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JT’s domestic cigarette sales increased in June

JT’s domestic cigarette sales increased in June

| July 10, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during June, at 9.3 billion, was increased by 4.6 percent on that of June 2014, 8.9 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The June 2014 figure was down by 6.5 percent on that of June 2013. Volume during January-June, at 53.1 billion, was down […]

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PMI to host results webcast July 16

PMI to host results webcast July 16

| July 10, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on July 16 to discuss its 2015 second-quarter results, which will be issued about 07.00 the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss the results and answer questions […]

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U.S. Tobacco Cooperative pays member growers $5.6 million in cash dividend

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative pays member growers $5.6 million in cash dividend

| July 9, 2015

The board of directors of the U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (USTC)—a leading producer and processor of high-quality U.S. flue-cured tobacco headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA—has declared a patronage dividend of $0.17 per pound of tobacco sold to the Cooperative during fiscal year 2015. The total dividend for fiscal year 2015 was $10.7 million, a 9.1 […]

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Malfeasant smugglers and their flying machines

Malfeasant smugglers and their flying machines

| July 3, 2015

Measures aimed at combating corruption, enforcing border controls and enhancing cross-border co-operation are being constantly revised in the fight against the illegal tobacco trade operating across Romania’s borders with non-EU countries. This was part of the reply by the EU Commission to a question posed by the Romanian member of the European Parliament, Daniel Buda. […]

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France bans smoking in cars with young passengers

France bans smoking in cars with young passengers

| July 3, 2015

It is now illegal in France to smoke in a car when a person younger than 12 years of age is a passenger, according to a story in The Local France. Those caught breaking the law will face a fine of €68. But smokers needn’t think they are being singled out. The Local pointed out […]

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Brands to go in Germany after TPD brought in

Brands to go in Germany after TPD brought in

| July 3, 2015

The new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) will result in cigarette brands with a market share of 1 percent or less being taken off the German market, according to a Die Welt story. Such brands would no longer be profitable, the newspaper said. Under the TPD, which has to be included within national laws by […]

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New high-capacity flavor applicator from Kaymich

New high-capacity flavor applicator from Kaymich

| July 3, 2015

C. B. Kaymich is launching two new pieces of equipment: its new High Capacity Gemini Flavour Application System and the CM7A7Ax Hot Melt Controller. Orders for the first two Gemini units have been taken and they will be installed during the next eight weeks. In reporting the launch of the new Gemini, Kaymich said that […]

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Health expert contests outdoor prison smoking ban

Health expert contests outdoor prison smoking ban

| July 2, 2015

Prisoners in jails in New South Wales, Australia, who currently smoke tobacco but who are facing a total smoking ban, have received support from what seems at first sight to be an unlikely source. Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Simon Chapman, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, said that while he believed […]

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Opposition to Namibia tobacco project hits a hurdle

Opposition to Namibia tobacco project hits a hurdle

| July 2, 2015

Namibia’s Health Minister, Bernard Haufiku, who has been fighting to stop a planned Chinese tobacco project in the Zambezi region, has acknowledged that his efforts are hampered by a ‘loophole’ in the Tobacco Act, according to a story in The Namibian. Haufiku said the act did not stop anyone from growing tobacco. This was a […]

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Is tobacco not being bought or not being sold?

Is tobacco not being bought or not being sold?

| July 2, 2015

During a meeting with representatives of tobacco traders and growers from Andhra Pradesh, India, on Tuesday, the Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman directed tobacco companies to buy flue-cured in line with the agreements they had reached earlier with the Tobacco Board. Tobacco sales have been slow in Andhra but tobacco traders say the […]

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CORESTA documents available for download

CORESTA documents available for download

| July 2, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said yesterday that the following documents had been published in June and could be downloaded from: www.coresta.org. TSB SG CTR “Results of the 2014 CORESTA Part-Filter Method Ring Trial and Comparison with the 2012 Ring Trial”  (2015-06-11) PTM SG CTR “2014 Collaborative Study for the Determination of Repeatability and Reproducibility of CRM 77”  (2015-06-16) […]

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Imperial employees in Taiwan beach clean-up

Imperial employees in Taiwan beach clean-up

| July 2, 2015

Eighty Imperial employees and their families gave up a weekend to remove litter from a beach near the company’s Jhunan factory in Taiwan. The volunteers collected 120 kg of waste, which mainly comprised drinks cans and plastic bags. The waste collection at Zhang Qing Zhi Sen was part of an environmental clean-up operation to tackle […]

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FDA seeks further information on liquid nicotine

FDA seeks further information on liquid nicotine

| July 1, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration is looking for further information to help it decide what action it might take in respect of nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine and nicotine-containing e-liquids. The FDA said that recent increases in calls and visits to both poison control centers and emergency rooms in the […]

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Proposed Trans Pacific Partnership takes a battering

Proposed Trans Pacific Partnership takes a battering

| July 1, 2015

An Australian parliamentary committee has issued a damning verdict on what it knows about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated by 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the US, according to a Sputnik (Russia) story. The Blind Agreement report by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee denounces the ‘all-or-nothing choice’ […]

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China’s Sept 1 advert ban already causing concern

China’s Sept 1 advert ban already causing concern

| July 1, 2015

Tobacco advertising in China is still visible in nearly half of all tobacco stores two months before a new law takes effect that bans such advertising in public places, according to a story in the China Daily. The Advertisement Law, which was adopted in April by the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, bans tobacco […]

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Hong Kong urged to scrap plan for huge warnings

Hong Kong urged to scrap plan for huge warnings

| July 1, 2015

Cigarette companies are urging the Hong Kong government to scrap its plans to increase the size of graphic tobacco health warnings to 85 percent of pack surfaces, according to a story in the South China Morning Post relayed by the TMA. The companies are opposed also to a requirement that packs carry a warning that […]

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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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