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Zimbabwe sales near to 2001 peak

Zimbabwe sales near to 2001 peak

| June 30, 2014

Zimbabwe sold nearly 190 million kg during the 2013–2014 season, surpassing the target of 180 million kg, reports New Zimbabwe, quoting the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB). Auction and contract sales fetched a combined $604.7 million. Although auction marketing is set to end soon, contract sales would continue until further notice, TIMB added. In […]

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Philippines to audit Mighty Corp.

Philippines to audit Mighty Corp.

| June 27, 2014

The Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has started an audit on the tax payments of cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp., reports ABS-CBN News. BIR personnel have been assigned to Mighty’s manufacturing facilities to ensure they are complying with tax payments. The investigation follows allegations that the company has been underdeclaring its production volume, resulting in […]

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PMI buys Nicocigs

PMI buys Nicocigs

| June 27, 2014

Philip Morris International has purchased Nicocigs, a leading U.K.-based vapor company whose principal brand is Nicolites. The transaction is not subject to regulatory approval and is not material to PMI’s 2014 consolidated financial position. “This acquisition is complementary to our previously announced agreement for the license and distribution of Altria Group’s e-vapor products,” said Drago […]

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Low compliance with health warnings requirement

Low compliance with health warnings requirement

| June 27, 2014

The majority of cigarette packs in Indonesia do not comply with the country’s new graphic health warning requirements, according to a report in The Jakarta Post. The Drug and Food Monitoring Agency (DFMA) said only 13.44 percent of cigarette packages circulating in the market bear the pictorial warnings that became mandatory on June 24. Under […]

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Savanna to set up factory in Mozambique

Savanna to set up factory in Mozambique

| June 25, 2014

Savanna Tobacco of Zimbabwe plans to set up a factory in Mozambique, reports Newsday. According to Chairman Adam Molai, the company will invest at least $2 million in equipment and marketing. “We have been exporting a lot of finished cigarettes into Mozambique,” said Molai. “We are seeing opportunities to pack our cigarettes in that market.” […]

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EU’s illegal cigarette trade fell in 2013

EU’s illegal cigarette trade fell in 2013

| June 25, 2014

One in every 10 cigarettes consumed in the EU during 2013 was illicit, according to a new KPMG study carried out on behalf of British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International. Thirty-three percent of these illicit cigarettes comprised “illicit whites,” an emerging type of branded cigarette manufactured for the sole […]

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Capsules delivering multiple flavors

Capsules delivering multiple flavors

| June 25, 2014

KT&G has launched on the South Korean market a capsule-filter cigarette that delivers two flavors, according to a story in The Korea Herald quoting a company announcement on Monday. Raison Sun Presso is the latest edition to KT&G’s Raison Presso brand launched in 2012. Each cigarette contains a capsule in the filter that when popped […]

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New government looking for more taxes

New government looking for more taxes

| June 25, 2014

Indian Health Minister Dr. Harsha Vardhan is proposing a tax hike of INR3.5 per stick on cigarettes of all lengths and the removal of tax exemptions for bidi manufacturers as part of the new government’s 2014–2015 budget, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The budget is due […]

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E-cigarettes raise taxing question

E-cigarettes raise taxing question

| June 25, 2014

Quitting smoking in the Philippines might soon become more expensive and, therefore, more difficult because the authorities there are considering the imposition of higher taxes on e-cigarettes, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. While the benefits of e-cigarettes over tobacco cigarettes were still being debated, Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of […]

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India mulls over tobacco buying age of 25

India mulls over tobacco buying age of 25

| June 24, 2014

The Indian Health Ministry is considering a plan to lift the minimum age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 25, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Health Secretary Lov Verma said the ministry was writing to the state governments, which are responsible for such matters, […]

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Philippines might bring in minimum price

Philippines might bring in minimum price

| June 24, 2014

The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has suggested setting a minimum price for all cigarettes sold in the country “to ensure a level playing field” and discourage more people from taking up smoking, according to a story in The Philippine Star. BIR commissioner Kim Henares broached the idea during a forum held yesterday, at […]

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Another Davidoff to be launched in Korea

Another Davidoff to be launched in Korea

| June 24, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is to launch in South Korea a new version of Davidoff, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The product will be launched through KT&G, with which Imperial has had a brand licensing agreement since 2010. Roberto Ascoli, a divisional director at Imperial, said the licensing agreement had been a win-win strategy. […]

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Stressed-out and smoking in Hong Kong

Stressed-out and smoking in Hong Kong

| June 24, 2014

Many Hong Kong women take to cigarettes because of stress, according to a story in The Standard, quoting the Council on Smoking and Health. And 60 percent of them don’t even think about quitting. According to government census figures, there were at least 96,800 women smokers in 2012, compared with 56,100 in 1990. And according […]

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Huge rise in e-cigarette use

Huge rise in e-cigarette use

| June 24, 2014

Almost 30 million people across Europe now use e-cigarettes, according to a Reuters News story. The people who use these devices are most likely to be aged between 15 and 24. They are most likely to smoke tobacco regularly while trying to quit. The rising number of e-cigarette users has led to a staggering growth […]

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Ireland provides some plain-packs details

Ireland provides some plain-packs details

| June 23, 2014

Ireland is circulating through the World Trade Organization details of the bill it intends to enact in respect of the “retail packaging of all tobacco products, the appearance of cigarettes and the presentation of tobacco products.” Under the bill, retail packaging of all tobacco products would have to be of a prescribed color (outer and […]

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ITGA strongly opposes plain packs

ITGA strongly opposes plain packs

| June 23, 2014

The International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) has reiterated its objections to what it calls the worrying developments surrounding the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which came into force on May 20. After the publication of the directive, it said, some EU member states were proposing to introduce standardized packaging, which was a development too […]

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Vietnam asked to delay raising taxes

Vietnam asked to delay raising taxes

| June 23, 2014

The Vietnam Tobacco Association (VTA) has asked the government to delay raising the excise tax on tobacco until smuggling has been “considerably” reduced, according to the news website VnEconomy. The association made its recommendation after both the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health proposed increasing the tobacco tax to 105 percent of the […]

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Imperial supplying emergency food aid

Imperial supplying emergency food aid

| June 23, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is helping support victims of the continuing conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) with emergency food aid. In a note posted this morning on its website, Imperial said an estimated 140,000 people had been affected by the civil war that began last year, with many taking refuge from the fighting either in […]

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New packs make a stand for phone users

New packs make a stand for phone users

| June 20, 2014

South Korea’s KT&G said yesterday it had launched four cigarette packs that can be used as smartphone stands, according to a story in the Korea Joong Ang Daily. The “smart pack” packs are being used with four versions of the company’s Tonino Lamborghini brand. KT&G said the new design was an idea suggested by customers […]

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Zimbabwe auctions to end next week

Zimbabwe auctions to end next week

| June 20, 2014

Flue-cured tobacco deliveries in Zimbabwe are expected to have passed the 200 million kg mark by the time the 2014 sales season ends, according to a story in the Herald quoting the Marketing Board’s CEO, Andrew Matibiri. The country’s auction floors are due to close on June 27, earlier than usual despite the big crop, […]

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Taiwan cracks down on e-cigarettes

Taiwan cracks down on e-cigarettes

| June 20, 2014

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday warned the public against using e-cigarettes, which are prohibited in the country, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The import or manufacture of these products constitutes a violation of pharmaceutical regulations and is punishable by a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. All of […]

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PMI to webcast Investor Day sessions

PMI to webcast Investor Day sessions

| June 20, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/2014InvestorDay of senior management presentations and Q&A sessions at its 2014 Investor Day, which will be held at its OperationsCenter in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 26–27. The presentations and Q&A sessions will be webcast live on both days in listen-only mode beginning about […]

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Innovia takes management team award

Innovia takes management team award

| June 20, 2014

The Innovia Group’s management was named the National Large Buyout Private Equity Backed Management Team of the Year at the British Private Equity Venture Capital Association’s (BVCA) ceremony dinner held in London on Thursday. The team had been automatically entered into the national awards after winning the Large Buyout Private Equity backed Management Team of […]

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New foil machine at Vrijdag

New foil machine at Vrijdag

| June 19, 2014

Vrijdag Premium Printing has invested in a new Bobst machine for applying high-quality foil to labels and packaging, allowing the company to respond with even greater speed and flexibility to market demands. The machine has been operational since June 1. “Customer demand for shorter processing times for high-quality foil printing was the main reason for […]

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Gamucci’s sights on medicines approval

Gamucci’s sights on medicines approval

| June 19, 2014

Gamucci Corporation has set up a new scientific products division and appointed Adrian Marshall (pictured) as divisional CEO. In a press note, the company said it had established the new division with the aim of setting the benchmark for innovation and quality in the e-cigarette industry, and ensuring Gamucci products met future regulatory requirements. Marshall […]

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