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Regulators shouldn’t disfavor e-cigarettes

Regulators shouldn’t disfavor e-cigarettes

| November 5, 2014

Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn’t warranted based on current evidence, according to a HealthDay News story quoting a new study and reproduced on the HealthFinder.gov section of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ website. On the contrary, allowing electronic cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, the […]

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Singapore to ban sales of shisha

Singapore to ban sales of shisha

| November 5, 2014

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) intends to prohibit the import, distribution and sale of shisha from later this month, according to a Channel News Asia story. The Parliamentary Secretary for the MOH, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, was said to have announced the proposed ban in Parliament yesterday. According to the National Health Survey 2010, […]

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Alliance pays lower tobacco prices but seeks to improve social responsibility

Alliance pays lower tobacco prices but seeks to improve social responsibility

| November 5, 2014

The prices paid for farmers’ tobacco by Alliance One International during the second quarter of this financial year were generally below those of ‘last season’. In announcing the company’s second quarter results to the end of September, CEO Pieter Sikkel said that the challenging conditions identified at the end of fiscal year 2014 had continued […]

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Don’t get sniffy about these detectors – although more research is needed

Don’t get sniffy about these detectors – although more research is needed

| November 5, 2014

Portable devices are expected to be used in the Netherlands to take from cafés air samples that will later be analyzed to help inspectors determine whether the national tobacco smoking ban has been broken, according to a story by Janene Van Jaarsveldt for nltimes.nl. The strategy, which is based on research by the National Institute […]

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Forest celebrates 35 years of standing up for smokers, widens freedom horizons

Forest celebrates 35 years of standing up for smokers, widens freedom horizons

| November 4, 2014

The UK smokers’ group Forest is today marking its 35th anniversary with a special smoker-friendly party in London. Two hundred guests are expected to attend the event, Forest@35, including several members of parliament. The event, at Boisdale of Belgravia, will be attended by long-standing supporters, among them Trevor Baylis OBE, inventor of the clockwork radio, […]

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Zimbabwe urged to add value to exports

Zimbabwe urged to add value to exports

| November 4, 2014

Zimbabwe last year lost about US$6 billion through exporting unprocessed tobacco rather than finished tobacco products, according to a New Zimbabwe story quoting policy analyst Butler Tambo. Tambo, who was addressing an ‘Ideas Festival’ organized by the lobby group, Bulawayo Agenda, said Zimbabwe’s young people should be mentored in a way that encouraged them to […]

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Imperial tobacco volume down 23 billion

Imperial tobacco volume down 23 billion

| November 4, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s volume shipments of cigarettes and other tobacco products calculated as ‘stick equivalents’ (SE) during the 12 months to the end of September, at 294 billion, were down by seven percent on those of the 12 months to the end of September 2013, 317 billion. The company said that the underlying fall in shipments, […]

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Flavor intensity and pack elements link new products from different brands

Flavor intensity and pack elements link new products from different brands

| November 4, 2014

Flavor and aroma are the keys to two new products due to be launched by Japan Tobacco Inc next month. The company said in a note posted on its website today that Cabin Gold Wild 8 Box and Caster Gold Silk 6 Box would bring out the best flavor and aroma characteristics of the Cabin […]

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RAI to host investor presentation

RAI to host investor presentation

| November 4, 2014

The management of Reynolds American and its operating companies will discuss the companies’ performances and plans during presentations to the investment community on November 17. The presentations will be webcast on a listen-only basis at www.reynoldsamerican.com from about 09.00 Eastern Time. Registration is currently available at http://www.media-server.com/m/p/yo83hvge – under Events & Presentations of the Investors […]

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Video: Alison Cooper comments on Imperial’s 2014 results

Video: Alison Cooper comments on Imperial’s 2014 results

| November 4, 2014

Imperial Tobacco full-year 2014 results interview with CEO Alison Cooper & CFO Oliver Tant. This video was published by MerchantCantos.

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PMI granted right to challenge Products Directive through EU Court of Justice

PMI granted right to challenge Products Directive through EU Court of Justice

| November 3, 2014

Subsidiaries of Philip Morris International today obtained a green light from an English Court to challenge the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), according to a note posted on PMI’s website. Key questions regarding the Directive’s validity will be referred to the CJEU as ordered by Mr. […]

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Nepal goes for 90 percent pack warnings

Nepal goes for 90 percent pack warnings

| November 3, 2014

The government of Nepal decided on Thursday to make it mandatory for tobacco companies to devote ‘at least 90 percent’ of their packs to health warnings, according to a story in The Kathmandu Post. It wasn’t clear from the report whether the warnings will have to cover 90 percent of the front, 90 percent of […]

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BAT: farmers ‘valued business partners’

BAT: farmers ‘valued business partners’

| November 3, 2014

British American Tobacco has launched its latest Sustainability Focus Report, Supporting Farmers’ Livelihoods: The Opportunity, which highlights what it says is ‘the important role’ played by the 100,000 tobacco farmers who supply the company. According to a note posted on its website, BAT says the report proposes a new approach to agricultural policy decision making […]

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Cigarettes still ITC’s profits milch-cow

Cigarettes still ITC’s profits milch-cow

| November 3, 2014

Despite being a conglomerate that runs luxury hotels and sells notebooks and clothing, as well as cigarettes, ITC’s bread and butter continues to be the tobacco business, according to a story by Kiran Kabtta Somvanshi for The Economic Times of India. Its performance during the quarter to the end of September continued to display this […]

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Tax rise would close 1,000 tobacconists

Tax rise would close 1,000 tobacconists

| November 3, 2014

French MPs have approved, against the opinion of the government, two amendments that would raise the tax on cigars and cigarillos in line with that imposed on cigarettes, according to a story in Le Figaro. The cigar suppliers’ association, Association des Fournisseurs de Cigares en France (AFCF), said that, if the amendments were confirmed, a […]

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Russia’s smoking laws under scrutiny

Russia’s smoking laws under scrutiny

| November 3, 2014

Russia’s parliament, the Duma, is due to consider revising the country’s anti-smoking laws by reintroducing smoking rooms and special outdoor smoking areas at the country’s airports and train stations, according to a RIA Novosti report quoting a Rossiyskaya Gazeta story. But the proposals for alterations to the country’s anti-smoking laws, which have come into effect […]

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Proposed bill would increase minimum purchase age by one year every year

Proposed bill would increase minimum purchase age by one year every year

| October 31, 2014

A politician in Tasmania, Australia, plans to introduce to the state’s upper house a private member’s bill that would restrict the sale of tobacco products to people born in or after 2000, according to a story by Andrew Drummond for the Australian Associated Press. “It will not make it illegal for them to smoke, but […]

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Tobacco growers at a loss in Malawi

Tobacco growers at a loss in Malawi

| October 31, 2014

Faced with falling prices and government apathy, Malawi’s tobacco growers feel they are between a rock and a hard place, according to an Anadolu Agency story. “I will stop growing the crop if the status quo is maintained,” Mishek Chikulumeni was said to have told the news agency. “Buyers are not giving us a fair […]

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PM USA drops volume but gains share

PM USA drops volume but gains share

| October 31, 2014

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter to the end of September, at 33.165 billion, was 2.8 percent lower than it was during the third quarter of 2013, 34.117 billion. Marlboro volume was down by 2.8 percent to 28.581 billion, while the volume of the company’s other premium brands was down […]

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Taxing issues in Luxembourg

Taxing issues in Luxembourg

| October 31, 2014

Luxembourg’s Cancer Foundation has condemned a government decision to compensate for a two percent VAT increase on tobacco products by reducing excise duty from January 1, according to a story in the Luxembourg Wort. Speaking on behalf of the awareness-raising not-for-profit organization, Dr. Lucienne Thommes said in a press release that he was ‘shocked’ by […]

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Volume sales down at JT and JTI

Volume sales down at JT and JTI

| October 30, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during the six months from April to September, at 53.5 billion, was down by 10.2 percent on that of April-September 2013, 59.6 billion. In announcing this morning its consolidated results, JT said that volume sales had suffered a temporary slowdown following a tax hike in April. Core revenue […]

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Trade treaty under further attack

Trade treaty under further attack

| October 30, 2014

Medical specialists in New Zealand are warning that health outcomes for Māori will suffer a setback if the government signs up to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to a story by Laura Bootham for Radio New Zealand. They are demanding that the government release details of the TPP negotiations so that it can be […]

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Poland recognizes Imperial’s contribution

Poland recognizes Imperial’s contribution

| October 30, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Poland has been presented with an award recognizing the significant contribution it makes to the nation’s economy. In a note posted on its website, the company said that Imperial Tobacco Polska Manufacturing (ITPM) was named an ‘Ambassador of the Polish Economy’. Organised by the country’s Business Centre Club in conjunction with […]

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US town’s health board looks at sales ban on all tobacco and nicotine products

US town’s health board looks at sales ban on all tobacco and nicotine products

| October 29, 2014

The health board of a small town in the US is studying a proposal to prohibit the sale of any product with tobacco or nicotine, according to a WFXT-TV FOX25 report quoting a Boston Globe story. If the proposal is accepted, Westminster (population 7,277 in 2010 according to Wikipedia), in Worcester County, Massachusetts, will become […]

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Growing resistance to trade agenda

Growing resistance to trade agenda

| October 29, 2014

An Australian ministerial statement claiming ‘significant progress’ on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations but with no details or further meeting plans shows that the Australian government might be making shameful concessions in exchange for dubious market access deals, according to a Scoop story quoting Dr. Patricia Ranald, co-ordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment […]

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