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Ninety percent health warnings have majority support

Ninety percent health warnings have majority support

| April 30, 2015

Most Indonesians support the use of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and agree that the size of the pictures should be increased, according to a story in the Jakarta Globe quoting the results of a recent survey. The national survey on the implementation of graphic health warnings in Indonesia found that 84 percent of […]

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PMI to webcast May 6 annual meeting

PMI to webcast May 6 annual meeting

| April 30, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast of its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at www.pmi.com/webcasts starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on May 6. The webcast will be in listen-only mode. During the meeting, Louis C. Camilleri, chairman of the board, will address shareholders and answer questions, while CEO André Calantzopoulos […]

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BAT’s first quarter cigarette volume down 3.6 percent

BAT’s first quarter cigarette volume down 3.6 percent

| April 29, 2015

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the three months to the end of March, at 152 billion, was said by the company to be down by about 3.6 percent on that of the first quarter of 2014, 158 billion. Volumes were depressed in each of the company’s four regions: from 50 billion to 49 billion […]

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Indonesian excise bands cause health concerns

Indonesian excise bands cause health concerns

| April 29, 2015

The Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) said yesterday that the pictorial health warnings on more than half of the tobacco product packs it had examined as part of a survey had excise bands over the top of them, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Government regulations stipulate that cigarette packs must carry pictorial warnings […]

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Rajasthan mulls once-a-month ban on tobacco sales

Rajasthan mulls once-a-month ban on tobacco sales

| April 29, 2015

The Indian state of Rajasthan is considering introducing a ban on the sale of all tobacco products during one day of each month, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Under the proposal, the tobacco ‘dry day’ would see also the organization of events in schools and colleges […]

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Zimbabwe’s leaf tobacco export earnings soar

Zimbabwe’s leaf tobacco export earnings soar

| April 29, 2015

Zimbabwe has earned US$224.0 million from the export of 35.2 million kg of semi-processed tobacco this year, according to a story in The Herald quoting figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board. This season’s figures are said to be increased from the US$58.6 million kg earned from the export of 16.4 million kg during […]

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RAI’s sustainability report available online

RAI’s sustainability report available online

| April 29, 2015

Reynolds American Inc.’s 2014 Sustainability Report, which ‘highlights the latest initiatives by RAI and its subsidiaries to ensure a sustainable commercial future while addressing stakeholder expectations’, is now available on the company’s website (www.ReynoldsAmerican.com). “Sustainable business practices are good for our businesses and they are the right thing to do,” said RAI president and CEO […]

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A plague of low flue-cured prices afflicting growers

A plague of low flue-cured prices afflicting growers

| April 28, 2015

Lower farm prices are plaguing flue-cured tobacco growers around the world, according to a story in the most recent issue of the India-based BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The story reported that prices had fallen by 14 percent in Brazil, 10 percent in Zimbabwe, eight percent in the US and four percent in Tanzania. And in […]

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China to crack down on tobacco advertising

China to crack down on tobacco advertising

| April 28, 2015

China’s revised Advertisement Law, which has been approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, bans tobacco product advertising in the mass media, in public places, and on public transportation, according to a Reuters story relayed by the TMA. The law, which is due to take effect on September 1, prohibits advertisements that […]

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Graphic details missing from Kenya’s warnings

Graphic details missing from Kenya’s warnings

| April 28, 2015

In an application before Kenyan High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi, British American Tobacco Kenya has said it is unable to comply with the country’s Tobacco Control Regulations 2014 because the Ministry of Health has yet to publish technical details of the Act, according to a story by Carol Maina for The Star. The act requires, […]

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Nine new Seven Stars on Japanese horizon

Nine new Seven Stars on Japanese horizon

| April 28, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc says that it is to introduce across Japan nine redesigned Seven Stars products. The Seven Stars brand, which includes 14 products in all, is the tobacco sales leader in Japan. The redesigns, which are due to appear in the middle of June, have targeted the products’ packaging; so there have been no […]

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Growers’ earnings down by 24 percent in Zimbabwe

Growers’ earnings down by 24 percent in Zimbabwe

| April 27, 2015

By day 33 of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured sales, volume sales were down by seven percent from those of the same period of the 2014 season and earnings from those sales were down by 24 percent, according to a story in The Herald. This season, tobacco growers earned US$129 million after selling 50 million kg of flue-cured, […]

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Illegal trade agreement has no liability release clause

Illegal trade agreement has no liability release clause

| April 27, 2015

The European Commission has said that the 2010 anti-fraud co-operation agreement between British American Tobacco, EU member states and the Commission does not include a clause releasing the company from ‘any civil claims arising out of past conduct relating to illicit trade’. The Commission was replying to a question by Bart Staes, a Belgian politician […]

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Jakarta’s tobacco smoking ban largely ignored

Jakarta’s tobacco smoking ban largely ignored

| April 27, 2015

Although it has been in place for a decade, a bylaw banning tobacco smoking in public places in Jakarta, Indonesia, is not enforced effectively and so is ignored by many smokers, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. This is despite the fact that those found to have violated the bylaw are liable to […]

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JT to launch two additional richer-flavor products

JT to launch two additional richer-flavor products

| April 27, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc is due to launch in June two additions to its Mevius Mode series of products that are said to deliver a richer flavor through the inclusion of a ‘lavish blend’. Like other Mode products, the soon-to-be-launched Mevius Mode 6 100s and Mevius Mode 3 100s will incorporate JT’s LSS (less smoke smell) […]

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Swedish Match announces dividend

Swedish Match announces dividend

| April 27, 2015

Swedish Match’s Annual General Meeting has resolved, in accordance with a proposal by the board of directors, to pay a dividend of SEK7.50 per share. The dividend is payable on April 30 to shareholders of note on April 27.

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Price hikes result in KT&G profit surge

Price hikes result in KT&G profit surge

| April 24, 2015

KT&G’s first-quarter operating profits and revenue have increased significantly compared to the same period last year, due to price hikes and improvements in its affiliates’ performances, according to a story in the Korea JoongAng Daily. South Korea’s No. 1 cigarette and ginseng company’s operating profit increased by nearly 65 percent year-on-year to krw428.5 billion ($395 […]

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ITG Brands appoints executive team

ITG Brands appoints executive team

| April 24, 2015

ITG Brands, the U.S. division of Imperial Tobacco Group, has announced the appointment of members to serve on its executive team. The team will be led by David H. Taylor, who currently is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Lorillard but was recently named president and CEO of ITG Brands. The executive team […]

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Invitation to join China e-cig regulation group

Invitation to join China e-cig regulation group

| April 24, 2015

The law firm Keller and Heckman LLP, through its Shanghai office, is inviting stakeholders to join a new working group dedicated to the development of appropriate e-cigarette product standards and regulations in China. In China, there are currently no laws or regulations targeting e-cigarettes. However, this may soon change. Recently, during the 16th World Conference […]

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Egypt to construct tobacco-processing factories 

Egypt to construct tobacco-processing factories 

| April 23, 2015

The Egyptian government plans to construct two tobacco-processing factories in Malawi to support the country’s tobacco industry, according to the Malawi News Agency. The Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy, said the construction of these factories will help spur economic growth because the crop is regarded as the country’s main forex earner. “We have always […]

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Closures expected in Indonesian tobacco industry

Closures expected in Indonesian tobacco industry

| April 23, 2015

As much as 15 percent of the workforce at tobacco-related companies in East Java, Indonesia—or more than 23,000 workers—are at risk of being laid off this year, according to a story in the The Jakarta Post. Based on 2014 data, the number of people working in East Java’s tobacco and tobacco products industrial (IHT) sector […]

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South Korea considers stricter e-cigarette regulations

South Korea considers stricter e-cigarette regulations

| April 23, 2015

The government of South Korea plans to push for tougher legal restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, the finance ministry announced April 22. Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan, who also serves as deputy prime minister, told lawmakers in the National Assembly that he would soon “come up with a comprehensive proposal” on e-cigarettes that would ban […]

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Strict laws to limit tobacco ads in China

Strict laws to limit tobacco ads in China

| April 23, 2015

Lawmakers in China may introduce tough new restrictions on tobacco advertisements, according to a story in the China Daily. A draft revision to the country’s 20-year-old Advertisements Law will be voted upon tomorrow; the revision was discussed Tuesday at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and is likely to […]

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Philip Morris Korea to increase exports

Philip Morris Korea to increase exports

| April 21, 2015

Philip Morris International Korea (PMIK) will increase its cigarette exports to an expected 20 billion sticks this year after securing larger markets in Japan and Australia. The company will expand its export of cigarettes manufactured in its factory in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, in an effort to make up for domestic losses caused by a […]

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Vapor Corp. announces organizational restructuring

Vapor Corp. announces organizational restructuring

| April 20, 2015

Vapor Corp.—a leading U.S.-based distributor and retailer of vaporizers, e-liquids, e-cigarettes and e-hookahs—has announced that it is undergoing an organizational restructuring to maintain its competitiveness and establish its branded products and retail stores in the evolving vapor market. Following a recent merger with Vaporin, Vapor Corp. added several new members to its management team, including […]

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