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Imposing public housing smoke ban

Imposing public housing smoke ban

| December 2, 2016

The rights and wrongs of the ban on tobacco smoking within and around the US’ publicly-funded housing are up for debate, but what is certain is that the ban is significant.

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Australian vapers await breakthrough

Australian vapers await breakthrough

| December 2, 2016

Australia allows tobacco smoking but, in effect, disallows nicotine vaping, which seems to make little sense from a health perspective. But change might be on its way.

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EU awaiting e-cig developments

EU awaiting e-cig developments

| December 2, 2016

Given the rapid development of the vapor market, the EU Commission’s electronic-cigarette watching brief that is due to last until 2021 could be seen as nonchalant.

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RAI declares quarterly dividend

RAI declares quarterly dividend

| December 2, 2016

Reynolds American Inc. has announced a number of board changes and declared its latest quarterly dividend.

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API completes AMP acquisition

API completes AMP acquisition

| December 1, 2016

API Group has completed the acquisition of the manufacturing assets and business of Amsterdam Metallized Products.

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Board changes at RAI

Board changes at RAI

| December 1, 2016

Thomas C. Wajnert will retire as a Reynolds American Inc. board director on Dec. 31.

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BAT launches ‘game changing’ Pebble

BAT launches ‘game changing’ Pebble

| December 1, 2016

British American Tobacco (BAT) is introducing a new vaping device, Vype Pebble, starting in the U.K., Italy, Poland, France and Germany. The launch coincides with the opening in Milan of the first retail outlet under BAT’s Vype Vapor brand

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Vaping debate heats up in UK

Vaping debate heats up in UK

| December 1, 2016

By having a very public launch of IQOS in the UK, Philip Morris International has intensified the debate about smoking and vaping.

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Plain packs ruling ‘disappointing’

Plain packs ruling ‘disappointing’

| December 1, 2016

British American Tobacco is considering its options after the loss of a court appeal against the UK government’s plan to impose standardized cigarette pack requirements.

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Imperial closing factories

Imperial closing factories

| December 1, 2016

Hundreds of people are set to lose their jobs as Imperial Brands makes ‘structural changes’ that are said by the company to be part of a ‘new phase of cost optimization’.

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Snus use beats smoking

Snus use beats smoking

| November 30, 2016

The EU continues to ban snus outside Sweden even though a major study from that country has shown that snus can help prevent the uptake of smoking and facilitate smoking cessation.

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Deeming regulations under threat

Deeming regulations under threat

| November 30, 2016

The first shot seems to have been fired in the battle to undo at least some of the US Food and Drug Administration’s vapor-device deeming regulations.

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Smoking rate going the wrong way

Smoking rate going the wrong way

| November 30, 2016

While health officials in Indonesia are trying to bring down the smoking prevalence among people under 18 years of age, it is currently rising.

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JTI announces new CEO

JTI announces new CEO

| November 29, 2016

Eddy Pirard will succeed Thomas A. McCoy as JTI’s president and CEO on April 1.

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Revenue issues trump health concerns

Revenue issues trump health concerns

| November 29, 2016

One barrier to reducing smoking through encouraging the use of vaping devices in Australia and New Zealand is the reluctance of governments to let go of their cash-cow smokers.

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Time for the truth about vaping

Time for the truth about vaping

| November 29, 2016

Nobody is being well served by the misinformation being made public in relation to vaping products, and that includes, as well as the general public, those disseminating the misleading information.

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Ontario’s illegal trade pervasive

Ontario’s illegal trade pervasive

| November 29, 2016

A survey of discarded cigarette butts in Ontario, Canada, found that 54 percent of those collected in northern Ontario were from illegally-traded cigarettes.

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Doctors remove no-smoking signs

Doctors remove no-smoking signs

| November 28, 2016

Some doctors at Pakistan’s premier teaching hospital have been taking a preventative approach to smoking bans by removing no-smoking signs before lighting up.

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Government commitment questioned

Government commitment questioned

| November 28, 2016

Questions have been raised in Alberta, Canada, about why sections of a tobacco control act, passed three years ago, have never come into force.

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Preparing for 85 percent warnings

Preparing for 85 percent warnings

| November 28, 2016

Hong Kong has already briefed its tobacco trade on a government proposal that cigarette packs should bear graphic warnings on 85 percent of each of their two main surfaces.

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Swisher anti-trust award reversed

Swisher anti-trust award reversed

| November 28, 2016

A $44.4 million award against Swisher International has been reversed, but a $9 million judgment is still in place and the case is due to be continued in a court of appeals.

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Premium Tobacco buys Tribac

Premium Tobacco buys Tribac

| November 25, 2016

Premium Tobacco International, the world’s third-largest tobacco merchant, has acquired the assets of Tribac for an undisclosed amount.

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EU illegal trade all at sea

EU illegal trade all at sea

| November 25, 2016

A criminal investigation is under way into why an Estonian warship was found earlier this month to be carrying large quantities of undeclared cigarettes and alcohol.

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FCTC decisions ill-informed

FCTC decisions ill-informed

| November 25, 2016

A story out of the Philippines seems to describe perfectly what is wrong with the WHO’s international tobacco control treaty – it is about people making decisions on subjects of which they have too little understanding.

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Loose cigarette sales to be banned

Loose cigarette sales to be banned

| November 25, 2016

Sri Lanka is planning to ban the sale of loose cigarettes and to require these products be sold in standardized packs.

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