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Tobacco used in fight against Ebola

Tobacco used in fight against Ebola

| August 7, 2014

Drug makers’ use of tobacco plants as a fast and cheap way to produce novel biotechnology treatments is gaining global attention because of its role in an experimental Ebola therapy, according to a story by Sharon Begley for Reuters. The treatment, which had been tested only in laboratory animals before being given to two US […]

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Tobacco used in fight against pollution

Tobacco used in fight against pollution

| August 7, 2014

Boeing and the state-owned South African Airways have agreed to co-operate in producing jet fuel from a new type of tobacco plant, with the aim of reducing environmental pollution, according to a story by Eduard Gismatullin for Bloomberg News. The partners will use SkyNRG’s hybrid plant Solaris, which can be grown as an energy crop, […]

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Move to ban children from tobacco farms

Move to ban children from tobacco farms

| August 7, 2014

A US politician has introduced legislation to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, according to a story by Cristina Marcos for The Hill. David Cicilline, a Democrat of Rhode Island, said he had been inspired to address the issue after a Human Rights Watch report earlier this year documented how children working in tobacco […]

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Objections lodged against Ireland’s standardized packaging proposal

Objections lodged against Ireland’s standardized packaging proposal

| August 7, 2014

Three EU countries have lodged objections to Ireland’s standardized tobacco packaging proposals put forward by Dr. James Reilly when he was Minister for Health, according to a story in The Irish Times. Portugal, Bulgaria and Slovakia are said to have objected in recent weeks on the basis that the proposals are incompatible with EU rules […]

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Japanese tobacco gets the all-clear

Japanese tobacco gets the all-clear

| August 7, 2014

Testing in Japan of this year’s domestic crop of flue-cured Virginia tobacco has been completed, and none of the leaf tested exceeded the Japan Tobacco Inc. standard value of radioactive cesium: 100Bq/kg. JT has been conducting a number of tests at each stage of its production process for radioactive materials in Japanese domestic tobacco in […]

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De la Fargue to head up Hail & Cotton

De la Fargue to head up Hail & Cotton

| August 7, 2014

Hail & Cotton International Group (HCIG) has hired Michael de la Fargue as president and CEO.  De la Fargue brings more than 20 years of relevant tobacco leaf experience, having most recently served as vice president of leaf services in Africa for JTI.  He replaces Warren L. Corbin who served as HCIG’s president/CEO for the […]

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Leaf prices down on those of last year

Leaf prices down on those of last year

| August 6, 2014

Alliance One International made a net loss of $18.6 million during its first quarter to the end of June, a smaller net loss than was recorded during the first quarter to the end of June 2013, $36.9 million. Gross profit increased by 23.2 percent to $35.1 million and gross profit as a percentage of sales […]

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Growers threaten boycott over leaf prices

Growers threaten boycott over leaf prices

| August 6, 2014

The Kisan Board of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, has rejected a price of Rs150 per kg for leaf tobacco and threatened to stop growing the crop if farmers are not paid Rs200 per kg, according to a story in The Express Tribune. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa grows the bulk of Pakistan’s tobacco crop. It produced 83 million kg in 2012-13, […]

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Total makeover for JT menthol cigarette

Total makeover for JT menthol cigarette

| August 6, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. is redesigning its Pianissimo Precia Dia’s Menthol cigarette; an all-new version of which is due to be rolled out nationwide in Japan from mid-September. In announcing its plans, JT said that Pianissimo was one of the most popular menthol brands on the market and that the Pianissimo Precia series offered ‘an elegantly […]

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American earns top sustainability award

American earns top sustainability award

| August 6, 2014

The American Snuff Company (ASC) has been awarded the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) highest award for sustainable business practices, the Tennessee Green Star Partnership Three-Star Certification. ASC, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American (RAI), is the first Memphis-based company and the 13th in Tennessee to hold this award. “ASC-Memphis is very pleased […]

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Universal declares quarterly dividends

Universal declares quarterly dividends

| August 6, 2014

Universal Corporation’s board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.51 per share on the company’s common shares, payable on November 10 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 14. In addition, the board declared a quarterly dividend of $16.875 per share on the company’s Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual […]

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Multinationals picketed in Russia

Multinationals picketed in Russia

| August 5, 2014

A series of pickets against multinational tobacco companies were staged yesterday in a number of Russian cities stretching from the south to the northwest of the country, according to an ITAR-TASS story. The picketers seemed to have had a number of grievances, not all of which could be laid at the door of the multinationals. […]

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Andhra tops COPTA prosecution table

Andhra tops COPTA prosecution table

| August 5, 2014

Andhra Pradesh, the volume leader in flue-cured tobacco production in India, is also the top state in prosecutions relating to violations of anti-tobacco laws. According to an Indian Television report, between April 2012 and September 2013, 71,705 people were prosecuted in Andhra and fined INR5,283,948 for having broken the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition […]

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Imperial ups fight against illicit trade

Imperial ups fight against illicit trade

| August 5, 2014

Imperial Tobacco said today it had rolled out Case Trace technology in four European factories and six markets to enable it better to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products. “A cross-functional project team comprising Group IS, Global Engineering and Supply Chain plus factory and market teams worked for two years to successfully implement the […]

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E-cigarette store at Dublin airport

E-cigarette store at Dublin airport

| August 5, 2014

The Electronic Cigarettes International Group says that its subsidiary, VIP Electronic Cigarettes, has opened a new flagship retail store within Dublin International Airport’s Terminal 2. According to a Business Wire press note, the Dublin airport store is the first dedicated e-cigarette store to be located in an airport in Ireland. VIP says that it now […]

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China vapor forum

China vapor forum

| August 4, 2014

The CECMOL forum 2014 will take place Sept. 2-4 at the Kirin Parkview Hotel in Shenzhen, China on. This is the first major international forum in China dedicated to the vapor market. Experts will discuss issues such as public policy, standardization, R&D and manufacturing. This forum is an opportunity for visitors to meet China’s major […]

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ITC seeks e-cigarette policy in India

ITC seeks e-cigarette policy in India

| August 4, 2014

ITC is ready to enter the e-cigarette era and is engaging with the government in the hope of developing a policy that would allow the launch of these products on to the Indian market, according to a story in The Economic Times quoting chairman Y.C. Deveshwar. The chairman said he expected that the new government […]

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EU detains fewer items on IPR grounds

EU detains fewer items on IPR grounds

| August 4, 2014

Cigarettes comprised the third most frequently detained specific article at the EU’s borders during 2013, according to the commission’s annual report on customs actions to enforce intellectual property rights (IPR). First place was taken by clothing, which accounted for 12.33 percent of the items detained, and next came medicines (10.10 percent). Cigarettes accounted for 8.95 […]

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Reynolds American marks 10th birthday

Reynolds American marks 10th birthday

| August 4, 2014

Reynolds American (RAI) celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday with a closing bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. Susan M. Cameron, RAI’s president and CEO, joined a group of other company employees in ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in recognition of the decade since the newly created company […]

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AOI appoints vice president and treasurer

AOI appoints vice president and treasurer

| August 4, 2014

Alliance One International has appointed John R. Heffernan as vice president and treasurer. An AOI press note posted on its website said that Heffernan was bringing to the company more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international finance, treasury and capital markets. Prior to joining AOI, he held finance leadership roles at several […]

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Threat to tobacco retailers in Turkey

Threat to tobacco retailers in Turkey

| August 1, 2014

More than 22,000 Turkish retailers risk losing their licenses to sell cigarettes under an anti-tobacco law being drafted by the government, according to a story in the Hurriyet Daily News. If passed, the proposed law would ban cigarette retailers within 100 meters of schools, a regulation that the cigarette industry says would affect about one-sixth […]

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U.K. doctors split on e-cigarettes

U.K. doctors split on e-cigarettes

| August 1, 2014

Forty percent of U.K. doctors believe that e-cigarettes should be available only from pharmacies, according to a WalesOnline story quoting a recent poll. Thirteen percent of doctors believe the devices should be prescription-only, 16 percent think they should not be on the market at all, and 31 percent believe they should be freely available. These […]

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Smoking rate continues long-term decline

Smoking rate continues long-term decline

| August 1, 2014

Japan’s smoking incidence fell below 20 percent in May, according to the Japan Smoking Rate Survey that has been conducted annually by Japan Tobacco Inc. since 1965. The overall incidence of smoking stands at 19.7 percent, down from 20.9 percent last year, with the rate of smoking among men down from 32.2 percent to 30.3 […]

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Minister goes on the offensive

Minister goes on the offensive

| August 1, 2014

The Indian minister of health and family welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has written to Arun Jaitley, the minister of finance and the minister of defense, urging that the armed forces stop selling tobacco products at their canteens. And Vardhan has asked the minister to review the policy whereby tobacco products are made available at discount […]

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New dual filter offers capsule plus …

New dual filter offers capsule plus …

| August 1, 2014

Essentra Filter Products has launched Dual Sensation, a filter that enables a capsule segment to be combined within a multisegment filter. In a press note announcing the new filter, Essentra said that it provided cigarette manufacturers with the flexibility to design products that delivered to their consumers flavor on demand and the benefits of either […]

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