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License issued for new cigarette factory in Morocco

License issued for new cigarette factory in Morocco

| November 19, 2014

A United Arab Emirates company plans to build a cigarette factory in Morocco in partnership with local investors, according to an Emirates 24/7 story quoting the ‘Hespress’ Arabic language daily. The Dubai-based Al Rashideen trading company was said to have set up a joint venture with Moroccan investors under the name of the UAE-Moroccan Manufacturing […]

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‘Smoker riots’ possible as cigarette prices rise again

‘Smoker riots’ possible as cigarette prices rise again

| November 19, 2014

The Moscow Times has said that trouble could be brewing over the price of cigarettes in Russia. A story by Alexey Eremenko said the government was struggling to explain the economic downturn as the country ambled toward recession. So far, the authorities had been inclined to blame external factors, an approach that was clearly working […]

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Could ‘vapo’ catch on in Australia? – give us a break

Could ‘vapo’ catch on in Australia? – give us a break

| November 19, 2014

Vape is Oxford Dictionaries’ international word of the year for 2014, according to a story by Julian Drape for The Age newspaper. Software that scours the Internet indicated that the use of the word vape doubled between 2013 and 2014. “That’s a steady and sizeable growth,” senior editor Fiona McPherson was said to have told […]

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JT adds E-Lites to innovative-product portfolio

JT adds E-Lites to innovative-product portfolio

| November 19, 2014

The JT Group has completed the acquisition of Zandera Ltd, which is known for the E-Lites brand of electronic cigarettes. Japan Tobacco Inc, which announced on June 11 that it had concluded an agreement to buy Zandera, said today that the investment in Zandera provided the JT Group with an excellent entry-point into the fast-growing […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

| November 19, 2014

Lorillard yesterday declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.615 per share. The dividend is payable on December 10 to stockholders of record as of December 1.

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Call for e-cigarette charger fire warnings

Call for e-cigarette charger fire warnings

| November 18, 2014

Electronic cigarette users in the UK have been advised not to use cheap, unbranded chargers, and not to leave electronic cigarettes unattended while they are being charged – especially over night. A BBC Online story quoted Emma Apter, of the charity Electrical Safety First, as saying that her organization was becoming increasingly concerned about the […]

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Reynolds has another go at heat-not-burn cigarette

Reynolds has another go at heat-not-burn cigarette

| November 18, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite in the US for alternatives to traditional cigarettes by launching a cigarette that heats rather than burns tobacco, according to a story by Michael Felberbaum for Associated Press. Revo has a carbon tip that is lit and that heats the tobacco using technology first […]

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Ceylon Tobacco ready for health warnings

Ceylon Tobacco ready for health warnings

| November 18, 2014

All cigarette packs manufactured by Ceylon Tobacco Co (CTC) are scheduled from the beginning of January to include pictorial health warnings covering 60 percent of their front and back surfaces, according to a story in the Sunday Times quoting company sources. CTC said the move was in line with a Supreme Court ruling. According to […]

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Financial dependence linked to tobacco use

Financial dependence linked to tobacco use

| November 18, 2014

Young adults in the US who are financially dependent on their parents are between about three and seven times more likely to be tobacco users than are their financially independent counterparts. Those financially dependent are also 63-86 percent less likely to have quit tobacco than are those financially independent. These are the key findings of […]

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BAT to appeal against oversupply fine

BAT to appeal against oversupply fine

| November 17, 2014

British American Tobacco is to appeal against a fine imposed by the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for allegedly oversupplying the Belgium market with hand-rolling tobacco that then found its way to the UK. In a statement issued to the media, BAT described the fine as unjustified. The £650,000 fine came to light through […]

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Alberta exempts menthol from flavor ban

Alberta exempts menthol from flavor ban

| November 17, 2014

Alberta has made a menthol U-turn by exempting it from its law banning flavored tobacco products, according to a story by John Cotter for The Globe and Mail. Health Minister Stephen Mandel said the law, which is due to be phased in, would still protect young people from the dangers of other flavored tobacco. After […]

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JTI’s domestic volume down in October

JTI’s domestic volume down in October

| November 17, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 9.6 billion, was down by 5.5 percent on that of October 2013, 10.2 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The October 2013 figure was increased by 2.0 percent on that of October 2012. Volume during January-October, at 93.5 billion, was […]

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Blu e-cigarette comes with more juice

Blu e-cigarette comes with more juice

| November 17, 2014

Blu eCigs is scheduled to launch its new blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kit nationwide in US retail stores today. The new product is said to use a pre-filled tank system that holds more e-juice and delivers more consistency from drag to drag than is the case with other products. Blu uses, too, a new flavor formulation […]

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Republican control of US Congress might slow advance of tobacco regulation

Republican control of US Congress might slow advance of tobacco regulation

| November 14, 2014

Having a Republican-controlled US Congress might not lead to a winding back of Food and Drug Administration oversight of tobacco products, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal quoting analysts and industry observers. But it might mean a push for fewer new regulations at a time when the FDA is deliberating […]

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President parries minimum price plan

President parries minimum price plan

| November 14, 2014

The Philippines’ President, Benigno Aquino, seems to have rejected a proposal for the government to adopt a minimum price for cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star. Even though at least some of his economic managers have supported the proposal, Aquino says he prefers a deregulated tobacco industry. “I just heard it now,” […]

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Finger of suspicion points at tobacco

Finger of suspicion points at tobacco

| November 14, 2014

Tobacco smokers are more vulnerable than are non-smokers to Raynaud’s phenomenon, a discoloration of the fingers and toes because of excessively reduced blood flow in response to cold weather or emotional stress, according to a story in The Korea Herald, quoting neurologist Park Gi-deok of the Ewha Women’s University Mokdong Hospital. “The chemicals in tobacco […]

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VUSE views to be webcast from forum

VUSE views to be webcast from forum

| November 14, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast of remarks about R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company’s VUSE digital vapor cigarette at the Wells Fargo 2nd Annual E-Cig Conference in New York on November 20, starting about 13.55 Eastern Time. Registration is now available at www.reynoldsamerican.com; and the webcast, on a listen-only basis, and a replay […]

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Linx launches entry-level laser coder

Linx launches entry-level laser coder

| November 14, 2014

Linx Printing Technologies is launching an entry-level laser coder that, it says, will enable more companies to use such technology than is currently the case. The Linx SL1 will enable more companies to apply high-quality codes and thereby add value to their packaging, says Linx. ‘The Linx SL1 laser coder has the speed, reliability, ease […]

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Meeting to discuss US small-town tobacco-sales ban ends in chaos

Meeting to discuss US small-town tobacco-sales ban ends in chaos

| November 13, 2014

A meeting called to discuss a proposal that would see a ban imposed on the sale of tobacco in a small US town was ended prematurely after shouting broke out over a no-clapping rule, according to a story by George Barnes for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. If the proposal is accepted, Westminster (population 7,277 […]

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Premium cigars light up US market

Premium cigars light up US market

| November 13, 2014

The US last year imported more premium, non-Cuban cigars than it did in 1996, which is generally reckoned to have been the high-point of the ‘cigar boom’ of the 1990s. According to a press release from Shmuli’s Cigars and Accessories, the US imported more than 317 million hand-rolled, non-Cuban cigars during 2013, up by about […]

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PMI applauded for US tobacco policy

PMI applauded for US tobacco policy

| November 13, 2014

The Child Labor Coalition (CLC) has applauded Philip Morris International for adopting a new US tobacco-buying policy that, the CLC says, ‘could well lead to reduced child labor in US tobacco fields’. Under the new policy (see PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model story, November 5), PMI is outsourcing its US tobacco purchasing to […]

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Theme chosen for 2015 nicotine forum

Theme chosen for 2015 nicotine forum

| November 13, 2014

The 2015 Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 5 and 6, is taking as its theme: The only place where science and policy meet. The organizers of the event said in a recent press note that the science of nicotine was developing rapidly, regulatory issues were […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| November 13, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of a presentation and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos during the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference starting about 10.20 hours Eastern Time on November 19. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the […]

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Lawsuit targets BAT’s role in Reynolds deal

Lawsuit targets BAT’s role in Reynolds deal

| November 12, 2014

The plaintiff in a lawsuit targeting Reynolds American Inc.’s $27.4 billion offer for Lorillard Inc. wants the deal blocked, saying that British American Tobacco (BAT) is protecting its 42 percent Reynolds stake at the expense of public shareholders. The Beatrice Corwin Living Irrevocable Trust is suing Reynolds, its board — which includes top executive Susan […]

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Tobacco farmers growing in Zimbabwe

Tobacco farmers growing in Zimbabwe

| November 12, 2014

At least 86,751 farmers in Zimbabwe have registered to grow tobacco during the 2014-15 season, up from 83,668 who had applied by the corresponding period in 2013, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board says. At least 40,359 of the farmers who want to grow the crop are communal-based, translating to 46 percent of the growers […]

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