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Low leaf tobacco prices cause concern in Zimbabwe

Low leaf tobacco prices cause concern in Zimbabwe

| May 22, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands and Agriculture has expressed concern over the low prices being offered at tobacco auction floors this season, according to a story in The Herald. It has urged stakeholders to educate growers on what they have to do to be rewarded with good returns for their tobacco. The committee members […]

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Reynolds on the brink of acquiring Lorillard

Reynolds on the brink of acquiring Lorillard

| May 22, 2015

Reynolds American is poised to win US antitrust approval for its $25 billion purchase of Lorillard as early as next week, according to a story by David McLaughlin for Bloomberg News, quoting ‘a person familiar with the matter’. If the merger is cleared, Reynolds will account for about a third of domestic tobacco sales and, […]

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More Brits vaping but more taken in by health scares

More Brits vaping but more taken in by health scares

| May 22, 2015

The number of vapers in Britain has risen by 500,000 recently, according to a Press Association story citing figures from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). ASH was quoted as saying that there were now 2.6 million vapers in Britain, up from 2.1 million in 2014, with nearly all of this increase attributable to a […]

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Number of Saudi smokers expected to climb steeply

Number of Saudi smokers expected to climb steeply

| May 22, 2015

The number of smokers in Saudi Arabia is expected to climb from six million now to 10 million in 2020, according to a Saudi Gazette story quoting the Al-Riyadh daily and citing a recent World Health Organization study. About 40 percent of adult men, 10 percent of adult women and 15 percent of teenagers smoke, […]

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E-cigarette study shows risks of e-cigarette studies

E-cigarette study shows risks of e-cigarette studies

| May 21, 2015

A new study has challenged a previous suggestion that some electronic cigarettes could deliver levels of formaldehyde greater than those of traditional tobacco cigarettes. In January, a report published as a research letter in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that a 3rd generation electronic cigarette (one with variable power settings) operated at its maximum power […]

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Lebanon inaugurates new state-owned tobacco plant

Lebanon inaugurates new state-owned tobacco plant

| May 21, 2015

Lebanon’s Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil on Tuesday inaugurated a $17-million tobacco factory that could help increase Regie Company revenues by $40 million a year, according to a story in The Daily Star. When the factory, which is located in Hadath, starts production in June, it will boost the state-owned company’s cigarette-production capacity from 12,000 […]

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