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NZ tax plans morally questionable

NZ tax plans morally questionable

| May 27, 2016

Smokers in New Zealand who already pay more than three times the health costs of their habit are going to be hit with four successive, annual cigarette tax hikes.

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Cambodia warnings to go graphic

Cambodia warnings to go graphic

| May 27, 2016

In July, Cambodia is due to become one the last countries of Southeast Asia to require graphic health warnings on cigarette packs. Burma and Laos are due to introduce such warnings later this year.

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Smoking and vaping banned

Smoking and vaping banned

| May 27, 2016

Quebec has lumped vaping with smoking and banned both just about everywhere: from the outdoor areas of bars, to communal areas of residential buildings.

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RAI to webcast presentation

RAI to webcast presentation

| May 27, 2016

Chief financial officer Andrew Gilchrist is due to front a business presentation by Reynolds American at a consumer and retail conference in Boston next month.

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Children working in tobacco fields

Children working in tobacco fields

| May 26, 2016

Tobacco companies are being accused by Human Rights Watch of ‘making money off the backs and health of Indonesian child workers’.

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Vaping increasing in the EU

Vaping increasing in the EU

| May 26, 2016

The use of electronic cigarettes in the EU and the perception that their use is harmful are both increasing, which might indicate that consumers accept the concept of relative risk.

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Higher taxes demanded in Bangladesh

Higher taxes demanded in Bangladesh

| May 26, 2016

By raising tobacco taxes, the Bangladesh government could prevent premature deaths from tobacco consumption and increase its revenue significantly.

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Tobacco impact assessment sought

Tobacco impact assessment sought

| May 26, 2016

A parliamentary committee is proposing that India should look at the environmental impact that tobacco production has, and gradually reduce tobacco growing.

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Call for more transparency at WHO

Call for more transparency at WHO

| May 24, 2016

Meetings of the WHO’s Framework Conference on Tobacco Control are well known for their lack of transparency, and this is something that JTI would like to see changed.

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Licensing proposal under attack

Licensing proposal under attack

| May 24, 2016

A proposed tobacco-retailer licensing scheme in the UK would make life more difficult for consumers and businesses, and could hand an advantage to the illegal trade.

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Smuggling from Japan to China

Smuggling from Japan to China

| May 24, 2016

China is often seen as the source of smuggled cigarettes and certainly this is the view from Europe. But a smuggling ring recently uncovered was moving cigarettes from Japan to China.

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Missing the vaping opportunity

Missing the vaping opportunity

| May 24, 2016

Why is there a lack of enthusiasm – almost a hostility – towards vaping among certain governments? Vaping is the solution to what many of them would describe as one of the biggest health crises facing mankind.

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Smoking at the last-chance saloon

Smoking at the last-chance saloon

| May 23, 2016

People and establishments in Cambodia have been put on notice that smoking in public places will be penalized from September this year.

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Stamping down on counterfeiters

Stamping down on counterfeiters

| May 23, 2016

The introduction of severe penalties for counterfeiting cigarette excise tax stamps could be justified only in those countries where cigarette tax is not prohibitively high.

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Waiting for standardized packs

Waiting for standardized packs

| May 23, 2016

A 70-day political impasse that followed Ireland’s inconclusive election has put the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging on hold.

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Penalty threat over plain packs

Penalty threat over plain packs

| May 23, 2016

Under the impression that the introduction of standardized packaging in France will reduce tobacco-sector sales by a half, French tobacconists are threatening Euro 2016.

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Doctors call for higher taxes

Doctors call for higher taxes

| May 23, 2016

Higher tobacco taxes are being sought by Ghana’s family doctors concerned at an apparent rise in the number of tobacco-related diseases being diagnosed in the country.

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Smokers taking lead from leader

Smokers taking lead from leader

| May 20, 2016

The fact that North Korea’s leader has not been seen in public with a cigarette in his hand for two months lends credence to recent stories of anti-tobacco campaigns in the country.

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Uganda bans sales of e-cigarettes

Uganda bans sales of e-cigarettes

| May 20, 2016

Under a policy that is being reflected in a considerable number of countries, the Ugandan government is discouraging smoking but, in effect, banning vaping.

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Farmers not drowning, just waving

Farmers not drowning, just waving

| May 20, 2016

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured prices are said to be showing signs of buoyancy, but this is partly because prices were low last year.

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JT’s domestic volume down in April

JT’s domestic volume down in April

| May 20, 2016

Set against Japan Tobacco Inc.’s strong domestic-market cigarette-volume sales in April 2015, those of April 2016 were down by more than 13 percent.

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UK cigarette factory closing

UK cigarette factory closing

| May 19, 2016

With Imperial Tobacco closing its UK cigarette factory this week and the UK due to vote on whether to leave the EU; this might be a good time for an entrepreneur to think of starting production.

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Smoking crack-down in Malaysia

Smoking crack-down in Malaysia

| May 19, 2016

Almost 200 officers have been involved in a crack-down in Malaysia on people smoking tobacco in places where smoking is banned, and on the failure of premises to display no-smoking signs.

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Nicotine inhalation key to quitting

Nicotine inhalation key to quitting

| May 18, 2016

Inhaling nicotine using a metered-dose device has been found to provide a better chance of quitting smoking than is provided by the best current nicotine replacement treatment.

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Adding value to tobacco – locally

Adding value to tobacco – locally

| May 18, 2016

Tanzania is keen to attract foreign investors willing to set up tobacco processing and cigarette manufacturing facilities in the areas where tobacco is grown.

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