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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| August 1, 2017

UK travellers are this summer being warned about the consequences of becoming involved in the illegal trade in tobacco products.

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BAT under investigation

BAT under investigation

| August 1, 2017

The UK Serious Fraud Office has opened a formal investigation into allegations of misconduct by British American Tobacco.

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The smart money

The smart money

| August 1, 2017

Capitalizing on its industry roots, Challenger aims to help tobacco companies raise finance as banks have stepped back.

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The ties that bind

The ties that bind

| August 1, 2017

Henkel continues to innovate to stay on top of the tobacco industry’s rapidly evolving adhesives requirements.

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Rollback

Rollback

| August 1, 2017

Lawmakers want to end the tax advantage enjoyed by roll-your-own products.

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Exquisitely crafted

Exquisitely crafted

| August 1, 2017

Science-based regulations may be appropriate for most tobacco products; fine cigars deserve to be regulated as an art.

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Unintended consequences

Unintended consequences

| August 1, 2017

The U.K.’s new anti-tobacco measures may not achieve their stated objectives.

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Nicotine takes Center stage

Nicotine takes Center stage

| July 31, 2017

Most observers have welcomed the announcement on Friday that the US Food and Drug Administration is focusing on nicotine and recalibrating its approach to harm reduction.

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Bidis to be phased out

Bidis to be phased out

| July 31, 2017

Bangladesh is to phase out bidis and cheap cigarettes from its market as international cigarette brands take over.

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Smoking ban opposed

Smoking ban opposed

| July 31, 2017

Japan, which is to host the Olympics in 2020, is struggling to bring in even a watered-down public-places tobacco smoking ban.

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Ready for display ban

Ready for display ban

| July 31, 2017

Most retailers in Singapore are taking seriously tomorrow’s deadline for the introduction of a tobacco-products display ban, but some are said to be taking a more relaxed approach.

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New FDA vision

New FDA vision

| July 29, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels and encourage innovative reduced risk products.

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PM USA’s volume down

PM USA’s volume down

| July 28, 2017

While Altria reported cigarettes sales down in the three months to the end of June, its sales of cigars and smokeless tobacco products were up.

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Price up US$0.02 per kg

Price up US$0.02 per kg

| July 28, 2017

So far, the average per-kg price paid to farmers in Zimbabwe for their flue-cured tobacco is running two US cents ahead of what it was at the same stage of last season’s sales.

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Beijing sales down

Beijing sales down

| July 28, 2017

Beijing, which in June 2015 introduced a public-places smoking ban, last year experienced its biggest fall in cigarette sales in recent years.

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Prices linked to poverty

Prices linked to poverty

| July 28, 2017

A study has found that, in brief, increases in cigarette prices can make the financially less-well-off even poorer.

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Expelled for smoking

Expelled for smoking

| July 28, 2017

A story from Indonesia about two students having been expelled for smoking contrasts with one from Australia earlier this week where a school head puts education first.

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BAT’s volume down

BAT’s volume down

| July 27, 2017

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volume was down sharply in the first six months of this year, but it says it has made good progress with its next-generation-product business.

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Taking on big business

Taking on big business

| July 27, 2017

The ‘Neighborhood Legislature’ initiative is being put forward in California, US, to tackle the ‘corruptive influence of special interests’, including ‘big tobacco’.

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Japan’s smoking rate falls

Japan’s smoking rate falls

| July 27, 2017

Japan Tobacco Inc’s latest smoking-rate survey, which it has been conducting annually for more than 50 years, has confirmed that the long-term decline in the prevalence of smoking is continuing.

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