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Manila publishes health-warning rules

Manila publishes health-warning rules

| February 11, 2016

The Philippine government has published its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on cigarette health warnings, The IRR define the space requirements for graphic health warnings, including photographic images on packaging and warnings in text, as well as the corresponding penalties for violations.

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KT&G expands in Iran

KT&G expands in Iran

| February 11, 2016

KT&G is expanding its business in Iran in the wake of relaxing sanctions against that country, according to a report in The Korea Herald. The company’s products have benefited from pricing, bold marketing and the popularity of Korean culture in the Islamic Republic.

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‘Transformational’ 2015 for RAI

‘Transformational’ 2015 for RAI

| February 11, 2016

Commenting on Reynolds American’s full-year and fourth-quarter results, CEO Susan Cameron describes 2015 as a ‘transformational’ year for the company.

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Tax up in Thailand

Tax up in Thailand

| February 11, 2016

Thailand’s excise tax on tobacco products has increased from 87 percent to 90 percent, reports The Nation. The government aims to raise revenue by about thb15 billion ($425.6 million) per year from thb60 billion.

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Drought forces marketing delay

Drought forces marketing delay

| February 11, 2016

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has deferred the 2016 marketing season of the crop to a date to be announced. Traditionally, Zimbabwe’s tobacco selling season begins in February. Last year, the tobacco selling season began on March 4 due to similar reasons.

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Imperial Brands’ 1Q volume down

Imperial Brands’ 1Q volume down

| February 11, 2016

Stick-equivalent volumes at Imperial Brands fell during the company’s first quarter, and, excluding the effect of acquisitions, they fell sharply. Imperial’s CEO said the company had continued to make good progress against its strategic objectives in the first quarter and was well placed to meet full year expectations.

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