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Increase in tobacco output planned

29 Aug 2014. A 70 per cent increase in land dedicated to tobacco production is planned for the next growing season, Xinhua news agency said in a story citing remarks by Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura.
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Plain packs fail to change buying habits, study shows

29 Aug 2014. Tobacco purchasing habits following introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products have remained constant, according to a study that shows neither a switch to low-cost Asian brands nor a rise in use of unbranded illicit tobacco.
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Sonoco to acquire Weidenhammer Packaging

27 Aug 2014. Sonoco Products Company will acquire Weidenhammer Packaging Group of Germany for EUR 286 million (USD 383 million) in a deal the US packager said would create a global leader in rigid paper packaging.
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Gray to replace Levy on BAT board

27 Aug 2014. Andrew Gray, director of British American Tobacco’s Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) region, will replace Jean-Marc Levy as group marketing director on the BAT Management Board from 1 Sept, the company said.
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WHO weighs in on e-cigs

26 Aug 2014. The World Health Organisation (WHO) called for bans on advertising and indoor use of e-cigarettes in a report that will go before a plenary session of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control this autumn, Reuters reported.
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FDA sets 180-day comment period on snus

26 Aug 2014. The Food and Drug Administration set a 180-day public comment period on an application by Swedish Match to have its General brand snus approved as a less risky tobacco product, the Associated Press reported.
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Amcor Tobacco to close German plant, expand in Indonesia

22 Aug 2014. Amcor Tobacco Packaging will close a German plant by the end of 2014 in response to what the company said was an overcapacity in gravure printing in western Europe, and build a facility to serve the growing Indonesian market.
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Inter-tabac 2014 draws 460 exhibitors

22 Aug 2014. Inter-tabac, which bills itself as the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories, is solidly booked this year with more than 460 exhibitors, organisers said.
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Tax Stamp Forum slated for Dubai in September

21 Aug 2014. Illicit trade and track-and-trace systems to control the flow of legal goods are part of a three-day agenda at Tax Stamp Forum 2014, to be held in Dubai this September.
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Illicit trade nearly 30 per cent of cigarette market

21 Aug 2014. Illegal cigarettes account for more than 29 per cent of the market, costing legal manufacturers about ZAR 2 billion (EUR 141 million) a year in sales, according to South African Revenue Services (SARS) data.
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