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JT buys Brazil distributor

JT buys Brazil distributor

| February 12, 2016

Although it has only a modest share of Brazil’s cigarette market, JT has demonstrated its Brazilian ambitions by buying a local distributor.

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Manila publishes health-warning rules

Manila publishes health-warning rules

| February 11, 2016

The Philippine government has published its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on cigarette health warnings, The IRR define the space requirements for graphic health warnings, including photographic images on packaging and warnings in text, as well as the corresponding penalties for violations.

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KT&G expands in Iran

KT&G expands in Iran

| February 11, 2016

KT&G is expanding its business in Iran in the wake of relaxing sanctions against that country, according to a report in The Korea Herald. The company’s products have benefited from pricing, bold marketing and the popularity of Korean culture in the Islamic Republic.

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‘Transformational’ 2015 for RAI

‘Transformational’ 2015 for RAI

| February 11, 2016

Commenting on Reynolds American’s full-year and fourth-quarter results, CEO Susan Cameron describes 2015 as a ‘transformational’ year for the company.

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Tax up in Thailand

Tax up in Thailand

| February 11, 2016

Thailand’s excise tax on tobacco products has increased from 87 percent to 90 percent, reports The Nation. The government aims to raise revenue by about thb15 billion ($425.6 million) per year from thb60 billion.

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Drought forces marketing delay

Drought forces marketing delay

| February 11, 2016

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has deferred the 2016 marketing season of the crop to a date to be announced. Traditionally, Zimbabwe’s tobacco selling season begins in February. Last year, the tobacco selling season began on March 4 due to similar reasons.

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Imperial Brands’ 1Q volume down

Imperial Brands’ 1Q volume down

| February 11, 2016

Stick-equivalent volumes at Imperial Brands fell during the company’s first quarter, and, excluding the effect of acquisitions, they fell sharply. Imperial’s CEO said the company had continued to make good progress against its strategic objectives in the first quarter and was well placed to meet full year expectations.

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Cambodian PM leading by example

Cambodian PM leading by example

| February 11, 2016

Cambodia’s Prime Minister is using Facebook to encourage smokers to follow his example and quit their cigarette habit. He said he had been a heavy smoker for more than 40 years and had tried 12 times to quit

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PMI to participate in conference

PMI to participate in conference

| February 11, 2016

PMI’s CEO André Calantzopoulos is due to make a presentation at a consumer analyst conference on February 17. The presentation slides and script will also be available at www.pmi.com/presentations.

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Duty-free event breaking records

Duty-free event breaking records

| February 11, 2016

The list of companies that have reserved space at this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference is ‘longer than ever’. The exhibition and conference are to be held at the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore on May 8-12.

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Tobacco firms among top employers

Tobacco firms among top employers

| February 10, 2016

The Top Employer Institute has recognized Philip Morris International (PMI) and Japan Tobacco International (JTI). PMI was recognized as a top employer in Europe for the fourth consecutive year, and for the first time in the Middle East; JTI was recognized as one of Europe’s top five employers.

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Azerbaijan to double leaf cultivation

Azerbaijan to double leaf cultivation

| February 10, 2016

Azerbaijan will increase tobacco prices and leaf cultivation in 2016, according to a local news report. The number of tobacco-related jobs is expected to grow to 8,000.

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Drones to hunt cigarette smugglers

Drones to hunt cigarette smugglers

| February 10, 2016

Hungary’s National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV) has acquired drones to crack down on cigarette smugglers, reports Magyar Idők.

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US judge adamant on statements

US judge adamant on statements

| February 10, 2016

‘Corrective statements’ required of US tobacco manufacturers are being corrected, but the judge responsible is determined they should be enforced.

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Singles sales ban pre-empted

Singles sales ban pre-empted

| February 10, 2016

The appearance in India of single cigarettes in packs bearing health warnings has pre-empted a proposed ban on sales of loose cigarettes in Bihar.

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Turkey to extend smoking bans

Turkey to extend smoking bans

| February 10, 2016

Smoking bans are to be extended to outdoor areas in Turkey even though many businesses still flout the indoor smoking bans introduced six years ago.

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