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Swisher anti-trust award reversed

Swisher anti-trust award reversed

| November 28, 2016

A $44.4 million award against Swisher International has been reversed, but a $9 million judgment is still in place and the case is due to be continued in a court of appeals.

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Premium Tobacco buys Tribac

Premium Tobacco buys Tribac

| November 25, 2016

Premium Tobacco International, the world’s third-largest tobacco merchant, has acquired the assets of Tribac for an undisclosed amount.

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EU illegal trade all at sea

EU illegal trade all at sea

| November 25, 2016

A criminal investigation is under way into why an Estonian warship was found earlier this month to be carrying large quantities of undeclared cigarettes and alcohol.

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FCTC decisions ill-informed

FCTC decisions ill-informed

| November 25, 2016

A story out of the Philippines seems to describe perfectly what is wrong with the WHO’s international tobacco control treaty – it is about people making decisions on subjects of which they have too little understanding.

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Loose cigarette sales to be banned

Loose cigarette sales to be banned

| November 25, 2016

Sri Lanka is planning to ban the sale of loose cigarettes and to require these products be sold in standardized packs.

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Developing a lung-health test model

Developing a lung-health test model

| November 24, 2016

British American Tobacco is once again underlining its intention rigorously to examine the health impacts that its next generation nicotine and tobacco products are likely to have.

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Reducing sales by withdrawing money

Reducing sales by withdrawing money

| November 24, 2016

India has found a way of reducing smoking by introducing disruptive policies. Firstly it was through a chaotic introduction of graphic health warnings and more lately through ‘demonetization’.

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Canada puts forward new tobacco bill

Canada puts forward new tobacco bill

| November 24, 2016

A proposed new ‘tobacco’ bill in Canada aims to allow adults to have access to electronic cigarettes while discouraging the use of such devices by young people.

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PETA running win-win competition

PETA running win-win competition

| November 23, 2016

PETA is offering researchers the chance to win a $100,000 VITROCELL® in vitro exposure system that can be used instead of animal testing (right) in substance inhalation trials.

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China to impose nation-wide ban

China to impose nation-wide ban

| November 23, 2016

A China-wide ban on tobacco smoking in both indoor and outdoor public places is due to be imposed shortly.

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US antis feeling a chill wind

US antis feeling a chill wind

| November 23, 2016

The unveiling of US president-elect Donald Trump’s likely administration team is causing concern among anti-tobacco activists.

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Quebec class-action appeal starts

Quebec class-action appeal starts

| November 22, 2016

An appeal by three tobacco companies against a $15 billion class-action award to Quebec smokers has started with the appellants’ lawyer claiming that the judge who made the award created his own law.

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Regulations should be enforced

Regulations should be enforced

| November 22, 2016

Vape-product companies that have made the effort to comply with new UK regulations want those regulations enforced from day one so that they are not left at a competitive disadvantage.

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Boosting proteins to raise yields

Boosting proteins to raise yields

| November 22, 2016

Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that tobacco yields can be increased by 20 percent by boosting the levels of three proteins connected to photosynthesis.

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New president for Sampoerna

New president for Sampoerna

| November 22, 2016

Mindaugas Trumpaitis is taking over from Paul Norman Janelle as president of the Indonesian cigarette manufacturer Sampoerna.

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Ban on injurious substances rejected

Ban on injurious substances rejected

| November 21, 2016

A parliamentary committee in Pakistan has turned down a bill that would have banned shisha and ‘other’ injurious substances.

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Price increase not working

Price increase not working

| November 21, 2016

Figures from South Korea show that a massive, tax-driven cigarette-price increase failed to convince people that they wanted to quit smoking, though it briefly convinced them that they needed to quit.

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Call for supply chain to be broken

Call for supply chain to be broken

| November 21, 2016

The head of the convention secretariat of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has called for the tobacco supply chain to be broken.

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Shanghai losing smoking image

Shanghai losing smoking image

| November 21, 2016

An extended ban on public-places tobacco smoking is due to come into effect next year in Shanghai, China, and the World Health Organization is ‘delighted’.

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On the trail of tracking and tracing

On the trail of tracking and tracing

| November 18, 2016

The idea of a global tracking and tracing system for tobacco products seems set to remain just that for years to come. Even an EU-wide system is estimated to take eight years to come fully into force.

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