Breaking News

Additives think tank to seek evidence for court case

Additives think tank to seek evidence for court case

| April 15, 2015

As part of measures being taken in support of a damages suit being brought against major tobacco companies by South Korea’s state health insurer, the Health Ministry plans to establish a think tank to research the additives used in cigarettes manufactured and distributed in the country, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The […]

Read More

Gesture politics employed in Beijing’s tobacco wars

Gesture politics employed in Beijing’s tobacco wars

| April 14, 2015

The authorities in Beijing, China, are asking citizens to vote on what would be a suitable hand gesture to indicate to people that they should desist from smoking, according to a China Daily story. Most countries have hand gestures that can be appropriated for this purpose, but Beijing seems to be looking for a specially-conceived […]

Read More

US court votes to allow EU lawsuit against Reynolds

US court votes to allow EU lawsuit against Reynolds

| April 14, 2015

A US federal appeals court voted 8-5 on Monday to allow an EU lawsuit to proceed against RJR Nabisco its affiliates and successors that alleges RJ Reynolds violated the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. The lawsuit, initially filed in October 2002, […]

Read More

Modified risk application damaged but not sunk

Modified risk application damaged but not sunk

| April 14, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee has concluded that Swedish Match North America’s (SMNA) General snus should not be allowed to carry Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) warning labels. Last year, SMNA made an MRTP application to the FDA in which it sought to have changed or eliminated, in respect […]

Read More

Cigarette volume sales free falling in Japan

Cigarette volume sales free falling in Japan

| April 13, 2015

Cigarette sales in Japan during the 2014 fiscal year that ended on March 31 dropped to their lowest level since such statistics were first compiled for fiscal 1990, according to a story in The Japan News citing an industry group. The Tobacco Institute of Japan was quoted as saying that sales fell by nine percent […]

Read More

Flue-cured tobacco prices plummet in Zimbabwe

Flue-cured tobacco prices plummet in Zimbabwe

| April 13, 2015

As of Thursday, Zimbabwe’s tobacco growers had sold 25.7 million kg of flue-cured for US$67.4 million, according to a New Zimbabwe story. At the same stage of last season, they had sold 28.7 million kg for US$88.1 million. The volume had dropped by 10.4 percent and the return to growers had gone down by 23.5 […]

Read More

Raw deal for do-it-yourself tobacco manufacturers

Raw deal for do-it-yourself tobacco manufacturers

| April 13, 2015

Estonia’s Tax and Customs Authority is banning the retailing of ‘raw tobacco’, according to an Esmerk story. The raw tobacco has reportedly been sold online, in kiosks and at markets in 1 kg packages not carrying health warnings. The ban, which will be effective as of May 1, is said to be aimed at reducing […]

Read More

Campaigners claim tobacco promoted illegally

Campaigners claim tobacco promoted illegally

| April 13, 2015

Tobacco companies are advertising at shops across Bangladesh even though it is a punishable offence to do so, according to a story in the Daily Star quoting anti-tobacco campaigners speaking at a seminar yesterday. In addition, tobacco companies were awarding complimentary prizes to customers, holding job fairs and debating competitions on university premises, and sponsoring […]

Read More

RAI to host results webcast and conference call

RAI to host results webcast and conference call

| April 13, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of its first-quarter 2015 financial results before the market opens on April 17. The conference call and webcast, which will start at 09.00 Eastern Time, will be presented by president and CEO, Susan M. Cameron, CFO, Andrew D. Gilchrist, and […]

Read More

Malawi’s growers asked to stay calm on 25¢ per kg

Malawi’s growers asked to stay calm on 25¢ per kg

| April 10, 2015

Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika, has assured the country’s tobacco growers that his government will closely monitor the minimum prices set for the 2015 tobacco marketing season. The president made his promise on Wednesday during the official opening of the 2015 tobacco marketing season at Lilongwe auction floors. He said the minimum prices, which had been […]

Read More

Cambodia moves closer to 2003 tobacco control law

Cambodia moves closer to 2003 tobacco control law

| April 10, 2015

Cambodia’s National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a draft law on tobacco control that, among other provisions, will require manufacturers to include on cigarette packs graphic warnings occupying at least 50 percent of the surface area. According to a story in The Phnom Penh Post, the draft law still has to be passed by the […]

Read More

Ireland’s plain packaging hearing to start April 13

Ireland’s plain packaging hearing to start April 13

| April 10, 2015

The Commercial Court in Ireland is due on April 13 to begin hearing arguments in JTI Ireland’s lawsuit against the State, Attorney General Máire Whelan and Health Minister Leo Varadkar, seeking to halt the implementation of the country’s standardized tobacco packaging law. As things stand, the law is scheduled to take effect in 2017, according […]

Read More

JT’s domestic cigarette sales volume down in March

JT’s domestic cigarette sales volume down in March

| April 10, 2015

Japan Tobacco’s (JT) domestic cigarette sales volume during March, at 8.9 billion, was down by 29.3 percent on that of March 2014, 12.7 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The March 2014 figure was up by 30.1 percent on that of March 2013. Volume during January-March, at 25.5 billion, was down by […]

Read More

GFN poster submission deadline extended

GFN poster submission deadline extended

| April 10, 2015

The deadline for the submission of posters to be displayed at this year’s Global Forum on Nicotine has been extended until April 15. 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 […]

Read More

Imperial helps get Madagascar business on the move

Imperial helps get Madagascar business on the move

| April 10, 2015

SACIMEM, Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Madagascar, has helped renovate the airport at Antsirabe in an effort aimed at boosting the local economy. ‘Antsirabe is the third largest city in the country but its local airport has been neglected and only private planes have been using it, Imperial said in a note posted on its website. […]

Read More

PMI to host first-quarter results webcast

PMI to host first-quarter results webcast

| April 10, 2015

Philip Morris International Inc. is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on April 16 to discuss its 2015 first-quarter results, which will be issued about 07:00 the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss PMI’s results and answer […]

Read More

Altria to host first-quarter results webcast

Altria to host first-quarter results webcast

| April 10, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on April 23 to discuss its 2015 first-quarter business results. The webcast can be accessed at www.altria.com. Altria will issue a press release with its results about 07.00 on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in […]

Read More

New Korean center to study health effects of smoking

New Korean center to study health effects of smoking

| April 9, 2015

South Korea’s Ministry of Health plans to set up its own research center dedicated to studying the effects of smoking on health, according to a story in The Korea Times. The ministry said yesterday that the research center, which would be supervised by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDCP), would open ‘as […]

Read More

Pay policy discriminates against smokers in Maldives

Pay policy discriminates against smokers in Maldives

| April 9, 2015

Salary increases for the employees of two Maldives broadcasters are to be linked to whether or not the employees are smokers. And, no, the smokers aren’t going to get more than the non-smokers. The Maldives Media Company, which employs 60 people, said that non-smoking employees at its DhiFM and DhiTV stations would receive 15 percent […]

Read More

Warnings blamed for graphic excise decline in Nepal

Warnings blamed for graphic excise decline in Nepal

| April 9, 2015

Tobacco product excise revenue in Nepal during the first eight months of the current fiscal year (16 July-15 July) fell by about 5.5 percent, and the assumption is that the drop is partly down to the imposition from May 2014 of graphic health warnings on these products, according to a story in the Daily Republica. […]

Read More

Oman calling time on shisha cafés

Oman calling time on shisha cafés

| April 9, 2015

Municipal authorities in the Oman capital of Muscat are trying to get shisha café owners to abide by the opening hours set for them, which would mean their closing at midnight, according to a story in the Times of Oman. This is not the first time that the authorities have appealed to café owners to […]

Read More

Smoking and exercise down, drinking and obesity up

Smoking and exercise down, drinking and obesity up

| April 8, 2015

South Korea’s smoking incidence, which has been trending down since 2009, fell by 0.2 of a percentage point to 24.0 percent last year, according to a story in The Korea Herald, quoting a survey by the Ministry of Health and Welfare among 220,000 adults nation-wide. At the same time, the smoking rate among men dropped […]

Read More

Curing energy concerns with solar tobacco dryers

Curing energy concerns with solar tobacco dryers

| April 8, 2015

The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Croatia has said it will invest 6.5 million kuna (US$926,200) to install about 200 solar tobacco dryers in the county of Virovitica-Podravina, according to a Croatian Newsmonitor story relayed by the TMA. The initiative is aimed at encouraging tobacco growers to use renewable sources of energy for […]

Read More

Nu Mark launches website for adult vapers

Nu Mark launches website for adult vapers

| April 8, 2015

Nu Mark, which as part of Altria develops innovative tobacco products, said yesterday that it had launched Vaper Rights (VaperRights.com), ‘a website for adult vapers who are interested in information and advocacy on public policy issues related to e-vapor products’. ‘Nu Mark believes that it is important for adult vapers to make their voices heard […]

Read More

Hong Kong cigarette warnings should be ‘scarier’

Hong Kong cigarette warnings should be ‘scarier’

| April 8, 2015

The undersecretary of the Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau, Sophia Chan Siu-chee, has said that the bureau expects later this year to propose that cigarette health warnings, which are said currently to cover about 50 percent ‘of the pack’, should be increased in size and made ‘scarier’, according to a story in the South […]

Read More