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Altria to host investor-day webcast

Altria to host investor-day webcast

| June 10, 2015

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its Investor Day in New York, N.Y, on June 23. The presentation, which will be in listen-only mode, will begin about 09:00 Eastern Time and end about 12:00. The webcast will feature presentations by Marty Barrington, Altria’s chairman, CEO and president, and other members of […]

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RAI to complete Lorillard acquisition on Friday

RAI to complete Lorillard acquisition on Friday

| June 9, 2015

Reynolds American (RAI) is expected to complete its acquisition of Lorillard on Friday. At the same time, Imperial Tobacco’s ITG Brands will acquire from RAI and Lorillard operating companies the KOOL, Salem, Winston and Maverick cigarette brands, and the blu eCigs electronic cigarette brand, along with other assets. In a note posted on both the […]

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NY state smoking rate down to 14.5 percent

NY state smoking rate down to 14.5 percent

| June 9, 2015

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that the state’s smoking rate fell last year to a historic low of 7.3 percent among high school students and 14.5 percent among adults, according to a story by Joseph Sector for the Democrat and Chronicle, relayed by the TMA. In 2011, smoking among high school students stood […]

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London cigar auction set for June 15

London cigar auction set for June 15

| June 9, 2015

C.Gars Auctions is due to hold its summer auction sale at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, from 14.00 on June15. A press note from C.Gars said that the June auction would be the 15th such event since its auction department was established in 2009 ‘Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert will once again be conducting this important […]

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Exploring visions of security through paperboard

Exploring visions of security through paperboard

| June 9, 2015

In an industrial workshop in Strömsbruk, northern Sweden, multimedia artist Nils Olof Hedenskog is creating an installation that it is hoped will attract interest from art institutions around the world. The raw material he is working with is paperboard – specifically Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard. “For me there exists a tension between the limitlessness of […]

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Eastern looks to build Malawi plant within 18 months

Eastern looks to build Malawi plant within 18 months

| June 8, 2015

A project under which Egypt’s Eastern Tobacco Company is partnering with Malawi’s Auction Holdings Limited (AHL) to set up in Malawi a $20 million cigarette manufacturing plant is due to be completed within 18 months, according to a StarAfrica story. Late last month it was announced that the Malawi government and Eastern had signed a […]

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EU’s TPD implementation unaffected by court cases

EU’s TPD implementation unaffected by court cases

| June 8, 2015

The EU Commission has said it does not believe that current court cases brought against the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) pose obstacles to the directive’s implementation. The Commission was responding to a question by the Croatian MEP Dubravka Šuica. In part of the preamble to her question, Šuica said that some tobacco companies had […]

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Taxes on tobacco firms set to rise in Bangladesh

Taxes on tobacco firms set to rise in Bangladesh

| June 8, 2015

Smoking looked set to become costlier in Bangladesh during the new financial year after Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith last week proposed imposing tax increases on tobacco products, acetate tow and tobacco-product paper, according to a story in The Financial Express. The budget proposals include too plans to increase the corporation tax levied on publicly-traded tobacco […]

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Alliance to host results conference call

Alliance to host results conference call

| June 8, 2015

Alliance One International is due to host from 08.00 Eastern Time on June 9 a conference call at www.aointl.com to report its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31. A replay of the conference call will be made available from 11.00 on June 9 through 11.00 on June 14 by telephone at (888) […]

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Japan Tobacco International introduces new Camel

Japan Tobacco International introduces new Camel

| June 5, 2015

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) Korea has launched Camel Evolution Super Slims, the first low-tar super-slim brand within its Camel lineup. Camel Evolution Super Slims—which became available for purchase June 4—are a locally customized blend for the Korean market. The product is packaged in a stylish urban design that targets smokers between the ages of 25 […]

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Czech Republic approves ban on smoking in restaurants, bars

Czech Republic approves ban on smoking in restaurants, bars

| June 5, 2015

The Czech government has approved a draft bill that will ban smoking in bars and restaurants. Previous governments have attempted to enact the same restrictions but ran into opposition, leaving the Czech Republic as the last EU member to allow unrestricted smoking in restaurants. One quarter of Czechs smoke, according to Eurobarometer. “With this law, […]

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Iggesund expands its presence in North America

Iggesund expands its presence in North America

| June 5, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard is expanding its distribution in the United States by making its flagship product, Invercote, available from coast to coast. The company has established an inventory position and sheeting capabilities in Pomona, California, USA, with the objective of making its flagship product—which is already available in more than 100 countries—readily available for quick-turn market […]

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China plans to grow tobacco in Crimea

China plans to grow tobacco in Crimea

| June 5, 2015

The Crimean government has announced that a visiting delegation of Chinese businessmen intend to invest in tobacco cultivation within the territory, which was annexed by Russia in March 2014. Chinese equipment and technology would be supplied to the semiautonomous territory, which has been fighting to secure foreign investment amid trade sanctions imposed by Ukraine, the […]

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California: Vape Organics formulates organic nicotine for e-cigs

California: Vape Organics formulates organic nicotine for e-cigs

| June 4, 2015

Vape Organics, an e-liquid manufacturer based in Riverside, California, USA, announced on June 2 that it had received U.S. Department of Agriculture certification for its organic nicotine designed for e-cigarettes. According to the company, the product is “both USP grade and uniquely free of any petroleum-derived solvent.” Vape Organics director of operations Sheerlie Ryngler said […]

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Alliance One to scale down operations in Kenya

Alliance One to scale down operations in Kenya

| June 4, 2015

Alliance One Tobacco Kenya has announced that it will begin to scale down its operations in Kenya, citing a slump in the leaf tobacco sector. As part of the scale-down process, the company will no longer sponsor tobacco farmers that have been growing leaf tobacco on a contract basis and will cease field operations beginning […]

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Tobacco giants sue Britain over plain-packaging

Tobacco giants sue Britain over plain-packaging

| June 4, 2015

Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco (BAT) have sued the British government over plain-packaging legislation passed in March. The law, which would take effect from May 2016, requires cigarettes to be sold in packages of uniform shape and size that feature only the brand name and contain prominent graphic health warnings. England is […]

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Ukraine drops plain-packaging lawsuit against Australia

Ukraine drops plain-packaging lawsuit against Australia

| June 4, 2015

Ukraine has suspended the legal proceedings it brought against Australia through the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012, which claimed the country’s plain-packaging laws were trade-restrictive. Instead, the Eastern European nation—which received financial support from British American Tobacco to pursue litigation—has stated it will attempt to seek a mutually agreed-upon solution with Australia to resolve […]

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North Korea has fewer smokers, no women smokers

North Korea has fewer smokers, no women smokers

| June 3, 2015

North Korea has banned foreign cigarettes, reportedly as part of efforts to reduce the country’s high smoking rate, according to a story in The Korea Times (Seoul). “We have also prohibited people from using electronic cigarettes and smokeless cigarettes,” Choi Hyun-sook, a high-ranking official at the health ministry, was quoted as telling the Korean Central […]

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Individual freedoms and legal industry under attack

Individual freedoms and legal industry under attack

| June 3, 2015

Proposals by the anti-tobacco group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) have been described by the UK’s Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (UKTMA) as an unwarranted intrusion on individual freedoms and a dogmatic attack on a legal industry. “This report [Smoking Still Kills] shows just how draconian and self-serving ASH’s agenda has become,” said the UKTMA’s director […]

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Call for end to agreements on EU illegal trade

Call for end to agreements on EU illegal trade

| June 3, 2015

The agreements drawn up between the EU and the four major transnational tobacco companies to crack down on cigarette smuggling and recoup lost tax revenues are failing to meet their stated aims, according to a medicalxpress.com report citing research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. The agreements are said to be littered with loopholes […]

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Thailand’s smoking population on the rise

Thailand’s smoking population on the rise

| June 3, 2015

Figures released by Thailand’s National Statistical Office showed that the number of smokers aged 15 and above rose by 21 percent year-on-year to 11.4 million in 2014, according to a story in the Chiang Rai Times relayed by the TMA. Last year, Thailand was estimated to have about 400,000 smokers aged 18 years and under. […]

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Canadian companies to appeal C$15.6 billion ruling

Canadian companies to appeal C$15.6 billion ruling

| June 2, 2015

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges (RBH) has said that it will appeal a Canadian trial court decision setting damages in respect of the members of two class actions at C$15.6 billion and allocating C$3.1 billion of that amount to RBH. The decision, made public in Montréal yesterday, found in favor of the plaintiffs in two class […]

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Mexican workers sue over Kentucky farm conditions

Mexican workers sue over Kentucky farm conditions

| June 2, 2015

Thirty nine Mexican guest workers are suing the Kentucky tobacco farmers who hired them through a government program for seasonal work, according to a WUKY (Lexington, Kentucky). Three lawsuits have been filed by the workers who allege a number of abuses while they were working for Kentucky farmers through the H-2A program, a program that […]

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Eastern Tobacco looks set to manufacture in Malawi

Eastern Tobacco looks set to manufacture in Malawi

| June 1, 2015

The Malawi government and Egypt’s Eastern Tobacco have signed a memorandum of understanding in respect of cigarette manufacturing in Malawi, according to a story in the Nyasa Times on Thursday. The Times reported that Eastern was ‘expected to have a ground breaking ceremony marking the commencement of the company in the country Friday at Kanengo […]

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BAT signs agreement to acquire TDR

BAT signs agreement to acquire TDR

| June 1, 2015

British American Tobacco said today that it had signed an agreement to acquire TDR, the leading independent cigarette manufacturer in Central Europe. If the agreement receives the necessary approvals, BAT will acquire TDR and other tobacco and retail assets from Adris Grupa ‘for a total enterprise value of €550 million’. TDR is said to have […]

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