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AOI acting on stock-price non-compliance notice

AOI acting on stock-price non-compliance notice

| March 25, 2015

Alliance One International said yesterday that it was notified by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Monday that its common stock was not in compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standard that requires a minimum average closing price of $1.00 per share over a period of 30 consecutive trading days. ‘In response, earlier today […]

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BAT appoints KPMG external auditors

BAT appoints KPMG external auditors

| March 25, 2015

Following a competitive tender, British American Tobacco has appointed KPMG as its new external auditors for 2015 onwards. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which had been the company’s auditors since it listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 1998, resigned with effect from March 23. Shareholder approval to confirm the appointment of KPMG is due to be sought […]

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E-cigarette campaign denounced as propaganda

E-cigarette campaign denounced as propaganda

| March 24, 2015

California public health officials yesterday launched an ‘information campaign’ that they hope will erode the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, according to a story in the San Bernadino County Sun. Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, was quoted as saying in a statement that, since 1990, California had been a […]

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Netherlands to introduce e-cigarette minimum age

Netherlands to introduce e-cigarette minimum age

| March 24, 2015

The Netherlands is to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to people under the age of 18, according to a Dutch News story. The ban was announced yesterday by junior health minister Martin van Rijn, who said the measure was being introduced in an effort to stop youngsters from smoking. The new rules will apply […]

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Saudi mobile cessation clinics attract mainly women

Saudi mobile cessation clinics attract mainly women

| March 24, 2015

Of 9,710 tobacco smokers who attended mobile clinics operated in Saudi Arabia under the Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Control Program (TCP), 8,575, or 88.3 percent were women. The clinics were said to have ‘played a key role in helping’ 2,296 men and women quit smoking. Fifty nine percent of those who quit smoking cited health […]

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Timely adoption of TPD legislation ‘a priority’

Timely adoption of TPD legislation ‘a priority’

| March 23, 2015

The EU Commission has said that the timely adoption of the secondary legislation provided for under the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is a priority. The Commission made its position clear in answer to questions from the Danish member of the European Parliament, Ulla Tørnæs, who was concerned that it might prove difficult for certain […]

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China ponders electronic cigarette regulation

China ponders electronic cigarette regulation

| March 23, 2015

The Chinese government is considering regulating the manufacture, sale and consumption of electronic cigarettes ‘in the light of uncertainty regarding the health risk/benefit of the devices’, according to a China Daily story relayed by the TMA. Mao Qun’an, a spokesman for China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, made known the government’s thinking while speaking […]

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Trade deal dispute provisions need “reforming”

Trade deal dispute provisions need “reforming”

| March 23, 2015

The EU Commission has no intention of excluding Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) despite the fact that 97 percent of the 150,000 responses to a public consultation opposed them. A story in The Parliament Magazine said the EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström had told a hearing […]

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Norway consults on standardized tobacco packaging

Norway consults on standardized tobacco packaging

| March 23, 2015

The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services has published a consultation paper proposing the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging, according to an EMBIN (Emerging Markets Business Information News) story. The consultation paper discusses also measures to implement Norway’s obligations under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3, which aims to […]

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UK accused of pursuing failing tobacco tax policy

UK accused of pursuing failing tobacco tax policy

| March 23, 2015

UK cigarette companies accused the government of pursuing a ‘failing tobacco tax policy’ after it used last week’s budget to continue imposing above-inflation duty increases, according to a story in The Times. At the same time, the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) claimed the government’s policies towards tobacco were boosting the market for illicit products. “The […]

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India expected to delay imposing larger warnings

India expected to delay imposing larger warnings

| March 23, 2015

The Indian government will likely delay the implementation of its notification requiring tobacco products to carry graphic health warnings on 85 percent of the ‘pack surface’, according to a Times of India story relayed by the TMA. The delay will apparently be used for greater interaction with stakeholders to ensure that the legislation is properly […]

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Malawi’s Integrated Production System under attack

Malawi’s Integrated Production System under attack

| March 20, 2015

Malawi’s Agricultural Parliamentary Committee is investigating complaints by tobacco farmers who are unhappy with an Integrated Production System (IPS) that they say the government has imposed on them, according to a story by the Nyasa Times. And farmers aren’t the only ones who have reservations about the system. A paper on Tobacco Production and Market […]

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New fund to help governments defend health policies

New fund to help governments defend health policies

| March 20, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies (BPh) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) said on Wednesday they were creating a $4 million fund to help governments defend their tobacco control policies. A Reuters report, relayed by the TMA, said the fund would be administered by the US-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. BPh and BMGF said countries with […]

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Taiwan food company ditches tobacco product sales

Taiwan food company ditches tobacco product sales

| March 20, 2015

I-Mei Food, one of Taiwan’s biggest food companies, said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products in its stores from next month, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The company cited the nation’s poor air quality, parents’ reaction to smoking, and actor-turned-activist Sun Yue’s anti-smoking efforts as reasons behind its decision. […]

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Smoking stable worldwide: Tobacco Atlas

Smoking stable worldwide: Tobacco Atlas

| March 20, 2015

More than 5.8 trillion cigarettes were smoked worldwide last year, about the same number as were smoked in 2013, according to a Reuters report relayed by the TMA and citing figures from the Tobacco Atlas. The latest issue of the Atlas, which is produced by the World Lung Foundation (WLF) and the American Cancer Society, […]

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PM USA hosting solar power project in Virginia

PM USA hosting solar power project in Virginia

| March 20, 2015

Philip Morris USA has become the latest company to partner with Dominion Virginia Power under the Solar Partnership Program by hosting what will become the largest solar installation in Virginia, according to a Dominion press note issued through PRNewswire. Dominion is currently installing about 8,000 ground-mounted solar panels at the PM USA Park 500 facility […]

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Chan’s aim is to put tobacco industry out of business

Chan’s aim is to put tobacco industry out of business

| March 19, 2015

The World Health Organization’s chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, has urged global action to drive tobacco companies out of business, according to a Medical Xpress story. Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) yesterday, Chan welcomed the steps taken by several companies, led by Australia, to introduce standardized tobacco packaging. And she called […]

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Plain packs push more smokers to quit attempts

Plain packs push more smokers to quit attempts

| March 19, 2015

A comprehensive evaluation of Australia’s standardized tobacco packaging legislation is said to have found that the proportion of smokers who attempted to quit increased from about 20 percent before the packaging was imposed to nearly 27 percent afterwards, according to an Aap Newsfeed story relayed by the TMA. Standardized packaging was found to be associated […]

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Scary packs incite quit attempt – but not this year

Scary packs incite quit attempt – but not this year

| March 19, 2015

Graphic health warnings on cigarette packs have been met with a mixed reception in Namibia, where they are now a requirement under an amendment to the Tobacco Control Act 2010, according to a story in The Namibian. Some smokers who spoke to the newspaper were quoted as saying they were definitely scared and some made […]

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SMI to lose CFO and COO next month

SMI to lose CFO and COO next month

| March 19, 2015

Schweitzer-Mauduit International said yesterday that its executive vice president, CFO and treasurer Jeffrey A. Cook would retire on April 3, while its COO Stephen Dunmead would resign from the company on April 15, according to a Thomson Reuters story relayed by the TMA. The company said Bob Cardin, the company’s controller, would assume the role […]

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Trade minister tries to brush away TPPA fears

Trade minister tries to brush away TPPA fears

| March 18, 2015

Australia’s Trade Minister Andrew Robb has described concerns raised by diverse groups about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) as a “scare campaign” that is “designed to frighten people about any sort of trade agreement”, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) story relayed by the TMA. The agreement is being negotiated in secret by […]

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Expert says plain packs do not infringe trademarks

Expert says plain packs do not infringe trademarks

| March 18, 2015

A senior lecturer in law at City University London has said that the tobacco industry’s argument that standardized packaging legislation violates their trademark rights is not convincing, according to a story relayed by the TMA. Writing in The Conversation, Enrico Bonadio, said manufacturers would still be able to distinguish their products from those of competitors […]

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Indian bidi workers fear industry could be wiped out

Indian bidi workers fear industry could be wiped out

| March 18, 2015

Hundreds of bidi workers, bidi contractors and union members have held a massive protest against the Indian government’s ‘ban on tobacco products’, according to a Daijiworld.com story. The protest, which included members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions and of the All India Trade Union Congress, was held yesterday outside the District Collector’s office […]

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Zimbabwe’s tobacco exports earn $200 million

Zimbabwe’s tobacco exports earn $200 million

| March 17, 2015

Zimbabwe has earned $211.9 million from tobacco sales thus far this year. China continues to be the leading importer after buying 19.3 million kg worth $166.7 million since the beginning of the marketing season. Zimbabwe exports Virginia tobacco to more than 50 countries on all but two continents. South Africa ranks as the second-biggest importer […]

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U.K. passes cigarette-packaging law

U.K. passes cigarette-packaging law

| March 17, 2015

The U.K. House of Lords on March 16 approved a bill requiring cigarettes to be sold in standardized packaging. The House of Commons on March 11 voted 367 to 113 in favor of the law, which passed through the House of Lords without a vote. Starting in May 2016, cigarettes must be sold in packages […]

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