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COP7 secrecy severely criticised

COP7 secrecy severely criticised

| September 23, 2016

A report by the Australian Institute for Progress has criticised an international tobacco convention for refusing entry to those who want to discuss new developments that could save lives.

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Growers want place at COP7

Growers want place at COP7

| September 23, 2016

Farmers comprise just part of a long list of those with a stake in the tobacco industry who are unlikely to be allowed a seat at an international convention due to discuss tobacco.

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Campaign to stop street smoking ban

Campaign to stop street smoking ban

| September 23, 2016

A hospital in the UK is trying to extend its no-tobacco-smoking policy to the streets adjacent to it, which the smokers’ group Forest sees as a step too far.

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Commercial district quits smoking

Commercial district quits smoking

| September 23, 2016

If you’re a smoker planning to visit the Chianti Plaza of Taipei, you might want to take along a global positioning system to ensure that you don’t stray into a no-tobacco-smoking area.

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Iran bans public-places smoking

Iran bans public-places smoking

| September 22, 2016

A decade after Iran decided to ban tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, that ban is coming into force today across a wide range of premises.

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Malawi’s growers want change

Malawi’s growers want change

| September 22, 2016

Malawi’s tobacco growers want change. They are being paid poor prices for a product that will eventually be sold for huge profits, and they are being blamed for those poor prices.

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Vapers need workplace support

Vapers need workplace support

| September 22, 2016

One argument has it that vapers need to be granted certain workplace concessions because vaping is a gateway to quitting smoking, but not everybody is convinced.

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The upside of nicotine

The upside of nicotine

| September 22, 2016

A new study has added to the evidence that nicotine can play a role in helping to protect the brain as it ages, but the question arises as to how that nicotine should be administered, if it should be administered.

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Canadian province bans menthol

Canadian province bans menthol

| September 21, 2016

Prince Edward Island has become the latest Canadian province to ban menthol as part of a general ban on tobacco product flavors. In the future, tobacco will mean tobacco.

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EU report to be discussed at COP7

EU report to be discussed at COP7

| September 21, 2016

A report on the illegal trade in tobacco products in the EU is due to be discussed at the Conference of the Parties to the World Tobacco Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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Tax rise assessed a success

Tax rise assessed a success

| September 21, 2016

Cigarette sales are down and cigarette excise revenues are up since a massive tax increase was imposed at the start of 2015; so the Korean government is claiming a success.

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Oman imposes 100 percent tax rise

Oman imposes 100 percent tax rise

| September 21, 2016

A free trade agreement with the US means that Oman is aiming to eliminate cigarette duties and introduce local taxes instead.

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NJOY files for bankruptcy

NJOY files for bankruptcy

| September 20, 2016

Although NJOY’s problems seem to have been largely about business failings; its demise issues a warning that some e-cig companies cannot meet the financial challenges posed by the FDA’s deeming regulations.

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Perils of plain packaging publicized

Perils of plain packaging publicized

| September 20, 2016

JTI-Macdonald has launched a public awareness campaign in Canada to draw attention to what it sees as the perils of introducing standardized packaging for tobacco products.

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WHO warns of interference

WHO warns of interference

| September 20, 2016

The tobacco industry was intensifying its efforts aimed at diluting tobacco control policies, and countries needed to be careful that public health programs were not weakened, the World Health Organization has warned.

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Call for yellowy-brown rolling papers

Call for yellowy-brown rolling papers

| September 20, 2016

A marketing researcher in New Zealand has suggested, on the basis of interviews with 20 young adult smokers, that roll-your-own tobacco might have to be banned.

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Vype emissions 95 percent lower

Vype emissions 95 percent lower

| September 19, 2016

Whenever emissions from electronic cigarettes are measured in a scientific manner they are found to be hugely lower than are those of cigarette smoke. The evidence can no longer be ignored.

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FDA seminar on ENDS

FDA seminar on ENDS

| September 19, 2016

A seminar being put on by the US Food and Drug Administration is due to address the information needed for a new ENDS product application.

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Tobacco child-labor not a special case

Tobacco child-labor not a special case

| September 19, 2016

It seems that the EU will refer to the issue of child-labor in Indonesia’s tobacco fields only in the general context of the UN principles on business and human rights.

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E-cig pack is Carton of the Year

E-cig pack is Carton of the Year

| September 19, 2016

An electronic cigarette pack and a cigar pack were named respectively Carton of the Year and Non-food category winner at the 20th Pro Carton EMCA Award 2016.

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Massive illegal trade in Ontario

Massive illegal trade in Ontario

| September 16, 2016

Currently, 31 percent of the cigarettes bought in Ontario, Canada, are illicit, and the situation could become worse following the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging.

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PMI initiative having impact

PMI initiative having impact

| September 16, 2016

More than 200 expressions of interest have been submitted in respect of Philip Morris International’s funding initiative for third party projects dedicated to fighting smuggling and related crimes.

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JT’s domestic volume increased

JT’s domestic volume increased

| September 16, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette volume during August was increased by 0.8 percent on that of August 2015, while, at the same time, its domestic cigarette revenue was up by 5.8 percent.

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BAT buys into Bosnian factory

BAT buys into Bosnian factory

| September 16, 2016

British American Tobacco has bought a 39.9 percent share in the Fabrika Duhana Sarajevo tobacco factory and expressed its willingness to buy the rest of the company.

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Liverpool lighting the way

Liverpool lighting the way

| September 16, 2016

There has been much talk in England about developing the potential of the north of the country, a quest that has been given a boost with the opening in Liverpool of the country’s largest specialist cigar shop.

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