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Tobacco fails JT’s radioactive testing

Tobacco fails JT’s radioactive testing

| October 9, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. has completed its pre-purchase radioactive material testing of this year’s Japanese domestic leaf tobacco with the completion of tests on Burley and native varieties. Testing started in late July on the country’s flue-cured Virginia tobacco, the results of which were announced on August 7. In a note posted on its website, JT […]

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Smoking hit by market forces

Smoking hit by market forces

| October 9, 2014

Bangkok’s deputy governor, Pussadee Tamtai, yesterday warned people that they risked being fined more than Bt2,000 if they smoked tobacco in the city’s markets, according to a story in The Nation. There are said to be 338 markets in Bangkok where smoking is prohibited. The deputy governor said markets that failed to enforce anti-smoking laws […]

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RAI to webcast results conference

RAI to webcast results conference

| October 9, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of its third-quarter 2014 financial results before the market opens on October 21. The conference call, which will begin at 09.00 hours Eastern Time, will involve Susan M. Cameron, president and chief executive officer, Thomas R. Adams, chief financial officer, […]

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JT considers major restructuring in EU

JT considers major restructuring in EU

| October 7, 2014

Japan Tobacco today announced a proposal to restructure its manufacturing facilities in the European Union (EU) for the purpose of optimizing its operations and strengthening its competitive position in a challenging operating environment. The company will undertake appropriate consultations with employees’ representatives and the European Works Council on the proposal to change its product sourcing, […]

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E-cig maker to challenge Tobacco Directive

E-cig maker to challenge Tobacco Directive

| October 7, 2014

Totally Wicked, a leading U.K. e-cigarette manufacturer, has won the right to formally challenge the validity of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) at the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Luxembourg. At a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, Justice Green decided that a preliminary ruling reference should be made to […]

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AOI to enter Uganda

AOI to enter Uganda

| October 6, 2014

Alliance One International (AOI) has announced its intention to enter the Ugandan tobacco leaf market once all relevant governmental approvals and licenses, including registration of its new Ugandan subsidiary, Alliance One Tobacco Uganda (AOU), are complete. AOU’s core business plans to include providing agronomy services to tobacco growers through an integrated production system that supports […]

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VMR vaporizers under OCB brand

VMR vaporizers under OCB brand

| October 6, 2014

VMR Products, a leading e-cigarette manufacturer, has partnered with Republic Technologies International (RTI), a global distributor of rolling papers and smoking accessories, to create a new line of advanced vaporizers for the EU market. The new vaporizers will be developed by VMR and distributed by RTI under the OCB brand. OCB is well established in […]

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Tobacco Reporter announces 2014 Golden Leaf Awards

Tobacco Reporter announces 2014 Golden Leaf Awards

| October 6, 2014

Tobacco Reporter presented its 2014 Golden Leaf Awards on Oct. 2 during a festive ceremony at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA. The event was part of the Global Tobacco Networking Forum, which brought together hundreds of industry representatives and other stakeholders from around the world. Five companies were recognized for […]

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Questions over effectiveness of tobacco-funded EU anti-smuggling campaign

Questions over effectiveness of tobacco-funded EU anti-smuggling campaign

| September 29, 2014

A report being presented to the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control committee raises concerns over the effectiveness and monitoring of the deal under which the four biggest international tobacco manufacturers co-operate with the European Commission in the fight against the illegal trade in tobacco, according to a New Europe story. The four companies pay about €200 […]

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Hospital staff must be nicotine free

Hospital staff must be nicotine free

| September 29, 2014

A US hospital has said that from next year it will no longer hire anyone who uses nicotine in any form, a prohibition that includes electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches and nicotine gum, according to a story by Jon Kelvey for the Carroll County Times. The Carroll Hospital Center campus at Westminster, Maryland, has been a […]

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Vietnam to raise special tobacco taxes

Vietnam to raise special tobacco taxes

| September 29, 2014

Vietnamese lawmakers have agreed to raise the special consumption tax imposed on tobacco, beer and spirits from 2016, according to a story in VietnamPlus. They accepted a proposal put forward at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting by the chairman of the Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs, Phung Quoc Hien, that a 70 percent […]

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Time limit on cigarette sales unlawful

Time limit on cigarette sales unlawful

| September 29, 2014

The European Commission has formally requested that Estonia change its excise duty legislation as it relates to the marketing of cigarettes. The Commission’s ‘reasoned opinion’ on Estonian tobacco excise was included last week in a memo listing September’s 147 infringement decisions against member states. The Commission said that in Estonia, a time limit was set […]

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Suspected Swazi smuggler shot dead

Suspected Swazi smuggler shot dead

| September 26, 2014

A man suspected of cigarette smuggling has been shot dead by soldiers near Lugongolweni, not far from the town of Siteki, Swaziland, according to a story in The Times of Swaziland. The man, a Swazi, in the company of two other men, had allegedly crossed illegally from Mozambique with cigarettes in their car. He was […]

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Party leader brands UK’s standardized pack proposals as “utterly barmy”

Party leader brands UK’s standardized pack proposals as “utterly barmy”

| September 26, 2014

Moves to introduce standardized packaging for tobacco products have been labelled as “utterly barmy” by UKIP (UK Independence Party) leader Nigel Farage, according to a BBC News story. Farage, who called the plans a “counterfeiter’s dream”, was speaking ahead of his party’s conference, which was due to start today in Doncaster. He reportedly told Asian […]

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No place to smoke in Boulder, Colorado

No place to smoke in Boulder, Colorado

| September 26, 2014

Finding a place to smoke tobacco outdoors is about to get harder in Boulder, Colorado, the US, where public outdoor smoking is already banned on a popular pedestrian mall and around city buildings, according to a story by Greg Campbell for The Daily Caller. Campbell reported that the existing ban was to be extended to […]

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Electronic cigarette trials leveling off

Electronic cigarette trials leveling off

| September 26, 2014

A new government study suggests the number of US adults who are trying electronic cigarettes is leveling off, according to a story by Mike Stobbe for Medical EXpress. The proportion of adults who have ever used electronic cigarettes rose from about three percent to eight percent from 2010 to 2012. But there was no significant […]

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Democrats trying to prohibit use of child labor on US tobacco farms

Democrats trying to prohibit use of child labor on US tobacco farms

| September 25, 2014

Thirty-five House Democrats are urging President Obama’s administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about the health risks associated with such work, according to a story by Frederic J. Frommer for the Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press. The lawmakers, led by House Representatives David Cicilline and Matt Cartwright, made their plea […]

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Philadelphia turns to smokers to pay for education-budget shortfall

Philadelphia turns to smokers to pay for education-budget shortfall

| September 25, 2014

The Senate in Pennsylvania, US, has approved by 39-11 a $2-per-pack cigarette tax for Philadelphia to help close the School District’s budget gap, according to a story in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Superintendent William Hite was quoted as saying that with the cigarette tax and an earlier-approved one percent sales tax surcharge for schools, […]

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Zimbabwe’s prices down 14 percent

Zimbabwe’s prices down 14 percent

| September 25, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco marketing season has ended with the final sales volume hitting 216.2 million kg, according to a story in The Herald. This year’s volume sales were 30 percent up on those of 2013, 166.5 million kg; and earnings were increased by 12 percent from USS612.1 million to US$685.2 million. However, while deliveries […]

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France looks at introducing plain packs

France looks at introducing plain packs

| September 25, 2014

The French government is to propose legislation on the introduction of standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a story in The Local quoting a Les Echos report. The standardized packs with their dominant graphic warnings would be aimed at deterring young people from taking up the habit. Health Minister Marisol Touraine was due to present […]

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PM USA welcomes Price case decision

PM USA welcomes Price case decision

| September 25, 2014

The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday granted review in the Price case to decide whether its 2005 dismissal of that case against Philip Morris USA should remain in place. In 2003, a Madison Circuit Court judge sitting without a jury found that PM USA had deceived Illinois smokers in purchasing Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights cigarettes […]

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Storm blows up over windfall tax plan

Storm blows up over windfall tax plan

| September 24, 2014

The UK’s tobacco industry was said to have reacted with ‘fury’ to a plan by the opposition Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, to impose an additional tax on Britain’s tobacco companies to help pay for National Health Service (NHS) spending, according to a story in The Guardian. Imperial Tobacco said Labour’s plans to raise at […]

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Russians comply with smoking bans

Russians comply with smoking bans

| September 24, 2014

The overwhelming majority of Russian cafés and restaurants are obeying the ban on tobacco smoking in public places, according to an ITAR-TASS story quoting results of monitoring conducted by Consumers International, an international consortium of consumer-advocacy groups. Between 93 and 94 percent of the monitored cafés and restaurants were found to have been observing the […]

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Isis lifts smoking ban to ‘boost popularity’

Isis lifts smoking ban to ‘boost popularity’

| September 24, 2014

The Islamic State (also known as Isis) has made a Sharia-law U-turn in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk by stubbing out its cigarette ban in an attempt to boost popularity among the local population, according to a story by Gianluca Mezzofiore for the International Business Times. A resident of Hawija, 55 km southwest of Kirkuk, […]

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Plain packaging domino effect predicted

Plain packaging domino effect predicted

| September 24, 2014

Ireland could create a “domino effect” internationally by becoming the first country in Europe to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products, according to a story by Paul Cullen for The Irish Times quoting one of Australia’s leading public health experts. Professor Mike Daube said the introduction of plain packaging in Ireland would have huge international […]

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