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Colin Hose to retire

Colin Hose to retire

| November 17, 2016

Colin Hose, global business relationship manager for Alliance One International (AOI), will retire in April after 42 years of service.

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BAT seeks innovative regulations

BAT seeks innovative regulations

| November 17, 2016

One way to smooth the road to new developments is to allow tweaked products to go through an authorization process that is consistent with the minor changes made to the original product.

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Another call for US graphic warnings

Another call for US graphic warnings

| November 17, 2016

US cigarette packs carry relatively modest health warnings, but the American Medical Association is again calling for the imposition of graphic warnings.

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E-cig class action dismissed

E-cig class action dismissed

| November 17, 2016

Most of a suit claiming, in part, that manufacturers deceptively advertised the health benefits of electronic cigarette products over traditional cigarettes has been thrown out, but a vestigial claim remains.

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Military fencing with foil

Military fencing with foil

| November 17, 2016

The reported use by the North Korean military of aluminium foil from discarded cigarette packs at least delivers a positive environmental message.

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Delman to leave TMA

Delman to leave TMA

| November 16, 2016

Farrell Delman will be leaving TMA to pursue other interests effective Dec. 31. Delman’s illustrious career spans more than 40 years as TMA’s president.

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Preventive drinking

Preventive drinking

| November 16, 2016

Red wine has been found to offer some protection in young, healthy adults from some of the harmful effects caused by tobacco smoking.

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Report tracks harm-reduction policies

Report tracks harm-reduction policies

| November 16, 2016

A new report has tracked the electronic-cigarette policies of 52 US cities and evaluated the degree to which each has promoted a harm-reduction approach to tobacco.

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Flue-cured harvesting set to begin

Flue-cured harvesting set to begin

| November 16, 2016

Zimbabwe is close to the start of harvesting its irrigated flue-cured crop, the production of which was hampered by a long dry spell that dried up some watercourses.

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Fluid control systems previewed

Fluid control systems previewed

| November 16, 2016

A number of new products have been previewed by C.B. Kaymich, which specializes in adhesive application and fluid control systems.

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A bright future

A bright future

| November 15, 2016

Trade group expects continued demand for effective security devices in 2017.

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Internal dissent at CoP meeting

Internal dissent at CoP meeting

| November 15, 2016

Last week’s proceedings of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control were stalled by parties who questioned the principles of the treaty itself.

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No place for farmers at CoP meetings

No place for farmers at CoP meetings

| November 15, 2016

Tobacco farmers are sometimes prevented by circumstances beyond their control from making a profit from their operations, but now they have been condemned for thinking about making a profit.

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Illicit tobacco factory raided in UK

Illicit tobacco factory raided in UK

| November 15, 2016

Three lorry-loads of tobacco had to be removed from an illicit factory in Birmingham, UK, after a raid; and it took three days to remove the machinery.

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RAI moves to unite brand strategy

RAI moves to unite brand strategy

| November 15, 2016

A new wholly-owned company is being put in place to accelerate the marketplace momentum and long-term growth of RAI operating company brands.

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TMA relaunches website

TMA relaunches website

| November 15, 2016

SIte provides comprehensive information on the tobacco and e-vapor industries, in a newer, faster format, allowing users to access and receive critical data contoured to their individual needs.

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FDA castigated over vaping policies

FDA castigated over vaping policies

| November 14, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration’s de facto policy of forcing small- and medium-sized companies to quit the vaping sector seems to be working.

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WHO condemned for vaping stance

WHO condemned for vaping stance

| November 14, 2016

The World Health Organization has been condemned by a new trade body for its stance on vaping, for which, it is said, it has no mandate.

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CoP7 recommends litigation pathway

CoP7 recommends litigation pathway

| November 14, 2016

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control seems to have been in litigious mood during its secret meeting in India last week.

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Snus can facilitate smoking cessation

Snus can facilitate smoking cessation

| November 11, 2016

The attitudes to snus taken by the EU Commission, the US Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization appear increasingly untenable.

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Trump might reset vaping policy

Trump might reset vaping policy

| November 11, 2016

While many are concerned about what a Trump presidency might mean for US public health care in general, at least it might lead to a more sensible regulatory strategy for vaping products.

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Distribution of VUSE VIBE expanded

Distribution of VUSE VIBE expanded

| November 11, 2016

The tanks on R.J. Reynolds Vapor’s closed tank VUSE VIBE system, distribution of which is being expanded, hold four times the amount of liquid as do VUSE SOLO’s tanks.

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JT’s domestic volume down

JT’s domestic volume down

| November 11, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette volume and revenue were both down in October, but its January-October domestic cigarette revenue was ahead of that of the same period of 2015.

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Canada’s smoking rate at 13 percent

Canada’s smoking rate at 13 percent

| November 10, 2016

Although Canada’s smoking prevalence fell by two percentage points between 2013 and 2015, the rate of smoking among young people was unchanged.

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WHO forum is a closed system

WHO forum is a closed system

| November 10, 2016

A regulatory and market intelligence gatherer for the electronic cigarette sector has been denied the opportunity of attending an international forum where sector policies are likely to be formulated.

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