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Farmers flock to tobacco

Farmers flock to tobacco

| December 30, 2016

The number of farmers who have registered to grow tobacco in Zimbabwe this season has increased by more than 14 percent on that of last season, and plantings are up by about 17.5 percent.

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China smoking ban unveiled

China smoking ban unveiled

| December 29, 2016

Smoking bans in China have sometimes failed to take hold because of weak enforcement provisions, but the latest proposal includes, from the start, penalties for non-compliance.

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New Year quit quest in Ireland

New Year quit quest in Ireland

| December 29, 2016

ASH Ireland says that smokers must be determined to quit because of nicotine’s addictiveness; but it says also that thousands of people quit each year.

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Smoking ban challenged

Smoking ban challenged

| December 29, 2016

Some Romanian MPs are challenging smoking-ban provisions of anti-tobacco legislation that was signed into law during the spring.

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FDA issues further guides

FDA issues further guides

| December 29, 2016

The US FDA has issued further guides on premarket tobacco applications, warning plans for cigars, and the listing of ingredients in tobacco products.

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People smoke for enjoyment

People smoke for enjoyment

| December 28, 2016

Some tobacco-control advocates see addiction as the only reason why people smoke, which is probably why a lot of anti-smoking policies fail to convince smokers to quit.

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Lifestyle diseases rising

Lifestyle diseases rising

| December 28, 2016

The World Health Organization estimates that, by 2030, more people in Africa will be dying of chronic illnesses than infectious diseases.

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Smoking stops in Taipei

Smoking stops in Taipei

| December 28, 2016

Tobacco smokers in Taipei, Taiwan, are gradually being crowded out as the city increases the number of places where people cannot smoke.

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Tobacco vendors to register

Tobacco vendors to register

| December 28, 2016

A fine of $5,000 could be levied from February 1 on tobacco vendors in Fiji who fail to register their businesses.

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Smog as risky as smoke

Smog as risky as smoke

| December 28, 2016

In parts of China, where smog is a severe problem, everyday life is about as risky as is cigarette smoking – and it’s harder to avoid smog than it is tobacco smoke.

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Leaf glut depresses prices

Leaf glut depresses prices

| December 27, 2016

Despite greater volumes, tobacco farmers in Malawi earned 18 percent less from their tobacco than they did last year.

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Hong Kong pushes for larger warnings

Hong Kong pushes for larger warnings

| December 26, 2016

Hong Kong wants to increase the size and number of graphic images accompanying health warning on cigarette packs.

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Graphic warnings from today

Graphic warnings from today

| December 23, 2016

The average fall in the prevalence of cigarette smoking among those countries that have imposed graphic health warnings is said to be four percent.

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Inaccurate warnings forever

Inaccurate warnings forever

| December 23, 2016

Somebody once said that it was possible to have your own opinion but not your own facts; but the US Food and Drug Administration seems to be calling this into question by employing its own science.

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Plantings up in Zimbabwe

Plantings up in Zimbabwe

| December 23, 2016

The number of farmers who have registered to grow tobacco in Zimbabwe has increased by almost 15 percent this season, and the area planted to tobacco has risen by more than 11 percent.

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Hemp plantings up in Kentucky

Hemp plantings up in Kentucky

| December 23, 2016

A number of farmers in Kentucky are starting to plant hemp instead of tobacco because hemp is ‘taking off’ while the tobacco market is ‘flailing’.

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Zanders names marketing manager

Zanders names marketing manager

| December 22, 2016

Tobias Mueller is the new marketing manager at Zanders, a German manufacturer of specialty papers and boards for labels, packaging and graphical applications.

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Jury rules in Engle case

Jury rules in Engle case

| December 22, 2016

A jury in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida has ruled in favor of Mary Faricy Pardue in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA.

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Malawi’s tenancy system ‘evil’

Malawi’s tenancy system ‘evil’

| December 22, 2016

The tenancy labor system in Malawi has come under attack during a workshop called to discuss whether it should be regulated or abolished in respect of tobacco production.

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FCTC funding story ‘inaccurate’

FCTC funding story ‘inaccurate’

| December 22, 2016

A report claiming that most countries had not paid their contributions to an international tobacco control treaty did not take into account the payment schedules of the countries.

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