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Japan’s flue-cured gets clean bill of health

Japan’s flue-cured gets clean bill of health

| August 6, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that Japan’s flue-cured tobacco had been tested and found to be free of radioactive contamination. The Company has been conducting a number of tests for radioactive materials at each stage of the production process of Japanese domestic leaf tobacco in order to allay consumer concerns that arose following the accident […]

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Austrian court finds in favor of vapor shops

Austrian court finds in favor of vapor shops

| August 5, 2015

A constitutional court in Austria has overturned a planned amendment to tobacco laws that would have limited the sale of most electronic cigarettes to officially licensed tobacco shops, according to a Reuters story published by businessinsider.com. Reuters reported that the government had proposed that sales of electronic cigarettes be limited to licensed tobacconists from October […]

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Smoking among young: “still much more to be done”

Smoking among young: “still much more to be done”

| August 5, 2015

A survey of more than 125,000 15-year-olds in England conducted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has found that 24 percent have tried smoking at least once, according to a story in The Guardian relayed by the TMA. Twenty eight percent of 15-year-old females and 21 percent of 15-year-old males were found to […]

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Artist uses paperboard to shine light in dark places

Artist uses paperboard to shine light in dark places

| August 5, 2015

Asylum, an installation by the artist Nils Olof Hedenskog has gone on display at the Industrial museum – the Old Iron Mill – of Iggesund, Sweden. As was described here on June 9 (Exploring visions of security through paperboard), Hedenskog worked during the spring using Invercote paperboard from Iggesund, which had offered him the opportunity […]

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Universal declares dividends

Universal declares dividends

| August 5, 2015

Universal Corporation’s board of directors yesterday declared a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per common share, payable on November 9 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 13. In addition, the board declared a quarterly dividend of $16.875 per share on the Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock (Series B Preferred […]

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Kovacevic joins Nicopure Labs

Kovacevic joins Nicopure Labs

| August 4, 2015

Patricia I. Kovacevic has joined Nicopure Labs as general counsel and chief compliance officer. With extensive U.S. and international e-cigarette and tobacco experience, Kovacevic has held senior legal and compliance positions at Philip Morris International, Lorillard and ITG Brands. Kovacevic was instrumental in securing the first ever premarket approvals for newly regulated tobacco products by […]

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Pacific Rim ministers fail to agree secret trade deal

Pacific Rim ministers fail to agree secret trade deal

| August 4, 2015

Trade ministers from12 Pacific Rim nations failed to finalize the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the weekend, as they had been expected to do. Quite what went wrong – or right – is difficult to know because the negotiations have been held in secret and what little has come to light has been courtesy […]

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Russia posts another 30,000 cigarette outlets

Russia posts another 30,000 cigarette outlets

| August 4, 2015

Cigarettes are due to go on sale in Russian post offices, according to a story in the Moscow Times quoting the pro-government daily Izvestia. In line with an agreement reached between Russia’s national mail service, Russian Post, and four tobacco companies, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco, cigarettes will be […]

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BAT to close documents depository

BAT to close documents depository

| August 4, 2015

British American Tobacco said on Friday that it intends to close its Guildford Depository, a publicly accessible depository that was established in 1999 as part of a settlement in a US lawsuit entitled State of Minnesota v. Philip Morris, et al. BAT, which was released from the requirement to maintain the depository in 2011, says […]

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New president for Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco

New president for Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco

| August 4, 2015

The Philippines’ Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) has named a new president to take over from Paul Riley, according to an ABS-CBN News story. The company said that Roman Militsyn would take over as the new president on August 16. Militsyn has been managing director of Philip Morris’ affiliate in Argentina since 2011. He […]

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AOI to host 1Q results conference call

AOI to host 1Q results conference call

| August 4, 2015

Alliance One International said yesterday that it would hold from 17.00 Eastern Daylight Time on August 5 a conference call to report its financial results for the first quarter ended June 30. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available at www.aointl.com, where it is necessary to register 15 minutes in advance. A […]

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JT’s domestic volume down, international volume up

JT’s domestic volume down, international volume up

| August 3, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales during the six months to the end of June, at 53.1 billion, were down by 3.7 percent on those of the six months to the end of June 2014. Volume sales were said to have been ‘affected’ by an industry-wide volume decline. In announcing its results, JT said that […]

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573 jobs to be ‘affected’ by Moscow factory closure

573 jobs to be ‘affected’ by Moscow factory closure

| August 3, 2015

Japan Tobacco said on Friday that it was going to close its Moscow factory by the middle of next year because of the serious contraction that had occurred on Russia’s tobacco market. ‘The operating environment has changed dramatically in Russia, with significant declines in tobacco demand driven by tax increases, tighter regulations and a challenging […]

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Greece looking to reduce tobacco tax avoidance

Greece looking to reduce tobacco tax avoidance

| August 3, 2015

Draft legislation introduced in Greece on Thursday is aimed at reducing the country’s black market in tobacco products, according to a story by A. Makris for greekreporter.com. As described, the law would affect all aspects of manufactured tobacco, from packing to retail sales, based on the application of an electronically readable tax and security band. […]

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CORESTA documents available for download

CORESTA documents available for download

| August 3, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said today that the following documents had been published in July and could be downloaded from: www.coresta.org. • CRM No. 60 “Determination of 1,2-Propylene Glycol and Glycerol in Tobacco and Tobacco Products by Gas Chromatography” (update) (2015-07-06) • CRM No. 61 “Determination of 1,2-Propylene Glycol, Glycerol and Sorbitol in Tobacco and Tobacco […]

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Imperial improving homes, infrastructure in Vietnam

Imperial improving homes, infrastructure in Vietnam

| August 3, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s Altadis Foundation has helped improve living conditions and transport infrastructure in the Dong Nai Province of Vietnam. ‘Working with our local partner the Dong Nai Food Industrial Corporation (DOFICO) we’ve supported the building of 10 new homes and have helped fund the opening of a new road in the Vinh Cuu district of […]

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Malaysia’s FCTC steering committee hikes prices

Malaysia’s FCTC steering committee hikes prices

| July 31, 2015

Malaysia’s steering committee of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has decided that cigarette prices should be raised twice in a year, according to a story in The Star. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the decision had been agreed to by the steering committee on Thursday. Under the […]

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Zimbabwe’s export prices up but grower prices down

Zimbabwe’s export prices up but grower prices down

| July 31, 2015

So far this year, Zimbabwe has earned US$322 million from exporting 59.0 million kg of tobacco at an average price of US$5.46 per kg, according to a story in the Bulawayo Chronicle citing Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) figures. During the same period of last year, the country earned US$211 million from exporting 45.8 […]

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Auctions blocked as Malawi rejections hit 60 percent

Auctions blocked as Malawi rejections hit 60 percent

| July 31, 2015

A ‘fracas’ occurred at the auction floors at Lilongwe, Malawi, on Tuesday, apparently over the prices being offered for growers’ tobacco. A Malawi24 report said the auctions had been blocked by growers concerned about the rejection rate, which reportedly reached 60 percent. Usually, a ‘rejection’ occurs when a grower refuses to accept the final price […]

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ITC hits out at tax system in announcing 1Q results

ITC hits out at tax system in announcing 1Q results

| July 31, 2015

In announcing its first-quarter results to the end of June, ITC said that the performance of its cigarette business had reflected the ‘extremely challenging operating environment for the legal cigarette industry in India, which is facing unprecedented pressure on sales volumes’. Despite ITC being a diversified company, cigarettes account for 40 percent of its revenues […]

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Altria’s cigarette, cigar and smokeless volumes up

Altria’s cigarette, cigar and smokeless volumes up

| July 30, 2015

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the three months to the end of June, at 33,124 million, was up by 3.1 percent on that of the three months to the end of June 2014, 32,134 million. Marlboro shipments increased by 3.0 percent to 28,498 million; shipments of other premium brands fell by 3.4 […]

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Tough tobacco control law passed in Uganda

Tough tobacco control law passed in Uganda

| July 30, 2015

Ugandan lawmakers on Tuesday passed a law banning smoking within 100 meters of public buildings, banning the sale and use of shisha tobacco and banning all forms of tobacco, advertising, promotion and sponsorship, according to a story by Deo Walusimbi for the Observer, relayed by the TMA. Control Bill 2014, which now goes for signature […]

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Japan’s smoking incidence up – or down

Japan’s smoking incidence up – or down

| July 30, 2015

Japan’s adult smoking incidence increased slightly between May 2014 and May 2015, according to figures posted on Japan Tobacco Inc.’s website, but the company believes that the incidence is actually falling in line with long-term trends. JT today announced the latest results of its Japan Smoking Rate Survey, a study that has been carried out […]

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Iggesund announces packaging design winners

Iggesund announces packaging design winners

| July 30, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard has received almost 200 design proposals in response to the challenge it issued earlier this year to the world’s designers to create better and more sustainable consumer packaging. Three of the designs have been chosen and their creators will receive rewards. In addition, the company has opened dialogues with various of the designers […]

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BAT’s first-half volume down but share up

BAT’s first-half volume down but share up

| July 29, 2015

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the six months to the end of June, at 322 billion, was down by 2.9 percent from that of the six months to the end of June 2014. The company estimated that the industry-wide volume decline during this period was 3.5 percent and that it had enjoyed a ‘significant […]

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