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Tobacco, marijuana go head-to-head

Tobacco, marijuana go head-to-head

| May 31, 2017

There seems to be a ‘disturbing degree of incoherence’ in Canada’s approach to tobacco and marijuana. But then Canada is not alone in suffering such a policies imbalance.

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Health spending inefficient

Health spending inefficient

| May 31, 2017

The health of US citizens ranks 43rd globally despite the country’s spending more than any other country per capita on health. Part of the reason is down to poverty-induced smoking.

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EU tobacco control poor

EU tobacco control poor

| May 31, 2017

A member of the European Parliament has said that some EU countries are not spending enough money nor expending enough effort on implementing tobacco-control policies.

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RAI names BAT-era team

RAI names BAT-era team

| May 31, 2017

According to a Reynolds American Inc. announcement, most of its senior team will remain in place after British American Tobacco acquires RAI, though a few will leave.

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Nanoparticles lower toxicity

Nanoparticles lower toxicity

| May 30, 2017

Researchers in Germany have discovered that copper hydroxide nanoparticles provide protection against toxic oxygen radicals in cigarette smoke.

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JT playing catch up

JT playing catch up

| May 30, 2017

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette volume is expected to fall by nearly10 percent this year as consumers flock to heated-tobacco technology.

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Retailers call for restraint

Retailers call for restraint

| May 30, 2017

Retailers operating in Sri Lanka have called on the government to exercise restraint in respect of tobacco regulations so as not to eviscerate, suddenly and drastically, their businesses.

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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| May 30, 2017

Sensing that smugglers are likely to be incentivized by a looming additional impost on cigarettes, the Taiwan government is getting its retaliation in first.

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Vapor trial

Vapor trial

| May 29, 2017

Analysis of the vapor from British American Tobacco’s heated tobacco product, iFuse, has underlined the importance of product development in the quest for harm reduction.

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JT on sustainability

JT on sustainability

| May 26, 2017

Commenting on the publication of the JT Group’s 2016 Sustainability Report, Japan Tobacco International said that one of the challenges it had tackled was ‘the elimination of child labor’.

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Failing to enforce bans

Failing to enforce bans

| May 26, 2017

Despite being one of the first countries to sign up for the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Greece apparently has a poor record on enforcing tobacco smoking bans.

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FDA starts iQOS review

FDA starts iQOS review

| May 26, 2017

Philip Morris International says the US Food and Drug Administration has established a one-year, non-binding timetable for reviewing Modified Risk Tobacco Product applications.

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No smoking day in Cuba

No smoking day in Cuba

| May 26, 2017

Given that Cuba earns a lot of foreign exchange through the export of tobacco products, it makes sense that the country is planning to mark World No Tobacco Day by revisiting its smoking restrictions.

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New line for Xcaliber

New line for Xcaliber

| May 25, 2017

At a time when US cigarette consumption is trending downwards, one US producer has found it necessary to invest in manufacturing machinery to lift its capacity by 30 percent.

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IQOS safety questioned

IQOS safety questioned

| May 25, 2017

The idea that the consumption of heat-not-burn products is considerably less risky than is the consumption of traditional tobacco cigarettes has been questioned by researchers in Switzerland.

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Huge illegal trade in Russia

Huge illegal trade in Russia

| May 25, 2017

Russia is considering monitoring cigarette manufacturing supplies in an attempt to disrupt an illegal trade that has reached an estimated 35-40 percent.

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Meeting rules

Meeting rules

| May 25, 2017

EU officials who need to interact with interest representatives have been given some succinct, practical advice by the EU ombudsman in the form of 10 things to do and 10 things to avoid.

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API invests in foil and film

API invests in foil and film

| May 24, 2017

API has increased its holographic foil and film manufacturing capabilities after completing a recent £500,000 investment at its Livingston facility in Scotland.

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New Davidoff factory

New Davidoff factory

| May 24, 2017

Oettinger Davidoff of Basel, Switzerland, has inaugurated a new factory in Danli, Honduras.

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New ways sought at WHO

New ways sought at WHO

| May 24, 2017

The World Health Organization has a new leader and Japan Tobacco International is calling for him to change the agency’s direction by moving it away from its ideology-driven past.

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