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Souza Cruz plans Tabacuba partnership extension

Souza Cruz plans Tabacuba partnership extension

| May 13, 2015

British American Tobacco’s Brazilian affiliate Souza Cruz plans to extend to 2020 its partnership with Cuba’s state-owned Tabacuba in the joint-venture cigarette maker Brascuba, according to a SABI Business News story relayed by the TMA. Souza Cruz’s plans are based on the potential for economic growth in Cuba after the possible lifting of the US […]

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Universal to webcast results conference call

Universal to webcast results conference call

| May 13, 2015

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call on May 19 following the release of its results for fiscal year 2015 after market close on that date. The live webcast will be available on a listen-only basis at www.universalcorp.com. The conference call will begin at 17.00 Eastern Time and will be hosted by Candace […]

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Banning tobacco business seen as ‘ultimate solution’

Banning tobacco business seen as ‘ultimate solution’

| May 12, 2015

South Korea’s top court has ruled that the country’s tobacco business legislation is constitutional, saying that there is no proof that smoking always causes lung cancer, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The ruling came amid a heated public debate over whether tobacco smoking should be seen as a serious public health threat […]

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Class actions possible in cases of smoke exposure

Class actions possible in cases of smoke exposure

| May 12, 2015

Israel’s Supreme Court has upheld an appeal of a lower-court ruling and made it possible for people exposed to tobacco smoke in public places to file class-action suits, according to a story in the Jerusalem Post. The Post reckoned that claims against the owners of premises that do not enforce the no-smoking law could total […]

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Tobacco growing raises food-security concerns

Tobacco growing raises food-security concerns

| May 12, 2015

Food security, public health and the environment are under threat in parts of Bangladesh because of a rise in tobacco cultivation, according to a story in The Financial Express. Khiating Soye, chairman of Rajbila’s Union Parishad (local council) at Sadar Upazila, Bandarban district, is said to have alleged that tobacco companies have been offering cash […]

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E-cigarette companies band together to fight ban

E-cigarette companies band together to fight ban

| May 12, 2015

Five electronic cigarette companies operating in Hong Kong have formed the Asian Vape Association to oppose the government’s plan to ban electronic-cigarette sales, according to a story in the South China Morning Post relayed by the TMA. Nav Lalji, one of the founders of the association, was quoted as saying the government should regulate rather […]

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Social acceptability disguises shisha health threat

Social acceptability disguises shisha health threat

| May 11, 2015

Health experts are warning that Shisha smoking is so socially acceptable in Bahrain that its dangers are being ignored, according to a Gulf Daily News story. The News said that the dangers of using traditional tobacco pipes were highlighted last week when a 20-year-old woman was taken to hospital in Sydney, Australia, reportedly suffering from […]

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Smoke-free products deliver benefits of quitting

Smoke-free products deliver benefits of quitting

| May 11, 2015

In a commentary in the Signal Tribune, California, a health expert has hit out against US tobacco policy that insists on smokers quitting tobacco and nicotine altogether. Dr. Brad Rodu is a professor of medicine and holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research at the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center. […]

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Some doubt that China’s tax rise will reach smokers

Some doubt that China’s tax rise will reach smokers

| May 11, 2015

China announced on Friday that it would raise the wholesale consumption tax on cigarettes from Sunday, according to a Xinhua News Agency story citing a statement jointly issued by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the State Administration of Taxation. The tax rate imposed on cigarette wholesalers on the basis of taxable prices was due […]

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Smokers might not be popular but their taxes are

Smokers might not be popular but their taxes are

| May 11, 2015

The government of Bangladesh has been told that it should increase tobacco taxes in order to achieve its revenue target for the next financial year, according to a story in The Daily Star. “We have to put more emphasis on taxation of tobacco products..,” said Ahsan H. Mansur, executive director of the Policy Research Institute, […]

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Regulations challenge must await implementation

Regulations challenge must await implementation

| May 11, 2015

Kenya’s Attorney General has hit out at an attempt by British American Tobacco Kenya to stop the implementation of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2014, which is due to come into force on June 6, according to a story by Caroline Rwenji for The Standard. Through a state counsel, AG Githu Muigai reportedly said that the […]

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EU moves closer to joining illegal trade protocol

EU moves closer to joining illegal trade protocol

| May 11, 2015

The European Commission decided last week to recommend that the EU should join an international agreement it believes is set one day to become the key multilateral instrument in the fight against the illegal trade in tobacco products, according to an EU press note. The proposal is that the Council, with the consent of the […]

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Value of Swedish Match’s sales up sharply in Q1

Value of Swedish Match’s sales up sharply in Q1

| May 8, 2015

Swedish Match’s (SM) sales during the three months to the end of March, at SEK3,368 million, were up by 12 percent on those of the three months to the end of March 2014, SEK3,014 million. Operating profit was up by about 18 percent to SEK1,014 million, while operating profit from product areas, which excludes SM’s […]

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Power outages disrupt production in South Africa

Power outages disrupt production in South Africa

| May 8, 2015

British American Tobacco is losing as much as 10 percent of its South African output due to power cuts, according to a Reuters story. South Africa is said to be in the middle of its worst electricity crisis since 2008; so private and business customers suffer frequent controlled blackouts, which state utility Eskom implements to […]

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Indonesia seen as tobacco-tax battle ground

Indonesia seen as tobacco-tax battle ground

| May 8, 2015

A professor of public health at the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health, Hasbullah Thabrany, has warned that Indonesia has become a main target for the tobacco industry, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. “It seems that we are in a battle ground, where tobacco company owners are among the country’s richest […]

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US tobacco farm workers on ‘subminimum wages’

US tobacco farm workers on ‘subminimum wages’

| May 8, 2015

A farm labor advocacy group was due yesterday to conduct a street protest for the eighth consecutive year outside the headquarters of Reynolds American Inc, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. The protest was scheduled to begin shortly after the end of Reynolds’ annual shareholder meeting. The protest is said […]

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RAI announces 44th consecutive quarterly dividend

RAI announces 44th consecutive quarterly dividend

| May 8, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. reported that shareholders had re-elected five directors at the company’s annual meeting yesterday; approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of named executive officers; ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for RAI’s 2015 fiscal year; and defeated two shareholder proposals. In addition, RAI’s board of […]

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Quebec to hold consultation on tobacco act changes

Quebec to hold consultation on tobacco act changes

| May 7, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada has come out in support of the ‘intention behind the amendments to the Quebec Tobacco Act’, but believes certain measures will not achieve the government’s public health objectives and, in some cases, will be counterproductive. According to a CBC News story relayed by the TMA, the junior minister for public health, Lucie […]

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Russian cigarette market predicted to fall sharply

Russian cigarette market predicted to fall sharply

| May 7, 2015

The Russian cigarette market could decline by 8-12 percent to 289-277 billion this year, primarily driven by an increase in taxes and the weakening of the domestic economy, according to an ITAR-TASS story relayed by the TMA. Sergey Kiselev, vice-president of corporate affairs and communications at JTI Russia, said that the decline in the domestic […]

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No excise to be levied by Manitoba on e-cigarettes

No excise to be levied by Manitoba on e-cigarettes

| May 7, 2015

The provincial government of Manitoba, Canada, is not going to increase taxes on electronic cigarettes even though smokers switching to these products is said to comprise the major reason why a C$1-per-carton excise increase on regular cigarettes is predicted to result in a 12 percent drop in tobacco revenue, according to a story by The […]

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Imperial shuns concept of heat-not-burn products

Imperial shuns concept of heat-not-burn products

| May 7, 2015

Imperial Tobacco is taking a different path to its multinational competitors as the industry searches for the vaping technology with the potential to replace tobacco smoking, according to a story by Martinne Geller. Imperial is said to have no taste for the heat-not-burn tobacco products that others are embracing along with electronic cigarettes. “It’s not […]

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Imperial’s tobacco volume down in first half

Imperial’s tobacco volume down in first half

| May 6, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s total tobacco volume during the six months to the end of March, at 138.2 billion stick equivalents, was down by one percent on that of the six months to the end of March 2014. On an ‘underlying basis, volume was down by 5 percent. Stick equivalent volume is said to include cigarette, fine-cut […]

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Manufacturers unable to comply with pack rules

Manufacturers unable to comply with pack rules

| May 6, 2015

BAT Kenya’s managing director Chris Burrell said yesterday that no company would be able to comply with new tobacco packaging regulations scheduled to take effect on June 1, according to a Kenya Broadcasting Corporation story relayed by the TMA. The new regulations were said to ban cigarette manufacturers, importers and distributors ‘from selling products with […]

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Study casts doubt on claims about plain packs

Study casts doubt on claims about plain packs

| May 6, 2015

A study published by Tobacco Control provides evidence that the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging in Australia has not increased significantly the consumption of illicit tobacco products. The study, which was carried out by researchers at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC), Cancer Council Victoria, seems to paint a different picture to that […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| May 6, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast – at ww.pmi.com/webcasts – of the company’s remarks and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos and CFO Jacek Olczak at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum starting about 09.30 Eastern Time on May 12. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide […]

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