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Ban shows double standards

Ban shows double standards

| August 7, 2017

Sri Lanka has banned chewing tobacco, including traditional chewing mixtures with added tobacco, because, it says, these products are dangerous. But it has not moved against cigarettes.

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Financial support needed

Financial support needed

| August 7, 2017

It sounds very plausible: increase the production of export tobacco to improve your country’s economy. But is there a market for more tobacco, and what of the environmental consequences?

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HNB market set to glow

HNB market set to glow

| August 7, 2017

Capacity constraints comprise one of the major competitors tobacco companies face in trying to increase their sales of heat-not-burn tobacco devices.

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Burley in short supply

Burley in short supply

| August 4, 2017

Overall, tobacco crop qualities are good and Burley looks like being in short supply.

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AOI volume stable

AOI volume stable

| August 4, 2017

Alliance One International says that it is well positioned to supply tobacco both for traditional-tobacco products and for new-generation products being developed.

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FDA on shaky ground

FDA on shaky ground

| August 4, 2017

Just seven days after the US Food and Drug Administration announced its new tobacco and nicotine agenda, there is speculation about court challenges.

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JT acquires kretek firms

JT acquires kretek firms

| August 4, 2017

The acquisition of a kretek manufacturer and its distributor is set to widen Japan Tobacco’s horizons within Indonesia’s huge cigarette market.

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Coesia acquires Molins

Coesia acquires Molins

| August 4, 2017

With its acquisition by Coesia, Molins has joined a stable of companies that includes G.D and Sasib.

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NZ to legalize smokeless

NZ to legalize smokeless

| August 3, 2017

The log jam that had been slowing the flow of tobacco harm-reduction seems to be clearing slowly. New Zealand is one of the latest countries to announce some bold new initiatives.

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Tax spending diverted

Tax spending diverted

| August 3, 2017

In theory, South Korea’s additional cigarette-tax revenues should be spent on health care associated with tobacco-related diseases; but in practice they aren’t.

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Illicit machines found

Illicit machines found

| August 3, 2017

A recent story from China about the arrest of gang members who had been building and selling illicit tobacco machinery has echoes of a story from 12 months ago.

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Schools show the way

Schools show the way

| August 3, 2017

Schools in the Philippines are taking a lead role in enforcing a public-places, tobacco-smoking ban that came into effect in May.

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Airy approach to holes

Airy approach to holes

| August 2, 2017

A discussion about the health implications of ventilation holes in cigarette filters seems to have descended into a debate about how to measure tar and nicotine levels.

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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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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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