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Imperial Brands on track

Imperial Brands on track

| September 28, 2017

In a trading statement, Imperial Brands said today that it was ‘gearing up for new launches in an extended footprint’ of new generation products.

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Flue-cured prices up sharply

Flue-cured prices up sharply

| September 27, 2017

Flue-cured sales in India have become a year-round activity as those in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka overlap in March and September.

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Pack size matters

Pack size matters

| September 27, 2017

The authorities in Malaysia have been accused of fiddling while increasing numbers of illicit cigarettes burn in the hands of smokers.

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Neutral-packaging challenge

Neutral-packaging challenge

| September 27, 2017

In attempting to dismiss Swedish Match’s neutral-packaging challenge as just another try-on by a tobacco company, the authorities in Norway are conflating snus and cigarettes – two very different products.

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Mighty muddle

Mighty muddle

| September 27, 2017

The Philippines’ cigarette-tax-stamp supplier was apparently not expecting the rush of orders that ensued after the takeover of Mighty Corp by the Japan Tobacco group.

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Showing promise

Showing promise

| September 26, 2017

PMI research yields encouraging results for carbon heated tobacco as an alternative to cigarettes.

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Marijuana poses a challenge

Marijuana poses a challenge

| September 26, 2017

There are inconsistencies in the way that regulators in Canada approach tobacco and marijuana, according to the CEO of the country’s biggest tobacco manufacturer.

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Cigarette butts a resource

Cigarette butts a resource

| September 26, 2017

Most tobacco smokers will have observed that their smoke tends to deter annoying insects, and now it seems cigarette-butt extracts can be used to reduce mosquito populations.

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Leaf partnerships sought

Leaf partnerships sought

| September 26, 2017

One way of ‘encouraging’ Indonesian tobacco manufacturers to buy local leaf is to make such purchases a condition of importing tobacco.

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22nd Century set free

22nd Century set free

| September 26, 2017

22nd Century says that being free of a ‘restrictive license agreement’ with British American Tobacco means that it can pursue more lucrative strategic partnerships.

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Using science to reduce risk

Using science to reduce risk

| September 25, 2017

British American Tobacco is putting forward a scientific framework that would allow innovations in next generation products to move quickly, but with regulatory oversight, onto consumer markets.

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Stocking up in the UAE

Stocking up in the UAE

| September 25, 2017

With the prices of cigarettes about to double in the United Arab Emirates, it is hardly surprising that the distribution system is being put under strain.

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Cyprus to tax vapor

Cyprus to tax vapor

| September 25, 2017

Most sentient governments must by now be aware that vapor products can be used as a force for positive change, but they cannot resist taxing them – making them less attractive to consumers.

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New player in Fiji

New player in Fiji

| September 25, 2017

A new player on Fiji’s cigarette market is increasing competition by selling there the Ben Townsend brand of cigarettes.

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Growing organically

Growing organically

| September 25, 2017

Tobacco accounted for a third of the value of the organic commodities produced last year in the US state of Virginia.

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Final warning given

Final warning given

| September 25, 2017

Small-cigar smokers in the US will, within a year, see the placement on their products of warnings telling them, for instance, that cigars contain nicotine, an addictive chemical.

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InterTabac deemed success

InterTabac deemed success

| September 24, 2017

Organizers and visitors express satisfaction with Dortmund trade exhibition.

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Vaping goes mainstream

Vaping goes mainstream

| September 22, 2017

In showing vaping in a positive light, a government quit-smoking campaign due to air on television in England next month will mark a significant change in strategy.

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Clearing the smoke

Clearing the smoke

| September 22, 2017

Just in case you live in Scotland and are in any doubt about electronic cigarettes, health organizations in that country have stated that vaping is definitely less harmful than is smoking.

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Tracking compromised

Tracking compromised

| September 22, 2017

The implementation of a tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system implies a lack of trust in the supply chain. So who will be tracking the trackers?

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