Jessica Miller | January 14, 2011
Cigarettes makers’ loss could be cigar manufacturers’ gain. Thanks to the curbs on cigarette manufacturers, the main driver for the $13.5 billion Indian tobacco market (excluding bidis) could be high-value cigars and cigarillos (a narrower version of cigars) that until last year were all imported brands like Dunhill. In January 2010, however, ITC Ltd, the country’s leading cigarette manufacturer with a 70 per cent of the share of the market, introduced Armenteros hand-rolled cigars through an exclusive tie-up with La Aurora, one of the oldest cigar manufacturers in the Dominican Republic.
Jessica Miller | September 24, 2010
Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp. (TTLC), the government-backed tobacco and liquor producer in Taiwan, recently received orders from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) for two branded cigarettes. JTI is a top-three cigarette maker globally with revenues reaching US$60 billion in 2009, whose more branded cigarettes like Virginia is quite popular among female smokers.
Jessica Miller | June 29, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday put an end to Washington’s bid to fine Big Tobacco more than a quarter of a trillion dollars for violating federal racketeering law. But the high court also rejected cigarette-makers’ request to review a lower court’s ruling that the companies had violated federal anti-gang laws over several decades by denying the health risks of Marlboro smoking, marketing to young people and making defective products.
Jessica Miller | June 25, 2010
One year ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This law is making it harder for tobacco companies to target children, will make it easier for those who smoke discount cigarettes like Marlboro, Kiss and other smoking brands for to overcome their addictions, and will make tobacco products less toxic for those who cannot or do not want to stop smoking.
Jessica Miller | June 24, 2010
Selling tobacco products like Marlboro, Kiss and many other discount cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 is against the law. Yet, in a survey covering all areas of the county, 7 percent of local Amador County stores sold tobacco to underage teens.