Author Archive: speccomm

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Only a minor change

Only a minor change

| September 4, 2017

A proposed change to Japan’s Civil Code that would lower the legal age of adulthood from 20 to 18 will not mean that people can start smoking two years sooner than is the case now.

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Creating momentum

Creating momentum

| September 2, 2017

The VTA took the fight to legislators firsthand.

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Battery battle

Battery battle

| September 1, 2017

Sub-par production materials and user error are the main causes for battery failure.

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SM acquires V2 Tobacco

SM acquires V2 Tobacco

| September 1, 2017

Lars Dahlgren, president and CEO of Swedish Match, says the newly-acquired, “vibrant and independent” V2 Tobacco business is a good fit with SM’s existing organization.

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SM expands in US

SM expands in US

| September 1, 2017

Part of a US facility expansion announced by Swedish Match will see the addition of a dedicated production area for ZYN, a smokeless and spitless tobacco-derived nicotine pouch.

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Poor dying too soon

Poor dying too soon

| September 1, 2017

Smoking is a contributing factor in the high level of avoidable deaths occurring in deprived areas of England and Wales; but it is not the cause: deprivation is.

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E-cigarettes are “fun”

E-cigarettes are “fun”

| September 1, 2017

Electronic cigarettes are fun and effective at getting people to quit smoking. So what’s not to like? Well, according to one observer, it’s the fun bit.

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PMI to webcast presentation

PMI to webcast presentation

| September 1, 2017

Philip Morris International’s presentation to the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference is due to begin at 13.30 Eastern Time on September 7.

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Smooth operator

Smooth operator

| September 1, 2017

Advances in processes, materials and technologies are reducing requirements for spare parts.

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Riding high

Riding high

| September 1, 2017

Aiger Engineering thrives as new products continue to disrupt the traditional tobacco business. 

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An opportunity for health

An opportunity for health

| September 1, 2017

David Sweanor on the taxation of new ‘tobacco’ products.

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Outstanding innovations

Outstanding innovations

| September 1, 2017

New filter technologies are helping cigarette manufacturers set their products apart.

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How low can you go?

How low can you go?

| September 1, 2017

Scandinavia’s market for combustibles shrinks as consumers look for less-harmful alternatives.

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Fiscal cacophony

Fiscal cacophony

| September 1, 2017

In the absence of a clear category definition, NGPs are subjected to a bewildering array of tax policies.

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Purchase approved

Purchase approved

| August 31, 2017

The Philippine Competition Commission has approved Japan Tobacco International’s acquisition of Mighty Corp. from the Wongchuking family.

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Sales to decentralize

Sales to decentralize

| August 31, 2017

Zimbabwe is keen to alleviate congestion at auction floors,

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‘Deeming’ litigation continues

‘Deeming’ litigation continues

| August 31, 2017

Nicopure Labs and R2B Smoke-Free Coalition are appealing the July 21 court ruling that rejected their challenge to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deeming rule.

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Vaping provides no gateway

Vaping provides no gateway

| August 31, 2017

Regular electronic-cigarette use among never smokers is ‘very rare’, according to the findings of a major new study in the UK.

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Flavor ban harmful

Flavor ban harmful

| August 31, 2017

If implemented, the proposed ban on the sale of flavored tobacco-products in San Francisco would have far-reaching negative consequences.

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Smoking costs unaffordable

Smoking costs unaffordable

| August 31, 2017

With a 20 percent adult tobacco-smoking rate only a 2030 aspiration, China will struggle to bear the economic and social cost of the habit, some observers believe.

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