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FDA’s aptitude questioned

FDA’s aptitude questioned

| April 25, 2018

Does the US Food and Drug Administration know what it’s doing? Presumably yes. Do its actions always promote public health? Apparently not. Is this concerning? It would seem so.

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FDA comes down on JUUL

FDA comes down on JUUL

| April 25, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration seems intent on heaping some of the blame for ‘underage sales’ on the product being sold. This is like blaming a car for a speeding offence.

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Warnings not implemented

Warnings not implemented

| April 25, 2018

Unreasonable regulation will mostly be challenged, and a requirement for 90 percent tobacco-package health warnings that appear on all but one face seems unreasonable.

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BAT embracing change

BAT embracing change

| April 25, 2018

British American Tobacco says that, given the success of its next generation product portfolio, it will increase investments in these products during 2018.

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London vaping conference

London vaping conference

| April 24, 2018

The involvement of three members of parliament in a UK Vaping Industry Association conference in London seems to indicate that harm-reduction is being taken seriously.

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Quitting record

Quitting record

| April 24, 2018

In the Netherlands, the biggest proportion of occasional smokers comprises young adults aged 20 to 24, 32.6 percent of whom say they smoke, but not every day.

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Bans imposed

Bans imposed

| April 24, 2018

In line with current trends elsewhere, South Korea is planning to take an uncompromising line with tobacco smoking by switching smoking restrictions to smoking bans.

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Row about advertising

Row about advertising

| April 23, 2018

Does the U.K.’s tobacco-advertising ban apply to promotions for heat-not-burn products?

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PMI’s volumes falter

PMI’s volumes falter

| April 20, 2018

It was clearly not possible for Philip Morris International to maintain forever the huge growth rate of heated-tobacco-product sales that it had enjoyed in Japan; but there is a world beyond Japan.

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Smoking in Vietnam

Smoking in Vietnam

| April 20, 2018

According to World Health Organization figures, the prevalence of smoking in Vietnam is going to change only marginally between now and 2025.

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Reduced risk on hold

Reduced risk on hold

| April 20, 2018

The Malaysian arm of British American Tobacco has put the launch of reduced risk products on hold while it sees which way the regulatory wind is blowing.

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Tabacalera acquired

Tabacalera acquired

| April 20, 2018

Tabacalera, which has been acquired by a Philip Morris subsidiary, is to stop manufacturing cigarettes in Costa Rica.

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COP8 meeting in October

COP8 meeting in October

| April 19, 2018

Details are being made available of the October meeting in Geneva of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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E-cig crackdown coming

E-cig crackdown coming

| April 19, 2018

Those opposed to the excessive use of electronic cigarettes among young people should define what they mean by ‘excessive’ use and, therefore, what they think is acceptable use.

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JTI fined in the Netherlands

JTI fined in the Netherlands

| April 19, 2018

Japan Tobacco International has been fined for allegedly entering into exclusivity agreements with student associations in the Netherlands.

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Meaty enterprise

Meaty enterprise

| April 19, 2018

Somebody once said that there were two things that you should never watch being made: one was sausages; the other was legislation. That person was clearly right in the case of the former.

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Elevating passive smoking

Elevating passive smoking

| April 18, 2018

An Ikoma city-government office worker needs to smoke only about 10 cigarettes a day to ensure that she doesn’t have to visit her desk.

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More plain packaging

More plain packaging

| April 18, 2018

It seems that Sri Lanka is preparing to impose standardized packaging on tobacco products, though it is not clear when this might happen.

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New taxes opposed

New taxes opposed

| April 18, 2018

The Nigerian government is coming under pressure because of a planned three-year program of tax increases on tobacco products and alcohol.

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Smuggling proliferating

Smuggling proliferating

| April 17, 2018

It has become known that cigarette smuggling is a major issue in the Philippines because the big tobacco manufacturers are complaining.

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