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PM USA drops volume but gains share

PM USA drops volume but gains share

| October 31, 2014

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter to the end of September, at 33.165 billion, was 2.8 percent lower than it was during the third quarter of 2013, 34.117 billion. Marlboro volume was down by 2.8 percent to 28.581 billion, while the volume of the company’s other premium brands was down […]

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Taxing issues in Luxembourg

Taxing issues in Luxembourg

| October 31, 2014

Luxembourg’s Cancer Foundation has condemned a government decision to compensate for a two percent VAT increase on tobacco products by reducing excise duty from January 1, according to a story in the Luxembourg Wort. Speaking on behalf of the awareness-raising not-for-profit organization, Dr. Lucienne Thommes said in a press release that he was ‘shocked’ by […]

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Volume sales down at JT and JTI

Volume sales down at JT and JTI

| October 30, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during the six months from April to September, at 53.5 billion, was down by 10.2 percent on that of April-September 2013, 59.6 billion. In announcing this morning its consolidated results, JT said that volume sales had suffered a temporary slowdown following a tax hike in April. Core revenue […]

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Trade treaty under further attack

Trade treaty under further attack

| October 30, 2014

Medical specialists in New Zealand are warning that health outcomes for Māori will suffer a setback if the government signs up to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to a story by Laura Bootham for Radio New Zealand. They are demanding that the government release details of the TPP negotiations so that it can be […]

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Poland recognizes Imperial’s contribution

Poland recognizes Imperial’s contribution

| October 30, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Poland has been presented with an award recognizing the significant contribution it makes to the nation’s economy. In a note posted on its website, the company said that Imperial Tobacco Polska Manufacturing (ITPM) was named an ‘Ambassador of the Polish Economy’. Organised by the country’s Business Centre Club in conjunction with […]

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US town’s health board looks at sales ban on all tobacco and nicotine products

US town’s health board looks at sales ban on all tobacco and nicotine products

| October 29, 2014

The health board of a small town in the US is studying a proposal to prohibit the sale of any product with tobacco or nicotine, according to a WFXT-TV FOX25 report quoting a Boston Globe story. If the proposal is accepted, Westminster (population 7,277 in 2010 according to Wikipedia), in Worcester County, Massachusetts, will become […]

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Growing resistance to trade agenda

Growing resistance to trade agenda

| October 29, 2014

An Australian ministerial statement claiming ‘significant progress’ on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations but with no details or further meeting plans shows that the Australian government might be making shameful concessions in exchange for dubious market access deals, according to a Scoop story quoting Dr. Patricia Ranald, co-ordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment […]

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Clampdown on smokers in Malaysia

Clampdown on smokers in Malaysia

| October 29, 2014

One hundred and seventy nine people have been fined so far for smoking tobacco in air-conditioned premises, shops and shopping complexes, under a clampdown by Malaysia’s Health Ministry that started on September 30, according to a Bernama report. The health director was reported to have said the operations included checks on 888 air-conditioned premises. He […]

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Shisha café pollution ‘alarming’

Shisha café pollution ‘alarming’

| October 29, 2014

The air in a café where shisha is being smoked is 40 times more polluted than the air outside in Qatar, according to a Gulf Times story quoting a study by the Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Smoking Cessation Clinic. The head of the clinic, Dr. Ahmad al-Mulla, described the situation as ‘alarming’. “It is very […]

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Management changes at 22nd Century

Management changes at 22nd Century

| October 28, 2014

Joseph Pandolfino has stepped down as chairman and CEO of 22nd Century Group. He will remain a member of the company’s board of directors. According to 22nd Century Group, Pandolfino’s entrepreneurial spirit and vision have enabled the company to create and assemble an important and impressive portfolio of technology, and there are continuing discussions to […]

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Trade agreement in need of health check

Trade agreement in need of health check

| October 28, 2014

Health professionals say a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must be carried out to protect the health of New Zealanders, according to a story in Scoop. The health professionals say leaked information suggests international big business, such as the tobacco and alcohol industries, could sue the New Zealand government if […]

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Industry slams Indian health warnings

Industry slams Indian health warnings

| October 28, 2014

The Tobacco Institute of India (TII) has reacted angrily to the national government’s decision to increase significantly the size of health warnings on tobacco packs, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. It is unhappy, also, because the tobacco industry was not consulted before the decision on the […]

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Industry stands accused in Indonesia

Industry stands accused in Indonesia

| October 28, 2014

An anti-tobacco activist has said that young people in Indonesia remain vulnerable to cigarette marketing because tobacco companies frequently sponsor youth sporting events, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The head of the education and community empowerment division of the National Commission on Tobacco Control, Fuad Baradja, said the impact of smoking ran […]

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Universal to webcast results conference

Universal to webcast results conference

| October 28, 2014

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call from 17.00 Eastern Time on November 6 following the release of its results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after market close on that date. The conference call will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer. A live webcast of the […]

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WHO won’t rest with cigarette taxation

WHO won’t rest with cigarette taxation

| October 27, 2014

The drive toward global governance and taxation is a disturbing sign of much more to come, according to an editorial in the Washington Post commenting on decisions taken at the recent meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. ‘The world, or a good part […]

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Azerbaijan closes doorway on smokers

Azerbaijan closes doorway on smokers

| October 27, 2014

Anti-smoking advocates and health experts have hailed recent government proposals that aim to cut the number of smokers in Azerbaijan, according to an Azer News story. Few details of the proposals were given, but Musa Guliyev, deputy chairman of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, was said to have ‘underlined the necessity of adopting a […]

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Heroic levels of smuggling into Vietnam

Heroic levels of smuggling into Vietnam

| October 27, 2014

The smuggling of cigarettes from Cambodia into Vietnam is on the rise, according to a story in The Cambodia Daily quoting recent Vietnamese media reports. Last week, VietnamNet, an online news site in Vietnam, quoted Pham Kien Nghiep, the secretary-general of the Vietnam Tobacco Association, as saying that the number of smugglers along the Cambodian-Vietnamese […]

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Mighty row brewing in the Philippines

Mighty row brewing in the Philippines

| October 27, 2014

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) wants the Philippines government to take action against Mighty Corp. after the publication of a report by the Senate Tax Study and Research Office (STSRO) alleging ‘evidence of systematic and endemic fraud’ by Mighty, according to a story in The Philippine Star. In a briefing on Friday, PMFTC president […]

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SM envisions world without cigarettes

SM envisions world without cigarettes

| October 24, 2014

Swedish Match’s new vision is: A world without cigarettes. In announcing the company’s third quarter results to the end of September, CEO, Lars Dahlgren, said the availability and accessibility of SM’s high quality snus explained the uniquely low cigarette consumption in Sweden. “In Norway, we are now witnessing a similar trend of migration from cigarettes […]

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Reynolds to introduce no-smoking policy

Reynolds to introduce no-smoking policy

| October 24, 2014

From next year, Reynolds American and its subsidiaries will launch a no-smoking policy within its facilities, outside of designated smoking areas, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. Reynolds designated its downtown Winston-Salem headquarters smoke-free on May 8, the day of its annual shareholder meeting, following requests from attendees. And smoke-free […]

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Lorillard shipments down in 3Q

Lorillard shipments down in 3Q

| October 24, 2014

Lorillard’s domestic wholesale cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter of this year, at 10,073 million, was down by 1.9 per cent on that of the third quarter of 2013. Full price cigarette volume, at 8,645 million, was down by 1.5 percent, with Newport’s volume down by 1.4 percent to 8,575 million, True’s volume down […]

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Vector to host results conference call

Vector to host results conference call

| October 24, 2014

The Vector Group is due to host a conference call and webcast to discuss its third quarter 2014 results starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on October 30. Investors will be able to access the free call on 800-859-8150 by entering the identification number 24115224. Registration and the conference call will be available also at www.investorcalendar.com. […]

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Fallout from PM-Uruguay lawsuit feeds opposition to international trade deals

Fallout from PM-Uruguay lawsuit feeds opposition to international trade deals

| October 23, 2014

As Philip Morris International sues Uruguay over health warnings and restrictions on sub-brands, the country – population 3.4 million – has found itself a test case for big business lawsuits that could hit the EU, according to a story in The Independent. On a wider front, Uruguay has unwittingly found itself at the center of […]

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Male student smoking ‘stubbornly high’

Male student smoking ‘stubbornly high’

| October 23, 2014

  In South Korea, one in four male high school seniors smokes cigarettes habitually, according to a story in The Korea Times. The Ministry of Education said on Wednesday that 24.5 percent of male high school seniors were currently smokers, down from 27.0 percent during 2006. The latest figure is higher than that for any […]

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Researchers say e-cigarettes might be smoking gateway – want more studies

Researchers say e-cigarettes might be smoking gateway – want more studies

| October 23, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes has more than tripled among students in Poland during the past three years, according to research led by Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, of the Department of Health Behavior at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The study, published online ahead of appearing in the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH), was […]

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