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RAI’s cigarette volume down

RAI’s cigarette volume down

| May 4, 2017

RAI’s honeymoon with Newport seems to be over. First quarter Newport volume was down by 2.9 percent, though the brand’s market share was up by 0.1 of a percentage point.

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PM USA’s volume down

PM USA’s volume down

| May 3, 2017

PM USA’s first-quarter cigarette volumes fell in line with industry-wide trends, while its smokeless volumes took a hit because of a voluntary recall. Cigar volumes, however, were up.

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Imperial’s volume down

Imperial’s volume down

| May 3, 2017

Imperial Brands’ tobacco volume was down by 5.7 percent during its first six months, according to the company’s interim results issued today.

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E-liquids allergy guide

E-liquids allergy guide

| May 3, 2017

Some e-liquid ingredients have the potential to cause allergic reactions of varying severity; so British American Tobacco has produced a guide to help producers avoid the risks.

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PMI to webcast remarks

PMI to webcast remarks

| May 3, 2017

Jacek Olczak, CFO of Philip Morris International, will front the company’s presentation at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum.

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Zimbabwe sales continuing

Zimbabwe sales continuing

| May 2, 2017

Zimbabwe’ s flue-cured tobacco growers have been paid an average of US$2.76 per kg for the 70 million kg that they have so far delivered to market.

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High nicotine strategy

High nicotine strategy

| May 2, 2017

Efforts to reduce the harm caused by tobacco smoking by increasing the nicotine-to-tar ratio of cigarettes has a long history, and now the 22nd Century Group is to research its potential.

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Another illicit crop busted

Another illicit crop busted

| May 2, 2017

Another major illicit tobacco crop has been destroyed in Australia, where soaring cigarette prices are enticing criminals into commercial-scale growing.

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US vapor bill introduced

US vapor bill introduced

| May 2, 2017

A bill has been introduced to the US House of Representatives that aims to change the Food and Drug Administration’s approach to vapor products and harm reduction.

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New taxes add fuel to fire

New taxes add fuel to fire

| May 1, 2017

Despite having an illegal tobacco trade that is already burning furiously, the Canadian province of Ontario has decided to add fuel to the fire with further cigarette tax increases.

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Abstracts deadline nears

Abstracts deadline nears

| May 1, 2017

CORESTA’s Joint Study Group meetings are due to be held in October, but the deadline for the submission of paper abstracts is drawing near.

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Consumption increased

Consumption increased

| May 1, 2017

Sri Lanka is debating how it might reverse an increasing trend in cigarette consumption, which went from about 3.6 billion in 2014 to about 3.8 billion in 2016.

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Rolling with the punches

Rolling with the punches

| May 1, 2017

Machinery makers are meeting the challenges of an industry in transition.

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Elusive potential

Elusive potential

| May 1, 2017

India’s promise is likely to remain where it has been for a long time—on the horizon.

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Poised for growth

Poised for growth

| May 1, 2017

H.B. Fuller invests in new products and facilities to help its tobacco customers succeed.

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Tax increases ruled out

Tax increases ruled out

| April 28, 2017

A candidate in South Korea’s forthcoming presidential elections has vowed to return cigarette prices to the levels of 2014 – before a huge tax increase on January 1, 2015.

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Plain packs persuasive

Plain packs persuasive

| April 28, 2017

A new review has been lobbed on to the battlefield of standardized tobacco packaging – this one claiming that the UK’s imposition of such packaging could result in hundreds of thousands of smokers quitting their habit.

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TFWA Asia event imminent

TFWA Asia event imminent

| April 28, 2017

Nanyang Brothers Tobacco is one of the companies scheduled to exhibit at this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore.

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Graphic health warnings

Graphic health warnings

| April 28, 2017

Graphic health warnings are due to make an appearance in Laos from the start of next month.

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Smoking ban concessions

Smoking ban concessions

| April 28, 2017

With opposition from within some influential quarters and with time running out to pass legislation in the current parliamentary session, Japan’s Ministry of Health is looking at offering smoking-ban concessions.

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