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Illicit trade one-fifth of Bulgarian market

Illicit trade one-fifth of Bulgarian market

| July 3, 2014

Every fifth cigarette in Bulgaria is illicit, according to a Novinite story quoting a survey commissioned by World Concern, a Christian-based global relief and development organization. Novinite attributed the high level of illicit trade to excise duties that double the price of cigarettes. However, it quoted the BVT channel as having reported that Bulgaria suffered […]

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Age limit checks beefed up in Davao City

Age limit checks beefed up in Davao City

| July 3, 2014

The Council of Davao City, the Philippines, is expected to add to an existing ordinance prohibiting minors from buying and selling alcoholic drinks and cigarettes a requirement that buyers present valid documents indicating their birthdates. According to a story in the Sun Star (Davao), the council passed the proposed amendment at its first reading on […]

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Imperial could play role in any merger between Reynolds and Lorillard

Imperial could play role in any merger between Reynolds and Lorillard

| July 2, 2014

Imperial Tobacco could help smooth the path toward the acquisition by Reynolds American of Lorillard, according to a story by Richard Craver for The Winston-Salem Journal. Such an acquisition has been the subject of speculation since early March. Imperial, which operates as Commonwealth Brands in the U.S., is said to have U.S. growth ambitions, and […]

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Graphic pack warnings of marginal worth

Graphic pack warnings of marginal worth

| July 2, 2014

The Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) has admitted that graphic pack warnings showing the dangers of tobacco use will not lead to a significant decrease in the numbers of smokers in Indonesia, according to a story in The Jakarta Post quoting the Antara news agency. Graphic warnings became mandatory in Indonesia on June 24. “Therefore, apart […]

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Tax inspection proposal a non-starter

Tax inspection proposal a non-starter

| July 2, 2014

A group that supported the passage of the Philippines’ so-called sin tax law has said it is willing to assist the government in conducting inspections of tobacco companies’ facilities to determine their level of compliance with regulations, according to a story in The Philippine Star. Maricar Limpin, president of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control […]

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Graphic warnings await court ruling

Graphic warnings await court ruling

| July 2, 2014

Ceylon Tobacco Co. (CTC) has said it will not include graphic health warnings on its cigarette packs until the Supreme Court has ruled on its appeal against the warnings, according to a story on Colombo Page. The Supreme Court has rescheduled its hearings on the appeal filed by CTC for July 11. CTC, in a […]

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Hauni buys Garbuio Dickinson

Hauni buys Garbuio Dickinson

| July 1, 2014

Hauni Maschinenbau has acquired the Garbuio Dickinson Group, a primary equipment specialist. The transaction was closed on June 30, 2014. Both companies will continue to act independently, using their existing brands. Mansueto Favaro, Garbuio Dickinson’s managing director, will continue to be responsible for the company’s operating business as member of the management board. According to […]

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NDC merges with Beta LaserMike

NDC merges with Beta LaserMike

| July 1, 2014

NDC Infrared Engineering and Beta LaserMike have merged to create NDC Technologies. Both companies are recognized global leaders in near-infrared (NIR), nucleonic, optical, X-Ray, laser, microwave, ultrasonic and process-control technology for non-contacting measurement and control solutions. The combination strengthens the new company’s position in the marketplace by offering a more comprehensive portfolio of gauging solutions […]

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TRP-Swisher cut-rag venture

TRP-Swisher cut-rag venture

| July 1, 2014

Tobacco Rag Processors (TRP) and Swisher International are setting up a joint venture to operate, among other businesses, a cut-rag processing facility in the Dominican Republic. The cut-rag processing operation, TRP Dominicana (TPRD), will produce cut rag for cigar, cigarette and RYO customers in the Caribbean region and other nearby markets. TRP will manage TRPD […]

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PMI seeking judicial review of EU’s TPD

PMI seeking judicial review of EU’s TPD

| July 1, 2014

Subsidiaries of Philip Morris International have filed papers seeking review of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The TPD, which governs the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the member states concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products, entered into force […]

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Final consultation on standardized packs

Final consultation on standardized packs

| July 1, 2014

The U.K. government has issued a consultation on the introduction of regulations for standardized packaging of tobacco products. This is the second and final consultation to be held but the first following the publication of draft regulations. The consultation is due to close on Aug. 7. In responding to the government’s announcement, Imperial Tobacco said […]

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Eviction threat for elderly German smoker

Eviction threat for elderly German smoker

| July 1, 2014

An elderly man must vacate his home of about 40 years after a German court upheld complaints by neighbors about his cigarette smoke, according to an Agence France Presse report. Friedhelm Adolfs, 75, has until the end of the year to clear his flat in the western city of Düsseldorf after his appeal against a […]

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Call for cigarettes to be priced at €1 each

Call for cigarettes to be priced at €1 each

| July 1, 2014

Ireland’s minister for health, James Reilly, has called for the price of cigarettes to be increased to €1 each or €20 a pack, more than twice the current price, according to The Irish Times. Unveiling his latest move in the war on tobacco, Reilly said this would ensure that people “think long and hard before […]

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Imperial links with Ivory Coast college

Imperial links with Ivory Coast college

| July 1, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has signed an agreement in the Ivory Coast to train students from a technical college as manufacturing operators. “The scheme will enable students to use the skills they learn in the classroom at facilities operated by our subsidiary SITAB Industries,” according to a note posted on the company’s website. “Up to four trainees […]

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Thai court approves bigger warnings

Thai court approves bigger warnings

| June 30, 2014

Thai cigarette manufacturers will have to print even larger pictorial health warnings by Sept. 23, now that the Supreme Administrative Court has ruled in support of a new regulation by the Public Health Ministry, according to a report in The Nation. In line with the regulation, pictorial warnings must now cover at least 85 percent […]

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Korea to ban product discriptors

Korea to ban product discriptors

| June 30, 2014

Cigarette makers in South Korea will be banned from using such words as light, low tar and pure on cigarette packaging from next year, reports The Korea Times. The Ministry of Strategy and Finance announced revised decrees on Sunday to forbid tobacco makers from using such misleading words on packages or in advertisements. The rules […]

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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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