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ZIMBABWE

Smaller crop expected to bring higher prices

08 Feb 2016. Growers have begun harvesting a smaller than expected tobacco crop due to drought, but high in quality, The Herald said in a story citing farm officials.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Renamed Imperial Brands unveils website

08 Feb 2016. The company formerly known as Imperial Tobacco Group unveiled its new look on a website following shareholder approval last week of a name change to Imperial Brands.
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Stanbrook to replace Burnett on Imperial board

05 Feb 2016. Imperial Tobacco named Steven Stanbrook, who has worked for several US consumer goods companies, to the Board of Directors. He will replace Ken Burnett, who retired.
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UNITED STATES

Universal lowers 2016 crop year forecasts

04 Feb 2016. Universal Corp lowered forecasts for the current crop year, saying adverse weather should lower flue-cured output by 11 per cent this year (excluding China) and burley production by 6 per cent.
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PMI profit and shipping volume fall

04 Feb 2016. Philip Morris International operating companies income fell 23.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, driven down by adverse currency movements and reorganization costs in Europe, the Marlboro maker said.
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MALAWI

Minister bucks WHO on alternatives to tobacco crop

04 Feb 2016. Agriculture Minister Allan Chiyembekeza distanced his country from World Health Organisation efforts to get farmers to switch from growing tobacco to other crops, promising continued government support to growers, the Nyasa Times said.
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JAPAN

JTI volume falls 3 per cent; Russia, Mideast cited

04 Feb 2016. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) cigarette shipments in the fourth quarter fell 3 per cent due to trade inventory reduction in Russia and Mideast turmoil, the company said.
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UNITED STATES

Vaping popularity among youth targeted in report

03 Feb 2016. Though cigarette use is down, quicker action is needed to counter a “startingly high” rate of use by youth of vaping devices and other tobacco products, says the American Lung Association's 14th annual report on control efforts.
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JAPAN

Ministry may require larger health warnings

03 Feb 2016. The Finance Ministry plans discussions on increasing the size of health warnings on tobacco packaging, a measure that could be implemented later this year, the Japan Times reported.
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AUSTRALIA

PMI sells Moorabbin factory site

02 Feb 2016. Philip Morris International (PMI) sold its Moorabbin manufacturing site and will relocate several hundred administrative staff to a building in downtown Melbourne, the Canberra Times said.
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