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Electronic cigarettes part of the UK election debate

Electronic cigarettes part of the UK election debate

| April 8, 2015

Electronic cigarettes are having a small positive space created for them within the UK’s general election debate. Recently, Totally Wicked announced that it had launched a number of General Election E-liquids ahead of the elections due to be held on May 7. The promotion is said to allow voters to register their political preference by […]

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India could apply for anti-tobacco fighting funds

India could apply for anti-tobacco fighting funds

| April 8, 2015

In the event that a decision by the Indian government to increase the size of tobacco-product health warnings leads to a challenge by tobacco companies, the government will be able to seek technical and financial help from a recently-established fund, according to a story in the Economic Times relayed by the TMA. The government issued […]

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If elections give you a fit of the vapors – try these

If elections give you a fit of the vapors – try these

| April 7, 2015

Totally Wicked, which describes itself as Britain’s biggest independent e-cigarette and e-liquid company, has released a number of General Election E-liquids ahead of UK elections to be held on May 7. The promotion is said to allow voters to register their political preference by choosing their favourite party political e-liquid. “While everyone is following the […]

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Cigarette sales down sharply in New Zealand

Cigarette sales down sharply in New Zealand

| April 7, 2015

Sales of licit tobacco products in New Zealand fell by 23 percent between 2009 and 2013 according to a story in The New Zealand Herald quoting researchers from Action on Smoking and Health (Ash). And while sales of illicit cigarettes increased during part of that period; they did so only modestly. Again according to Ash, […]

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France edges closer to standardized packaging

France edges closer to standardized packaging

| April 7, 2015

The French National Assembly on April 3 passed the first reading of draft legislation to require cigarette manufacturers to sell their products in standardized packaging, according to a Radio France Internationale story relayed by the TMA. The vote came after a heated debate during which some MPs claimed that the measure would encourage smuggling and […]

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Call for more discussions on electronic cigarettes

Call for more discussions on electronic cigarettes

| April 7, 2015

Health authorities in South Korea have concluded that vaping electronic cigarettes is not safe, according to a story in The Korea Times. The National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency, which is under the wing of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said Monday that electronic cigarettes contained carcinogenic substances, though it conceded that the amounts of […]

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AOI complying with stock exchange listing standards

AOI complying with stock exchange listing standards

| April 7, 2015

Alliance One International said on Thursday that it had received notice on April 1 from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that it had regained compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standards. AOI had come back into compliance because the average closing share price of its common stock for the 30 trading days ended March […]

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Hentschke succeeds Brewer as senior VP and COO at Universal

Hentschke succeeds Brewer as senior VP and COO at Universal

| April 2, 2015

Universal Corp.’s board of directors has elected Airton L. Hentschke as senior vice president and chief operating officer, replacing W. Keith Brewer, who recently retired as executive vice president and COO. Hentschke has more than 24 years of experience in leaf operations with Universal, and has served since 2013 as executive vice president of Universal […]

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Jim Schneeberger to retire from AOI

Jim Schneeberger to retire from AOI

| April 2, 2015

Jim Schneeberger, global business relationship director of Alliance One International and its predecessor companies, will retire on April 3, after 27 years of service. Schneeberger has served in several business relationship management positions throughout his career, most recently leading the Philip Morris International Global BRM team. Graham Kayes will take over the Philip Morris International […]

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Crude animal studies should cede to in vitro methods

Crude animal studies should cede to in vitro methods

| April 2, 2015

The tobacco industry and regulatory authorities should support more-relevant and less-costly in vitro toxicology testing methods over unreliable animal testing, according to a review of research advances published this week in the comment pages of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals. The article by researchers with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals […]

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BAT arms itself for UK standardized packaging battle

BAT arms itself for UK standardized packaging battle

| April 2, 2015

British American Tobacco has appointed a legal team led by Andrew Lidbetter of London-based international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills to fight the UK government’s legislation requiring standardized packaging for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco sold in England, according to a City AM story relayed by the TMA. BAT has enlisted also Nigel Pleming QC and […]

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Call for chairman’s sacking over cancer-link question

Call for chairman’s sacking over cancer-link question

| April 2, 2015

A tobacco control group has called for the removal of the chairperson of India’s Committee on Subordinate Legislation, which recently called for more discussions over a proposal to increase the size of cigarette pack health warnings to 85 percent, according to a merinews story. The Tamilnadu People’s Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC) described as preposterous […]

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Malawi’s growers promised good prices at auction

Malawi’s growers promised good prices at auction

| April 2, 2015

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has published auction-floor minimum and maximum buying prices for leaf tobacco. According to a StarAfrica story, the minimum Burley price has been set at US$0.85 (MK379) per kg, while the maximum has been set at US$4.50 (MK2,007) per kg. The minimum flue-cured tobacco price has been set at US$0.25 (MK129) […]

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Rosier appointed president of Solvay Acetow

Rosier appointed president of Solvay Acetow

| April 1, 2015

Solvay Acetow, a leading global producer of cellulose acetate tow for cigarette filters, has appointed Philippe Rosier as the company’s new president. Rosier succeeded Olivier Ferrary at the end of March. Rosier began his career in the Solvay Group in 1988, serving as project manager at Acetow’s production plant in Primester, United States. In 1996 […]

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JT group goes to court over Ireland’s plain packs law

JT group goes to court over Ireland’s plain packs law

| April 1, 2015

The Japan Tobacco group has initiated a High Court action against the Irish government aimed at blocking the requirement that cigarettes should be sold in standardized packs, according to a story in The Irish Times. Last month, Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins signed into law legislation under which cigarette manufacturers will be required, from May […]

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Price-hit cigarette sales recovering in South Korea

Price-hit cigarette sales recovering in South Korea

| April 1, 2015

Cigarette sales in South Korea, which plummeted in January after a tax-led price hike at the beginning of the year, slowed their downward trend in March, according to a story in The Korea Herald. According to data compiled by a local convenience-store chain, cigarette sales during the third week of March were down by 15.1 […]

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Cambodia urged to bring in graphic health warnings

Cambodia urged to bring in graphic health warnings

| April 1, 2015

Health experts have thrown their weight behind a provision in Cambodia’s draft tobacco-control law that would require graphic health warnings to cover ‘half the face’ of cigarette packs sold in the country, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. According to the World Health Organization, Cambodia is the only ASEAN country that has […]

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Little home-grown data linking smoking and cancer

Little home-grown data linking smoking and cancer

| April 1, 2015

India has little independent evidence to link cigarettes and cancer, according to a statement apparently made by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) MP Dilip Kumar Gandhi during a New Delhi Television report. “Does this [smoking] cause cancer or does [it] not? What are the impacts? We have never done our own survey,” he reportedly said. […]

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Thai smokers leading the way in sporting activities

Thai smokers leading the way in sporting activities

| March 31, 2015

The retail prices of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages increased by about two percent in Thailand after the imposition on Friday of a new sports tax, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Manufacturers of these products – or, rather, consumers of these products – are required to make contributions to the new sports fund […]

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Rumor of FTC merger meeting feeds rumor mill

Rumor of FTC merger meeting feeds rumor mill

| March 31, 2015

A pivotal meeting between US federal regulators and representatives of Reynolds American and Lorillard is expected to take place this week, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal citing a Wall Street Journal report. The meeting with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) members could be the last step toward a decision on […]

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Syria launching first locally-made cigars

Syria launching first locally-made cigars

| March 31, 2015

In Syria’s north-eastern province of Latakia, workers are rolling the country’s first locally made cigars, despite the country’s suffering a devastating civil conflict now in its fifth year, according to an Al Bawaba.com story. The project, devised by the state-run General Tobacco Company (GTC), has been three years in the making, with workers learning to […]

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Scholar finds another link between sex and smoking

Scholar finds another link between sex and smoking

| March 31, 2015

Men who want to quit smoking should refrain from viewing images of attractive women, according to a Focus Taiwan News Channel report quoting a study by a Taiwanese scholar. The reason, apparently, is that viewing such images could put men in an immediate-gratification state of mind, leading to reduced self-control over their smoking. The study, […]

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TFWA: planning to stay ahead in Singapore in May

TFWA: planning to stay ahead in Singapore in May

| March 31, 2015

The TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference is due to be staged in the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore on May 10-14. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Staying a Step Ahead’, a reference to the fast growth of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region, and to the […]

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US legislators disgusted by trade agreement

US legislators disgusted by trade agreement

| March 30, 2015

At least some members of the US Congress who have had access to the previously secret document relating to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are said to be disgusted by its contents, according to a New York Times story as reported by Leith van Onselen for the Australian publication MacroBusiness. The agreement, which has […]

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Activists disgusted by free-cigarette distribution

Activists disgusted by free-cigarette distribution

| March 30, 2015

Tobacco-control activists in Indonesia have threatened to file a law suit against Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa for distributing cigarettes to an indigenous tribe in Jambi, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe quoting Merdeka.com. They have given Khofifah two-weeks to apologize for the action or face legal action. “We will file a […]

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