Category: People

Don’t panic!

Don’t panic!

| September 8, 2017

If we didn’t know it previously, we certainly know now that, beyond the contents of very simple statements, there are few facts, only interpretations of data and observations.

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Deadlock over leaf prices

Deadlock over leaf prices

| September 8, 2017

It doesn’t seem to make much sense to hold down leaf prices – perhaps below the cost of production – because cigarette manufacturers are holding too much stock.

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Call to end contract farming

Call to end contract farming

| September 7, 2017

Despite the benefits that tobacco growing produces for Zimbabwe – and for tobacco dealers and manufacturers, and governments in other countries – most growers remain poor.

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Leaf production down

Leaf production down

| September 7, 2017

Dissatisfaction with the grading system in the Philippines is apparently causing some tobacco growers to reduce their plantings.

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Growers told to up quality

Growers told to up quality

| September 7, 2017

One of two stories published in the Philippines yesterday suggests that growers can earn more by improving leaf quality, while the second suggests that graders might downgrade their leaf.

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$14 a year is not enough

$14 a year is not enough

| September 6, 2017

Farmworkers in Malawi are paid as little as $14 a year. Little wonder then that an international workers’ association is pushing for collective bargaining.

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Natural selection end-game

Natural selection end-game

| September 6, 2017

Human evolution might be eradicating the genetic variation linked to heavy smoking, but this is always going to be the longest ‘end-game’ imaginable.

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Zimbabwe prices flat

Zimbabwe prices flat

| September 5, 2017

Contrary to an earlier report; it seems that grower prices for flue-cured tobacco in Zimbabwe were flat in 2017.

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Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

| September 5, 2017

Flavored cigarettes make smoking easier and are particularly attractive to women and children, according to a recent study conducted in South Korea.

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Small packs opposed

Small packs opposed

| September 4, 2017

If packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes have been found to be ‘kiddie packs’, could this not be put to advantage? Why couldn’t a request for a small pack be used by a retailer as an alarm bell?

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Only a minor change

Only a minor change

| September 4, 2017

A proposed change to Japan’s Civil Code that would lower the legal age of adulthood from 20 to 18 will not mean that people can start smoking two years sooner than is the case now.

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Poor dying too soon

Poor dying too soon

| September 1, 2017

Smoking is a contributing factor in the high level of avoidable deaths occurring in deprived areas of England and Wales; but it is not the cause: deprivation is.

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E-cigarettes are “fun”

E-cigarettes are “fun”

| September 1, 2017

Electronic cigarettes are fun and effective at getting people to quit smoking. So what’s not to like? Well, according to one observer, it’s the fun bit.

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Vaping provides no gateway

Vaping provides no gateway

| August 31, 2017

Regular electronic-cigarette use among never smokers is ‘very rare’, according to the findings of a major new study in the UK.

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Flavor ban harmful

Flavor ban harmful

| August 31, 2017

If implemented, the proposed ban on the sale of flavored tobacco-products in San Francisco would have far-reaching negative consequences.

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Smoking costs unaffordable

Smoking costs unaffordable

| August 31, 2017

With a 20 percent adult tobacco-smoking rate only a 2030 aspiration, China will struggle to bear the economic and social cost of the habit, some observers believe.

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Management board changes

Management board changes

| August 31, 2017

The integration of British American Tobacco’s Next Generation Products unit into the main business is surely a sign that the company is serious about harm reduction.

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A positive role for nicotine

A positive role for nicotine

| August 30, 2017

Scientists in the US are studying whether nicotine can provide a better, more tolerable option than is currently available for treating the ‘tricky’ lung disease sarcoidosis.

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Risk continuum quantified

Risk continuum quantified

| August 29, 2017

The relative cancer risks associated with nicotine delivery systems are, according to one study at least, largely in line with what common sense would indicate they would be.

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Ban needs clarification

Ban needs clarification

| August 29, 2017

A tobacco-smoking ban in the outdoor areas of pubs and restaurants in the Czech Republic is apparently open to interpretation – especially as winter approaches.

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