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Singapore to hold plain packs public consultation

Singapore to hold plain packs public consultation

| March 13, 2015

A public consultation on standardized tobacco packaging is due to be carried out in Singapore at the end of this year, according to a story by Rachel Au-Yong for the Straits Times quoting the Parliamentary Secretary, Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim. If implemented, tobacco product packaging would lose its ‘trademarks, logos, colour schemes and images’, but keep […]

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JTI’s loses volume but gains share in February

JTI’s loses volume but gains share in February

| March 13, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during February, at 8.3 billion, was down by 7.6 percent on that of February 2014, 8.9 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The February 2014 figure was up by 3.7 percent on that of February 2013. Volume during January-February, at 16.5 billion, was down […]

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Public campaign supporting bigger warnings in India

Public campaign supporting bigger warnings in India

| March 13, 2015

India has seen the launch of a nation-wide campaign aimed at garnering public support for bigger graphic health warnings on tobacco products, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The campaign, which is running under the slogan, Lives Bachao Size Badhao, or Save lives, increase the size, is […]

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New study reveals vapor health concerns

New study reveals vapor health concerns

| March 12, 2015

RTI International, a leading nonprofit U.S. research institute, has released a study exploring the potential public health concerns associated with vapor emitted from e-cigarettes. The organization’s research paper—titled “Exhaled electronic cigarette emissions: What’s your secondhand exposure?”—examines the toxins in e-cigarette vapors and the impact they could have on people exposed to secondhand “smoke.” Although the long-term […]

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E-cigs are medical devices, says Swedish Court

E-cigs are medical devices, says Swedish Court

| March 12, 2015

E-cigarettes and e-liquids that contain nicotine are medical devices rather than consumer products and therefore require licensing, a Swedish appeals court has ruled. In a previous case from July 2014, Sweden’s medical products agency convinced the administrative court in Uppsala that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes should be deemed medical devices and that as many as 30 products […]

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UK government, tobacco firms on collision course

UK government, tobacco firms on collision course

| March 12, 2015

The UK’s lower house yesterday voted by 367 to 113 in favor of requiring that cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco should be sold only in standardized packaging from May next year, according to a Telegraph story relayed by the TMA. The measure now has to be debated by the country’s upper house. The requirements would apply […]

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Malawi’s leaf smugglers threatened with arrest

Malawi’s leaf smugglers threatened with arrest

| March 12, 2015

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has warned cross border traders that they will be arrested if they are found to be smuggling leaf tobacco out of the country, according to a Star Africa story. Traders are said to have been smuggling leaf tobacco to Zambia and Mozambique because the prices that are offered on the […]

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AOI to supply processed Brazilian Burley to PMI

AOI to supply processed Brazilian Burley to PMI

| March 12, 2015

Alliance One International said yesterday that the company’s subsidiary, Alliance One Brasil Exportadora de Tabacos (AOB), was to supply Brazilian Burley to Philip Morris International Management (PMIMSA), as PMIMSA adopted a new leaf supply arrangement in Brazil. Previously, Philip Morris Brasil Indústria e Comércio had directly contracted and purchased a portion of its Burley tobacco […]

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Australia told to harness e-cigarettes’ quitting power

Australia told to harness e-cigarettes’ quitting power

| March 12, 2015

There seem to be signs that the tide is turning once again in favour of electronic cigarettes. A report yesterday told how New Zealand’s ban on electronic cigarettes with nicotine had come under fire from a visiting health professional from Australia, where a similar ban is in place. Now, another report describes how Australia has […]

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B.C. restricts use and sale of e-cigarettes

B.C. restricts use and sale of e-cigarettes

| March 11, 2015

British Columbia, Canada, will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prohibit e-cigarette use in buildings throughout the province by the end of 2015. The crackdown on vapor products is intended primarily to prevent minors from being exposed to such products and the unknown health effects they may have on users in the long […]

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Ban on e-cigarettes with nicotine “frankly bizarre”

Ban on e-cigarettes with nicotine “frankly bizarre”

| March 11, 2015

New Zealand’s ban on electronic cigarettes with nicotine has come under fire from a visiting health professional from Australia, where a similar ban is in place. According to a story by Josh Fagan for Stuff.co.nz, University of Queensland Professor Wayne Hall, who is due to make a presentation at an electronic cigarette symposium at the […]

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Nepal standing firm on 90 percent health warnings

Nepal standing firm on 90 percent health warnings

| March 11, 2015

Nepal’s Minister for Health and Population Khaga Raj Adhikari said yesterday that the government had no plans to reverse a directive requiring cigarette manufacturers to increase the size of pack health warnings from 75 percent to 90 percent, presumably of the two main faces. According to a story in the Himalayan Times relayed by the […]

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New cannabis users outnumber new tobacco users

New cannabis users outnumber new tobacco users

| March 11, 2015

The number of Spaniards who said they started using cannabis in 2013 outnumbered those who said they took up smoking cigarettes, according to an Agence France Presse story citing a government study released last week. About 169,000 Spaniards began using cannabis in 2013 compared to about 142,000 who started smoking tobacco, according to the latest […]

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Ireland’s plain packaging rules signed into law

Ireland’s plain packaging rules signed into law

| March 11, 2015

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins has signed into law the country’s standardized tobacco packaging legislation. According to an RTE story relayed by the TMA, cigarette manufacturers will be required, from May 2016, to produce cigarettes for the Irish market in standardized packaging. From May 2017 only cigarettes in standardized packaging will be allowed to be […]

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PMI to host webcast of conference presentation

PMI to host webcast of conference presentation

| March 11, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of a presentation and question-and-answer session by CFO Jacek Olczak at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CAGE) conference in London, UK, starting about 10.15 local time on March 17. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio […]

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PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

| March 11, 2015

Philip Morris International’s board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 26. The ex-dividend date is March 24. Meanwhile, PMI announced that Carlos Slim Helú was due to retire from the board of directors at the Annual Meeting […]

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Sweeping penalties for tobacco spitters

Sweeping penalties for tobacco spitters

| March 10, 2015

The state health department of Maharashtra, India, is considering a proposal that would require anyone caught using or spitting smokeless tobacco products in public places to work as a government sweeper for a day, reports The Economic Times. The proposal also calls for suspending the driver’s license of anyone caught spitting on the road, as […]

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Pax Labs launches Pax 2

Pax Labs launches Pax 2

| March 10, 2015

Pax Labs, a San Francisco, California, USA-based company that develops alternatives to traditional cigarettes, today announced the launch of its most innovative product yet: the Pax 2. Geared toward consumers on the go, the product is 25 percent smaller than the original Pax, making it the most pocketable loose-leaf vaporizer on the market, according to […]

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Illicit cigarettes increasing share of Greece’s market

Illicit cigarettes increasing share of Greece’s market

| March 10, 2015

Greece could ‘lose’ more than €1 billion a year in tax revenue to the sale of illicit cigarettes by 2019, according to a story in the International Business Times citing Euromonitor figures. Illicit cigarettes were said to have accounted for 21 percent of the cigarettes consumed in the country last year, up from 18 percent […]

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Malawi growers live in hope of fairer prices

Malawi growers live in hope of fairer prices

| March 10, 2015

Without disclosing the names of the companies, the government of Malawi said it had licensed three leaf dealers from China, Egypt and South Africa to participate in the 2015 marketing season that started on March 4, according to a story by Thula Chisamba for Malawi24. The move is aimed at increasing competition in a country […]

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Leaf tobacco prices way down – again – in Zimbabwe

Leaf tobacco prices way down – again – in Zimbabwe

| March 10, 2015

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers sold 775,997 kg of leaf at an average price of US$1.55 per kg during the first three days of the marketing season that opened on March 4, according to a Newsday Zimbabwe story citing figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB). During the corresponding period of the previous marketing […]

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Challenge to UK plain packs law ‘unlikely to succeed’

Challenge to UK plain packs law ‘unlikely to succeed’

| March 10, 2015

A legal analysis has found that the UK’s proposed standardized tobacco packaging legislation is compatible with European law, according to a story posted on the website of Cancer Research Campaign. Professor Alberto Alemanno, co-author of the report, which was funded by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK, said there was such […]

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KT&G super-slim cigarette has cigar leaf in blend

KT&G super-slim cigarette has cigar leaf in blend

| March 10, 2015

South Korea’s KT&G said yesterday that it had become the first company anywhere to introduce a 100 mm super-slim cigarette that includes cigar leaf, according to a story in the Korea JoongAng Daily. The company said that Bohem Cigar’s blend included 20 percent cigar leaf from South America and Cuba, and that the filter contained […]

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Digitally printed folding cartons can drive sales

Digitally printed folding cartons can drive sales

| March 10, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard has expressed delight at what it sees as ‘almost an explosion of digitally printed folding cartons’. “For a company like ours which offers stiff paperboard of the highest quality this is a terrific development,” said Fredrik Lisinski, who is responsible for developing the company’s sales to the digital print market. In a press […]

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Chinese firm eyes Namibian land to grow tobacco

Chinese firm eyes Namibian land to grow tobacco

| March 9, 2015

A plan by the Namibian government to lease 10,000 ha of land to a Chinese company to grow tobacco has run into opposition, according to a story by Tuyeimo Haidula for The Namibian. Namibia Oriental Tobacco, which has Ng Yung listed as its only director, plans to use the land to grow tobacco and maize. […]

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