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Concern over Malawi leaf prices

Concern over Malawi leaf prices

| March 3, 2016

Tobacco growers are being exploited in Malawi even before the official selling season begins, partly because of a failure to announce minimum prices in a timely manner.

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Smoking steadily in Luxembourg

Smoking steadily in Luxembourg

| March 3, 2016

Luxembourg doesn’t have a particularly high rate of tobacco smoking, but a health body is calling for an increase in prices because the fall in the incidence of smoking seems to have stalled at 20 percent.

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E-cig tax poor health policy

E-cig tax poor health policy

| March 3, 2016

If implemented, the plan by EU finance ministers to tax electronic cigarettes would be detrimental to public health, but then finance ministers are concerned with the health of the public purse, not necessarily public health.

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Market decline slows in Poland

Market decline slows in Poland

| March 3, 2016

Poland’s cigarette market decline slowed last year as an absence of tax hikes and an increase in consumer purchasing power combined to make tobacco products more affordable.

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Taxmen seek e-cig pound of flesh

Taxmen seek e-cig pound of flesh

| March 2, 2016

Although there is mounting evidence that electronic cigarettes are useful tobacco-smoking quit aids, or perhaps because of this, the EU’s finance ministers are seeking to apply excise tax to these products.

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ISDS provision still dogs trade deal

ISDS provision still dogs trade deal

| March 2, 2016

Negotiations on an EU-Canada trade deal have ended, but some MEPs are threatening to oppose it because of ISDS provisions that are said to favor corporations.

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Graphic warnings head for Myanmar

Graphic warnings head for Myanmar

| March 2, 2016

Myanmar is to require that graphic health warnings are included on tobacco packs from September 1, but the easily-available Chinese black market cigarettes are unlikely to comply.

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Nerudia and Broughton Labs partner

Nerudia and Broughton Labs partner

| March 1, 2016

Nerudia and Broughton Laboratories are partnering to support customers in complying with the requirements of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which comes into effect on May 20.

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E-cigs boost long-term quit rates

E-cigs boost long-term quit rates

| March 1, 2016

Vaping is providing a boost to the number of people in England who are quitting smoking long-term, and the number of quitters could be increased further if electronic cigarettes were incorporated into specialist smoking cessation services.

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Pack row plainly set to continue

Pack row plainly set to continue

| March 1, 2016

Malaysia’s plan to require tobacco packaging to be sold in standardized packaging seems unlikely to settle the debate over the efficacy of this policy, but it is widening it.

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Display ban unlikely in Denmark

Display ban unlikely in Denmark

| March 1, 2016

The Danish parliament is likely to close the shutters on a proposal by the Social Democratic Party that cigarette displays in kiosks and stores should be banned.

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Cheap TTM brand following tax hike

Cheap TTM brand following tax hike

| February 29, 2016

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly will launch a new, cheaper cigarette brand to keep smokers from rolling their own or buying illicit tobacco products due to higher prices from a recently imposed tax hike.

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PMI signs Greek oriental deal

PMI signs Greek oriental deal

| February 29, 2016

PMI has signed a three-year Greek oriental leaf purchase deal under which the government has committed to policies aimed at making such tobacco competitive on international markets.

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US smoking incidence down

US smoking incidence down

| February 29, 2016

The smoking incidence in the US fell by 1.5 percentage points between 2014 and 2015, and the level of never-smokers is now approaching 58 percent among men and 68 percent among women.

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Plain pack review on shaky ground

Plain pack review on shaky ground

| February 29, 2016

A Department of Health review of Australia’s standardized packaging policy has come to the conclusion that the policy will work over time – a conclusion that has been described by Japan Tobacco International as ‘shaky’.

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Cheaper brand to beat price hike

Cheaper brand to beat price hike

| February 29, 2016

A health defense used to justify the planned introduction of a cheaper cigarette by Thailand’s state tobacco producer has been scoffed at by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance.

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Higher quality, lower volumes in Zim

Higher quality, lower volumes in Zim

| February 26, 2016

Even as Zimbabwean tobacco volumes are forecast to decline, the industry can look forward to higher leaf quality, according to local sources.

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Quit clinic opens in Kuala Lumpur

Quit clinic opens in Kuala Lumpur

| February 26, 2016

As a smoking clinic was opened in Malaysia recently, non-smokers were called upon to ‘help’ their smoking friends and family members quit the habit.

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Qatar keeping smoking at bay

Qatar keeping smoking at bay

| February 26, 2016

In part, a proposed tobacco smoking ban around ‘important’ public buildings in Qatar is seen as helping to shade the eyes of VIPs from the sight of smokers.

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JTI Global Top Employer 2016

JTI Global Top Employer 2016

| February 26, 2016

For the second successive year, JTI has been certified as a Global Top Employer, a recognition that extends to its offices in 35 countries.

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Altria declares dividend

Altria declares dividend

| February 26, 2016

The Altria Group, whose tobacco- and nicotine-related subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA, US Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton and Nu Mark, yesterday announced its latest dividend.

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Tobacco area shrinks

Tobacco area shrinks

| February 25, 2016

The area put under tobacco in Zimbabwe has dropped by about 14 percent to 92,160 hectares this season due to the late rainfall, reports The Chronicle.

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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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