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Thailand sharpens tobacco law

Thailand sharpens tobacco law

| March 3, 2017

Law raises smoking age and sets minimum pack size.

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Greer to lead TMA

Greer to lead TMA

| March 3, 2017

The TMA has appointed Christopher B. Greer as its new president and CEO.

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Record valuations for tobacco brands

Record valuations for tobacco brands

| March 3, 2017

Trademarks continue to gain value despite mounting regulations.

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Further bans mooted

Further bans mooted

| March 3, 2017

Japan has tended to take a fairly-independent line when it comes to smoking-related matters, but it is looking at falling into line and upping its tobacco bans ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

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Better out than in

Better out than in

| March 3, 2017

A call by an anti-tobacco foundation in Taiwan for a ban on tobacco smoking in all indoor public places seems to be based on air-quality measurements taken in nightclubs that allow smoking.

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E-cigs a ‘no-brainer’

E-cigs a ‘no-brainer’

| March 2, 2017

It is often said that cigarette taxes are raised to ‘encourage’ smokers to quit, but people aren’t encouraged with sticks. Encouragement comes in the form of alternative products.

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There is another way

There is another way

| March 2, 2017

The calls for tobacco harm-reduction strategies to replace quit-or-die policies seem to becoming louder with each day that passes.

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Shanghai bans smoking

Shanghai bans smoking

| March 2, 2017

The incidence or smoking in Shanghai, China, fell by 3.6 percentage points between 2010 and 2016, and, following the imposition of a public-places smoking ban yesterday, the incidence is likely to fall further.

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Factory closure threat

Factory closure threat

| March 2, 2017

The imposition of standardized tobacco packaging in South Africa would provide a boost to the illegal trade and might threaten the viability of British American Tobacco’s factory there.

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‘Horrifying’ experiments

‘Horrifying’ experiments

| March 1, 2017

A story in Australia has told of the shock expressed at the treatment of mice still being used in cigarette-smoke experiments, but such experiments are now being used for vapor products too.

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Flavor ban one step closer

Flavor ban one step closer

| March 1, 2017

A proposed bill banning most e-liquid flavors in New Jersey, US, is contrary to public health goals and would push vapers back toward conventional cigarettes and their known harms.

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E-cig gagging order mooted

E-cig gagging order mooted

| March 1, 2017

If the Canadian government is to prevent vape shops from providing their customers with scientific information about relative health risks, then it should provide such information.

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Fall in retail outlets

Fall in retail outlets

| March 1, 2017

A sharp fall in the number of outlets selling tobacco products in Singapore has led local industry players and smokers to the view that smoking has become an inconvenient habit.

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Cham reports growth

Cham reports growth

| February 28, 2017

The Cham Paper Group reported 2016 net revenue of chf198 million ($197 million), compared with chf194.3 million in 2015.

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Habanos sales up

Habanos sales up

| February 28, 2017

Habanos earned $445 million from Cuban cigar sales in 2016, 5 percent more than in 2015.

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U.S. government at a crossroads

U.S. government at a crossroads

| February 28, 2017

The US Congress and Administration are being called on to make tobacco harm reduction the policy norm throughout the federal government.

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End-game within reach

End-game within reach

| February 28, 2017

It is possible to end cigarette use by adults within a generation, according to a report that examined the views of 120 ‘key tobacco control leaders’ across the US.

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Pregnant testing initiative

Pregnant testing initiative

| February 28, 2017

Checking on whether pregnant women are smoking might seem like a good idea, but should it be compulsory or voluntary, and if it’s voluntary, is there a point to it?

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Hot-melt filter upgrade

Hot-melt filter upgrade

| February 28, 2017

An upgrade to a hot-melt-tank filter is said to eliminate contamination, blockages and, therefore, downtime.

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Cooperating on tobacco

Cooperating on tobacco

| February 27, 2017

Lebanon and Iran are looking into whether it would be advantageous for some Lebanese cigarettes to be produced in Iran while manufacturing some Iranian tobacco in Lebanon.

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