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Imperial’s stick equivalent volumes down

Imperial’s stick equivalent volumes down

| August 19, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s total tobacco volume during the nine months to the end of June, at 207.4 billion stick equivalents, was down by three percent on that of the nine months to the end of June 2014, 213.3 billion, according to an interim management statement issued today. Underlying volume was down by six percent. Growth Brands […]

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Vaping 95 percent less harmful than smoking

Vaping 95 percent less harmful than smoking

| August 19, 2015

Vaping electronic cigarettes is 95 percent less harmful than is smoking tobacco, according to a story by Adam Brimelow for BBC News, citing a recent expert review. One of the report’s authors, Professor Ann McNeill of King’s College London said electronic cigarettes could be a game-changer in public health. “At the moment, 80,000 people [in […]

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Proposal for smoking and non-smoking patio areas

Proposal for smoking and non-smoking patio areas

| August 19, 2015

The Quebec Bar Owners Association has said that a proposed ban on smoking on bar and restaurant patios would be too restrictive and would not have any effect on public health, according to a Canadian Television report. Public consultations are currently underway in respect of Quebec’s proposed anti-tobacco legislation, Bill 44, which includes provisions for […]

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Licit cigarette sales plummet after Macau tax hike

Licit cigarette sales plummet after Macau tax hike

| August 19, 2015

Sales of licit cigarettes in Macau have dropped by about two-thirds following the tripling of tobacco excise, according to a Business Daily story quoting one retailer. The government hiked tobacco excise last month, from MOP0.5 a stick to MOP1.5 (US$0.19) “Our sales have plunged 60 per cent to 70 per cent following the implementation of […]

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TPPA would hinder New Zealand’s smoke-free goal

TPPA would hinder New Zealand’s smoke-free goal

| August 18, 2015

New Zealand’s Trade Minister, Tim Groser, is continuing to mislead people about the way that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would affect health, according to a Voxy story quoting Dr. Gay Keating of Doctors for Healthy Trade. “Saying that the TPPA won’t stop government making health regulation is like saying that there is nothing […]

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Tobacco firms the most financially transparent

Tobacco firms the most financially transparent

| August 18, 2015

A four-year investigation by Fairfax Media into the financial statements reported by multinational firms operating in Australia has found that tobacco companies issue the cleanest sets of numbers of any group of multinationals in the country, according to a story by Michael West for the Age newspaper, relayed by the TMA. Philip Morris (Australia), British […]

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Multiple factors influencing teem smoking propensity

Multiple factors influencing teem smoking propensity

| August 18, 2015

A South Korean teenager whose parents are both smokers is more than four times as likely to smoke than is a teenager with non-smoking parents, according to a story in The Korea Herald citing a government report published yesterday. The report, released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surveyed 75,000 middle- and […]

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Complaint filed over JTI’s planned plant in Taiwan

Complaint filed over JTI’s planned plant in Taiwan

| August 18, 2015

A group of anti-tobacco activists in Taiwan filed a complaint on Monday accusing three cabinet agencies of dereliction of duty and legal violations after they gave the go-ahead or failed to object to the building of a factory by an international tobacco company, according to a Focus Taiwan News Channel report. The complaint was filed […]

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Imperial to issue interim statement

Imperial to issue interim statement

| August 18, 2015

Imperial Tobacco said yesterday that it would issue an interim management statement tomorrow. Imperial’s financial year runs from the beginning of October to the end of September.

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Tobacco carve-out from TPP agreement discussed

Tobacco carve-out from TPP agreement discussed

| August 17, 2015

Even though negotiators who are trying to finalize the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) seem to be in general agreement that tobacco products will have to be treated differently to other products, a case is being made in support of treating leaf tobacco in the same was as other agricultural commodities are treated, according to a […]

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Flavored products to disappear in Bermuda wrangle

Flavored products to disappear in Bermuda wrangle

| August 17, 2015

Bermuda’s forthcoming anti-tobacco measures have been described as draconian and possibly the strictest in the world, according to a story by Jonathan Bell for The Royal Gazette. Smoke Shop proprietor Michael Heslop was quoted as saying that no other country was banning as many products as Bermuda was planning to ban. He said that, under […]

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UAE plans introduction of new federal taxes

UAE plans introduction of new federal taxes

| August 17, 2015

The government of the United Arab Emirates has drawn up plans to introduce federal value-added tax (VAT) and corporation tax, according to a story in The National citing its Arabic-language sister paper, Al Ittihad. This would make the UAE the first country in the Arabian Gulf to introduce such a tax on consumption. Under the […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in July

JT’s domestic volume down in July

| August 17, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during July, at 9.8 billion, was down by 2.7 percent on that of July 2014, 10.0 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The July 2014 figure was down by 4.4 percent on that of July 2013. Volume during January-July, at 62.8 billion, was […]

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Imperial providing clean water for 2,400 in Chad

Imperial providing clean water for 2,400 in Chad

| August 17, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s Altadis Foundation has signed an agreement with Imperial’s subsidiary in Chad, Manufacture de Cigarettes du Tchad (MCT) to provide clean drinking water for rural communities. In collaboration with MCT, the foundation is funding the construction of wells that will bring clean water to about 2,400 people in the rural communities of Aboudeïa, Ham […]

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Decline of Basmi production

Decline of Basmi production

| August 13, 2015

Bulgaria’s National Association of Tobacco Producers expects the output of Basmi tobacco to decline by about 3,000 metric tons to 10,000 mt in the 2015 season due to a reduction in acreage and a dry summer in the main cultivating areas of southern Bulgaria.

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Health group views e-cig as cessation tool

Health group views e-cig as cessation tool

| August 13, 2015

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has urged health chiefs across the U.K. to encourage smokers who have enrolled in the National Health Service’s stop-smoking services to use e-cigarettes as smoking-cessation devices, reports The Guardian. It also argued for new “exclusion zones” outside schools, bars, pubs and parks, where smoking, but not vaping, should […]

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Tobacco remains viable business

Tobacco remains viable business

| August 12, 2015

Despite the declining smoking rate in the U.S. and pressure from regulatory authorities, tobacco companies still have “tools” to ensure steady revenue and continue rewarding shareholders, according to stock analysis provider Trefis. Writing in Forbes, Trefis points out that smoking rates are still growing in many developing countries and that major companies are turning to […]

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Croatia considering graphic health warnings

Croatia considering graphic health warnings

| August 11, 2015

Croatian lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require cigarette companies to print graphic health warnings covering 65 percent of the pack surface, according to local press reports. The proposal would also ban the sale of cigarette packs containing fewer than 20 pieces, prohibit the use of additives and flavors in cigarettes and rolling tobacco,and […]

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Survey reveals ‘non-shop’ tobacco trade

Survey reveals ‘non-shop’ tobacco trade

| August 11, 2015

Almost one-third of participants in a survey commissioned by the U.K. Tobacco Manufacturers Association (TMA) said they purchase cigarettes from “non-shop” sources such as from friends or family, in pubs, online, on the street, at car boot sales, at work, from private houses and from abroad, reports The Sunday Express. The TMA estimates that the […]

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Peter Beckett joins Nerudia Compliance

Peter Beckett joins Nerudia Compliance

| August 10, 2015

Peter Beckett has joined the Nerudia Group to establish Nerudia Compliance, a new subsidiary that will offer a full product stewardship solution to companies seeking to become compliant with the regulations and legislation governing the vapor industry. “We’re delighted to welcome Peter to the Nerudia team,” says Nerudia co-founder David Newns. “When it came to […]

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Most people complying with Beijing smoking ban

Most people complying with Beijing smoking ban

| August 7, 2015

Since the June 1 start of a public-places tobacco smoking ban in Beijing, China, enforcement officials have conducted more than 20,000 inspections at 13,000 venues and ticketed 73 businesses and 179 individuals, according to a story by Chu Yiming for China Radio International, relayed by the TMA. Put another way, for each inspection they made, […]

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Universal reports start of end of oversupply

Universal reports start of end of oversupply

| August 7, 2015

There are signs that the global leaf market is moving towards a more balanced position following more than a year of oversupply. In announcing Universal Corporation’s financial results for its first quarter that ended on June 30, chairman, president, and CEO George C. Freeman III said that as the leaf industry entered the second year […]

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E-cigarettes reduce need for quit-smoking program

E-cigarettes reduce need for quit-smoking program

| August 7, 2015

A sharp decline in Scotland in the number of people using a National Health Service (NHS) support program to help them quit smoking has been linked to the rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes, according to a BBC Online story. The Smoking Matters service in Dumfries and Galloway, for instance, helped 102 people in deprived […]

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Where 19.7 percent illicit cigarettes is record low

Where 19.7 percent illicit cigarettes is record low

| August 7, 2015

An empty pack survey in Lithuania conducted by the National Association of Tobacco Producers has found that 19.7 percent of the packs collected were smuggled into the country from other markets, according to a Baltic News Service story relayed by the TMA. Although 19.7 percent might seem high, it is the lowest rate since the […]

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Grower prices down but AOI’s profits fall

Grower prices down but AOI’s profits fall

| August 6, 2015

Market prices paid in US dollars for suppliers’ green tobacco have again been generally lower this year, according to Alliance One International’s president and CEO, Pieter Sikkel. Announcing the company’s results for its first quarter to the end of June, Sikkel said that global leaf tobacco markets were still in oversupply, though the supply/demand situation […]

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