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North Korean women urge men to quit

North Korean women urge men to quit

| May 25, 2016

Reclusive state is trying new methods to decrease the share of North Korean male smokers, which stood at more than 50 percent.

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JT eyes Ethiopia

JT eyes Ethiopia

| May 25, 2016

Japan Tobacco has offered $510 million to buy a stake in National Tobacco Enterprise, which is 70 percent owned by Ethiopia’s government.

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Universal pleased with results

Universal pleased with results

| May 25, 2016

CEO reports improvements despite second year of oversupply.

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AOI reports nine-month results

AOI reports nine-month results

| May 25, 2016

Gross profit as a percentage of sales improved; selling, general and administrative expenses decreased; restructuring and efficiency improvement initiatives are are on track; but sales decreased.

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USTC buys marketing center

USTC buys marketing center

| May 24, 2016

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative has purchased a marketing center in Smithfield, North Carolina, USA. The facility will service more than 200 of the cooperative’s flue-cured tobacco growers in North Carolina.

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Mark Aldridge joins Garbuio

Mark Aldridge joins Garbuio

| May 23, 2016

Mark Aldridge will join the management of Garbuio Dickinson Group, headquartered in Treviso, Italy. He will succeed the current managing director, Mansueto Favaro.

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Twitter closes mock FDA account

Twitter closes mock FDA account

| May 20, 2016

Twitter suspends account mocking FDA e-cigarette policy.

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Display ban limits plain packs efficacy

Display ban limits plain packs efficacy

| May 20, 2016

Plain packaging is unlikely to materially affect U.K. consumption, given that the country already has in place a retail display ban, which prevents consumers from seeing packages on the shelf.

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Lost Art Liquids sues FDA

Lost Art Liquids sues FDA

| May 20, 2016

The suit challenges FDA’s purported authority to deem and regulate e-liquids and other vapor products as “tobacco products” under the Tobacco Control Act.

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TPD essentials

TPD essentials

| May 20, 2016

ECigIntelligence’s handy reference to the directive’s provisions

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FDA claims challenged

FDA claims challenged

| May 19, 2016

Critics are challenging FDA claims in relation to its final rule.

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Compliance conference

Compliance conference

| May 19, 2016

TMA will hold a conference on June 9 on the deeming regulations.

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Green light for plain packaging

Green light for plain packaging

| May 19, 2016

The U.K. High Court has dismissed a legal challenge against tobacco plain packaging, clearing the way for the new rules to be introduced on Friday,

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TPD2 text

TPD2 text

| May 19, 2016

Full text of the EU’s revised Tobacco Product Directive

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TPD2 summary

TPD2 summary

| May 19, 2016

CTSI and ASH have released guideliness summarizing the EU TPD2.

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TPD2 ‘attacks consumer freedom’

TPD2 ‘attacks consumer freedom’

| May 19, 2016

Japan Tobacco International called the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2), set to come into force tomorrow, an attack on adult consumers’ freedom of choice and “yet another example of extreme regulation.”

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‘Duty-free holds its own’

‘Duty-free holds its own’

| May 18, 2016

Despite the challenging business environment, the tobacco industry has reason for optimism, according to data unveiled during the 21st TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference, which took place in Singapore last week.

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More smokers try vaping

More smokers try vaping

| May 18, 2016

In a March survey of U.K. adults, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that 61.1 percent of current cigarette smokers have tried vaping, up from 34.3 percent in 2013, and 19.4 percent of smokers report current use of vapor products, up from 10.7 percent in 2013.

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Deadline for TSRC abstracts approaching

Deadline for TSRC abstracts approaching

| May 18, 2016

The deadline for submitting abstracts for 70th Tobacco Science Research Conference (TSRC) is May 27.

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Vape Expo announces program

Vape Expo announces program

| May 18, 2016

Vape Expo Poland has announced the B2B program of its second international e-cigarette exhibition.

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EU countries urged to haste with TPD

EU countries urged to haste with TPD

| May 17, 2016

With the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive officially taking effect on May 20, tobacco manufacturers are urging EU countries to finish transposing the TPD, including packaging and labeling rules, into national law.

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Record-breaking attendance at TFWA

Record-breaking attendance at TFWA

| May 16, 2016

The success of the event underscored both the importance of Asia Pacific as a key focus for development, and the long-term opportunities presented by duty free and travel retail as a sector, according to TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen.

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TSAL opens European headquarters

TSAL opens European headquarters

| May 16, 2016

Tobacco Solutions Asia Ltd. (TSAL), the Engineering Subsidiary of Star Tobacco International (STI), has opened its new European headquarters in Ortaköy, Istanbul.

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Korea aims for top with warnings

Korea aims for top with warnings

| May 16, 2016

A South Korean government committee has decided to mandate tobacco companies to place graphic health warnings on the upper part of cigarette packets.

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Zambian leaf sales to decline

Zambian leaf sales to decline

| May 16, 2016

The Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) expects the trade to buy 1 million kg less tobacco from farmers during the 2016 selling season in Eastern Province.

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