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On track

On track

| June 13, 2016

International tax stamp standard expected in 2017

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BAT starts work on new Korea plant

BAT starts work on new Korea plant

| June 13, 2016

A new British American Plant in South Korea will boost the country’s cigarette export credentials while providing new jobs and a shot in the arm for the Sacheon economy.

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BAT agrees to sell Malaysia plant

BAT agrees to sell Malaysia plant

| June 13, 2016

BAT has entered into a conditional agreement to sell its manufacturing plant in Malaysia. The plant is due to stop production towards the end of next year with the loss of about 230 jobs.

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Illegal trade treaty welcomed

Illegal trade treaty welcomed

| June 13, 2016

The first international treaty on fighting the illegal trade in tobacco has been described by an EU commissioner as a key tool in the battle against a global problem.

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Graphic fall in legal trade

Graphic fall in legal trade

| June 13, 2016

The implementation of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs in the Philippines seems to have had a dramatic and immediate effect.

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Time for KT&G sales push in US

Time for KT&G sales push in US

| June 10, 2016

KT&G has increased its annual cigarette sales in the US by 13 times since it launched there in 1999, and it is still hungry for a bigger slice of the American pie.

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Malawi prices said to have risen

Malawi prices said to have risen

| June 10, 2016

A report from Malawi says that auction tobacco prices have started to improve, though the report gives no comparative prices; or prices of any sort.

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Plain packs, plain risky

Plain packs, plain risky

| June 10, 2016

Malaysians have realized that the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging is likely further to feed the illegal cigarette trade, already gorging on a tobacco excise hike.

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Plain packs, plain uncomfortable

Plain packs, plain uncomfortable

| June 10, 2016

The idea of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs seems not to sit easily with Japanese culture, as it hasn’t in some other countries in the Far East and Southeast Asia.

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Essentra in profit warning

Essentra in profit warning

| June 10, 2016

Profits could be down by roughly 4-10 percent at Essentra this year, partly because challenging market conditions are impacting its filter products.

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PMI declares dividend

PMI declares dividend

| June 10, 2016

PMI’s next quarterly dividend is payable on July 11.

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FDA regulations threat to vaping

FDA regulations threat to vaping

| June 9, 2016

A recent poll in the US has indicated that almost half of vapers would return to smoking if electronic cigarettes were no longer available, an outcome threatened by new FDA rules.

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EU illegal trade down in 2015

EU illegal trade down in 2015

| June 9, 2016

An enormous effort involving governments, law enforcement agencies, tobacco manufacturers and retailers managed last year to reduce the EU’s illegal trade in tobacco ‘marginally’.

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Mauritius looking at plain packs

Mauritius looking at plain packs

| June 9, 2016

A smoking-prevalence fall of two percentage points in five years is not enough for Mauritius’ Health Minister, who now has his eyes set on introducing standardized packaging.

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Smoke protection for 8-year-olds

Smoke protection for 8-year-olds

| June 9, 2016

Virginia, US, is introducing a law banning smoking in vehicles with youngsters eight years old or younger on board. The age limit is low in comparison with those in force in many other places, but it is in line with safety restraint laws.

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Nicopure Labs appoints CFO

Nicopure Labs appoints CFO

| June 8, 2016

Nicopure Labs, a leading manufacturer of American-made e-liquids, has appointed Jim Caci to the position of chief financial officer.

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JTI buying into Ethiopian market

JTI buying into Ethiopian market

| June 8, 2016

Japan Tobacco International is buying into the cigarette market in Ethiopia, a country with a population of 100 million and a smoking incidence of 7.3 percent.

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Fiji looks at imposing plain packs

Fiji looks at imposing plain packs

| June 8, 2016

It will be interesting to see whether the increase in the number of references to standardized tobacco packaging since such packaging was promoted on World No Tobacco Day is translated into legislation.

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No guarantee with plain packs

No guarantee with plain packs

| June 8, 2016

An Australian professor of economics has warned Canada that Australia’s experience indicates that the imposition of standardized packs might not do what it says on the pack.

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Inquiry sought into e-cigarettes

Inquiry sought into e-cigarettes

| June 8, 2016

People with an interest in vaping want the NZ government to hold an immediate public inquiry into the habit and not to wait around for ‘more research’ – a delay that could interrupt the health-gain momentum.

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FCTC seen as a threat to farmers

FCTC seen as a threat to farmers

| June 7, 2016

Foreign NGOs that are trying to force Indonesia to ratify the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are being told to mind their own business.

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Greece struggling with smoking ban

Greece struggling with smoking ban

| June 7, 2016

It is perhaps not surprising that Greece is struggling fully to implement a tobacco smoking ban given that its people are battling simply to stay afloat after the economic tsunami that has engulfed them.

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Expansive quitting in the US

Expansive quitting in the US

| June 7, 2016

The US seems to be suffering from the cure. Waistlines are expanding as smokers quit their habit; so one health problem is being replaced by another.

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Fine-revenues ring-fenced

Fine-revenues ring-fenced

| June 7, 2016

In many countries, the revenues raised from fining tobacco-regulation violators goes into general revenue, but in Saudi Arabia it is being set aside for tobacco-harm awareness campaigns.

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Pakistani growers ‘exploited’

Pakistani growers ‘exploited’

| June 6, 2016

Tobacco growers in Pakistan are crying foul over the prices that are paid for their leaf by the local units of multinational companies. They believe they are being exploited.

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