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PM USA’s cigarette volume down but share up

PM USA’s cigarette volume down but share up

| February 2, 2015

Philip Morris USA’s cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 125,390 million, was down by 3.0 percent on that of the 12 months to the end of December 2013, 129,312 million. Marlboro shipments were down by 3.0 percent to 108,023 million while shipments of other premium brands were down […]

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Turkey’s anti-tobacco plans to target leaf growers

Turkey’s anti-tobacco plans to target leaf growers

| February 2, 2015

In another crackdown on smokers, Turkey’s health ministry is planning to introduce measures that will make it compulsory for people to show identification cards when buying tobacco products, according to a story in the Hurriyet Daily News. It is already illegal for tobacco products to be sold in Turkey to those under 18 years of […]

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Plain packaging – a sham becoming a shambles

Plain packaging – a sham becoming a shambles

| February 2, 2015

In the UK, as many as 100 Conservative MPs are expected to vote against plans to impose standardized packaging for cigarettes and fine-cut tobacco, according to a story in The Daily Telegraph. There was widespread surprise in January when a junior health minister, Jane Ellison, said MPs would be given a vote on the plans […]

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Electronic cigarette taxation up for discussion

Electronic cigarette taxation up for discussion

| February 2, 2015

An EU ‘high level working party’ is due to meet on Thursday to discuss electronic cigarette taxation. According to a note from the general secretariat of the Council of the EU, item five on the meeting’s agenda reads: ‘Tax treatment of new tobacco products and related products, such as electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products’. […]

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Imperial supports e-cigarette regulation in Canada

Imperial supports e-cigarette regulation in Canada

| January 30, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada has entered the debate about electronic cigarettes, which are not approved for sale in Canada but which are available for purchase. In a letter published in the Montreal Gazette, Caroline Ferland, vice president corporate and regulatory affairs, said Imperial fully supported the introduction of a regulatory framework that would allow the legal […]

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Smoked and disorderly in Seoul

Smoked and disorderly in Seoul

| January 30, 2015

In various parts of the world, smokers have been seen as smelly and not normal, whatever that might mean, and now a councilman in Seoul, South Korea, apparently feels that those who smoke on sidewalks are socially disorderly. According to a story in The Korea Times, Seoul Metropolitan councilman, Nam Jae-kyung, of the ruling Saenuri […]

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And now smokers are telling fibs – whatever next

And now smokers are telling fibs – whatever next

| January 30, 2015

At least some medical doctors in the UAE are skeptical about the results of a survey that apparently showed tobacco smoking was ‘falling out of favor’. They believe that some respondents lied to those conducting the survey. A story by Anam Rizvi and Jennifer Bell in The National Newspaper did not mention who carried out […]

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Eighty percent warnings to be given statutory footing

Eighty percent warnings to be given statutory footing

| January 30, 2015

Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved legislation to compel tobacco companies to include on their cigarette packs health warnings taking up 80 percent of the packs’ surface [presumably the front and back surfaces], according to a number of local reports. The law is due to be enacted by Parliament during the 100 day program […]

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PMI to webcast results discussions

PMI to webcast results discussions

| January 30, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 13.00 Eastern Time on February 5 to discuss its 2014 fourth-quarter and full-year results, which will be issued mid-morning the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CEO André Calantzopoulos will discuss the company’s results and the […]

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Punch Rare Corojo returns with two new frontmarks

Punch Rare Corojo returns with two new frontmarks

| January 29, 2015

General Cigar’s Punch Rare Corojo will make its annual return to retail on Feb. 16. The seasonal collection will welcome a new frontmark and a limited-edition size available exclusively this year. The 2015 release of Punch Rare Corojo marks the addition of El Diablo, a 6.5” x 66 cigar, as a permanent new item in […]

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Birch to head sales at Parkside

Birch to head sales at Parkside

| January 29, 2015

Paula Birch has been promoted to head of sales at Parkside Flexibles ( Europe and Asia). Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Parkside Flexibles is an innovative flexographic printing, specialized laminating and packaging manufacturer.

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Chinese video more effective than plain pack images

Chinese video more effective than plain pack images

| January 29, 2015

A story in The Independent has suggested that China could show the rest of the world how to do anti-tobacco campaigns. The newspaper made the point that smoking was still an ever present habit despite numerous campaigns such as public smoking bans. And it cited the differences of opinion currently being aired in the UK […]

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Was UK’s plain pack consultation just a sham?

Was UK’s plain pack consultation just a sham?

| January 29, 2015

Opponents of standardized tobacco packaging have urged the UK government to publish the report on its 2014 consultation ‘without further delay’, according to a press note by Forest, the pro-smoker group. “If the consultation process is not to be dismissed as a sham then the government must publish the responses promptly,” said MP Nick de […]

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Imperial puts a toe in the caffeine-product market

Imperial puts a toe in the caffeine-product market

| January 29, 2015

Imperial Tobacco is moving into caffeine products with the launch of a melt-in-the-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds, according to a story by Martinne Geller for Reuters. Reon, which was developed by Imperial’s Fontem Ventures subsidiary, is available in flavors such as ‘grapefruit & zing’ and ‘black currant & fresh. It […]

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Imperial shareholders approve US assets acquisition

Imperial shareholders approve US assets acquisition

| January 29, 2015

Imperial Tobacco shareholders yesterday approved the acquisition by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ITG Brands, of a portfolio of US cigarette brands, the electronic cigarette brand blu, and the national sales force, offices and production facilities currently owned by Lorillard. These assets are currently owned by Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard. Yesterday, too, Reynolds and Lorillard […]

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RAI approves stock for Lorillard acquisition

RAI approves stock for Lorillard acquisition

| January 28, 2015

Reynolds American (RAI) shareholders today approved two proposals related to the company’s anticipated acquisition of Lorillard—the issuance of RAI common stock to shareholders of Lorillard and the issuance of RAI common stock to British American Tobacco. Approval of both proposals is a condition to the obligations of Reynolds American and Lorillard to complete the deal. […]

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Minimum tobacco purchase age could rise to 25

Minimum tobacco purchase age could rise to 25

| January 28, 2015

India looks set to bring in additional stringent anti-tobacco measures, including a ban on the sale of single cigarettes, which, Bloomberg reported earlier this week, make up about 70 percent of the country’s cigarette sales. The measures would involve, also, increasing the minimum age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21, and eventually to […]

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Company team building hit by cigarette price hike

Company team building hit by cigarette price hike

| January 28, 2015

The massive tobacco-product tax increase imposed in South Korea on January 1 has had considerable repercussions, at least one of which was probably not foreseen, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Anecdotal evidence suggests that there might have been a reduction in the number of company dinners being held as team-building exercises. This […]

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Illicit tobacco sold by carpet shops, road sweepers

Illicit tobacco sold by carpet shops, road sweepers

| January 28, 2015

Philip Morris Ltd is aiming to roll out a retailer education program across the UK later this year as part of its campaign to fight the illegal tobacco trade, according to a Talking Retail story quoting the Independent Retail News. PML carried out a trial program in the city of Manchester and is now evaluating […]

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RAI to webcast results conference call

RAI to webcast results conference call

| January 28, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast from 09.00 Eastern Time on February 10 following the release of its fourth-quarter 2014 financial results. The speakers will be Susan M. Cameron, president and CEO, Thomas R. Adams, CFO, and Morris L. Moore, vice president of investor relations. The conference call and […]

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Andhra looks to have produced above-target crop

Andhra looks to have produced above-target crop

| January 28, 2015

Flue-cured tobacco production in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is likely to reach 190-200 million kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter quoting initial estimates. The Tobacco Board of India had set a crop target of 172 million kg for the state. Meanwhile, the Indian Tobacco […]

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China expecting increase in smoking among women

China expecting increase in smoking among women

| January 27, 2015

Current data indicates that the smoking rate among women in China is ‘very likely’ to rise ‘even further’, according to a story by Mason Coltrane for Yibada. Coltrane said the issue of smoking among women was no longer confined to the northern rural regions of the country where middle-aged and elderly women had traditionally smoked […]

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TPP concerns voiced by 47 Australian groups

TPP concerns voiced by 47 Australian groups

| January 27, 2015

There is mounting opposition in Australia to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); opposition that mirrors that in the EU to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). According to a Scoop (New Zealand) story, an unusually diverse mix of 47 Australian community groups have written an open letter to the Trade Minister citing mounting evidence […]

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Tobacco tax revenues diverted to paintball activities

Tobacco tax revenues diverted to paintball activities

| January 27, 2015

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) lawmakers yesterday accused the government of using tobacco tax revenues to sponsor festivals and print calendars instead of focusing on smoking prevention and health promotion, according to a story in the Taipei Times. “Each year, the government collects about NT$20 billion [US$638.2 million] in tobacco taxes, which are supposed to be […]

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E-cigarettes to be confined to carry-on baggage

E-cigarettes to be confined to carry-on baggage

| January 27, 2015

Airline passengers should add electronic cigarettes to the list of items that may not be stored in their checked luggage, according to a story by Alan Levin for Bloomberg. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which already bans flammables and explosives in checked baggage, is now warning airlines about the fire risk from electronic cigarettes. […]

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