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One in three cigarettes in Macau is illegal, study finds

One in three cigarettes in Macau is illegal, study finds

| October 21, 2015

More than one-third of all cigarettes consumed is either illegally produced in Macau or smuggled into the city, giving Macau has the second-­highest incident rate of illegal cigarette consumption in Asia, according to a regional study. A report titled “Asia-16: Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2014” was commissioned to better understand the use of cigarettes in Macau […]

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US FDA deeming regulations inch forward

US FDA deeming regulations inch forward

| October 21, 2015

The US Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) on Monday received from the Food and Drug Administration proposed regulations on tobacco and related products that the agency does not already regulate, according to a Reginfo.gov notification relayed by the TMA. In April last year, the FDA, which already regulates […]

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Study logs heated-products sidestream emissions

Study logs heated-products sidestream emissions

| October 20, 2015

Imperial Tobacco says that it has tested the heated-tobacco product, iQOS, and found that ‘a large number of different chemical compounds were released into the airspace around the … product during consumer use, indicating the generation of sidestream emissions,’ according to a EurekAlert story relayed by the TMA. The study was published on October 19 […]

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Launch of report on outdoor tobacco smoking bans

Launch of report on outdoor tobacco smoking bans

| October 20, 2015

The UK’s Manifesto Club and Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Tobacco) are due to launch tomorrow a new report, Smoked out: The hyper-regulation of smoking in outdoor public places. Dolan Cummings, the author of the report, will speak at the event; as will the director of the Manifesto Club, Josie Appleton, and […]

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Billboards with cigarette ads to be dismantled in Indonesia

Billboards with cigarette ads to be dismantled in Indonesia

| October 19, 2015

Billboards that advertise cigarettes and are displayed around schools in North Jakarta, Indonesia, will be dismantled in the near future, according to a story in the daily Tempo. Mustafa Kemal, head of North Jakarta Education Sub-Department Regional I, stated that the existence of such billboards is unethical and could potentially influence students to smoke. “If […]

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Graphic warnings on cigarette packs due in the Philippines

Graphic warnings on cigarette packs due in the Philippines

| October 19, 2015

Health groups in the Philippines have reminded the government and the public that graphic images and warning texts should be printed on the labels of all tobacco products by Nov. 5, in compliance with the Graphic Health Warnings (GHW) Law, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Sections 6 and 15 of the […]

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Smoking among women set to rise in South Korea

Smoking among women set to rise in South Korea

| October 19, 2015

Although the smoking prevalence among South Korean woman is low compared to the smoking rates among women of other developed nations, there are fears that the Korean rate is going to increase, according to a story in The Korea Herald citing the results of a government study. About 10 percent of South Korean women in […]

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Italy to ban smoking in cars with pregnant women

Italy to ban smoking in cars with pregnant women

| October 19, 2015

Italy’s cabinet last week approved the introduction of a ban on tobacco smoking in cars in the presence of children or pregnant women, according to an ANSA story. Other measures to be introduced include a ban on smoking in the vicinity of paediatric hospitals and clinics, and of gynaecology, paediatric, obstetric and neonatal wards. And […]

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Ireland’s cigarette prices increased again

Ireland’s cigarette prices increased again

| October 19, 2015

The price of cigarettes in Ireland is being increased by 50c, bringing the cost of a 20-piece pack to €10.50, according to a story in The Journal. Cigarette duties have been increased in each of the past four budgets. The cigarette duty hike was the only tax increase in October’s budget. The Irish Cancer Society […]

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22nd Century to partner with Anandia for cannabis research

22nd Century to partner with Anandia for cannabis research

| October 16, 2015

22nd Century Group, a leader in tobacco harm reduction, has entered into a new cannabis research collaboration with Anandia Laboratories. As a part of this research collaboration, Vancouver, Canada-based Anandia Laboratories will develop and grow cannabis strains that express highly desirable characteristics and will lead to potential commercialization opportunities. The initial focus of the collaboration will […]

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PMI cigarette volumes fall in third quarter

PMI cigarette volumes fall in third quarter

| October 16, 2015

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter (July-September), at 218,911 million was down by 1.5 percent on that of the third quarter of 2014, 222,300 million. Shipments were increased by 2.6 percent to 79,265 million in the company’s Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMA) region, but they were down by 0.8 […]

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Kreteks ousted from draft cultural heritage bill

Kreteks ousted from draft cultural heritage bill

| October 15, 2015

Articles acknowledging kreteks as part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage have been removed from a draft culture bill by the country’s House of Representatives, according to a story in The Jakarta Post citing a report by kompas.com. The decision was said to have been made by the House’s Commission X, which on Wednesday oversaw a meeting […]

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TFWA’s Cannes exhibition build-up on schedule

TFWA’s Cannes exhibition build-up on schedule

| October 15, 2015

The TFWA reported on Tuesday that the build-up to its October exhibition and conference was proceeding according to schedule. According to the report, the TFWA executive team was in Cannes supervising the final preparations for its World Exhibition & Conference, which is due to be staged in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on […]

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Growers alarmed by planned TPP tobacco carve-out

Growers alarmed by planned TPP tobacco carve-out

| October 14, 2015

The Tobacco Growers’ Association of North Carolina (TGANC) has said that it is alarming and un-American that for the first time in history the White House is actively working to discriminate against its own farmers in trade agreement negotiations. In a letter to a 15-member North Carolina Congressional Delegation, the TGANC said it had learned […]

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Innovia in security partnership with Rolling Optics

Innovia in security partnership with Rolling Optics

| October 14, 2015

The Innovia Group said yesterday that it had secured a partnership with Rolling Optics, a high-tech firm based in Stockholm, Sweden. In a press note, Innovia said that Rolling Optics’ expertise lay in the design and production of unique technologies and processes to produce 3D micro-optical designs and 3D effects for the protection of products […]

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Vapor Corp. acquires three retail stores in Georgia, USA

Vapor Corp. acquires three retail stores in Georgia, USA

| October 13, 2015

Vapor Corp., a leading U.S.-based distributor and retailer of vaporizers, e-liquids, e-cigarettes and e-hookahs, has acquired three established retail vape stores in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This three-store chain marks the company’s first retail acquisition outside of Florida and brings the total number of store Vapor Corp. owns to 18. Terms of the transaction were not […]

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UK tax-increase plan would be counterproductive

UK tax-increase plan would be counterproductive

| October 13, 2015

The UK’s Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) has said that a call by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health to increase the rate at which tobacco taxes are increased is based on economic illiteracy. According to a BBC story, the tax rate is increased by two percent above inflation each year, but the group […]

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Anger over delay in buying low-grade Andhra leaf

Anger over delay in buying low-grade Andhra leaf

| October 13, 2015

Andhra Pradesh’s State Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, is said to have taken strong exception to the fact that buyers failed to meet a September 30 deadline set by the Indian Minister of State for Commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman, for buying Andhra’s entire flue-cured crop. Andhra overproduced in 2014-15 at a time when demand was low, […]

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UAE may ease ban on e-cigarette sales

UAE may ease ban on e-cigarette sales

| October 12, 2015

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is introducing regulations that may ease the ban on the sale of e-cigarettes within the country. Authorities from Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (Esma) in January sent a draft technical regulation to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which notified them of the UAE’s intention to regulate the sale of […]

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Imperial Tobacco forms Tabacalera USA 

Imperial Tobacco forms Tabacalera USA 

| October 12, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s premium cigar group has announced the formation of Tabacalera USA, which will oversee the company’s leading premium cigar business subsidiaries in the U.S. market. Tabacalera USA will oversee the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA-based premium cigar division of Altadis U.S.A., which manufactures handmade cigar brands such as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and VegaFina. Tabacalera […]

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Associated Central Africa purchases ATC’s Malawian subsidiary

Associated Central Africa purchases ATC’s Malawian subsidiary

| October 12, 2015

The shareholders of Associated Central Africa Limited have purchased Associated Tobacco Company’s (ATC) Malawian subsidiary, Associated Tobacco Company (M) Limited, through a management buyout effective Oct. 1. Although Associated Central Africa Limited is an independent company with no links to Associated Tobacco Company Limited, both companies will continue to work closely together in areas of […]

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Smokeless tobacco acrylamide exposure tiny

Smokeless tobacco acrylamide exposure tiny

| October 12, 2015

The first comprehensive assessment of exposure to acrylamide through smokeless tobacco products (STPs) use is much smaller than – approximately 1 percent of –exposure from eating food or cigarette smoking, according to new research published in Chemistry Central Journal. Acrylamide is a chemical that forms when plant matter is exposed to high temperatures, for example when […]

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Cabrera named president and CEO of SFATA

Cabrera named president and CEO of SFATA

| October 9, 2015

The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) has appointed Cynthia Cabrera, SFATA’s executive director, to its board of directors and named her as its next president and CEO. Cabrera succeeds Phil Daman, who has served as SFATA’s president and CEO since 2013, and has worked with SFATA since 2012. Daman, along with Cabrera, has been instrumental […]

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ITM acquires Gemba Solutions

ITM acquires Gemba Solutions

| October 9, 2015

The ITM Group has acquired Gemba Solutions of Nuneaton, U.K. Gemba Solutions specializes in delivering OEE software and continuous-improvement (CI) services that maximize production efficiency, increase throughput, reduce inventory and provide all-round visibility into factory operations and processes. The acquisition follows four years of cooperation between the ITM Group and Gemba Solutions, during which the […]

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Scotland set to ban smoking in cars with youngsters

Scotland set to ban smoking in cars with youngsters

| October 9, 2015

A bill to ban tobacco smoking in cars carrying young people yesterday passed its first hurdle in the Scottish parliament, according to a BBC story. Members of the Scottish parliament voted unanimously for the principles of the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced as a members’ bill by the Liberal […]

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