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Japan inches toward ban

Japan inches toward ban

| January 31, 2018

Japan seems to be trying to introduce balance into the public-places smoking debate by refusing to disregard the needs of smokers and even making a distinction between smoking and vaping.

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High taxes = low smoking

High taxes = low smoking

| January 31, 2018

The United Arab Emirates, which last year imposed a 100 percent excise tax on tobacco, has been told by a visiting US researcher that taxes should keep on rising.

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E-cig rules challenged

E-cig rules challenged

| January 31, 2018

It seems odd that an organization has to go to court to challenge rules that threaten the survival of a product that substitutes for a far riskier one, which is not under threat.

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Snus benefits questioned

Snus benefits questioned

| January 30, 2018

EU counsels attribute low smoking rates in Sweden and Norway to “healthy living” and generous parental-leave policies for men.

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PMI: review continuing

PMI: review continuing

| January 30, 2018

A recent review of a number of modified risk tobacco product applications has been variously interpreted: as the right outcome, a disaster, an irrelevance, and just part of a process.

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Heated tax call

Heated tax call

| January 30, 2018

Heat-not-burn tobacco products have been referred to by an Irish politician as a ‘gimmick’. With a billion-dollar development program behind them, they comprise one impressive gimmick.

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Trading rights under threat

Trading rights under threat

| January 30, 2018

India has said that a move to take away the tobacco industry’s right to trade is not aimed at banning tobacco, but when the government moved against alcohol in this way, two states did ban alcohol.

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Turning over a new leaf

Turning over a new leaf

| January 30, 2018

Leaf tobacco production and export comprise one sector that can help Azerbaijan lessen its economic dependence on oil.

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Fulford to lead USTC

Fulford to lead USTC

| January 29, 2018

Robert B. Fulford Jr. is the new CEO of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative. Prior to joining USTC, Fulford was vice president of leaf operations at Reynolds American Incorporated.

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‘Cruel’ animal tests stopped

‘Cruel’ animal tests stopped

| January 29, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration has put a stop to its ‘cruel and unnecessary’ nicotine addiction experiments on squirrel monkeys.

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Graduated smoking fines

Graduated smoking fines

| January 29, 2018

Under a proposed anti-tobacco-smoking bill, those found smoking in an elevator would face stiffer fines than would those found smoking in a taxi.

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Ban has a silver lining

Ban has a silver lining

| January 26, 2018

Electronic-cigarette retailers in Kenya are enjoying something of a sales boom as people who once smoked the now-banned shisha cast about for alternative products.

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E-cig ban coming

E-cig ban coming

| January 26, 2018

Singapore is set to ban just about every tobacco and nicotine product that offers a less-risky alternative to cigarettes, the sale of which will presumably receive a boost.

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No safe smoking level

No safe smoking level

| January 26, 2018

Given that smoking just one cigarette a day carries significant health risks; the dangers posed by living every day in a polluted city must be considerable.

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Grants-offer spurned

Grants-offer spurned

| January 26, 2018

It was always going to be the case that some researchers would refuse to apply for grants from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, however well-intentioned its aims.

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TPSAC unconvinced

TPSAC unconvinced

| January 25, 2018

The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee said evidence does not support Philip Morris International’s claim that its heat-not-burn product, iQOS, reduces the risk of tobacco-related diseases.

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New hologram group board

New hologram group board

| January 25, 2018

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association has announced a new board of directors as it marks its 25th anniversary in 2018.

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PM ‘persuasive’ at TPSAC

PM ‘persuasive’ at TPSAC

| January 25, 2018

Philip Morris presented a persuasive case for its iQOS heat-not-burn product at the first day of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee meeting, according to Wells Fargo Securities, whose representatives attended the gathering.

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Bulk nicotine available

Bulk nicotine available

| January 25, 2018

Next Generation Labs has announced the successful commercially scaled bulk production of pure synthetic S isomer nicotine for use in the tobacco, pharmaceutical and scientific research industries.

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Nicotine forum on film

Nicotine forum on film

| January 25, 2018

In an adventurous move, the organizers of an annual nicotine forum are including in their 2018 event a festival of films aimed at helping to reverse ‘propaganda and fear tactics’.

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