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Some Australian illicit products labeled ‘illegal’

Some Australian illicit products labeled ‘illegal’

| May 19, 2015

The Australian tobacco industry’s claim that the illegal trade in tobacco products has been increasing seems to have been borne out, at least in respect of New South Wales (NSW). According to a story by Nicole Hasham for the Sydney Morning Herald, NSW Health has said that its inspectors have detected increased sales of illicit […]

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EU urged to go beyond TPD in fight against tobacco

EU urged to go beyond TPD in fight against tobacco

| May 19, 2015

An Irish member of the European Parliament has urged the EU to do more to fight the “scourge” of tobacco. Writing in the Parliament Magazine, Brian Hayes said the passing of the EU Tobacco Products Directive did not mark the end of the scourge of tobacco use in Europe. More needed to be done. And […]

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E-cigarettes recalled, e-liquids subject of warning

E-cigarettes recalled, e-liquids subject of warning

| May 19, 2015

The South Korean government has ordered a recall of some electronic cigarettes and issued a warning over others, according to a Yonhap News Agency story. It ordered the recall of 10 electronic cigarettes over concerns expressed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy that their power cord plugs could cause fires or electric shocks […]

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Global nicotine forum program finalized

Global nicotine forum program finalized

| May 19, 2015

The organizers of the Global Forum on Nicotine have announced that the final program for the event is now available at: http://gfn.net.co/2015-programme. 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 Vape […]

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Benefits of growing tobacco in Fiji “immense”

Benefits of growing tobacco in Fiji “immense”

| May 18, 2015

Leaf tobacco production has increased slowly but steadily in Fiji, according to a story in The Fiji Times. The newspaper gave no production figures but said that about 500 Western Division farmers were involved in tobacco farming. And British American Tobacco Fiji leaf growing manager, Khondoker Abdul Matin, was quoted as saying that, overall, the […]

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CORESTA extends deadlines for paper abstracts

CORESTA extends deadlines for paper abstracts

| May 18, 2015

The deadline for the submission of presentation abstracts for CORESTA’s 2015 study group meetings has been extended to May 22. The Smoke Science and Product Technology (SSPT) meeting is due to be held at Jeju, South Korea, on October 4-8; while the Agronomy & Leaf Integrity and Phytopathology & Genetics (AP) meeting is due to […]

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Industry accused of meddling in public health

Industry accused of meddling in public health

| May 18, 2015

Three medical experts have said there is ‘troubling evidence’ that the tobacco industry is bringing its influence to bear on some Asian governments and thereby undermining public health, according to a story in the Hindustan Times citing a paper in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal. Indeed, British experts Nicholas S Hopkinson and […]

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Saudi Arabia urged to increase tobacco taxes

Saudi Arabia urged to increase tobacco taxes

| May 18, 2015

A health expert in Saudi Arabia has urged the authorities to increase cigarette prices after becoming concerned at the increasing number of young people, particularly schoolchildren, becoming addicted to smoking, according to a story in the Arab News. Professor Mohammad bin Jabir Yamani, chairman of the Naqaa society, was quoted as saying that the percentage […]

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Tobacco growers still the butt of price story

Tobacco growers still the butt of price story

| May 15, 2015

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers are continuing to suffer the effects of lower prices, which have fallen nearly 10 percent year-on-year. Growers sold 92.2 million kg of flue-cured for US$267.7 million at an average price of US$2.90 per kg as of May 8, according to a story by Tatira Zwinoira for Newsday Zimbabwe, relayed by the […]

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Trademark group joins battle against plain packs

Trademark group joins battle against plain packs

| May 15, 2015

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has joined the legal battle against standardized packaging for tobacco products ‘in order to champion property rights’, according to a Breitbart story. The INTA says that standardized packaging regulations should be rejected or repealed because, it believes, they violate various international treaties and national laws on trademark protection that safeguard […]

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JT’s cigarette volume up hugely in April

JT’s cigarette volume up hugely in April

| May 15, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during April, at 9.2 billion, was up by 37.2 percent on that of April 2014, 6.7 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The April 2014 figure was down by 30.2 percent on that of April 2013. Volume during January-April, at 34.6 billion, was down […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly divided

Lorillard declares quarterly divided

| May 15, 2015

Lorillard has declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.66 per share. The dividend is payable on June 10 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 1. But the dividend is dependent on whether or not the proposed acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds American goes ahead. ‘As previously […]

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Altria to webcast shareholder meeting

Altria to webcast shareholder meeting

| May 15, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast of its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on May 20. Directions for the required pre-event registration are at www.altria.com/webcasts. An archived copy of the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will be available on altria.com or through the […]

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Minnesota company uses tobacco to fight cancer

Minnesota company uses tobacco to fight cancer

| May 14, 2015

A Minnesota-based startup company called MNPHARM plans to use tobacco plants to produce personalized treatments for patients battling cancer.  Founded by Jeff Reinert and Dave Roeser, MNPHARM uses a process that combines technological advances in controlled indoor atmosphere and biochemistry to transform a plant that is frequently associated with causing cancer into one with the […]

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Study indicates more than one-fifth of adults smoke

Study indicates more than one-fifth of adults smoke

| May 14, 2015

A new study titled “Global Statistics on Addictive Behaviours: 2014 Status Report,” which was led by Professor Linda Gowing, of the University of Adelaide in South Australia, estimates that 22.5 percent of adults aged 15 years and older throughout the world smoke tobacco products. The rate use tobacco product use stood at 32 percent for […]

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Imperial announces addition to Carlton cigarette portfolio

Imperial announces addition to Carlton cigarette portfolio

| May 14, 2015

Imperial Tobacco has announced a new addition to its Carlton cigarette portfolio: Carlton Superkings Menthol. Carlton is the U.K.’s No. 1 sub-economy cigarette brand. Carlton Superkings Menthol will be available in standard and price-marked packs containing 19 pieces. According to Madeleine Pearce, Imperial’s brand portfolio chassis manager, the brand has been “designed to suit the […]

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Ex-EU health chief’s compensation claim rejected

Ex-EU health chief’s compensation claim rejected

| May 13, 2015

  The EU’s top court has dismissed a claim for compensation brought by the former health Commissioner John Dalli against the European Commission, according to a BBC Online story. Dalli left his job as EU health commissioner in 2012 after allegations that he had had improper links with tobacco lobbyists. At the time of his […]

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New MYO brand to compete against illicit products

New MYO brand to compete against illicit products

| May 13, 2015

British American Tobacco Australia (BATAS) has said that it is planning to launch a make-your-own (MYO) cigarette tobacco brand and suggested that it will be priced competitively with illicit tobacco products, according to a story in the Hobart Mercury relayed by the TMA. The MYO brand is due to go on sale in 100 g […]

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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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