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Smoking ban concessions

Smoking ban concessions

| April 28, 2017

With opposition from within some influential quarters and with time running out to pass legislation in the current parliamentary session, Japan’s Ministry of Health is looking at offering smoking-ban concessions.

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Criminals growing their own

Criminals growing their own

| April 27, 2017

In Australia, where tobacco production is illegal, the soaring prices of cigarettes is encouraging some criminals to start growing the crop on a commercial scale.

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E-cig evidence mounts

E-cig evidence mounts

| April 27, 2017

British American Tobacco, which has been assiduous during recent years in its nicotine-product research, has uncovered further evidence that vapor is hugely less risky than is smoke.

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Seed sales up hugely

Seed sales up hugely

| April 27, 2017

Flue-cured tobacco seed sales in Zimbabwe are running at more than 300 percent higher than they were last year, but it is not clear how this increase is likely to be reflected in the crop size.

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PMI to webcast meeting

PMI to webcast meeting

| April 27, 2017

Philip Morris International’s chairman, Louis C. Camilleri, and its CEO, André Calantzopoulos, will address the company’s annual meeting of shareholders on May 3.

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Prices taxing for vulnerable

Prices taxing for vulnerable

| April 26, 2017

There seems to be growing concern even outside tobacco-industry circles about the negative effects that cigarette tax hikes have on many vulnerable smokers.

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Losing the packaging fight

Losing the packaging fight

| April 26, 2017

It seems that even Intellectual Property insiders are concluding that businesses – especially tobacco businesses – are losing the battle against standardized packaging.

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Deeming rule targeted by bill

Deeming rule targeted by bill

| April 26, 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration’s deeming rule is expected to come under attack this week from a bill presented in the House of Representatives.

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Tobacco seeds zero rated

Tobacco seeds zero rated

| April 26, 2017

Tobacco seeds imported into Azerbaijan, which were subject to a three percent duty, will, from the end of next month, be zero rated.

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Mighty pleads for license

Mighty pleads for license

| April 25, 2017

Faced with allegations of tax evasion, the Philippines’ Mighty Corp, whose tobacco manufacturing business is said to support tens of thousands of workers, has asked for a fair hearing.

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EU names sensory panel

EU names sensory panel

| April 25, 2017

The EU Commission has named the six members of its tobacco characterizing flavour panel, but it is yet to establish the technical group of sensory and chemical assessors that the panel will be able to consult.

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Heart attacks fall in Calgary

Heart attacks fall in Calgary

| April 25, 2017

Hospital visits due to heart attacks fell in the city of Calgary after the introduction of public-places tobacco-smoking bans, but it is not known whether the bans caused this fall.

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Call for tax increase

Call for tax increase

| April 25, 2017

A study in Malaysia has found that 1.1 million tobacco-smoking-related deaths could be prevented if cigarette excise were increased; but others point out that the illegal trade would have to be addressed firstly.

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Sacking veiled in vapor

Sacking veiled in vapor

| April 24, 2017

Some people are speculating that his opposition to electronic cigarettes was at least one of the factors that led to the sacking on Friday of the US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

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Tobacco Board under fire

Tobacco Board under fire

| April 24, 2017

In having to decide on flue-cured tobacco crop sizes, India’s Tobacco Board regularly finds itself between a rock and a hard place; as it has in setting the new Karnataka target.

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Smoking bans an Olympic effort

Smoking bans an Olympic effort

| April 24, 2017

In trying to accommodate the sometimes-competing goals of the sports industry and small businesses, Japan is trying to find a middle way in respect of public tobacco smoking bans.

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Smoking deaths on the rise

Smoking deaths on the rise

| April 24, 2017

According to a Global Burden of Disease report, deaths attributed to tobacco smoking are on the rise because the world’s smoking population is increasing.

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Activating the cloud

Activating the cloud

| April 21, 2017

NDC has launched its service “cloud,” myNDC, which will simplify the customer’s interaction with the company.

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PMI’s cigarette volumes tumble

PMI’s cigarette volumes tumble

| April 21, 2017

During the first quarter of this year PMI’s cigarette volumes were down by 11.5 percent on those of the first quarter of 2016. Adding in IQOS volumes reduced that fall to 9.4 percent.

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Tax at root of cigarette smuggling

Tax at root of cigarette smuggling

| April 21, 2017

Governments will employ no end of strategies to reduce cigarette smuggling, except, that is, the one that would be most effective: moderating the tax imposts on these products.

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