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Indian government to sell ITC stake

Indian government to sell ITC stake

| February 25, 2016

The Indian government is planning to sell its 11.19 percent stake in ITC, reports The Economic Times.

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BAT ahead of the volume market

BAT ahead of the volume market

| February 25, 2016

Organic cigarette volume growth is an endangered species these days, but there was almost a sighting at BAT in 2015 as that company beat the overall market by some way.

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PMI-EU agreement under spotlight

PMI-EU agreement under spotlight

| February 25, 2016

The EU member states have been told by the Commission that a PMI-EU agreement worked in the past but might not be fit for purpose in the future. The question is; will member states be able to turn down €1 billion?

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Smokers out on a limb

Smokers out on a limb

| February 25, 2016

UK smokers are being urged to quit their habit because of the dangers of a vascular condition, but the message seems to say, too, that the condition affects smokers and ex-smokers.

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Vapers urged to vote UK out of EU

Vapers urged to vote UK out of EU

| February 24, 2016

There are 2.2 million vapers in the UK and they are being urged to vote for the country to leave the EU. In a tight-run contest, could they hold the balance of power?

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Iran to upgrade cigarette filters

Iran to upgrade cigarette filters

| February 24, 2016

The Iranian Tobacco Company says that it is upgrading its cigarette filters as part of a harm reduction strategy.

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Malaysia looking at plain packs

Malaysia looking at plain packs

| February 24, 2016

Until Malaysia tests the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership it is going to assume that it can require tobacco products to be sold in standardized packs.

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‘Punitive’ taxation under attack

‘Punitive’ taxation under attack

| February 24, 2016

People in the UK are being urged to complain to their members of parliament about the increasingly ‘punitive’ taxes being applied to tobacco products.

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Illegal logging up in Zimbabwe

Illegal logging up in Zimbabwe

| February 23, 2016

Illegal logging for wood to cure leaf tobacco doubled to 98,100 hectares from 49,500 hectares a year over the past two years, according to the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe.

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Tobacco for vaccine production

Tobacco for vaccine production

| February 23, 2016

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma of Japan is developing a process that uses tobacco leaves to produce influenza vaccines within one month—a sixth of the time typically needed.

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India urged to hike tobacco taxes

India urged to hike tobacco taxes

| February 23, 2016

Calls for the Indian government to hike tobacco taxes are coming at a time when the country’s cigarette market is already suffering at the hands of the illegal trade.

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Tip-off disrupts illegal trade

Tip-off disrupts illegal trade

| February 23, 2016

Australia’s illegal cigarette trade, which is said to account for 14 percent of the country’s market, has taken a hit following a tip-off from a tobacco company.

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GFN will open with film on lies

GFN will open with film on lies

| February 23, 2016

A documentary spelling out some of the lies being told to the general public about vapor devices is to be the subject of a special screening at this year’s Global Forum on Nicotine.

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End-game proposal ‘not…workable’

End-game proposal ‘not…workable’

| February 22, 2016

Tasmania is divided on its legal smoking age. Should the state phase-in a rise from 18 to 21 as the government has proposed; or should it be more ambitious?

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GB smoking in long-term decline

GB smoking in long-term decline

| February 22, 2016

National statistics indicate that vaping has become popular in Great Britain but that smoking is in long-term decline. The only question is whether vapers should mix with the rest of the population.

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Concerns over directive delays

Concerns over directive delays

| February 22, 2016

Delays in transposing the new EU Tobacco Products Directive into Romanian law could disrupt the country’s cigarette industry and, therefore, its tax revenues.

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No smoking in Kuwait’s malls

No smoking in Kuwait’s malls

| February 22, 2016

Kuwait is this week starting to enforce a ban on tobacco smoking inside malls, and a ban on electronic-cigarette vaping in restaurants or cafés.

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E-cig sales rules to be relaxed

E-cig sales rules to be relaxed

| February 19, 2016

Belgium is relaxing its partially-ignored but stringent restrictions on the sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.

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Workforce to be cut at ITG Brands

Workforce to be cut at ITG Brands

| February 19, 2016

ITG Brands employees are set to become the collateral damage from the much-hailed takeover of Lorillard by Reynolds Tobacco Inc.

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Swedish Match reports sales up

Swedish Match reports sales up

| February 19, 2016

Sales were up at Swedish Match during both the fourth quarter of 2015 – five percent – and the full year – nine percent.

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Smokers denied cancer drugs

Smokers denied cancer drugs

| February 18, 2016

Howls of protest have greeted new regulations in Turkey that have withdrawn state funding for drugs for lung-cancer sufferers who are smokers or ex-smokers.

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Addis Ababa to enforce smoke ban

Addis Ababa to enforce smoke ban

| February 18, 2016

Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is to enforce a tobacco smoking ban that was voted into law in 2014. The country already has one of the lowest incidences of tobacco smoking.

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Relief over e-cigarettes ruling

Relief over e-cigarettes ruling

| February 18, 2016

The future of electronic cigarettes in Sweden is a little more secure following a court ruling that saves them from being subjected to regulatory oversight as pharmaceutical products.

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More tests needed on quit method

More tests needed on quit method

| February 18, 2016

A quit-smoking expert in Taiwan says that more tests should be conducted in respect of a system of ear acupuncture therapy. But is it needed, anyway? Taiwan’s current quit program is said to have a nearly-30 percent success rate.

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Punch Rare Corojo returns

Punch Rare Corojo returns

| February 17, 2016

General Cigar’s Punch Rare Corojo has begun making its annual return to retail in the U.S. The seasonal collection this year includes a new, limited edition frontmark, while one of its original sizes will be retired.

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