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Imran Khan asked to oust tobacco

Imran Khan asked to oust tobacco

| September 15, 2014

A consumer rights campaigner has urged the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) political party, Imran Khan, to direct the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to eradicate tobacco cultivation from the province, according to a story in the Express Tribune. In a press note issued last week, the executive co-ordinator of The Network for Consumer Protection, Nadeem Iqbal, […]

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Smoking ban making slow progress

Smoking ban making slow progress

| September 15, 2014

A ban on tobacco smoking in the Netherlands’ cafés, bars and clubs is now due to come into effect on January 1, not in October, as had been planned, according to an Expatica story quoting an RTL news report. In fact, the original deadline for the introduction of the ban was July 1. The delays […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in August

JT’s domestic volume down in August

| September 15, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during August, at 9.4 billion, was down by 9.4 percent on that of August 2013, 10.4 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The August 2013 figure was down by 3.3 percent on that of August 2012. Volume during January-August 2014, at 74.5 billion, […]

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Quitting rates could mushroom

Quitting rates could mushroom

| September 15, 2014

A small-scale study has indicated that just two or three experiences with ‘magic mushrooms’ can help long-term tobacco smokers quit their habit, according to a story by Michelle Fay Cortez for Bloomberg News. The study’s 15 volunteers were given pills containing psilocybin, the active hallucinogenic ingredient in magic mushrooms, as part of a cognitive behavior […]

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BAT science report iPad app available

BAT science report iPad app available

| September 15, 2014

British American Tobacco has announced the launch of an iPad app of its Science and Technology Report 2014. ‘The report – the first of its kind in the tobacco industry – provides an overview of not only BAT’s ongoing research work in tobacco harm reduction but also its aims in leveraging world-class science to develop […]

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PM celebrates 50 years in Switzerland

PM celebrates 50 years in Switzerland

| September 15, 2014

Philip Morris International on Thursday celebrated the 50th anniversary of Philip Morris Products (PMP) at its factory in Serrières, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, during an event attended by cantonal and local officials from Neuchâtel and Vaud. “We are extremely happy to celebrate 50 years in Switzerland, notably here in Neuchâtel, where the PMP SA factory was founded […]

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General Cigar acquires Toraño Brands

General Cigar acquires Toraño Brands

| September 12, 2014

General Cigar Co. has acquired the Toraño Family Cigar Co. brands. The company says the acquisition will strengthen its market position and enhance its product mix to deliver greater value and innovation. It will also allow General Cigar to expand its portfolio. Spanning almost 100 years, Toraño Cigars has a long history that encompasses every […]

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RAI in sustainability index

RAI in sustainability index

| September 12, 2014

Reynolds American has been awarded membership in the 2014-2015 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, effective Sept. 22, 2014. Reynolds American is one of only 149 North American companies on the index, which is used by many investment portfolio managers when making investment decisions. Previously, the company was a member of the index from 2009 […]

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Korean smokers brace for price hike

Korean smokers brace for price hike

| September 12, 2014

The South Korean government wants to increase cigarette prices by 80 percent next year. Under the proposal, a KRW2,500 ($2.42) pack would cost KRW4,500 come Jan. 1. The government would also start adjusting cigarette prices to inflation rates, which would result in more frequent cigarette price rises in the future. Cigarette prices in Korea have […]

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Regulatory authorization for nicotine inhaler

Regulatory authorization for nicotine inhaler

| September 12, 2014

The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted a product license for general sale to Kind Consumer’s Voke nicotine inhaler. The company will now submit a variation to the license to support full-scale commercialization by its commercial partner, Nicoventures. “We are pleased to announce that the Voke Inhaler has been licensed in […]

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High taxes mean high times for the illicit tobacco trade in Hong Kong

High taxes mean high times for the illicit tobacco trade in Hong Kong

| September 11, 2014

One out of three cigarettes smoked in Hong Kong last year was illicit, according to a story in the South China Morning Post citing a study by two overseas think tanks. The displacement of licit by illicit cigarettes was said to have cost the government more than HK$3.2 billion in ‘lost tax revenue’. The multi-state […]

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Huge warnings to appear on Thai packs

Huge warnings to appear on Thai packs

| September 11, 2014

A law requiring the inclusion of graphic health warnings that take up 85 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs is due to come into force in Thailand on September 24, according to a National News Bureau of Thailand story. The new warnings, which come in 10 varieties, are said to be the […]

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Vietnam’s smuggling season in full swing

Vietnam’s smuggling season in full swing

| September 11, 2014

Vietnam is on high alert for the Mekong Delta flooding season, which usually occurs from September to November. Partly, this vigilance is about watching for tobacco smugglers, who can take advantage of the waterways formed by the flooding. But they hardly need to wait for the flooding season. According to a bizhub.vn story, already this […]

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Online registration to close Monday

Online registration to close Monday

| September 11, 2014

Online registration for next month’s CORESTA (Co-operation Centre for Scientific Research Relative to Tobacco) Congress, which is available at www.coresta2014.org, is due to close on September 15. After that date, only onsite registration will be available. The congress is due to be held at the Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada, on October 12-16. The theme […]

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Zambian growers felt betrayed by prices

Zambian growers felt betrayed by prices

| September 10, 2014

Two thousand Zambian tobacco growers have become members of the Western Tobacco Growers’ Union (WTGU), which was officially registered as a society on August 15, according to a story by Gift Chanda and Stuart Lisulo for the Zambia Post. The farmers’ union was formed after a season in which growers were paid poor prices on […]

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Dutch antis suing government

Dutch antis suing government

| September 10, 2014

The Rookpreventie Jeugd (youth smoking prevention foundation) is suing the Dutch government over its relationship with the tobacco industry, according to a story by Janene Van Jaarsveldt for the NL Times The government is accused of not complying with the World Health Organization’s international anti-tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, because it is […]

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Queensland to ban public vaping

Queensland to ban public vaping

| September 10, 2014

The Australian state of Queensland is set to outlaw the use of electronic cigarettes in those public places where tobacco smoking is already banned, according to story by Jonathan Pearlman for The Telegraph. And it is set to further equate electronic and tobacco cigarettes by banning advertising of the former and banning their sales to […]

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Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

| September 10, 2014

Smokers make up about 37 percent of Qatar’s residents over the age of 15, according to a Gulf Times story quoting statistics published by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). About 95 per cent of the country’s adult smokers are men. “In addition, around 15 percent of school children from grade seven, both male and female, […]

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Godfrey Phillips expanding, consolidating

Godfrey Phillips expanding, consolidating

| September 10, 2014

Godfrey Phillips India (GPI) is expanding its business by venturing into non-tobacco products, according to a Press Trust of India story. “As part of our expansion plans, we are looking into food and beverages, contemporary tea formats, confectionery products as well as new tobacco products,” said Harmanjit Singh, vice president, corporate affairs, at the launch […]

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PMI dividend increased

PMI dividend increased

| September 10, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today increased the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 6.4 percent to an annualized rate of $4.00 per share. The new quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share, up from $0.94 per share, is payable on October 10 to stockholders of record as of September 25. The ex-dividend date […]

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Blackcat E-cigs expands into Europe

Blackcat E-cigs expands into Europe

| September 9, 2014

Bxpression of Long Beach, California, USA, is expanding into Europe, with offices in Prague and Paris. Blackcat Europe will make its debut at the Inter-Tabac tradeshow in Dortmund, Germany, on Sept. 19-21. The company will exhibit in hall 5, booth number 5.D10 Anatole Soulier serve as director of sales and marketing for Blackcat Europe. “We […]

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Oriental tobacco growers want part in FCTC discussions on their future

Oriental tobacco growers want part in FCTC discussions on their future

| September 9, 2014

Representatives of oriental tobacco growers have expressed concern about a report by a working group of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The report on the FCTC’s articles 17 (provision of support for economically viable alternative activities) and 18 (protection of the environment and the health of persons) is due to […]

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Lobbying keeps advert rules in check

Lobbying keeps advert rules in check

| September 9, 2014

Intense lobbying by the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) has resulted in the weakening of legislation that otherwise would have introduce a complete tobacco advertising ban in China, according to a story by Li Hui and Ben Blanchard for Reuters, quoting unnamed sources. The state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday that some Chinese lawmakers […]

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Eight out of 10 US homes ban smoking

Eight out of 10 US homes ban smoking

| September 9, 2014

Smoking is banned in more than eight out of 10 US homes – almost twice as many as two decades ago, according to an Associated Press story quoting the results of a new government study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found smoking was forbidden even in nearly half of homes where an adult […]

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Zeller to speak at tobacco outlet meeting

Zeller to speak at tobacco outlet meeting

| September 9, 2014

Mitch Zeller, the director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, has accepted an invitation to speak at the NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) show next year. The show is due to be held on April 22-23 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zeller’s appearance, NATO said, would […]

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