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OLAF-led operation seizes counterfeit goods and 130 million illicit cigarettes

OLAF-led operation seizes counterfeit goods and 130 million illicit cigarettes

| October 13, 2014

More than 1.2 million counterfeit goods and 130 million cigarettes have seized during a two-week international joint customs operation co-ordinated by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). According to a European Commission press note, the operation, code-named REPLICA, targeted the import of counterfeit goods by sea. ‘Under the co-ordination of OLAF, customs authorities carried out targeted […]

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France aims for plain packs by 2016

France aims for plain packs by 2016

| October 13, 2014

France is due to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes in 2016, according to an Agence France Presse report citing an announcement by Health Minister Marisol Touraine on Wednesday. In the wake of the introduction of standardized tobacco packs in Australia, Touraine initially announced a raft of measures last month to tackle smoking. One of the […]

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Potentially reduced risk products now in production at PMI plant near Bologna

Potentially reduced risk products now in production at PMI plant near Bologna

| October 13, 2014

Philip Morris International on Friday officially opened its first pilot plant for the production of potentially reduced-risk products (RRPs). The pilot plant, at Zola Predosa about 11 km west of Bologna, Italy, is now in operation. Meanwhile, PMI’s first manufacturing facility for larger scale production of RRPs, which is currently under construction in Crespellano, about […]

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European Court agrees with Yesmokes

European Court agrees with Yesmokes

| October 13, 2014

The European Court of Justice on Thursday rejected Italy’s application of higher excise duties on cheaper cigarettes, according to an AGI (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia) news agencystory. The ruling ends the legal action initiated by the Italian tobacco group Yesmokes, which sells cigarettes in Italy at lower prices than the most popular brands. Italy has since […]

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E-cigarettes to move out of TV shadows

E-cigarettes to move out of TV shadows

| October 13, 2014

Electronic cigarettes may be shown in UK television advertisements from November 10, according to a BBC news story quoting the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP). Ruling for the first time specifically on electronic cigarettes, the CAP said advertisements must not target under-18s or non-smokers, and must not show tobacco ‘in a positive light’. While the […]

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COP6 delegates in Moscow

COP6 delegates in Moscow

| October 13, 2014

The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was due to start at the World Trade Center Moscow today. COP6 is expected to close at lunchtime on October 18.

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UK’s smoking population at record low

UK’s smoking population at record low

| October 10, 2014

The proportion of smokers among the UK’s adult population has fallen to its lowest level since recording started in the 1940s, according to a story in The Guardian. Official figures suggest that the habit’s prevalence among over-18s fell from 19.8 per cent during 2012 to 18.7 per cent last year. Government ministers were said to […]

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JT’s domestic sales volume down

JT’s domestic sales volume down

| October 10, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during September, at 9.4 billion, was down by 0.9 per cent on that of September 2013, 9.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The September 2013 figure was unchanged from that of September 2012. Volume during January-September 2014, at 83.9 billion, was down by […]

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Bio Strategy prize goes to Iggesund

Bio Strategy prize goes to Iggesund

| October 10, 2014

Iggesund Paperboard has been awarded the Bio Strategy of the Year prize by the industry organization PPI. Commenting on the award, Arvid Sundblad, vice president sales and marketing, said the company was very pleased with the award but even more pleased with the major move it had made from fossil fuel to bioenergy. “Of course […]

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Reynolds encourages teens not to smoke

Reynolds encourages teens not to smoke

| October 10, 2014

The Right Decisions Right Now (RDRN) youth tobacco prevention program has partnered with the National School Boards Association in the US in a joint effort to convey a strong and effective anti-tobacco use message to more teens, according to a note posted on Reynolds American’s website. ‘RDRN, which is funded by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, […]

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PMI to webcast third quarter results

PMI to webcast third quarter results

| October 10, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 09.00 hours Eastern Time on October 16 to discuss its 2014 third-quarter results, which will be issued about 07.00 hours the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss the results and answer […]

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Lorillard’s 3Q results due October 23

Lorillard’s 3Q results due October 23

| October 10, 2014

Lorillard is due to release its third quarter 2014 results on October 23, before the market opens. A news release will be made available under the Investor Relations section of Lorillard’s website: www.lorillard.com.

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Fighting Andalucía’s illegal trade

Fighting Andalucía’s illegal trade

| October 9, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s Spanish business is backing a major awareness campaign in Andalucía to tackle what it says is the growing problem caused by illicit tobacco. The Stop Contrabando de Tabaco initiative is led by the Mesa del Tabaco industry body in Spain with support from Altadis. ‘The four-week campaign makes use of impactful advertising on […]

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Tobacco fails JT’s radioactive testing

Tobacco fails JT’s radioactive testing

| October 9, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. has completed its pre-purchase radioactive material testing of this year’s Japanese domestic leaf tobacco with the completion of tests on Burley and native varieties. Testing started in late July on the country’s flue-cured Virginia tobacco, the results of which were announced on August 7. In a note posted on its website, JT […]

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Smoking hit by market forces

Smoking hit by market forces

| October 9, 2014

Bangkok’s deputy governor, Pussadee Tamtai, yesterday warned people that they risked being fined more than Bt2,000 if they smoked tobacco in the city’s markets, according to a story in The Nation. There are said to be 338 markets in Bangkok where smoking is prohibited. The deputy governor said markets that failed to enforce anti-smoking laws […]

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RAI to webcast results conference

RAI to webcast results conference

| October 9, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of its third-quarter 2014 financial results before the market opens on October 21. The conference call, which will begin at 09.00 hours Eastern Time, will involve Susan M. Cameron, president and chief executive officer, Thomas R. Adams, chief financial officer, […]

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JT considers major restructuring in EU

JT considers major restructuring in EU

| October 7, 2014

Japan Tobacco today announced a proposal to restructure its manufacturing facilities in the European Union (EU) for the purpose of optimizing its operations and strengthening its competitive position in a challenging operating environment. The company will undertake appropriate consultations with employees’ representatives and the European Works Council on the proposal to change its product sourcing, […]

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E-cig maker to challenge Tobacco Directive

E-cig maker to challenge Tobacco Directive

| October 7, 2014

Totally Wicked, a leading U.K. e-cigarette manufacturer, has won the right to formally challenge the validity of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) at the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Luxembourg. At a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, Justice Green decided that a preliminary ruling reference should be made to […]

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AOI to enter Uganda

AOI to enter Uganda

| October 6, 2014

Alliance One International (AOI) has announced its intention to enter the Ugandan tobacco leaf market once all relevant governmental approvals and licenses, including registration of its new Ugandan subsidiary, Alliance One Tobacco Uganda (AOU), are complete. AOU’s core business plans to include providing agronomy services to tobacco growers through an integrated production system that supports […]

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VMR vaporizers under OCB brand

VMR vaporizers under OCB brand

| October 6, 2014

VMR Products, a leading e-cigarette manufacturer, has partnered with Republic Technologies International (RTI), a global distributor of rolling papers and smoking accessories, to create a new line of advanced vaporizers for the EU market. The new vaporizers will be developed by VMR and distributed by RTI under the OCB brand. OCB is well established in […]

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Tobacco Reporter announces 2014 Golden Leaf Awards

Tobacco Reporter announces 2014 Golden Leaf Awards

| October 6, 2014

Tobacco Reporter presented its 2014 Golden Leaf Awards on Oct. 2 during a festive ceremony at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA. The event was part of the Global Tobacco Networking Forum, which brought together hundreds of industry representatives and other stakeholders from around the world. Five companies were recognized for […]

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Questions over effectiveness of tobacco-funded EU anti-smuggling campaign

Questions over effectiveness of tobacco-funded EU anti-smuggling campaign

| September 29, 2014

A report being presented to the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control committee raises concerns over the effectiveness and monitoring of the deal under which the four biggest international tobacco manufacturers co-operate with the European Commission in the fight against the illegal trade in tobacco, according to a New Europe story. The four companies pay about €200 […]

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Hospital staff must be nicotine free

Hospital staff must be nicotine free

| September 29, 2014

A US hospital has said that from next year it will no longer hire anyone who uses nicotine in any form, a prohibition that includes electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches and nicotine gum, according to a story by Jon Kelvey for the Carroll County Times. The Carroll Hospital Center campus at Westminster, Maryland, has been a […]

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Vietnam to raise special tobacco taxes

Vietnam to raise special tobacco taxes

| September 29, 2014

Vietnamese lawmakers have agreed to raise the special consumption tax imposed on tobacco, beer and spirits from 2016, according to a story in VietnamPlus. They accepted a proposal put forward at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting by the chairman of the Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs, Phung Quoc Hien, that a 70 percent […]

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Time limit on cigarette sales unlawful

Time limit on cigarette sales unlawful

| September 29, 2014

The European Commission has formally requested that Estonia change its excise duty legislation as it relates to the marketing of cigarettes. The Commission’s ‘reasoned opinion’ on Estonian tobacco excise was included last week in a memo listing September’s 147 infringement decisions against member states. The Commission said that in Estonia, a time limit was set […]

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