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Iggesund expands its presence in North America

Iggesund expands its presence in North America

| June 5, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard is expanding its distribution in the United States by making its flagship product, Invercote, available from coast to coast. The company has established an inventory position and sheeting capabilities in Pomona, California, USA, with the objective of making its flagship product—which is already available in more than 100 countries—readily available for quick-turn market […]

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China plans to grow tobacco in Crimea

China plans to grow tobacco in Crimea

| June 5, 2015

The Crimean government has announced that a visiting delegation of Chinese businessmen intend to invest in tobacco cultivation within the territory, which was annexed by Russia in March 2014. Chinese equipment and technology would be supplied to the semiautonomous territory, which has been fighting to secure foreign investment amid trade sanctions imposed by Ukraine, the […]

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California: Vape Organics formulates organic nicotine for e-cigs

California: Vape Organics formulates organic nicotine for e-cigs

| June 4, 2015

Vape Organics, an e-liquid manufacturer based in Riverside, California, USA, announced on June 2 that it had received U.S. Department of Agriculture certification for its organic nicotine designed for e-cigarettes. According to the company, the product is “both USP grade and uniquely free of any petroleum-derived solvent.” Vape Organics director of operations Sheerlie Ryngler said […]

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Alliance One to scale down operations in Kenya

Alliance One to scale down operations in Kenya

| June 4, 2015

Alliance One Tobacco Kenya has announced that it will begin to scale down its operations in Kenya, citing a slump in the leaf tobacco sector. As part of the scale-down process, the company will no longer sponsor tobacco farmers that have been growing leaf tobacco on a contract basis and will cease field operations beginning […]

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Tobacco giants sue Britain over plain-packaging

Tobacco giants sue Britain over plain-packaging

| June 4, 2015

Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco (BAT) have sued the British government over plain-packaging legislation passed in March. The law, which would take effect from May 2016, requires cigarettes to be sold in packages of uniform shape and size that feature only the brand name and contain prominent graphic health warnings. England is […]

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Ukraine drops plain-packaging lawsuit against Australia

Ukraine drops plain-packaging lawsuit against Australia

| June 4, 2015

Ukraine has suspended the legal proceedings it brought against Australia through the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012, which claimed the country’s plain-packaging laws were trade-restrictive. Instead, the Eastern European nation—which received financial support from British American Tobacco to pursue litigation—has stated it will attempt to seek a mutually agreed-upon solution with Australia to resolve […]

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North Korea has fewer smokers, no women smokers

North Korea has fewer smokers, no women smokers

| June 3, 2015

North Korea has banned foreign cigarettes, reportedly as part of efforts to reduce the country’s high smoking rate, according to a story in The Korea Times (Seoul). “We have also prohibited people from using electronic cigarettes and smokeless cigarettes,” Choi Hyun-sook, a high-ranking official at the health ministry, was quoted as telling the Korean Central […]

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Individual freedoms and legal industry under attack

Individual freedoms and legal industry under attack

| June 3, 2015

Proposals by the anti-tobacco group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) have been described by the UK’s Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (UKTMA) as an unwarranted intrusion on individual freedoms and a dogmatic attack on a legal industry. “This report [Smoking Still Kills] shows just how draconian and self-serving ASH’s agenda has become,” said the UKTMA’s director […]

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Call for end to agreements on EU illegal trade

Call for end to agreements on EU illegal trade

| June 3, 2015

The agreements drawn up between the EU and the four major transnational tobacco companies to crack down on cigarette smuggling and recoup lost tax revenues are failing to meet their stated aims, according to a medicalxpress.com report citing research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. The agreements are said to be littered with loopholes […]

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Thailand’s smoking population on the rise

Thailand’s smoking population on the rise

| June 3, 2015

Figures released by Thailand’s National Statistical Office showed that the number of smokers aged 15 and above rose by 21 percent year-on-year to 11.4 million in 2014, according to a story in the Chiang Rai Times relayed by the TMA. Last year, Thailand was estimated to have about 400,000 smokers aged 18 years and under. […]

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Canadian companies to appeal C$15.6 billion ruling

Canadian companies to appeal C$15.6 billion ruling

| June 2, 2015

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges (RBH) has said that it will appeal a Canadian trial court decision setting damages in respect of the members of two class actions at C$15.6 billion and allocating C$3.1 billion of that amount to RBH. The decision, made public in Montréal yesterday, found in favor of the plaintiffs in two class […]

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Mexican workers sue over Kentucky farm conditions

Mexican workers sue over Kentucky farm conditions

| June 2, 2015

Thirty nine Mexican guest workers are suing the Kentucky tobacco farmers who hired them through a government program for seasonal work, according to a WUKY (Lexington, Kentucky). Three lawsuits have been filed by the workers who allege a number of abuses while they were working for Kentucky farmers through the H-2A program, a program that […]

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Eastern Tobacco looks set to manufacture in Malawi

Eastern Tobacco looks set to manufacture in Malawi

| June 1, 2015

The Malawi government and Egypt’s Eastern Tobacco have signed a memorandum of understanding in respect of cigarette manufacturing in Malawi, according to a story in the Nyasa Times on Thursday. The Times reported that Eastern was ‘expected to have a ground breaking ceremony marking the commencement of the company in the country Friday at Kanengo […]

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BAT signs agreement to acquire TDR

BAT signs agreement to acquire TDR

| June 1, 2015

British American Tobacco said today that it had signed an agreement to acquire TDR, the leading independent cigarette manufacturer in Central Europe. If the agreement receives the necessary approvals, BAT will acquire TDR and other tobacco and retail assets from Adris Grupa ‘for a total enterprise value of €550 million’. TDR is said to have […]

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Korea’s graphics must not be ‘excessively’ repulsive

Korea’s graphics must not be ‘excessively’ repulsive

| June 1, 2015

Korea’s National Assembly on Friday approved a bill that will make it obligatory for cigarette packs to carry graphic health warnings, though the warnings must not be ‘excessively’ repulsive, according to a story in the Korea Herald. The graphics will have to account for more than 30 percent of the front and rear main surfaces […]

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Twenty six percent of EU citizens consume tobacco

Twenty six percent of EU citizens consume tobacco

| June 1, 2015

The incidence of tobacco use in the EU dropped from 28 percent in 2012 to 26 percent in 2014, according to a ‘Eurobarometer’ published on May 29. The biggest fall was among people aged 15 to 24 where tobacco use went from 29 percent to 25 percent. The incidence of tobacco consumption was lowest in […]

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WHO accused of hypocrisy over illegal trade stance

WHO accused of hypocrisy over illegal trade stance

| May 29, 2015

Campaigners are accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of ‘hypocrisy’ for making illegal trade a theme of World No Tobacco Day (May 31). According to WHO, one in every ten cigarettes and many tobacco products consumed worldwide are illicit. WHO wants governments to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and has […]

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WTO notification of Norway’s plain packaging plan

WTO notification of Norway’s plain packaging plan

| May 29, 2015

Norway’s Ministry of Health and Care Services has proposed the imposition of a requirement for all tobacco products to be sold in standardized packaging, according to a World Trade Organization notification. It has not been decided when the measure should be adopted or when it should come into force. Comments are being invited. ‘Standardized tobacco […]

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Ukraine re-examining plain packaging challenge

Ukraine re-examining plain packaging challenge

| May 29, 2015

Ukraine’s trade minister has met with a delegation of health groups following a remark by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk that he doubted the appropriateness of a legal challenge filed against Australia’s standardized packaging legislation, according to an Interfax story relayed by the TMA. Ukraine’s 2012 challenge, along with those of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras […]

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Imperial Canada challenges Nova Scotia menthol ban

Imperial Canada challenges Nova Scotia menthol ban

| May 29, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada has filed a legal challenge against Nova Scotia’s menthol ban, which is set to take effect on May 31. “By prohibiting the sale of menthol cigarettes, the government of Nova Scotia has stepped beyond its legislative authority, which leaves us with no other choice than to bring this matter in front of […]

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Beijing smokers braced for new era of restrictions

Beijing smokers braced for new era of restrictions

| May 29, 2015

Indoor smoking and tobacco advertisements will be banned in public places in Beijing as part of new tobacco control regulations due to come into force on Monday, according to a story in the China Daily. The restrictions, which were adopted in November by the Beijing People’s Congress, are among the toughest of their kind in […]

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EU’s illegal trade falling but still substantial

EU’s illegal trade falling but still substantial

| May 28, 2015

The scale of the EU’s illegal trade in cigarettes remains ‘sizeable’, with 56.6 billion illicit cigarettes consumed there last year – about 10.4 percent of total consumption, according to a press note posted on Philip Morris International’s website, citing the latest annual report by KPMG. The report was prepared for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, […]

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Need for more co-operation in illegal trade battle

Need for more co-operation in illegal trade battle

| May 28, 2015

In a note posted on its website today, British American Tobacco says that it is reiterating the need for greater understanding of the illegal tobacco trade and the criminals behind it, and the need for greater co-operation and collaboration in fighting this trade. ‘This call to action launches as part of a new campaign, developed […]

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Practical guide to safe use of flavors in e-cigarettes

Practical guide to safe use of flavors in e-cigarettes

| May 28, 2015

What is being described as the first practical guide to ensure the safe use of flavors in electronic cigarettes has been published by Nicoventures, a nicotine company established by British American Tobacco (Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology DOI: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2015.05.018). A BAT press note said today that while electronic cigarettes and other vapor products delivered nicotine without smoke […]

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Imperial repairing cyclone damage in Madagascar

Imperial repairing cyclone damage in Madagascar

| May 28, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Madagascar, Soctam, is helping rebuild facilities for a community left badly damaged by recent cyclones. So far, Soctam has helped to renew and equip educational and medical facilities in Bevilany – a village 200 km from the company’s tobacco production facility in Mahajanga. In addition, Soctam has supported the creation of […]

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