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Plain tobacco pack regulation plans squeezed by general election Subscription

16 Jan 2015 | By Andrew Don

Time is running out for the government to introduce plain packaging regulation for tobacco…

Imperial Tobacco warns over fake £3-off vouchers

09 Jan 2015 | By Andrew Don

Cigarette manufacturers hope retailers will help them stub out a scam that offers customers money off cigarettes…

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Government launches consultation on sale of e-cigs to under-18s

18 Dec 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on stopping the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s.

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Tobacco lobby clashes over new Australian plain packs research

05 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

New Australian research on plain packaging has sparked a fresh clash between the two sides of the tobacco lobby…

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Foodservice and tobacco boost Today's Group sales by 5.2%

28 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Today’s Group has posted a 5.2% increase in full-year sales, driven by a strong performance in foodservice and tobacco…

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BAT to appeal against £650,000 HRMC fine for oversupplying Belgium

14 Nov 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

British American Tobacco has said it will appeal against the £650,000 fine it has received from HMRC for oversupplying its products in Belgium.

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Government: 'Retailers need to get set for display ban'

11 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

The Department of Health has appealed to retailers to start preparing for the tobacco display ban which comes into force across the UK on 6 April next year.


E-cigs can be shown on TV under new advertising code

09 Oct 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

E-cigarette suppliers will be able to show their products on television for the first time under a new code of practice.

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JTI to close Ballymena cigarette factory

08 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

JTI is to close its cigarette factory, in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

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Imperial Tobacco and JTI up tobacco display ban support

06 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Imperial Tobacco and JTI have both increased their support to retailers ahead of the tobacco display ban for small shops…

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Praise for new HMRC assault on duty fraud Subscription

30 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Industry bodies have applauded a new HMRC crackdown on illicit alcohol and tobacco…

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Marlboro to launch Gold in roll your own Subscription

30 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Philip Morris is extending its iconic Marlboro Gold cigarette brand into the fast-growing roll-your-own market.

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E-cigarette makers respond to ‘very negative’ WHO proposals Subscription

29 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Strict new proposals on the regulation of e-cigs would have a “very negative impact on the future health of smokers”.


Andrew Gray promoted to group marketing director at BAT

28 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

British American Tobacco has named Andrew Gray as its new group marketing director


E-cigs should be banned indoors, says WHO in tough new report

26 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

The burgeoning e-cigarette market faces a powerful new challenge from the World Health Organisation, which today called for tough measures including banning the use of e-cig indoors.

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Underage tobacco sales tackled by JTI pilot scheme

14 Aug 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Retailers across the North West are tackling underage tobacco sales through a £400,000 pilot scheme funded by manufacturer JTI.


Bestway, Today's & Booker set up dark-compliant gantry deals

09 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Bestway, Today’s Group and Booker retailers are set to benefit from “dedicated discounts” on dark-compliant gantries…

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Campaigners petition the PM against plain tobacco packaging

07 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Campaigners opposed to plain tobacco packaging have submitted more than 50,000 protest letters to the PM…

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Ireland’s move for plain tobacco packs hits delay

06 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

The Republic of Ireland’s plans to enforce plain tobacco packaging may be delayed after three EU member states expressed their fears about the move.

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Diageo and BAT latest to warn of bruising strength of pound

02 Aug 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Diageo and British American Tobacco have warned that the strength of the pound is hurting their profits…

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JTI to appeal ASA ruling on 'misleading' plain packs ad

30 Jul 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Japan Tobacco International has rejected an Advertising Standards Authority ruling against one of its ads and is taking its case to the ASA’s Independent Reviewer.

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JTI extends Amber Leaf range with organic Signature Blend

25 Jul 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Japan Tobacco International is expanding its Amber Leaf rolling tobacco range with a new premium line made with organic Brazilian tobacco.

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Imperial Tobacco buys US brands for £4.2bn after Reynolds/Lorillard merger

15 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Imperial Tobacco is to buy four US cigarette brands and a line of e-cigarettes after the agreement of the merger between US tobacco giants Reynolds and Lorillard today.

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Imperial Tobacco eyes US acquisitions

11 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Imperial Tobacco is in talks to buy US cigarette brands from Reynolds American and Lorillard if the two agree a merger

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Tobacco: rising duty pushes smokers to economy-brand and RYO Subscription

19 Dec 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

With the spectre of plain packaging looming ever larger and the final piece of the display ban puzzle…


Gloomy predications for European tobacco market Subscription

28 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Profits are set to plunge in the European Tobacco Industry as cigarette-makers struggle against the long-term decline in sales volumes.

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Jacob Fuller on why the e-cig market won't go up in smoke Subscription

28 Aug 2014 | By James Halliwell

Jacob Fuller, UK CEO of e-cig supplier Blu, on exploding sales, cowboy suppliers and the role of Big Tobacco…

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E-cigarettes in the dock Subscription

26 Aug 2014 | Updated: 27 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

The World Health Organisation’s damning assessment of e-cigarettes will be dispiriting reading to suppliers.

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Imperial Tobacco's US growth is a bold risk Subscription

15 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Few doubt that Imperial Tobacco’s US expansion is transformational - whether it’s wholly desirable is more contentious.

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(Not-so) plain sailing

27 Jun 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

With the headlines full of stories about sugar, the government chose an interesting moment to publish draft legislation on plain packaging for tobacco.


Tobacco plain packaging: beware the hype Subscription

12 Apr 2014 | By Neil McKeganey

Tobacco plain packaging is coming to a shop near you – in fact possibly to your shop…

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Chantler review takes us back to the start

04 Apr 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Where does the government’s tobacco policy stand after yesterday’s Chantler review into plain packs?

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Nascent e-cigs market dashed as EU's ruling 'misses point' Subscription

07 Mar 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

E-cigs: so near to the tipping point, has the EU’s 11th hour change to tobacco directive scuppered all the good work?…

Focus on E-cigarettes 2014

E-cigarettes market report 2014

18 Feb 2014 | By Matt Chittock

The e-cigs market has exploded. Just two years ago, sales were mostly online and the major retailers were hardly getting a look in. Today the market is worth £91.3m a year to them…

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Tobacco market report 2014

18 Feb 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

What does the next year hold for the tobacco market? Our market report looks at how the industry is bracing for an array of new legislation on the sale of cigarettes, ciagrs and rolling tobacco.


E-cig restrictions meaningless if not enforced

15 Feb 2014

The announcement that e-cigarettes will be restricted to people over 18 provoked much debate…

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