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TV program accuses BAT of bribery in East Africa

TV program accuses BAT of bribery in East Africa

| December 1, 2015

The BBC’s Panorama program has alleged that British American Tobacco made illegal payments to politicians and civil servants in countries in East Africa. In responding to the allegations, BAT told the BBC in a statement: ‘The truth is that we do not and will not tolerate corruption, no matter where it takes place’. The payments […]

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Exclusive snus marks 150th anniversary of General

Exclusive snus marks 150th anniversary of General

| December 1, 2015

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of General, Scandinavia’s largest snus brand and, to celebrate this milestone, Swedish Match is today launching the exclusive snus General Kardus Fäviken 2016. The original product was said to have been created by perfectionist Johan A Boman in 1866, and his creation is now being interpreted by Chef Magnus […]

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BAT-Imperial deal ‘likely’

BAT-Imperial deal ‘likely’

| November 30, 2015

Wells Fargo Securities believes a deal between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG) is “very probable,” based on a detailed market share and leverage analysis it performed. The most likely scenario, according to the financial services firm, is that BAT acquires Imperial but divests its U.S. assets, ITG Brands, in a tax-free […]

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22nd Century to open new laboratories

22nd Century to open new laboratories

| November 30, 2015

22nd Century Group, a plant biotechnology company and leader in tobacco harm reduction, has announced that it will open specialized laboratories in western New York, USA, dedicated to new scientific research at substantially lower costs than sponsored research projects at third-party universities. Paul J. Rushton, Ph.D., the company’s vice president of plant biotechnology, will lead […]

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JTI goads Australia over ‘branding ban’ failure

JTI goads Australia over ‘branding ban’ failure

| November 30, 2015

After three years in which Australia’s standardized tobacco packaging legislation has been in force, the government is still refusing to admit that it has been a failure, according to a note posted on Japan Tobacco International’s website today. Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act (TPPA) was aimed at: discouraging people from taking up smoking or using […]

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Fontem settles another e-vapor patents case

Fontem settles another e-vapor patents case

| November 30, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s Fontem Ventures, and CB Distributors and DR Distributors (CBD and DRD) have settled patent infringement litigation in the US, according to a PRNewswire story. Fontem is the owner of the electronic cigarette brand blu, while CBD and DRD own and distribute the electronic cigarette brands 21st Century Smoke and Vapin Plus. ‘The settlement […]

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