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BAT challenged on farming oversight

BAT challenged on farming oversight

| July 1, 2016

In a new report, BAT has come under the spotlight in respect of its tobacco farming oversight in Bangladesh. But the report raises wider issues concerning a lack of fairness throughout the tobacco sector.

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Tobacco use need not be smoking

Tobacco use need not be smoking

| July 1, 2016

A long-time risk-reduction champion has upbraided the US Food and Drug Administration for conflating tobacco use, including smokeless-tobacco use, with smoking.

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Sales of e-cigarettes astounding

Sales of e-cigarettes astounding

| July 1, 2016

A report in the New Zealand Herald describes how sales of electronic cigarettes has increased dramatically in one town. No wonder; they substitute for and are a lot cheaper than are traditional cigarettes.

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Imperial makes board appointment

Imperial makes board appointment

| July 1, 2016

Therese Esperdy, who is currently a non-executive director and chairman of the Finance Committee of National Grid Plc, is today joining Imperial Brands’ board of directors.

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Six million in EU quit with e-cigs

Six million in EU quit with e-cigs

| June 30, 2016

The World Health Organization says that each year six million people die worldwide from smoking-related causes. But it warns against vaping, which has allowed six million EU citizens to quit smoking.

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Quit products key to China’s market

Quit products key to China’s market

| June 30, 2016

With China having introduced further restrictions on foreign investments in its tobacco industry, smoking cessation products could provide the easiest way to access the market.

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JTI Ethiopia bid up in the air

JTI Ethiopia bid up in the air

| June 30, 2016

Although Japan Tobacco International failed to pay on time for a share of Ethiopia’s National Tobacco Enterprise, its bid was twice as high as the next highest; so it isn’t being ruled out.

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Investors turn to tobacco

Investors turn to tobacco

| June 30, 2016

Tobacco companies are currently providing something of a haven for investors as stock markets weather the storm whipped up by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

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Vapers vape to quit smoking

Vapers vape to quit smoking

| June 29, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations are likely to turn vapers away from electronic cigarettes and back to traditional cigarettes and pharmaceutical nicotine.

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China’s cigarette sales tumble

China’s cigarette sales tumble

| June 29, 2016

In the past, the tobacco industry could rely on at least one thing: that cigarette sales would increase in China. But not any more: sales were down last year and again during the first five months of this year.

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Smokers should pay more: survey

Smokers should pay more: survey

| June 29, 2016

British people want smokers to contribute to the cost of their medical treatment even though tobacco taxes already provide more than enough revenue to pay for such treatment.

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USTC declare patronage dividend

USTC declare patronage dividend

| June 28, 2016

The Board of Directors of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative has declared a patronage dividend of $0.185 per pound of tobacco sold to USTC during the 2015 crop season.

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EAS luanches Amaranth

EAS luanches Amaranth

| June 28, 2016

E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), a sister company of Swisher International, has launched Liquid Soul Amaranth Vapor Series.

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Woehrmann to lead Domino laser business

Woehrmann to lead Domino laser business

| June 28, 2016

Domino Printing Sciences has appointed Michael Woehrmann as the director of Domino’s Laser business.

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Butts could be subject of deposits

Butts could be subject of deposits

| June 28, 2016

A deposit-based, butt-return scheme proposed in British Columbia, Canada, aims to reduce the amount of cigarette litter contaminating local waterways.

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Cuba extends planting season

Cuba extends planting season

| June 28, 2016

Having suffered losses to unhelpful weather, Cuban tobacco farmers are extending the leaf-planting season to allow a full harvest to be reaped.

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Call for production licenses in India

Call for production licenses in India

| June 28, 2016

Sharp tax increases and a regulatory clampdown on cigarettes in India are helping to fuel demand for alternative tobacco products on which little or even no tax is paid to the government.

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Call for prison for hotel smokers

Call for prison for hotel smokers

| June 28, 2016

While a hotelier has called for prison terms for people who smoke illegally in their rooms, thus endangering others, there was no such call for the drunks who set off fire extinguishers, thus endangering others.

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Students learning not to smoke

Students learning not to smoke

| June 27, 2016

Within one group of students in Tasmania, Australia, the incidence of smoking is below the five percent level at which some consider smoking to have been ‘eliminated’.

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Tobacco growers priced out of market

Tobacco growers priced out of market

| June 27, 2016

After two consecutive years of being paid less than the cost of production for their tobacco, some growers in Andhra Pradesh, India, are looking to produce other crops.

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Macau told e-cigs no alternative

Macau told e-cigs no alternative

| June 27, 2016

In a move that seems to defy logic, the Macau Health Bureau has declared that electronic cigarettes shouldn’t be considered as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

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Smoking ‘violations’ to increase

Smoking ‘violations’ to increase

| June 27, 2016

Turkey is planning to introduce a bonus scheme for inspectors charged with policing the country’s smoking bans; so violations – or reports of violations – are bound to increase.

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Proposed public vape ban condemned

Proposed public vape ban condemned

| June 24, 2016

Electronic-cigarette vapor isn’t smoke; so it seems unreasonable to ban vaping in public places in the same way that tobacco smoking has been banned.

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Former CEO cleared of bribery charges

Former CEO cleared of bribery charges

| June 24, 2016

A former CEO of the tobacco manufacturer KT&G has been cleared by a court in Seoul, South Korea, of charges that he offered and received bribes.

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Sri Lanka plans cigarette tax hike

Sri Lanka plans cigarette tax hike

| June 24, 2016

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Health has said that he feels that a cigarette tax hike would benefit the people of the country; but, presumably, he wasn’t including cigarette smokers.

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