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Reynolds’ first-quarter volume down

Reynolds’ first-quarter volume down

| April 24, 2014

R.J. Reynolds’ domestic-market cigarette volume during the first quarter to the end of March, at 14.3 billion, was down by 3.8 percent on that of the first quarter of last year, 14.9 billion. Total growth brands volume was up by 1.2 percent from 9.6 billion to 9.7 billion, driven by a 2.5 percent increase to […]

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Meeting to discuss leaf’s carbon imprint

Meeting to discuss leaf’s carbon imprint

| April 24, 2014

One of the two focuses of this year’s meeting of the European Association on Tobacco Research and Experimentation (AERET) will be the carbon imprint of leaf tobacco production. The other will be biodiversity. AERET’s annual meeting is due to be held in Kraków, Poland, June 10–12. June 10 and 11 will be dedicated to technical […]

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Mugabe threatens tobacco growing ban

Mugabe threatens tobacco growing ban

| April 23, 2014

President Robert Mugabe has warned farmers that tobacco production will be banned in Zimbabwe if they continue to cut down trees to provide fuel for curing their crops, according to a story on NewZimbabwe.com. In his Independence Day speech on the weekend, Mugabe said tobacco growers were causing desertification. “Our people are growing tobacco and […]

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Disagreement over regulation timing

Disagreement over regulation timing

| April 23, 2014

If Denmark’s health minister, Nick Hækkerup, has his way, parliament will “soon” be taking action to curb the increasing use of e-cigarettes in the country, according to a Copenhagen Post story. “It concerns me that children are using strawberry- and licorice-flavored e-cigarettes,” Hækkerup wrote in a statement to parliament’s committee on health. “It doesn’t matter […]

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Anti-tobacco vigilantes to be let loose

Anti-tobacco vigilantes to be let loose

| April 23, 2014

A new anti-tobacco law that is expected to be issued “soon” will grant judicial powers to some anti-smoking volunteers to detect and report violations of the law, according to a story in The Peninsula quoting an official of Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH). The proposed law, which will amend an existing law, will ban […]

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Hungary asked to alter tax-change rules

Hungary asked to alter tax-change rules

| April 23, 2014

The European Commission has warned that it might refer to the European Court of Justice Hungarian legislation that runs counter to an EU directive regulating tobacco trade. In Hungary, tax rates are included on tobacco products packaging, and when taxes change, packs with the old tax rates cannot be sold after 15 days of the […]

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PMI’s volume down in first quarter

PMI’s volume down in first quarter

| April 22, 2014

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the first quarter of 2014, at 195.961 billion, was down by 4.4 percent on that of the first quarter of last year, 204.947 billion, though, excluding the unfavorable impact of estimated inventory movements in the quarter, the company reported, its volume decreased by about 2 percent. Volume was […]

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Bergerac R&D in cost-cutting sights

Bergerac R&D in cost-cutting sights

| April 22, 2014

As part of its cost-cutting plans, Imperial Tobacco intends to “offload” its research center in Bergerac, France, according to a story in Le Figaro. Imperial said last week that it was proposing to close its cigarette factories at Nottingham, U.K., and Nantes, France, as part of a cost optimization program aimed at delivering savings of […]

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Pleasures for poor people—what next?

Pleasures for poor people—what next?

| April 22, 2014

MPs in Uganda have queried why tobacco farmers look poor while tobacco companies look rich, according to a story by John Odyek for The New Vision. The MPs were apparently attending a meeting at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel to discuss the Tobacco Control Bill 2014. “People who have planted tobacco live in grass-thatched houses,” said […]

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Shipping cigarette butts to useful ends

Shipping cigarette butts to useful ends

| April 22, 2014

Imperial Tobacco Australia is helping to fund a pioneering scheme to recycle cigarette butts. The business is partnering with recycling firm Terracycle to encourage people over the age of 18 to sign up to its Cigarette Waste Brigade. Other tobacco companies are also providing financial support for the scheme. Those taking part can send cigarette […]

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New Universal business includes sweetener for tobacco growers

New Universal business includes sweetener for tobacco growers

| April 17, 2014

Universal Corp. said yesterday that it had entered the fruit and vegetable food ingredients market through its new subsidiary, Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients (CIFI). “The new business will utilize advanced technology to produce high-quality, food-grade dehydrated and juiced fruit and vegetable products,” Universal said in a note posted on its website. “Initially the business will […]

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Read this important Siegel blog—now

Read this important Siegel blog—now

| April 17, 2014

In a hard-hitting blog published yesterday, Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, has shone a little light into some of the murky corners of U.S. tobacco control legislation. He is at times scathing about the road that led to regulations on “lights” descriptors […]

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Flue-cured prices rising steeply in Andhra

Flue-cured prices rising steeply in Andhra

| April 17, 2014

Flue-cured tobacco prices have been rising steeply on the auction floors of Andhra Pradesh, India, and recently hit a new high of INR172 per kg at the Koyyalagudem floors in the West Godavari district of the state, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The story said […]

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Former RAI CEO returns to the helm

Former RAI CEO returns to the helm

| April 17, 2014

The board of directors of Reynolds American Inc. has elected Susan M. Cameron president and CEO, effective May 1. She will remain a member of the RAI board of directors. Cameron—or Ivey as she was then known—served as president, CEO and a member of the RAI board from 2004 to 2011. She also served as […]

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Imperial helps fight illicit trade in Mali

Imperial helps fight illicit trade in Mali

| April 17, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is supporting a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the illicit trade in Mali. As part of the campaign, the National Directorate of Trade & Competition recently organized an anti-illicit trade (AIT) information and awareness forum in the capital, Bamako, for retailers and wholesalers. Key government and law enforcement authorities took part in […]

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Imperial preparing for factory closures

Imperial preparing for factory closures

| April 16, 2014

The Imperial Tobacco Group is proposing to close its cigarette factories at Nottingham, U.K., and Nantes, France. The proposed closures are part of a number of “European restructuring projects” that could see 900 jobs axed. In a note posted on its website, Imperial said the projects, which are planned to be “implemented progressively” during the […]

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PM USA pays $3.3 billion to U.S. states

PM USA pays $3.3 billion to U.S. states

| April 16, 2014

Philip Morris USA yesterday made its annual Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) payment, which, this year, amounts to about $3.3 billion, net of various items related to the non-participating manufacturer adjustment disputes. In a statement posted on its website, the company said that, since signing the tobacco settlement agreements, PM USA had paid U.S. states more […]

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Industry acts in face of forest crisis

Industry acts in face of forest crisis

| April 16, 2014

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) and tobacco merchants have established the Sustainable Afforestation Association (SAA) to spearhead reforestation across the country, according to a story by Elias Mambo for the Zimbabwe Standard. The reforestation program is aimed at countering the deforestation that is taking place as a result of the increased number of […]

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E-cigarette use link to smoking cessation

E-cigarette use link to smoking cessation

| April 16, 2014

New survey data from England show rising e-cigarette use has been accompanied by a notable increase in smoking cessation, according to a story by Jacob Sullum for Reason Magazine. Sullum quotes Boston University public health professor Michael Siegel as having highlighted the Smoking Toolkit Study, which had shown that e-cigarette use in England had been […]

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PM straining at the bit over brand protection dispute with Australia

PM straining at the bit over brand protection dispute with Australia

| April 15, 2014

Philip Morris Asia (PMA) is keen to get to the core of its dispute with the Australian government over the issue of standardized tobacco packaging. In a note posted on its website, the company reported that the tribunal assigned to hear PMA’s challenge to Australia’s plain packaging law yesterday decided to divide the proceedings in […]

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FCTC threatens more harm than good

FCTC threatens more harm than good

| April 15, 2014

Indonesian Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi has said his government will not ratify the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) soon, according to a Tempo story. According to the views of the trade ministry and of the industry ministry, Lutfi said, the ratification did not have to take place immediately. “Mr. Hidayat [the […]

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Drinking goes up as smoking goes down

Drinking goes up as smoking goes down

| April 15, 2014

Fewer South Koreans are smoking, but more are drinking hard, feeling fat and getting depressed, according to a story in the Korea Joongang Daily quoting figures from a government poll. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced the results of its 2013 Community Health Research poll, which showed, in part, that the […]

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Way sought to prevent labor-market turmoil when Dutch factory closes

Way sought to prevent labor-market turmoil when Dutch factory closes

| April 15, 2014

Dutch trade unions have appealed to Philip Morris Holland (PMH) to protect the 1,230 people employed at the company’s cigarette factory at Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, which is due to close by October, according to an ANP story. The personnel should continue to be paid until finding a new job, Arend van Wijngaarden, chairman of trade union CNV Vakmensen, was […]

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MEP poses tax-harmonization question

MEP poses tax-harmonization question

| April 14, 2014

The European Commission has been asked whether it intends in the near future to propose the harmonization of excise duties on tobacco products within the union, so as to combat tax tourism. In a preamble to a number of questions, French MEP Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid said that on March 14, 2013, the European Court of Justice […]

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Korea’s state health insurer to sue tobacco firms over disease costs

Korea’s state health insurer to sue tobacco firms over disease costs

| April 14, 2014

South Korea’s state health insurer said today it was going to court to seek an initial KRW53.7 billion ($51.9 million) from KT&G and the local units of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to tobacco smoking, according to stories by Reuters and Arirang TV & Radio. “We believe […]

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