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Red-letter day

Red-letter day

| August 2, 2017

Dr. Michael Siegel, who has been critical in the past about the US Food and Drug Administration’s approach to harm reduction, believes that the agency has turned a corner.

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JT’s volume plummets

JT’s volume plummets

| August 2, 2017

The Japanese market for traditional cigarettes dropped like a stone during the first half of this year, partly in line with long-term trends but also because of the switch by smokers to heated-tobacco products.

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Earnings hit in Indonesia

Earnings hit in Indonesia

| August 2, 2017

A perfect storm of tax increases, anti-tobacco regulations and fierce competition have taken their toll on the earnings of Indonesia’s big cigarette manufacturers.

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Canaries in the coal mine

Canaries in the coal mine

| August 1, 2017

The largest e-liquid companies are the first to enter the minefield of FDA regulations.

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No entry

No entry

| August 1, 2017

Recent evidence and expert opinion suggest vaping-gateway hypothesis is weak.

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Qualified support for FDA

Qualified support for FDA

| August 1, 2017

In announcing on Friday its plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, the US Food and Drug Administration proved that it’s not possible to please all the people all the time.

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HNB status unclear

HNB status unclear

| August 1, 2017

In the Czech Republic, as in many other countries, regulatory authorities are having to get to grips with another nicotine device – heat-not-burn products.

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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| August 1, 2017

UK travellers are this summer being warned about the consequences of becoming involved in the illegal trade in tobacco products.

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BAT under investigation

BAT under investigation

| August 1, 2017

The UK Serious Fraud Office has opened a formal investigation into allegations of misconduct by British American Tobacco.

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The smart money

The smart money

| August 1, 2017

Capitalizing on its industry roots, Challenger aims to help tobacco companies raise finance as banks have stepped back.

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The ties that bind

The ties that bind

| August 1, 2017

Henkel continues to innovate to stay on top of the tobacco industry’s rapidly evolving adhesives requirements.

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Rollback

Rollback

| August 1, 2017

Lawmakers want to end the tax advantage enjoyed by roll-your-own products.

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Exquisitely crafted

Exquisitely crafted

| August 1, 2017

Science-based regulations may be appropriate for most tobacco products; fine cigars deserve to be regulated as an art.

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Unintended consequences

Unintended consequences

| August 1, 2017

The U.K.’s new anti-tobacco measures may not achieve their stated objectives.

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Nicotine takes Center stage

Nicotine takes Center stage

| July 31, 2017

Most observers have welcomed the announcement on Friday that the US Food and Drug Administration is focusing on nicotine and recalibrating its approach to harm reduction.

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Bidis to be phased out

Bidis to be phased out

| July 31, 2017

Bangladesh is to phase out bidis and cheap cigarettes from its market as international cigarette brands take over.

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Smoking ban opposed

Smoking ban opposed

| July 31, 2017

Japan, which is to host the Olympics in 2020, is struggling to bring in even a watered-down public-places tobacco smoking ban.

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Ready for display ban

Ready for display ban

| July 31, 2017

Most retailers in Singapore are taking seriously tomorrow’s deadline for the introduction of a tobacco-products display ban, but some are said to be taking a more relaxed approach.

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New FDA vision

New FDA vision

| July 29, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels and encourage innovative reduced risk products.

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PM USA’s volume down

PM USA’s volume down

| July 28, 2017

While Altria reported cigarettes sales down in the three months to the end of June, its sales of cigars and smokeless tobacco products were up.

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