Tag: tobacco

UK plain packaging plan goes up in smoke

UK plain packaging plan goes up in smoke

| May 2, 2013

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has scrapped plans to force all cigarettes to be sold in plain packs, according to a story published today in The Sun. Health ministers had been considering the move for a year. Proponents had insisted making packages bland would put smokers off — and stop kids from picking up the habit. Cameron initially backed the plan, but has […]

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Despite EU weakness, German smokers stay strong

Despite EU weakness, German smokers stay strong

| May 1, 2013

Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Tobacco, said cigarette and tobacco sales in Germany were “excellent,” despite the EU’s economic weakness, which hit the British multinational’s half-year profits. “We are growing cigarette share, we are growing fine-cut share, and not just at the value end of the market. We have seen growth at the top-end in brands […]

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Tax hike leaves retailers, puffers smoking mad

Tax hike leaves retailers, puffers smoking mad

| April 25, 2013

An increase in in Canada’s Manitoba province’s tobacco tax has some smokers and tobacconists worried about the holes it’s expected to burn through their wallets and bottom lines. On  April 16, the province announced an immediate $0.04 hike in the tax, to $0.29 per cigarette, as part of its 2013 budget, according to a story in […]

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BAT sales up 5 pct, driven by global brands

BAT sales up 5 pct, driven by global brands

| April 25, 2013

British American Tobacco reported revenue growth of 5 percent at constant rates of exchange in the first quarter ended March 31, adding that global drive brand cigarette volumes grew by 1 percent. The report stated: Revenue growth of 1 percent at current rates of exchange. Cigarette volumes from subsidiaries fell 3.7 percent to 160 billion, with a decrease […]

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IMHA urges brand protection

IMHA urges brand protection

| April 25, 2013

The trade body representing the global hologram industry is urging organisations to review and if necessary redouble their brand protection and authentication strategies to stem the “hemorrhage” of counterfeit goods flowing out of china. That’s the stark message from the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) which was commenting on a new UN report that says […]

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UK campaigners condemn ‘sexist’ study on plain packaging

UK campaigners condemn ‘sexist’ study on plain packaging

| April 25, 2013

Campaigners in the U.K. opposed to plain packaging of tobacco have described as “sexist” a study that says young female smokers get less satisfaction and less enjoyment from smoking cigarettes that come in plain, standardized packs. Hands Off Our Packs campaigner Angela Harbutt, a smoker, said, “The idea that plain packaging will have a greater […]

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E-cigarettes could turn kids into smokers, health department says

E-cigarettes could turn kids into smokers, health department says

| April 25, 2013

The Philippine health department warned the public on April 12 against e-cigarettes, saying the tobacco substitute could turn children into smokers. E-cigarettes have been gaining favor among Filipinos as higher tobacco taxes make smoking more expensive, according to a story in the Manila Times. Food and Drug Administration director-general Kenneth Hartigan-Go disputed what he said were […]

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Indonesia: Cigarette makers blame costs for lower profits

Indonesia: Cigarette makers blame costs for lower profits

| April 25, 2013

Cigarette manufacturers in Indonesia blamed higher production costs and currency fluctuations for the slow-down in their business throughout 2012. Revenues at PT Gudang Garam increased by 17.1 percent to reach IDR49.03 trillion ($5 billion). However, their spending also increased, jumping 25.6 percent to IDR39.84 trillion. The higher spending and losses from currency fluctuations ultimately saw […]

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TTM wary of decreasing market share

TTM wary of decreasing market share

| April 25, 2013

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) has gradually lost market share to imported cigarettes since the country lifted the tax barrier two decades ago, says director-general Torsak Chotimongkol. Local cigarettes still claim 76 percent of the market, but foreign cigarettes are likely to gain one percentage point to 25 percent by the end of this year, according to […]

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Vietnam’s anti-smoking law to take effect May 1

Vietnam’s anti-smoking law to take effect May 1

| April 25, 2013

Vietnam’s law on the prevention and control of smoking takes effect on May 1, 2013, according to the Health Ministry, according to a story in VietnamPlus. The law, with five chapters and 35 clauses, regulates measures aimed to reduce the demand for tobacco, control supply and prevent tobacco harm, said the ministry at a conference in […]

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TIMB report: nearly $300 million in sales of golden leaf

TIMB report: nearly $300 million in sales of golden leaf

| April 25, 2013

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has recorded close to $300 million from the sales of the golden leaf as more farmers deliver their crop to the country’s three auction floors, according to a story by Zimbabwe’s NewsDay. TIMB shows that as of Wednesday (Day 44), revenue had reached $289 million from 77,787 million […]

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Lorillard’s 1Q profit up 47 pct on higher pricing, e-cig sales, lower costs

Lorillard’s 1Q profit up 47 pct on higher pricing, e-cig sales, lower costs

| April 25, 2013

Lorillard’s first-quarter profit jumped 47 percent as higher prices, e-cigarette sales and lower legal expenses from a longstanding legal settlement offset a decline in traditional cigarette sales. The nation’s third-biggest tobacco company on Wednesday reported earnings of $328 million, or 86 cents per share, for the period ended March 31, up from $223 million, or […]

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Reynolds American profits jump 88 pct in Q1, volume down

Reynolds American profits jump 88 pct in Q1, volume down

| April 24, 2013

Consumers squeezed by higher gas prices and an increase to the payroll tax led Reynolds American Inc. to report a sharp drop in cigarette volumes in the first quarter. “Overall, the external environment remained challenging,” President and CEO Daniel Delen said. “Industry cigarette volumes were negatively impacted by higher energy prices, the expiration of the payroll-tax […]

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Australian fund gets tough on TOMRA’s tobacco ties

Australian fund gets tough on TOMRA’s tobacco ties

| April 23, 2013

An Australian superannuation and investment fund is leading an international effort to pressure a Norwegian machinery maker to leave the tobacco  industry. In what amounts to a new front in the war against tobacco, Australian Ethical will put forward a resolution on Monday at the annual general meeting of Norwegian company TOMRA, demanding it stop selling tobacco sorting […]

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NC tobacco tax totals turn down

NC tobacco tax totals turn down

| April 19, 2013

North Carolina, USA, is catching up with a lot of other American states in collecting less tax revenue on cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013, which began in July, state revenue collections were $190 million, down 6 percent from the $202 million that came in during a comparable […]

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Retailers say PM still on top, e-cigs will continue to grow

Retailers say PM still on top, e-cigs will continue to grow

| April 18, 2013

The first quarter of 2013 has come and gone, and with it, a UBS-CSP survey of a variety of convenience store operators–whose sizes ranged from one store location to more than five hundred—on a range of tobacco-related issues. The exclusive study brought good news for industry leader Philip Morris and even better news for the […]

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Few complaints lead to secondhand smoke warnings for non-gamblers

Few complaints lead to secondhand smoke warnings for non-gamblers

| April 16, 2013

About two, meaning usually one, complaints a month are lodged with the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department regarding tobacco smoke leaking from video gambling rooms inside restaurants, so obviously something needed to be done in this West Virginia, USA, town. ”When we get these types of complaints, we still make a site visit to make sure they are […]

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International anti-tobacco conference to be staged in tobacco country

International anti-tobacco conference to be staged in tobacco country

| April 15, 2013

India, the third largest producer of tobacco, is due to host an international anti-tobacco conference in Delhi later this year. The International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco will take place on September 10–13. “The conference is a call for collective resolution to fight tobacco through global cohesion […]

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Manila FDA will not register e-cigarettes

Manila FDA will not register e-cigarettes

| April 12, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will not register e-cigarettes, as health products as these devices are against the intent of the country’s tobacco regulation law, according to a story on MB.com.ph, a Minilan news website. In an advisory, FDA acting Director General Kenneth Hartigan-Go said e-cigarettes are “contrary to the intent and […]

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Growers angry as kwacha replaces dollar in Zambian leaf sales

Growers angry as kwacha replaces dollar in Zambian leaf sales

| April 11, 2013

Zambian tobacco will this year be sold in kwacha instead of U.S. dollars, according to a story in The Times of Zambia. The decision to move to kwacha was made by the government, but the Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) secretary Samson Muyembe, was quoted as saying that the TBZ did not see anything wrong with selling […]

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Tobacco use a pre-existing medical condition

Tobacco use a pre-existing medical condition

| April 10, 2013

D.C. is moving ahead in creating its health exchange—the marketplace for individual and small group insurance plans required under the provisions of President Obama’s health care reform—and the board responsible for it yesterday voted to bar insurers from charging smokers and other tobacco users higher premiums. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are allowed to […]

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Hail & Cotton – Global Sales Director

Hail & Cotton – Global Sales Director

| September 12, 2012

2500 South Main Street Springfield, Tennessee USA www.hailcottonintl.com Now Hiring – Global Sales Director Hail & Cotton International Group (“HCIG”), recognized world-wide as a quality supplier of all types of leaf tobacco, is actively recruiting for the position of Global Sales Director. This position will report directly to the President and will oversee an experienced […]

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Getting my bearings

Getting my bearings

| May 29, 2011

One of the local leaf companies kindly let me borrow a car for the week, which should facilitate logistics considerably. I spent the day with my friend Makiwa, getting my bearings in Harare. I have a basic knowledge of the city from previous visits, but things are different when you are driving yourself. For starters, […]

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Life is good again

Life is good again

| May 29, 2011

After traveling for nearly 24 hours, watching four movies and almost finishing a badly written book on the Hells Angels motorcycle club, I am enjoying a Zambezi beer in front of my room at York Lodge in Highlands, Harare. During past visits, I’ve flown from the United States through either Johannesburg or London. Due to […]

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