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Focus on heart disease

Focus on heart disease

| December 22, 2017

Given the emphasis placed on tobacco; it is perhaps surprising to learn that its consumption, or, more like, its consumption by smoking, accounts for abut 12 percent of all heart-disease deaths.

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Science exposed

Science exposed

| December 21, 2017

Given the huge opposition that has been mounted against electronic cigarettes, which contain no tobacco, heat-not burn devices seem to have been given a smooth ride. Until now perhaps.

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Thailand firm on vaping

Thailand firm on vaping

| December 21, 2017

A report suggesting that Thailand’s Public Health Ministry distorted the findings of an analysis of the safety risks of e-cigarette use has been denied.

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JT taking over in Ethiopia

JT taking over in Ethiopia

| December 21, 2017

The Japan Tobacco group says it is confident it can take Ethiopia’s National Tobacco Enterprise Share Company to a new level of growth.

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Suffering from the cure?

Suffering from the cure?

| December 21, 2017

New research indicating that users of the smoking-cessation drug, Varenicline, are more likely than non-users to have a cardiovascular event cannot determine cause and effect.

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New factory for Zambia

New factory for Zambia

| December 20, 2017

It could be the case that the rise of vapor products in high-income countries will lead to the manufacture of combustible cigarettes gradually being shifted to low-income countries.

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What smoking bans?

What smoking bans?

| December 20, 2017

It seems to be the case that, contrary to general belief, smoking is not banned in thousands of government buildings in England and Wales, including courts and ‘jobcentres’.

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Banning vaping at home

Banning vaping at home

| December 20, 2017

A housing authority in the US that, in line with national policy, is banning smoking in its buildings, is said to be giving people the resources to quit, even though it is banning vaping.

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Voting with their butts

Voting with their butts

| December 20, 2017

‘Ballot bins’ are being trialed in a borough in Northern Ireland in another attempt to mitigate the ‘scourge of cigarette butts littering pavements’.

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Menthol bans spreading

Menthol bans spreading

| December 19, 2017

Some people expect that the result of a June 2018 ballot in San Francisco on whether sales of menthol cigarettes should be banned will have repercussions far beyond that city.

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Japan’s vaping dilemma

Japan’s vaping dilemma

| December 19, 2017

To say that something should be subjected to restrictions unless it can be proved to be ‘harmless’ surely means that everything must be subjected to restrictions.

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Modified-risk requests made

Modified-risk requests made

| December 19, 2017

Due to the ‘large size’ of six modified-risk-tobacco-product applications made to the Food and Drug Administration, the application material will be posted on a rolling basis.

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Exports booming

Exports booming

| December 19, 2017

Depending on your definition of a multi-national tobacco company; either KT&G is one or is well on its way to becoming one.

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Huge warnings struck down

Huge warnings struck down

| December 18, 2017

The passage into law of India’s regulations requiring 85-percent tobacco-packaging warnings was convoluted, and now these warnings have been struck down by a court.

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Tracking rules adopted

Tracking rules adopted

| December 18, 2017

If the EU had put as much effort into supporting lower-risk products as it has into its tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system; the need for the latter would have melted away.

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HNB prices to rise in Korea

HNB prices to rise in Korea

| December 18, 2017

Recent levies imposed in South Korea on heat-not-burn products has caused Philip Morris to raise the retail price of HEETS.

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Christmas appeal

Christmas appeal

| December 18, 2017

A pro-health lobby group in the Philippines has called on smokers not to take their habit with them when they go to Christmas parties. Drinkers were not so advised.

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Teenagers are revolting

Teenagers are revolting

| December 15, 2017

Since when has it been counterintuitive that teenagers, on seeing an official warning about a course of action, ignore that warning?

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JT’s domestic sales tumble

JT’s domestic sales tumble

| December 15, 2017

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume and the value of those sales each fell by about 15 percent during November.

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Thai e-cig ban challenged

Thai e-cig ban challenged

| December 15, 2017

If 15 countries ban electronic cigarettes while 160 don’t, and your country is one of the 15; it stands to reason that you might want your government to look again at the reasoning behind its policy.

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