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Smoking-rate rise in Mexico

Smoking-rate rise in Mexico

| December 12, 2017

The incidence of smoking in Mexico increased marginally between 2011 and 2016, while the average number of cigarettes consumed per smoker per day rose by about 12 percent.

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Limiting contacts in India

Limiting contacts in India

| December 12, 2017

Meetings between government employees in Tamil Nadu and representatives of the tobacco industry are to be more closely scrutinized in the future.

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Private baths, public spaces

Private baths, public spaces

| December 12, 2017

A report in The Korea Herald seems to suggest that smokers won’t be safe from the prying eyes of the ‘managing authorities’, even while in the bath.

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Tax debate heats up

Tax debate heats up

| December 12, 2017

An anti-tobacco advocate in the Philippines has warned committee members who support an ‘insufficient’ five pesos rise in tobacco taxes that they will have blood on their hands if the rise is adopted.

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New CFO for Swedish Match

New CFO for Swedish Match

| December 12, 2017

Swedish Match’s CEO Lars Dahlgren says the company is fortunate to have a strong replacement for its departing CFO.

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Taxes on taxes on taxes…

Taxes on taxes on taxes…

| December 11, 2017

The more that governments denigrate tobacco consumption, the more they are able to use the industry as a tax milch cow, even to the detriment of impoverished farmers and farm laborers.

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Taxes on taxes on taxes…

Taxes on taxes on taxes…

| December 11, 2017

It must say something for their past or future profits if the suppliers of heat-not-burn refills don’t raise retail prices following a 72 percent increase in the taxes imposed on these products.

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Myanmar to export cigars

Myanmar to export cigars

| December 11, 2017

Myanmar is to export a premium brand of cigars dedicated to the memory of the ‘Godfather of Cuban tobacco’, Don Alejandro Robaina.

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Plainly not working

Plainly not working

| December 8, 2017

Some people suggested that introducing standardized tobacco packaging would become easier as more countries did so. But that argument assumed that standardized packaging would work.

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Tobacco taxes healthy

Tobacco taxes healthy

| December 8, 2017

Without any hint of irony, a heading on a story in Indonesia said: Finance Minister looks at tobacco taxes to solve gaps in health funding.

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Glowing in Romania

Glowing in Romania

| December 8, 2017

By launching in Romania, British American Tobacco is making its first foray into the EU with its tobacco heating device, glo™.

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Glantz denies harassment

Glantz denies harassment

| December 8, 2017

Professor Stanton Glantz, who researches the health effects of second-hand smoke, has denied allegations of sexual harassment made by a post-doctoral researcher.

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Dividends declared

Dividends declared

| December 8, 2017

The boards of directors of Altria and Philip Morris International this week each declared a regular quarterly dividend.

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Schneeberger to lead leaf operations

Schneeberger to lead leaf operations

| December 7, 2017

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative has named Jim Schneeberger senior vice president of leaf operations and sales.

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End-game just over horizon

End-game just over horizon

| December 7, 2017

ASH US, which is again venting its rage against tobacco manufacturers, seems to have no words of solace for people who enjoy smoking. Smokers are presented as victims and death statistics.

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Export award for BAT Korea

Export award for BAT Korea

| December 7, 2017

The Sacheon plant operated by British American Tobacco Korea has been presented with an award after doubling its exports within a year.

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Czech smokers on the rise

Czech smokers on the rise

| December 6, 2017

An increasing number of people are smoking cigarettes daily in the Czech Republic, in part because they are being presented with a distorted picture of less-risky alternatives.

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Cigarette tax rise predicted

Cigarette tax rise predicted

| December 6, 2017

Taxes on both combustible cigarettes and heat-not-burn products are expected to be increased in Japan as part of the government’s fiscal 2018 ‘tax-reform’ package.

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Sweet offer to leaf growers

Sweet offer to leaf growers

| December 6, 2017

Trials in North Carolina, US, have indicated that stevia production could offer farmers there an alternative to tobacco.

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Grower registrations up

Grower registrations up

| December 6, 2017

Farmer registrations for growing flue-cured tobacco in Zimbabwe during the 2017/18 season are up sharply – and are still rising – on those of the 2016/17 season.

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