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WHO ups ante on NCDs

WHO ups ante on NCDs

| July 19, 2016

The World Health Organization has welcomed action by some countries to ‘protect people’ from ‘physical inactivity’ – and from tobacco exposure, harmful levels of alcohol and unhealthy diets.

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JT Group takes Ethiopian stake

JT Group takes Ethiopian stake

| July 18, 2016

Japan Tobacco says that tobacco industry volumes in Ethiopia, where it has secured a 40 percent stake in the monopoly manufacturer, were ‘expected to continue to increase’.

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Cambodia ready with new warnings

Cambodia ready with new warnings

| July 18, 2016

Tobacco manufacturers in Cambodia are ready for a timely roll-out of packaging with new graphic health warnings but, nevertheless, anti-tobacco forces are chafing at the bit.

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Council cutting quitting service

Council cutting quitting service

| July 18, 2016

Quitting smoking is often seen as the most significant step that can be taken in improving public health, but quit-support services are often in the vanguard when health-budgets need to be cut.

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Mayan culture behind new cigarette

Mayan culture behind new cigarette

| July 18, 2016

A ‘potent’ variety of rainforest tobacco, Africa Mapacho, is at the heart of a new Mayan-themed cigarette introduced onto South Korea’s domestic market by KT&G.

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CORESTA Congress edges nearer

CORESTA Congress edges nearer

| July 18, 2016

The end of this month marks the end of lower-fee registration for the 2016 CORESTA Congress, which is due to be held in Berlin in October.

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USTC names McClintock VP of IT

USTC names McClintock VP of IT

| July 15, 2016

McClintock will be responsible for technology operations across all divisions within the company and the long term systems planning initiative.

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Saving lives with vapor products

Saving lives with vapor products

| July 15, 2016

A new study has found that ‘under plausible scenarios’, switching from smoking to vaping provides for a generally positive public health impact.

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JT’s domestic volume down

JT’s domestic volume down

| July 15, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s cigarette volume in June was down by 4.6 percent from that of June 2015, but its first-half volume was down by a more modest 0.7 percent.

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US to get a flavor of France

US to get a flavor of France

| July 15, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration estimates that each pre-market application for vapor-related items will cost about $300,000; so a French e-liquid company’s launch in the US is a bold one.

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Innovia clearly focusing on BOPP

Innovia clearly focusing on BOPP

| July 15, 2016

Having completed the sale of its cellulose films business, Innovia is focusing its attention on its BOPP operations, which, in part, provides films for the tobacco industry.

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SFATA appoints board members

SFATA appoints board members

| July 14, 2016

The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association has appointed Mark Anton, April Meyers and Katharine York to its board of directors.

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$720 million for vapor applications

$720 million for vapor applications

| July 14, 2016

The bill for FDA pre-market tobacco applications for one company’s vapor products would be, at a conservative estimate, $720 million, according to a US public health expert.

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Vapers are not smokers

Vapers are not smokers

| July 14, 2016

From the point of view of governments; the great thing about lumping vapers together with smokers when considering legislation is that those governments don’t have to think too much about what they’re doing.

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BAT to relocate Bayreuth production

BAT to relocate Bayreuth production

| July 14, 2016

Four hundred workers at British American Tobacco’s plant in Bayreuth, Germany, are being encouraged to leave because the company is planning to move cigarette production elsewhere.

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Speakers named for Tax-Free event

Speakers named for Tax-Free event

| July 14, 2016

The former UK foreign secretary, David Miliband, will be one of the speakers at the TFWA conference at Cannes, France, in October.

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Altria to host results webcast

Altria to host results webcast

| July 14, 2016

The release of Altria’s second-quarter results in a press note at 07.00 Eastern Time on July 27 will be followed at 09.00 by a live audio webcast discussion of those results.

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Vaping ‘significantly less harmful’

Vaping ‘significantly less harmful’

| July 13, 2016

Millions of smokers are under the impression that vaping is as dangerous as smoking, whereas the reality, according to UK public health organizations, is that it is ‘significantly less harmful’.

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More street smoking bans proposed

More street smoking bans proposed

| July 13, 2016

Eighty-five percent of people have expressed support for increasing the number of smoke-free zones in Melbourne, Australia, but then 85.3 percent of the country’s adults don’t smoke.

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AOI sees opportunities for growth

AOI sees opportunities for growth

| July 13, 2016

Alliance One International’s earnings per share during the 2016 fiscal year, at $7.38, were up from a net loss of $3.16 the previous year. And the company sees opportunities for growth.

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Results webcasts scheduled

Results webcasts scheduled

| July 13, 2016

Philip Morris International and Reynolds American are each to host webcasts to discuss their second-quarter results: the former on July 19, the latter on July 26.

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EU to invoke illegal-trade plan B

EU to invoke illegal-trade plan B

| July 12, 2016

The European Commission believes that it has the tools to combat the illegal trade in tobacco products without the help of Philip Morris International.

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Smokers adjust to higher prices

Smokers adjust to higher prices

| July 12, 2016

It is perhaps surprising how quickly Korean smokers have got used to the tax hike of January 2015 that led to the almost-doubling of cigarette prices in that month.

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Prices still down in Zimbabwe

Prices still down in Zimbabwe

| July 12, 2016

Although Zimbabwe’s growers were told that they could expect to earn higher prices for their tobacco if they improved its quality, while quality has gone up, prices have gone down.

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Universal Hungary workers lose jobs

Universal Hungary workers lose jobs

| July 12, 2016

Fifty-two permanent workers and 150 seasonal workers are losing their jobs as Universal Leaf Tobacco Hungary looks to increase its supply chain efficiencies.

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