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Volumes down at Imperial

Volumes down at Imperial

| November 7, 2017

Although its tobacco-product volumes were down by 4.1 percent during its full-year to the end of September, Imperial can take heart from the fact that industry volumes were down by 4.4 percent.

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Tax increase ‘effective’

Tax increase ‘effective’

| November 7, 2017

It seems premature to claim that a 2015 tax hike in South Korea was effective in reducing the incidence of smoking among low-income earners. Their numbers increased last year.

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Call for tobacco-duty freeze

Call for tobacco-duty freeze

| November 7, 2017

Seventy-six percent of people in the UK believe that tobacco taxes there are at about the right level or too high, indicating perhaps that the public recognizes that enough is enough.

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Packaging challenge fails

Packaging challenge fails

| November 7, 2017

Court challenges by tobacco manufacturers to the imposition of regulations requiring that tobacco products are sold in packs of standardized design generally have not been successful.

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Reduced-risk plan dropped

Reduced-risk plan dropped

| November 6, 2017

If a World Health Organization note is anything to go by, the recently-announced Foundation for a Smoke Free World is going to have its work cut out simply explaining its mission.

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Indonesia to tax e-liquids

Indonesia to tax e-liquids

| November 6, 2017

A tax is being imposed on e-liquids sold in Indonesia partly on the grounds that the ‘main ingredient of vape liquid is tobacco’.

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BAT leaving Philippines

BAT leaving Philippines

| November 6, 2017

Given BAT’s small-scale operation in the Philippines, the highly consolidated nature of the market there and the lack of inorganic opportunities, the company is taking its leave.

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Smoking rate down, but high

Smoking rate down, but high

| November 6, 2017

Despite an 80 percent cigarette-tax rise at the start of 2015 and the introduction of graphic health warnings in 2016, smoking among adult men remains high in South Korea.

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Protected: Video GTNF 2016 – Lutz

Protected: Video GTNF 2016 – Lutz

| November 3, 2017

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Best Malawi season for JTI

Best Malawi season for JTI

| November 3, 2017

All of JTI Leaf Malawi’s tobacco growers have been able to pay off their financing loans taken out in support of the 2016-17 production season. 

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Trials on track for 2018

Trials on track for 2018

| November 3, 2017

Swiss rail is to run a comparative experiment by introducing trial tobacco-smoking bans on some stations, smoking zones on one station, and smoking lounges on another. 

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PMI issues scientific update

PMI issues scientific update

| November 3, 2017

There seems to be mounting scientific evidence that using heat-not-burn devices offers a less risky experience than does cigarette smoking.

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Farmers concerned

Farmers concerned

| November 2, 2017

The ITGA worries about slumping demand for leaf tobacco and a lack of alternative crops

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Imperial buys Nerudia

Imperial buys Nerudia

| November 2, 2017

Imperial Brands has acquired Nerudia, reports Bloomberg, quoting “people familiar with the matter.”

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Swauger joins 22nd Century

Swauger joins 22nd Century

| November 2, 2017

James E. Swauger has joined 22nd Century Group as senior vice president of science and regulatory affairs.

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AOI sales increased

AOI sales increased

| November 2, 2017

Alliance One International’s volume sales of leaf tobacco increased by 2.1 percent during the six months to the end of September, while the value of those sales was up by 11.3 percent.

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Child labor dispute

Child labor dispute

| November 2, 2017

The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation has reacted with indignation to allegations that its work ‘aims to keep farmers dependent on aid from the tobacco industry…’

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Making sales more difficult

Making sales more difficult

| November 2, 2017

In recent years, Turkey, which grows some of the world’s most sought-after leaf tobacco, has become increasingly intolerant towards tobacco smoking and smokers.

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Can cigarette butts take off?

Can cigarette butts take off?

| November 2, 2017

Flying by the seat of your pants could take on a whole new meaning if, as new research has indicated, butts can be used as the basis for energy materials.

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Their fair share

Their fair share

| November 1, 2017

Tobacco growers deserve better

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