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JT’s domestic volume down

JT’s domestic volume down

| January 19, 2018

Last year, Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette volume fell by 12.5 percent from that of 2016, but its market share was up marginally.

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Norwegians turn to snus

Norwegians turn to snus

| January 19, 2018

Tobacco smoking is going out of favor in Norway, where the incidence of smoking is now below that of snus use.

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New e-cig report imminent

New e-cig report imminent

| January 19, 2018

Members of a committee of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are due on Tuesday to present the results of their study of the health effects of e-cigarette use.

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Altria to webcast results

Altria to webcast results

| January 19, 2018

The Altria Group’s full-year results, which are due to be issued on February 1, will be the subject of a webcast discussion on the same day.

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Relaxed over tax changes

Relaxed over tax changes

| January 19, 2018

Changes to the US federal corporate tax rate are expected to result in a benefit of less than one percent to Imperial Brands’ adjusted effective tax rate during its current financial year.

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Snus challenge imminent

Snus challenge imminent

| January 18, 2018

EU policy allows the sale of cigarettes in member states but bans – except in Sweden – the sale of a less-risky, alternative product, snus. Next week that ban is due to be challenged in court.

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Illicit cigarettes lead market

Illicit cigarettes lead market

| January 18, 2018

Malaysia says that it is losing tax revenue to the illegal trade, but you cannot lose something you never had. In truth, Malaysia is forfeiting revenue by pushing tax rates too high.

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Belarus upping production

Belarus upping production

| January 18, 2018

Belarus is apparently increasing its production of cigarettes and at least one EU member of parliament is not happy that some EU member states are the target markets for these products.

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iQOS due for discussion

iQOS due for discussion

| January 18, 2018

Scientific aspects of Philip Morris Products’ modified risk tobacco product applications are due to be discussed at a meeting next week, which will be webcast by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Vapor marketing standards

Vapor marketing standards

| January 18, 2018

The Vapor Technology Association has developed and adopted marketing standards for its membership to ensure vapor products are appropriately marketed to adult smokers.

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Child-labor issue raised

Child-labor issue raised

| January 17, 2018

Manufacturers that have been buying tobacco for many years have tried but failed to prevent the use of child labor on farms. Now, a member of the European Parliament has raised the issue.

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Quality issues in Malawi

Quality issues in Malawi

| January 17, 2018

With what might be a ‘short’ tobacco crop and with concern about the quality of some of the tobacco being produced; it will be interesting to watch Malawi’s grower prices evolving.

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Russians hit by health bug

Russians hit by health bug

| January 17, 2018

During the past five years, Russians have reduced significantly their drinking and tobacco smoking, and they have increased their interest in sports.

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HNB products less risky

HNB products less risky

| January 17, 2018

It is difficult not to agree with Action on Smoking and Health that the relative risks of traditional cigarettes, heat-not-burn products and electronic cigarettes should be investigated.

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‘Make’ them quit

‘Make’ them quit

| January 16, 2018

Previously, even the most gratuitous anti-smoking measures were given the veneer of ‘encouragement’; but now, in Denmark, some want to ‘make’ smokers quit.

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Looking to quit

Looking to quit

| January 16, 2018

After four consecutive years of drought, some of the flue-cured tobacco growers operating in the traditional growing areas of Andhra Pradesh are ready to quit.

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Lung-cancer data released

Lung-cancer data released

| January 16, 2018

A US company linked to tobacco firms and specializing in mathematical analysis of data used in regulation and litigation has been handed anonymised data on lung cancers in England.

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Qatar has high smoking rate

Qatar has high smoking rate

| January 16, 2018

About 37 percent of Qatar’s population above the age of 15 is said to smoke tobacco; so the inauguration of a new tobacco-control center marks a significant development.

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Fewer smokers in Beijing

Fewer smokers in Beijing

| January 15, 2018

The number of smokers in Beijing has fallen since the enforcement of a smoking ban in the city, but it is not clear whether the fall is due to the ban.

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Argileh crackdown in Jordan

Argileh crackdown in Jordan

| January 15, 2018

Jordan’s approach to regulating the smoking of argileh in public appears well-balanced. Restaurants and cafés may serve either argileh or food, but not both unless they set up separate areas.

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