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Smokers have reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease

Smokers have reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease

| July 16, 2015

When compared with non-smokers, smokers have a 36-50 percent reduced risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease, according to a Helsingin Sanomat story citing research carried out in Finland. The story, relayed by the TMA, said also that consuming coffee reduced the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 33 percent. The researchers, who were based at the University […]

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E-cigarette vapor performs like air in human airways

E-cigarette vapor performs like air in human airways

| July 16, 2015

Vapor from two different types of electronic cigarettes had no cytotoxic impact on human airway tissue, according to a eurekalert.org story citing new research published in Toxicology in Vitro (DOI: 10.1016/j.tiv.2015.05.018). Scientists at British American Tobacco and MatTek Corporation were said to have used a unique combination of tests to investigate the potential adverse effects […]

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Indonesia wary that excise hike would hit smoking

Indonesia wary that excise hike would hit smoking

| July 16, 2015

In a reversal of the received wisdom on tobacco tax, the Indonesian government has said that it will not be increasing excise on cigarettes because such a rise might make them unaffordable for many people, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe. The director general of the Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of Customs (DGC), […]

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Nepal’s cigarette excise duty raised “slightly”

Nepal’s cigarette excise duty raised “slightly”

| July 16, 2015

An excise duty-increase will raise the prices of cigarettes in Nepal from tomorrow, according to a Republica story. A similar increase will affect also alcohol. The budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which the Minister for Finance Ram Sharan Mahat presented on Tuesday, raised the excise duty on cigarettes by up to 11 percent and that […]

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Altria to host second quarter results webcast

Altria to host second quarter results webcast

| July 16, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at altria.com from 09.00 Eastern Time on July 29 to discuss its 2015 second-quarter business results. The company will issue a results press note about 07.00 on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, chairman, CEO and president, Marty […]

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ITC board member to sit on RAI board

ITC board member to sit on RAI board

| July 16, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors had elected Robert Lerwill, the retired CEO of the Aegis Group, as a Class II director, effective immediately. Lerwill, who fills the board vacancy created by the death of Sir Nicholas Scheele in July 2014, will serve on the board’s compensation and leadership development committee. […]

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Farmers’ leader says Zimbabwe needs smaller crops

Farmers’ leader says Zimbabwe needs smaller crops

| July 15, 2015

The president of the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU), Wonder Chabikwa, has said that Zimbabwe needs to grow smaller crops in the future, according to a NewsDay story. He said the CFU believed that if crops were smaller, the quality would improve and demand would increase. Zimbabwe has had a difficult marketing season this year, reportedly […]

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Court orders implementation of bigger warnings rule

Court orders implementation of bigger warnings rule

| July 15, 2015

An Indian court has directed the federal government to implement a regulation requiring bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, according to a Reuters story. The measure had been put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel. The government last year decided that 85 percent of a tobacco pack’s surface should be covered in […]

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Calls for regulation of e-cigarettes in Hong Kong

Calls for regulation of e-cigarettes in Hong Kong

| July 15, 2015

In Hong Kong, Children as young as six have ‘admitted’ trying electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Danny Lee for the South China Morning Post and citing the results of a survey conducted by the social welfare group Caritas. The survey findings are said to have brought calls for tighter regulation of these devices […]

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RAI to host results conference call and webcast

RAI to host results conference call and webcast

| July 15, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of its second-quarter 2015 financial results before the market opens on July 28. The participants will be Susan M. Cameron, president and CEO; Andrew D. Gilchrist, CFO; and Morris L. Moore, vice president of investor relations. The conference call and […]

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Malawi tobacco growers abandoned by buyers

Malawi tobacco growers abandoned by buyers

| July 14, 2015

The closure of tobacco auctions in Malawi has left tobacco growers with a ‘huge quantity’ of unsold leaf, according to a Malawi24 story. The auctions which are said to be the sole means of selling tobacco in Malawi, have been closed, apparently because of a lack of buyers. The CEO of Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission […]

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BAT closing its Chile operations after law changes

BAT closing its Chile operations after law changes

| July 14, 2015

British American Tobacco has said that it is closing its operations in Chile because of changes to the country’s tobacco law, according to a story by Richard Craver for The Associated Press, published in the Winston-Salem Journal. BAT said it objected to changes that included banning additives, such as menthol, and adding to cigarette packs […]

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Weighing the health cost of continuing to smoke

Weighing the health cost of continuing to smoke

| July 14, 2015

People who quit smoking gain an average of 4.1 kg in body weight over about five years, which is 2.6 kg more than that gained by continuing smokers, according to a story by Megan Haggan for the Australian Journal of Pharmacy citing a recent study carried out at the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for […]

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Nano-catalyst filter more effective against ETS

Nano-catalyst filter more effective against ETS

| July 14, 2015

Scientists working in South Korea have developed equipment that can decompose elements of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) more effectively than can equipment based on more traditional technology, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story relayed by the TMA. The new air-cleaning equipment, developed by Dr. Jongsoo Jurng and Dr. Gwi-Nam Bae of the Korea Institute […]

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Reynolds donates laboratory building

Reynolds donates laboratory building

| July 14, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company said on Friday that it had donated a laboratory building in the Whitaker Park complex to WPDA, a non-profit corporation created by Winston-Salem Business, the Winston-Salem Alliance and Wake Forest University. WPDA is said to be pursuing opportunities to lease the approximately 87,000-square-foot building and the nearly four-acre lot on which […]

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Andhra flue-cured target slashed by 30 percent

Andhra flue-cured target slashed by 30 percent

| July 13, 2015

The 2015-16 authorized flue-cured crop for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been cut by 30 percent from that of 2014-15, according to a story in the New Indian Express. The Tobacco Board, at a meeting in Hyderabad on Friday, decided – based on indications given by the Indian Tobacco Association (representing tobacco manufacturers, […]

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Tobacco firms say cannot pay Quebec court award

Tobacco firms say cannot pay Quebec court award

| July 13, 2015

Canada’s biggest tobacco companies say they don’t have enough cash to make a $1.13 billion payment by the end of the month to Quebec smokers who won a landmark class-action suit, according to a story by Sidhartha Banerjee for The Canadian Press. Lawyers argued in court on Thursday that a provision in the $15.6 billion […]

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Austria to ban public-places vaping and smoking

Austria to ban public-places vaping and smoking

| July 13, 2015

The Austrian parliament has decided to impose a ban on vaping and tobacco smoking in pubs and restaurants starting on May 1, 2018, according to an APA story. A partial ban on tobacco smoking has been in place since 2009. Pub and restaurant owners are being ‘encouraged’ to impose full bans on their premises by […]

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British government not to apply tobacco-firm levy

British government not to apply tobacco-firm levy

| July 13, 2015

The British government has decided not to go ahead with the imposition of a levy on tobacco manufacturers and importers, according to a Reuters News story. In December, the government said it was considering introducing such a levy, which would have been based on market share. It launched a consultation to gather views on the […]

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Academic seeks recognition of e-cigarette’s quit role

Academic seeks recognition of e-cigarette’s quit role

| July 10, 2015

A Māori health academic has accused some Aotearoa (New Zealand) health researchers and officials of spreading false negative information about electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Andrew McRae for Radio New Zealand. Marewa Glover, an associate professor of Massey University, was quoted as saying that these false claims were putting people off using electronic […]

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Essentra exporting UK production jobs to Hungary

Essentra exporting UK production jobs to Hungary

| July 10, 2015

About 200 people are set to lose their jobs following an announcement on Wednesday by Essentra Plc that it planned to close its factory at Jarrow, UK, by the end of this year, according to a story in the Shields Gazette relayed by the TMA. The current Jarrow production is to be shifted to Hungary. […]

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Zimbabwe growers suffer 7.5 percent fall in prices

Zimbabwe growers suffer 7.5 percent fall in prices

| July 10, 2015

The average grower price for Zimbabwe flue-cured so far this season is down by 7.5 percent on that at the corresponding point of the 2014 season, according to a story by Munesu Nyakudya relayed by the TMA and quoting Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) figures. So far, growers have sold 178.9 million kg of […]

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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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