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JT on sustainability

JT on sustainability

| May 26, 2017

Commenting on the publication of the JT Group’s 2016 Sustainability Report, Japan Tobacco International said that one of the challenges it had tackled was ‘the elimination of child labor’.

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Failing to enforce bans

Failing to enforce bans

| May 26, 2017

Despite being one of the first countries to sign up for the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Greece apparently has a poor record on enforcing tobacco smoking bans.

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FDA starts iQOS review

FDA starts iQOS review

| May 26, 2017

Philip Morris International says the US Food and Drug Administration has established a one-year, non-binding timetable for reviewing Modified Risk Tobacco Product applications.

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No smoking day in Cuba

No smoking day in Cuba

| May 26, 2017

Given that Cuba earns a lot of foreign exchange through the export of tobacco products, it makes sense that the country is planning to mark World No Tobacco Day by revisiting its smoking restrictions.

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New line for Xcaliber

New line for Xcaliber

| May 25, 2017

At a time when US cigarette consumption is trending downwards, one US producer has found it necessary to invest in manufacturing machinery to lift its capacity by 30 percent.

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IQOS safety questioned

IQOS safety questioned

| May 25, 2017

The idea that the consumption of heat-not-burn products is considerably less risky than is the consumption of traditional tobacco cigarettes has been questioned by researchers in Switzerland.

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Huge illegal trade in Russia

Huge illegal trade in Russia

| May 25, 2017

Russia is considering monitoring cigarette manufacturing supplies in an attempt to disrupt an illegal trade that has reached an estimated 35-40 percent.

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Meeting rules

Meeting rules

| May 25, 2017

EU officials who need to interact with interest representatives have been given some succinct, practical advice by the EU ombudsman in the form of 10 things to do and 10 things to avoid.

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API invests in foil and film

API invests in foil and film

| May 24, 2017

API has increased its holographic foil and film manufacturing capabilities after completing a recent £500,000 investment at its Livingston facility in Scotland.

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New Davidoff factory

New Davidoff factory

| May 24, 2017

Oettinger Davidoff of Basel, Switzerland, has inaugurated a new factory in Danli, Honduras.

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New ways sought at WHO

New ways sought at WHO

| May 24, 2017

The World Health Organization has a new leader and Japan Tobacco International is calling for him to change the agency’s direction by moving it away from its ideology-driven past.

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India’s auctions opened

India’s auctions opened

| May 24, 2017

Following a government announcement, representatives of international companies will be able to operate directly on India’s flue-cured tobacco auctions, rather than through local partners.

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Flue-cured output to rise

Flue-cured output to rise

| May 24, 2017

Flue-cured production is set to rise and Burley production is set to fall during the next 12 months, according to Universal Corporation, which issued its annual results yesterday.

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Deadline extended

Deadline extended

| May 24, 2017

The deadline for the submission of abstracts of papers intended for presentation at CORESTA’s 2017 Joint Study Group meetings has been extended until May 26.

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Another move in end game

Another move in end game

| May 24, 2017

A suggestion has been made that the tobacco industry should shut up shop because its activities are not in accord with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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Ventilation in a hole

Ventilation in a hole

| May 23, 2017

For a long time, it has been said by some that low-delivery cigarettes create their own health risks. Now, the finger of suspicion is being pointed specifically at filter ventilation.

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New product trialled

New product trialled

| May 23, 2017

News of Philip Morris International’s test-marketing of new generation e-vapor technology is carried in the company’s latest issue of its Scientific Update for Smoke-Free Products.

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Smokers work around TPD

Smokers work around TPD

| May 23, 2017

Smokers in the UK seem to have been getting their retaliation in first. Illegal sales increased in the run-up to the full implementation of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive on May 20.

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Thompson to leave USTC

Thompson to leave USTC

| May 23, 2017

Stuart Thompson is stepping down as CEO of USTC,, following differing opinions within the company’s management team on business strategy.

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UK urged to go own way

UK urged to go own way

| May 22, 2017

The UK’s future, post-Brexit government is being urged to set about changing some aspects of the vaping-product regulations introduced on Saturday as part of a new EU directive.

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