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Ploom names two senior executives

Ploom names two senior executives

| February 11, 2015

Ploom, a San Francisco, California, USA-based vapor delivery system company, has added two senior executives to its team. Timothy Danaher was named vice president of finance and Scott Dunlap was appointed chief marketing officer. Reporting to founder and CEO James Monsees, Danaher will play a critical role in developing and executing the overall business and […]

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Reynolds’ volumes down but Santa Fe is on the up

Reynolds’ volumes down but Santa Fe is on the up

| February 11, 2015

R.J Reynolds Tobacco’s US domestic cigarette volume during the year to the end of December, at 61.0 billion, was down by 5.0 percent on that of 2013, 64.2 billion. Camel volume was unchanged at 20.9 billion but Pall Mall volume fell by 3.2 percent to 20.6 billion; so the company’s total ‘growth brands’ volume was […]

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Andhra growers seek guidance to the ‘promised land’

Andhra growers seek guidance to the ‘promised land’

| February 11, 2015

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are urging world leaders to address the issue of providing them with alternative livelihoods, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. So far, the search for the ‘promised land’ of alternative crops, which has been going on for years […]

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US FDA commissioner to step down next month

US FDA commissioner to step down next month

| February 11, 2015

The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, Margaret A. Hamburg, is to step down by the end of March. In a letter to her colleagues at the agency, Hamburg said that together they had made significant progress in implementing both the letter and spirit of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. […]

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PMI a top employer in Europe

PMI a top employer in Europe

| February 11, 2015

Philip Morris International said yesterday that it had been recognized as a top employer in Europe for the third consecutive year, in recognition of the high standards in its working environment. Certification was said to have been the result of independent assessment by the Top Employers’ Institute, which also recognized PMI’s affiliates as leading employers […]

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Cigar industry mourns Tony Barone

Cigar industry mourns Tony Barone

| February 10, 2015

Cigar icon Tony Barone died this week after a brief battle with cancer. Barone’s passing comes less than two years after he retired from Commonwealth-Altadis, following a long and illustrious career. The family will hold a “life celebration” for Barone on Saturday, on Feb. 14 in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA. Born in Tampa, Florida Barone […]

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Plain packaging ‘consultation’ planned in Norway

Plain packaging ‘consultation’ planned in Norway

| February 10, 2015

The Norwegian government looks set to impose standardized packaging on all tobacco products. According to a press note issued by the Norway Government Administration Services (NGAS), the government plans to consult on its standardized-packaging proposal, which would apply to cigarettes and snus. But a note issued by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) said that […]

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E-cigarettes not as addictive as tobacco counterparts

E-cigarettes not as addictive as tobacco counterparts

| February 10, 2015

A leading US health expert has said that electronic cigarettes do not seem to be anywhere close to tobacco cigarettes in respect of their potential to cause addiction. Writing on his Rest of the Story blog, Dr Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, said that […]

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AOI planning ‘comprehensive global restructuring’

AOI planning ‘comprehensive global restructuring’

| February 10, 2015

In announcing yesterday its third quarter results to the end of December, Alliance One International’s CEO and president, Pieter Sikkel, said that the company was planning a comprehensive global restructuring program to position it better for the future. The restructuring program would start during the fourth quarter and be completed over18 months. ‘As part of […]

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Imperial to issue interim statement

Imperial to issue interim statement

| February 10, 2015

UK-based Imperial Tobacco is due to issue an Interim Management Statement on February 12.

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RAI to webcast Cameron conference remarks

RAI to webcast Cameron conference remarks

| February 10, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast of remarks made by president and CEO, Susan M. Cameron, at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference starting about 17.30 Eastern Time on February 17. The webcast will be available on a listen-only basis at www.reynoldsamerican.com, where registration is now open. The presentation slides […]

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BAT rolls out Dunhill Pocket Pack for price-sensitive consumers

BAT rolls out Dunhill Pocket Pack for price-sensitive consumers

| February 9, 2015

British American Tobacco Korea plans to launch Dunhill Pocket Pack, a limited edition, 14-cigarette pack that costs only krw3,000 ($2.75). Although the pack is smaller — most packs have 20 cigarettes — the seemingly inexpensive price might be an appealing selling point  in South Korea, where many smokers have decided to quit or cut back […]

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How would plain packs legislation fare under TTIP?

How would plain packs legislation fare under TTIP?

| February 9, 2015

An Irish member of the European Parliament has sought to widen the standardized-packaging debate by placing it against the background of trade agreements currently being negotiated. In a written question to the European Commission, MEP Nessa Childers asked whether the Commission considered non-discriminatory standardized packaging legislation, such as that applicable to cigarette packaging, to be […]

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Tobacco Promotion Board under fire in India

Tobacco Promotion Board under fire in India

| February 9, 2015

A group of tobacco control activists and supporters staged a demonstration in Chennai, India, on Saturday demanding the closure of the ‘Tobacco Promotion Board’, according to a story in the Times of India. Members of the Tamil Nadu People’s Forum for Tobacco Control said that while the health ministry was working on improving the country’s […]

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High levels of smoking among Saudi’s young women

High levels of smoking among Saudi’s young women

| February 9, 2015

Sixty five percent of Saudi secondary schoolgirls and 45 percent of the country’s intermediate schoolgirls are ‘smokers’, according to a story in Arab News quoting the results of a recently-published survey. The survey, conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at the Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz University, said the rates of smoking posed a ‘real threat’ to […]

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Non-duty-paid cigarettes hit legitimate market

Non-duty-paid cigarettes hit legitimate market

| February 9, 2015

Taxed cigarettes’ share of the Philippines’ market declined last year, according to a story in The Philippine Star quoting Philip Morris International’s fourth quarter and full-year report. PMI was quoted as saying that the estimated industry-wide tax-paid cigarette volume fell by 4.6 percent to about 82.3 billion units last year, reflecting the prevalence of domestic […]

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New CEO for Scandinavian Tobacco Group

New CEO for Scandinavian Tobacco Group

| February 9, 2015

Niels Frederiksen will take over on March 1 from Anders Colding Friis as the CEO of the Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG), according to a story in the Copenhagen Post. Frederiksen, who has more than 15 years of experience in the tobacco industry, is currently STG’s executive vice president of the global supply chain and a […]

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Tobacco season to be pushed back

Tobacco season to be pushed back

| February 6, 2015

Zimbabwe is likely to push back the start of its tobacco marketing season by about a month from the traditional mid-February period. Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board Chief Executive Dr. Andrew Matibiri said that most of the dry-land crop, which accounts for most of the tobacco grown, is still in the early stages of maturing. […]

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EU shines glimmer of light on PMI’s gloomy volumes

EU shines glimmer of light on PMI’s gloomy volumes

| February 6, 2015

Philip Morris International’s shipment volumes during the 12 months to the end of December, at 855,954 million, were down by 2.8 percent on those of the 12 months to the end of December 2013, 880,169 million. Volumes were increased by 0.1 percent to 185,197 million in its EU region, but fell in each of its […]

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Imperial launching lifestyle electronic cigarette

Imperial launching lifestyle electronic cigarette

| February 6, 2015

Imperial Tobacco is due to launch a new electronic cigarette in France on Monday, a move that, according to a story by Martinne Geller for Reuters, will give the company a lifestyle brand to stand alongside its existing brand, Puritane, which is marketed more as a healthcare product. The new brand, called Jai, will be […]

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Good and bad news on Latvia’s contraband sales

Good and bad news on Latvia’s contraband sales

| February 6, 2015

Twenty eight point nine percent of the cigarettes smoked in Latvia last year were contraband, according to a report in The Baltic Course (UK) citing a study carried out by AC Nielsen during the fourth quarter of 2014. The good news is that 28.9 percent was the lowest proportion recorded by Latvia during the past […]

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Reynolds declares quarterly dividend

Reynolds declares quarterly dividend

| February 6, 2015

Reynolds American Inc.’s board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.67 per share ($2.68 per share annualized). The dividend is payable on April 1 to shareholders of record as of March 10. Reynolds reported that this was the 43rd consecutive quarterly cash dividend that it had declared […]

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Virginia votes to keep kids toiling in tobacco fields

Virginia votes to keep kids toiling in tobacco fields

| February 5, 2015

The US’ National Consumers League (NCL) has said it is deeply disappointed by the defeat of a Virginia State Legislature bill that would have been the first of its kind to protect children from working in tobacco fields. “This takes us back a century ago when children in America were working in mines, factories, and […]

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JT’s domestic and international volumes down

JT’s domestic and international volumes down

| February 5, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc reported today that its domestic cigarette sales volume during the year to the end of December, at 112.4 billion, was down by 3.6 percent on that of the year to the end of December 2013, 116.5 billion. JT said that its volume had been affected by a decline in overall industry volumes, […]

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New tobacco law being fast-tracked in Thailand

New tobacco law being fast-tracked in Thailand

| February 5, 2015

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin yesterday blamed the finance and agriculture ministries for delaying a new, stricter law aimed at controlling the consumption of tobacco and cigarettes, according to a story in The Nation. Rajata said the two ministries had until next week to come up with their stance on the much-awaited bill or […]

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