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Zimbabwe’s grower prices down, export prices up

Zimbabwe’s grower prices down, export prices up

| June 30, 2015

So far this year, Zimbabwe has earned more than US$270 million from the export of 49.4 million kg of leaf tobacco, according to a story by Oliver Kazunga for the Chronicle, citing figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board up to June 26. During the equivalent period of last year, Zimbabwe was said to […]

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Hungary’s tobacco wholesale system under scrutiny

Hungary’s tobacco wholesale system under scrutiny

| June 30, 2015

The EU Commissioner for Internal Markets, Elzbieta Bienkowska, has said that the European Commission could launch an infringement procedure against Hungary over suspected discrimination in its granting of the country’s exclusive wholesale tobacco license, according to a Portfolio.hu story relayed by the TMA. The license was granted to the consortium of BAT and Tabán Trafik […]

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Registration opens for annual Cannes duty-free show

Registration opens for annual Cannes duty-free show

| June 30, 2015

Registration for the TFWA [Tax Free World Association] World Exhibition and Conference 2015 has opened at tfwa.com. The event is to be held at Cannes, France, on October 18-23. Meanwhile, the 2015 MEADFA (Middle East and Africa Duty-free Association) Conference is due to take place on November 23-24 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention […]

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JT Group to hold investor conference in London

JT Group to hold investor conference in London

| June 30, 2015

The Japan Tobacco Group is due later this year to hold an investor conference focusing on its tobacco business. The conference will be held Hyatt Regency, London, the UK, from 08.30 on September 18. ‘The conference will include an update on its global tobacco strategic focus and investment for sustainable future growth, JTI’s business performance, […]

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Hungary looking at plain packaging and special levy

Hungary looking at plain packaging and special levy

| June 29, 2015

Hungary is considering the introduction of standardized packaging for tobacco products and the imposition of a special tax on tobacco companies, according to a story in Hungary Today. A proposal on these matters is expected to be tabled in parliament later this year. But, according to the current plans, the construction of Budapest’s new hospital […]

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Singapore display ban would bring host of problems

Singapore display ban would bring host of problems

| June 29, 2015

Retailers in Singapore have said that a proposal to ban shops from displaying cigarettes will result in a host of problems, according to a story by Melissa Lin for the Straits Times. Retailers are expecting to encounter confusion, longer transaction times and added business costs should the rule be implemented. But most business owners said […]

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Hungary confirms distribution contract award

Hungary confirms distribution contract award

| June 29, 2015

Hungary’s National Development Ministry confirmed on Thursday (June 25) that it had awarded to British American Tobacco and Taban Trafik a concession for the distribution of tobacco products to licensed retailers, according to a Portfolio.hu story. This was despite its having received a more favorable bid from three other tobacco companies on June 24. A […]

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Getting into a bit of a flap over RYO pouch warnings

Getting into a bit of a flap over RYO pouch warnings

| June 29, 2015

The European Commission’s draft proposals for the positioning of health warnings on roll-your-own tobacco pouches is being circulated as a notification by the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade. Article 9 of the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive, which has to be transposed into national legislation by May 20, 2016, requires that […]

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Sampoerna looking to comply with exchange ruling

Sampoerna looking to comply with exchange ruling

| June 29, 2015

Philip Morris International said on Friday that its Indonesian subsidiary, Sampoerna, in which it holds a 98.18 percent interest, would explore options to comply with the Indonesian Stock Exchange’s (IDX) mandatory requirement of a minimum threshold for public shareholding. On January 30, 2014, IDX introduced a regulation requiring all listed public companies to have at […]

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Andhra tobacco growers in ‘disastrous predicament’

Andhra tobacco growers in ‘disastrous predicament’

| June 26, 2015

Flue-cured tobacco growers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are facing a disastrous predicament, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter quoting the member of parliament, Y.V. Subba Reddy. The MP said that there were no buyers for the low- to medium-grade flue-cured that accounted for more […]

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Park ban on smoking ‘excessive and unnecessary’

Park ban on smoking ‘excessive and unnecessary’

| June 26, 2015

A smokers’ group has criticised a ban on smoking and vaping in public parks in the county of Waterford, Ireland, describing the measure as ‘excessive and unnecessary’, according to a story in the Irish Times. The Irish branch of Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (Forest) was responding to the introduction by […]

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NSW to continue allowing vaping in public

NSW to continue allowing vaping in public

| June 26, 2015

The sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and their use in cars with minors present are due to be banned after new laws were passed in the parliament of New South Wales, Australia, according to a story by Nicole Hasham for the Sydney Morning Herald. The new laws will mean also that the sale, packaging, […]

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President handed fast-track authority for trade deals

President handed fast-track authority for trade deals

| June 26, 2015

In what is being seen by some as a major victory for US President Obama, the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday voted 60-38 for legislation granting the president fast-track authority to complete trade deals, according to a story on National Public Radio (NPR). Such authority means that trade deals such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), […]

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Smokers still a substantial minority within EU

Smokers still a substantial minority within EU

| June 25, 2015

Figures from a just-released Eurobarometer survey indicates that 26 percent of EU residents are current smokers, down from 28 percent in 2012, according to a story in Malta Today, relayed by the TMA. The survey was conducted among nearly 28,000 residents of the EU’s 28 nations. Sweden, with 11 percent, and Finland, with 19 percent, […]

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Malaysia aims to cut retail tobacco outlet numbers

Malaysia aims to cut retail tobacco outlet numbers

| June 25, 2015

Malaysia has adopted two main strategies to eventually make the entire country a smoking-free zone, according to a story in The Sun Daily citing a statement by the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. One strategy was to increase, in stages, the country’s smoking-free areas, while the other was to reduce the number of […]

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Growers urged to use courts to get their money

Growers urged to use courts to get their money

| June 25, 2015

Uganda’s Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday told tobacco growers to sue Continental Tobacco Uganda for allegedly disregarding the House Committee on Agriculture’s 2013 directive to pay five billion shillings (US$1.5 million) to the growers for tobacco they supplied to the company between 2011 and 2012, according to a story by Nelson Wesonga for Monitor, […]

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Some non-smokers take up habit during Ramadan

Some non-smokers take up habit during Ramadan

| June 25, 2015

Although the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is often seen as providing an opportunity for Muslims to quit tobacco smoking, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the month might be marked by an increase in smoking, according to an Indo-Asian News Agency story quoting the Khaleej Times and published in the Business Standard. “We spend […]

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Smoking down but vaping up among US’ youngsters

Smoking down but vaping up among US’ youngsters

| June 24, 2015

While the incidence of cigarette smoking among young people of middle- and high-school age has fallen in the US, the use of electronic cigarettes has more than doubled in three years, according to the results of a federal survey relayed by HealthDay. The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 25 percent of high school […]

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Menthol cigarette gives rise to non-menthol versions

Menthol cigarette gives rise to non-menthol versions

| June 24, 2015

Non-menthol versions of a previously exclusively menthol cigarette brand are due to go on sale in Japan next month. Japan Tobacco Inc said today that it planned to launch Pianissimo Precia Temore 6 and Pianissimo Precia Temore One in the Tokyo, Aichi and Toyama prefectures in late July. Pianissimo’s first non-menthol products are being presented […]

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Economist seeks tobacco tax changes in Bangladesh

Economist seeks tobacco tax changes in Bangladesh

| June 24, 2015

An economist has called on Bangladesh to introduce a tobacco taxation policy that would effectively control the use of tobacco products in the country, according to a story in The Financial Express citing a United News of Bangladesh report. “Bangladesh is a signatory to the [World Health Organization’s] Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which asks […]

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Leaf buyers reminded of purchase commitments

Leaf buyers reminded of purchase commitments

| June 24, 2015

The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has warned tobacco companies that stringent action will be taken if they fail to purchase leaf tobacco as per the agreements they reached with the Tobacco Board of India, according to a story in the Indian Express relayed by the TMA. The […]

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Hines to retire from AOI board

Hines to retire from AOI board

| June 24, 2015

John M. Hines is to retire from the board of directors of Alliance One International on August 13, the date of the company’s Annual Shareholders Meeting. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank John for his 23 years of outstanding service to the company and its shareholders, as an executive […]

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Imperial employees in the saddle for charity event

Imperial employees in the saddle for charity event

| June 24, 2015

A group of 27 Imperial Tobacco employees from five countries cycled from Paris France, to the company’s global headquarters in Bristol, the UK, to raise funds for a French charity that helps feed disadvantaged families. Employees from Seita, Imperial’s French business, joined those from the UK and the Benelux countries for the four-day ride. “It […]

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Aviation organization advises ban on e-cigs in checked luggage

Aviation organization advises ban on e-cigs in checked luggage

| June 23, 2015

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has amended its 2015-2016 Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods By Air to prohibit passengers and crew from carrying e-cigarettes and other battery-operated electronic smoking devices in checked luggage, and from charging such devices in aircraft cabins. Although these standards are not legally binding, they are […]

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Nepal: Cigarettes in short supply as result of wholesaler hoarding

Nepal: Cigarettes in short supply as result of wholesaler hoarding

| June 23, 2015

Several popular brands of cigarettes are in short supply in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley due to hoarding and black-marketing by some wholesalers, according to Republica. Some wholesalers have begun to hoard cigarettes following media reports that the government was planning to hike excise duty on cigarettes through the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. In addition to […]

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