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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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Davidoff unveils new Winston Churchill cigar range

Davidoff unveils new Winston Churchill cigar range

| December 10, 2014

A new range of Davidoff Winston Churchill cigars is due to go on sale early next year, according to a press note issued through PR Newswire. In creating the new range, Davidoff said, the aim had been to craft exceptional cigars ‘as uniquely diverse as the man who inspired them’. ‘The Davidoff Masterblenders have embraced […]

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Minister bows to pressure over regulatory changes

Minister bows to pressure over regulatory changes

| December 9, 2014

The Indian government seems likely to defer the introduction of amendments to the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, one of which would have prohibited the sale of single cigarettes, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Earlier, the Health Ministry had seemed inclined to go ahead with […]

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Korea prepares for price-driven smuggling surge

Korea prepares for price-driven smuggling surge

| December 9, 2014

South Korea’s customs office said Monday that it would crack down on tobacco smuggling ahead of a cigarette price hike that is expected to hit smokers from the start of next year, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The government is set to raise tobacco prices by WON2,000 (US$1.78) per pack, or about […]

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Kenya strikes at smoking with mass-media campaign

Kenya strikes at smoking with mass-media campaign

| December 9, 2014

Kenya’s Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Lung Foundation and tobacco control organizations has launched a Mass Media anti-tobacco campaign, according to a story put out by the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (KTCA). The campaign, which goes under the name, Smoking Kills, was officially launched in Nairobi last week. It is aimed largely […]

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Imperial puts up £7,000 to fight Ebola in West Africa

Imperial puts up £7,000 to fight Ebola in West Africa

| December 9, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has donated more than £7,000 to help support those involved in the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Employees in the company’s head office at Bristol, the UK, raised nearly £1,300 in cash donations for the appeal, a total that the company matched. A further £5,000 was donated by Imperial’s non-profit organisation, the […]

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Altria identified as community-minded company

Altria identified as community-minded company

| December 9, 2014

Altria was recognized yesterday as one of the US’ most community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual survey that identifies companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, conducted the survey in […]

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Exclusive snus sold in gold-plated pewter containers

Exclusive snus sold in gold-plated pewter containers

| December 8, 2014

Swedish Match says that it took more than two years to develop its most exclusive snus ever, General Kardus Selection 2015, which was launched on Saturday and which goes on sale at about 95 selected retailers around Sweden today. Four thousand individually numbered containers have been manufactured with a recommended store price of SEK799 (about […]

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Studies on plain packaging impacts industry-linked

Studies on plain packaging impacts industry-linked

| December 8, 2014

The tobacco industry is financially linked to the majority of studies showing negative impacts of standardised packaging, according to a Press Association story quoting a Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) study funded by Cancer Research UK. Academics with the University of Bath say that more than half the evidence tobacco companies relied on to claim […]

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First tobacco regulation law approved in Cambodia

First tobacco regulation law approved in Cambodia

| December 8, 2014

Cambodia’s Council of Ministers on Friday approved a draft of the country’s first law on tobacco regulation, which includes 49 articles addressing, among other things, taxes, advertising and health warnings. A statement released by the council said that $100 million was spent on cigarettes annually in Cambodia and that far more than that was spent […]

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Price rises likely to greet smokers early next year

Price rises likely to greet smokers early next year

| December 8, 2014

Moroccan smokers might have to pay more than they do now for their favorite cigarettes from January 1, according to a Morocco World News story quoting the December 5 issue of the business weekly, La Vie Eco. La Vie Eco reported that a request had been submitted to the Prices and Competition Commission of the […]

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Pizzanelli wins hologram award

Pizzanelli wins hologram award

| December 5, 2014

David Pizzanelli has won the Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation at this year’s Excellence in Holography Awards. The award recognizes his role in the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) and in the development of the hologram image register (HIR). “David has been a driving force behind the Hologram Image Register since its inception in […]

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Icon Vapor completes Green Tree acquisition

Icon Vapor completes Green Tree acquisition

| December 5, 2014

Icon Vapor of San Diego, California, USA, has completed its acquisition of e-cigarette distributor Green Tree Syndicate, reports Globe Newswire. Icon Vapor President Dan Balsiger said the company expects sales to rise significantly in the current fiscal quarter given Green Tree’s convenience-store presence through its relationship with Core-Mark Holding Co. Icon Vapor also announced that […]

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Reynolds announces new CFO

Reynolds announces new CFO

| December 5, 2014

Reynolds American Executive Vice President Andrew D. Gilchrist will become executive vice president and chief financial officer effective March 1, 2015. Gilchrist’s upcoming promotion was approved by the RAI board of directors at its meeting on Dec. 4. Thomas R. Adams, the company’s current executive vice president and CFO, will begin transitioning the CFO role […]

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Major new nicotine production facility announced

Major new nicotine production facility announced

| December 4, 2014

Two entrepreneurs who launched one of the UK’s first electronic cigarette brands have partnered with a global supplier of pharmaceutical nicotine to build at Liverpool, the UK, Europe’s largest outsourced manufacturing facility for nicotine products, according to a press note issued by Citypress. David Newns and Chris Lord, who sold their electronic cigarette business C […]

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Non-animal tobacco-testing alternatives to be aired

Non-animal tobacco-testing alternatives to be aired

| December 4, 2014

A PETA International Science Consortium advisor, Joseph Manuppello, will present the ‘Animal Protection Perspective’ at a workshop sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intended to identify in vitro models and assays for tobacco toxicity testing. The workshop, Assessment of In Vitro COPD [Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease] Models for Tobacco Regulatory Science, was designed […]

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UK consultation to be held on tobacco industry ‘levy’

UK consultation to be held on tobacco industry ‘levy’

| December 4, 2014

The UK Treasury is to launch a consultation on a potential levy on the tobacco industry, according to a story by Jill Treanor for The Guardian. Although the Chancellor, George Osborne, did not mention the consultation during his autumn statement to MPs on Wednesday, it was included in documents released alongside the statement. ‘Smoking imposes […]

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Kim Jong Un orders officials to smoke domestic cigarettes

Kim Jong Un orders officials to smoke domestic cigarettes

| December 4, 2014

Calling foreign cigarettes unpatriotic, North Korean leader and smoker Kim Jong Un ordered senior officials to smoke only domestic cigarettes, reports the International Business Times. It is unclear whether the directive applies also to counterfeit cigarettes made in North Korea with foreign labels. Earlier this year, a report by the Washington, DC-based Committee for Human […]

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‘No evidence for tobacco’s plain packaging position’

‘No evidence for tobacco’s plain packaging position’

| December 4, 2014

Researchers from the University of Bath, in the United Kingdom, found no independent evidence supporting the tobacco industry’s arguments against plain packaging, reports the Jersey Evening Post. In a study released on Dec. 3, the researcher reviewed 74 pieces of evidence cited by tobacco companies to argue that plain packaging would have negative effects on […]

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