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Bangladesh leaf plant said to pose threat

Bangladesh leaf plant said to pose threat

| March 5, 2014

A leaf tobacco processing factory has been the subject of protests in the Saptibari village of the Aditmari subdistrict of Bangladesh because of its proximity to educational institutions, according to a story in The Daily Star. Factory and local sources were quoted as saying that though the Mian Leaf tobacco factory was built in 2012, […]

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Reduce smuggling, don’t increase taxes

Reduce smuggling, don’t increase taxes

| March 5, 2014

A top official of Vietnam’s tobacco industry has proposed boosting the country’s revenue by urgently cracking down on cigarette smuggling rather than by increasing tobacco-products consumption tax, according to a VietnamPlus story. Vu Van Cuong, the chairman of both the Vietnam Tobacco Association and the state-owned Vietnam National Tobacco Corp, made the suggestion after the […]

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U.S. e-cigarette sales up 31.3 percent

U.S. e-cigarette sales up 31.3 percent

| March 5, 2014

Logic Technology said yesterday that it had strengthened its No. 2 position in respect of e-cigarette volume sales, according to a Wells Fargo Securities report on Nielsen’s C-Track [U.S. convenience store] Database. Logic said also that it had maintained its No. 2 position in respect of e-cigarette dollar sales in convenience stores. “Logic now commands […]

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Reynolds American rumoured to be considering Lorillard acquisition

Reynolds American rumoured to be considering Lorillard acquisition

| March 4, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is rumoured to be considering making a bid for Lorillard, according to research notes issued by Wells Fargo Securities and based on a story yesterday in The Financial Times. Neither Reynolds nor Lorillard have commented on the story. Bonnie Herzog, managing director, beverage, tobacco and convenience store research at Wells Fargo, said […]

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All U.S. retailers urged to quit tobacco

All U.S. retailers urged to quit tobacco

| March 4, 2014

Twenty-six of the U.S.’s leading public health and medical organizations have issued an open letter calling on all retailers to follow the example of CVS Caremark and end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a PRNewswire story. CVS announced earlier in February that by Oct. 1 it would stop selling tobacco […]

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Graphic warnings bill reaches Senate

Graphic warnings bill reaches Senate

| March 4, 2014

The Philippines Senate yesterday started deliberations on a bill that, if passed, would require graphic health warnings to be included on tobacco packs, according to a story on GMA News Online. In his sponsorship speech, Senate President Franklin Drilon said the graphic health warning bill was of “vital importance” because of the rising number of […]

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Nigerian court upholds cigarette seizures

Nigerian court upholds cigarette seizures

| March 4, 2014

A federal high court in Abuja has upheld the right of Nigeria’s Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to impound cigarettes that do not conform to packaging regulations, according to a story in ThisDay. Creation Commercial Ventures Ltd. (CCV), said to be the sole distributor of Superkings cigarettes in Nigeria for Imperial Tobacco, had challenged the CPC’s […]

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Nicolites expanding into Poland

Nicolites expanding into Poland

| March 4, 2014

The U.K. e-cigarette supplier Nicolites is expanding into Poland, according to a story in The Grocer. The move follows an increase in demand from Polish customers visiting the Nicolites website. Nicolites was said to have secured listings with retailers and distributors to stock its products across the country. At the same time it is setting […]

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RAI to webcast conference presentation

RAI to webcast conference presentation

| March 4, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. will host a webcast at www.reynoldsamerican.com of the remarks made by CEO and President Daniel M. Delen during the 2014 RBC Capital Markets’ Consumer and Retail Conference in Boston starting about 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 12. Registration for the webcast, which will be relayed on a listen-only basis, is […]

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Indonesia fights over warnings deadline

Indonesia fights over warnings deadline

| March 3, 2014

Four months before the planned implementation in Indonesia of a regulation requiring pictorial warnings on cigarette packs, efforts to comply with the rules seem to be at a standstill, according to a story in The Jakarta Post quoting a health expert. Widyastuti Soerojo, of the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health, said the slow […]

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EU tobacco directive moving ahead

EU tobacco directive moving ahead

| March 3, 2014

The European Commission’s Tobacco Products Regulatory Committee is due to meet on Wednesday to discuss the new Tobacco Products Directive, which was adopted by the European Parliament on Feb. 26. One of the items on the draft agenda is the presentation and discussion of new health warning images. Under the new TPD, health warnings will […]

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Classic case of cigarette contraband

Classic case of cigarette contraband

| March 3, 2014

Seizures within the EU of Classic cigarettes fell from 181,112,416 in 2011 to 142,209,532 in 2012, according to the European Commission responding to a question from the member of the European Parliament for Flanders, Bart Staes. Staes had asked: 1.         “How many ‘Classic’ cigarettes were seized in the EU in 2011 […]

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NDC appoints global operations VP

NDC appoints global operations VP

| March 3, 2014

NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Mahesh Havildar vice president of global operations for its sensors, systems and metals divisions. In his new position, Havildar is responsible for overall manufacturing operations, including production, quality, supply chain, material planning, project management, shipping logistics, radiation safety and product engineering. Havildar, who lives in Irvine, California,USA, has more than […]

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Indonesia closer to ratifying FCTC

Indonesia closer to ratifying FCTC

| February 28, 2014

Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has agreed to ratify the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story on en.tempo.co quoting a statement by Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi. Nafsiah said there was now an understanding between ministries about the importance of ratification, which meant the government had only to formulate […]

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Molins hints at acquisition in reporting increased sales and profits for 2013

Molins hints at acquisition in reporting increased sales and profits for 2013

| February 28, 2014

Molins’ sales during the year to the end of December, at £105.2 million, were up by 13.2 percent on those of 2012, £93.0 million. Its underlying profit before tax was up by 10.2 percent to £5.4 million, and its underlying earnings per share were increased by 9.6 percent to 23.9 p. Tobacco Machinery sales were […]

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Cambodia bans shisha and e-cigarettes

Cambodia bans shisha and e-cigarettes

| February 28, 2014

Following a request from the Phnom Penh municipality on Tuesday, Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has ordered a ban on the importation and use of shisha and e-cigarettes, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. After receiving an assessment from the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) claiming that these products posed a […]

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State legislates for smokeless ban

State legislates for smokeless ban

| February 28, 2014

Assam has become the first state in India to legislate specifically for a ban on the consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco products containing nicotine, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Assam Health Bill bans the manufacture and advertisement of, trade in, and the […]

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JT price increases approved in Japan

JT price increases approved in Japan

| February 28, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that the minister of finance had approved the company’s Jan. 30 application to amend the list prices of its domestic tobacco products at the same time as the imposition of a planned consumption tax increase on April 1. The prices will be increased in most cases by ¥10 or ¥20 […]

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Imperial rewarded for recruitment policies

Imperial rewarded for recruitment policies

| February 28, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has won a prestigious national award for the process used to attract potential new employees to work for its business in Turkey. “Imperial was honoured at the 13th annual Human Respect Awards, organised by Kariyer.net, the nation’s leading recruitment website,” Imperial said in a note posted on its website. “For the second successive […]

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Unseemly scrap over soggy cigarettes

Unseemly scrap over soggy cigarettes

| February 28, 2014

People in Dorset, England, are being allowed by Border Agency staff to collect cigarette packs washed up on a beach, but are then having the cigarettes taken from them by the agency’s staff, according to a story by Samantha Harman for the Dorset Echo. “We are letting them spend in some cases hours collecting the […]

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BAT’s tobacco volumes down last year

BAT’s tobacco volumes down last year

| February 27, 2014

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during 2013, at 676 billion, were down by 2.7 percent on those of 2012. Volumes were increased in the company’s Asia Pacific region by 4.8 percent to 197 billion, but they were down in the Americas by 5.6 percent to 134 billion, down in Western Europe by 7.7 percent to […]

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Time needed to comply with EU directive

Time needed to comply with EU directive

| February 27, 2014

The Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (CECCM) wants EU member states and the tobacco industry at large to be given reasonable time to adjust to the numerous and complex requirements included in the new Tobacco Products Directive. The new TPD was adopted by the European Parliament yesterday. The chairman of the CECCM, Michiel Reerink, […]

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TPD a ‘gift’ for black market criminals

TPD a ‘gift’ for black market criminals

| February 27, 2014

Philip Morris International has expressed concern about the implications of some aspects of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive. “The Tobacco Products Directive adopted by the European Parliament today represents a worrying departure from the EU’s basic standards of proportionate, evidenced-based policymaking, which will further erode intellectual property rights and undermine the EU Charter where […]

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Directive negates need for plain packs

Directive negates need for plain packs

| February 27, 2014

The U.K. smokers’ group Forest, which campaigned against revisions to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, has questioned the need for standardized packaging of tobacco after the European Parliament voted yesterday to adopt the revised directive. The directive will force EU member states to increase the size of health warnings to cover 65 percent of the […]

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Altria declares quarterly dividend

Altria declares quarterly dividend

| February 27, 2014

The Altria Group’s board of directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 14. The ex-dividend date is March 12.

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