Tag: tobacco

Azerbaijan bans GMO tobacco 

Azerbaijan bans GMO tobacco 

| December 15, 2015

Azerbaijan has implemented a ban on GMO tobacco, according to a story in the AzerNews. In addition to GMO tobacco, no GMO wine or cotton products can be imported to Azerbaijan or produced in the country, effective immediately. A series of amendments to the laws “On tobacco,” “On viticulture and winemaking” and “On the cotton” […]

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Buyers in Malawi told to ‘stop growing tobacco’

Buyers in Malawi told to ‘stop growing tobacco’

| November 9, 2015

AHL Group of Companies, Malawi’s sole tobacco and other commodities dealing company, has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to consider reversing its decision to allow tobacco multinationals to grow tobacco, according to Malawi24. AHL Group says the policy is hurting ordinary tobacco farmers. AHL Group’s general manager, Moses Yakobe, has urged the […]

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Purwanto joins TSAL as technical sales manager

Purwanto joins TSAL as technical sales manager

| September 14, 2015

Tobacco Solutions Asia Limited (TSAL), an engineering solutions firm that has designed and developed some of the world’s smallest tobacco processing equipment, has appointed Arif Purwanto to the newly created position of technical sales manager for the Indonesian region, effective Oct. 1. Purwanto will assist the TSAL team in marketing TSAL products and services to […]

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U.S. Tobacco Cooperative pays member growers $5.6 million in cash dividend

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative pays member growers $5.6 million in cash dividend

| July 9, 2015

The board of directors of the U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (USTC)—a leading producer and processor of high-quality U.S. flue-cured tobacco headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA—has declared a patronage dividend of $0.17 per pound of tobacco sold to the Cooperative during fiscal year 2015. The total dividend for fiscal year 2015 was $10.7 million, a 9.1 […]

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China plans to grow tobacco in Crimea

China plans to grow tobacco in Crimea

| June 5, 2015

The Crimean government has announced that a visiting delegation of Chinese businessmen intend to invest in tobacco cultivation within the territory, which was annexed by Russia in March 2014. Chinese equipment and technology would be supplied to the semiautonomous territory, which has been fighting to secure foreign investment amid trade sanctions imposed by Ukraine, the […]

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Minnesota company uses tobacco to fight cancer

Minnesota company uses tobacco to fight cancer

| May 14, 2015

A Minnesota-based startup company called MNPHARM plans to use tobacco plants to produce personalized treatments for patients battling cancer.  Founded by Jeff Reinert and Dave Roeser, MNPHARM uses a process that combines technological advances in controlled indoor atmosphere and biochemistry to transform a plant that is frequently associated with causing cancer into one with the […]

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Egypt to construct tobacco-processing factories 

Egypt to construct tobacco-processing factories 

| April 23, 2015

The Egyptian government plans to construct two tobacco-processing factories in Malawi to support the country’s tobacco industry, according to the Malawi News Agency. The Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy, said the construction of these factories will help spur economic growth because the crop is regarded as the country’s main forex earner. “We have always […]

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Closures expected in Indonesian tobacco industry

Closures expected in Indonesian tobacco industry

| April 23, 2015

As much as 15 percent of the workforce at tobacco-related companies in East Java, Indonesia—or more than 23,000 workers—are at risk of being laid off this year, according to a story in the The Jakarta Post. Based on 2014 data, the number of people working in East Java’s tobacco and tobacco products industrial (IHT) sector […]

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Strict laws to limit tobacco ads in China

Strict laws to limit tobacco ads in China

| April 23, 2015

Lawmakers in China may introduce tough new restrictions on tobacco advertisements, according to a story in the China Daily. A draft revision to the country’s 20-year-old Advertisements Law will be voted upon tomorrow; the revision was discussed Tuesday at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and is likely to […]

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Study recommends raising tobacco purchase age

Study recommends raising tobacco purchase age

| March 16, 2015

A study presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 12 supports the theory that raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 from 18 will substantially reduce the number of 15- to 17-year-olds who start smoking and decrease the number of early deaths and low birth weights due to smoking. Conducted by an […]

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$2.87 per pack tax possible in Calif.

$2.87 per pack tax possible in Calif.

| May 14, 2013

California lawmakers chose not to make smokers pay more for health insurance,  but they may be more willing to make smokers pay more for cigarettes. A new bill proposing to raise the tax on tobacco by $2 per pack of cigarettes  cleared its first two committee votes last week in predictably partisan votes. SB 768, […]

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Sticky story: 3rd-hand smoke gives guests gooey fingers

Sticky story: 3rd-hand smoke gives guests gooey fingers

| May 14, 2013

Anyone who has ever walked into a “non-smoking” hotel room and caught the distinct odor of cigarette smoke will not be surprised by the findings of a new study: When a hotel allows smoking in any of its rooms, the smoke gets into all of its rooms, the study suggests, according to a story in […]

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Canadian tobacco giants begin defense in $27 billion suit

Canadian tobacco giants begin defense in $27 billion suit

| May 14, 2013

Three of Canada’s tobacco giants began their defense Monday against a $27-billion class-action lawsuit in Montreal by calling a witness who said the dangers of smoking are no secret. Historian and professor Jacques Lacoursière testified tobacco’s health risks have been common knowledge for decades. He pointed to over 700 references to the hazards of smoking […]

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Diggers reject mine sites smoking ban

Diggers reject mine sites smoking ban

| May 14, 2013

A call by the Cancer Council for smoking to be banned at all West Australian (WA) mines sites has been rejected, according to an Australian Associated Press report. The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) has said that a ban would cause resentment. WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum data show smoking rates in the […]

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Demand drives crop size increase

Demand drives crop size increase

| May 14, 2013

The Tobacco Board of India has increased Karnataka’s authorized 2013–14 crop size by about four percent on that of 2012–13, according to a report in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The crop size has been set at 102 million kg, up from 98 million kg in 2012–13 and 100 million kg […]

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Reynolds agrees to more farm labor talks

Reynolds agrees to more farm labor talks

| May 14, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. has agreed to resume discussions with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) about ways to address alleged farm-worker abuse, according to a story by Federico Martinez for The Blade (Toledo, Ohio). Reynolds was said to have agreed to resume the meetings after the farm-labor union and advocacy group staged a protest outside […]

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Turkey to toughen tobacco laws

Turkey to toughen tobacco laws

| May 13, 2013

The Turkish government wants to toughen the country’s laws on smoking and alcohol consumption, according to a Trend news agency story quoting a Sabah newspaper report. The report said that a new bill would be put before parliament, though it did not indicate when that would happen. Under the bill, smoking, already banned in enclosed […]

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Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

| May 10, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari filed by the tobacco companies challenging the advertising regulations promulgated pursuant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act. While the Court’s cert denial allows a previous 6th Circuit decision to stand, the contested rules may never be enforced. The Solicitor General declined to file a writ […]

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Smoking goes airside at Aberdeen airport

Smoking goes airside at Aberdeen airport

| May 10, 2013

The establishment of an airside smoking shelter at Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland is expected to help reduce the number of full terminal evacuations caused by people smoking in areas where smoking is banned, according to a story by The Scotsman. The shelter, which is adjacent to the main departure lounge, will provide passengers who have […]

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Ousted retailers could be compensated

Ousted retailers could be compensated

| May 10, 2013

The Hungarian government is considering what it should do to compensate tobacco-product retailers who missed out when tobacco retail licenses were recently put out to tender, according to an All Hungary Media Group story (AHMG). Legislation passed in September last year provided for the establishment of a state monopoly of the retail sale of tobacco […]

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RAI increases quarterly dividend

RAI increases quarterly dividend

| May 10, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that its board of directors had approved a 6.8 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock, taking it from $0.59 per share ($2.36 per share annualized) to $0.63 per share ($2.52 per share annualized). The dividend will be payable on July 1 to shareholders of […]

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Tobacco the crop of choice in Zimbabwe

Tobacco the crop of choice in Zimbabwe

| May 9, 2013

Zimbabwe had sold 107 million kg of flue-cured tobacco for a total of $400 million by the end of the 55th day of sales, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald. By the same stage of last season’s sales, 84 million kg of flue-cured had been sold for  $315 million. The Tobacco Industry and […]

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Tobacco industry has little to fear from EU TPD proposals

Tobacco industry has little to fear from EU TPD proposals

| May 9, 2013

The European Commission believes that its proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive would, if adopted, have limited adverse impact on the tobacco industry – and some positive impacts. “The adoption of the proposal for a revised Tobacco Products Directive was preceded by a thorough impact assessment, including an assessment of the economic impacts on […]

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E-cigarettes under threat in EU

E-cigarettes under threat in EU

| May 9, 2013

The European Commission has said that the majority of e-cigarettes sold in the EU would most likely fall under pharmaceutical legislation if the commission’s proposed revisions to its Tobacco Products Directive were to be accepted. The commission has proposed that e-cigarettes would fall under the legal framework for medicinal products if they contained levels of […]

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Cuba joins fight over Aussie plain packaging rules

Cuba joins fight over Aussie plain packaging rules

| May 6, 2013

Cuba has become the latest country to launch a legal attack on Australia’s landmark plain packaging rules for tobacco at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The laws came into effect last December and mean cigarettes can only be sold in brown packages with graphic health warnings. The WTO says Cuba has requested consultations with Australia […]

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