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Health Canada accused over e-cigarette study delay

Health Canada accused over e-cigarette study delay

| February 18, 2015

Researchers in Canada have claimed that the federal government has effectively stymied scientific studies aimed at determining whether electronic cigarettes are a life-saving alternative to tobacco cigarettes or a magnet drawing more people to smoking, according to a story by Tom Blackwell on nationalpost.com. And some experts have accused Health Canada of needlessly delaying the […]

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Sales up at Swedish Match

Sales up at Swedish Match

| February 18, 2015

Swedish Match’s sales for the year to the end of December, at SEK13,305 million, were up by six percent on those of 2013, SEK12,610 million. And sales during the fourth quarter of 2014, at SEK3,536 million, were up by 11 percent on those of the fourth quarter of 2013. Calculated in local currencies, sales for […]

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TPPA to remain smoke-room story in New Zealand

TPPA to remain smoke-room story in New Zealand

| February 17, 2015

The New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser, has reaffirmed his government’s stance of not releasing controversial negotiating documents relating to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, according to a story by Jamie Morton for the New Zealand Herald. This is despite a letter published in The Lancet in which 27 health leaders in Australasia, the US, […]

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Smoking prevalence down to 12.9 percent in Taipei

Smoking prevalence down to 12.9 percent in Taipei

| February 17, 2015

Taipei’s smoking prevalence among adults aged 18 and above dropped from 18.9 percent in 2008 to 12.9 percent last year, the lowest level among Taiwan’s major cities and counties, according to a story in the Taipei Times quoting Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics. The Taipei Department of Health is crediting its stringent ban on […]

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Punjab cracks down on electronic cigarette vendors

Punjab cracks down on electronic cigarette vendors

| February 17, 2015

The charging of four vendors in the Punjab, India, for selling electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine has made the pages of the Hindustan Times and drawn a comment from Hussan Lal, described as ‘Commissioner FDA and Punjab Secretary Health and Family Welfare’. As well as being charged with the sales offences, the four vendors have […]

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Employers need specific workplace vaping rules

Employers need specific workplace vaping rules

| February 17, 2015

A recent UK employment tribunal case has sounded a warning that an employer wishing to dismiss an employee for vaping might not be able to fall back on its conventional smoking policy to justify the action taken, according to a piece on cipd.co.uk quoting Stuart Jones, head of employment and pensions at Weightmans. The case […]

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Banks increase support for tobacco production

Banks increase support for tobacco production

| February 16, 2015

Tobacco farmers have received an estimated 58 percent of Zimbabwe’s cumulative agricultural bank loans this summer. This translated to about $600 million of the estimated $1 billion that banks budgeted as production support for agriculture during the 2014-2015 season. The country is targeting to produce 222 million kilograms (kg) of the crop this season, up […]

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Tomra advances to the final of European Business Awards

Tomra advances to the final of European Business Awards

| February 16, 2015

Tomra has been named as a Ruban d’Honneur recipient and one of 10 finalists now being considered for the 2014-2015 European Business Awards in the category “The Business of the Year with Turnover of €150 million or higher.” The European Business Awards recognize and reward excellence, best practice and innovation in companies across Europe. The […]

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JTI buys Ploom name and product; Ploom becomes Pax Labs

JTI buys Ploom name and product; Ploom becomes Pax Labs

| February 16, 2015

JTI will acquire Ploom’s ModelTwo and pods product line—including the Ploom trademark—and general intellectual property related to ModelTwo and pods. Concurrent with the transaction, Ploom will buy back JTI’s minority stake in order to focus on Ploom’s successful PAX business and an expanding product portfolio. Ploom’s new corporate name will be Pax Labs. Financial details […]

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Singapore struggles with underage smoking

Singapore struggles with underage smoking

| February 16, 2015

Underage smoking looks to have increased in Singapore, though the rise could be down in part to better detection systems, according to a story by Hoe Pei Shan and Pearl Lee for the Straits Times. Some schools have turned to using detection devices to help them catch offenders, and some of the latest devices, which […]

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Selling cigars off the back of Havana expectations

Selling cigars off the back of Havana expectations

| February 16, 2015

Despite recent announcements about the relaxation of trade relations between Cuba and the US, Havana cigars are not yet available in the US, legally; but that doesn’t mean these cigars aren’t providing an opportunity for retailers. According to convenience store wholesaler LA Top Distributor, publicity surrounding the trade relaxation means that many convenience stores and […]

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Philippines to release delayed tobacco tax funds

Philippines to release delayed tobacco tax funds

| February 16, 2015

Tobacco growers in flue-cured producing provinces of the Philippines are due to share in at least P3.5 billion (US$79 million) of tobacco excise tax revenue, which the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has agreed to release this month, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. The long-awaited release of the funds that relate […]

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Dividend dependent on Sri Lanka’s Super Gain Tax

Dividend dependent on Sri Lanka’s Super Gain Tax

| February 16, 2015

Ceylon Tobacco Company’s (CTC) sales in Sri Lanka fell by 11 percent last year, according to a Colombo Page story quoting a CTC financial statement. At the same time, its government contributions during the 12 months to the end of December fell by four percent to Rs73.6 billion. The downturn seems to have been partly […]

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Call for TPPA proposals to be discussed in public

Call for TPPA proposals to be discussed in public

| February 13, 2015

A New Zealand health expert has said that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would effectively prevent governments from enacting health policies for fear of being sued, according to an Independent Newspapers story. New Zealand health advocates and their counterparts in some of the other countries involved in the TPPA negotiations have, through The Lancet […]

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JT’s cigarette volume down in January

JT’s cigarette volume down in January

| February 13, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during January, at 8.3 billion, was down by 6.1 percent on that of January 2014, 8.8 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The January 2014 figure was up by 3.6 percent on that of January 2013. JT’s market share stood at 59.5 percent during […]

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Wales to ban smoking in cars carrying young people

Wales to ban smoking in cars carrying young people

| February 13, 2015

A ban on tobacco smoking in cars carrying young people will be imposed in Wales on October 1, Health Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed. According to a BBC News story, the ban, which will come in on the same day as one in England, will not include electronic cigarette vaping. Health charities were said to […]

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‘This is your mother: I’m disappointed in you’

‘This is your mother: I’m disappointed in you’

| February 13, 2015

Researchers at two universities in Western Australia have developed a plastic case into which smokers can place their cigarettes but remove them only at the cost of hearing some form of quit smoking message, according to a healthcanal.com story. Smokers can record their own voice, that of somebody else or any other sound that reminds […]

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Lorillard loses cigarette volume but gains share

Lorillard loses cigarette volume but gains share

| February 12, 2015

Lorillard’s domestic wholesale cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 38,535,460,000, was down by 2.0 percent on that of 2013, 39,325,216,000. Including shipments to Puerto Rico and US Possessions, shipments were down by 2.3 percent to 39,014,140,000. Shipments of Newport cigarettes fell by 1.4 percent to 32,900,591,000, while shipments […]

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Imperial volumes down in first quarter

Imperial volumes down in first quarter

| February 12, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s tobacco-products volume during the three months to the end of December (Imperial’s Q1), at 71.8 billion, was down by four percent on that of the three months to the end of December 2013, according to an interim management statement issued this morning. But Growth Brand volume was increased by 11 percent to 35.4 […]

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Pakistan going for 85 percent graphic warnings

Pakistan going for 85 percent graphic warnings

| February 12, 2015

Pakistan’s Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Co-ordination, Saira Afzal Tarar, said yesterday that all cigarette packs sold in the country would have to carry new graphic warnings covering 85 percent of both the front and back panels, according to a story in the Business Recorder. Addressing a press conference, the minister said that […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| February 12, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of a presentation by CFO Jacek Olczak at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference starting about 13.45 Eastern Time on February 18. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI session. […]

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Ploom names two senior executives

Ploom names two senior executives

| February 11, 2015

Ploom, a San Francisco, California, USA-based vapor delivery system company, has added two senior executives to its team. Timothy Danaher was named vice president of finance and Scott Dunlap was appointed chief marketing officer. Reporting to founder and CEO James Monsees, Danaher will play a critical role in developing and executing the overall business and […]

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Reynolds’ volumes down but Santa Fe is on the up

Reynolds’ volumes down but Santa Fe is on the up

| February 11, 2015

R.J Reynolds Tobacco’s US domestic cigarette volume during the year to the end of December, at 61.0 billion, was down by 5.0 percent on that of 2013, 64.2 billion. Camel volume was unchanged at 20.9 billion but Pall Mall volume fell by 3.2 percent to 20.6 billion; so the company’s total ‘growth brands’ volume was […]

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Andhra growers seek guidance to the ‘promised land’

Andhra growers seek guidance to the ‘promised land’

| February 11, 2015

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are urging world leaders to address the issue of providing them with alternative livelihoods, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. So far, the search for the ‘promised land’ of alternative crops, which has been going on for years […]

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US FDA commissioner to step down next month

US FDA commissioner to step down next month

| February 11, 2015

The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, Margaret A. Hamburg, is to step down by the end of March. In a letter to her colleagues at the agency, Hamburg said that together they had made significant progress in implementing both the letter and spirit of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. […]

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