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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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Growers ‘languishing in poverty’

Growers ‘languishing in poverty’

| May 18, 2016

After decades of growing tobacco, farmers in the Kuria district of Kenya are said to have been left with nothing but degraded lands and the ailments associated with such labor.

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Minister tells it the way it is

Minister tells it the way it is

| May 18, 2016

The views of an Irish health minister who smokes and understands smoking will chime with those of many other smokers – those who want to quit their habit and those who want to continue with it.

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Higher quality, lower prices

Higher quality, lower prices

| May 17, 2016

Telling farmers that higher quality tobacco will attract higher prices is misleading unless prices are the subject of written contracts and quality judgements can be challenged easily.

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Tobacco buyers told to pay on time

Tobacco buyers told to pay on time

| May 17, 2016

The Tobacco Board of Zambia is trying to ensure that there is no repeat of the poor tobacco marketing practices that blighted last year’s leaf sales season.

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Plain packs case an ‘abuse of rights’

Plain packs case an ‘abuse of rights’

| May 17, 2016

More information has emerged concerning the rejection in December by a secret tribunal of a bid by Philip Morris to sue the Australian government over its standardized packaging laws.

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Illicit tobacco factory uncovered

Illicit tobacco factory uncovered

| May 17, 2016

A bust at an illicit tobacco factory in the Warsaw area of Poland is said to have been the biggest of its kind so far this year.

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Animals condemned by FDA rules

Animals condemned by FDA rules

| May 16, 2016

The FDA’s latest regulations have condemned countless non-human animals to terrible and unnecessary suffering so that humans can indulge unnecessary habits.

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Children working in tobacco

Children working in tobacco

| May 16, 2016

The US has deemed that people under 18 should not buy electronic cigarettes, but it is still under the impression that it’s okay for 12-year olds to work long hours in tobacco fields.

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Children working in tobacco

Children working in tobacco

| May 16, 2016

People as young as 10 are said to be working on tobacco plantations in Indonesia and some tobacco companies are said to be turning a blind eye to the practice.

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No price rise for Kenyan farmers

No price rise for Kenyan farmers

| May 16, 2016

In Kenya, British American Tobacco says that its policy of helping farmers improve the quality of their tobacco will lead to higher pay.

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