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iQOS legality questioned

iQOS legality questioned

| February 3, 2017

A discussion has started in New Zealand as to whether Philip Morris’ heated-tobacco product, iQOS, can be sold legally in the country.

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Imperial fine stands

Imperial fine stands

| February 3, 2017

A Taipei court has upheld a NT$5 million fine on Imperial Tobacco for having breached the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act while conducting a marketing survey.

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Apple files vaporizer patent

Apple files vaporizer patent

| February 2, 2017

Technology giant Apple has filed a patent application for a vaporizer.

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Shareholders ‘rewarded’

Shareholders ‘rewarded’

| February 2, 2017

At Altria last year: cigarette shipments were down 2.5 percent, but shipments of cigars and smokeless tobacco were increased by 5.9 percent and 4.9 percent respectively.

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Crop delayed by rain

Crop delayed by rain

| February 2, 2017

Unhelpful rains in Zimbabwe are threatening to delay the planned, mid-February opening of the marketing season and the quality of the tobacco that is eventually brought to market.

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Tobacco use is not smoking

Tobacco use is not smoking

| February 2, 2017

A recent 700-page report erroneously conflates tobacco and smoking, a type of conflation that would not be tolerated in any other serious scientific or medical debate.

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The lung in the lab

The lung in the lab

| February 1, 2017

BAT is developing new methods to understand the impact on human tissue of vapor.

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Video: Sweanor and Kovacevic discuss vapor

Video: Sweanor and Kovacevic discuss vapor

| February 1, 2017

Video: David Sweanor and Patricia Kovacevic discuss the vapor industry and Canadian law versus U.S. law.

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Optimizing nicotine in tobacco

Optimizing nicotine in tobacco

| February 1, 2017

Investigating ways to optimize nicotine concentration in tobacco for the noncombustible market.

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Cigarette tax take drops 

Cigarette tax take drops 

| February 1, 2017

The Philippine government collected less revenue from tobacco products in 2016 due to lower consumption, illicit trade and tax evasion.

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Nicotine rethink required

Nicotine rethink required

| February 1, 2017

The authors of a study on U.S. nicotine policy are calling on the new Trump administration to take a tobacco harm reduction approach.

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Smart patch being trialled

Smart patch being trialled

| February 1, 2017

A smart ‘patch’ being trialled in the US and Australia offers the advantage of delivering timed, high-level doses of nicotine.

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Smokeless recall

Smokeless recall

| February 1, 2017

Altria’s smokeless division is recalling some of its products after the discovery in them of foreign material by consumers in six states.

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Magic bullet?

Magic bullet?

| February 1, 2017

Will iQOS end combustibles?

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Trailblazer

Trailblazer

| February 1, 2017

Swedish Match’s MRTP application offers a path for other tobacco companies.

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Ready to roll

Ready to roll

| February 1, 2017

Tipping suppliers meet increasingly complex requirements with innovation.

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Race to the bottom

Race to the bottom

| February 1, 2017

Is lowering nicotine a realistic harm reduction strategy?

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Smoking freely

Smoking freely

| January 31, 2017

Pollution levels in Poland are being equated with cigarette smoking levels, which raises a question about how causes of death can be determined confidently in some instances.

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The high cost of smoking

The high cost of smoking

| January 31, 2017

A new report purports to answer the question of how much tobacco smoking costs the global economy, but the answer that is needed would address the question of what is the best way to go about reducing that cost.

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Tobacco profits being eyed

Tobacco profits being eyed

| January 31, 2017

Some people want tobacco manufacturers to contribute to a social-care funding crisis in England, but it is austerity that is at the root of the problem, and that was occasioned by the actions of banks.

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