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China looks to healthy development

China looks to healthy development

| August 23, 2016

A story in the China Daily describing the country’s emerging Healthy China strategy was strong on generalizations but short on specifics, though smoking did warrant a passing reference.

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EU’s flavors ban up for discussion

EU’s flavors ban up for discussion

| August 23, 2016

Before the start of the official program of CORESTA’s 2016 Congress, the association will host a workshop on the characterising-flavor ban included in the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive.

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US TV shows under spotlight

US TV shows under spotlight

| August 23, 2016

A study of US television shows has indicated that age-ratings are failing properly to protect young people from exposure to depictions of violence, smoking and drinking.

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Quitting tobacco for beer in Kenya

Quitting tobacco for beer in Kenya

| August 23, 2016

Some of Kenya’s tobacco growers have, following the departure of Alliance One from the country, taken to growing sorghum for another product of a ‘sin’ industry – beer.

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Malawi tobacco farmers in misery

Malawi tobacco farmers in misery

| August 22, 2016

This has been a difficult – not to say disastrous – year for some tobacco farmers in Malawi, and some observers think that it is time to revert to a system under which the government controlled tobacco markets.

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Indonesian tax hike opposed

Indonesian tax hike opposed

| August 22, 2016

Some observers believe that a plan by the Indonesian government to hike cigarette prices threatens to bankrupt tobacco companies, reduce jobs, increase poverty and threaten state revenues.

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Warehouses burn in Plovdiv

Warehouses burn in Plovdiv

| August 22, 2016

Two warehouses in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, caught fire over the weekend, though it wasn’t clear how much tobacco, if any, was in the buildings at the time.

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Cigar pack up for award

Cigar pack up for award

| August 22, 2016

The pack of a Davidoff cigar made of Iggesund cartonboard and produced by PAWI Verpackungen has been shortlisted for a Pro Carton ECMA award.

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GTNF agenda published

GTNF agenda published

| August 19, 2016

Brussels event promises to be the most exciting GTNF to date.

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No vaping-smoking gateway

No vaping-smoking gateway

| August 19, 2016

Some tobacco control people fear that electronic cigarettes could provide a ‘gateway’ to smoking. But recent research suggests there is no gateway – just a brick wall.

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Is Turkey changing tobacco stance?

Is Turkey changing tobacco stance?

| August 19, 2016

In recent times, Turkey has been active to the point of obsession in its efforts to reduce tobacco consumption, but it seems to be lethargic when it comes to tobacco harm reduction.

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Lebanon’s tobacco industry booming

Lebanon’s tobacco industry booming

| August 19, 2016

The refugees that have had to flee from Syria to Lebanon are providing a ready and booming market for Lebanon’s monopoly tobacco manufacturer.

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Shopkeepers given a lesson

Shopkeepers given a lesson

| August 19, 2016

Malaysia’s Health Ministry has severely rebuked shopkeepers who were recently found to have sold cigarettes to schoolchildren. The children too are in trouble.

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Growers paid 0.3 percent more

Growers paid 0.3 percent more

| August 18, 2016

As things stand, and if their luck holds during one day of clean-up sales, Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers could end the season having received a pay rise of a fraction of one percent.

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Growers blamed for everything

Growers blamed for everything

| August 18, 2016

Tobacco growers always take the blame if too much tobacco is produced in any one season. But it is not possible for individual growers to determine the overall size of a country’s crop.

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FDA rules take on different hue

FDA rules take on different hue

| August 18, 2016

The appearance of tobacco packs is once more in the hands of US tobacco companies following a challenge to Food and Drug Administration rules.

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Myanmar industry on a warning

Myanmar industry on a warning

| August 18, 2016

The authorities in Myanmar have said that they will treat as contraband any cigarettes found not to have the appropriate health warnings, after the due date for the introduction of the warnings.

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Victorian government bullying vapers

Victorian government bullying vapers

| August 17, 2016

MPs in Victoria, Australia, have voted to make it ‘as hard as possible’ for smokers to give up their habit by heaping more unhelpful legislation on the one viable quitting device partly available.

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Paying smokers to quit habit

Paying smokers to quit habit

| August 17, 2016

Why would you pay smokers to quit their habit when you can make it possible for them to pay their own way by allowing them access to good vaping devices?

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Smokers get bullet from trains

Smokers get bullet from trains

| August 17, 2016

Fines and the threat of fines have not been enough to discourage smokers from indulging their habit on bullet trains in China; so now offenders are going to be shown the door.

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Who can attend FCTC meetings?

Who can attend FCTC meetings?

| August 17, 2016

First they threw out the tobacco-company representatives; then they threw out the journalists; then they threw out the people from Interpol; now they are throwing out the delegates.

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Stay fit if you want to keep smoking

Stay fit if you want to keep smoking

| August 16, 2016

There was a time when a person would walk a mile for a Camel. Now, apparently, things are different. Are we becoming lazier, less fit – more obese perhaps?

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Kenya average leaf price increased

Kenya average leaf price increased

| August 16, 2016

The average price paid by British American Tobacco for the leaf bought from growers in Kenya this year was increased by about 4.8 percent on that of the previous purchasing season.

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Warning on cigarette tax proposal

Warning on cigarette tax proposal

| August 16, 2016

Governments are always in need of additional revenue and more often than not they turn to smokers for their fix. But an economist in Indonesia has said the government there should consider taxing other products.

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Rules deemed unfit for purpose

Rules deemed unfit for purpose

| August 16, 2016

It seems to be the case that whenever the US Food and Drug Administration’s vapor-products deeming rules are given a reality check; they fail. It must be time for a rethink.

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