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MEP raises questions over Imperial’s proposed facility closures in France

MEP raises questions over Imperial’s proposed facility closures in France

| May 12, 2014

Questions have been raised in the European Parliament about the closure of Imperial Tobacco facilities in France. In a preamble to his questions, French member of the European Parliament Patrick Le Hyaric said Seita had announced that the larger of the last two cigarette manufacturing plants in France was to be closed as part of […]

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Appointments at Hungarian DIET plant

Appointments at Hungarian DIET plant

| May 12, 2014

Renata Becse and Franz Rappl have been appointed, respectively, process coordinator and administrator, and blending and DIET manager at Leaf NewCo. Earlier this year, Leaf NewCo officially opened a factory in Hungary offering expanded tobacco or the use of expanded tobacco processing capacity to small- and medium-sized tobacco products manufacturers unable to justify the cost […]

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Shisha smoking crackdown in Saudi

Shisha smoking crackdown in Saudi

| May 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of the Interior has asked the Control and Investigation Bureau (CIB) in Makkah to start cracking down on cafés in Jeddah disregarding the ban on smoking shisha and other tobacco products in enclosed public areas, according to a story in the Arab News. The Jeddah Governorate had apparently sought the help of […]

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Old man jailed over illicit cigarettes

Old man jailed over illicit cigarettes

| May 12, 2014

A 78-year-old man has been sentenced in Singapore to a year in jail and a $217,000 fine after pleading guilty to possessing untaxed cigarettes, according to an AsiaOne story. The man, along with others, was caught in a customs sting as they unloaded untaxed cigarettes from a taxi. Later, untaxed cigarettes were found at his […]

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Bahrain to mull 100 percent import duty

Bahrain to mull 100 percent import duty

| May 12, 2014

Bahrain could soon charge 100 percent import duty on all tobacco products, according to a Trade Arabia story quoting a report in the Akhbar Al Khaleej newspaper. A proposal to amend the current anti-tobacco law is expected to be on parliament’s agenda on Tuesday. The proposed amendments include also curbs on public places smoking.

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Value of SM’s sales increased slightly

Value of SM’s sales increased slightly

| May 9, 2014

Swedish Match’s sales during the three months to the end of March, at SEK3,014 million, were up by 1.1 percent on those of the three months to the end of March 2013, SEK2,982 million. Operating profit was down by 16.8 percent to SEK858 million, while operating profit from product areas, which excludes SM’s share of […]

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Spending on cigarettes falling steadily

Spending on cigarettes falling steadily

| May 9, 2014

Household spending on cigarettes fell in South Korea for the eighth consecutive year in 2013, but more money was spent on alcohol, according to a Yonhap News Agency story. A household comprising two people or more spent an average of KRW17,263 (US$16.9) per month on tobacco last year, or 0.7 percent of the average income […]

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E-cigarettes enjoy massive growth

E-cigarettes enjoy massive growth

| May 9, 2014

E-cigarettes have enjoyed massive growth in the U.S. during the past two years, with sales increasing from $283 million in 2012 to $537 million in 2013, according to new research by Mintel. In 2013, the market for e-cigarettes was on par with the market for smoking cessation gum, the largest segment of the smoking cessation […]

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Researchers want cigarette filters banned

Researchers want cigarette filters banned

| May 9, 2014

Banning cigarette filters is one of a number of policies recently put forward by U.S.-based researchers as a way of reducing or eliminating the environmental problems caused by carelessly discarded butts. Such a policy might seem extreme, but those proposing it describe filtered cigarettes as a “farce” in terms of consumer safety. And they cite […]

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Joint cartonboard congress in September

Joint cartonboard congress in September

| May 9, 2014

ECMA, the European Carton Manufacturers’ Association, and Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers, are due to hold their first joint congress Sept. 17–20 in Sorrento, Italy. A note on the Pro Carton website said the congress would be open to the whole supply chain, with brand owners and other industry partners […]

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Reynolds American declares dividend

Reynolds American declares dividend

| May 9, 2014

Reynolds American Inc.’s board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.67 per share ($2.68 per share annualized). The dividend will be payable on July 1 to shareholders of record on June 10. RAI said that this was the 40th consecutive quarterly cash dividend since it had become […]

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Ethiopia mulls bid for tobacco monopoly

Ethiopia mulls bid for tobacco monopoly

| May 8, 2014

Ethiopia’s Public Enterprises Board is due to decide by tomorrow whether to accept Sheba Investment’s request to buy an additional 48 percent share in the state-owned National Tobacco Enterprise (NTE), according to an Addis Fortune story. The Yemeni-based Sheba already owns a 22 percent share in NTE, which it acquired in 1999. Sheba’s request followed […]

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Zambian growers unhappy with prices

Zambian growers unhappy with prices

| May 8, 2014

Tobacco growers in the Kaoma and Nkeyema districts of Western Province, Zambia, are complaining about what they see as the low prices being offered and the buying methods being used by Alliance One Zambia (AOZ), according to a Times of Zambia story. The growers said they had been spending nights at the company’s sheds hoping […]

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Nicotine forum program announced

Nicotine forum program announced

| May 8, 2014

The first Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to be held in Poland next month, will include four plenary sessions and three parallel sessions, according to a press note issued by the organizers yesterday. The forum, at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, June 27–28, is being organized by KAC, which stages public health and addictions […]

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Altria to webcast shareholder meeting

Altria to webcast shareholder meeting

| May 8, 2014

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast of its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on May 14. The webcast will be in listen-only mode. Pre-event registration is necessary and directions are posted at www.altria.com. An archived copy of the webcast will be available at the same […]

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PMI holds annual shareholder meeting

PMI holds annual shareholder meeting

| May 8, 2014

At Philip Morris International’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders yesterday, the chairman of the board, Louis C. Camilleri, addressed shareholders and answered questions, while CEO André Calantzopoulos gave the business presentation, including updates on the dynamics in key markets and on the principal drivers for growth in 2014 and beyond. An archived copy of the […]

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Swedish Match declares dividend

Swedish Match declares dividend

| May 8, 2014

Swedish Match held its 2014 annual general meeting yesterday when it was resolved, in accordance with a proposal from the board of directors, to pay a dividend of SEK7.30 per share. The day of record for the right to receive a cash dividend is May 12. Payment through Euroclear Sweden is expected to be made […]

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Volunteering to stem a tide of garbage

Volunteering to stem a tide of garbage

| May 8, 2014

Imperial Tobacco employees in the Philippines are improving their local environment by helping to maintain a river estuary near the company’s Cavite factory. The Philippine Bobbin Corp. (PBC) has joined with other local businesses in an environmental protection scheme by adopting the Maalimango River. To mark World Water Day, more than 60 employees from the […]

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Imperial’s total tobacco volume down 8 percent during first half

Imperial’s total tobacco volume down 8 percent during first half

| May 7, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s total tobacco volume during the six months to the end of March, at 140 billion stick equivalents, was down by 8 percent on that of the six months to the end of March 2013. Stick equivalent volume is said to include cigarette, fine-cut tobacco, cigar and snus volumes. Growth Brand volume was down […]

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Campaign promoting China smoking ban

Campaign promoting China smoking ban

| May 7, 2014

A monthlong publicity campaign is being run in China aimed at promoting a nationwide ban on smoking in public places, according to a story in the South China Morning Post quoting the Xinhua news agency. A spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Mao Qunan, told a launch ceremony in Beijing on Monday […]

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E-cigarette cartridges to be made in U.S.

E-cigarette cartridges to be made in U.S.

| May 7, 2014

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes says that it is taking a major step toward moving its operations to the U.S. by basing production of its e-cigarette cartridges entirely in the U.S. from May 15. The company described the move as “unorthodox” within the e-cigarette industry, which largely relies on China-based manufacturing. “White Cloud already makes its […]

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PMI to webcast summit presentation

PMI to webcast summit presentation

| May 7, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of remarks by CFO Jacek Olczak and a question-and-answer session during the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Summit starting about 08.55 hours Eastern Time on May 13. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI […]

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RAI to webcast summit presentation

RAI to webcast summit presentation

| May 7, 2014

Reynolds American is due to host a webcast of business remarks by president and CEO Susan M. Cameron at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Summit in New York starting about 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time on May 13. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will be available at www.reynoldsamerican.com, where registration is now available. […]

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Lorillard to webcast summit presentation

Lorillard to webcast summit presentation

| May 7, 2014

Lorillard’s chairman, president and CEO, Murray S. Kessler, and its CFO, David H. Taylor, are due to participate in the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Summit in New York City from 1:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13. The presentation, which will be webcast live, can be accessed through the Investor Relations section […]

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Cuba says U.K. is anti-capitalist

Cuba says U.K. is anti-capitalist

| May 6, 2014

Cuba has accused the U.K. of being anti-capitalist and threatening free trade with its plans to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes and cigars, according to a story on The Telegraph Online. In a letter to the World Trade Organization, the country said it recognized the U.K.’s right to apply measures aimed at protecting the health […]

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