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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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China mulls tougher tobacco controls

China mulls tougher tobacco controls

| November 26, 2014

China is considering a ban on all forms of tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, according to a draft regulation published on the website of the State Council’s legislative affairs office. Pending public consultation, the draft also includes plans to ban certain smoking scenes in films and TV shows. The draft bans smoking in kindergartens, schools, […]

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JT launches Camel Natural Box

JT launches Camel Natural Box

| November 25, 2014

Japan Tobacco has announced the launch of Camel Natural Box and Camel Natural Lights Box. These new products, which contain no added flavorings, are to go on sale in mid-December 2014 at selected retail stores in the Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Osaka prefectures. Introduced in the United States in 1913 Camel is one JT Group’s leading […]

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Tobacco Plus Convenience “to break records”

Tobacco Plus Convenience “to break records”

| November 24, 2014

Scheduled for Jan. 28–29, the Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo (TPC) 2015 is set to break records. According to its organizers, registration has already surpassed that of the 2014 event. Buyers will come to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from all over the world to engage with manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and suppliers. With an eye on the […]

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Vapor continues to offer opportunity

Vapor continues to offer opportunity

| November 24, 2014

Wells Fargo Securities identified several “takeaways” from its second annual e-cigarette conference in New York City on Nov. 20. The e-cigarette category continues to offer considerable opportunity for both traditional tobacco companies and independent players, according to the financial services firm. Despite the significant changes in e-cigarettes and vapor products over the past year, the […]

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E-cigarettes provide navigable route out of smoking

E-cigarettes provide navigable route out of smoking

| November 21, 2014

Electronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction, according to a story in MedicalXpress citing the results of a new study. In a report of the study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, scientists at KU Leuven [Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium] reported that electronic cigarettes […]

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Court says smoking risks known by late 1950s

Court says smoking risks known by late 1950s

| November 21, 2014

The Danish Supreme Court ruled yesterday that two tobacco companies were not responsible for the health problems suffered by a long-time smoker, according to a Deutsche Presse-Agentur story. Allan Lykke Jensen, 67, who had smoked for almost 50 years until he stopped in 2005, had sought damages of 53,000 kroner (US$8,900 dollars) for health issues […]

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Health Board members quit their ‘anti-tobacco habit’

Health Board members quit their ‘anti-tobacco habit’

| November 21, 2014

A Health Board that had proposed a tobacco-products sales ban in a small US town has voted down the proposal, according to a story by O’Ryan Johnson for the Boston Herald. If the proposal had been accepted, Westminster (population 7,277 in 2010 according to Wikipedia), in Worcester County, Massachusetts, would become the first community in […]

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December 1 cigar auction set to break records

December 1 cigar auction set to break records

| November 21, 2014

C.Gars says that its winter 2014 cigar auction looks set to break records at Boisdale Belgravia, London, UK, on December 1. “There is huge interest from cigar aficionados around the world, many of whom will be attending, and we anticipate total bids of over £300,000 for the first time,” said managing director, Mitchell Orchant. “No […]

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Change to RAI’s board as BAT nominee retires

Change to RAI’s board as BAT nominee retires

| November 21, 2014

Neil R. Withington is due to retire from Reynolds American Inc’s board of directors, effective immediately after its meeting on December 4, according to a note posted on the company’s website yesterday. It was announced yesterday that Withington would retire, effective April 30, from British American Tobacco’s management board and leave the group, where he […]

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Mystic introduces cigalike vaporizer

Mystic introduces cigalike vaporizer

| November 20, 2014

Mistic today unveiled its Mistic Bridge with Haus technology, the latest generation of the company’s cigalike rechargeable line that combines the flexibility of an open-tank system with the convenience of a cigarette-like configuration. Available at brick-and-mortar retailers and online at misticecigs.com starting Nov. 28, the Mistic Bridge will be sold as starter packs and individual […]

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Low risk regulation sought for electronic cigarettes

Low risk regulation sought for electronic cigarettes

| November 20, 2014

Members of the Scottish parliament have been told that electronic cigarettes offer a ‘huge potential public health prize’, according to a Press Association story. And they have been urged to be cautious in regulating the sale of these products so that the potential benefits to smokers are maximized while the potential harm is minimized. The […]

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Identified: drivers of student smoking in Qatar

Identified: drivers of student smoking in Qatar

| November 20, 2014

Lack of parental care and supervision, bad company and easy access to cash are some of the factors responsible for the rising number of smokers among Qatar’s school students, according to a story in The Peninsula quoting an Al Raya report. A recent survey is said to have shown that 15.7 percent of preparatory- and […]

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