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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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Indian states crack down on tobacco

Indian states crack down on tobacco

| November 11, 2014

An attempt at heading off the growing incidence of cancer in the Indian state of Bihar has led to a ban on a number of non-combustible oral products containing tobacco, but has exempted cigarettes, bidis and raw tobacco or khaini, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Bihar’s […]

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Rising tide of tobacco taxes in Maldives

Rising tide of tobacco taxes in Maldives

| November 11, 2014

The Maldives’ Minister for Finance, Abdulla Jihad, said on Monday that the government would propose a tax increase on tobacco products of 300 percent, according to a Haveeru Online story. Speaking during a Budget Committee meeting, Jihad said that it was planned also to increase import duty on tobacco and other products. The current import […]

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Petition calls for shisha-ban review

Petition calls for shisha-ban review

| November 11, 2014

More than 200 people have signed a petition calling for a ban on the sale of shisha in Singapore to be reviewed, according to an AsiaOne story. The appeal, on the petition website Change.org, was started on Thursday by Isabelle Yeo, a National University of Singapore law graduate. Yeo also wrote an open letter to […]

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Fine cigar auction, London, December 1

Fine cigar auction, London, December 1

| November 11, 2014

C.Gars Ltd’s fifth winter auction of rare, aged and vintage cigars is due to be held in London on December 1. Managing director, Mitchell Orchant, said his company was currently holding 350 Lots and that bids were expected to range from £40 to £30,000, which would be a record for a C.Gars auction. Due to […]

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BAT moves swiftly to investigate U.S. tobacco farm labor abuse allegations

BAT moves swiftly to investigate U.S. tobacco farm labor abuse allegations

| November 10, 2014

British American Tobacco says it is bringing forward to next year a scheduled independent review of its US supply chain. This follows the publication of a number of reports alleging labor abuses on US farms, including tobacco farms. One report, A Smokescreen for Slavery: Human Rights Abuses in UK Supply Chains, by UK Labour Party […]

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EU Commission quizzed over OLAF’s relationship with tobacco industry

EU Commission quizzed over OLAF’s relationship with tobacco industry

| November 10, 2014

The European Commission has been asked how it can guarantee that co-operation between the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the tobacco industry won’t lead to a reduction in tobacco-industry vigilance by OLAF. In a preamble to his question, Marc Tarabella, a Belgian politician and member of the European Parliament, said that since 2004 the Commission […]

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PM to hold discussions on plant closure

PM to hold discussions on plant closure

| November 10, 2014

The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to meet Northern Ireland representatives to discuss the forthcoming closure of the Lisnafillan tobacco factory at Ballymena, County Antrim, according to a UTV News story. It was announced last month that the plant, owned by Japan Tobacco International, would be shut down during the next two years […]

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Graphic warnings unveiled in Philippines

Graphic warnings unveiled in Philippines

| November 10, 2014

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) has published 12 templates for the graphic health warnings set to be included on tobacco packs, according to stories in the Daily Inquirer and the Sun-Star. The 12 warnings are to be rotated so that each variant of every brand displays them all with approximately equal frequency during a […]

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US farm labor issues continue to dog tobacco interests around the world

US farm labor issues continue to dog tobacco interests around the world

| November 7, 2014

A report released on Wednesday by two members of the British Parliament asks tobacco companies to guarantee freedom of association for US farm laborers, according to a story by Vanessa McCray for The Blade newspaper. The report, by Labour Party members Jim Sheridan and Ian Lavery, followed a July fact-finding trip (see July 25 story: […]

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Universal impacted by leaf oversupply

Universal impacted by leaf oversupply

| November 7, 2014

Universal Corp’s results continue to be impacted by an oversupply in leaf tobacco markets and the effects of softer demand from its customers. “As is typical under these conditions, markets have developed slowly in some origins, with a later start to purchasing and processing, as well as delayed receipt of shipping instructions from customers,” said […]

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Sporting chance of Tokyo smoking ban

Sporting chance of Tokyo smoking ban

| November 7, 2014

Some people within the Tokyo government are pushing for a tobacco smoking ban in line with those in force in some western nations, according to a PRESS TV story. Such a ban was attempted in Yokohama but failed due to strong business opposition. However, some people believe the time is now right and there are […]

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Universal says new PMI leaf supply deal will help address US farm labor issues

Universal says new PMI leaf supply deal will help address US farm labor issues

| November 6, 2014

The Universal Corp subsidiary, Universal Leaf North America (ULNA), is set to increase its direct purchases of US flue-cured and Burley tobaccos as part of a new leaf supply agreement with Philip Morris International. In making the announcement, Universal Corp’s chairman, president and CEO, George C. Freeman III, said PMI’s decision to adopt a new […]

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Modest price rise for Japan’s growers

Modest price rise for Japan’s growers

| November 6, 2014

Japan’s Leaf Tobacco Deliberative Council today announced the area on which domestic leaf would be grown next year and the prices that would be paid to farmers. In a note posted on its website, Japan Tobacco Inc. said the council had been in general agreement with a proposal put forward by JT earlier in the […]

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E-cigarette outlets plummet in Spain

E-cigarette outlets plummet in Spain

| November 6, 2014

The number of shops selling electronic cigarettes in Spain has fallen by 90 percent during the past 12 months, according to a story in The Local quoting the country’s electronic cigarette industry association, ANCE. A year ago there were about 3,000 shops selling electronic cigarettes in Spain but now there are about 300. “There has […]

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UAE to outlaw tobacco smoking in public

UAE to outlaw tobacco smoking in public

| November 6, 2014

A nationwide ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is due to come into force from early next year, according to a story in The National quoting a Ministry of Health announcement. The ban will include public places such as universities, hospitals, public transport, theatres, cinemas, playgrounds and […]

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PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model

PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model

| November 5, 2014

Philip Morris International is adopting a new leaf buying model in the United States. The company will transition from directly purchasing tobacco through contracts with U.S. growers to purchasing through two suppliers, Alliance One International Inc. (AOI) and Universal Corp. This new purchasing model will take effect on April 1, 2015. “Moving to a new […]

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AOI to supply PMI

AOI to supply PMI

| November 5, 2014

Alliance One International has been selected to supply U.S. tobacco to Philip Morris International (PMI), as PMI adopts a new leaf procurement model in the United States and Canada. On Nov. 5, 2014, PMI announced its decision to transition from direct contracting and purchasing of tobacco from U.S. growers to sourcing its U.S. tobacco requirements […]

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