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E-cigarette patents battle heats up

E-cigarette patents battle heats up

| March 14, 2014

Fontem Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.K.-based Imperial Tobacco, has filed patents suits in California against nine U.S. e-cigarette suppliers, including the top three—Lorillard’s Blu Ecigs, NJOY and Logic—which together account for about 80 percent of the $2 billion U.S. market, according to a Financial Times story by Duncan Robinson in London and Shannon […]

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New leaf processing alliance in Turkey

New leaf processing alliance in Turkey

| March 13, 2014

Alliance One’s Turkish subsidiary and Öz-Ege have formed a joint-venture processing and storage facility in Turkey. Under the agreement, Alliance One Tütün and Öz-Ege Tütün will each contract with Oryantal Tütün Paketleme Sanayi for oriental tobacco processing and storage, while continuing to maintain separate farmer contracting, agronomy, buying and selling operations. Oryantal Tütün’s facility is […]

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Kazakhstan plan something to chew on

Kazakhstan plan something to chew on

| March 13, 2014

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has supported a proposal by Kazakhstan’s health ministry to ban the use of smokeless tobacco products (nasvai, snuff and chewing tobacco) in the Customs Union countries of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, according to a story in The Times of Central Asia. The Times quoted a Novosti-Kazakhstan report that, oddly, cited […]

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Three new Seven Stars in the firmament

Three new Seven Stars in the firmament

| March 13, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. is due to launch three new versions of its Seven Stars brand, one of the most popular in Japan. The company says that from mid-April Seven Stars Menthol 12 Box, Seven Stars Menthol 8 Box and Seven Stars Menthol 5 Box (the numbers indicate tar deliveries), will offer consumers the choice of […]

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JTI recognized as Top Employer

JTI recognized as Top Employer

| March 13, 2014

Japan Tobacco International was recognized as the third Top Employer in Europe during an awards ceremony held in London on Tuesday. According to a note posted on the company’s website, 25 JTI offices “across Europe and beyond” were certified by the Top Employers Institute for their excellence in people management. The survey results were confirmed […]

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PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

| March 13, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on April 11 to shareholders of record as of March 27. The ex-dividend date is March 25. At the same time, PMI said that Mathis Cabiallavetta and J. Dudley Fishburn would retire from the board […]

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KT&G invests heavily in slim cigarettes

KT&G invests heavily in slim cigarettes

| March 11, 2014

KT&G’s manufacturing plant at Sintanjin, north of Daejeon, is now the world’s biggest manufacturer of slim cigarettes, according to the Korea Joongang Daily quoting company sources. An expansion of the production facility, which, with the installation of automatic machinery, took three years and five months, was completed yesterday. The Daily’s story said the plant’s “production” […]

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Public smoking crackdown in Shenzhen

Public smoking crackdown in Shenzhen

| March 11, 2014

A police crackdown on public-places tobacco smoking in a major Chinese city on Saturday resulted in just 37 people being fined, according to an Ecns.cn report quoting the Guangzhou Daily. The raids came exactly a week after authorities in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, introduced new anti-smoking regulations. Most of the offenders were discovered in restaurants and […]

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Taiwan to impose retailer registration

Taiwan to impose retailer registration

| March 11, 2014

In an effort to help curb the sale of illicit cigarettes, Taiwan’s government is planning to introduce a registration system for cigarette vendors around the country, according to a story in the Taipei Times. At the moment, cigarettes can be purchased at convenience stores and roadside stalls nationwide. Anybody can set up a table anywhere […]

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Imperial is Top Employer in Italy

Imperial is Top Employer in Italy

| March 11, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has been recognized by the Top Employers Institute as one of the best companies to work for in Italy. “Their comprehensive analysis highlighted our ‘exceptional employee conditions,’ especially the way our HR leadership strategies nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation,” Imperial said in a note posted on its website. […]

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BAT benefits from Philippines’ sin tax

BAT benefits from Philippines’ sin tax

| March 11, 2014

British American Tobacco Philippines (BATP) is expecting to enjoy a strong double-digit growth in its operations this year, largely due to robust sales of its low-cost brand, Pall Mall, and the more expensive, menthol-capsule-filtered Lucky Strike Click & Roll, according to a story in The Philippine Star. BAT Philippines general manager James Lafferty said Pall […]

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FCTC ratification not on the agenda

FCTC ratification not on the agenda

| March 10, 2014

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has no plans to ratify the global convention on tobacco control and will not rush to do so, according to a story in the Jakarta Post quoting a senior presidential aide. At the end of February, a story on en.tempo.co quoting Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi indicated that the president had […]

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Plain talking about plain packs in Ireland

Plain talking about plain packs in Ireland

| March 10, 2014

The smokers’ group Forest has launched a new website to fight plans to introduce plain tobacco packaging in Ireland. Plain Packs Plain Stupid, which has a sludge-brown background to highlight the dull packaging proposed by Health Minister James Reilly, lists some of the consumer arguments against standardized packs. It also features a campaign video, The […]

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Kenya plant to up processing 41 percent

Kenya plant to up processing 41 percent

| March 10, 2014

British American Tobacco Kenya (BATK) has estimated that it will this year process nearly 41 percent more leaf tobacco at its plant at Thika, Kenya, than it processed there last year, according to a story in The Star. The increase, from 27,000 tonnes to 38,000 tonnes, will be mainly down to the arrival of tobacco […]

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Are you married? Yes, sir! No, sir!

Are you married? Yes, sir! No, sir!

| March 10, 2014

The Korea Military Academy plans to lift a decades-old ban on drinking, smoking and marrying to reflect social changes, according to a story in The Korea Times. The army has prohibited cadets from drinking, smoking or marrying while attending the elite military academy since its establishment in 1952. The bans are said to have been […]

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U.S. manufacturers urged to quit menthol

U.S. manufacturers urged to quit menthol

| March 7, 2014

The U.S.-based Citizens’ Commission to Protect the Truth is urging Lorillard, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Philip Morris USA immediately to stop marketing and selling menthol cigarettes, according to a PR Newswire story. The commission is described as a group of all “living” former U.S. secretaries of health, education and welfare; U.S. secretaries of health and […]

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State lawmakers look to tax e-cigarettes

State lawmakers look to tax e-cigarettes

| March 7, 2014

Some state lawmakers in Washington, USA, want to levy a 75 percent tax on e-cigarettes, according to a story by Annaliese Davis for the Bellingham Herald. Sponsored by Seattle Rep. Reuven Carlyle, a Democrat, H.B. 2795 would subject e-cigarettes and other tobacco substitutes to a 75 percent tax, though it would exempt e-cigarettes prescribed by […]

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Ukraine upheaval could affect challenge to Australia’s standardized packaging

Ukraine upheaval could affect challenge to Australia’s standardized packaging

| March 7, 2014

The ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich could have an impact on the battle against standardized tobacco packaging, according to a Reuters story. In March 2012, Ukraine launched a case at the World Trade Organization to try to overturn the Australian law, a step seen by anti-tobacco campaigners as a stalling tactic by a government […]

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FCTC meeting scheduled for Moscow

FCTC meeting scheduled for Moscow

| March 7, 2014

The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is due to meet in Moscow on Oct. 13-18, according to Convention News. The provisional agenda for the meeting is expected to be finalized at a COP Bureau meeting scheduled for next month. Invitations to […]

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Call for smoking ban in private homes

Call for smoking ban in private homes

| March 6, 2014

An anti-smoking activist and community-health specialist has urged the Hong Kong government to ban tobacco smoking in cars and homes so as to protect children’s health, according to a story by Emily Tsang for the South China Morning Post. Professor Lam Tai-hing was speaking after a new study indicated that secondhand smoke could make children […]

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Taiwan announces open-air smoking ban

Taiwan announces open-air smoking ban

| March 6, 2014

Smoking tobacco will be banned outside of designated areas in Taiwan’s national parks and scenic areas from the start of next month, according to a story on Focus Taiwan News Channel. Not all parks and scenic areas will have designated smoking areas, in which case no smoking will be allowed anywhere. Under the new policy, […]

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E-cigarettes factor in smoking decline

E-cigarettes factor in smoking decline

| March 6, 2014

Figures published last week by France’s national drugs watchdog showed that the number of cigarettes sold in France fell by 7.6 percent last year, according to a Naharnet story. Sales of hand-rolling tobacco continued to rise but, at 2.6 percent, more slowly than in recent previous years. And for the first time since 2005, the […]

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Rains disrupt Cuba’s tobacco season

Rains disrupt Cuba’s tobacco season

| March 6, 2014

Excessive rain has hit Cuba’s leaf tobacco harvest, with the important growing districts of San Juan y Martínez and San Luis being severely affected, according to a story by Ivet González for Inter Press Services. González reported that San Juan y Martínez and San Luis, which between them provide about 86 percent of the tobacco […]

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Manufacturing a bond with retailers

Manufacturing a bond with retailers

| March 6, 2014

More than 1,000 retailers have gone behind the scenes at one of Imperial Tobacco’s factories during the past 18 months as part of a trade partner initiative in France. The latest event took place at the company’s cigarette factory near Nantes, with local tobacconists being given a guided tour of the Carquefou site (pictured). The […]

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Zimbabwe district council gets tough on tobacco growers and contractors

Zimbabwe district council gets tough on tobacco growers and contractors

| March 5, 2014

All tobacco companies operating in Zimbabwe’s Hurungwe district will be required from the next tobacco growing season to sign with Hurungwe Rural District Council (HRDC) a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regulating their operations, according to a story in The Herald. This follows concerns that tobacco contractors and farmers have not been complying with council bylaws […]

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