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Tobacco brands slip into Myanmar

As some of the biggest companies in the world trumpet their arrival in Asia’s hottest frontier market, the tobacco industry has a different strategy: it slips into Myanmar without fanfare. The nation of 60 million people emerged from half-century of isolation and brutal military rule two years ago. With the majority of international sanctions against the country suspended or lifted, foreign businesses of Coca-Cola and Unilever in Suzuki Motors hurried to get in. So there is a Big Tobacco, but without tape cuttings or grandly worded press announcements. Japan Tobacco, № 3 globally, quietly signed nearly a year ago with a local partner tycoon Kyaw Win. A spokesman for the company Royhei Sugata affirmed that company was being built, but declined to discuss details of the scale or brand name to the plant’s … Read entire article »

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Philip Morris International Inc (PM): Insider Buys 120K Shares

Philip Morris International Inc (PM): Insider Buys 120K Shares Key executives at public companies have a virtual mandate to maintain excessive optimism and a tendency to increase almost unconditionally. This dynamic will be on display on many fronts, including press releases, earnings reports, and exchanges with the press. The bottom line is that it just does not make the company or the management of any good to share with the public pessimism. Insider Purchases with huge signals in the market, because it shows how key insiders really feel about the company’s prospects. When insider puts big bet and buys a large stake, it is a very clear indication of confidence. And one of the biggest insiders buying last week came from an investment group that is one of Phillip Morris International, Inc ‘S … Read entire article »

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After Miley Cyrus suggests she prefers weed to the drink

With legions of teenage fans looking for her, has Miley Cyrus set a bad example, confessing she prefers to smoke weed and drink alcohol. The 20-year-old we cannot stop the star made a confession this week, considering that it is less “angry” when it is high compared to when she is drunk. She went on to champion Bob Marley as “a kind of musical Rasta Mother Teresa”, suggesting his genius was all down to his pot smoking. This argument is disappointing on two fronts. First Miley – and other weed-loving celebrities – invariably produces ‘smoking weed is cool’ to impress their fans and glamorising praising its effects. Unfortunately, the “fun” of Toke on a “special cigarette” is not without consequences. A friend of mine recently announced that he was diagnosed with a neurological disease, and while … Read entire article »

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How to grow and cure your own tobacco for ceremonial use

The very first time I saw the tobacco plant I was amazed. It was more than eight feet with a large, thick green leaves and beautiful little pink flowers taken straight from the top of the plant. “What kind of plant is it?” I asked my friend. “Oh, that tobacco plant,” he said. “. Don’t tell anyone I have it. It’s illegal.” I learned two things that day: tobacco is really a sacred plant. One look and you know that in the presence of something special. And, contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly legal to grow your own tobacco in the USA. There are several reasons to grow your own tobacco. First, it is gorgeous and adds a decorative value to any garden. Second, it is incredibly easy to dry and cure the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco-general info

Philip Morris International and Reynolds American offer great value

 Philip Morris International had a tough second quarter, mainly due to adverse currency fluctuations. Gross income after excise taxes, came in at $ 7.917.000.000, missing $ 8.17 billion consensus by a wide margin. But almost 30% of the world market with the exception of the United States and China, and a significant presence in emerging economies, where there are population growth smokers; the owner of Marlboro may be facing a bad impulse.Philip Morris International is the producer of Chesterfield cigarettes and Marlboro Flavor Note cigarettes. Explaining the poor quarter Let’s start with the bad news. Philip Morris International, Inc (NYSE: PM) was once again lowered its profit forecast by 3%. As you can see the stock performance over the past month, the market did not take this lightly. The good news … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco laws, Tobacco news

Old tobacco PlayBook gets new use of electronic cigarettes

Companies vying for a share of the fast-growing business of electronic cigarettes are reviving the decades of tobacco industry marketing tactics used to connect generations of Americans to regular smokes. They are using the cabin-top displays and bus stop sponsoring race cars and events, as well as encouraging smokers to “rise from the ashes” and reclaim their freedom in a spot of television commercials featuring celebrities such as TV presenter Jenny McCarthy. The FDA is planning to create marketing and rules for electronic cigarettes in the near future. But today, almost anything goes. “Now it’s the wild, wild west,” Mitch Zeller, director of FDA, for tobacco products, said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. Electronic Cigarette with battery-powered device, made of plastic or metal, which heats a liquid nicotine solution, creating steam … Read entire article »

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Show us the data on tobacco products sale

This year, for the first time, data on tobacco tax revenues and forecasts was absent from the budget documents, writes Simon Chapman. This data is needed to assess the plain packaging law in Australia. Australia’s plain packaging laws revolutionary governments around the world are watching and waiting. The greatest impact is expected on the future teenagers who will grow up never having seen a pack of 69 known carcinogens are dressed up in beautiful, market-researched packages are designed to increase their appeal to a critical segment of young starting smokers. Apart from the pack, Australia has banned most of the last vestiges of tobacco advertising in 1992, so that someone aged 21 today will never see the inside of tobacco advertising. It is no accident that the prevalence of smoking among daily among15-17-year-olds in … Read entire article »

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Marlboro maker Altria profit up 3%

Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter profit rose by about 3 percent as higher prices and lower costs of long-standing legal settlement offset declining cigarette sales. The owner of the country’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, also raised the lower end of its annual profit forecast. Richmond, Va.-based company earned $ 1.27 billion, or 63 cents per share, in the April-June period, compared with $ 1.30 billion or 65 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding one-time items, earnings were 67 cents a share, missing Wall Street expectations by a penny. Revenue, excluding excise taxes, decreased 2.8% to $ 4.5 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $ 4.62 billion. Altria shares fell 90 cents, or 2.8%, to close at $ 36 on Tuesday. Cigarette volumes fell nearly 8%, to 33.8 billion … Read entire article »

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Marlboro Athletic Club to celebrate 20th anniversary

“Between the coach Starks, my husband and I, we started the program. They had one or two kids here and there trying to make a track, but I want to say that we took it to another level.” After the first year of the program in 1993, when Wilkinson said that the club had about 12 athletes, Marlboro track became a nationally recognized entity that prides itself on producing a comprehensive competitor. Wilkinson said the club is nearly 100 athletes a year now, since the age of 4 to 18, who is competing in cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons. Twenty years ago, Tracy Wilkinson looking for a way to contribute. A native of New York and the University of Maryland, College Park graduate was a track and field athlete in high school … Read entire article »

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Oregon Court of Appeals restore law-tar cigarette lawsuit

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday breathed new life into a lawsuit filed by two Portland-area women who want the money they have spent on lower tar cigarettes back – claiming cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris long distorted the less harmful cigarette. The Court of Appeal opened doors for the women and an estimated one thousand Oregon smokers seek as much as one billion dollars from Philip Morris for allegedly cheating them to believe in light of Marlboro were not as bad as regular cigarettes because they contain less tar and nicotine. Plaintiffs highlighted research showing that some smokers of Marlboro Light or other lower-tar cigarettes inhale more deeply and took more puffs – negating any benefit of lower tar cigarettes. The women argue that in practical use, many smokers inhale Marlboro … Read entire article »

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PM pressed on election guru Lynton Crosby tobacco links

Shadow cabinet office minister Jon Trickett wrote to David Cameron to ask about the impact of his election strategist for Tobacco Policy. He wondered Lynton Crosby was involved in the government’s decision to postpone plans to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes in England. It comes as the Times reports that Mr. Crosby is used in the UK cigarette manufacturers Philip Morris Ltd.   A conservative source said labor was pulling “funny trick.” The source told the BBC: “Lynton Crosby is not a government appointment, he also did not advise on government policy, so that there is no doubt PM having violated ministerial code.” Mr Cameron denied that he ever lobbied for the tobacco policy by Mr. Crosby. He also insisted that he was “unaware” of the role of the Australian-born Mr. Crosby as a consultant to Philip … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco news, Tobacco-general info

The tobacco giant has returned after a decade of-long absence

Tobacco giant BAT returns to Myanmar after ten years of absence from operations in the country. In 2003 campaigners managed to successfully make the second-largest tobacco world company to leave because of criticism from the British government, in particular from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Conservative MP and former deputy chairman of BAT, Ken Clark. BAT said in a statement released Monday that about $ 60 million will be invested over the next five years to create a world-class manufacturing facility that will produce London, “the iconic brand’s international prestige and quality. The joint venture companies, BAT Myanmar Ltd, with IMU Enterprise Ltd (IMU), which will produce and sell BAT brands for the domestic market. IMU is part of a leading local conglomerate, Sein Wut Hmon Group, which has an extensive fast … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco laws, Tobacco news