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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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E-liquids not medicine, says German court

E-liquids not medicine, says German court

| December 4, 2014

A German court has ruled that the liquids contained in e-cigarettes aren’t medicinal products and can be sold freely, reports the Associated Press The Federal Administrative Court delivered its verdict Thursday in a case involving a woman who ran an e-cigarette shop in Wuppertal. City authorities barred her in 2012 from selling liquids containing nicotine […]

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PMI invests in Philippine leaf

PMI invests in Philippine leaf

| December 3, 2014

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Co. (PMFTC), a subsidiary of Philip Morris International, will invest more than 50 million in Virginia tobacco production on Mindanao, Philippines, over the next five to six years, according to local press reports. “We’re starting up a whole new operation down there because it’s quite a unique project that we got, […]

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Neotechnik moves

Neotechnik moves

| December 3, 2014

After 95 years in Bielefeld, Germany, Neotechnik is moving to Telgte-Westbevern. As of Jan. 1, 2015, the company’s contact details will be: Lengericher Str. 22 48291 Telgte-Westbevern Germany Telephone +49 (0)2504/9800-600 Fax: +49 (0)2504/9800-601

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Looking for swift resolution of plain packs dispute

Looking for swift resolution of plain packs dispute

| December 2, 2014

The Dominican Republic is hoping that its dispute with Australia over standardized tobacco-products packaging will be resolved by the World Trade Organization (WTO) before such policies spread to other countries. Since December 1, 2012, Australia has required that all tobacco products be sold in packaging designed on behalf of the previous Labor government to be […]

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Move to oust smokers from Sydney’s ‘premier’ space

Move to oust smokers from Sydney’s ‘premier’ space

| December 2, 2014

The council of the City of Sydney, Australia, is due to vote on a proposal to make Martin Place – described as the city’s ‘premier civic open space’ – smoke-free for a 12-month trial starting early next year. And, according to a story by Jim O’Rourke for The Daily Telegraph, further restrictions could follow. “If […]

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Korea’s retailers face prison for ‘bulk’ cigarette sales

Korea’s retailers face prison for ‘bulk’ cigarette sales

| December 2, 2014

The South Korean government was forced on Monday to threaten draconian action against tobacco retailers that might be tempted to sell large numbers of cigarettes ahead of a tax-led January 1 price hike, according to a story in The Korea Times. The government said it would crack down on stores selling tobacco ‘in bulk’ this […]

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Record broken at London auction of rare cigars

Record broken at London auction of rare cigars

| December 2, 2014

A record £554,125 – including fees – was raised at last night’s C.Gars winter 2014 cigar auction at Boisdale Belgravia in London, the UK. “Lot 317, the highly desirable Cubatabaco 1492 humidor containing 50 1992 Cuban cigars, went for £26,500,” said managing director Mitchell Orchant. “The second highest hammer price was £16,200 for Lot 339, […]

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Vector declares quarterly dividend

Vector declares quarterly dividend

| December 2, 2014

The Vector Group yesterday declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.40 per share. The dividend will be payable on December 30 to shareholders of record as of December 12. The Vector Group is a holding company that, among other interests, indirectly owns the Liggett Group, Vector Tobacco and Zoom E-Cigs.

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Britain’s smokers under 20 percent of population

Britain’s smokers under 20 percent of population

| December 1, 2014

The incidence of smoking among Great Britain’s adult (16 years of age or older) population fell from 20 percent during 2012 to 19 percent last year, according to a recently-released report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The incidence of smoking among men was unchanged at 22 percent, but the proportion of women smokers […]

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Cigarette price hike tentatively agreed in South Korea

Cigarette price hike tentatively agreed in South Korea

| December 1, 2014

South Korea’s ruling and opposition parties have tentatively agreed to raise the tax on cigarettes by WON2,000 ($1.80) per pack next year, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Under the agreement, cigarette prices would be pushed into a range that rose from about WON4,300 to about WON5,000 per pack. The government announced in […]

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Fining manufacturers not way to tackle illegal trade

Fining manufacturers not way to tackle illegal trade

| December 1, 2014

The UK’s Revenue & Customs department has privately told British American Tobacco that fining tobacco companies for breaching anti-smuggling legislation might be less than helpful in the fight against the black market in tobacco products, according to a story in The Times citing the leaked minutes of a meeting. BAT was penalised last month for […]

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India moving to cut off tobacco-company goodwill

India moving to cut off tobacco-company goodwill

| December 1, 2014

The Indian government is considering a raft of new anti-tobacco measures; one of which would ‘discourage’ tobacco manufacturers from earning goodwill through their corporate social responsibility activities, according to a story by Ritika Chopra for The Economic Times. At the same time, the new measures, amendments to the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), […]

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Indonesia minister sees no need to ratify FCTC

Indonesia minister sees no need to ratify FCTC

| November 26, 2014

Despite calls by health advocates for the Indonesian government to ratify the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Industry Minister Saleh Husin said on Nov. 19 that the government “does not need to adopt and ratify [the FCTC], ” according to a report Antara. Husin said existing regulations are adequate to monitor and control […]

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China dominates e-vapor patents

China dominates e-vapor patents

| November 26, 2014

The number of vapor-related patents has skyrocketed in recent years and the field is dominated by China, according to Thomson Reuters. Of more than 2,000 vapor inventions tracked by the company, 64 percent originated in China, 14 percent in the United States and 9 percent in South Korea. China’s domination of the e-vapor patent market […]

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ECIG revenue up 41 percent

ECIG revenue up 41 percent

| November 26, 2014

Electronic Cigarettes International Group (ECIG) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, announced third-quarter revenue of $15.9 million, up 41 percent over the prior-year quarter’s result. The company reported growth in all its brands, including FIN in the U.S. and VIP in the U.K. Gross profit, however, declined to $2.3 million from $6.9 million. Cost of goods […]

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‘U.S. won’t discriminate against Indonesian cigars’

‘U.S. won’t discriminate against Indonesian cigars’

| November 26, 2014

The U.S. will refrain from “arbitrarily or unjustifiably” discriminating against Indonesian cigars and cigarillos in light of the FDA’s proposed deeming regulations for currently unregulated tobacco products, according to a memorandum releaed by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, reports Bloomberg News. The promises follow an agreement between the two countries that allows the U.S. to […]

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