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Plight of Andhra growers ‘extremely grave’

Plight of Andhra growers ‘extremely grave’

| September 28, 2015

The plight of tobacco growers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been described by two leading tobacco growers’ associations as ‘extremely grave’, according to a Webindia story. The Kondepi Tobacco Growers’ Association and the Kaligiri FCV Tobacco Growers’ Association were quoted as saying that they were disturbed by the ‘growing number’ of suicides […]

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Cafés in Belgium not enforcing smoking ban

Cafés in Belgium not enforcing smoking ban

| September 28, 2015

Three thousand inspections by the Public Health Minister’s office in Belgium has led that body to conclude that 16 percent of cafés do not enforce tobacco control legislation, according to a story in the Brussels Times. “This is fewer than last year but the figure needs to be reduced faster,” said Paul Van den Meerssche, […]

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Chinese student charged ‘pollution fee’ for smoking

Chinese student charged ‘pollution fee’ for smoking

| September 28, 2015

A student at Yuying Middle School in northwest China’s Yan’an city has had to pay Yuan400 (about $62.7) for smoking on campus, according to a China Daily story citing the Xi’an-based China Business View. A post circulated on Weibo, China’s twitter-like service, indicated that the payment was described as a ‘pollution fee’. Some comments on […]

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DNA holds key to why some smokers remain healthy

DNA holds key to why some smokers remain healthy

| September 28, 2015

The mystery of why some people seem to have healthy lungs despite a lifetime of smoking has been explained by UK scientists, according to a story by James Gallagher for BBC News. Many, but not all, smokers will develop lung disease, but so too will some who have never touched a cigarette in their lives. […]

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Vaping-products tax insane ‘public health’ policy

Vaping-products tax insane ‘public health’ policy

| September 25, 2015

A US public health expert has described a decision by the District of Columbia to impose a 67 percent tax on all electronic cigarettes and vaping products as one of the most insane ‘public health’ policies he had ever heard of. ‘Taxing e-cigarettes at a whopping 67 percent rate is nothing more than a gift […]

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Zambia’s leaf marketing season extended

Zambia’s leaf marketing season extended

| September 25, 2015

The Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) has moved the end of this year’s leaf tobacco marketing season from September 30 to October 31 so as to enable the sale of so-far unsold tobacco, according to a story in the Zambia Daily Mail. Last month, non-contracted tobacco farmers appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock […]

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Emphasis on training as new tobacco season starts

Emphasis on training as new tobacco season starts

| September 25, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) and the Farmer’s Development Trust have started preparing for the 2015-16 tobacco season by training farmers in the sorts of good agricultural practices that should allow them to produce the high quality leaf required by the market, according to a story in The Herald. The 2014-15 tobacco marketing […]

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Japan in training for pre-Olympics smoking bans

Japan in training for pre-Olympics smoking bans

| September 25, 2015

A group of lawmakers within Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has outlined a bill to ban or segregate tobacco smoking in public places ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a story in The Japan Times. The bill would call for a ban on smoking in schools and medical facilities, […]

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JT rumored to be in talks to buy RAI brand assets

JT rumored to be in talks to buy RAI brand assets

| September 25, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. is in talks to buy cigarette assets from Reynolds American Inc, according to a Bloomberg story citing ‘people familiar with the talks’. The story, by Ed Hammond, Aaron Kirchfeld and Ruth David, said that JTI might acquire assets worth about $5 billion, including some in the Natural American Spirit (NAS) brand that […]

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EU proposes reform of trade dispute provisions

EU proposes reform of trade dispute provisions

| September 24, 2015

The EU Commission has gone some way to assuage public concerns over the inclusion in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions. Initially, the TTIP was the subject of negotiations between the EU and US to which the general public was not privy, and even now aspects of […]

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Occasional smoking on the rise in Denmark

Occasional smoking on the rise in Denmark

| September 24, 2015

Forty six percent of Danish upper-secondary students smoke either daily or occasionally, according to an Icenews story citing a new survey by the State Institute of Public Health (SIPH). The survey is said to have revealed a huge increase in the number of young smokers over the past two decades. The research, which questioned 75,000 […]

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Izmir meeting’s online registration due to close

Izmir meeting’s online registration due to close

| September 24, 2015

Online registration for CORESTA’s October agronomy meeting is due to close on Sunday. The CORESTA Agronomy & Leaf Integrity and Phytopathology & Genetics Joint Study Groups Meeting (AP2015) is due to be held in Izmir, Turkey, on October 25-29. Online registration will close on September 27, following which only onsite registration will be available. Registration and details about accommodation are […]

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Anti-smoking research institute to open in South Korea

Anti-smoking research institute to open in South Korea

| September 22, 2015

The South Korean government will open an anti-smoking research institute next month, where the ingredients found in tobacco will be studied and the harmful effects of smoking will be assessed. Data gathered at the institute will likely to be used in the government’s ongoing lawsuit against tobacco companies over compensation for health care costs linked […]

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R.J. Reynolds signs vapor technology term sheet with BAT

R.J. Reynolds signs vapor technology term sheet with BAT

| September 22, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR) has signed a technology-sharing term sheet with British American Tobacco (BAT) that provides a framework for collaboration and mutual cross-licensing of vapor product technologies through 2022. The term sheet is the first step in reaching a definitive agreement under which RJR and BAT will collaborate to develop next-generation vapor products. […]

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Leaf prices drive Andhra Pradesh growers to suicide

Leaf prices drive Andhra Pradesh growers to suicide

| September 22, 2015

Flue-cured tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh, India, are being driven to suicide as the prices paid on what this year is a buyers’ market are plunging them into debt, according to a story in the Hindu, relayed by the TMA. Suicides are not unknown among Andhra’s flue-cured tobacco growers, but the situation is bad enough […]

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South Korea to open new tobacco research institute

South Korea to open new tobacco research institute

| September 22, 2015

The government of South Korea is due next month to open a research institute that will ‘study the ingredients in tobacco and assess the harmful effects of smoking,’ according to a story in The Korea Times. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDCP), which is part of the Ministry of Health […]

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Concerns over accidental e-liquids exposure

Concerns over accidental e-liquids exposure

| September 22, 2015

The UK National Health Service’s National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) has said in its annual report that urgent consideration needs to be given to the safe storage and packaging of electronic cigarettes and e-liquids, according to a story by the TMA based on the report. The NPIS said that during 2014-15 it had received 241 […]

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Crackdown on public-places smoking in Zimbabwe

Crackdown on public-places smoking in Zimbabwe

| September 22, 2015

Zimbabwe is cracking down on tobacco smoking in public places after aligning its tobacco control regulations with recommendations from the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a ZimEye story. The deputy director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse unit of the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Docas Sithole, said […]

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Iran and North Korea look to co-operate on tobacco

Iran and North Korea look to co-operate on tobacco

| September 21, 2015

Iran and North Korea are exploring ways to enhance tobacco-industry co-operation between the two countries, according to a Mehr News Agency story. The chairman of the Iran Tobacco Company, Mohammad Hossein Barkhordar, and the North Korean Ambassador to Tehran, Kang Sam-hyon, were said yesterday to have explored avenues for broadening mutual co-operation and joint investments […]

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Malawi farmers derive no benefit from tobacco

Malawi farmers derive no benefit from tobacco

| September 21, 2015

The Malawi government has held discussions with prospective tobacco buyers in a bid to ensure that farmers receive higher prices than they have been getting, according to a Malawi24 story. This was disclosed by President Peter Mutharika during a press briefing at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre after his return from a trip to China. Mutharika […]

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KT&G’s overseas sales increase dramatically

KT&G’s overseas sales increase dramatically

| September 21, 2015

KT&G’s overseas sales of cigarettes are this year expected to overtake its domestic sales, partly because of a strong export performance but also because of a huge fall in domestic sales at the start of this year following an 80 percent increase in prices, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The company was […]

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US flue-cured harvest estimate slips again

US flue-cured harvest estimate slips again

| September 21, 2015

The US Department of Agriculture’s September projection for tobacco production in the US has put flue-cured volume at 467 million pounds, six million pounds down on the estimate it made in August, and 19 percent down from that of last year, according to the latest issue of the Tobacco Farmer Newsletter compiled by Christopher E. […]

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Anti-tobacco campaign attracts 12 million signatures

Anti-tobacco campaign attracts 12 million signatures

| September 21, 2015

Six key public health organizations and their allies have vowed to support a new draft of Thailand’s Tobacco Control Act, according to a story in The Nation. They have called on the government and the National Legislative Assembly to push the law through so as to protect young people. And they have called on the […]

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Tobacco seed sales slip in Zimbabwe

Tobacco seed sales slip in Zimbabwe

| September 21, 2015

Zimbabwe might register a decline in the area under tobacco during the 2015-16 season because seed sales have declined by 30 percent from those of last year, according to a story in The Herald. With only two weeks left before the end of the normal seed-selling period, the uptake is down by 28.7 percent from […]

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Yunnan Tobacco to exhibit at Cannes duty-free event

Yunnan Tobacco to exhibit at Cannes duty-free event

| September 21, 2015

China’s Yunnan Tobacco International is this year due to exhibit for the first time at a TFWA World Exhibition. The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2015 is due to be held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes, France, on October 18-23. In all, 40 companies that have not previously exhibited at the […]

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