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Export opportunities welcomed

Export opportunities welcomed

| January 4, 2017

The prospects for tobacco farmers in Cambodia have been given a lift by a trade agreement that allows for the annual duty-free import by Vietnam of 3,000 tons of unmanufactured Cambodian tobacco.

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Cigarette production down

Cigarette production down

| January 4, 2017

A fall in consumption of licit cigarettes in Indonesia seems to have been partly offset by an increase in the consumption of illicit cigarettes.

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Display ban to be imposed

Display ban to be imposed

| January 4, 2017

Because the Dutch government did not like the proposals put forward by the tobacco industry for a tobacco-products retail display ban, it is going to come up with its own plan.

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FDA battery safety workshop

FDA battery safety workshop

| January 4, 2017

Failures among electronic cigarette batteries are relatively rare, but they attract huge headlines and it is as well that the US Food and Drug Administration is to look into these matters.

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A sign of the times in Austria

A sign of the times in Austria

| January 3, 2017

An apartment-dweller in Austria is having to smoke only at specified times following a court ruling aimed at protecting a neighbor from being disturbed by tobacco smoke.

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Three strikes and you’re out

Three strikes and you’re out

| January 3, 2017

New tobacco-smoking bans in public housing in Tampa, Florida, apparently make no concessions to existing residents who are smokers.

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Tobacco smoke banned

Tobacco smoke banned

| January 3, 2017

Cigarette smoking has been banned in all indoor public places in the city of Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong province, and in some outdoor areas too.

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Big tax increase in NZ

Big tax increase in NZ

| January 3, 2017

Cigarette smokers in New Zealand are having to pay more for their cigarettes following a start-of-the-year 10 percent tobacco excise tax rise. And there are three more such increases in the pipeline.

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Less-risky rewards on offer

Less-risky rewards on offer

| December 30, 2016

The rewards on offer for developing significantly less-risky alternatives to traditional tobacco cigarettes could include the saving of billions of lives and the making of billions of dollars.

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Starting the year with a ban

Starting the year with a ban

| December 30, 2016

This is the way the New Year starts in Malta: not with a bang but a ban on smoking and vaping in private cars when young people are present.

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Vaping popular with teenagers

Vaping popular with teenagers

| December 30, 2016

Not all US teenage vapers are using their electronic cigarettes to deliver nicotine, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view.

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Farmers flock to tobacco

Farmers flock to tobacco

| December 30, 2016

The number of farmers who have registered to grow tobacco in Zimbabwe this season has increased by more than 14 percent on that of last season, and plantings are up by about 17.5 percent.

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China smoking ban unveiled

China smoking ban unveiled

| December 29, 2016

Smoking bans in China have sometimes failed to take hold because of weak enforcement provisions, but the latest proposal includes, from the start, penalties for non-compliance.

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New Year quit quest in Ireland

New Year quit quest in Ireland

| December 29, 2016

ASH Ireland says that smokers must be determined to quit because of nicotine’s addictiveness; but it says also that thousands of people quit each year.

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Smoking ban challenged

Smoking ban challenged

| December 29, 2016

Some Romanian MPs are challenging smoking-ban provisions of anti-tobacco legislation that was signed into law during the spring.

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FDA issues further guides

FDA issues further guides

| December 29, 2016

The US FDA has issued further guides on premarket tobacco applications, warning plans for cigars, and the listing of ingredients in tobacco products.

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