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UNITED KINGDOM

Union may strike over Essentra plant closure

27 Jul 2015. Workers at the Essentra filter manufacturing plant in Jarrow may strike to save as many as 220 jobs at the facility that could be closed by the end of the year, the Shields Gazette said.
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CANADA

Court strikes first payment in CAD 15.6 bln smokers' suit

24 Jul 2015. A Quebec court ruled cigarette makers must not make the CAD 1.13 billion (EUR 791million) initial payment in a CAD 15.6 billion class-action award to former smokers that is under appeal, Canadian Press reported.
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FRANCE

Senate panel balks at plain packaging

23 Jul 2015. The Senate panel reviewing a bill that would introduce uniform packaging for cigarettes removed the plain-pack requirement, calling instead for large health warnings, France24 reported.
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Protests ahead of Senate plain-pack vote

21 Jul 2015. Tobacconists covered speed cameras with plastic bags to protest legislation requiring plain packaging for cigarettes that is scheduled for a Senate vote on 22 July, France 24 reported.
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UNITED KINGDOM

BSI releases e-cig quality guidelines

20 Jul 2015. The British Standards Institution (BSI) in collaboration with the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association (ECITA) has released a set of voluntary quality controls for manufacturing and marketing vaping products.
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SWEDEN

Strong dollar and cigars boost Swedish Match profit

20 Jul 2015. Foreign exchange earnings from US sales of Swedish Match snus and moist snuff and a booming cigar market backed a 9 per cent increase in second-quarter consolidated operating profit, the company said.
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UNITED STATES

PMI shipment volume dips 1.3 per cent

16 Jul 2015. Philip Morris International (PMI) second-quarter shipment volume at nearly 220 billion sticks dipped 1.3 per cent following an increase in the first three months of 2015, the company said.
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PMI and Altria to expand reduced-risk product cooperation

16 Jul 2015. Philip Morris International (PMI) and Altria will expand cooperation on reduced risk tobacco products to include joint research, development and technology sharing, the companies said.
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Lerwill elected director at RAI

16 Jul 2015. Reynolds American Inc (RAI) elected Robert Lerwill to serve as one of five RAI board members designated by Brown & Williamson (B&W) Holdings, the company said.
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SWEDEN

Swedish Match and PMI dissolve smokeless JV

16 Jul 2015. Philip Morris International (PMI) and Swedish Match dissolved their joint venture begun in 2009 to market smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the US, the companies said.
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