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Tamburrino joins 22nd Century

Tamburrino joins 22nd Century

| December 4, 2017

The former head of BAT’s Plant Biotechnology Division will become 22nd Century’s vice president of research and development upon the retirement of Michael Moynihan at the end of this month.

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Vapers face jail

Vapers face jail

| December 4, 2017

Hong Kong’s Food and Health Secretary believes that vaping might be more harmful than smoking; so people there are free to smoke but risk jail if they vape with nicotine liquids.

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Vaping on the high street

Vaping on the high street

| December 4, 2017

Official support for vaping in the UK has been around for some time and has grown considerably this year; something that is being reflected on high streets.

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Azerbaijan to up production

Azerbaijan to up production

| December 4, 2017

Azerbaijan is looking to cut its annual bill for importing cigarettes by growing more leaf tobacco and increasing its manufacturing capability.

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But I never inhaled officer

But I never inhaled officer

| December 4, 2017

Perhaps some of those people who claimed that in their youth they smoked marijuana without – purposely – inhaling had a point.

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FSFW calls for public input

FSFW calls for public input

| December 1, 2017

The launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World was met by some with calls for boycotts, but it is demonstrating a desire to take an inclusive approach to determining the direction of its research.

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Marking five-year failure

Marking five-year failure

| December 1, 2017

Since Australia was the first country to require standardized tobacco packaging, its policy initiative was largely a shot in the dark. Others now have evidence on which to judge such policies.

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Double or quit

Double or quit

| December 1, 2017

If you ask a sample of a population where smokers are in a minority whether smokers should pay more tax the answer is going to be yes because the non-smokers like being subsidized.

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KT&G ambitions grow

KT&G ambitions grow

| December 1, 2017

The cigarette manufacturer KT&G has ambitions to knock one of the multinationals out of the top four places of tobacco manufacturers by 2025.

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‘Appropriate’ policies urged

‘Appropriate’ policies urged

| November 30, 2017

he British Medical Association has published a position paper recommending “appropriate” policies that would minimize the health risks of vapor devices while maximizing their potential to reduce the smoking-related health burden.

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Plain packaging not working

Plain packaging not working

| November 30, 2017

Possibly the most worrying finding from a recent poll is that 80 percent of Australians believe the government would ignore evidence if it contradicted a preferred policy.

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FDA forming nicotine group

FDA forming nicotine group

| November 30, 2017

One of the tasks of the US Food and Drug Administration’s new Nicotine Steering Committee will be to ‘examine the evolving science behind the agency’s evaluation of … NRTs’.

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Aging nicotine research

Aging nicotine research

| November 30, 2017

Is it the case that, in trying to treat memory loss with patches, human treatment is mimicking the repair of computers?

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Pollution like diluted smoke

Pollution like diluted smoke

| November 30, 2017

Air pollution is capable of causing at least some of the debilitating and fatal conditions more commonly associate with tobacco smoking, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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Russia goes for DIY tobacco

Russia goes for DIY tobacco

| November 29, 2017

Some people in Russia are said to be smoking tobacco grown in their own gardens. Growing tobacco is relatively easy, but growing tobacco and processing it into a smokable product is more difficult.

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UK wholesaler goes under

UK wholesaler goes under

| November 29, 2017

There will be logistical and financial consequences following the decision by Palmer & Harvey, the UK’s biggest tobacco wholesaler, to call in the administrators.

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Impacting the illegal trade

Impacting the illegal trade

| November 29, 2017

The second round of Philip Morris International’s global initiative to support the fight against the illegal trade and related crimes has attracted a wide range of interest.

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Suck it and see

Suck it and see

| November 29, 2017

Researchers often try to discover whether smoking is pleasurable or not by asking questions of smokers, but the only way truly to get to the bottom of this would be for them to try it.

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EU looks at ‘stronger’ rules

EU looks at ‘stronger’ rules

| November 28, 2017

The EU Commissioner for Health has raised an interesting question. Can you prevent consumers receiving misleading information about vapor products by banning advertising?

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Let them smoke cigarettes

Let them smoke cigarettes

| November 28, 2017

A minister in Indonesia seems to have a ‘puzzling’ attitude to traditional cigarettes; the consumption of which he appears to champion over the use of vapor products.

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