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FCTC seen as a threat to farmers

FCTC seen as a threat to farmers

| June 7, 2016

Foreign NGOs that are trying to force Indonesia to ratify the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are being told to mind their own business.

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Greece struggling with smoking ban

Greece struggling with smoking ban

| June 7, 2016

It is perhaps not surprising that Greece is struggling fully to implement a tobacco smoking ban given that its people are battling simply to stay afloat after the economic tsunami that has engulfed them.

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Expansive quitting in the US

Expansive quitting in the US

| June 7, 2016

The US seems to be suffering from the cure. Waistlines are expanding as smokers quit their habit; so one health problem is being replaced by another.

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Fine-revenues ring-fenced

Fine-revenues ring-fenced

| June 7, 2016

In many countries, the revenues raised from fining tobacco-regulation violators goes into general revenue, but in Saudi Arabia it is being set aside for tobacco-harm awareness campaigns.

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Pakistani growers ‘exploited’

Pakistani growers ‘exploited’

| June 6, 2016

Tobacco growers in Pakistan are crying foul over the prices that are paid for their leaf by the local units of multinational companies. They believe they are being exploited.

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Call for cigarette advert fast

Call for cigarette advert fast

| June 6, 2016

Television stations in Indonesia have been urged to stop airing cigarette advertising during Ramadan because of the changed viewing habits of young people during that month.

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Health warning causes distress

Health warning causes distress

| June 6, 2016

A woman in Austria is concerned that a cigarette-pack, health-warning picture is that of her late husband, and, whether she is correct or not, that is likely to have caused her much distress.

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Tiny fall in smoking prevalence

Tiny fall in smoking prevalence

| June 6, 2016

Malaysia’s smoking prevalence fell during the past five years, but only by 0.3 of a percentage point, despite a reported 22 percent success rate by stop-smoking clinics.

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Russia calls for usual suspects

Russia calls for usual suspects

| June 6, 2016

The tough, tobacco-control stance taken by Moscow in recent years seems set to continue with calls for standardized packs, flavoring bans and increased taxes.

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CVC buys AR Packaging

CVC buys AR Packaging

| May 31, 2016

CVC Capital Partners will acquire AR Packaging Group from Ahlstrom Capital and Accent Equity.

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Tax hike spurs hoarding

Tax hike spurs hoarding

| May 26, 2016

Some cigarette brands are in short supply in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley as sellers have started hoarding cigarettes in anticipation of an excise duty hike.

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Liquid packaging specialist joins ITM

Liquid packaging specialist joins ITM

| May 26, 2016

ITM Group is teaming up with EME-Engel from Zaandam, the Netherlands.

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North Korean women urge men to quit

North Korean women urge men to quit

| May 25, 2016

Reclusive state is trying new methods to decrease the share of North Korean male smokers, which stood at more than 50 percent.

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JT eyes Ethiopia

JT eyes Ethiopia

| May 25, 2016

Japan Tobacco has offered $510 million to buy a stake in National Tobacco Enterprise, which is 70 percent owned by Ethiopia’s government.

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Universal pleased with results

Universal pleased with results

| May 25, 2016

CEO reports improvements despite second year of oversupply.

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AOI reports nine-month results

AOI reports nine-month results

| May 25, 2016

Gross profit as a percentage of sales improved; selling, general and administrative expenses decreased; restructuring and efficiency improvement initiatives are are on track; but sales decreased.

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USTC buys marketing center

USTC buys marketing center

| May 24, 2016

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative has purchased a marketing center in Smithfield, North Carolina, USA. The facility will service more than 200 of the cooperative’s flue-cured tobacco growers in North Carolina.

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Mark Aldridge joins Garbuio

Mark Aldridge joins Garbuio

| May 23, 2016

Mark Aldridge will join the management of Garbuio Dickinson Group, headquartered in Treviso, Italy. He will succeed the current managing director, Mansueto Favaro.

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Twitter closes mock FDA account

Twitter closes mock FDA account

| May 20, 2016

Twitter suspends account mocking FDA e-cigarette policy.

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Display ban limits plain packs efficacy

Display ban limits plain packs efficacy

| May 20, 2016

Plain packaging is unlikely to materially affect U.K. consumption, given that the country already has in place a retail display ban, which prevents consumers from seeing packages on the shelf.

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Lost Art Liquids sues FDA

Lost Art Liquids sues FDA

| May 20, 2016

The suit challenges FDA’s purported authority to deem and regulate e-liquids and other vapor products as “tobacco products” under the Tobacco Control Act.

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TPD essentials

TPD essentials

| May 20, 2016

ECigIntelligence’s handy reference to the directive’s provisions

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FDA claims challenged

FDA claims challenged

| May 19, 2016

Critics are challenging FDA claims in relation to its final rule.

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Compliance conference

Compliance conference

| May 19, 2016

TMA will hold a conference on June 9 on the deeming regulations.

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Green light for plain packaging

Green light for plain packaging

| May 19, 2016

The U.K. High Court has dismissed a legal challenge against tobacco plain packaging, clearing the way for the new rules to be introduced on Friday,

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