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New tobacco floor prices

New tobacco floor prices

| September 22, 2017

New minimum tobacco prices that will be in force for the next two sales seasons are too low for growers and too high for buyers. So what’s new?

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Smoking poleaxed

Smoking poleaxed

| September 22, 2017

During about the past 30 years, Poland’s smoking incidence has fallen from 42 percent to 24 percent, and, during about the past 20 years, smoking there has fallen by 60 percent.

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Growers left indebted

Growers left indebted

| September 21, 2017

Poor weather, poor yields and poor purchase prices are pointing tobacco producers in Bosnia-Herzegovina towards the illegal trade.

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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| September 21, 2017

Tax should be one of the factors considered when a newly-formed committee in Brazil sits down to figure out how to combat the illegal trade in cigarettes.

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Pakistani workers protest

Pakistani workers protest

| September 21, 2017

Employees of two tobacco companies in Pakistan have reportedly been sacked for trying to form unions to stand up for their employment rights.

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Another day, another study

Another day, another study

| September 21, 2017

Even studies of the effects of vaping electronic cigarettes that find negative consequences cannot come to any conclusion other than that smokers would do well to switch to vaping.

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Understanding vaping

Understanding vaping

| September 21, 2017

The Global Forum on Nicotine is once again taking to the road to encourage a wider debate about the issues surrounding vaping.

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Costs taxing cheroot makers

Costs taxing cheroot makers

| September 20, 2017

The Man with No Name could soon be facing an even bigger identity crisis as he becomes, too, the man with no cheroot.

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Tracking tobacco costly

Tracking tobacco costly

| September 20, 2017

UK retailers are concerned that an EU tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system could prove burdensome.

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Party poopers

Party poopers

| September 20, 2017

It would seem that, in Turkey at least, now is the time for all good vapers to come to the aid of the party.

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Tobacco antis ‘gut-punched’

Tobacco antis ‘gut-punched’

| September 20, 2017

Some in tobacco control are unhappy about Derek Yach’s involvement in the ‘Foundation for a Smoke-free World’. But rather than prejudge the outcome, they need to make sure they hold his feet to the fire.

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Campaigns lack teeth

Campaigns lack teeth

| September 20, 2017

Although Kenya banned tobacco smoking in public places in 2007, activists say that not much has happened since to lighten the burden of tobacco-related diseases.

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CORESTA deadlines near

CORESTA deadlines near

| September 20, 2017

The online registration deadlines for CORESTA’s 2017 Joint Study Group meetings are September 27 and October 8.

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Mice given third degree

Mice given third degree

| September 19, 2017

A recent study has apparently found that ‘third-hand’ smoke can induce changes in markers of health – in mice housed in cages with ‘curtain material, upholstery and carpet’.

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Tobacco travel ban

Tobacco travel ban

| September 19, 2017

Passengers are to be frisked at Metro stations in Lucknow, India, to prevent them from taking tobacco products on to trains.

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Cigarette price matters

Cigarette price matters

| September 19, 2017

A new study has found that eliminating budget cigarettes from markets might help to reduce infant deaths globally.

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Mighty little market impact

Mighty little market impact

| September 19, 2017

It might have been a Mighty acquisition, but Japan Tobacco Inc.’s purchase of the Philippines’ only major indigenous manufacturer has had little impact on the balance of the market.

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FDA seeks industry flavour

FDA seeks industry flavour

| September 19, 2017

Tobacco flavors have been the subject of much speculation and some regulation in recent times; so it is unsurprising that the US Food and Drug Administration wants to take a closer look at them.

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New role for JT executive

New role for JT executive

| September 19, 2017

A senior executive responsible for tobacco business planning at Japan Tobacco is being moved to a new role.

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Foundation opposed

Foundation opposed

| September 18, 2017

A new foundation announced by Philip Morris International is going to have its work cut out to achieve its primary goal, but it also has to convince its critics that its goal is as stated.

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