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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| May 6, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast – at ww.pmi.com/webcasts – of the company’s remarks and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos and CFO Jacek Olczak at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum starting about 09.30 Eastern Time on May 12. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide […]

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Excise and plain packs blamed for illegal trade rise

Excise and plain packs blamed for illegal trade rise

| May 5, 2015

A record level of illicit tobacco consumption last year has caused the Australian government to suffer an estimated tax ‘loss’ of $1.35 billion, according to a story by Roman Kennedy for The Australian, citing a report by KPMG. The report, prepared for Philip Morris, British American Tobacco Australia and Imperial Tobacco Australia, indicated that illicit […]

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India urged to implement giant-warnings regulations

India urged to implement giant-warnings regulations

| May 5, 2015

The World Health Organization has urged India’s Ministry of Health to go ahead with an earlier decision to require that health warnings cover 85 percent of the surface area of tobacco product packaging, according to a story by Aditi Tandon for the Chandigarh Tribune. The WHO representative in India, Nata Menabde, said on Friday that […]

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Concerns as Indonesia looks to increase revenue

Concerns as Indonesia looks to increase revenue

| May 5, 2015

Indonesia’s cigarette manufacturers are concerned that the government aims this year to raise tobacco excise a second time, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. In its revised 2015 budget, the government has indicated that it aims to take Rp145.7 trillion (US$11.2 billion) this year in excise tax, 20.9 percent higher than its initial […]

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Smokers to be ousted from Seoul’s riverside parks

Smokers to be ousted from Seoul’s riverside parks

| May 5, 2015

Eleven riverside parks along the Han River are due to be designated tobacco-smoke-free zones as early as July, according to a story in The Korea Times quoting a Seoul Metropolitan government announcement. Smoking bans at the riverside parks became possible after the city council revised its ordinance last year. The riverside parks, which cover more […]

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Imperial helps disabled women help themselves

Imperial helps disabled women help themselves

| May 5, 2015

Imperial Tobacco says that it is helping to improve the livelihoods of disabled women in Laos by supporting a vocational training project near its factory in Vientiane. According to a note posted on the Imperial website, The Lao Disabled Women Development Centre is set to receive funding from Imperial’s charitable organization, the Altadis Foundation, to […]

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Pocketsize spittoon right on target with retailers

Pocketsize spittoon right on target with retailers

| May 5, 2015

The pocketsize spittoon maker FLASR, which is based at Alabama, Georgia, said yesterday that its product would, from next month, be made available in 400 stores across the US through Product and Service Distribution Technologies (PSDT). According to a BusinessWire story relayed by the TMA, FLASR’s CEO, Everett Dickson, said PSDT would play an instrumental […]

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Schneeberger named VP of business development

Schneeberger named VP of business development

| May 4, 2015

The U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (USTP), based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has named Jim Schneeberger as the company’s vice president of global business development. Schneeberger, who will report directly to CEO Stuart Thompson, will work with Thompson and his management team to reposition USTC in the domestic and export markets as a respected supplier of high-quality […]

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Menthol cigarettes to be banned in Nova Scotia

Menthol cigarettes to be banned in Nova Scotia

| May 1, 2015

The Canadian Lung Association said on Wednesday that it ‘salutes’ Nova Scotia for becoming the first jurisdiction in North America to ban menthol flavoured tobacco, according to a Marketwired story. The day before, the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly had approved a ban on menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. The ban is due to […]

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Taipei’s littering fines prove hard to swallow

Taipei’s littering fines prove hard to swallow

| May 1, 2015

Cigarette smokers who drop their butts on the ground in Taipei are risking fines that have been increased threefold and more from today, according to a story in the Taipei Times. Previously, offenders faced a fine of NT$1,200, regardless of their record, but, as of today, a second-time offender faces a possible fine of NT$3,600, […]

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Municipal staff leads anti-smoking push by example

Municipal staff leads anti-smoking push by example

| May 1, 2015

Pa Socheatvong, the municipal governor of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, has thrown his support behind a campaign to ban tobacco smoking in the city’s enclosed public places, and he has made a start by banning his staff from smoking in municipal buildings, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. Addressing the second Smoke-Free […]

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Some TPP provisions opposed by Hillary Clinton

Some TPP provisions opposed by Hillary Clinton

| May 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton is opposed to a critical piece of the Obama administration’s proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would give corporations the right to sue sovereign nations over laws or regulations that could potentially curb their profits, according to a piece in the Huffington Post. The policy position is contained in her book Hard Choices, and […]

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American Snuff donates property to local community

American Snuff donates property to local community

| May 1, 2015

American Snuff Company (ASC), a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), yesterday announced the donation of 10 acres of industrial land and buildings to Robertson County, Tennessee. “American Snuff has a long history with the Springfield community and Robertson County,” said Mick Spach, president of ASC. “Many of our employees and farmers who grow our […]

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AR acquires MWV’s European tobacco packaging operations

AR acquires MWV’s European tobacco packaging operations

| April 30, 2015

AR Packaging Group AB has acquired the European tobacco, chocolate confectionery and general packaging operations from MeadWestvaco Corp. The transaction was completed today and the business will be consolidated as from May 1. The acquired operation includes three plants in Graz, Austria, Krakow, Poland, and Moscow, Russia, and certain additional carton business and related machinery […]

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JT in agreement to acquire US vapor company Logic

JT in agreement to acquire US vapor company Logic

| April 30, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Logic Technology Development, one of the leading US electronic cigarette ‘brands’. JT described Logic, which was founded in 2010, as selling a full range of high-quality rechargeable, ready-to-use and disposable electronic cigarettes, including the Logic Pro tank system, newly launched this […]

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JT’s total domestic and international sales fall in 1Q

JT’s total domestic and international sales fall in 1Q

| April 30, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette volume sales during the three months to the end of March, at 25.5 billion, were 16.2 percent down on those of the three months to the end of March 2014, 30.4 billion. JT reported today that the volume decline was down to an unfavorable comparison with that of the same […]

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Ninety percent health warnings have majority support

Ninety percent health warnings have majority support

| April 30, 2015

Most Indonesians support the use of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and agree that the size of the pictures should be increased, according to a story in the Jakarta Globe quoting the results of a recent survey. The national survey on the implementation of graphic health warnings in Indonesia found that 84 percent of […]

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PMI to webcast May 6 annual meeting

PMI to webcast May 6 annual meeting

| April 30, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast of its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at www.pmi.com/webcasts starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on May 6. The webcast will be in listen-only mode. During the meeting, Louis C. Camilleri, chairman of the board, will address shareholders and answer questions, while CEO André Calantzopoulos […]

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BAT’s first quarter cigarette volume down 3.6 percent

BAT’s first quarter cigarette volume down 3.6 percent

| April 29, 2015

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the three months to the end of March, at 152 billion, was said by the company to be down by about 3.6 percent on that of the first quarter of 2014, 158 billion. Volumes were depressed in each of the company’s four regions: from 50 billion to 49 billion […]

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Indonesian excise bands cause health concerns

Indonesian excise bands cause health concerns

| April 29, 2015

The Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) said yesterday that the pictorial health warnings on more than half of the tobacco product packs it had examined as part of a survey had excise bands over the top of them, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Government regulations stipulate that cigarette packs must carry pictorial warnings […]

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Rajasthan mulls once-a-month ban on tobacco sales

Rajasthan mulls once-a-month ban on tobacco sales

| April 29, 2015

The Indian state of Rajasthan is considering introducing a ban on the sale of all tobacco products during one day of each month, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Under the proposal, the tobacco ‘dry day’ would see also the organization of events in schools and colleges […]

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Zimbabwe’s leaf tobacco export earnings soar

Zimbabwe’s leaf tobacco export earnings soar

| April 29, 2015

Zimbabwe has earned US$224.0 million from the export of 35.2 million kg of semi-processed tobacco this year, according to a story in The Herald quoting figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board. This season’s figures are said to be increased from the US$58.6 million kg earned from the export of 16.4 million kg during […]

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RAI’s sustainability report available online

RAI’s sustainability report available online

| April 29, 2015

Reynolds American Inc.’s 2014 Sustainability Report, which ‘highlights the latest initiatives by RAI and its subsidiaries to ensure a sustainable commercial future while addressing stakeholder expectations’, is now available on the company’s website (www.ReynoldsAmerican.com). “Sustainable business practices are good for our businesses and they are the right thing to do,” said RAI president and CEO […]

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A plague of low flue-cured prices afflicting growers

A plague of low flue-cured prices afflicting growers

| April 28, 2015

Lower farm prices are plaguing flue-cured tobacco growers around the world, according to a story in the most recent issue of the India-based BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The story reported that prices had fallen by 14 percent in Brazil, 10 percent in Zimbabwe, eight percent in the US and four percent in Tanzania. And in […]

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China to crack down on tobacco advertising

China to crack down on tobacco advertising

| April 28, 2015

China’s revised Advertisement Law, which has been approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, bans tobacco product advertising in the mass media, in public places, and on public transportation, according to a Reuters story relayed by the TMA. The law, which is due to take effect on September 1, prohibits advertisements that […]

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