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Petition calls for shisha-ban review

Petition calls for shisha-ban review

| November 11, 2014

More than 200 people have signed a petition calling for a ban on the sale of shisha in Singapore to be reviewed, according to an AsiaOne story. The appeal, on the petition website Change.org, was started on Thursday by Isabelle Yeo, a National University of Singapore law graduate. Yeo also wrote an open letter to […]

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Fine cigar auction, London, December 1

Fine cigar auction, London, December 1

| November 11, 2014

C.Gars Ltd’s fifth winter auction of rare, aged and vintage cigars is due to be held in London on December 1. Managing director, Mitchell Orchant, said his company was currently holding 350 Lots and that bids were expected to range from £40 to £30,000, which would be a record for a C.Gars auction. Due to […]

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BAT moves swiftly to investigate U.S. tobacco farm labor abuse allegations

BAT moves swiftly to investigate U.S. tobacco farm labor abuse allegations

| November 10, 2014

British American Tobacco says it is bringing forward to next year a scheduled independent review of its US supply chain. This follows the publication of a number of reports alleging labor abuses on US farms, including tobacco farms. One report, A Smokescreen for Slavery: Human Rights Abuses in UK Supply Chains, by UK Labour Party […]

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EU Commission quizzed over OLAF’s relationship with tobacco industry

EU Commission quizzed over OLAF’s relationship with tobacco industry

| November 10, 2014

The European Commission has been asked how it can guarantee that co-operation between the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the tobacco industry won’t lead to a reduction in tobacco-industry vigilance by OLAF. In a preamble to his question, Marc Tarabella, a Belgian politician and member of the European Parliament, said that since 2004 the Commission […]

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PM to hold discussions on plant closure

PM to hold discussions on plant closure

| November 10, 2014

The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to meet Northern Ireland representatives to discuss the forthcoming closure of the Lisnafillan tobacco factory at Ballymena, County Antrim, according to a UTV News story. It was announced last month that the plant, owned by Japan Tobacco International, would be shut down during the next two years […]

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Graphic warnings unveiled in Philippines

Graphic warnings unveiled in Philippines

| November 10, 2014

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) has published 12 templates for the graphic health warnings set to be included on tobacco packs, according to stories in the Daily Inquirer and the Sun-Star. The 12 warnings are to be rotated so that each variant of every brand displays them all with approximately equal frequency during a […]

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US farm labor issues continue to dog tobacco interests around the world

US farm labor issues continue to dog tobacco interests around the world

| November 7, 2014

A report released on Wednesday by two members of the British Parliament asks tobacco companies to guarantee freedom of association for US farm laborers, according to a story by Vanessa McCray for The Blade newspaper. The report, by Labour Party members Jim Sheridan and Ian Lavery, followed a July fact-finding trip (see July 25 story: […]

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Universal impacted by leaf oversupply

Universal impacted by leaf oversupply

| November 7, 2014

Universal Corp’s results continue to be impacted by an oversupply in leaf tobacco markets and the effects of softer demand from its customers. “As is typical under these conditions, markets have developed slowly in some origins, with a later start to purchasing and processing, as well as delayed receipt of shipping instructions from customers,” said […]

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Sporting chance of Tokyo smoking ban

Sporting chance of Tokyo smoking ban

| November 7, 2014

Some people within the Tokyo government are pushing for a tobacco smoking ban in line with those in force in some western nations, according to a PRESS TV story. Such a ban was attempted in Yokohama but failed due to strong business opposition. However, some people believe the time is now right and there are […]

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Universal says new PMI leaf supply deal will help address US farm labor issues

Universal says new PMI leaf supply deal will help address US farm labor issues

| November 6, 2014

The Universal Corp subsidiary, Universal Leaf North America (ULNA), is set to increase its direct purchases of US flue-cured and Burley tobaccos as part of a new leaf supply agreement with Philip Morris International. In making the announcement, Universal Corp’s chairman, president and CEO, George C. Freeman III, said PMI’s decision to adopt a new […]

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Modest price rise for Japan’s growers

Modest price rise for Japan’s growers

| November 6, 2014

Japan’s Leaf Tobacco Deliberative Council today announced the area on which domestic leaf would be grown next year and the prices that would be paid to farmers. In a note posted on its website, Japan Tobacco Inc. said the council had been in general agreement with a proposal put forward by JT earlier in the […]

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E-cigarette outlets plummet in Spain

E-cigarette outlets plummet in Spain

| November 6, 2014

The number of shops selling electronic cigarettes in Spain has fallen by 90 percent during the past 12 months, according to a story in The Local quoting the country’s electronic cigarette industry association, ANCE. A year ago there were about 3,000 shops selling electronic cigarettes in Spain but now there are about 300. “There has […]

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UAE to outlaw tobacco smoking in public

UAE to outlaw tobacco smoking in public

| November 6, 2014

A nationwide ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is due to come into force from early next year, according to a story in The National quoting a Ministry of Health announcement. The ban will include public places such as universities, hospitals, public transport, theatres, cinemas, playgrounds and […]

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PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model

PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model

| November 5, 2014

Philip Morris International is adopting a new leaf buying model in the United States. The company will transition from directly purchasing tobacco through contracts with U.S. growers to purchasing through two suppliers, Alliance One International Inc. (AOI) and Universal Corp. This new purchasing model will take effect on April 1, 2015. “Moving to a new […]

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AOI to supply PMI

AOI to supply PMI

| November 5, 2014

Alliance One International has been selected to supply U.S. tobacco to Philip Morris International (PMI), as PMI adopts a new leaf procurement model in the United States and Canada. On Nov. 5, 2014, PMI announced its decision to transition from direct contracting and purchasing of tobacco from U.S. growers to sourcing its U.S. tobacco requirements […]

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Regulators shouldn’t disfavor e-cigarettes

Regulators shouldn’t disfavor e-cigarettes

| November 5, 2014

Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn’t warranted based on current evidence, according to a HealthDay News story quoting a new study and reproduced on the HealthFinder.gov section of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ website. On the contrary, allowing electronic cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, the […]

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Singapore to ban sales of shisha

Singapore to ban sales of shisha

| November 5, 2014

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) intends to prohibit the import, distribution and sale of shisha from later this month, according to a Channel News Asia story. The Parliamentary Secretary for the MOH, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, was said to have announced the proposed ban in Parliament yesterday. According to the National Health Survey 2010, […]

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Alliance pays lower tobacco prices but seeks to improve social responsibility

Alliance pays lower tobacco prices but seeks to improve social responsibility

| November 5, 2014

The prices paid for farmers’ tobacco by Alliance One International during the second quarter of this financial year were generally below those of ‘last season’. In announcing the company’s second quarter results to the end of September, CEO Pieter Sikkel said that the challenging conditions identified at the end of fiscal year 2014 had continued […]

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Don’t get sniffy about these detectors – although more research is needed

Don’t get sniffy about these detectors – although more research is needed

| November 5, 2014

Portable devices are expected to be used in the Netherlands to take from cafés air samples that will later be analyzed to help inspectors determine whether the national tobacco smoking ban has been broken, according to a story by Janene Van Jaarsveldt for nltimes.nl. The strategy, which is based on research by the National Institute […]

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Forest celebrates 35 years of standing up for smokers, widens freedom horizons

Forest celebrates 35 years of standing up for smokers, widens freedom horizons

| November 4, 2014

The UK smokers’ group Forest is today marking its 35th anniversary with a special smoker-friendly party in London. Two hundred guests are expected to attend the event, Forest@35, including several members of parliament. The event, at Boisdale of Belgravia, will be attended by long-standing supporters, among them Trevor Baylis OBE, inventor of the clockwork radio, […]

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Zimbabwe urged to add value to exports

Zimbabwe urged to add value to exports

| November 4, 2014

Zimbabwe last year lost about US$6 billion through exporting unprocessed tobacco rather than finished tobacco products, according to a New Zimbabwe story quoting policy analyst Butler Tambo. Tambo, who was addressing an ‘Ideas Festival’ organized by the lobby group, Bulawayo Agenda, said Zimbabwe’s young people should be mentored in a way that encouraged them to […]

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Imperial tobacco volume down 23 billion

Imperial tobacco volume down 23 billion

| November 4, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s volume shipments of cigarettes and other tobacco products calculated as ‘stick equivalents’ (SE) during the 12 months to the end of September, at 294 billion, were down by seven percent on those of the 12 months to the end of September 2013, 317 billion. The company said that the underlying fall in shipments, […]

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Flavor intensity and pack elements link new products from different brands

Flavor intensity and pack elements link new products from different brands

| November 4, 2014

Flavor and aroma are the keys to two new products due to be launched by Japan Tobacco Inc next month. The company said in a note posted on its website today that Cabin Gold Wild 8 Box and Caster Gold Silk 6 Box would bring out the best flavor and aroma characteristics of the Cabin […]

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RAI to host investor presentation

RAI to host investor presentation

| November 4, 2014

The management of Reynolds American and its operating companies will discuss the companies’ performances and plans during presentations to the investment community on November 17. The presentations will be webcast on a listen-only basis at www.reynoldsamerican.com from about 09.00 Eastern Time. Registration is currently available at http://www.media-server.com/m/p/yo83hvge – under Events & Presentations of the Investors […]

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Video: Alison Cooper comments on Imperial’s 2014 results

Video: Alison Cooper comments on Imperial’s 2014 results

| November 4, 2014

Imperial Tobacco full-year 2014 results interview with CEO Alison Cooper & CFO Oliver Tant. This video was published by MerchantCantos.

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