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Nine new Seven Stars on Japanese horizon

Nine new Seven Stars on Japanese horizon

| April 28, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc says that it is to introduce across Japan nine redesigned Seven Stars products. The Seven Stars brand, which includes 14 products in all, is the tobacco sales leader in Japan. The redesigns, which are due to appear in the middle of June, have targeted the products’ packaging; so there have been no […]

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Growers’ earnings down by 24 percent in Zimbabwe

Growers’ earnings down by 24 percent in Zimbabwe

| April 27, 2015

By day 33 of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured sales, volume sales were down by seven percent from those of the same period of the 2014 season and earnings from those sales were down by 24 percent, according to a story in The Herald. This season, tobacco growers earned US$129 million after selling 50 million kg of flue-cured, […]

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Illegal trade agreement has no liability release clause

Illegal trade agreement has no liability release clause

| April 27, 2015

The European Commission has said that the 2010 anti-fraud co-operation agreement between British American Tobacco, EU member states and the Commission does not include a clause releasing the company from ‘any civil claims arising out of past conduct relating to illicit trade’. The Commission was replying to a question by Bart Staes, a Belgian politician […]

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Jakarta’s tobacco smoking ban largely ignored

Jakarta’s tobacco smoking ban largely ignored

| April 27, 2015

Although it has been in place for a decade, a bylaw banning tobacco smoking in public places in Jakarta, Indonesia, is not enforced effectively and so is ignored by many smokers, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. This is despite the fact that those found to have violated the bylaw are liable to […]

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JT to launch two additional richer-flavor products

JT to launch two additional richer-flavor products

| April 27, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc is due to launch in June two additions to its Mevius Mode series of products that are said to deliver a richer flavor through the inclusion of a ‘lavish blend’. Like other Mode products, the soon-to-be-launched Mevius Mode 6 100s and Mevius Mode 3 100s will incorporate JT’s LSS (less smoke smell) […]

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Swedish Match announces dividend

Swedish Match announces dividend

| April 27, 2015

Swedish Match’s Annual General Meeting has resolved, in accordance with a proposal by the board of directors, to pay a dividend of SEK7.50 per share. The dividend is payable on April 30 to shareholders of note on April 27.

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Price hikes result in KT&G profit surge

Price hikes result in KT&G profit surge

| April 24, 2015

KT&G’s first-quarter operating profits and revenue have increased significantly compared to the same period last year, due to price hikes and improvements in its affiliates’ performances, according to a story in the Korea JoongAng Daily. South Korea’s No. 1 cigarette and ginseng company’s operating profit increased by nearly 65 percent year-on-year to krw428.5 billion ($395 […]

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ITG Brands appoints executive team

ITG Brands appoints executive team

| April 24, 2015

ITG Brands, the U.S. division of Imperial Tobacco Group, has announced the appointment of members to serve on its executive team. The team will be led by David H. Taylor, who currently is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Lorillard but was recently named president and CEO of ITG Brands. The executive team […]

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Invitation to join China e-cig regulation group

Invitation to join China e-cig regulation group

| April 24, 2015

The law firm Keller and Heckman LLP, through its Shanghai office, is inviting stakeholders to join a new working group dedicated to the development of appropriate e-cigarette product standards and regulations in China. In China, there are currently no laws or regulations targeting e-cigarettes. However, this may soon change. Recently, during the 16th World Conference […]

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Egypt to construct tobacco-processing factories 

Egypt to construct tobacco-processing factories 

| April 23, 2015

The Egyptian government plans to construct two tobacco-processing factories in Malawi to support the country’s tobacco industry, according to the Malawi News Agency. The Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy, said the construction of these factories will help spur economic growth because the crop is regarded as the country’s main forex earner. “We have always […]

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Closures expected in Indonesian tobacco industry

Closures expected in Indonesian tobacco industry

| April 23, 2015

As much as 15 percent of the workforce at tobacco-related companies in East Java, Indonesia—or more than 23,000 workers—are at risk of being laid off this year, according to a story in the The Jakarta Post. Based on 2014 data, the number of people working in East Java’s tobacco and tobacco products industrial (IHT) sector […]

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South Korea considers stricter e-cigarette regulations

South Korea considers stricter e-cigarette regulations

| April 23, 2015

The government of South Korea plans to push for tougher legal restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, the finance ministry announced April 22. Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan, who also serves as deputy prime minister, told lawmakers in the National Assembly that he would soon “come up with a comprehensive proposal” on e-cigarettes that would ban […]

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Strict laws to limit tobacco ads in China

Strict laws to limit tobacco ads in China

| April 23, 2015

Lawmakers in China may introduce tough new restrictions on tobacco advertisements, according to a story in the China Daily. A draft revision to the country’s 20-year-old Advertisements Law will be voted upon tomorrow; the revision was discussed Tuesday at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and is likely to […]

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Philip Morris Korea to increase exports

Philip Morris Korea to increase exports

| April 21, 2015

Philip Morris International Korea (PMIK) will increase its cigarette exports to an expected 20 billion sticks this year after securing larger markets in Japan and Australia. The company will expand its export of cigarettes manufactured in its factory in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, in an effort to make up for domestic losses caused by a […]

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Vapor Corp. announces organizational restructuring

Vapor Corp. announces organizational restructuring

| April 20, 2015

Vapor Corp.—a leading U.S.-based distributor and retailer of vaporizers, e-liquids, e-cigarettes and e-hookahs—has announced that it is undergoing an organizational restructuring to maintain its competitiveness and establish its branded products and retail stores in the evolving vapor market. Following a recent merger with Vaporin, Vapor Corp. added several new members to its management team, including […]

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Vapor Corp. opens four new stores in Florida

Vapor Corp. opens four new stores in Florida

| April 20, 2015

Vapor Corp.—a leading U.S.-based distributor and retailer of vaporizers, e-liquids, e-cigarettes and e-hookahs—has opened three additional locations of the company’s “The Vape Store” chain in Orlando, Florida, and acquired an existing store in Port Charlotte, Florida, which has been converted to a “The Vape Store.” The addition of these four new stores is part of […]

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ITM USA and TAM join forces to provide service support

ITM USA and TAM join forces to provide service support

| April 20, 2015

ITM USA, part of ITMGroup, and Thomas Automation Management (TAM) have joined forces to establish cooperation in the fields of engineering and support services in both the USA and abroad. With many years of experience and expertise in the national and international tobacco industries, the companies will work together to create common synergies and to […]

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Polish e-cigarette distributer opens manufacturing plant

Polish e-cigarette distributer opens manufacturing plant

| April 20, 2015

ESmoking WORLD, a leading distributor of e-cigarettes throughout the European market, has opened a manufacturing plant that will begin developing liquid nicotine for use in e-cigarettes by the end of April. The Polish company’s investment of approximately 5 million euros led to the construction of a state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to produce 4 million […]

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E-cigarette use among students triples from 2013-2014

E-cigarette use among students triples from 2013-2014

| April 20, 2015

Current use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. The findings were gathered by the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey and published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality […]

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PMI reports cigarette volume growth in first quarter

PMI reports cigarette volume growth in first quarter

| April 17, 2015

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the first quarter of 2015, at 198,757 million, was increased by 1.4 percent on that of the first quarter of last year, 195,961 million. Volume was increased by 4.4 percent to 64,721 million in the company’s Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia (EEMA) region and by 2.4 percent […]

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Smoking gun in Jordan’s toy story

Smoking gun in Jordan’s toy story

| April 17, 2015

Jordanian authorities closed three coffee shops during the first quarter of this year for violating the Public Health Law, which bans smoking in public places, according to a story in The Jordan Times quoting the Petra news agency. Fatima Khalifah, head of the Health Ministry’s tobacco control department, said that, in addition, liaison officers had […]

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More U.S. students using electronic cigarettes

More U.S. students using electronic cigarettes

| April 17, 2015

Current electronic cigarette use among US middle- and high-school students tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey show that […]

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PM USA makes $3.5 billion MSA payment

PM USA makes $3.5 billion MSA payment

| April 16, 2015

Philip Morris USA yesterday made its annual Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) payment, which this year amounts to about $3.5 billion, after adjusting for various items related to the Non-Participating Manufacturer adjustment disputes. ‘Since signing the tobacco settlement agreements in 1997 and 1998, PM USA has paid the states more than $70 billion,’ the company said […]

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No ‘disgusting’ pictures with single cigarettes

No ‘disgusting’ pictures with single cigarettes

| April 16, 2015

More than 200,000 young Thais buy single cigarettes because they cannot afford to buy packs, according to a story in The Nation quoting a public-health researcher from Mahidol University. Saranya Benjakul cited a 2011 survey that found also that more than 400,000 Thais aged 15-18 were smokers. The poll results are being given another airing […]

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Biofuel production triggered by tobacco enzymes

Biofuel production triggered by tobacco enzymes

| April 16, 2015

A ‘Bioboost’ research project under way in Norway is using genetically engineered tobacco plants as a ‘factory’ to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest-based raw materials, potentially leading to the economic and sustainable production of biofuels, according to a Science Daily story relayed by the TMA. The project is being led by […]

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