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PMI ready to sue UK over plain packaging

PMI ready to sue UK over plain packaging

| August 13, 2014

Philip Morris International is prepared to sue the UK government should it implement a law requiring cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs, according to a Reuters story. Last week the government completed its second public consultation on standardized packaging; the first having been conducted during 2012. Reuters said that in its response to the […]

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Ontario urged to ban vaping in public

Ontario urged to ban vaping in public

| August 13, 2014

A report by health officials in Toronto, Canada, will recommend that Ontario should ban electronic cigarette use wherever tobacco smoking is currently banned, according to a story by Don Peat for the Toronto Sun. The report is due to be presented to the Board of Health on Monday. The health officials want to ban also […]

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Concerns over Gibraltar/Spain smuggling

Concerns over Gibraltar/Spain smuggling

| August 13, 2014

The EU is calling on Spain and Gibraltar to crack down on tobacco smuggling across their common border, citing concerns about the involvement of organized crime, according to a story by Ashifa Kassam for The Guardian. Cigarette imports into Gibraltar are said to have tripled between 2006 and 2011, and one Spanish government official was […]

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Vascular specialists turn smokers away

Vascular specialists turn smokers away

| August 12, 2014

Consultants at a hospital in Scotland have said they will refuse to accept general practitioner (GP) referrals of patients who smoke, according to a story by Christina Kenny for Pulse. The hospital, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI), which is part of NHS (National Health Service) Lothian, says that medical intervention for vascular disease could be avoided […]

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US e-cigarette firm moving into Canada

US e-cigarette firm moving into Canada

| August 12, 2014

The US-based electronic cigarette company LOGIC Technology said yesterday that it was expanding into the Canadian market through a partnership with Hilary’s Salesmaster. Under the partnership agreement, LOGIC’s electronic cigarettes will be made available at more than 30,000 accounts operated by the distributor nationwide in Canada. LOGIC’s products include both disposable and rechargeable versions and […]

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Saudi tobacco imports increasing solidly

Saudi tobacco imports increasing solidly

| August 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s tobacco products imports have increased consistently during each of the past four years, according to an Arab News story citing local media reports based on ‘recent data’. The country was said to have imported tobacco products worth SR2.6 billion during 2010, a figure that rose by 15 per cent to SR3.0 billion during […]

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New evidence shows plain packaging has not achieved Australia’s health goals

New evidence shows plain packaging has not achieved Australia’s health goals

| August 11, 2014

British American Tobacco says there is no credible evidence that standardized tobacco packaging will reduce smoking. In a press note posted on its website, the company said that even Sir Cyril Chantler’s own review for the UK Department of Health admitted the evidence that standardized packaging could improve public health was ‘modest and had its […]

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100,000 petition against plain packaging

100,000 petition against plain packaging

| August 11, 2014

A petition against standardized tobacco packaging in the UK has attracted more than 100,000 signatures, and more than 50,000 people have written personally to the Prime Minister opposing the initiative, according to a press note from the smokers’ group Forest. Standardised packaging has been the subject of a final six-week consultation that closed on Thursday. […]

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Growers left to the mercy of merchants

Growers left to the mercy of merchants

| August 11, 2014

Tobacco growers in Sumenep regency, East Java, are asking the local government to regulate the purchase price of tobacco in a bid to avoid what they described as ‘huge, protracted’ losses, according to an en.tempo.co story. “We are entering harvest time, yet there is still no word on the tobacco price range,” the chairman of […]

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Lower tobacco volumes and lower prices hit Universal’s revenues in first quarter

Lower tobacco volumes and lower prices hit Universal’s revenues in first quarter

| August 8, 2014

Universal Corp.’s net income during the first quarter to the end of June was $0.7 million, down from $58.3 million during the first quarter of last year. Net income during the first quarter of last year included a gain of $81.6 million before tax ($53.1 million after tax) resulting from a favorable outcome of litigation […]

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Russia’s smoking population tumbles

Russia’s smoking population tumbles

| August 8, 2014

The percentage of smokers within Russia’s population has dropped by six percentage points since the country adopted a stringent package of anti-tobacco regulations last year, according to a story in The Moscow Times citing a new poll. The RussianPublicOpinionResearchCenter, which is a state-owned pollster, said on Wednesday that the percentage of smokers in the country […]

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Zimbabwe’s leaf prices second highest

Zimbabwe’s leaf prices second highest

| August 8, 2014

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco prices, which averaged US$3.17 per kg during the 2014 marketing season, were the second highest in the world, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Business News quoting the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board’s (TIMB) CEO, Dr. Andrew Matibiri. The highest prices were said to have been paid in the US (presumably […]

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Smoke faster, we need the power

Smoke faster, we need the power

| August 8, 2014

Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way of converting used cigarette butts into a material capable of storing energy that could be used to help power ‘everything from mobile phones to electric cars’, according to a Reuters story citing a study published in the journal of Nanotechnology. “Our study has shown that […]

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Many businesses lack e-cigarette policies

Many businesses lack e-cigarette policies

| August 8, 2014

More than half of UK businesses have no policy on the use of electronic cigarettes in the workplace, according to an International Business Times story citing research by the PMI Health Group. The study, which questioned 216 personnel managers across large and medium sized UK companies, found that more than 58 percent of them ‘have […]

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Tobacco used in fight against Ebola

Tobacco used in fight against Ebola

| August 7, 2014

Drug makers’ use of tobacco plants as a fast and cheap way to produce novel biotechnology treatments is gaining global attention because of its role in an experimental Ebola therapy, according to a story by Sharon Begley for Reuters. The treatment, which had been tested only in laboratory animals before being given to two US […]

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Tobacco used in fight against pollution

Tobacco used in fight against pollution

| August 7, 2014

Boeing and the state-owned South African Airways have agreed to co-operate in producing jet fuel from a new type of tobacco plant, with the aim of reducing environmental pollution, according to a story by Eduard Gismatullin for Bloomberg News. The partners will use SkyNRG’s hybrid plant Solaris, which can be grown as an energy crop, […]

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Move to ban children from tobacco farms

Move to ban children from tobacco farms

| August 7, 2014

A US politician has introduced legislation to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, according to a story by Cristina Marcos for The Hill. David Cicilline, a Democrat of Rhode Island, said he had been inspired to address the issue after a Human Rights Watch report earlier this year documented how children working in tobacco […]

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Objections lodged against Ireland’s standardized packaging proposal

Objections lodged against Ireland’s standardized packaging proposal

| August 7, 2014

Three EU countries have lodged objections to Ireland’s standardized tobacco packaging proposals put forward by Dr. James Reilly when he was Minister for Health, according to a story in The Irish Times. Portugal, Bulgaria and Slovakia are said to have objected in recent weeks on the basis that the proposals are incompatible with EU rules […]

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Japanese tobacco gets the all-clear

Japanese tobacco gets the all-clear

| August 7, 2014

Testing in Japan of this year’s domestic crop of flue-cured Virginia tobacco has been completed, and none of the leaf tested exceeded the Japan Tobacco Inc. standard value of radioactive cesium: 100Bq/kg. JT has been conducting a number of tests at each stage of its production process for radioactive materials in Japanese domestic tobacco in […]

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De la Fargue to head up Hail & Cotton

De la Fargue to head up Hail & Cotton

| August 7, 2014

Hail & Cotton International Group (HCIG) has hired Michael de la Fargue as president and CEO.  De la Fargue brings more than 20 years of relevant tobacco leaf experience, having most recently served as vice president of leaf services in Africa for JTI.  He replaces Warren L. Corbin who served as HCIG’s president/CEO for the […]

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Leaf prices down on those of last year

Leaf prices down on those of last year

| August 6, 2014

Alliance One International made a net loss of $18.6 million during its first quarter to the end of June, a smaller net loss than was recorded during the first quarter to the end of June 2013, $36.9 million. Gross profit increased by 23.2 percent to $35.1 million and gross profit as a percentage of sales […]

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Growers threaten boycott over leaf prices

Growers threaten boycott over leaf prices

| August 6, 2014

The Kisan Board of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, has rejected a price of Rs150 per kg for leaf tobacco and threatened to stop growing the crop if farmers are not paid Rs200 per kg, according to a story in The Express Tribune. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa grows the bulk of Pakistan’s tobacco crop. It produced 83 million kg in 2012-13, […]

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Total makeover for JT menthol cigarette

Total makeover for JT menthol cigarette

| August 6, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. is redesigning its Pianissimo Precia Dia’s Menthol cigarette; an all-new version of which is due to be rolled out nationwide in Japan from mid-September. In announcing its plans, JT said that Pianissimo was one of the most popular menthol brands on the market and that the Pianissimo Precia series offered ‘an elegantly […]

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American earns top sustainability award

American earns top sustainability award

| August 6, 2014

The American Snuff Company (ASC) has been awarded the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) highest award for sustainable business practices, the Tennessee Green Star Partnership Three-Star Certification. ASC, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American (RAI), is the first Memphis-based company and the 13th in Tennessee to hold this award. “ASC-Memphis is very pleased […]

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Universal declares quarterly dividends

Universal declares quarterly dividends

| August 6, 2014

Universal Corporation’s board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.51 per share on the company’s common shares, payable on November 10 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 14. In addition, the board declared a quarterly dividend of $16.875 per share on the company’s Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual […]

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