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UNITED KINGDOM

BAT 2014 global brands volume gains 5.8 per cent

26 Feb 2015. British American Tobacco (BAT) global drive brands volume rose 5.8 per cent last year, driven by Dunhill, Rothmans and Pall Mall, but adverse foreign exchange rates cut into sales and profit, the company said.
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UNITED STATES

Cigarette makers settle federal Engle suits for USD 100 mln

25 Feb 2015. Philip Morris USA, RJ Reynolds Tobacco and Lorillard negotiated a USD 100 million (EUR 88.3 million) settlement of nearly all Engle progeny cases pending in federal courts, the tobacco companies said.
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Appeals court may scale back Kessler warnings

25 Feb 2015. Two of the three judges on a federal appeals court panel signalled a decision by Judge Gladys Kessler requiring product warnings admitting deliberate deception by tobacco companies may have gone too far, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Proposed ballpark bans target smokeless tobacco

25 Feb 2015. California may ban use of smokeless tobacco in baseball parks, ending use of chewing tobacco by ballplayers and vaping in the grandstand. A prominent anti-smoking group says it is working on a nationwide ban.
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UNITED KINGDOM

BAT may buy up remaining Souza Cruz stock

24 Feb 2015. British American Tobacco (BAT) may make an offer for the one quarter of Souza Cruz it does not own to delist the Brazilian cigarette maker, the company said.
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UNITED STATES

Swisher sets up e-cig subsidiary

23 Feb 2015. Swisher International has formed a company to develop e-cigarette and vaping solutions with the intention of becoming a major player in the fast growing market, the cigar maker said.
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IRELAND

Reilly says two companies threaten plain-pack suits

23 Feb 2015. Imperial Tobacco sent a letter threatening legal action to block plain packaging to Children and Youth Affairs Minister James Reilly, following an earlier communication from Japan Tobacco International, Reuters reported.
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EGYPT

Cigarette tax hike to combat deficit

23 Feb 2015. Sales tax on domestic and imported cigarettes will be raised for the second time since July as the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi acts to cut the budget deficit, the Associated Press said.
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UNITED STATES

PMI to market Altria e-cigarette outside US

19 Feb 2015. Philip Morris International (PMI) will begin marketing an Altria e-cigarette product in markets outside the US this March, the companies said.
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SWEDEN

Tax driven snus hoarding boosts Swedish Match

18 Feb 2015. Swedish Match increased snus volume at home and grew its value segment in the final business quarter of 2014 as consumers hoarded supplies ahead of January excise duty increases, the company said.
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