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    1. October 22, 2014

      BAT reports decline in tobacco volumes as smokers kick the habit

      British American Tobacco, whose brands include Dunhill and Lucky Strike, reported a decline in tobacco volumes, as smokers...

    2. October 6, 2014

      Tobacco lobby aims to derail WHO on tax increases

      A tobacco-industry funded lobby group will attempt to derail a World Health Organisation summit aimed at agreeing increased...

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    1. July 17, 2014

      Australia smoking rates tumble after plain packaging shift

      Smoking rates in Australia fell at their fastest pace in more than two decades, following the introduction of the world’s...

    2. July 15, 2014

      Imperial Tobacco powers ahead in ecigarette market

      Imperial Tobacco’s acquisition of Blu from Lorillard has catapulted the Bristol-based group ahead of the other big four...

    3. June 29, 2014

      Philip Morris: debt addiction

      The year 2014 is proving to be “truly atypical” for Philip Morris International, its boss says. This means, in short, that...

    4. June 26, 2014

      Plain packaging and currency swings weigh on Philip Morris

      Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company by market share, blamed currency swings, the introduction...

    5. June 11, 2014

      Australians stub out cigarettes in wake of plain-pack law

      Australians are consuming less tobacco than at any time since records began in 1959, prompting health campaigners to claim...

    6. May 14, 2014

      Report slams US tobacco child labour

      Children who cannot legally buy cigarettes harvest tobacco, use heavy machinery and climb into barn rafters to dry leaves....

    7. May 9, 2014

      Uruguay’s smoking laws draw tobacco fire

      While Uruguay has been celebrated by liberals around the world for its bold steps to regulate cannabis, with new rules...

    8. April 25, 2014

      Hamish Maxwell, consumer marketing executive, 1926-2014

      When Philip Morris directors gathered in 1983 to choose their next chief executive, it was not at their new Manhattan...

    9. April 14, 2014

      South Korea’s health insurer sues tobacco companies

      By Song Jung-a in Seoul South Korea’s state-run health insurer has filed a lawsuit against three tobacco companies including...

    10. March 27, 2014

      Official warns EU-US trade deal at risk over investor cases

      Negotiations to create a transatlantic free trade zone risk collapsing if the EU has to drop a provision giving investors...

    11. March 14, 2014

      Transatlantic trade talks hit German snag

      Germany has introduced a stumbling block to landmark EU-US trade negotiations by insisting that any pact must exclude a...

    12. March 10, 2014

      EU and US pressed to drop dispute-settlement rule from trade deal

      Faced with an increasingly vocal opposition to a landmark EU-US trade agreement, a growing number of backers of the deal are...

    13. November 14, 2013

      Regulators take aim at high-margin tobacco products

      The life of a smoker is not a happy one. Thanks to increased regulation, smokers are banished outdoors, reminded in large...

    14. November 4, 2013

      Debt sale rush ahead of holiday season

      Sales of investment-grade debt this week may surpass the $25bn mark as global corporations attempt to raise this year’s...

    15. August 15, 2013

      Tobacco – volume and value

      Like smoke from Frank Sinatra’s cigarette the global tobacco sector has climbed 40 per cent over the past two years. That is...

    16. August 12, 2013

      Cigarette price rises in UK due to companies as much as tax

      Smokers fuming about the rising cost of cigarettes should blame big tobacco companies as well as recent excise duty...

    17. July 23, 2013

      Crosby moves to end tobacco lobbying dispute

      Lynton Crosby has denied having “any conversation” over plain cigarette packaging with David Cameron as the prime minister’s...

    18. Westminster Blog

      July 17, 2013

      Did Cameron ask Lynton Crosby who else he worked for?

      David Cameron will today to publish a bill cracking down on union funding as the Tories attempt to shift the political...

    19. July 16, 2013

      David Cameron accused of deflecting criticism with lobbying bill

      David Cameron is poised to publish a bill cracking down on union funding as the Tories try to shift the spotlight away from...

    20. July 15, 2013

      Labour seeks changes to lobbying bill after Crosby allegations

      The Labour party has called for amendments to the forthcoming lobbying bill following allegations that Lynton Crosby, the...

    21. beyondbrics

      July 3, 2013

      Big Tobacco vs Little Uruguay

      Philip Morris International, the makers of Marlboro, the world’s best-selling cigarette brand, has won the right to take its...

    22. June 19, 2013

      Smoking: Plain packaging war smoulders

      When James Reilly, the Irish health minister, announced in May that he would introduce legislation next year requiring that...

    23. June 18, 2013

      Tobacco industry looks to ecigarettes for growth

      Demand for electronic cigarettes is booming – and big tobacco companies are hoping to get a piece of the fast growing $1bn...

    24. May 28, 2013

      Ireland plans to adopt plain packaging of cigarettes

      Ireland plans to become the second country in the world to ban all branding on cigarette packets following a decision on...

    25. beyondbrics

      May 23, 2013

      China's smokers: CNTC's captive market

      A recent conference held by the China Medical Board, a US foundation, on China and the Global Burden of Disease identified...

    26. beyondbrics

      May 21, 2013

      Carlos Slim stubs out cigarette habit

      Carlos Slim is always on the move: reviewing, restructuring and reinventing his companies. His latest action in this...

    27. May 9, 2013

      Tobacco groups race to recruit Indonesian smokers

      As students and teenagers sip coffee and eat noodles in Tebet, a bustling South Jakarta district of cafés and clothes shops,...

    28. April 28, 2013

      Fugitives from bonds embrace stocks

      There is no bigger issue in the fund management circles I frequent than the question of whether it still makes sense to hold...

    29. April 25, 2013

      BAT lifts prices to offset slowing sales

      Global demand for cigarettes continued to slide as British American Tobacco, the world’s second-largest tobacco company by...

    30. April 17, 2013

      Smokers turning more to illicit tobacco

      UK smokers, fed up with constant price rises, are turning to smuggled and counterfeit tobacco in greater numbers than ever...

    31. March 25, 2013

      BAT tests ‘less harmful’ cigarettes

      British American Tobacco has started clinical trials of a cigarette designed to reduce the harm caused by existing products....

    32. March 19, 2013

      Respite for highly rated US debt

      Renewed eurozone worries have hurt new sales of highly-rated corporate bonds in the US in the past couple of days, but the...

    33. March 4, 2013

      Warning signs for US corporate bonds

      Could the bond boom be turning? Warning signs are flashing as investors demand higher yields even on US bonds issued by the...

    34. beyondbrics

      February 22, 2013

      Philippines: winning Japanese investment at the expense of China

      The First Philippine Industrial Park, some 50km south of Manila, is already a whopper, accounting for about 3 per cent of...

    35. January 4, 2013

      When share buybacks can make sense

      Companies that buy in their own shares are, as the saying goes, paying some shareholders to go away at the expense of those...

    36. December 19, 2012

      EU plans to increase cigarette warnings

      Tobacco companies would be required to print much bigger warning labels on cigarette packets, and would not be allowed to...

    37. October 30, 2012

      Tobacco – tips for growth

      Health police, regulation, austerity, price wars – it is a wonder that tobacco companies manage to eke out any kind of...

    38. beyondbrics

      October 16, 2012

      Russia: smoking bans in the pipeline

      Russia is finally getting tough on tobacco with a new law that will ban smoking in public places by January 1, 2015 and...

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