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Health funds unused

Health funds unused

| May 19, 2017

Money taken from smokers as part of a government ‘health development surcharge’ has done nobody any good because, three years down the line, it lies unused.

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Smoking restrictions

Smoking restrictions

| May 19, 2017

Tobacco smoking bans are to be brought in in certain cities of Myanmar, which, according to the World Health Organization, is one of the worst countries for air pollution.

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JT domestic volume down

JT domestic volume down

| May 19, 2017

In April, Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic-market cigarette volume was down by 3.4 percent, while its domestic-market cigarette revenue was down by 3.1 percent.

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Time for EU to reflect

Time for EU to reflect

| May 18, 2017

New EU tobacco regulations have been described as a disgraceful attempt to denormalize both the product and legitimate consumers. It is said to be time for reflection.

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Sales open on good note

Sales open on good note

| May 18, 2017

The government of Malawi has said that it will continue with tobacco-industry reforms in order to create a win-win situation for buyers and farmers.

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Cutting out the middlemen

Cutting out the middlemen

| May 18, 2017

Tobacco farmers in the Philippines are being urged to sign up to the national government’s contract growing system so as to free themselves from the ‘abusive practices of middlemen’.

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Smoking rooms reprieved

Smoking rooms reprieved

| May 18, 2017

Taiwan was planning to close all of the country’s tobacco-smoking sanctuaries, but, after a public consultation, has changed its mind.

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New rules seen as infantile

New rules seen as infantile

| May 17, 2017

Brexit is being put forward as an opportunity for the UK government to dump new tobacco-control regulations that spring from the EU’s latest Tobacco Products Directive.

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Ray of hope for e-cigs

Ray of hope for e-cigs

| May 17, 2017

The new head of the US’ Food and Drug Administration has suggested that harm reduction should be explored in the case where smokers were unable or unwilling to quit smoking.

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Anti-tobacco bill passed

Anti-tobacco bill passed

| May 17, 2017

Azerbaijan is simultaneously clamping down on tobacco smoking at home while promoting exports of its leaf tobacco.

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Calling for tax increase

Calling for tax increase

| May 17, 2017

The direct and indirect costs of smoking in Indonesia amounts to trillions of rupiah; so the Health Ministry is calling for tax increases.

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June 5 launch for iQOS

June 5 launch for iQOS

| May 17, 2017

As expected, Philip Morris Korea is to launch iQOS in South Korea. It is due to go on sale in Seoul on June 5 before being rolled out to the rest of the country later this year.

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Tax key to illegal trade

Tax key to illegal trade

| May 16, 2017

A report by the EU Commission on the illegal trade in tobacco products recommends reducing the ‘incentives’ to those involved in the trade by reducing tax differentials.

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Greece investment sound

Greece investment sound

| May 16, 2017

A decision to invest €300 million in its Greek plant is paying off for Philip Morris International while helping to boost the country’s struggling economy.

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Opposition to vape factory

Opposition to vape factory

| May 16, 2017

A new factory in Malaysia is licensed to produce vapor devices and nicotine-free e-liquids, which hopefully it will be able to sell on the local market.

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Mighty in talks over future

Mighty in talks over future

| May 16, 2017

Some observers believe that Mighty Corp could alleviate its present problems with the Philippines’ tax authorities if it were to be acquired by another tobacco player.

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Local grievances in Zambia

Local grievances in Zambia

| May 16, 2017

The general manager of a local cigarette manufacturer in Zambia has said that the government should discourage the export of tobacco without value addition.

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Tax on e-cigs should be zero

Tax on e-cigs should be zero

| May 15, 2017

The importance of the role of electronic cigarettes in substituting for traditional tobacco cigarettes means that the former should not be subjected to excise tax.

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Interested in water pipes?

Interested in water pipes?

| May 15, 2017

While the use of water pipes has expanded geographically in recent years, the science has lagged behind. CORESTA is now asking whether the science ought to try to catch up.

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Good prices in Andhra

Good prices in Andhra

| May 15, 2017

Flue-cured tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh have so far this season received good average prices for their leaf, which is part of a short crop.

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