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Travel retail conference to be held in Shanghai

Travel retail conference to be held in Shanghai

| December 18, 2014

The second TFWA China’s Century Conference (CCC) is due to be held at the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, on March 10-12. The first CCC event was held in 2013. CCC events are designed to explore the commercial opportunities resulting from the rapid development of aviation and transport infrastructure within China, and to deepen delegates’ […]

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Foreign tobacco buyers may enter Mysuru district

Foreign tobacco buyers may enter Mysuru district

| December 17, 2014

Foreign buyers may have an opportunity to participate in tobacco auctions beginning in 2015 in India’s Mysuru district, located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka. An assurance to this effect was given by Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Dec. 17, according to Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha. A delegation led by Simha and […]

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Nova Scotia to consider ban on flavors

Nova Scotia to consider ban on flavors

| December 17, 2014

Nova Scotia will hold consultations in January 2015 on whether certain flavors should be exempt from a ban on flavored tobacco and e-cigarette juice, according to CTVnews. The provincial government plans to gather input through online submissions in January and focus groups will be held to collect feedback from youth. Meetings will also be held with […]

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New study: e-cigs help smokers quit or cut down

New study: e-cigs help smokers quit or cut down

| December 17, 2014

A new study released online on Dec. 17, 2014 by Cochrane, an international independent think tank, concluded that using an e-cigarette containing nicotine increased the chances of stopping smoking long-term compared to a study using an e-cigarette without nicotine. The two studies, one using nicotine enhanced and the other non-nicotine e-cigarettes, involved 662 current smokers. The authors of […]

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Growers advised to quit tobacco as demand falls

Growers advised to quit tobacco as demand falls

| December 16, 2014

Sluggish demand for tobacco grown by farmers in the Kampong Cham province of Cambodia has led to grower prices falling below the levels of those of 2013, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. Chhay Vy, president of the Tobacco Farmers Association (TFA), said reduced demand from local companies and Vietnamese buyers for […]

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Certified organic e-liquids being launched by VTM

Certified organic e-liquids being launched by VTM

| December 16, 2014

Vapor Tobacco Manufacturing (VTM) is due to launch what it describes as the first certified organic e-liquids for the vapor industry: eTron 3T . VTM’s organic products are made from three ingredients: organic tobacco, organic glycerine and water. The products have been certified organic under the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program and will […]

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Deadlines announced for Global Forum on Nicotine

Deadlines announced for Global Forum on Nicotine

| December 16, 2014

The organizer of the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) has issued a number of deadlines ahead of GFN2015, which is due to be held on June 5 and 6 at Warsaw, Poland. According to the deadlines, abstracts for the science and policy update session and proposals for satellite sessions are due by February 28; while […]

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Imperial annual report now available

Imperial annual report now available

| December 16, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has made available on its website its 2014 annual report. The report, which includes information about the company’s corporate responsibility performance, can be viewed or downloaded from: http://www.imperial-tobacco.com/reports. There is more on corporate responsibility at: http://www.imperial-tobacco.com/responsibility The company’s preliminary results for the year to the end of September were issued on November 4.

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Tobacco is sticking point in Pacific trade agreement

Tobacco is sticking point in Pacific trade agreement

| December 15, 2014

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he believed the odds for striking a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement were “significantly higher than 50-50”, though one “big bugaboo” concerned tobacco. According to a story by Justin Sink for The Hill, Obama, speaking during a meeting with his export council, said he believed he and business […]

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Nominations for Engle litigation awards closing today

Nominations for Engle litigation awards closing today

| December 15, 2014

Courtroom View Network (CVN) is inviting nominations for the 2014 CVN Engle Litigation Awards. The categories are: Plaintiff’s Attorney of the Year; Defense Attorney of the Year; Plaintiff’s Law Firm of the Year; and Defense Law Firm of the Year. Nominations have to be in by today and the winners will be announced on December […]

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Iggesund’s card lights up intricate Christmas scene

Iggesund’s card lights up intricate Christmas scene

| December 15, 2014

Iggesund Paperboard’s 2014 Christmas card takes its recipients on a journey from a forest setting to the city of Stockholm profiled against a sky gleaming with the northern lights. Iggesund has a tradition of using its Christmas card as an ambassador for its paperboard and to display various printing techniques. This year’s edition was designed […]

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Indonesia bans smoking in public transport

Indonesia bans smoking in public transport

| December 12, 2014

Indonesian Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has ordered a smoking ban on board all forms of public transportation and pledged strict punishment for violators, reports The Jakarta Globe. In a decree issued last week, Jonan instructed that all public transportation vehicles were no-smoking premises. He also specified that there were no exemptions, including for bus drivers, […]

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E-cigarette Holding continues strong growth

E-cigarette Holding continues strong growth

| December 12, 2014

Electronic Cigarettes Holding (ECH) reported promising results for the first half of 2014. The company plans to expand its business to 25 countries within the next three months. ECH currently has online shops in 18 European countries. Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) for the first half-year of 2014 already surpassed those of last year, […]

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OLAF dismantles  illegal cigarette network

OLAF dismantles illegal cigarette network

| December 12, 2014

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and  law enforcement authorities in Italy and Germany have dismantled an international cigarette contraband network that was manufacturing “made in Italy” cigarettes destined in part for the illegal market in the European Union (EU). More than 10 individuals were arrested in an ongoing investigation. The network produced cigarettes in the […]

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Long-running $20 billion Canadian class action ends

Long-running $20 billion Canadian class action ends

| December 12, 2014

A class-action lawsuit that targets three Canadian tobacco manufacturers for nearly $20 billion ended yesterday after almost three years of testimony, according to a Canadian Television story. Judgement was reserved. While the trial began in March 2012, the legal proceedings date back to 1998. The plaintiffs include an estimated one million Quebecers who argued the […]

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JTI Lilongwe warehouse opened by Malawi President

JTI Lilongwe warehouse opened by Malawi President

| December 12, 2014

Malawi’s President, Professor Peter Mutharika, yesterday opened a new Japan Tobacco International warehouse at its site in Lilongwe, where the company has also carried out substantial upgrades to its tobacco processing line, according to a story in the Nyasa Times. The investments are said to have been worth more than K5 billion. “This is a […]

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Bangladesh media supports growers’ demands

Bangladesh media supports growers’ demands

| December 12, 2014

Tobacco growers in Bangladesh have urged the government to support them in producing alternative crops, according to a story in The Financial Express. They also want the government to formulate and implement policies for thwarting tobacco cultivation. The farmers were said to have made these ‘demands’ at a press conference entitled Voice of victims: Non-profitable […]

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JT’s domestic volume sales down in November

JT’s domestic volume sales down in November

| December 12, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during November, at 8.7 billion, was down by 8.8 percent on that of November 2013, 9.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The November 2013 figure was down by 0.9 percent on that of November 2012. Volume during January-November, at 102.2 billion, was down […]

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Health body seeks higher tobacco prices in China

Health body seeks higher tobacco prices in China

| December 11, 2014

China is considering raising tobacco taxes and cigarette prices to reduce the number of smokers in the country, according to a Xinhua News Agency story. Yao Hongwen, of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, was said to have told a press conference yesterday that the commission would work together with other agencies to push […]

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French MPs vote down ‘automatic’ tax increase

French MPs vote down ‘automatic’ tax increase

| December 11, 2014

Cigarette prices in France will remain unchanged in the new year after MPs voted to throw out a planned 30 cent tax rise, according to a story in The Connexion. The change of heart by the National Assembly came after intense lobbying by tobacconists and manufacturers. The automatic tax rise had been due to come […]

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Further €60 million for Iggesund mill investments

Further €60 million for Iggesund mill investments

| December 11, 2014

The board of the Holmen Group, which includes Iggesund Paperboard, yesterday gave the green light for investments totalling €60 million in Iggesund’s mills at Iggesund, Sweden and Workington, England. At Iggesund, the investments will be aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in pulp production so it can be increased from the current 370,000 tonnes to 420,000 tonnes […]

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Camilleri to serve as PMI retiree chairman

Camilleri to serve as PMI retiree chairman

| December 11, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per common share, payable on January 9 to stockholders of record as of December 24. The ex-dividend date is December 22. Meanwhile, PMI said that the chairman of the board, Louis C. Camilleri, would retire from employment with the […]

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Altria declares dividend

Altria declares dividend

| December 11, 2014

Altria said yesterday that its board of directors had declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.52 per common share, payable on January 9 to shareholders of record as of December 24. The ex-dividend date is December 22.

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ECLT members commit to fighting child labor

ECLT members commit to fighting child labor

| December 10, 2014

Members of the Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco Growing Foundation  signed a Pledge of Commitment and Minimum Requirements on combating child labor. As part of the pledge, ECLT members commit to work collaboratively with the relevant local, national, regional and international stakeholders to progressively eliminate all forms of child labor from the tobacco supply chain […]

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Snus cooler labeling abuse allegations rebutted by SM

Snus cooler labeling abuse allegations rebutted by SM

| December 10, 2014

Swedish Match says it will defend itself vigorously against an allegation that it abused is dominant position on the Swedish Market when implementing a uniform labeling system for snus coolers. In a note posted on its website, SM said the Swedish Competition Authority had conducted an investigation regarding a uniform labelling system for snus coolers […]

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