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Health minister backs quitting with e-cigarettes

Health minister backs quitting with e-cigarettes

| January 23, 2015

The health minister of Canada’s Quebec province, Gaétan Barrette, has come out in favour of using electronic cigarettes as a way to quit smoking, according to a story by Geoffrey Vendeville for the Montreal Gazette. “Electronic cigarettes are a means to quit smoking that is clearly extraordinarily efficient,” he told reporters after a legislative committee […]

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Imperial to put US assets acquisition to shareholders

Imperial to put US assets acquisition to shareholders

| January 23, 2015

Imperial Tobacco is due to hold its Annual General Meeting on January 28. And, following the conclusion of the AGM, a general meeting will be held to seek shareholder approval for the proposed acquisition of assets in the US. The presentation transcripts and slides from both meetings will be available on the company’s website following […]

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Latest Beijing tobacco smoking ban to be enforced

Latest Beijing tobacco smoking ban to be enforced

| January 21, 2015

Beijing residents have been assured that a tobacco smoking ban due to come into force later this year will be enforced, according to a Global Times story quoting the Xinhua news agency. The Beijing municipal legislature in November passed an anti-smoking bill banning smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces, and on public transport. […]

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Balcony smoking scene likely to have long run

Balcony smoking scene likely to have long run

| January 21, 2015

People in Germany who smoke on the balconies of their homes could be sued in the future if their smoking is deemed to be ‘excessive’, according to a story in the Electronic Telegraph. Germany’s supreme court has ruled that Germans can sue their neighbours for excessive smoking on their balconies. The court did not define […]

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Smokers crowd into Korea’s last smoking refuges

Smokers crowd into Korea’s last smoking refuges

| January 21, 2015

Since the extension on January 1 of South Korea’s tobacco smoking ban to include all bars, restaurants, coffee shops and Internet cafés, smokers have been flocking to the only places where they can still smoke: small-scale indoor sports venues, The Korea Times has reported. There are about 15,000 billiard halls and 7,000 screen golf venues […]

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Tobacco flood-damage being assessed in Malawi

Tobacco flood-damage being assessed in Malawi

| January 21, 2015

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has started assessing the damage that has been caused to tobacco crops by the floods that have followed heavy rains in recent months. CEO Bruce Munthali told the local press that the heavy rains and floods had caused leaching of fertilisers, and made it difficult for farmers to control weeds […]

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Most long-term users want to quit NRT products

Most long-term users want to quit NRT products

| January 20, 2015

A study has found that 88 percent of long-term users of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products want to quit NRT because of the cost of the products, because they are tired of feeling addicted, and because of fears of adverse health consequences, according to a story on 7th Space Interactive citing a study published in […]

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China’s tobacco revenue up steeply last year

China’s tobacco revenue up steeply last year

| January 20, 2015

China’s tobacco industry generated Yuan1.05 trillion ($169.7 billion) in profits and taxes during 2014, up 10.02 percent year-on-year, according to a story in the Global Times citing data from the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration. Last year also the industry provided the government with revenues of more than Yuan911.03 billion in profits, taxes and fees, a […]

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Electronic cigarette imports soar in South Korea

Electronic cigarette imports soar in South Korea

| January 20, 2015

Tobacco cigarette imports into South Korea fell between 2013 and 2014 but, at the same time, electronic-cigarette imports rose sharply as smokers tried to kick their habit before the imposition of a huge, tax-induced price increase on January 1, according to a story in The Korea Herald citing customs office figures. The Korea Customs Service […]

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Universal to webcast results conference call

Universal to webcast results conference call

| January 20, 2015

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call to be held on February 3 following the release of its results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 after market close on that date. The conference call, which will begin at 17.00 Eastern Time, will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and […]

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Ban on smoking in films would be ‘really ridiculous’

Ban on smoking in films would be ‘really ridiculous’

| January 19, 2015

Some of the best-known Italian directors, producers and scriptwriters have put their names to a letter opposing a proposal to ban smoking from films and television, according to a Dpa story. The group of 20 artists, including Oscar-winning directors Paolo Sorrentino and Gabriele Salvatores, wrote a letter to La Repubblica newspaper saying they felt they […]

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Only ‘good’ customs should be shown on television

Only ‘good’ customs should be shown on television

| January 19, 2015

The Maldives’ Health Protection Agency (HPA) has expressed concern over the display of hookah smokers at the Cultural Festival organized by the Maldives Broadcasting Corporation, according to a story in Haveeru Online. People smoking hookahs were shown during the festival as representing one of the age-old but dying Maldivian traditions and customs. Some television channels, […]

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Cigarette firms said to be threat to consumer choice

Cigarette firms said to be threat to consumer choice

| January 19, 2015

Big cigarette companies in the US are encouraging the government to help snuff out competition from small start-ups trying to sell electronic cigarettes, according to a piece in the National Review Online by Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. ‘When the success of America’s largest companies is threatened, they often turn to the […]

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JT’s domestic sales down by 2.3 percent last year

JT’s domestic sales down by 2.3 percent last year

| January 19, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 10.2 billion, was down by 2.3 percent on that of December 2013, 10.4 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The December 2013 figure was up by 1.1 percent on that of December 2012. Volume during January-December, at 112.4 billion, was […]

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Altria to webcast full-year results discussions

Altria to webcast full-year results discussions

| January 19, 2015

Altria is due to host a live audio webcast at www.altria.com from 09.00 Eastern Time on January 30 to discuss its 2014 fourth-quarter and full-year business results. The results will be issued in a press release about 07.00 on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, chairman and CEO Marty […]

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Union boss rails at PMFTC, government over job cuts

Union boss rails at PMFTC, government over job cuts

| January 15, 2015

The Philippines labor group, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), has described a decision by Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) to cut 640 jobs from its Marikina plant as ‘reeking with treachery’, according to a InterAksyon.com (TV 5) story. In a press note, the BMP said PMFTC had announced the job cuts barely a month […]

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Low tobacco use but high disease rate in Oman

Low tobacco use but high disease rate in Oman

| January 15, 2015

The Executive Office of the Gulf Health Ministries has released a report putting Yemen on top of the list of tobacco consumers in the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) and among all Arab nations, according to a story in the Times of Oman. Saudi Arabia was second on the list and it was followed by Kuwait, […]

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Iggesund announces upgraded paperboard, services

Iggesund announces upgraded paperboard, services

| January 15, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard has announced that it is going to upgrade its flagship product, Invercote. From July, the bestselling paperboard in the Invercote range, Invercote G, will feature a lightly coated reverse side. “More and more brand owners want to have access to high-quality reverse side printing, for example in order to print a colour shade […]

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Revoking tobacconist license broke ownership rules

Revoking tobacconist license broke ownership rules

| January 14, 2015

Hungary violated rules protecting private ownership when it stripped a tobacconist of his license in 2013, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. According to an All Hungary Media Group story; the court’s ruling does not require that the offending legislation is amended, but it will require the Hungarian state to pay the equivalent […]

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JT adds more Options to menthol cigarette offering

JT adds more Options to menthol cigarette offering

| January 14, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. says that it will launch across Japan from the middle of February three new products within its Mevius Premium Menthol Option range of cigarettes that features the company’s new aroma-changing filter capsule. The products are: Mevius Premium Menthol Option Yellow 8 (delivery 8 mg of tar and 0.7mg of nicotine), Mevius Premium […]

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Jobs go at Philip Morris Fortune as market share dips

Jobs go at Philip Morris Fortune as market share dips

| January 14, 2015

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco, the Philippines’ biggest cigarette manufacturer is cutting 640 employees from its Marikina plant; or about 30 percent of the plant’s workforce, according to a number of reports. “This was a very difficult decision to make but in order to maintain a viable operation and to safeguard the future of our business […]

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Bright Packaging to supply Izhora with aluminium foil

Bright Packaging to supply Izhora with aluminium foil

| January 14, 2015

Malaysia-based Bright Packaging Industry Bhd has entered into an agreement to supply aluminium foil worth US$15 million to ZAO Philip Morris Izhora, a Russia-based affiliate of Philip Morris International, according to a story in the Sun Daily, Malaysia. In a filing to Bursa Malaysia, Bright Packaging said the agreement would remain in force until December […]

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Call for industry unity in face of flue-cured ‘glut’

Call for industry unity in face of flue-cured ‘glut’

| January 13, 2015

Concerned about a possible fall in demand for leaf tobacco on international markets, the Tobacco Board of India has called on flue-cured growers in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to stick to the authorized production targets for 2014-2015, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The board has fixed […]

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Ethiopian city implements tobacco smoking ban

Ethiopian city implements tobacco smoking ban

| January 13, 2015

Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, has become the first Ethiopian city to ban tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story in The Sudan Tribune. A bill banning smoking was passed unanimously last year by Ethiopian lawmakers and Mekelle has become the first city to implement the bill’s regulations. The new […]

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Italy preparing for further tobacco smoking bans

Italy preparing for further tobacco smoking bans

| January 13, 2015

Italy is making moves to ban tobacco smoking in outdoor areas such as parks, beaches and stadiums, and to stop actors lighting up on film and television sets, according to a story in The Local. And according to a story in La Repubblica, smoking could be banned in cars, ‘especially’ – but presumably not exclusively […]

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