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The limits of People Power

The limits of People Power

| June 1, 2016

Consumers are being heard more than ever, but we might be overestimating the implications.

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Kicked out of COP

Kicked out of COP

| June 1, 2016

Ejected from COP6, Johnson hopes this year’s gathering won’t be quite so physical.

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All eyes on iQOS

All eyes on iQOS

| June 1, 2016

After a promising test-marketing phase, iQOS is moving into additional markets.

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First among equals

First among equals

| June 1, 2016

Despite its unrivaled scale, China shares many characteristics with markets elsewhere.

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Let in the light

Let in the light

| June 1, 2016

Tobacco companies demand more transparency and accountability in the FCTC’s policymaking processes.

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CVC buys AR Packaging

CVC buys AR Packaging

| May 31, 2016

CVC Capital Partners will acquire AR Packaging Group from Ahlstrom Capital and Accent Equity.

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Tax hike spurs hoarding

Tax hike spurs hoarding

| May 26, 2016

Some cigarette brands are in short supply in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley as sellers have started hoarding cigarettes in anticipation of an excise duty hike.

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Liquid packaging specialist joins ITM

Liquid packaging specialist joins ITM

| May 26, 2016

ITM Group is teaming up with EME-Engel from Zaandam, the Netherlands.

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North Korean women urge men to quit

North Korean women urge men to quit

| May 25, 2016

Reclusive state is trying new methods to decrease the share of North Korean male smokers, which stood at more than 50 percent.

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JT eyes Ethiopia

JT eyes Ethiopia

| May 25, 2016

Japan Tobacco has offered $510 million to buy a stake in National Tobacco Enterprise, which is 70 percent owned by Ethiopia’s government.

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Universal pleased with results

Universal pleased with results

| May 25, 2016

CEO reports improvements despite second year of oversupply.

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AOI reports nine-month results

AOI reports nine-month results

| May 25, 2016

Gross profit as a percentage of sales improved; selling, general and administrative expenses decreased; restructuring and efficiency improvement initiatives are are on track; but sales decreased.

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USTC buys marketing center

USTC buys marketing center

| May 24, 2016

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative has purchased a marketing center in Smithfield, North Carolina, USA. The facility will service more than 200 of the cooperative’s flue-cured tobacco growers in North Carolina.

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Mark Aldridge joins Garbuio

Mark Aldridge joins Garbuio

| May 23, 2016

Mark Aldridge will join the management of Garbuio Dickinson Group, headquartered in Treviso, Italy. He will succeed the current managing director, Mansueto Favaro.

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Twitter closes mock FDA account

Twitter closes mock FDA account

| May 20, 2016

Twitter suspends account mocking FDA e-cigarette policy.

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Display ban limits plain packs efficacy

Display ban limits plain packs efficacy

| May 20, 2016

Plain packaging is unlikely to materially affect U.K. consumption, given that the country already has in place a retail display ban, which prevents consumers from seeing packages on the shelf.

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Lost Art Liquids sues FDA

Lost Art Liquids sues FDA

| May 20, 2016

The suit challenges FDA’s purported authority to deem and regulate e-liquids and other vapor products as “tobacco products” under the Tobacco Control Act.

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TPD essentials

TPD essentials

| May 20, 2016

ECigIntelligence’s handy reference to the directive’s provisions

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FDA claims challenged

FDA claims challenged

| May 19, 2016

Critics are challenging FDA claims in relation to its final rule.

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Compliance conference

Compliance conference

| May 19, 2016

TMA will hold a conference on June 9 on the deeming regulations.

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