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PMI supports FDA proposal

PMI supports FDA proposal

| August 23, 2017

Andre Calantzopoulos, the chief executive of Philip Morris International, says that recent proposals by the US Food and Drug Administration invite dialogue rather than litigation.

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FDA urged to ban menthol

FDA urged to ban menthol

| August 23, 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration is being urged to ban the sales of menthol cigarettes, a move that would have a profound effect on the US market.

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Malawi average ‘good’

Malawi average ‘good’

| August 23, 2017

It is difficult to understand how Malawi’s average grower price for leaf tobacco this season could be described as ‘good’, but that is how it has been described.

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Small-pack claims denied

Small-pack claims denied

| August 23, 2017

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has moved quickly to deny rumors that the country is about to see the return of cigarettes packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes.

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JT acquires Mighty Corp

JT acquires Mighty Corp

| August 22, 2017

With the acquisition of Mighty Corporation, the Japan Tobacco group has become the second largest tobacco company in the Philippines, the 10th largest tobacco market.

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Who sets tobacco policy?

Who sets tobacco policy?

| August 22, 2017

The reintroduction in Malaysia of packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes would be a case of the government’s ‘pandering to the whims of tobacco lobbyists’.

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Times changing in Japan

Times changing in Japan

| August 22, 2017

‘Victims’ of second-hand tobacco-smoke in Yokohama Japan are taking aim at ‘firefly’ smokers, even though they don’t make an easy target.

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More bans due in Turkey

More bans due in Turkey

| August 22, 2017

Despite increasingly draconian regulations aimed at stopping people from smoking tobacco, Turkey has a smoking incidence of 31 percent.

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Saint Lucia goes graphic

Saint Lucia goes graphic

| August 21, 2017

The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is introducing graphic health warnings to tobacco products, and is gearing up for public-places tobacco-smoking bans.

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Smoke-free in Kashmir

Smoke-free in Kashmir

| August 21, 2017

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been declared a tobacco-free zone, but it is not clear exactly what that means.

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Asthma, COPD treatable

Asthma, COPD treatable

| August 21, 2017

Researchers have called for better definitions of and more studies into asthma and COPD, each of which can often be treated or prevented with affordable interventions.

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US urged to probe BAT

US urged to probe BAT

| August 21, 2017

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has described allegations about British American Tobacco’s conduct as alarming, given the merger of BAT and Reynolds American in the US.

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Graphic images defended

Graphic images defended

| August 18, 2017

The EU appears to believe that the positive impact of tobacco-product graphic health images outweighs the distress caused to people who believe, incorrectly, that the images are of a relative.

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Extra bans proposed

Extra bans proposed

| August 18, 2017

Since some countries would claim to be free of tobacco if consumption fell below five percent, Nigeria is almost free of tobacco, but it is on its guard.

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JT’s domestic volume down

JT’s domestic volume down

| August 18, 2017

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume was down by just over 12 percent during July, as was its domestic cigarette revenue.

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Tobacco takes toll in Kenya

Tobacco takes toll in Kenya

| August 18, 2017

The negative health consequences of tobacco use are said to be putting a strain on Kenya’s efforts to achieve its development goals.

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Movie smokescreen

Movie smokescreen

| August 18, 2017

If we believe that teenagers who see smoking scenes in movies will start to smoke, why are we seemingly happy to let them see scenes where people inflict horrific levels of violence on each other?

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No distribution ambitions

No distribution ambitions

| August 18, 2017

The EU Commission is working on tobacco-product traceability and security systems, and has no plans to get into the distribution business.

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Mini-tender targets BAT

Mini-tender targets BAT

| August 18, 2017

A mini-tender launched on August 12 by TRC Capital Corporation aims to buy up to 2,000,000 British American Tobacco American Depositary Shares.

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EU eyes extending excise

EU eyes extending excise

| August 17, 2017

Is it rational to consider applying excise duty to unmanufactured tobacco in an attempt to reduce the illegal trade in tobacco, whose primary cause seems to be tax-driven, high-prices?

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