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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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At the forefront

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Altria is determined to lead the shift toward less-harmful products.

| December 1, 2017
‘On fire’

‘On fire’

Heat-not-burn products continue their conquest of Japan.

| December 1, 2017
Staying sharp

Staying sharp

In the cigarette paper industry, innovation remains key to staying competitive.

| December 1, 2017
Rebel with a cause

Rebel with a cause

Longtime Forest leader Simon Clark continues to champion the right of adults to make decisions.

| December 1, 2017
Tools for tomorrow

Tools for tomorrow

Machinery suppliers are developing new technologies to manufacture next-generation products.

| December 1, 2017
Buckling up

Buckling up

Manufacturers of belting solutions are successfully navigating the industry’s transition.

| October 1, 2017
The new endgame

The new endgame

Some strategies to phase out combustible cigarettes are more sensible than others.

| October 1, 2017

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Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Five days of factory tours, farm visits, recreational activities and many, many cigars.

| February 5, 2018
Farmers concerned

Farmers concerned

The ITGA worries about slumping demand for leaf tobacco and a lack of alternative crops

| November 2, 2017
Their fair share

Their fair share

Tobacco growers deserve better

| November 1, 2017
Lease on life

Lease on life

Industry leaders respond to the FDA’s new attitude toward vapor products.

| October 1, 2017
The Vype Dossier

The Vype Dossier

Proving the reduced-risk potential of an e-cigarette

| October 1, 2017
Creating momentum

Creating momentum

The VTA took the fight to legislators firsthand.

| September 2, 2017
Battery battle

Battery battle

Sub-par production materials and user error are the main causes for battery failure.

| September 1, 2017

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From the leaf lands

Zimbabwe moving on

Zimbabwe moving on

Boosting the tobacco sector is one of the goals of new and proposed policies aimed at attracting business and investment to Zimbabwe, while encouraging exports.

| February 20, 2018
Zimbabwe plantings down

Zimbabwe plantings down

Unhelpful weather in Zimbabwe means that flue-cured tobacco plantings are down by more than five percent this season.

| February 19, 2018
Zimbabwe disease alert

Zimbabwe disease alert

A resurgence of a viral disease in Zimbabwe’s tobacco is being blamed on growers, but those who claim to be overseeing production must surely shoulder some of the blame.

| February 15, 2018
Seeking new alliances

Seeking new alliances

Alliance One International, which yesterday announced a rise in volume sales, is seeking to expand into new, added-value business lines that offer improved margins and good growth potential.

| February 9, 2018
Watching the weather

Watching the weather

Local observers believe that Indonesia, which grew 70,000 tons of tobacco in 2016, could grow 200,000 tons this year – if the weather is co-operative.

| February 9, 2018
Star Tobacco expanding

Star Tobacco expanding

Star Tobacco’s recent expansion is being reflected in the establishment of bigger facilities in Turkey and Indonesia.

| February 8, 2018

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