European equities closed higher on Thursday on euro zone data and a positive handover from Wall Street boosting investor sentiment.» Read More
*Russia cracking down on tobacco consumption. MOSCOW/ LONDON, Dec 4- Philip Morris International Inc and Japan Tobacco Inc are buying 20 percent stakes in their Russian distributor Megapolis for $750 million each, strengthening their grip on the world's No.2 cigarette market by volume after China.
*Philip Morris, Japan Tobacco buy stakes for $750 mln each. MOSCOW, Dec 4- Philip Morris International Inc and Japan Tobacco Inc are buying 20 percent stakes for $750 million each in Russian distributor Megapolis, strengthening their grip on the world's No. 2 cigarette market after China.
LONDON, Nov 28- Britain signalled it would force tobacco companies to scrap branded cigarette packaging on Thursday in an attempt to reduce the number of children who may be drawn to smoking by striking and brightly coloured packs.
AMSTERDAM, Nov 28- The Dutch Health Ministry sounded an early warning on Thursday about the possible health risks of electronic cigarettes, announcing plans to clamp down on labelling ahead of European regulations.
*Commerzbank, Rio lead respective sectors to rises. LONDON, Nov 28- European shares rose on Thursday, boosted by risk-sensitive stocks on the back of new record highs in the United States, but held below five-year peaks with shares in tobacco firms hit by a U-turn by Britain on how their products are packaged.
LONDON, Nov 28- European shares edged up on Thursday on the back of new record highs in the United States, but held below five-year peaks as investors digested mixed earnings news and a U-turn by Britain on tobacco advertising.
*Miners fall following weak China data. *Johnson Matthey buoyed by results. LONDON, Nov 21- European shares were lower in midday trade on Thursday after Federal Reserve comments rattled nerves about the central bank's stimulus policy, and miners were weaker after Chinese data.
Nov 20- Philip Morris International Inc plans next year to enter the electronic cigarette business, a $2 billion- plus global market identified by the maker of Marlboro cigarettes as its "greatest growth opportunity".
LONDON, Nov 5- Imperial Tobacco Group said cost cuts and the launch of electronic cigarettes would help deliver "modest" growth for the new year as it posted slightly better than expected earnings.
In 2009, the FDA was given authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco, although not pipe tobacco, cigars or e-cigarettes, battery-operated products that produce a vapor containing nicotine that is inhaled. The law allows the FDA to expand its authority over all tobacco products, but it must first issue new regulations.
GENEVA, Sept 13- Ukraine and Honduras are reviving a dispute at the World Trade Organisation challenging Australian laws that impose uniform drab green packaging and large graphic health warnings for cigarettes, diplomats said on Friday.
European shares closed sharply lower on Thursday after two different U.S. economic reports were released and as U.S. indexes saw their biggest one-day drops since June.
Traditional tobacco companies need to adapt to the rise of electronic cigarettes - or e-cigarettes - ahead of the product becoming regulated in the U.K., according to an analyst at Berenberg Bank.
July 15- Loblaw Cos Ltd, Canada's largest food retailer, will buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp, the country's biggest pharmacy chain, for C $12.4 billion to bulk up against intensifying competition from U.S. retail giants as well as from consolidating local rivals.
*Australia passed law last year ordering plain packets. LONDON, July 12- The British government on Friday delayed plans to ban company branding on cigarette packets in England, saying it wanted to first see the impact of a similar decision in Australia.
*Invensys, Swedish Match get M&A lift. LONDON, July 12- European shares remained buoyed by central banks' commitment to ongoing stimulus on Friday, heading for their best week since late April, with Invensys and Swedish Match boosted by M&A talk.
*Swedish Match up on M&A talk. LONDON, July 12- European shares gained more ground early on Friday as the Federal Reserve's commitment to stimulus continued to support equities, while M&A talk lifted Invensys and Swedish Match.
BRUSSELS/ LUXEMBOURG, June 21- European Union health ministers agreed on Friday to ease tough planned restrictions on tobacco products to overcome opposition from some governments to the draft rules.
*Altria: the owner of Marlboro cigarettes maker Philip Morris said on June 11 its Nu Mark subsidiary would launch e-cigarettes under the brand name MarkTen in Indiana in August. *Reynolds American: the maker of Camel cigarettes said on June 6 it would expand the testing of its Vuse e-cigarettes to retail outlets in Colorado, beginning in July.
*E-cigarettes sold as less harmful alternative to tobacco. LONDON, June 13- Puffing on slim metal tubes loaded with pale yellow liquid, two London businessmen say they have between their lips a cure for what the U.N. calls "one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced".