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Eastern Tobacco looks set to manufacture in Malawi

Eastern Tobacco looks set to manufacture in Malawi

| June 1, 2015

The Malawi government and Egypt’s Eastern Tobacco have signed a memorandum of understanding in respect of cigarette manufacturing in Malawi, according to a story in the Nyasa Times on Thursday. The Times reported that Eastern was ‘expected to have a ground breaking ceremony marking the commencement of the company in the country Friday at Kanengo […]

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BAT signs agreement to acquire TDR

BAT signs agreement to acquire TDR

| June 1, 2015

British American Tobacco said today that it had signed an agreement to acquire TDR, the leading independent cigarette manufacturer in Central Europe. If the agreement receives the necessary approvals, BAT will acquire TDR and other tobacco and retail assets from Adris Grupa ‘for a total enterprise value of €550 million’. TDR is said to have […]

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Korea’s graphics must not be ‘excessively’ repulsive

Korea’s graphics must not be ‘excessively’ repulsive

| June 1, 2015

Korea’s National Assembly on Friday approved a bill that will make it obligatory for cigarette packs to carry graphic health warnings, though the warnings must not be ‘excessively’ repulsive, according to a story in the Korea Herald. The graphics will have to account for more than 30 percent of the front and rear main surfaces […]

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Twenty six percent of EU citizens consume tobacco

Twenty six percent of EU citizens consume tobacco

| June 1, 2015

The incidence of tobacco use in the EU dropped from 28 percent in 2012 to 26 percent in 2014, according to a ‘Eurobarometer’ published on May 29. The biggest fall was among people aged 15 to 24 where tobacco use went from 29 percent to 25 percent. The incidence of tobacco consumption was lowest in […]

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WHO accused of hypocrisy over illegal trade stance

WHO accused of hypocrisy over illegal trade stance

| May 29, 2015

Campaigners are accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of ‘hypocrisy’ for making illegal trade a theme of World No Tobacco Day (May 31). According to WHO, one in every ten cigarettes and many tobacco products consumed worldwide are illicit. WHO wants governments to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and has […]

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WTO notification of Norway’s plain packaging plan

WTO notification of Norway’s plain packaging plan

| May 29, 2015

Norway’s Ministry of Health and Care Services has proposed the imposition of a requirement for all tobacco products to be sold in standardized packaging, according to a World Trade Organization notification. It has not been decided when the measure should be adopted or when it should come into force. Comments are being invited. ‘Standardized tobacco […]

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Ukraine re-examining plain packaging challenge

Ukraine re-examining plain packaging challenge

| May 29, 2015

Ukraine’s trade minister has met with a delegation of health groups following a remark by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk that he doubted the appropriateness of a legal challenge filed against Australia’s standardized packaging legislation, according to an Interfax story relayed by the TMA. Ukraine’s 2012 challenge, along with those of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras […]

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Imperial Canada challenges Nova Scotia menthol ban

Imperial Canada challenges Nova Scotia menthol ban

| May 29, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada has filed a legal challenge against Nova Scotia’s menthol ban, which is set to take effect on May 31. “By prohibiting the sale of menthol cigarettes, the government of Nova Scotia has stepped beyond its legislative authority, which leaves us with no other choice than to bring this matter in front of […]

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Beijing smokers braced for new era of restrictions

Beijing smokers braced for new era of restrictions

| May 29, 2015

Indoor smoking and tobacco advertisements will be banned in public places in Beijing as part of new tobacco control regulations due to come into force on Monday, according to a story in the China Daily. The restrictions, which were adopted in November by the Beijing People’s Congress, are among the toughest of their kind in […]

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EU’s illegal trade falling but still substantial

EU’s illegal trade falling but still substantial

| May 28, 2015

The scale of the EU’s illegal trade in cigarettes remains ‘sizeable’, with 56.6 billion illicit cigarettes consumed there last year – about 10.4 percent of total consumption, according to a press note posted on Philip Morris International’s website, citing the latest annual report by KPMG. The report was prepared for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, […]

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Need for more co-operation in illegal trade battle

Need for more co-operation in illegal trade battle

| May 28, 2015

In a note posted on its website today, British American Tobacco says that it is reiterating the need for greater understanding of the illegal tobacco trade and the criminals behind it, and the need for greater co-operation and collaboration in fighting this trade. ‘This call to action launches as part of a new campaign, developed […]

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Practical guide to safe use of flavors in e-cigarettes

Practical guide to safe use of flavors in e-cigarettes

| May 28, 2015

What is being described as the first practical guide to ensure the safe use of flavors in electronic cigarettes has been published by Nicoventures, a nicotine company established by British American Tobacco (Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology DOI: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2015.05.018). A BAT press note said today that while electronic cigarettes and other vapor products delivered nicotine without smoke […]

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Imperial repairing cyclone damage in Madagascar

Imperial repairing cyclone damage in Madagascar

| May 28, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Madagascar, Soctam, is helping rebuild facilities for a community left badly damaged by recent cyclones. So far, Soctam has helped to renew and equip educational and medical facilities in Bevilany – a village 200 km from the company’s tobacco production facility in Mahajanga. In addition, Soctam has supported the creation of […]

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Anti-trust body clears RAI acquisition of Lorillard

Anti-trust body clears RAI acquisition of Lorillard

| May 27, 2015

Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard said yesterday that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had voted to accept a proposed consent agreement, authorizing RAI to close its proposed $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard. The FTC clearance is subject to certain conditions, most of which the companies had previously agreed to as part of the related […]

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Romania exports cigarettes to North Korea

Romania exports cigarettes to North Korea

| May 27, 2015

Romania exported goods worth €90 million (US$98.2 million) to North Korea in 2014, with cigarettes accounting for €83 million (US$90.5 million) of those exports, according to a Romania Insider story relayed by the TMA. British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International did not export any cigarettes to North Korea. But industry observers […]

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Thailand looks to raise tobacco-buying age to 20

Thailand looks to raise tobacco-buying age to 20

| May 27, 2015

Increasing to 20 the minimum age for buying cigarettes is one of a number of measures contained in a tobacco-control bill endorsed by Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday, according to a story in The Bangkok Post. In a move hailed by anti-smoking activists, the cabinet approved in principle legislation that would outlaw also the sale of […]

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Essentra adds dedicated e-cigarette test laboratory

Essentra adds dedicated e-cigarette test laboratory

| May 27, 2015

Essentra Scientific Services (ESS) has increased the capacity of its laboratory at Jarrow, UK, with the addition of a new facility dedicated to testing electronic cigarettes. ‘The new laboratory complements Essentra’s full-service e-cigarette offering, and ensures it can continue to respond to the industry’s growing demand for reliable and high quality testing and analysis,’ Essentra […]

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Bangladesh looks to break tobacco tax dependency

Bangladesh looks to break tobacco tax dependency

| May 26, 2015

The draft of a national tobacco tax policy prepared by Bangladesh’s National Board of Revenue provides for a shift away from ‘dependency on tobacco for internal revenue collection’, according to a story in The Financial Express. The proposed policy, which includes a time-framed action plan, is said to be aimed at keeping a tight rein […]

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MEPs concerned over influence of 30,000 lobbyists

MEPs concerned over influence of 30,000 lobbyists

| May 26, 2015

Two French MEPs have asked the European Commission whether or not it intends in the future to allow itself to be influenced by pressure groups, including those representing tobacco-industry interests, ‘at the cost of democratic transparency’. They put the number of lobbyists in Brussels representing all interests at about 30,000. In a preamble to their […]

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Indonesia’s electronic cigarette ban not set in stone

Indonesia’s electronic cigarette ban not set in stone

| May 26, 2015

Indonesia seems to be having second thoughts on imposing an outright ban on electronic cigarettes – but then again, perhaps not. A story in The Jakarta Post at the beginning of last week had the Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel saying that sales of electronic cigarettes would be banned in line with concerns voiced by the […]

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Next week’s nicotine forum expected to attract 250

Next week’s nicotine forum expected to attract 250

| May 26, 2015

Hon Lik, the inventor of the electronic cigarette, is scheduled to address the 2nd Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, Poland, next week. The Forum is due to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, on June 5 and 6, though an awards ceremony is scheduled to take place during the Forum’s Pre-conference Vape […]

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JT expected to sell beverage business to Suntory

JT expected to sell beverage business to Suntory

| May 26, 2015

Suntory Beverage & Food has said it will buy Japan Tobacco Inc’s beverage vending machine business for about ¥150 billion ($1.2 billion), according to a Reuters report citing figures from the industry publication Inryosouken. JT’s withdrawal from the business, which includes the sale of its Roots canned coffee and Momono Tennen-sui flavoured water brands, comes […]

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Vapor less toxic according to Cultex study

Vapor less toxic according to Cultex study

| May 22, 2015

Cultex Laboratories—a leader in the research and development of cell-based exposure systems and cultivation technologies based in Hannover, Germany—has examined the cytotoxic effects of the vapor emitted by e-cigarettes. Using specially designed exposure models that made it possible to keep cells at an atmosphere that mimicked the real characteristics of a human lung, researchers conducting […]

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PMI files plain packaging suit against UK government

PMI files plain packaging suit against UK government

| May 22, 2015

Philip Morris International today filed suit in the English High Court to contest the UK government’s recently introduced standardized packaging regulations for tobacco products. In a note posted on its website, PMI said it was seeking a decision that the regulations – which imposed a wholesale ban on logos and visual trademark elements and required […]

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Low leaf tobacco prices cause concern in Zimbabwe

Low leaf tobacco prices cause concern in Zimbabwe

| May 22, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands and Agriculture has expressed concern over the low prices being offered at tobacco auction floors this season, according to a story in The Herald. It has urged stakeholders to educate growers on what they have to do to be rewarded with good returns for their tobacco. The committee members […]

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