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JT buys international rights to Natural American Spirit

JT buys international rights to Natural American Spirit

| September 29, 2015

The Japan Tobacco Group of companies (JT) has agreed to buy from Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brands outside of the United States, for approximately $5 billion. Since its launch in the U.S. […]

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New Zealand urged to follow Australian pack

New Zealand urged to follow Australian pack

| September 29, 2015

An activist in New Zealand has called on the government to follow Australia’s lead in introducing standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a New Zealand Herald story relayed by the TMA. Smokefree Coalition chairperson, Dr. Jan Pearson, says that even though New Zealand’s smoking prevalence is declining; it is not falling as fast as in […]

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Vapor-product regulations sought in Malaysia

Vapor-product regulations sought in Malaysia

| September 29, 2015

A petition urging the government of Malaysia to regulate vapor products in the country has attracted 50,000 signatures, according to a Bernama story citing the Malaysian Organisation of Vape Entities (MOVE). MOVE’s president, Samsul Kamal Arriffin, said the group wanted the government to ensure that the manufacture, sale and distribution of the products were managed […]

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Cork tip: High taxes encourage illegal trade

Cork tip: High taxes encourage illegal trade

| September 29, 2015

The illegal trade in cigarettes is rife in County Cork, Ireland, according to a UTV (Ulster Television) story. During the past two weeks, 595,000 illicit cigarettes have been found in Cork, which figure represents about one cigarette for every resident of the county. In the most recent incident, the third haul in two weeks, a […]

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Plan to save tobacco products rubbish from tip

Plan to save tobacco products rubbish from tip

| September 29, 2015

Japan Tobacco International is backing an initiative aimed at recycling the UK’s cigarette butts into plastic products, according to a BT story. The initiative will allow smokers to prevent some of the billions of non-biodegradable butts and other cigarette waste from ending up in landfill or as litter, the recycling company behind the scheme, TerraCycle, […]

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JT keen to complete Santa Fe deal this week

JT keen to complete Santa Fe deal this week

| September 29, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. is in the final stages of negotiations to buy Reynolds American Inc.’s Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company subsidiary, possibly excluding the US rights to the Natural American Spirit brand, according to a Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) story relayed by the TMA. JT is said to be aiming to reach an agreement on […]

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