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Child labor dispute

Child labor dispute

| November 2, 2017

The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation has reacted with indignation to allegations that its work ‘aims to keep farmers dependent on aid from the tobacco industry…’

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Making sales more difficult

Making sales more difficult

| November 2, 2017

In recent years, Turkey, which grows some of the world’s most sought-after leaf tobacco, has become increasingly intolerant towards tobacco smoking and smokers.

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Can cigarette butts take off?

Can cigarette butts take off?

| November 2, 2017

Flying by the seat of your pants could take on a whole new meaning if, as new research has indicated, butts can be used as the basis for energy materials.

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Their fair share

Their fair share

| November 1, 2017

Tobacco growers deserve better

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Market down by 11.8 percent

Market down by 11.8 percent

| November 1, 2017

Japan Tobacco Inc is holding its own on a free-falling domestic cigarette market, but it is still playing catch-up in respect of heat-not-burn products.

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Report backs e-cigarettes

Report backs e-cigarettes

| November 1, 2017

A group of UK parliamentarians believe misinformation is preventing a significant number of smokers from making the decision to switch to vaping.

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Smokeless ban struck down

Smokeless ban struck down

| November 1, 2017

A proposed ban on smokeless tobacco in Assam, India, under which violators would have faced a minimum of three years in prison, has been thrown out by a court.

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Track-and-trace under fire

Track-and-trace under fire

| October 31, 2017

An MEP has claimed that the EU’s planned tobacco-products track-and-trace system would ultimately drive out of business small tobacco manufacturers in the UK – the only ones left.

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Non-smoking breaks

Non-smoking breaks

| October 31, 2017

A Japanese company is giving non-smokers extra paid holidays. But should smokers be rewarded too? After all, without them, the non-smokers wouldn’t get their extra leave.

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Retailers look to future

Retailers look to future

| October 31, 2017

The average monthly revenue per US vape store has not changed since last year, but, in the main, stores are feeling more confident about the future than they were earlier this year.

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Farmers seek protection

Farmers seek protection

| October 31, 2017

Tobacco farmers in Indonesia are calling for protection from imports. Why wouldn’t they? What has globalization done for them?

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Enough is enough

Enough is enough

| October 30, 2017

Have the people of the UK decided that enough is enough when it comes to persecuting smokers? Seventy six percent of them think that banning smoking at home is a step too far.

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Call for smoke-free homes

Call for smoke-free homes

| October 30, 2017

It seems that nothing has been done in the UAE to tackle underage smoking during the past 13-15 years, a period during which experimentation has remained about the same.

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After the Eclipse

After the Eclipse

| October 30, 2017

R.J Reynolds Tobacco is making an attempt to launch an improved version of Eclipse, one of several pioneering heat-not-burn products that the company developed.

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SM’s sales up and down

SM’s sales up and down

| October 30, 2017

At Swedish Match during the third quarter, volume snus sales were up, moist snuff sales were down, cigar sales were up and chewing tobacco sales were down.

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PM USA’s volume down

PM USA’s volume down

| October 27, 2017

Altria’s cigarette shipments were down by 6.2 percent during the third quarter, while its cigar shipments were increased by 6.6 percent and its smokeless-products shipments were down by 1.8 percent.

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Leaf price up – and down

Leaf price up – and down

| October 27, 2017

Japan’s tobacco growers are due next year to be paid a per-kg price for leaf that will be about one percent lower than the price they were paid in 2014.

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Cigarette traders jailed

Cigarette traders jailed

| October 27, 2017

Three of the 400 people who have been fined in Fiji during the past 15 months for various offences against tobacco-control regulations have wound up in jail.

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Retailers face jail threat

Retailers face jail threat

| October 27, 2017

Although banning the sale of heat-not-ban devices to minors is laudable, the threat of jailing those that do so with three years in prison seems disproportionate.

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Neopac takes stake in 3D

Neopac takes stake in 3D

| October 26, 2017

Hoffmann Neopac has acquired a majority share in 3D Technopack in Mumbai.

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