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PMI recognized for addressing climate change issues

PMI recognized for addressing climate change issues

| November 17, 2015

Philip Morris International has been recognized for addressing climate change and reducing its carbon footprint. In a note posted on its website, the company said it had been named yesterday as the only consumer staples company in the S&P 500 on both the CDP Climate ‘A’ List for top performers and the Climate Disclosure Leadership […]

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US adult smoking rate at 16.8 percent last year

US adult smoking rate at 16.8 percent last year

| November 16, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) reported on Friday that the adult smoking rate in the US fell to a record low of 16.8 percent last year, down from 17.8 percent in 2013, according to a statement from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) issued through PRNewswire. The smoking rate has declined by […]

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Latvia’s smoking incidence at 36 percent in 2014

Latvia’s smoking incidence at 36 percent in 2014

| November 16, 2015

About 36 percent of Latvians aged 15 to 64 are daily smokers, according to a Baltic Daily story citing 2014 data presented to members of the parliamentary subcommittee on public health by the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC). About 52 percent of men and 21 percent of women aged 15-64 were said […]

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International Tax Stamp Association formed

International Tax Stamp Association formed

| November 13, 2015

Ten companies have formed the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) in order ‘to respond to the need for better understanding of the benefits of excise tax stamps and tax stamp technologies, as well as to promote high professional standards in this sector,’ according to an ITSA press note. The founder companies, which are said to […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette sales down in October

JT’s domestic cigarette sales down in October

| November 13, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 9.4 billion, was down by 1.9 percent on that of October 2014, 9.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The October 2014 figure was down by 5.5 percent on that of October 2013. Volume during January-October, at 90.7 billion, was down […]

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ISDS reforms ‘lipstick on a particularly unpopular pig’

ISDS reforms ‘lipstick on a particularly unpopular pig’

| November 13, 2015

The EU Commission’s reform of a dispute-settlement provision of a proposed trade-agreement has been described as “little more than putting lipstick on a particularly unpopular pig,” according to a story by William Louch for The Parliament Magazine. The Commission yesterday presented its proposed reforms on the investment protection and dispute resolution provision of the Transatlantic […]

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Urbane farmer jailed for growing tobacco

Urbane farmer jailed for growing tobacco

| November 12, 2015

An Australian man has been sentenced to one year in prison for growing 35,000 tobacco plants in a leased building, according to an AAP Information Services report relayed by the TMA. Evidence of his illegal crop came to light when the building caught fire in January. The report said the crop would have yielded about […]

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Nat Sherman anniversary raises $100,000 for hungry

Nat Sherman anniversary raises $100,000 for hungry

| November 12, 2015

The tobacconist Nat Sherman has celebrated its 85th anniversary by raising more than $100,000 for food banks and hunger-related charities across the US, including more than $30,000 for City Harvest, of New York City. The New York-based, family-owned company, raised funds by hosting from the beginning of the year a series of high-profile dinners and […]

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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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