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Tobacco season delayed

Tobacco season delayed

| January 12, 2018

The late onset of rains in Zimbabwe is expected to delay the opening of the flue-cured tobacco selling season, which could have a knock-on effect through the economy.

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Juul in the crown

Juul in the crown

| January 12, 2018

The electronic cigarette, Juul, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in sales since it first entered the US’ mainstream retail marketplace in 2015

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Tracking defended

Tracking defended

| January 11, 2018

In part, the EU defends its tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system by citing obligations to a World Health Organization protocol that has received very little support.

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Self-censorship suggested

Self-censorship suggested

| January 11, 2018

The depiction of smoking in films is deplored because it is said to lead people to smoke. So why is there no outcry about the depiction of increasing levels of extreme violence?

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One cigarette is enough

One cigarette is enough

| January 11, 2018

Is it surprising that 61 percent of people who try one cigarette go on to become smokers? It seems more significant that 39 percent don’t ‘progress’ in this way.

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Smoking creates poverty

Smoking creates poverty

| January 11, 2018

An official in Indonesia has called for less smoking and more meat eating to combat poverty and its effects. But many people believe that increasing meat-eating globally is not sustainable.

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Ploom sales expanding

Ploom sales expanding

| January 10, 2018

After having suffered manufacturing-capacity issues with its Ploom TECH device, Japan Tobacco has indicated that it is ready to start expanding sales of this heat-not-burn product.

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Warnings case to continue

Warnings case to continue

| January 10, 2018

The battle over India’s 85 percent tobacco-products health-warnings, which has been fought on and off since 2014, is due to be resumed in March.

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KT&G increases HNB price

KT&G increases HNB price

| January 10, 2018

Government-imposed taxes and sundry levies are pushing the prices of heat-not-burn products higher in South Korea.

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Fire-cured under threat

Fire-cured under threat

| January 10, 2018

A US Food and Drug Administration proposal to limit levels of nitrosamines in finished smokeless tobacco products could pose an existential threat to fire-cured production in the US.

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Stier joins consumer body

Stier joins consumer body

| January 9, 2018

Tobacco harm reduction and consumer-product regulation are two of the issues that Jeff Stier will cover in his new role with the US’ Consumer Choice Center.

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No time for e-cigarettes

No time for e-cigarettes

| January 9, 2018

Cigarette smoking is generally regarded as the biggest health issue there is, but the New Zealand government says it hasn’t had time to consider e-cigarettes, a hugely-successful quitting tool.

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Tobacco dominates trade

Tobacco dominates trade

| January 9, 2018

A major increase in trade between North Korea and Mongolia was driven by tobacco imports into the former.

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In defense of Guam law

In defense of Guam law

| January 9, 2018

Tobacco cessation is ‘critical to the health, fitness, wellbeing, and readiness’ of US Department of Defense personnel.

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BAT expects tax reduction

BAT expects tax reduction

| January 9, 2018

The US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is expected to reduce British American Tobacco’s effective tax rate percentage for the year to the end of December 2018.

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Students focus on shisha

Students focus on shisha

| January 8, 2018

The relevance of the results of a study of shisha smoking among Kenya’s students has probably been undermined by the banning of shisha in the country during the term of the study.

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Ban seen as discriminatory

Ban seen as discriminatory

| January 8, 2018

If a patio smoking ban goes ahead in Winnipeg, Canada, it is to be hoped that it isn’t introduced simply because other cities in the country have such a ban in place.

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Warnings of little concern

Warnings of little concern

| January 8, 2018

The threat of bigger graphic health warnings in South Korea is not causing too much concern among cigarette manufacturers. Smokers might feel otherwise.

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More quitters than smokers

More quitters than smokers

| January 8, 2018

While Ireland has about 830,000 smokers; it has more than a million ex-smokers, a new survey has found.

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Graphic HNB warnings?

Graphic HNB warnings?

| January 5, 2018

It will be interesting to see what will be depicted if, as suggested, South Korea requires ‘stronger pictorial warnings’ on heat-not-burn products.

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