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Indonesian manufacturers shed workers ahead of 2015 cigarette excise hike

Indonesian manufacturers shed workers ahead of 2015 cigarette excise hike

| October 23, 2014

Ismanu Soemiran, chairman of the Joint Association of Indonesian Cigarette Manufacturers, has objected to the cigarette excise hike set by the Finance Ministry to come into effect next year, according to an en.tempo.co story. Many factories had closed already, Ismanu said, and the remaining ones would be forced to cut their costs. “There will be […]

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Imperial selects Greensboro for U.S. operations

Imperial selects Greensboro for U.S. operations

| October 22, 2014

Imperial Tobacco Group has selected Greensboro, North Carolina, as the location of the new company it is forming from its existing business in the United States and the announced acquisition of brands and assets resulting from the Reynolds American and Lorillard transaction. The transaction is subject to approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and […]

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BAT’s volume down slightly at 3Q mark

BAT’s volume down slightly at 3Q mark

| October 22, 2014

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during the nine months to the end of September, at 495 billion, were down by about 1.2 percent on those of the nine months to the end of September 2013. According to an interim management statement posted on the company’s website, volumes were increased in the company’s Asia-Pacific region by […]

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Nicotine products on the up but Camel and Grizzly do the heavy lifting at RAI

Nicotine products on the up but Camel and Grizzly do the heavy lifting at RAI

| October 22, 2014

Reynolds American Inc (RAI) yesterday reported that R.J. Reynolds’ domestic cigarette volume shipments during the three months to the end of September, at 16.2 billion, were down by 2.9 percent on those of the three months to the end of September 2013. Reynolds’ growth brands volume, at 11.1 billion, was up by 0.7 percent, with […]

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Swisher buys Drew Estate

Swisher buys Drew Estate

| October 21, 2014

Swisher International is acquiring Drew Estate Tobacco Co. Drew Estate will continue to operate under its current management team as a subsidiary of Swisher. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. “We are excited to join the distinguished team at Swisher,” said […]

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Call for menthol cigarette ban in Ontario

Call for menthol cigarette ban in Ontario

| October 21, 2014

Ontario doctors want the provincial government to reintroduce legislation to ban tobacco products with candy and fruit flavours, and to add menthol cigarettes to the prohibited list, according to a Canadian Press story. A previous bill died when a June election was called. That legislation would have exempted menthol cigarettes from the restrictions on flavoured […]

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Macau extends public smoking ban

Macau extends public smoking ban

| October 21, 2014

From January 1, Macau will implement a universal ban on tobacco smoking in public places not previously legislated for: bars, clubs, saunas and massage parlours, according to a story in the Macau Business Daily. Most indoor public spaces in Macau have had a smoking ban in force since January 1, 2012. The newspaper, quoting Health […]

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Smuggling caused by the usual suspects

Smuggling caused by the usual suspects

| October 21, 2014

Counterfeit cigarettes, which account for 21 percent of the cigarettes smuggled into Oman, cause the country to suffer a revenue loss of nearly OMR3.5 million, according to a story in the Times of Oman citing Euromonitor research. The research revealed that smuggled cigarettes, which make up about 30 percent of the total market, were bought […]

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‘Banned’ e-cigarettes available online

‘Banned’ e-cigarettes available online

| October 21, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, which are not licensed for sale in Taiwan, are widely available online, according to a Taipei Times story citing an investigation by Taipei city’s Department of Health. The department’s first probe into electronic cigarette availability found 318 different models or related products available online. The unlicensed distribution and production of all products containing […]

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Disposable eliquids only for retail sale

Disposable eliquids only for retail sale

| October 21, 2014

US-based LOGIC Technology is preparing to launch its LOGIC PRO Advanced Vapor Systems: what it describes as ‘the first-of-its-kind “closed-system” vaporizing device ever to hit the market’. The new systems are said to ‘work in conjunction with revolutionary pre-filled, sealed eliquid capsules to provide a heightened level of taste, consistency and value to adult consumers’. […]

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Kessler in line for $44 million pay-off

Kessler in line for $44 million pay-off

| October 21, 2014

The CEO of Lorillard is set to receive more than $44 million following the planned $25 billion merger of Lorillard with Reynolds American, according to a story by Associated Press writer Michael Felberbaum published by ABC News and citing regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Murray Kessler is one of several Lorillard executives […]

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WHO fights tobacco

WHO fights tobacco

| October 20, 2014

Despite what were described as increased efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), important decisions were passed by the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the FCTC meeting in Moscow last week, according to a HealthCanal.com story. One of the first […]

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Tobacco fights Ebola

Tobacco fights Ebola

| October 20, 2014

Tobacco and tobacco manufacturers are in the vanguard of efforts to fight Ebola. According to a NASDAQ story, US-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical has been working on an Ebola vaccine that is being produced in tobacco leaves at Kentucky Bioprocessing, which is owned by Reynolds American. Until recently, Mapp’s production of its ZMapp Ebola vaccine has been limited […]

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Tobacco money to help fight cancer

Tobacco money to help fight cancer

| October 20, 2014

More tobacco money could be used to help fight all cancers in England from next year. The UK’s Labour Party is pledging that, if it wins the next election on May 7, 2015, by 2020 no-one in England will wait more than a week for cancer tests and results, according to a BBC News story […]

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Fight over tobacco’s trade pact rights

Fight over tobacco’s trade pact rights

| October 20, 2014

US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, is pressing the Obama administration to protect the interests of his state’s tobacco industry, which he believes could be threatened by a trade deal, according to a story by Vicki Needham for The Hill. McConnell is pressuring US negotiators to ensure that tobacco companies can take part […]

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Cigarette volumes down but reduced risk products offer PMI new opportunities

Cigarette volumes down but reduced risk products offer PMI new opportunities

| October 17, 2014

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter (July-September), at 222,300 million, was down by 0.4 percent on that of the third quarter of 2013, 223,124. Shipments were increased in the EU by 0.5 percent to 49,209 million and in the company’s Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMA) region, also by 0.5 […]

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State sued over alleged FCTC failures

State sued over alleged FCTC failures

| October 17, 2014

The Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation (YSPF) is taking the Kingdom of the Netherlands to court to end what it alleges is the structural and excessive influence exerted by tobacco lobbyists on government anti-smoking policies, according to a story in the Tobacco Control Journal that was originally published by the YSPF. The YSPF is calling on […]

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Altria to host 3Q results webcast

Altria to host 3Q results webcast

| October 17, 2014

Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on October 30 to discuss its 2014 third-quarter business results, which will be the subject of a press note issued at 07.00 on the same day. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, can be accessed at altria.com or […]

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Going, going, gong

Going, going, gong

| October 17, 2014

Dr. Tonio Borg has been honoured by the World Health Organization as his term as EU health and consumer policy commissioner draws to a close, according to a story in the Malta Independent. Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, director of the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe, presented a certificate of appreciation to Borg on behalf of the […]

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COP calls for allocation of tax revenues to finance tobacco control programs

COP calls for allocation of tax revenues to finance tobacco control programs

| October 16, 2014

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) yesterday hurriedly adopted behind closed doors guidelines on tobacco-product price and tax measures, further demonstrating the FCTC’s habit of infringing on issues of national sovereignty, according to a press note from Japan Tobacco International. COP6 is being held […]

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India to impose huge health warnings

India to impose huge health warnings

| October 16, 2014

India is set to impose new regulations that will see 80 percent of the front and back faces of tobacco packs covered with health warnings, according to a story by Sanchita Sharma for the Hindustan Times. The new regulations will see, too, a ban on the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes. Photographs of cancers […]

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Thailand bans e-cigarette imports

Thailand bans e-cigarette imports

| October 16, 2014

Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a ban on the import of hookah-style water pipes and electronic cigarettes, copying a move by neighboring Cambodia earlier this year, according to a Yahoo News story. Deputy government spokesman major general Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the ban, which had been proposed by the Commerce Ministry, was imposed for health reasons. […]

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PMI a leader in carbon performance

PMI a leader in carbon performance

| October 16, 2014

A new Global Leaders Report issued yesterday by the leading environmental non-governmental organization, CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), awarded Philip Morris International a Band A rating, a Leadership Status for Carbon Performance and a 96 percent score for Carbon Disclosure based on the company’s activities to mitigate climate change in its supply chain during […]

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Tax payers excluded from COP meeting they fund as delegates discuss taxation

Tax payers excluded from COP meeting they fund as delegates discuss taxation

| October 15, 2014

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control took a ‘hostile and alarming’ turn on Monday when the public was kicked out of the meeting, according to a story by Drew Johnson for the Washington Times. The sixth meeting of the COP is being held in Moscow […]

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Korea’s tobacco tax hike labeled a ‘trick’

Korea’s tobacco tax hike labeled a ‘trick’

| October 15, 2014

South Korea’s Health Ministry has come under fire for using the money raised from tobacco taxes for projects not related to smoking prevention, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The criticism, which was levelled at the ministry during a two-day parliamentary audit session on Monday and Tuesday, came about a month after the […]

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