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Smokers priced out of duty-paid market

Smokers priced out of duty-paid market

| May 20, 2014

The consumption in the U.K. of tobacco products that have not had U.K. duty paid on them is said to be on the rise again, according to a story by Guy Bentley for City A.M, quoting figures from HM Revenue and Customs. Non-U.K.-duty-paid (NUKDP) products accounted for 16 percent of the cigarette market during the […]

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Call for more hotels to go smoke-free

Call for more hotels to go smoke-free

| May 20, 2014

More hotels in Malaysia should be declared smoke-free in a bid to reduce the amount of secondhand smoke in public places, according to a story in The Star quoting the Health Ministry’s deputy director-general, Dr. Lokman Hakim Sulaiman. “There are a number of hotels where smoking is banned in the entire premises, and this is […]

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Warning over high-voltage e-cigarettes

Warning over high-voltage e-cigarettes

| May 20, 2014

High-voltage e-cigarettes might expose users to increased levels of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, according to research led by Maciej Goniewicz, Ph.D., Pharm.D., a researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at the U.S.’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The study was published online by Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Some e-cigarettes allow the user […]

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White Cloud demonstrates U.S. credentials

White Cloud demonstrates U.S. credentials

| May 20, 2014

U.S.-based White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has launched ClearDraw2, “a radical reinvention of the traditional e-cigarette cartridge.” According to a press note issued through PRNewswire, the proprietary new design “eliminates the industry-standard cotton filler and narrow airflow chambers, giving users more e-liquid per cartridge, and more flavor and vapor with every puff.” The design of ClearDraw2 […]

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About 4,900 jobs to go as Sampoerna looks to axe two hand-rolling plants

About 4,900 jobs to go as Sampoerna looks to axe two hand-rolling plants

| May 19, 2014

Sampoerna said on Friday that it planned to restructure its hand-rolled kretek cigarette (SKT) manufacturing operations in Indonesia, a development that would “impact” about 4,900 employees. “The company has decided to discontinue the production in its SKT manufacturing facilities in Jember and Lumajang as of 31 May 2014, while at the same time continue to […]

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Petition calls for more relaxed attitude to public-places smoking in Russia

Petition calls for more relaxed attitude to public-places smoking in Russia

| May 19, 2014

About 100,000 signatures have been collected on a petition calling for Russian lawmakers to backpedal on the country’s smoking ban, according to a RT TV/TV Novosti report. An anti-tobacco law was approved in February 2013 and came into effect on June 1 last year. However, restrictions are being introduced gradually, so that, since last summer, […]

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Coresta Congress abstracts due Friday

Coresta Congress abstracts due Friday

| May 19, 2014

The deadline for the submission of abstracts of presentations to the 2014 Coresta Congress is Friday, according to the congress’ organizing committee. 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 […]

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Poland to challenge EU menthol ban

Poland to challenge EU menthol ban

| May 16, 2014

Polish officials are expected to try to block the ban on menthol cigarettes included as part of the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which is due to come into force on May 20. A story in the Warsaw Business Journal said that under the new TPD, sales of menthol cigarettes would be banned in […]

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Tobacco worker protection in own best interests of farmers, says grower body

Tobacco worker protection in own best interests of farmers, says grower body

| May 16, 2014

The Tobacco Growers’ Association of North Carolina has said that the great majority of tobacco farmers in NC fully understand that protecting and providing support for their workers is in their own best interests as well as those of their workforces. The association was replying to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report issued on Wednesday, […]

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The question is unusual – the answer, according to a new book, isn’t pretty

The question is unusual – the answer, according to a new book, isn’t pretty

| May 16, 2014

The smokers’ group, Forest, and Buckingham University Press is due to host a drinks reception and talk by John Staddon, author of Unlucky Strike, Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking. Staddon, who is Professor Emeritus at the US’ Duke University and Honorary Visiting Professor at the UK’s University of York, has […]

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JT’s sales well down in April

JT’s sales well down in April

| May 16, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during April, at 6.7 billion, was down by 30.2 per cent on that of April 2013, 9.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The April 2013 figure was increased by 3.2 per cent on that of April 2012. Volume during January-April 2014, at 37.1 […]

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Industry drones on about smuggling

Industry drones on about smuggling

| May 16, 2014

A Lithuanian home-made drone ‘detained’ in Russia’s Kaliningrad region last week had been used in an attempt to smuggle cigarettes into Russia, Oleg Dzhurayev, the press service chief of the Kaliningrad border department of the Russian Federal Security service, told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday. The drone, which was said to have been used by a Russian-Lithuanian […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

| May 16, 2014

Lorillard has declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.615 per share. The dividend is payable on June 10 to stockholders of record as of May 30.

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Children exposed on U.S. tobacco farms

Children exposed on U.S. tobacco farms

| May 15, 2014

Children working on tobacco farms in the U.S. are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides and other dangers, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released yesterday. “While U.S. law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to children, children can legally work on tobacco farms in the U.S.,” HRW said in a press note announcing […]

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E-cigarettes help asthmatic smokers

E-cigarettes help asthmatic smokers

| May 15, 2014

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health indicates that asthmatic smokers who use e-cigarettes experience an improvement in their asthma symptoms and lung function, even if they remain dual users, according to a leading health expert. The study (See: Polosa R, et al. “Effect of smoking abstinence and […]

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Altria declares dividend

Altria declares dividend

| May 15, 2014

Following Altria’s annual meeting yesterday, the company’s board of directors declared a regular dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on July 10 to shareholders of record as of June 16. The ex-dividend date is June 12. At the meeting, the company reaffirmed its 2014 full-year guidance for reported and adjusted diluted earnings per share.

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Alcohol next in line for plain packaging

Alcohol next in line for plain packaging

| May 14, 2014

Scotch whisky could be dragged into a tit-for-tat trade war because of plans to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes in Scotland and, possibly, the rest of the U.K., according to a story by David Maddox for The Scotsman, reflecting the fears of some MPs. The Indonesian government has proposed forcing Australian wine to be sold […]

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Zimbabwe’s leaf prices down 14 percent

Zimbabwe’s leaf prices down 14 percent

| May 14, 2014

Zimbabwe has sold 124 million kg of flue-cured for US$398 million so far during the current sales season, which began in the middle of February, according to a story by Oliver Kazunga for the Chronicle, quoting figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board. By the same stage of the previous sales season, 98 million […]

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Major issues to address at nicotine forum

Major issues to address at nicotine forum

| May 14, 2014

One of the main topics for discussion at the first Global Forum on Nicotine, which will be held in Poland next month, will be the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations for e-cigarettes. But also high on the list will be the new EU Tobacco Products Directive, the World Health Organization’s position on e-cigarettes, […]

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Andhra tobacco sales set brisk pace

Andhra tobacco sales set brisk pace

| May 14, 2014

About 64 percent more flue-cured was sold during the first 60 days of the current auction season in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh than was sold during the same period of the previous season, according to a story in the latest edition of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. This season, 62.89 million kg was […]

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Universal to webcast results conference

Universal to webcast results conference

| May 14, 2014

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call following the release of its results for fiscal year 2014 after market close on May 20. The conference call, which will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, will be hosted by Vice President and Treasurer Candace C. Formacek. A live webcast of the conference call will […]

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Opposing flavored e-cigarettes but not tobacco cigarettes with menthol

Opposing flavored e-cigarettes but not tobacco cigarettes with menthol

| May 13, 2014

A leading U.S. health expert has said that calls for bans on flavored e-cigarettes are disingenuous in the mouths of those who don’t oppose the addition of menthol to tobacco cigarettes. Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, last week challenged the position of […]

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BAT thought to be in acquisitive mood

BAT thought to be in acquisitive mood

| May 13, 2014

British American Tobacco has asked Deutsche Bank to work with UBS on possible financial deals in the U.S., according to a story by Erika Janowicz for Benzinga.com, quoting a report in The Times of London on Monday. The article said that BAT had hired the banker to advise the company on possible acquisitions and deals. […]

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Smile when you smoke in Bangalore—your image might end up on Facebook

Smile when you smoke in Bangalore—your image might end up on Facebook

| May 13, 2014

Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar has appealed to the public to upload to the Bangalore city police Facebook page photographs showing people smoking tobacco in public places where such activity is banned, according to a story by Chaitanya Swamy for the Bangalore Mirror. The public is able to inform on smokers also by calling 100. These […]

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Focus on preventing illicit tobacco trade

Focus on preventing illicit tobacco trade

| May 13, 2014

The prevention of cigarette smuggling is one of five key tasks for Vietnam’s Market Management Agency this year, according to a VietnamNet story quoting Do Thanh Lam, deputy director of the agency. Lam said that about 600 million–700 million packs of cigarettes were smuggled into Vietnam each year, “causing losses of nearly $190 million to […]

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