TO:           All Retirement Boards

FROM:     Joseph I. Martin, Deputy Executive Director

RE:           Tobacco Company List

DATE:      June 7, 2017

On October 22, 1997 PERAC Memo #37/1997 informed you of the adoption of Chapter 119 of the Acts of 1997.  That statute prohibits retirement systems from making any new investments in stocks, securities, or other obligations of any company which derives more than 15% of its revenue from the sale of tobacco products.  On December 18, 1997 PERAC sent Memo #48 regarding the implementation of Chapter 119 and the first Tobacco Company List.

Enclosed please find a Tobacco Company List dated July 2017.  This list replaces any other Tobacco Company List previously sent to your board and is effective upon receipt by the retirement boards.  Most of these companies appeared on previous lists and such investments were prohibited from the time the companies first appeared on the list.  Please forward a copy to your investment advisors or inform them that this list is available on the PERAC Home Page under the Investment Unit’s 2017 Memo Index.  In communicating with your investment advisors, please inform them that the Tobacco Company List is only for their Massachusetts public fund clients and that any other use of the list is strictly prohibited.

As part of its audit process, PERAC will assess the portfolio of each board to determine compliance.  That review will determine if the board, after January 13, 1998, has purchased stock, securities, or other obligations of any company which derives more than 15% of its revenue from the sale of tobacco products.  In the event a portfolio is not in compliance, the board must bring the portfolio into compliance by divesting in a prudent manner.  Prior to taking any action, the board shall consult with PERAC.

In applying the statute to pooled funds, PERAC will assess the 15% rule against the entire pool as the board is purchasing shares in the pool not the individual holdings of the pool.  Thus a pooled fund, if in violation of this standard, will be included on the list.

If you have any questions, please contact this office.




Tobacco Company List as of July 2017

22nd Century Group, Inc.United States
Alliance One International, Inc.United States
Altria Group, Inc.United States
AMCON Distributing CompanyUnited States
American Heritage International Inc.United States
Caesars Acquisition CompanyUnited States
Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.United States
Electronic Cigarettes International Group, LtdUnited States
Gilla Inc.United States
Healthier Choices Management Corp.United States
Icon Vapor Inc.United States
Medigreen Holdings CorporationUnited States
Newgen Concepts IncUnited States
Philip Morris International Inc.United States
Reynolds American Inc.United States
Schweitzer Mauduit International, Inc.United States
Smokefree Innotec IncUnited States
Turning Point Brands, Inc.United States
Universal CorporationUnited States
Vapor Corp.United States
Vapor Hub International Inc.United States
Vector Group Ltd.United States
VPR Brands LPUnited States
Wee-Cig International CorpUnited States
Bangladesh Leaf Tobacco Co. Ltd.Bangladesh
British American Tobacco Bangladesh Co. Ltd.Bangladesh
Fabrika Duhana Sarajevo dd SarajevoBosnia & Herzegovina
Bulgartabac Holding ADBulgaria
Gotse Delchev Tabac ADBulgaria
Nicotiana BT Holding ADBulgaria
Pazardzhik BTM ADBulgaria
Shumen Tabac ADBulgaria
Sila Holding PlcBulgaria
Slantse Stara Zagora TabakBulgaria
Stara Planina Hold ADBulgaria
Yuri Gagarin ADBulgaria
George Weston LimitedCanada
Kimree Inc.China
Mudanjiang Hengfeng Paper Co., Ltd.China
Shenzhen Jinjia Color Printing Group Co., Ltd.China
Shiner International IncChina
Xinjiang Bai Hua Cun Co., Ltd.China
Valorem S.A.Columbia
Hrvatski Duhani ddCroatia
Philip Morris CR asCzech Republic
Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/SDenmark
Eastern Co SAEEgypt
Christian Dior S.E.France
Karelia Tobacco Company Inc SAGreece
Century City International Holdings LimitedHong Kong
China Flavors and Fragrances Co Ltd.Hong Kong
Huabao International Holdings Ltd.Hong Kong
Shanghai Industrial Holdings LimitedHong Kong
Sheen Tai Holdings Group Co. Ltd.Hong Kong
Godfrey Phillips India LimitedIndia
Golden Tobacco Ltd.India
ITC LimitedIndia
NTC Industries Ltd.India
Sinnar Bidi Udyog LtdIndia
Virat Crane Industries LtdIndia
VST Industries LimitedIndia
PT Bentoel Internasional Investama TbkIndonesia
PT Gudang Garam TbkIndonesia
PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna TbkIndonesia
Wismilak Inti Makmur Tbk PTIndonesia
Societe Ivoirienne des Tabacs SAIvory Coast
Carreras LtdJamaica
ITOCHU CorporationJapan
Japan Tobacco Inc.Japan
Mitsubishi CorporationJapan
Al-Eqbal Investment Company PSCJordan
Jordanian Duty Free Shops PSCJordan
Union Tobacco & Cigarette Industries Co PSCJordan
British American Tobacco Kenya LtdKenya
Tutunski Kombinat AD PrilepMacedonia
Press Corporation Ltd.Malawi
7 Eleven Malaysia Holdings BhdMalaysia
Bright Packaging Industry BhdMalaysia
British American Tobacco (Malaysia) BerhadMalaysia
Duvanski Kombinat ad Podgorica u stecajuMontenegro
Schiphol Nederland B.V.Netherlands
Khyber Tobacco Company Ltd.Pakistan
Pakistan Tobacco Company Ltd.Pakistan
Philip Morris (Pakistan) LimitedPakistan
Jerusalem Cigarette Co LtdPalestinian Territory
LT Group, Inc.Philippines
Kingdom Holding CompanySaudi Arabia
British American Tobacco Vranje ad VranjeSerbia
Coka Duvanska Industrija ad CokaSerbia
Duvanska industrija ad BujanovacSerbia
Philip Morris Operations a.d. NisSerbia
New Toyo International Holdings LtdSingapore
Hosken Consolidated Investments LimitedSouth Africa
KT&G CorporationSouth Korea
Nongshim Holdings Co., Ltd.South Korea
SK Chemicals Company, Ltd.South Korea
Compania de Distribucion Integral Logista Holdings, S.A.Spain
Miquel y Costas & Miquel, S.A.Spain
Ceylon Tobacco Company PLCSri Lanka
Swedish Match ABSweden
Taisun Enterprise Co. Ltd.Taiwan
Taiwan FamilyMart Co., Ltd.Taiwan
Tanzania Cigarette Company LtdTanzania
The West Indian Tobacco Company Ltd.Trinidad and Tobago
British American Tobacco UgandaUganda
Bizim Toptan Satis Magazalari ASTurkey
Haci Omer Sabanci Holding ASTurkey
Booker Group PlcUnited Kingdom
British American Tobacco PlcUnited Kingdom
Imperial Brand PlcUnited Kingdom
Cat Loi JSCVietnam
Cong ty Co phan Ngan SonVietnam
Kido Group CorpVietnam
British American Tobacco Zambia PlcZambia
British American Tobacco Zimbabwe (Holdings) LtdZimbabwe