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Myanmar gears up for graphic health warnings

Myanmar gears up for graphic health warnings

| August 27, 2015

Cigarette packs sold in Myanmar will shortly carry graphic health warnings, according to a story in The Myanmar Times quoting Health Minister U Than Aung. “We have drawn up a notification to include health warnings in pictures and text covering 75 percent of a cigarette package on both sides, in accordance with international agreements,” U […]

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Big fall in tobacco smoking among Scotland’s adults

Big fall in tobacco smoking among Scotland’s adults

| August 27, 2015

The number of Scots who smoke has fallen to one in five of the adult population, according to a BBC online story citing a Scottish government survey. The Scottish Household Survey for 2014 found that 20 percent of adults smoked (22 percent of men and 19 percent of women), down from 23 percent in 2011. […]

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Altria to webcast business presentation

Altria to webcast business presentation

| August 27, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, starting about 09.45 Eastern Time on September 9. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by Billy Gifford, Altria’s CFO. Directions for the necessary pre-event registration are […]

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Ministry of Agriculture does not support tobacco

Ministry of Agriculture does not support tobacco

| August 26, 2015

The Indian Ministry of Agriculture has said that it does not support tobacco production, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Rather, it supports tobacco control. And in a written reply to the Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation, which is examining proposed changes to the Cigarettes and […]

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Electronic cigarettes coming out of the cold

Electronic cigarettes coming out of the cold

| August 26, 2015

Electronic cigarette use among adults in Alaska is on the rise as tobacco use is falling, according to a story by Suzanna Caldwell for Anchorage Daily News citing state Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) data. An Alaska Division of Epidemiology bulletin released last week said that electronic cigarette use among Alaska’s adults had […]

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Fontem to axe 55 e-cigarette jobs in Scotland

Fontem to axe 55 e-cigarette jobs in Scotland

| August 26, 2015

Fifty five jobs are expected to be axed as Imperial Tobacco’s non-tobacco product subsidiary, Fontem Ventures, implements its plan to close its electronic cigarette warehouse and office in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to a Herald Scotland story relayed by the TMA. The closure is to be carried out from September 30 to December 30, basically during […]

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ITM technology for new EU tax stamp requirements

ITM technology for new EU tax stamp requirements

| August 25, 2015

ITM has developed a piece of equipment that will help tobacco companies comply with the requirements of the revised EU tobacco directive (TDP2) relating to the position of the tax stamp. Within several months new European legislation will mandate health warnings covering 65 percent of the front and back panels of the pack. Although the EU […]

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Call for ban on 75 percent of cigarette sales in India

Call for ban on 75 percent of cigarette sales in India

| August 25, 2015

Researchers at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease have called on the government of India to ban the sale of single cigarettes, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story relayed by the TMA. A study conducted by the researchers found that sales of single cigarettes accounted for almost 75 percent of total cigarette […]

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Malaysia making renewed efforts to table tobacco bill

Malaysia making renewed efforts to table tobacco bill

| August 25, 2015

Malaysia’s Health Ministry is drafting a tobacco bill that would, among other things, increase the minimum age at which people could buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 and ban smoking in vehicles carrying young people, according to a story in The New Straits Times. Currently, tobacco products are regulated under the Food Act 1983. […]

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Tobacco sector working steadily at afforestation

Tobacco sector working steadily at afforestation

| August 25, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Sustainable Afforestation Association said recently that it had planted 600 ha of eucalyptus in its first year of operation and 3,340 ha in 2014-15, according to a story in the Herald, relayed by the TMA. The association, which was formed in October 2013 to curb the deforestation caused by the use of wood fuel […]

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No interest from smaller firms in anti-fraud deals

No interest from smaller firms in anti-fraud deals

| August 24, 2015

While the four multinational tobacco companies operating within the EU have signed agreements aimed at reducing the illegal trade in tobacco products, no other tobacco company has expressed an interest in signing such agreements, according to the European Commission. The Commission was responding to two questions from the Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovčić. In a preamble […]

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Seized Jin Ling cigarettes sent for analysis in Ireland

Seized Jin Ling cigarettes sent for analysis in Ireland

| August 24, 2015

Ireland’s gardaí has sent for analysis a number of seized Jin Ling cigarettes amid fears they may contain asbestos, according to a story by Fiona Magennis for the Drogheda Independent and Irish Independent. About 20,000 cigarettes were seized at Drogheda market during an operation by Drogheda gardaí following a tip off. Thousands of counterfeit CDs […]

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Cuba increases leaf production despite drought

Cuba increases leaf production despite drought

| August 24, 2015

This season’s tobacco harvest in Vueltabajo, Cuba’s main leaf-production region, increased by 3,400 tonnes over that of last year despite a nationwide drought, according to an Indo-Asian News Agency story citing the Communist Party daily, Granma. Industry leaders in Vueltabajo, Pinar del Rio, were quoted as saying that 16,204 tonnes of tobacco had been harvested […]

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Grim preliminary analysis of e-cigarettes

Grim preliminary analysis of e-cigarettes

| August 24, 2015

A senior medical consultant in Malaysia has said that the major concern over electronic cigarettes is that many people misuse the device by adding drugs such as marijuana and heroin, according to a story in The New Strait Times. A study on electronic cigarette addiction conducted by the Institute of Respiratory Medicine (IPR) since 2013 […]

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Altria raises dividend

Altria raises dividend

| August 24, 2015

The Altria Group’s board of directors on Friday declared the company’s regular quarterly dividend at $0.565 per common share, up 8.7 percent on the previous dividend of $0.52 per common share. The quarterly dividend is payable on October 9 to shareholders of record as of September 15. The ex-dividend date is September 11. In making […]

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E-cigarette report ‘an incredibly important milestone’

E-cigarette report ‘an incredibly important milestone’

| August 21, 2015

British American Tobacco has welcomed a report issued this week by Public Health England that, in part, says vaping electronic cigarettes is about 95 percent less harmful than is smoking tobacco. “This report by Public Health England, which concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than cigarettes, is an incredibly important milestone for […]

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Fontem to partner Swiss institute in aerosol studies

Fontem to partner Swiss institute in aerosol studies

| August 21, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s Fontem Ventures, whose brands include blu, Puritane and Jai, has announced a partnership for the study of ‘exhaled e-cig aerosols’, according to a EurekAlert story relayed by the TMA. The study will look at, among other things, the chemical characteristics and dynamics of exhaled aerosols under different environmental conditions, and comparisons with ‘emissions […]

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Research workshop scheduled for TFWA event

Research workshop scheduled for TFWA event

| August 21, 2015

The TFWA [Tax Free World Association] is due to host its first-ever dedicated research workshop at its World Exhibition & Conference in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes, France, in October. Key findings from the association’s most recent research studies will be presented during the one-hour workshop, which will start as the doors […]

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Malawi growers told rejection rate not ‘tolerable’

Malawi growers told rejection rate not ‘tolerable’

| August 21, 2015

Leaf tobacco sales resumed in Malawi on August 19 according to a Malawi24 story relayed by the TMA in abstract form. The abstract said that leaf auctions had been suspended in June after growers protested against low prices. Rejection rates were said to have stood at 60 percent ‘as of July’. The Tobacco Control Commission […]

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Chile steering toward 100 percent warnings

Chile steering toward 100 percent warnings

| August 20, 2015

BAT Chile will close its factory if draft anti-tobacco legislation is passed into law in its current form, according to a company spokesman quoted in an Agence France Presse story relayed by the TMA. Among other provisions, the draft legislation calls for cigarette-pack health warnings to be increased from 50 percent to 100 percent ‘of […]

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Hong Kong to press ahead with e-cigarette sales ban

Hong Kong to press ahead with e-cigarette sales ban

| August 20, 2015

Authorities in Hong Kong are determined to press ahead with a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes despite a recent British study suggesting that vaping electronic cigarettes is about 95 percent less harmful than is smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. The study, carried out on […]

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Tobacco does well in Indonesian brand evaluation

Tobacco does well in Indonesian brand evaluation

| August 20, 2015

Four tobacco brands have made it into the top 10 of Indonesia’s most valuable brands. At number five, A Mild is the top tobacco brand with a value of US$5,882 million. Surya, valued at US$1,939 million, is at number eight; Dji Sam Soe, valued at US$1,767 million, is at number nine; and Marlboro, valued in […]

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US leaf production set to fall by 18 percent

US leaf production set to fall by 18 percent

| August 20, 2015

Leaf tobacco production in the US this year is forecast to reach 717 million pounds, down by 18 percent on last year’s production, according to United States Department of Agriculture figures published by Christopher Bickers in his Tobacco Farmer Newsletter. Flue-cured production is estimated to be down by 17 percent to 473 million pounds and […]

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Ireland to continue monitoring e-cigarettes

Ireland to continue monitoring e-cigarettes

| August 20, 2015

Ireland’s Department of Health has said it will continue to monitor evidence on the harms and benefits associated with the use of electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Elaine Edwards for the Irish Times. The department was responding to the results of a study published yesterday by Public Health England that said electronic-cigarette vapor […]

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E-cigarette study suggests ‘gateway’ effect

E-cigarette study suggests ‘gateway’ effect

| August 19, 2015

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that use of e-cigarettes by youth who had not previously smoked could lead to use of combustible cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products. The JAMA study examined whether teens who reported ever using e-cigarettes were more likely to initiate use of combustible […]

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