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Leaf tax to remain

Leaf tax to remain

| August 29, 2017

Although China is soon to introduce a new law on leaf-tobacco tax, it seems that the tax, levied on buyers, is likely to remain at 20 percent.

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Ban needs clarification

Ban needs clarification

| August 29, 2017

A tobacco-smoking ban in the outdoor areas of pubs and restaurants in the Czech Republic is apparently open to interpretation – especially as winter approaches.

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No urgency to health plans

No urgency to health plans

| August 29, 2017

The government of Bangladesh seems to have been in no hurry to use the revenue from a tobacco surcharge to deliver a tobacco control policy.

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Tax hikes recommended

Tax hikes recommended

| August 29, 2017

It must be comforting for the financially-poor of Indonesia to know that academics are recommending that they be further pauperized in order to cure their poverty, long term.

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Vuse complaint dismissed

Vuse complaint dismissed

| August 28, 2017

Court says general health warning is sufficient.

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Smoke-free future possible

Smoke-free future possible

| August 25, 2017

Reducing the harm caused by smoking requires a multi-faceted strategy, and one of the most important arms of that strategy involves conveying accurate information to smokers.

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Trying to quit in Scotland

Trying to quit in Scotland

| August 25, 2017

Doctors, nurses and therapists in acute hospitals in Glasgow, Scotland, are routinely identifying patients and their families who are “at risk of poverty”.

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Groups exploited

Groups exploited

| August 25, 2017

The US’ Truth Initiative says that the consequences of the tobacco industry’s targeting vulnerable groups are horrendous, ‘killing more than 540,000 people each year’.

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Altria announces dividend

Altria announces dividend

| August 25, 2017

In announcing a dividend increase yesterday, Altria said it reflected its intention ‘to return a large amount of cash to shareholders in the form of dividends’.

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Judge IQOS on science

Judge IQOS on science

| August 24, 2017

A call for the US Food and Drug Administration to replicate the IQOS science submitted to the agency would be unreasonable only if it caused delays in getting this product to market.

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HNB tax hike closer

HNB tax hike closer

| August 24, 2017

Raising by more than 370 percent the excise tax on heat-not-burn sticks would be unreasonable only if the South Korean government’s goal was harm reduction.

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End-game restarted

End-game restarted

| August 24, 2017

A proposal to ban in Tasmania, Australia, the sale of cigarettes to people born after 2000 would be unreasonable only if young adults were not offered a replacement.

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Altria to host webcast

Altria to host webcast

| August 24, 2017

Murray Garnick, executive vice president and general counsel, law and regulatory affairs, will be one of two Altria representatives at a business presentation next month.

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HNB tax increase coming

HNB tax increase coming

| August 23, 2017

In a straight fight between tax increases and harm reduction, the former is always going to win the day; as South Korea seems set to demonstrate.

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PMI supports FDA proposal

PMI supports FDA proposal

| August 23, 2017

Andre Calantzopoulos, the chief executive of Philip Morris International, says that recent proposals by the US Food and Drug Administration invite dialogue rather than litigation.

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FDA urged to ban menthol

FDA urged to ban menthol

| August 23, 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration is being urged to ban the sales of menthol cigarettes, a move that would have a profound effect on the US market.

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Malawi average ‘good’

Malawi average ‘good’

| August 23, 2017

It is difficult to understand how Malawi’s average grower price for leaf tobacco this season could be described as ‘good’, but that is how it has been described.

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Small-pack claims denied

Small-pack claims denied

| August 23, 2017

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has moved quickly to deny rumors that the country is about to see the return of cigarettes packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes.

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JT acquires Mighty Corp

JT acquires Mighty Corp

| August 22, 2017

With the acquisition of Mighty Corporation, the Japan Tobacco group has become the second largest tobacco company in the Philippines, the 10th largest tobacco market.

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Who sets tobacco policy?

Who sets tobacco policy?

| August 22, 2017

The reintroduction in Malaysia of packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes would be a case of the government’s ‘pandering to the whims of tobacco lobbyists’.

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