farmers in the three main tobacco producing areas of Central Java, East Java […]

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No trace of EU tobacco tracking system as yet

No trace of EU tobacco tracking system as yet

| November 2, 2015

The EU Commission has said that it would be premature at this stage to indicate what system would be used meet tobacco track and trace requirements of the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The Commission was responding to two questions by Mairead McGuinness, an Irish member of the European Parliament. In a preamble to her […]

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Passing the baton

Passing the baton

| November 1, 2015

–A note from GTNF advisory board chairman David O’Reilly As I step down as chairman of the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum (GTNF) advisory board, I would like to say that it has been a very real privilege to have had the opportunity to act as chairman for this fantastic forum over the past two […]

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PM USA’s cigarette shipments increased

PM USA’s cigarette shipments increased

| October 30, 2015

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter to the end of September, at 33.182 billion, was 0.1 percent higher than it was during the third quarter of 2014, 33.165 billion. Marlboro volume was down by 0.7 percent to 28.392 billion; while the volume of the company’s other premium brands was down […]

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VapeMentors to host free webinar on FDA regulations

VapeMentors to host free webinar on FDA regulations

| October 29, 2015

VapeMentors, the only educational resource exclusively devoted to the vape space, will host a free webinar on Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST to help vape space businesses prepare for upcoming U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. The FDA sent its final deeming regulations to the Office of Management and Budget last […]

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BAT’s third quarter cigarette volume increased

BAT’s third quarter cigarette volume increased

| October 29, 2015

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during the nine months to the end of September, at 487 billion, were down by 1.8 percent on those of the nine months to the end of September 2014. According to an interim management statement posted on the company’s website, volumes were down in all of the company’s regions: by […]

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