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Ireland’s plain packaging hearing to start April 13

Ireland’s plain packaging hearing to start April 13

| April 10, 2015

The Commercial Court in Ireland is due on April 13 to begin hearing arguments in JTI Ireland’s lawsuit against the State, Attorney General Máire Whelan and Health Minister Leo Varadkar, seeking to halt the implementation of the country’s standardized tobacco packaging law. As things stand, the law is scheduled to take effect in 2017, according […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette sales volume down in March

JT’s domestic cigarette sales volume down in March

| April 10, 2015

Japan Tobacco’s (JT) domestic cigarette sales volume during March, at 8.9 billion, was down by 29.3 percent on that of March 2014, 12.7 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The March 2014 figure was up by 30.1 percent on that of March 2013. Volume during January-March, at 25.5 billion, was down by […]

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GFN poster submission deadline extended

GFN poster submission deadline extended

| April 10, 2015

The deadline for the submission of posters to be displayed at this year’s Global Forum on Nicotine has been extended until April 15. The Forum is due to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, on June 5 and 6, though an awards ceremony is scheduled to take place during the Forum’s Pre-conference […]

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Imperial helps get Madagascar business on the move

Imperial helps get Madagascar business on the move

| April 10, 2015

SACIMEM, Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Madagascar, has helped renovate the airport at Antsirabe in an effort aimed at boosting the local economy. ‘Antsirabe is the third largest city in the country but its local airport has been neglected and only private planes have been using it, Imperial said in a note posted on its website. […]

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PMI to host first-quarter results webcast

PMI to host first-quarter results webcast

| April 10, 2015

Philip Morris International Inc. is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on April 16 to discuss its 2015 first-quarter results, which will be issued about 07:00 the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss PMI’s results and answer […]

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Altria to host first-quarter results webcast

Altria to host first-quarter results webcast

| April 10, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on April 23 to discuss its 2015 first-quarter business results. The webcast can be accessed at www.altria.com. Altria will issue a press release with its results about 07.00 on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in […]

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New Korean center to study health effects of smoking

New Korean center to study health effects of smoking

| April 9, 2015

South Korea’s Ministry of Health plans to set up its own research center dedicated to studying the effects of smoking on health, according to a story in The Korea Times. The ministry said yesterday that the research center, which would be supervised by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDCP), would open ‘as […]

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Pay policy discriminates against smokers in Maldives

Pay policy discriminates against smokers in Maldives

| April 9, 2015

Salary increases for the employees of two Maldives broadcasters are to be linked to whether or not the employees are smokers. And, no, the smokers aren’t going to get more than the non-smokers. The Maldives Media Company, which employs 60 people, said that non-smoking employees at its DhiFM and DhiTV stations would receive 15 percent […]

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Warnings blamed for graphic excise decline in Nepal

Warnings blamed for graphic excise decline in Nepal

| April 9, 2015

Tobacco product excise revenue in Nepal during the first eight months of the current fiscal year (16 July-15 July) fell by about 5.5 percent, and the assumption is that the drop is partly down to the imposition from May 2014 of graphic health warnings on these products, according to a story in the Daily Republica. […]

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Oman calling time on shisha cafés

Oman calling time on shisha cafés

| April 9, 2015

Municipal authorities in the Oman capital of Muscat are trying to get shisha café owners to abide by the opening hours set for them, which would mean their closing at midnight, according to a story in the Times of Oman. This is not the first time that the authorities have appealed to café owners to […]

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Smoking and exercise down, drinking and obesity up

Smoking and exercise down, drinking and obesity up

| April 8, 2015

South Korea’s smoking incidence, which has been trending down since 2009, fell by 0.2 of a percentage point to 24.0 percent last year, according to a story in The Korea Herald, quoting a survey by the Ministry of Health and Welfare among 220,000 adults nation-wide. At the same time, the smoking rate among men dropped […]

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Curing energy concerns with solar tobacco dryers

Curing energy concerns with solar tobacco dryers

| April 8, 2015

The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Croatia has said it will invest 6.5 million kuna (US$926,200) to install about 200 solar tobacco dryers in the county of Virovitica-Podravina, according to a Croatian Newsmonitor story relayed by the TMA. The initiative is aimed at encouraging tobacco growers to use renewable sources of energy for […]

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Nu Mark launches website for adult vapers

Nu Mark launches website for adult vapers

| April 8, 2015

Nu Mark, which as part of Altria develops innovative tobacco products, said yesterday that it had launched Vaper Rights (VaperRights.com), ‘a website for adult vapers who are interested in information and advocacy on public policy issues related to e-vapor products’. ‘Nu Mark believes that it is important for adult vapers to make their voices heard […]

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Hong Kong cigarette warnings should be ‘scarier’

Hong Kong cigarette warnings should be ‘scarier’

| April 8, 2015

The undersecretary of the Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau, Sophia Chan Siu-chee, has said that the bureau expects later this year to propose that cigarette health warnings, which are said currently to cover about 50 percent ‘of the pack’, should be increased in size and made ‘scarier’, according to a story in the South […]

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Electronic cigarettes part of the UK election debate

Electronic cigarettes part of the UK election debate

| April 8, 2015

Electronic cigarettes are having a small positive space created for them within the UK’s general election debate. Recently, Totally Wicked announced that it had launched a number of General Election E-liquids ahead of the elections due to be held on May 7. The promotion is said to allow voters to register their political preference by […]

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India could apply for anti-tobacco fighting funds

India could apply for anti-tobacco fighting funds

| April 8, 2015

In the event that a decision by the Indian government to increase the size of tobacco-product health warnings leads to a challenge by tobacco companies, the government will be able to seek technical and financial help from a recently-established fund, according to a story in the Economic Times relayed by the TMA. The government issued […]

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If elections give you a fit of the vapors – try these

If elections give you a fit of the vapors – try these

| April 7, 2015

Totally Wicked, which describes itself as Britain’s biggest independent e-cigarette and e-liquid company, has released a number of General Election E-liquids ahead of UK elections to be held on May 7. The promotion is said to allow voters to register their political preference by choosing their favourite party political e-liquid. “While everyone is following the […]

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Cigarette sales down sharply in New Zealand

Cigarette sales down sharply in New Zealand

| April 7, 2015

Sales of licit tobacco products in New Zealand fell by 23 percent between 2009 and 2013 according to a story in The New Zealand Herald quoting researchers from Action on Smoking and Health (Ash). And while sales of illicit cigarettes increased during part of that period; they did so only modestly. Again according to Ash, […]

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France edges closer to standardized packaging

France edges closer to standardized packaging

| April 7, 2015

The French National Assembly on April 3 passed the first reading of draft legislation to require cigarette manufacturers to sell their products in standardized packaging, according to a Radio France Internationale story relayed by the TMA. The vote came after a heated debate during which some MPs claimed that the measure would encourage smuggling and […]

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Call for more discussions on electronic cigarettes

Call for more discussions on electronic cigarettes

| April 7, 2015

Health authorities in South Korea have concluded that vaping electronic cigarettes is not safe, according to a story in The Korea Times. The National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency, which is under the wing of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said Monday that electronic cigarettes contained carcinogenic substances, though it conceded that the amounts of […]

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AOI complying with stock exchange listing standards

AOI complying with stock exchange listing standards

| April 7, 2015

Alliance One International said on Thursday that it had received notice on April 1 from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that it had regained compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standards. AOI had come back into compliance because the average closing share price of its common stock for the 30 trading days ended March […]

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Hentschke succeeds Brewer as senior VP and COO at Universal

Hentschke succeeds Brewer as senior VP and COO at Universal

| April 2, 2015

Universal Corp.’s board of directors has elected Airton L. Hentschke as senior vice president and chief operating officer, replacing W. Keith Brewer, who recently retired as executive vice president and COO. Hentschke has more than 24 years of experience in leaf operations with Universal, and has served since 2013 as executive vice president of Universal […]

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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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