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Ploom Tech on sale in Japan

Ploom Tech on sale in Japan

| June 29, 2017

Ploom Tech is re-entering the battle for the hearts of Japanese smokers looking to switch from cigarettes to lower-risk, vapor products.

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Zimbabwe prices stable

Zimbabwe prices stable

| June 29, 2017

Grower prices for Zimbabwe’s 2017 flue-cured tobacco crop are at the same level as they were in respect of the 2016 crop.

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Heated-tobacco tax threat

Heated-tobacco tax threat

| June 28, 2017

A move to equalize the tax on cigarettes and heated-tobacco products is likely to send a message to Korean smokers that these two products pose the same level of risk.

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Smoking incidence down

Smoking incidence down

| June 28, 2017

In Japan, tobacco smoking is a habit indulged by nearly 40 percent of men in their 30s, but by less than two percent of women 80 years of age or older.

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Guns yes, smoking no

Guns yes, smoking no

| June 28, 2017

Two policies being introduced at a US university on Saturday make sense from the point of view that tobacco products carry health warnings but handguns do not.

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Smokers out in the cold

Smokers out in the cold

| June 28, 2017

In Canberra, Australia, smoking is to be banned at bus stops, taxi shelters, train stations and light rail stops, while vaping is apparently to be banned only at bus stops.

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Huge investment in HEETS

Huge investment in HEETS

| June 27, 2017

The commitment of the tobacco industry to harm reduction seems no longer to be in doubt. Philip Morris International has just announced another huge investment in heated-tobacco products.

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Tobacco fee proves taxing

Tobacco fee proves taxing

| June 27, 2017

Smokers, who are often financially impoverished, are called on to provide government revenues the rest of society won’t provide. At least some people seem to recognize that this is unfair.

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Farmers flock to tobacco

Farmers flock to tobacco

| June 27, 2017

There has been a big increase in new farmers registering to grow tobacco in Zimbabwe during the 2017-18 season.

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Support sought for clinics

Support sought for clinics

| June 27, 2017

The South Korean government, flush with a huge windfall of cigarette tax revenue, is being asked to use some of that money to support quit-smoking clinics.

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Vapor no bar to healing

Vapor no bar to healing

| June 26, 2017

In another contribution to the scientific study of vapor and nicotine, British American Tobacco has found that vapor does not, under the conditions of the study, impede the healing of wounds.

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English pubs decimated

English pubs decimated

| June 26, 2017

The smoking ban has decimated pubs in England and, in doing so, destroyed vital meeting places. A cynic might ask whether this wasn’t one of the intended ‘unintended consequences’.

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Zambia resolute on tobacco

Zambia resolute on tobacco

| June 26, 2017

Tobacco farmers in Zambia grow food crops using inputs bought with loans obtained for tobacco growing. No wonder the government remains committed to tobacco.

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Research under-appreciated

Research under-appreciated

| June 26, 2017

The once-famous tobacco research station at Kutsaga, Harare, is struggling with problems created by underfunding.

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Where’s the harm?

Where’s the harm?

| June 23, 2017

In a world assailed by the fumes from traffic, perfumes and household cleaners; the question must be asked as to why electronic-cigarette vapor should be singled out for banning.

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Grower prices up, down

Grower prices up, down

| June 23, 2017

Grower prices in Malawi are said to be ahead of those of last year because of the quality of the leaf on offer, but in Zimbabwe, where quality is also good, prices are down.

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‘Smoke-free’ status sought

‘Smoke-free’ status sought

| June 23, 2017

In the world of tobacco, five percent seems to equal nothing; so a nation that has a smoking prevalence of less than five percent is ‘smoke-free’.

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Prosecutions sought

Prosecutions sought

| June 23, 2017

In Israel, two politicians are seeking to have cigarette companies prosecuted because their actions are allegedly ‘an attack on Israeli residents’.

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Smokers are citizens

Smokers are citizens

| June 22, 2017

EU smokers are abused by societies in ways that would be seen as discrimination if they were applied to other people; so it is well that a group is standing up for them.

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If you’re going to …

If you’re going to …

| June 22, 2017

There was a time when, if you were going to San Francisco, all you needed were some flowers in your hair. Now, if you’re a menthol-cigarette smoker, you’d better take also packs of your favorite brand.

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