Monthly Archives: January 2012

Plain packs will make smoking history

Stripping cigarette packs of their colourful exteriors and forcing them to be sold in plain packaging could prove fatal for the global tobacco industry. Who says so? No less an authority than Tobacco Journal International, the self-styled “leading international trade publication for executives in the world of tobacco”. One of its front covers in 2008 said simply: “Plain packaging can … Continue reading Continue reading

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Earnings Preview: Altria Group Inc.

Altria Group Inc., parent of the biggest U.S. cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, is expected to report higher fourth-quarter profit and revenue when it releases its results before the stock market opens Friday. As Americans buy fewer cigarettes amid increasing health concerns and rising tobacco taxes, Altria’s volumes have fallen markedly, but the company has managed to maintain its profit … Continue reading

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Behind Cigarettes’ Brands

Newport Non-Menthol continues to hang in, Marlboro’s promotions will keep building share and Pall Mall’s performance is increasing, according to retailers in the latest UBS-CSP Tobacco Survey. As revealed in last week’s CSP/Tobacco E-News, retailers in the survey, representing 50 chains and nearly 8,000 stores, expect Philip Morris USA‘s Marlboro to take the lead in gaining market share in the … Continue reading

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Rihanna puffs on a suspicious roll-up cigarette after working out with a personal trainer during Hawaiian break

It’s probably not the wisest thing to do after working up a sweat. But pop star Rihanna seemed extremely relaxed after puffing on a suspicious hand-rolled cigarette following a rigorous exercise session this weekend. The brown papered roll-up looked remarkably similar to a ‘blunt’, which is slang for a marijuana filled cigar. The type favoured and popularised in hip-hop music. … Continue reading

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Grandson of major tobacco company founder speaks out against smoking

Patrick Reynolds is the grandson of the late RJ Reynolds, whose company produces cigarette brands Camel, Monarch and Winston. Reynolds says his father’s death from emphysema caused by years of smoking is why he’s trying to help others through The Foundation for a Smokefree America. “I started smoking myself at 17 and quitting was one of the hardest things I … Continue reading

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Snoop Dogg Launching Cigar Brand

Who knows smoking better than Snoop Dogg? The rapper is capitalizing on his infamous love for lighting up with a new line of cigars, Executive Branch, which he will unveil at the Coachella Festival when he headlines with Dr. Dre. The cigars will be made with tobacco sourced from the Dominican Republic and the first round of product, the “Executive … Continue reading

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10 Unusual Cigarette Lighter Designs

Modern cigarette lighters come in all shapes and sizes. This post showcases examples of smoking accessories as unusual and creative lighter designs. Match Lighter Creative giant sized match that is actually a lighter, not a match. Giant Lighter Big Daddy lighter is nearly 7′ tall and holds 6 ounces of lighter fuel. Battery Lighter “Durasell” lighter is designed to look … Continue reading

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World No Tobacco Day 2012

The World Health Organization (WHO) selects “tobacco industry interference” as the theme of the next World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on Thursday, 31 May 2012. The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of … Continue reading

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Cigarettes: tax up, prices up, illicit trade up

Surging taxes and prices in Egypt have led to a steep increase in the country’s illicit trade in cigarettes, according to a story by Fatima El-Saadani for Business Today Egypt, relayed by the TMA. Egypt raised its cigarette tax in July 2010 by 84 per cent, which led to a 48 per cent increase in prices, and it raised its … Continue reading

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Perth airport introducing civilized smoking areas

The airport at Perth, Western Australia, will soon have purpose-built smoking rooms at its domestic and international terminals, according to a story in The West Australian. The first of the enclosed smoking facilities, which will have capacity for 60 people, vending machines and flight information displays, is due to open outside the southern end of the domestic terminal next month. … Continue reading

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