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Jim Schneeberger to retire from AOI

Jim Schneeberger to retire from AOI

| April 2, 2015

Jim Schneeberger, global business relationship director of Alliance One International and its predecessor companies, will retire on April 3, after 27 years of service. Schneeberger has served in several business relationship management positions throughout his career, most recently leading the Philip Morris International Global BRM team. Graham Kayes will take over the Philip Morris International […]

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Crude animal studies should cede to in vitro methods

Crude animal studies should cede to in vitro methods

| April 2, 2015

The tobacco industry and regulatory authorities should support more-relevant and less-costly in vitro toxicology testing methods over unreliable animal testing, according to a review of research advances published this week in the comment pages of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals. The article by researchers with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals […]

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BAT arms itself for UK standardized packaging battle

BAT arms itself for UK standardized packaging battle

| April 2, 2015

British American Tobacco has appointed a legal team led by Andrew Lidbetter of London-based international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills to fight the UK government’s legislation requiring standardized packaging for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco sold in England, according to a City AM story relayed by the TMA. BAT has enlisted also Nigel Pleming QC and […]

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Call for chairman’s sacking over cancer-link question

Call for chairman’s sacking over cancer-link question

| April 2, 2015

A tobacco control group has called for the removal of the chairperson of India’s Committee on Subordinate Legislation, which recently called for more discussions over a proposal to increase the size of cigarette pack health warnings to 85 percent, according to a merinews story. The Tamilnadu People’s Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC) described as preposterous […]

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Malawi’s growers promised good prices at auction

Malawi’s growers promised good prices at auction

| April 2, 2015

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has published auction-floor minimum and maximum buying prices for leaf tobacco. According to a StarAfrica story, the minimum Burley price has been set at US$0.85 (MK379) per kg, while the maximum has been set at US$4.50 (MK2,007) per kg. The minimum flue-cured tobacco price has been set at US$0.25 (MK129) […]

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Rosier appointed president of Solvay Acetow

Rosier appointed president of Solvay Acetow

| April 1, 2015

Solvay Acetow, a leading global producer of cellulose acetate tow for cigarette filters, has appointed Philippe Rosier as the company’s new president. Rosier succeeded Olivier Ferrary at the end of March. Rosier began his career in the Solvay Group in 1988, serving as project manager at Acetow’s production plant in Primester, United States. In 1996 […]

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JT group goes to court over Ireland’s plain packs law

JT group goes to court over Ireland’s plain packs law

| April 1, 2015

The Japan Tobacco group has initiated a High Court action against the Irish government aimed at blocking the requirement that cigarettes should be sold in standardized packs, according to a story in The Irish Times. Last month, Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins signed into law legislation under which cigarette manufacturers will be required, from May […]

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Price-hit cigarette sales recovering in South Korea

Price-hit cigarette sales recovering in South Korea

| April 1, 2015

Cigarette sales in South Korea, which plummeted in January after a tax-led price hike at the beginning of the year, slowed their downward trend in March, according to a story in The Korea Herald. According to data compiled by a local convenience-store chain, cigarette sales during the third week of March were down by 15.1 […]

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Cambodia urged to bring in graphic health warnings

Cambodia urged to bring in graphic health warnings

| April 1, 2015

Health experts have thrown their weight behind a provision in Cambodia’s draft tobacco-control law that would require graphic health warnings to cover ‘half the face’ of cigarette packs sold in the country, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. According to the World Health Organization, Cambodia is the only ASEAN country that has […]

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Little home-grown data linking smoking and cancer

Little home-grown data linking smoking and cancer

| April 1, 2015

India has little independent evidence to link cigarettes and cancer, according to a statement apparently made by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) MP Dilip Kumar Gandhi during a New Delhi Television report. “Does this [smoking] cause cancer or does [it] not? What are the impacts? We have never done our own survey,” he reportedly said. […]

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Thai smokers leading the way in sporting activities

Thai smokers leading the way in sporting activities

| March 31, 2015

The retail prices of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages increased by about two percent in Thailand after the imposition on Friday of a new sports tax, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Manufacturers of these products – or, rather, consumers of these products – are required to make contributions to the new sports fund […]

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Rumor of FTC merger meeting feeds rumor mill

Rumor of FTC merger meeting feeds rumor mill

| March 31, 2015

A pivotal meeting between US federal regulators and representatives of Reynolds American and Lorillard is expected to take place this week, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal citing a Wall Street Journal report. The meeting with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) members could be the last step toward a decision on […]

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Syria launching first locally-made cigars

Syria launching first locally-made cigars

| March 31, 2015

In Syria’s north-eastern province of Latakia, workers are rolling the country’s first locally made cigars, despite the country’s suffering a devastating civil conflict now in its fifth year, according to an Al Bawaba.com story. The project, devised by the state-run General Tobacco Company (GTC), has been three years in the making, with workers learning to […]

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Scholar finds another link between sex and smoking

Scholar finds another link between sex and smoking

| March 31, 2015

Men who want to quit smoking should refrain from viewing images of attractive women, according to a Focus Taiwan News Channel report quoting a study by a Taiwanese scholar. The reason, apparently, is that viewing such images could put men in an immediate-gratification state of mind, leading to reduced self-control over their smoking. The study, […]

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TFWA: planning to stay ahead in Singapore in May

TFWA: planning to stay ahead in Singapore in May

| March 31, 2015

The TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference is due to be staged in the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore on May 10-14. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Staying a Step Ahead’, a reference to the fast growth of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region, and to the […]

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US legislators disgusted by trade agreement

US legislators disgusted by trade agreement

| March 30, 2015

At least some members of the US Congress who have had access to the previously secret document relating to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are said to be disgusted by its contents, according to a New York Times story as reported by Leith van Onselen for the Australian publication MacroBusiness. The agreement, which has […]

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Activists disgusted by free-cigarette distribution

Activists disgusted by free-cigarette distribution

| March 30, 2015

Tobacco-control activists in Indonesia have threatened to file a law suit against Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa for distributing cigarettes to an indigenous tribe in Jambi, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe quoting Merdeka.com. They have given Khofifah two-weeks to apologize for the action or face legal action. “We will file a […]

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Investors unfazed by standardized packaging

Investors unfazed by standardized packaging

| March 30, 2015

A wave of standardized tobacco packaging regulations threatening to sweep across Europe might be causing panic among global tobacco companies, but investors in those companies seem far from worried, according to a Dow Jones story. Despite the UK and Ireland this month having passed laws to impose standardized packaging requirements on tobacco products, and despite […]

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New Linx HQ links business with sustainability

New Linx HQ links business with sustainability

| March 30, 2015

Linx Printing Technologies’ new £8 million UK headquarters was opened on Thursday by the Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly. The 41,000 sq ft purpose-built facility is at Compass Point Business Park, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. It has brought together Linx employees who were previously in separate buildings in a different area of St Ives, where Linx had […]

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TDC launches online e-cigarette platform

TDC launches online e-cigarette platform

| March 27, 2015

TDC has launched a new online platform for its e-cigarette machinery portfolio: www.ecigmachinery.com. Customers and stakeholders now have direct access to all that the ITM Group has to offer in terms of e-cigarettes. Among other things, the website contains information about TDC’s Genesis machinery and about the company’s view on next-generation e-cigarette machinery. A blog […]

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Australia’s plain packaging a failure, says Democracy Institute

Australia’s plain packaging a failure, says Democracy Institute

| March 27, 2015

Scholarly, private, and government research data show that Australia’s plain packaging experiment has failed to reduce smoking, yet it has damaged small retailers, while simultaneously boosting the illicit tobacco trade. These are the findings of a new report released in Australia on March 26 by the Democracy Institute, a politically independent research organization based in […]

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Ration-card cigarettes to soothe the savage breast

Ration-card cigarettes to soothe the savage breast

| March 27, 2015

Egypt’s Cairo and Giza Tobacco Traders Association (CGTTA) has called on the Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Khaled Hanafy, to include a monthly quota of 30 packs of cigarettes as part of the country’s ration card system that provides help for 40 million low-income citizens, according to a Daily News Egypt story relayed by […]

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CDC gives vaping the anti treatment

CDC gives vaping the anti treatment

| March 27, 2015

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is launching its latest round of graphic anti-smoking messages, and this time it is including vaping in the mix. According to a story by John Tozzi for Bloomberg, the campaign expands on the CDC’s three-year-old ‘Tips From Former Smokers’ series, which enlists real people who’ve been ravaged by […]

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Draft standardized packaging bill rejected in Belgium

Draft standardized packaging bill rejected in Belgium

| March 27, 2015

The Belgian Public Health Commission on Wednesday rejected draft legislation that sought to impose standardized packaging on tobacco products, according to a story in Le Monde du Tabac relayed by the TMA. The draft legislation was sponsored by opposition MP Catherine Fonck. However, the health ministry has said it will conduct a review of the […]

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New COO elected at Universal Corporation

New COO elected at Universal Corporation

| March 27, 2015

Universal Corporation’s board of directors has elected Airton L. Hentschke as senior vice president and COO, effective April 1. Hentschke is due to replace W. Keith Brewer, whose retirement as of March 31 was previously reported on July 9. Hentschke has more than 24 years of experience in leaf operations with Universal, and has worked […]

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