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Raising the bar

Raising the bar

| December 1, 2016

Informative, well-attended and transparent, the 2016 GTNF set new standards for tobacco-related events.

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Mission: possible

Mission: possible

| December 1, 2016

Emkon provides a peek into tomorrow’s factory.

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Innovating for tomorrow

Innovating for tomorrow

| December 1, 2016

Hauni stresses digitization, flexibility and efficiency at its in-house exhibition.

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One step ahead

One step ahead

| December 1, 2016

Celebrating 25 years in business, ITM Poland demonstrates it is ready for the future—in whatever form that may arrive.

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Embracing the future

Embracing the future

| December 1, 2016

Alliance One is keeping up with a rapidly changing tobacco industry.

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A passion to serve

A passion to serve

| December 1, 2016

As BMJ turns 25, CEO Rahmanadi reflects on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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Snus use beats smoking

Snus use beats smoking

| November 30, 2016

The EU continues to ban snus outside Sweden even though a major study from that country has shown that snus can help prevent the uptake of smoking and facilitate smoking cessation.

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Deeming regulations under threat

Deeming regulations under threat

| November 30, 2016

The first shot seems to have been fired in the battle to undo at least some of the US Food and Drug Administration’s vapor-device deeming regulations.

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Smoking rate going the wrong way

Smoking rate going the wrong way

| November 30, 2016

While health officials in Indonesia are trying to bring down the smoking prevalence among people under 18 years of age, it is currently rising.

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JTI announces new CEO

JTI announces new CEO

| November 29, 2016

Eddy Pirard will succeed Thomas A. McCoy as JTI’s president and CEO on April 1.

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Revenue issues trump health concerns

Revenue issues trump health concerns

| November 29, 2016

One barrier to reducing smoking through encouraging the use of vaping devices in Australia and New Zealand is the reluctance of governments to let go of their cash-cow smokers.

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Time for the truth about vaping

Time for the truth about vaping

| November 29, 2016

Nobody is being well served by the misinformation being made public in relation to vaping products, and that includes, as well as the general public, those disseminating the misleading information.

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Ontario’s illegal trade pervasive

Ontario’s illegal trade pervasive

| November 29, 2016

A survey of discarded cigarette butts in Ontario, Canada, found that 54 percent of those collected in northern Ontario were from illegally-traded cigarettes.

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Doctors remove no-smoking signs

Doctors remove no-smoking signs

| November 28, 2016

Some doctors at Pakistan’s premier teaching hospital have been taking a preventative approach to smoking bans by removing no-smoking signs before lighting up.

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Government commitment questioned

Government commitment questioned

| November 28, 2016

Questions have been raised in Alberta, Canada, about why sections of a tobacco control act, passed three years ago, have never come into force.

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Preparing for 85 percent warnings

Preparing for 85 percent warnings

| November 28, 2016

Hong Kong has already briefed its tobacco trade on a government proposal that cigarette packs should bear graphic warnings on 85 percent of each of their two main surfaces.

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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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