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MALAWI

Tobacco farms hit by widespread flooding

26 Jan 2015. Malawi President Peter Mutharika said widespread flooding has delivered a major blow to tobacco, the country’s major export earner, said South Africa’s Eyewitness News.
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UNITED STATES

PM USA found liable for USD 17.2 million in Engle case

23 Jan 2015. Philip Morris USA was found liable for USD 17.2 million (EUR 14.9 million) in damages by a federal court jury in the first Engle-progeny decision this year, said the law firm representing the plaintiff.
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MWV sells European tobacco carton business to AR Packaging

23 Jan 2015. MeadWestvaco (MWV) agreed to sell its European tobacco folding carton business, including three manufacturing units and 680 employees, to AR Packaging Group of Sweden, the US packaging company announced.
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High voltage creates high formaldehyde vapour, study shows

23 Jan 2015. Vaping at high voltage creates formaldehyde releasing agents that may pose a much greater health risk from the cancer causing agent than from traditional cigarettes, according to a Portland State University study.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Malan, Farr and Panayotopoulos named to BAT Board

23 Jan 2015. Pedro Malan, former Brazilian finance minister and central bank chief, is one of three non-executive director appointments to the Main Board of British American Tobacco, BAT announced.
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Cigarette makers condemn "rush" to plain-pack vote

22 Jan 2015. British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco condemned the government call for a parliamentary vote on standardised packaging for cigarettes before the May general election as hastily conceived and motivated by political gain.
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Parliament to vote on plain packs this session

22 Jan 2015. Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said a proposal requiring plain packaging for tobacco products would be put to a parliamentary vote before the May general election, according to government and media accounts.
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UNITED STATES

Government urged to raise and equalise tobacco taxes

21 Jan 2015. Tax must be increased and equalised across the spectrum of tobacco products to achieve the goal of halving the smoking rate in 10 years, the American Lung Association said in its latest study on the state of government control efforts.
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Legal hurdles removed ahead of shareholder votes

21 Jan 2015. Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard reached agreements with litigants that remove impediments to shareholder approval of their proposed merger at extraordinary meetings scheduled for late January, the Triad Business Journal reported.
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GERMANY

Taxed cigarette volume down 67 bln since Reunification

20 Jan 2015. Taxed cigarette volume last year fell to 79.5 billion units, a 0.9 per cent decline from 2013 and 67 billion sticks less than in 1991, the first year of a reunited Germany, said the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis).
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