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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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Investors unfazed by standardized packaging

Investors unfazed by standardized packaging

| March 30, 2015

A wave of standardized tobacco packaging regulations threatening to sweep across Europe might be causing panic among global tobacco companies, but investors in those companies seem far from worried, according to a Dow Jones story. Despite the UK and Ireland this month having passed laws to impose standardized packaging requirements on tobacco products, and despite […]

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New Linx HQ links business with sustainability

New Linx HQ links business with sustainability

| March 30, 2015

Linx Printing Technologies’ new £8 million UK headquarters was opened on Thursday by the Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly. The 41,000 sq ft purpose-built facility is at Compass Point Business Park, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. It has brought together Linx employees who were previously in separate buildings in a different area of St Ives, where Linx had […]

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TDC launches online e-cigarette platform

TDC launches online e-cigarette platform

| March 27, 2015

TDC has launched a new online platform for its e-cigarette machinery portfolio: www.ecigmachinery.com. Customers and stakeholders now have direct access to all that the ITM Group has to offer in terms of e-cigarettes. Among other things, the website contains information about TDC’s Genesis machinery and about the company’s view on next-generation e-cigarette machinery. A blog […]

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Australia’s plain packaging a failure, says Democracy Institute

Australia’s plain packaging a failure, says Democracy Institute

| March 27, 2015

Scholarly, private, and government research data show that Australia’s plain packaging experiment has failed to reduce smoking, yet it has damaged small retailers, while simultaneously boosting the illicit tobacco trade. These are the findings of a new report released in Australia on March 26 by the Democracy Institute, a politically independent research organization based in […]

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Ration-card cigarettes to soothe the savage breast

Ration-card cigarettes to soothe the savage breast

| March 27, 2015

Egypt’s Cairo and Giza Tobacco Traders Association (CGTTA) has called on the Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Khaled Hanafy, to include a monthly quota of 30 packs of cigarettes as part of the country’s ration card system that provides help for 40 million low-income citizens, according to a Daily News Egypt story relayed by […]

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CDC gives vaping the anti treatment

CDC gives vaping the anti treatment

| March 27, 2015

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is launching its latest round of graphic anti-smoking messages, and this time it is including vaping in the mix. According to a story by John Tozzi for Bloomberg, the campaign expands on the CDC’s three-year-old ‘Tips From Former Smokers’ series, which enlists real people who’ve been ravaged by […]

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Draft standardized packaging bill rejected in Belgium

Draft standardized packaging bill rejected in Belgium

| March 27, 2015

The Belgian Public Health Commission on Wednesday rejected draft legislation that sought to impose standardized packaging on tobacco products, according to a story in Le Monde du Tabac relayed by the TMA. The draft legislation was sponsored by opposition MP Catherine Fonck. However, the health ministry has said it will conduct a review of the […]

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New COO elected at Universal Corporation

New COO elected at Universal Corporation

| March 27, 2015

Universal Corporation’s board of directors has elected Airton L. Hentschke as senior vice president and COO, effective April 1. Hentschke is due to replace W. Keith Brewer, whose retirement as of March 31 was previously reported on July 9. Hentschke has more than 24 years of experience in leaf operations with Universal, and has worked […]

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BAT publishes sustainability summary report

BAT publishes sustainability summary report

| March 27, 2015

British American Tobacco has reported that it is publishing today its latest ‘Value Shared’ sustainability summary report describing how ‘the company is investing in a sustainable future for its business and society’. In a note posted on its website, BAT said: ‘The new report covers how, in 2014, the company has enhanced its approach with […]

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PMI announces date of annual meeting

PMI announces date of annual meeting

| March 27, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders starting at 09.00 on May 6 in the Empire State Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt New York. Details of the meeting are available at: www.pmi.com/investors.

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Grower prices down almost 22 percent in Zimbabwe

Grower prices down almost 22 percent in Zimbabwe

| March 26, 2015

With 7.3 million kg of flue-cured tobacco sold, grower prices in Zimbabwe this year, at US$2.23 per kg, are down by almost 22 percent on those of the corresponding period of the 2014 selling season. And the prices paid during the early part of the 2014 season were themselves down by nearly 30 percent on […]

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Study indicates smokers guided by empathy

Study indicates smokers guided by empathy

| March 26, 2015

Health warnings are more effective when they suggest that cigarette consumption harms smokers and others, than when they suggest only that they harm smokers. This is the conclusion of a pro-bono study that was initiated by the Neuromarketing Science & Business Association (NMSBA) and that was said to have used neuromarketing techniques. The ‘Neuro Against […]

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India to allow sales of unauthorized flue-cured

India to allow sales of unauthorized flue-cured

| March 26, 2015

The sale of unauthorized flue-cured tobacco will be allowed at auction floors in India, where currently leaf is being sold in Andhra Pradesh, according to a story in the Hindu, relayed by the TMA. This was announced by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman. The government levies a penalty of 7.5 […]

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Police called in over false cigarette price list

Police called in over false cigarette price list

| March 26, 2015

British American Tobacco Malaysia has urged the public not to spread further a false cigarette price list that has turned up on social media, according to a story in The Star. In a statement, the company said the price list was false and that a police report had been lodged over the matter. “We therefore […]

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Another call for tobacco manufacturer levy in the UK

Another call for tobacco manufacturer levy in the UK

| March 25, 2015

The former UK health minister Paul Burstow has called on the government to impose a levy on tobacco manufacturers and use the funds raised on research aimed at cutting smoking rates in areas where tobacco sales are highest, according to a PoliticsHome story. Burstow was quoted as saying that with the number of people quitting […]

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Questions over practicalities of Tasmania end-game

Questions over practicalities of Tasmania end-game

| March 25, 2015

A parliamentary private member’s bill put forward in Tasmania, Australia, which would ban from 2018 the sale of tobacco products to people born after 2000, has been sent for scrutiny by a committee after doubts were raised about enforcement, according to an Examiner story relayed by the TMA. Health Minister Michael Ferguson and Dr. Vanessa […]

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Competition fierce for US’ worst e-cigarette lie

Competition fierce for US’ worst e-cigarette lie

| March 25, 2015

A US public health expert is aiming to identify the worst e-cigarette lie, and competition is fierce. But while this exercise has about it an air of levity; the selection criteria indicate the seriousness behind it: 1)      the extent of the misinformation provided to the public about e-cigarettes and; 2) the amount of probably damage […]

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AOI acting on stock-price non-compliance notice

AOI acting on stock-price non-compliance notice

| March 25, 2015

Alliance One International said yesterday that it was notified by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Monday that its common stock was not in compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standard that requires a minimum average closing price of $1.00 per share over a period of 30 consecutive trading days. ‘In response, earlier today […]

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BAT appoints KPMG external auditors

BAT appoints KPMG external auditors

| March 25, 2015

Following a competitive tender, British American Tobacco has appointed KPMG as its new external auditors for 2015 onwards. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which had been the company’s auditors since it listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 1998, resigned with effect from March 23. Shareholder approval to confirm the appointment of KPMG is due to be sought […]

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E-cigarette campaign denounced as propaganda

E-cigarette campaign denounced as propaganda

| March 24, 2015

California public health officials yesterday launched an ‘information campaign’ that they hope will erode the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, according to a story in the San Bernadino County Sun. Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, was quoted as saying in a statement that, since 1990, California had been a […]

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