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UK workers ‘furious’

UK workers ‘furious’

| October 5, 2017

Japan Tobacco International, which is said to have handed £1.6 billion to shareholders last year, has upset its UK Gallaher workers by proposing to change their pension arrangements.

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Japan’s leaf gets all clear

Japan’s leaf gets all clear

| October 5, 2017

Japan’s domestic Burley crop has been given the all-clear following tests for radioactive materials – tests that have been carried out since an accident at a nuclear power plant in 2011.

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Latvia sucks in illicits

Latvia sucks in illicits

| October 4, 2017

According to one report, a quarter of Latvia’s cigarette market is accounted for by contraband cigarettes, most of which arrive from Belarus and Russia.

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Singapore issues tickets

Singapore issues tickets

| October 4, 2017

It sounds a lot when Singapore says that it issued 19,000 tickets to people caught smoking in prohibited areas last year, but it is only 0.002 of a ticket per prohibited-area day.

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Zambia attracts production

Zambia attracts production

| October 4, 2017

Zambia’s excise tax regime is said to favor domestic manufacturers over importers to an extent that is making British American Tobacco Zambia think about building a factory there.

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Taiwan to stop growing

Taiwan to stop growing

| October 4, 2017

Yesterday on this site a story told how people might be paid to stop smoking. Today, below, there is a story about how tobacco growers are being paid not to produce the crop.

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Summit announced

Summit announced

| October 3, 2017

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) will convene Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2018, in Washington, DC, USA, for its executive summit.

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Vaping a life saver

Vaping a life saver

| October 3, 2017

New research has found that a strategy of replacing cigarette smoking with vaping would yield substantial life year gains in the US, even given pessimistic assumptions.

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Lawsuit being retired

Lawsuit being retired

| October 3, 2017

The huge delay in implementing court-ordered, public ‘corrective statements’ by US tobacco manufacturers could render them counterproductive in the reduced-risk age.

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PMI chief says goals aligned

PMI chief says goals aligned

| October 3, 2017

The ultimate goals of 122 health organizations and Philip Morris International are aligned; only a sense of timing separates them.

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Call to pay quitters

Call to pay quitters

| October 3, 2017

Providing people with financial incentives to quit smoking is said to be one of the most effective and cost-effective strategies.

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Children miss out

Children miss out

| October 3, 2017

It is often said that there is nothing more important than the welfare of children, but clearly money is seen by many as being an exception to that rule.

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Threat of major lawsuit

Threat of major lawsuit

| October 2, 2017

An organization in Australia is seeking legal advice on whether it should launch a lawsuit seeking billions of dollars in compensation from tobacco companies.

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Funding applications sought

Funding applications sought

| October 2, 2017

The second funding round of Philip Morris International’s IMPACT initiative is focused on converging forms of illegal trade and related crimes.

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Duty-rise welcomed

Duty-rise welcomed

| October 2, 2017

An increase in duties on unmanufactured tobacco and tobacco refuse has been welcomed by the Zambia Association of Manufacturers.

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Lease on life

Lease on life

| October 1, 2017

Industry leaders respond to the FDA’s new attitude toward vapor products.

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The Vype Dossier

The Vype Dossier

| October 1, 2017

Proving the reduced-risk potential of an e-cigarette

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Brave new world

Brave new world

| October 1, 2017

New “tobacco” products will alter the cigarette paper market in the long run. In the meantime, suppliers must deal with everyday challenges.

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Modest markets

Modest markets

| October 1, 2017

Tobacco consumption is growing in Laos and Cambodia, but not at the rates that were once common in Southeast Asia.

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New language

New language

| September 29, 2017

Santa Fe drops ‘additive-free’ label to address FDA concern about consumer interpretation.  

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