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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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Altria to webcast conference presentation

Altria to webcast conference presentation

| February 5, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca Raton, Florida, starting about 09.15 Eastern Time on February 18. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by Marty Barrington, chairman and CEO, and other […]

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Salvoy Acetow introduces Rhondia Micro Tow

Salvoy Acetow introduces Rhondia Micro Tow

| February 4, 2015

Solvay Acetow has introduced a new product—Rhondia Micro Tow. Rhondia Micro Tow offers a top-quality and highly customized tow specification, and extends the range of low-denier tow items. The new specification provides low pressure drop and guaranteed filtration efficiency while delivering a high standard of quality. Rhodia is also suitable for low diameter filters with […]

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Production declines point to more balanced market

Production declines point to more balanced market

| February 4, 2015

The current outlook for 2015 tobacco crops indicates decreased production volumes in the key growing areas, which is an important step towards more balanced markets, according to George C. Freeman, III, chairman, president, and CEO of Universal Corporation. Freeman was speaking yesterday as he presented the company’s third-quarter results. “The current fiscal year continues to […]

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June deadline for Kenya’s graphic pack warnings

June deadline for Kenya’s graphic pack warnings

| February 4, 2015

Graphic health warnings are due to become a requirement on cigarette packs sold in Kenya from June, according to a story by Margaret Wahito for Capital FM Kenya. The full-color graphics are to appear on the front and back panels accompanied by black and white text warnings that will be in English on the front […]

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Complaint filed over use of tobacco-goods surcharge

Complaint filed over use of tobacco-goods surcharge

| February 4, 2015

A smokers’ rights group yesterday filed a complaint with Taiwan’s Control Yuan, urging the watchdog organization to look into recent allegations that the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) had misused the health and welfare surcharge on tobacco products, according to a story in the Taipei Times.(Wikipedia describes the Control Yuan as being one of five branches […]

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Japan Tobacco moves to sharpen tobacco focus

Japan Tobacco moves to sharpen tobacco focus

| February 4, 2015

In announcing today its decision to withdraw from the beverage business, Japan Tobacco Inc said that enhancing the competitiveness of its tobacco business was the priority for its resource allocation. In a note posted on its website, JT said that its board of directors had resolved to withdraw from the manufacture and sale of beverage […]

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Flue-cured export earnings up hugely in Zimbabwe

Flue-cured export earnings up hugely in Zimbabwe

| February 3, 2015

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured exports in January, at 23.5 million kg, were up by 327 percent on those of January 2014, 5.5 million kg, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald. Export prices were said to have averaged $7.70 per kg in January, up from $4.22 per kg during January 2013. As a result, flue-cured export […]

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Administrators lead the way in South Lebanon

Administrators lead the way in South Lebanon

| February 3, 2015

Public administration buildings in South Lebanon are due to become tobacco smoke-free zones from March 1, according to a story by Mohammed Zaatari for the Daily Star that quoted an announcement by the South Lebanon Governor Mansour Daou. The ban, part of Law 174, which prohibits smoking in all public places, will apply to all […]

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Sustainable pack debate opened up by Iggesund

Sustainable pack debate opened up by Iggesund

| February 3, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard is working with the American crowdsourcing company Crowdspring to challenge the world’s designers to improve existing consumer packaging. “Every day we all see examples of packaging that could be improved by a better choice of materials or a better design,” said Staffan Sjöberg, who is in charge of the project at Iggesund. “Now […]

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Lorillard to announce results February 11

Lorillard to announce results February 11

| February 3, 2015

Lorillard said yesterday that it would release its fourth quarter and full year 2014 results on February 11, before the market opens. The news release is due to be made available under the Investor Relations section of Lorillard’s website at www.lorillard.com.

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Foreign cigarette manufacturers outperform KT&G

Foreign cigarette manufacturers outperform KT&G

| February 2, 2015

Foreign cigarette makers in Korea outperformed Korean brands in market share due to their low-price strategies. According to data from the nation’s two convenience store chains, foreign brands earned about 55 percent market share in sales and 60 percent in volume in January, dethroning the long dominant KT&G, the only Korean cigarette-maker. This is the […]

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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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