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Andhra flue-cured selling fast

Andhra flue-cured selling fast

| May 2, 2014

Flue-cured seems to be selling fast at auctions in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. According to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter, at the same stage of the 2013 and 2014 selling seasons, 22.58 million kg and 43.56 million kg had been sold respectively, so volume sales […]

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France primed for public vaping ban

France primed for public vaping ban

| May 2, 2014

E-cigarettes could be banned from enclosed public places in France after the country’s health minister recently reiterated her desire to tighten the laws around the use of these devices, according to a story in The Local. Health Minister Marisol Touraine has previously given hints that she intended to introduce a law to crack down on […]

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England seeks safe use of e-cigarettes

England seeks safe use of e-cigarettes

| May 2, 2014

Health officials have considered banning the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places in England, according to a story in The Independent quoting “documents from a recent board meeting.” The suggestion, said to have been one of a number of options raised at a Public Health England (PHE) meeting in February, proposed prohibiting e-cigarette use […]

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BAT Philippines wants more competition

BAT Philippines wants more competition

| May 2, 2014

British American Tobacco Philippines has joined calls for the passage of a competition law that would curb monopolies and unfair trade practices in the country, according to a story in The Philippine Star. “We support the call recently aired by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and other business groups urging Congress to […]

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Draft FDA e-cigarette regulations said to be a solution in search of a problem

Draft FDA e-cigarette regulations said to be a solution in search of a problem

| May 1, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s draft regulations on e-cigarettes are an example of a government imposing a “solution” and then looking for a problem, according to the president of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), Julie Woessner, J.D. In a press note issued through PRNewswire, CASAA said the regulations offered little benefit. […]

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Leaf tobacco prices down in Malawi

Leaf tobacco prices down in Malawi

| May 1, 2014

Malawi earned MWK15 billion (about US$38 million) from tobacco sales during the first five weeks of the 2014 marketing season, according to a Star Africa story quoting figures issued by the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) on Tuesday. TCC chief executive Bruce Munthali said about 28 million kg of tobacco had been sold so far over […]

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Karnataka crop target up by 4 percent

Karnataka crop target up by 4 percent

| May 1, 2014

The Tobacco Board of India has increased Karnataka’s authorized flue-cured crop size to 104 million kg for the 2014–2015 season, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. For the past two seasons, the board has targeted the state’s production at 100 million kg. The increase follows the […]

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Nadi, Fiji, declared “tobacco free”

Nadi, Fiji, declared “tobacco free”

| May 1, 2014

Nadi, Fiji’s third largest conurbation, on Monday was declared “tobacco free,” according to an Islands Business story. “Most parts of the town are smoke-free, including the handicraft center, the municipal market, the bus stand, all restaurants, public bars and all night clubs, with more to be added to the list,” Nadi’s special administrator, Robin Ali, […]

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Linx building on business success

Linx building on business success

| May 1, 2014

U.K.-based coding and marking specialist Linx Printing Technologies has started construction of a purpose-built headquarters in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. The company plans to transfer from its existing premises during spring next year. The major development at Compass Point Business Park will consolidate the separate buildings currently occupied by Linx’s various operations in St. Ives into […]

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PMI to webcast shareholder meeting

PMI to webcast shareholder meeting

| May 1, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast of its 2014 annual meeting of shareholders at www.pmi.com/webcasts, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 7. The webcast will be in listen-only mode. During the meeting, Louis C. Camilleri, chairman of the board, will address shareholders and answer questions. André Calantzopoulos, CEO, […]

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Reemtsma honors investigative journalist

Reemtsma honors investigative journalist

| May 1, 2014

Journalist Susanne Koelbl (pictured) has been honored with the 2014 Reemtsma Liberty Award for her investigative reports from Syria and North Korea. Now in its eighth year, the award, presented by Imperial Tobacco’s German subsidiary, recognizes foreign correspondents “working to sustain freedom of the press under harsh conditions.” This year’s keynote speech was given by […]

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BAT’s 1Q volume down by 1 percent

BAT’s 1Q volume down by 1 percent

| April 30, 2014

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the three months to the end of March, at 158 billion, was down by 1 percent on that of the first quarter of 2013, 160 billion. Volumes increased from 48 billion to 50 billion in the company’s Asia Pacific region, but fell in its other regions: from 32 billion […]

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JTI calls for clarity on TPD provisions

JTI calls for clarity on TPD provisions

| April 30, 2014

While criticizing strongly some of the provisions contained in the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive, Japan Tobacco International has appealed for clarity so that tobacco industry businesses can comply with the complex and costly changes that have to be made in the short timeframe allowed. “These regulations are wide-ranging and restrict the way products are […]

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It might seem obvious but not to the FDA

It might seem obvious but not to the FDA

| April 30, 2014

A leading health expert has expressed dismay that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is unsure whether smoking tobacco cigarettes is any more hazardous than is vaping e-cigarettes. Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, said on Monday that the most damaging revelation in […]

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PM USA seeking review of reinstatement of $10.1 billion “lights” judgment

PM USA seeking review of reinstatement of $10.1 billion “lights” judgment

| April 30, 2014

Philip Morris USA has said that it will seek immediate review by the Illinois Supreme Court of yesterday’s appellate court decision to order reinstatement of the 2003 judgment in the Price “lights” case. While that review is pending, the appellate court decision is stayed automatically. “Almost 10 years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the […]

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Essentra Packaging offers prize to keep the ideas fresh at Interpack exhibition

Essentra Packaging offers prize to keep the ideas fresh at Interpack exhibition

| April 30, 2014

Visitors to Interpack are being asked for ideas about how AquaSense™, the latest label innovation from Essentra Packaging, can revolutionize packs. Every idea submitted by visitors to Essentra’s stand, C20, in hall 7 at Messe Düsseldorf May 8–14 will be in with a chance of winning an iPad Mini at the end of the show, […]

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Plain packaging dispute moves up a gear

Plain packaging dispute moves up a gear

| April 29, 2014

Australia could learn by the end of this year whether its standardized tobacco packaging regulations have fallen afoul of World Trade Organization requirements, according to an Agence France Presse story. Since Dec. 1, 2012, Australia has required that all tobacco products be sold in packaging designed on behalf of the previous Labor government to be […]

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E-cigarette use among never-smokers negligible, says anti-smoking body

E-cigarette use among never-smokers negligible, says anti-smoking body

| April 29, 2014

Electronic cigarette use among people who have never smoked remains negligible in Great   Britain, according to an ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) fact sheet. Only 1.1 percent of “never-smokers” have ever tried e-cigarettes and almost none of those who have tried these products continue to use them. Among former smokers, 11.8 percent have […]

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TFWA registrations up 23 percent

TFWA registrations up 23 percent

| April 29, 2014

With less than three weeks to go before the start of the TFWA (Tax-Free World Association) Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference, 1,480 duty-free operators, travel-retail businesses and landlords had registered for the event, according to the association’s newsletter, Evoice. Registrations for the event, which will be held in Singapore May 11–15, were up 23 percent […]

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Macau ups the ante on smoking lounges

Macau ups the ante on smoking lounges

| April 29, 2014

The government of Macau will announce its technical guidelines for the installation of smoking lounges in casinos by June or July at the earliest, according to a Macau Business Daily story quoting Health Bureau Director Lei Chin. Before the guidelines were launched, Lei said, his bureau was going to discuss the approval criteria with the […]

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Warning: Proposed e-cigarette rules could devastate public health

Warning: Proposed e-cigarette rules could devastate public health

| April 28, 2014

A public health expert has expressed serious concerns about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed regulations on electronic cigarettes. Writing on his blog, Dr. Michael Siegel, who is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, said that with the release of its deeming regulations, the FDA […]

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Bangladesh looks to check growing trend

Bangladesh looks to check growing trend

| April 28, 2014

The government in Bangladesh is planning to check the increase in production of leaf tobacco in the country, according to a story in The Financial Express quoting a UNB News Agency report. “A policy will be formulated soon to check the cultivation and production of tobacco,” M. Amin Ul Ahsan, coordinator of the tobacco control […]

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Online Coresta registration open

Online Coresta registration open

| April 28, 2014

Online registration and accommodation booking for Coresta’s 2014 congress is now available at www.coresta2014.org. The congress is due to be held at the Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada, on Oct. 12–16. The theme of the congress is “Building on experience to shape the future.” The deadline for the submission of congress paper abstracts is May […]

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Innovia owners share investment vision

Innovia owners share investment vision

| April 28, 2014

Arle Capital has acquired the Innovia Group from the Candover 2001 Fund for an enterprise value of €498 million, with funds raised from a syndicate of new investors. The deal means that ownership remains with funds managed by the same international private equity company. “We are delighted that we will be partnering again with Arle, […]

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Fifth tender for Hungary’s retail licenses

Fifth tender for Hungary’s retail licenses

| April 28, 2014

Hungary’s government-operated National Tobacco Trade Nonprofit (NTTN) is due to issue a tender on May 8 for the remaining 18 licenses for the retail sale of tobacco products, according to an MTI-EcoNews story. A government monopoly on the issuing of such licenses was introduced in July 2013. About 5,800 National Tobacco Shops are currently selling […]

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