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Tobacco market opens

Tobacco market opens

| March 17, 2017

Grower sales of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco crop, which this year is estimated at 205 million kg, have got under way in Harare.

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New factory proposed

New factory proposed

| March 17, 2017

A Malawian businessman based in South Africa is planning to build a cigarette factory in Malawi that is due to open in 2018.

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Road map off track

Road map off track

| March 17, 2017

In the past, it has been difficult to oppose tobacco in Indonesia because, in part, the industry employs millions of people. But now the President seems to have sided with those opposed to tobacco.

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JT’s domestic volume down

JT’s domestic volume down

| March 17, 2017

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s February domestic cigarette volume was down by 12.4 percent on that of February 2016, while its January-February volume was down by 12.1 percent.

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End-game report’s missing link

End-game report’s missing link

| March 17, 2017

No Internet link was available when a story appeared here on the report, Ending cigarette use by adults in a generation is possible. But that link has now been released.

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CFO resumes duties

CFO resumes duties

| March 16, 2017

Universal Corp.’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David C. Moore has returned from a temporary medical leave of absence.

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Smoking plummets in Sweden

Smoking plummets in Sweden

| March 15, 2017

Snus is banned in the EU outside of Sweden where this product has been largely credited with reducing the incidence of smoking among one group of men to five percent.

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iQOS under scrutiny in Israel

iQOS under scrutiny in Israel

| March 15, 2017

The innovative nature of Philip Morris International’s iQOS heated-tobacco device is causing market teething problems in some countries as regulators scramble to catch up.

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Gimme shelter

Gimme shelter

| March 15, 2017

Singapore’s on-street smoking-zone shelters are seen as a “good approach” because they protect bystanders from second-hand smoke, are fair to smokers, and are logistically simple.

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E-cig claim half-baked

E-cig claim half-baked

| March 14, 2017

The trouble with oven-ready ideas, such as the one that has it that electronic cigarettes are tobacco products, is that they’re not the real thing. And no amount of ketchup will make them right.

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Massive tax rise planned

Massive tax rise planned

| March 14, 2017

Is it ethical to force smokers to pay for a country’s long-term care plan when, given what is said about life expectancies, they are not going to benefit from such long-term care?

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Inspiring women

Inspiring women

| March 14, 2017

A woman working in the tobacco industry figured prominently when Women In Leadership this year held its third annual Inspiring Women Awards in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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PMI to webcast presentation

PMI to webcast presentation

| March 14, 2017

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London next week will include a presentation by Philip Morris International’s CFO Jacek Olczak.

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Glowing testimony

Glowing testimony

| March 13, 2017

In some places, indoor smoking bans do not apply to vaping, and it is important for the success of heated-tobacco products that they are allowed to be on the inside with electronic cigarettes.

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Acid test for e-liquids

Acid test for e-liquids

| March 13, 2017

Scientists working at British American Tobacco say that more research needs to be carried out into the use of citric acid in e-liquids.

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Alternative crops sought

Alternative crops sought

| March 13, 2017

Bangladesh is looking to encourage its tobacco growers to switch to other crops, but the question is, will it be any more successful than have others that have tried to do the same.

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Market agility needed

Market agility needed

| March 13, 2017

Attendance was up by just over six percent at the third TFWA China’s Century Conference, which was held in Guangzhou last week.

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Gottlieb nominated for FDA

Gottlieb nominated for FDA

| March 13, 2017

U.S. President Trump said Friday that he intended to nominate Scott Gottlieb to lead the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Heated or burnt?

Heated or burnt?

| March 10, 2017

Whether or not British American Tobacco’s approach to measuring if tobacco is heated or burnt in new nicotine devices is generally accepted, it is certainly an important step forward.

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Call for e-cigs subsidy

Call for e-cigs subsidy

| March 10, 2017

In New Zealand, where nicotine patches and gum are subsidized, a call is being made for electronic cigarettes to be given the same status.

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