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Industry stands accused in Indonesia

Industry stands accused in Indonesia

| October 28, 2014

An anti-tobacco activist has said that young people in Indonesia remain vulnerable to cigarette marketing because tobacco companies frequently sponsor youth sporting events, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The head of the education and community empowerment division of the National Commission on Tobacco Control, Fuad Baradja, said the impact of smoking ran […]

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Universal to webcast results conference

Universal to webcast results conference

| October 28, 2014

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call from 17.00 Eastern Time on November 6 following the release of its results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after market close on that date. The conference call will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer. A live webcast of the […]

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WHO won’t rest with cigarette taxation

WHO won’t rest with cigarette taxation

| October 27, 2014

The drive toward global governance and taxation is a disturbing sign of much more to come, according to an editorial in the Washington Post commenting on decisions taken at the recent meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. ‘The world, or a good part […]

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Azerbaijan closes doorway on smokers

Azerbaijan closes doorway on smokers

| October 27, 2014

Anti-smoking advocates and health experts have hailed recent government proposals that aim to cut the number of smokers in Azerbaijan, according to an Azer News story. Few details of the proposals were given, but Musa Guliyev, deputy chairman of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, was said to have ‘underlined the necessity of adopting a […]

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Heroic levels of smuggling into Vietnam

Heroic levels of smuggling into Vietnam

| October 27, 2014

The smuggling of cigarettes from Cambodia into Vietnam is on the rise, according to a story in The Cambodia Daily quoting recent Vietnamese media reports. Last week, VietnamNet, an online news site in Vietnam, quoted Pham Kien Nghiep, the secretary-general of the Vietnam Tobacco Association, as saying that the number of smugglers along the Cambodian-Vietnamese […]

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Mighty row brewing in the Philippines

Mighty row brewing in the Philippines

| October 27, 2014

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) wants the Philippines government to take action against Mighty Corp. after the publication of a report by the Senate Tax Study and Research Office (STSRO) alleging ‘evidence of systematic and endemic fraud’ by Mighty, according to a story in The Philippine Star. In a briefing on Friday, PMFTC president […]

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SM envisions world without cigarettes

SM envisions world without cigarettes

| October 24, 2014

Swedish Match’s new vision is: A world without cigarettes. In announcing the company’s third quarter results to the end of September, CEO, Lars Dahlgren, said the availability and accessibility of SM’s high quality snus explained the uniquely low cigarette consumption in Sweden. “In Norway, we are now witnessing a similar trend of migration from cigarettes […]

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Reynolds to introduce no-smoking policy

Reynolds to introduce no-smoking policy

| October 24, 2014

From next year, Reynolds American and its subsidiaries will launch a no-smoking policy within its facilities, outside of designated smoking areas, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. Reynolds designated its downtown Winston-Salem headquarters smoke-free on May 8, the day of its annual shareholder meeting, following requests from attendees. And smoke-free […]

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Lorillard shipments down in 3Q

Lorillard shipments down in 3Q

| October 24, 2014

Lorillard’s domestic wholesale cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter of this year, at 10,073 million, was down by 1.9 per cent on that of the third quarter of 2013. Full price cigarette volume, at 8,645 million, was down by 1.5 percent, with Newport’s volume down by 1.4 percent to 8,575 million, True’s volume down […]

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Vector to host results conference call

Vector to host results conference call

| October 24, 2014

The Vector Group is due to host a conference call and webcast to discuss its third quarter 2014 results starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on October 30. Investors will be able to access the free call on 800-859-8150 by entering the identification number 24115224. Registration and the conference call will be available also at www.investorcalendar.com. […]

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Fallout from PM-Uruguay lawsuit feeds opposition to international trade deals

Fallout from PM-Uruguay lawsuit feeds opposition to international trade deals

| October 23, 2014

As Philip Morris International sues Uruguay over health warnings and restrictions on sub-brands, the country – population 3.4 million – has found itself a test case for big business lawsuits that could hit the EU, according to a story in The Independent. On a wider front, Uruguay has unwittingly found itself at the center of […]

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Male student smoking ‘stubbornly high’

Male student smoking ‘stubbornly high’

| October 23, 2014

  In South Korea, one in four male high school seniors smokes cigarettes habitually, according to a story in The Korea Times. The Ministry of Education said on Wednesday that 24.5 percent of male high school seniors were currently smokers, down from 27.0 percent during 2006. The latest figure is higher than that for any […]

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Researchers say e-cigarettes might be smoking gateway – want more studies

Researchers say e-cigarettes might be smoking gateway – want more studies

| October 23, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes has more than tripled among students in Poland during the past three years, according to research led by Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, of the Department of Health Behavior at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The study, published online ahead of appearing in the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH), was […]

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Indonesian manufacturers shed workers ahead of 2015 cigarette excise hike

Indonesian manufacturers shed workers ahead of 2015 cigarette excise hike

| October 23, 2014

Ismanu Soemiran, chairman of the Joint Association of Indonesian Cigarette Manufacturers, has objected to the cigarette excise hike set by the Finance Ministry to come into effect next year, according to an en.tempo.co story. Many factories had closed already, Ismanu said, and the remaining ones would be forced to cut their costs. “There will be […]

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Imperial selects Greensboro for U.S. operations

Imperial selects Greensboro for U.S. operations

| October 22, 2014

Imperial Tobacco Group has selected Greensboro, North Carolina, as the location of the new company it is forming from its existing business in the United States and the announced acquisition of brands and assets resulting from the Reynolds American and Lorillard transaction. The transaction is subject to approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and […]

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BAT’s volume down slightly at 3Q mark

BAT’s volume down slightly at 3Q mark

| October 22, 2014

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during the nine months to the end of September, at 495 billion, were down by about 1.2 percent on those of the nine months to the end of September 2013. According to an interim management statement posted on the company’s website, volumes were increased in the company’s Asia-Pacific region by […]

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Nicotine products on the up but Camel and Grizzly do the heavy lifting at RAI

Nicotine products on the up but Camel and Grizzly do the heavy lifting at RAI

| October 22, 2014

Reynolds American Inc (RAI) yesterday reported that R.J. Reynolds’ domestic cigarette volume shipments during the three months to the end of September, at 16.2 billion, were down by 2.9 percent on those of the three months to the end of September 2013. Reynolds’ growth brands volume, at 11.1 billion, was up by 0.7 percent, with […]

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Swisher buys Drew Estate

Swisher buys Drew Estate

| October 21, 2014

Swisher International is acquiring Drew Estate Tobacco Co. Drew Estate will continue to operate under its current management team as a subsidiary of Swisher. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. “We are excited to join the distinguished team at Swisher,” said […]

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Call for menthol cigarette ban in Ontario

Call for menthol cigarette ban in Ontario

| October 21, 2014

Ontario doctors want the provincial government to reintroduce legislation to ban tobacco products with candy and fruit flavours, and to add menthol cigarettes to the prohibited list, according to a Canadian Press story. A previous bill died when a June election was called. That legislation would have exempted menthol cigarettes from the restrictions on flavoured […]

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Macau extends public smoking ban

Macau extends public smoking ban

| October 21, 2014

From January 1, Macau will implement a universal ban on tobacco smoking in public places not previously legislated for: bars, clubs, saunas and massage parlours, according to a story in the Macau Business Daily. Most indoor public spaces in Macau have had a smoking ban in force since January 1, 2012. The newspaper, quoting Health […]

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Smuggling caused by the usual suspects

Smuggling caused by the usual suspects

| October 21, 2014

Counterfeit cigarettes, which account for 21 percent of the cigarettes smuggled into Oman, cause the country to suffer a revenue loss of nearly OMR3.5 million, according to a story in the Times of Oman citing Euromonitor research. The research revealed that smuggled cigarettes, which make up about 30 percent of the total market, were bought […]

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‘Banned’ e-cigarettes available online

‘Banned’ e-cigarettes available online

| October 21, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, which are not licensed for sale in Taiwan, are widely available online, according to a Taipei Times story citing an investigation by Taipei city’s Department of Health. The department’s first probe into electronic cigarette availability found 318 different models or related products available online. The unlicensed distribution and production of all products containing […]

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Disposable eliquids only for retail sale

Disposable eliquids only for retail sale

| October 21, 2014

US-based LOGIC Technology is preparing to launch its LOGIC PRO Advanced Vapor Systems: what it describes as ‘the first-of-its-kind “closed-system” vaporizing device ever to hit the market’. The new systems are said to ‘work in conjunction with revolutionary pre-filled, sealed eliquid capsules to provide a heightened level of taste, consistency and value to adult consumers’. […]

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Kessler in line for $44 million pay-off

Kessler in line for $44 million pay-off

| October 21, 2014

The CEO of Lorillard is set to receive more than $44 million following the planned $25 billion merger of Lorillard with Reynolds American, according to a story by Associated Press writer Michael Felberbaum published by ABC News and citing regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Murray Kessler is one of several Lorillard executives […]

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WHO fights tobacco

WHO fights tobacco

| October 20, 2014

Despite what were described as increased efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), important decisions were passed by the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the FCTC meeting in Moscow last week, according to a HealthCanal.com story. One of the first […]

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