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CUBA

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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AUSTRALIA

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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UNITED STATES

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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UNITED KINGDOM

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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WORLD

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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UNITED STATES

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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SWITZERLAND

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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GERMANY

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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UNITED KINGDOM

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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SOUTH AFRICA

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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