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Tobacco’s oligopoly questioned

Tobacco’s oligopoly questioned

| April 18, 2016

Consumers often appear to have a wide choice of cigarette brands, but in many countries those brands are manufactured by a limited number of companies. South Korea seems as if it is about to look at this issue.

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Malawi tobacco prices ‘pathetic’

Malawi tobacco prices ‘pathetic’

| April 18, 2016

Calls are being made from some quarters for the current, ‘pathetic’ tobacco prices in Malawi to be propped up by a kwacha devaluation. But a devaluation would have other, negative effects on the economy.

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General support for PMI agreement

General support for PMI agreement

| April 18, 2016

Although the European Parliament has opposed the renewal of an anti-smuggling agreement with PMI, there seems to be general support for it among the EU’s member states.

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Advertising ban plan attacked

Advertising ban plan attacked

| April 18, 2016

The cigarette industry is not alone in Germany in opposing plans being put forward by the government to further restrict tobacco advertising in the country.

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Poland to miss TPD deadline

Poland to miss TPD deadline

| April 18, 2016

It is not known when Poland will be able to transpose the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive into national law; but it is expected that the country will miss the May 20 ‘deadline’.

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Low prices make lives ‘unbearable’

Low prices make lives ‘unbearable’

| April 15, 2016

Despite 2016’s having been heralded as the year when tobacco farmers in Malawi would earn decent incomes, the opening day of sales was marked by low prices; or business as usual.

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Deeming rules could spell disaster

Deeming rules could spell disaster

| April 15, 2016

Instead of the release of the US FDA’s deeming regulations being anticipated as a vision of enlightenment; it is increasingly being seen as calling up an apparition from a Gothic horror story.

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Retailers under threat

Retailers under threat

| April 15, 2016

A huge, tax-induced cigarette price increase last year in Malaysia has encouraged more smokers to look for illicit products and, in turn, is threatening the livelihoods of some retailers.

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JT’s market share up sharply

JT’s market share up sharply

| April 15, 2016

According to preliminary figures released today, Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic market share increased from 61.8 percent in February to 64.5 percent in March.

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Altria to host results webcast

Altria to host results webcast

| April 15, 2016

The 2016 first quarter results from Altria will be the subject of a webcast on April 28.

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Farmers promised ‘decent incomes’

Farmers promised ‘decent incomes’

| April 14, 2016

After 125 years of producing leaf tobacco for export, Malawi’s farmers are being promised that this year they will earn decent incomes from their labor. But will buyers walk the talk?

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Quebec vaping rules challenged

Quebec vaping rules challenged

| April 14, 2016

New regulations in Quebec, Canada, that prevent would-be vapers from obtaining face-to-face advice about electronic cigarettes, are being challenged in the courts.

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Russia looks at timely ban

Russia looks at timely ban

| April 14, 2016

Smokers in Russia will have to plan their evenings more carefully than in the past if a proposed new law comes in banning the sale of tobacco products after 23.00.

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GTNF registration opens

GTNF registration opens

| April 14, 2016

This year’s GTNF is due to be held at the Hotel Metropole, Brussels, under the theme Managing Transformation.

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New digital tools for TFWA event

New digital tools for TFWA event

| April 14, 2016

Digital tools will this year guide participants as they explore all aspects of the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore – from exhibits to social events.

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Grower suicides rise sharply

Grower suicides rise sharply

| April 13, 2016

The halt in production by Indian tobacco manufacturers unable to meet new health-warning requirements is adding to the financial distress that already has seen a spike in tobacco-grower suicides.

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Swiss say ‘cheese’ to tobacco

Swiss say ‘cheese’ to tobacco

| April 13, 2016

The Swiss appear to be able to make a good living out of selling products that, in the opinion of some people, don’t smell too good, but are nevertheless greatly enjoyed by those who consume them.

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GFN speakers announced

GFN speakers announced

| April 13, 2016

The names of some of the speakers and chairpersons who will participate in this year’s Global Forum on Nicotine have been announced.

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PMI to host results webcast

PMI to host results webcast

| April 13, 2016

The 2016 first quarter results from Philip Morris International will be the subject of a webcast on April 19.

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RAI to host results webcast

RAI to host results webcast

| April 13, 2016

The 2016 first quarter results from Reynolds American will be the subject of a webcast on April 26.

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