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CANADA

Imperial challenges Nova Scotia menthol ban

29 May 2015. Imperial Tobacco Canada filed suit against the Nova Scotia ban on flavoured tobaccos including menthol cigarettes to take effect on 31 May, the Canadian Press said.
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SPAIN

Signs of stabilisation in shrinking cigarette market

28 May 2015. A decline of 1.5 per cent in consumption of legal cigarettes last year points to stabilisation in a domestic market that has posted 10 per cent declines since 2009, said market researcher Canadean.
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EUROPEAN UNION

Consumption of illicit cigarettes dips in 2014

28 May 2015. Consumption of illicit cigarettes in the European Union declined 3.3 per cent last year, although the estimated volume remains sizeable at more than 10 per cent of the market, according to a KPMG study.
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UNITED STATES

FTC approves Reynolds-Lorillard merger

27 May 2015. The Federal Trade Commission in a 3-2 vote approved the USD 27.4 billion (EUR 25.1 billion) Reynolds American (RAI) merger with Lorillard subject to the previously agreed sale of four cigarette brands to Imperial Tobacco, the regulatory body said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

JTI joins plain-pack challenge

27 May 2015. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) followed Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco in suing the UK government to block introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products, said Packaging Business Review.
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BAT and PMI file plain pack challenge

26 May 2015. British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International have filed suit against the UK government over mandated plain packaging for tobacco products, claiming the new law wrongfully strips them of their trademarks, the BBC said.
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JAPAN

JT to sell vending machine business, beverage brands

26 May 2015. Japan Tobacco (JT) agreed to sell its vending machine business and two beverage brands to Suntory Beverage & Food for JPY 150 billion (EUR 1.12 billion) as part of its plan to divest its beverage business by autumn, the cigarette maker said.
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UNITED STATES

Partial win for tobacco companies on corrective statements

24 May 2015. A federal appeals court rejected a lower court requirement that tobacco companies run advertisements saying they deliberately deceived the public on health risks associated with cigarettes, Reuters said.
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SWITZERLAND

Bobst acquires majority stake in Nuova Gidue

21 May 2015. Bobst took a majority stake in Nuova Gidue, an Italian manufacturer of narrow and mid-web printing presses, with the option to purchase the remaining shares, the company said.
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LEBANON

New plant to begin production in June

21 May 2015. State owned Regie Company in June will start operations at a plant in Hadath with a capacity to boost production from 12,000 boxes of cigarettes per month to 35,000, including leading international brands, according to the Al Bawaba website.
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