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FDA issues final guidance

FDA issues final guidance

| October 12, 2017

A prohibition on the distribution of free samples of tobacco products is said to be among the US FDA’s most important provisions in helping to reduce youth access to such products.

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EC defends tracking system

EC defends tracking system

| October 11, 2017

Responding to the stiff resistance to the adoption of a track-and-trace system for tobacco products in the EU, a European Commission spokesperson said the plan is fully in line with the FCTC, as it gives the authority over the system to member states.

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Double vision on taxes

Double vision on taxes

| October 11, 2017

Doubling the tax on cigarettes would undoubtedly be a body blow to smokers in the Philippines, but it might also take the wind out of government revenues.

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Welcome to Thailand

Welcome to Thailand

| October 11, 2017

Visitors to Thailand could find their holiday extended by one year with full board provided by the state if they are caught from November smoking on one of 20 beaches.

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Big fall in young smokers

Big fall in young smokers

| October 11, 2017

While welcoming a 7.4 percentage-point drop in smoking among young people, a Tonga medical officer has said that the current smoking incidence among this group is still too high.

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Further support for e-cigs

Further support for e-cigs

| October 11, 2017

A report urging wider promotion of electronic cigarettes as a method of stopping smoking has been welcomed by ASH.

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New CFO

New CFO

| October 10, 2017

Jay Smith has joined Xcaliber International as chief financial officer.

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Flavor ban counterproductive

Flavor ban counterproductive

| October 10, 2017

A ban on all flavored vapor products would increase the number of cigarette smokers, according to a new study.

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Boosted balance sheet

Boosted balance sheet

| October 10, 2017

22nd Century Group has raised enough money to fund its operations for more than five years.

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Hot market

Hot market

| October 10, 2017

Heat-not-burn products will represent an 82 billion-stick opportunity in Asia by 2021, up from 7 billion pieces in 2016, according to Goldman Sachs.

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Shout it from the roofs

Shout it from the roofs

| October 10, 2017

The government should launch mass media campaigns to disseminate correct evidenced-based information on the relative risks of smoking and vaping, according to the British Psychological Society.

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Tobacco losing out in India

Tobacco losing out in India

| October 10, 2017

Tobacco is starting to lose its allure in some areas of India, where high prices are being offered for Bengal gram, a crop that is relatively easy to produce.

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E-cig imports double

E-cig imports double

| October 10, 2017

One of the effects of the South Korean government’s tobacco tax hike at the beginning of 2015 was to encourage the import of electronic cigarettes.

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Australia is guiding light

Australia is guiding light

| October 10, 2017

With its smoking prevalence at 11 percent, Australia is seen as a country whose tobacco-control strategies should be followed by others.

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Call for lower excise taxes

Call for lower excise taxes

| October 10, 2017

New Zealand needs to lower its tobacco-products excise taxes, if only to avoid having to carry out the hideous punishments being suggested for people who rob retailers.

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Taiwan to ban e-cigs

Taiwan to ban e-cigs

| October 9, 2017

Taiwan is set to ban flavored cigarettes, increase the size of cigarette-pack health warnings, and ban the import and local manufacture of electronic cigarettes.

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Tobacco association formed

Tobacco association formed

| October 9, 2017

Azerbaijan has ambitions to increase its production and export of tobacco and tobacco products.

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Self-sufficiency a dream

Self-sufficiency a dream

| October 9, 2017

Several recent stories have reported that Iran is planning to become self-sufficient in tobacco production, but a new report suggests that this plan is unlikely to work.

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Eastern’s production up

Eastern’s production up

| October 9, 2017

Eastern Company produced more cigarettes in 2016-2017 than it did in 2015-2016, but its production of shisha was down.

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Mighty tax case closed

Mighty tax case closed

| October 9, 2017

Three tax evasion complaints against Mighty Corporation have been withdrawn following an agreement under which the Philippines’ government is to be paid about P40 billion.

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