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Tobacco fee proves taxing

Tobacco fee proves taxing

| June 27, 2017

Smokers, who are often financially impoverished, are called on to provide government revenues the rest of society won’t provide. At least some people seem to recognize that this is unfair.

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Farmers flock to tobacco

Farmers flock to tobacco

| June 27, 2017

There has been a big increase in new farmers registering to grow tobacco in Zimbabwe during the 2017-18 season.

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Support sought for clinics

Support sought for clinics

| June 27, 2017

The South Korean government, flush with a huge windfall of cigarette tax revenue, is being asked to use some of that money to support quit-smoking clinics.

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Vapor no bar to healing

Vapor no bar to healing

| June 26, 2017

In another contribution to the scientific study of vapor and nicotine, British American Tobacco has found that vapor does not, under the conditions of the study, impede the healing of wounds.

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English pubs decimated

English pubs decimated

| June 26, 2017

The smoking ban has decimated pubs in England and, in doing so, destroyed vital meeting places. A cynic might ask whether this wasn’t one of the intended ‘unintended consequences’.

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Zambia resolute on tobacco

Zambia resolute on tobacco

| June 26, 2017

Tobacco farmers in Zambia grow food crops using inputs bought with loans obtained for tobacco growing. No wonder the government remains committed to tobacco.

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Research under-appreciated

Research under-appreciated

| June 26, 2017

The once-famous tobacco research station at Kutsaga, Harare, is struggling with problems created by underfunding.

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Where’s the harm?

Where’s the harm?

| June 23, 2017

In a world assailed by the fumes from traffic, perfumes and household cleaners; the question must be asked as to why electronic-cigarette vapor should be singled out for banning.

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Grower prices up, down

Grower prices up, down

| June 23, 2017

Grower prices in Malawi are said to be ahead of those of last year because of the quality of the leaf on offer, but in Zimbabwe, where quality is also good, prices are down.

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‘Smoke-free’ status sought

‘Smoke-free’ status sought

| June 23, 2017

In the world of tobacco, five percent seems to equal nothing; so a nation that has a smoking prevalence of less than five percent is ‘smoke-free’.

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Prosecutions sought

Prosecutions sought

| June 23, 2017

In Israel, two politicians are seeking to have cigarette companies prosecuted because their actions are allegedly ‘an attack on Israeli residents’.

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Smokers are citizens

Smokers are citizens

| June 22, 2017

EU smokers are abused by societies in ways that would be seen as discrimination if they were applied to other people; so it is well that a group is standing up for them.

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If you’re going to …

If you’re going to …

| June 22, 2017

There was a time when, if you were going to San Francisco, all you needed were some flowers in your hair. Now, if you’re a menthol-cigarette smoker, you’d better take also packs of your favorite brand.

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Holes under the spotlight

Holes under the spotlight

| June 22, 2017

There must be a philosophical debate to be had over whether holes – in this case filter-ventilation holes – exist, and therefore whether they can be seen to be a problem.

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Jobs targeted at Reynolds

Jobs targeted at Reynolds

| June 22, 2017

British American Tobacco estimates that its proposed acquisition of Reynolds American Inc will result in cost savings of $400 million by 2020.

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Turning swords into tobacco

Turning swords into tobacco

| June 21, 2017

The tobacco industry is playing its part in a program aimed at integrating former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia into the society they previously fought.

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Taxing smokers

Taxing smokers

| June 21, 2017

Governments around the world like nothing more than taxing smokers, even though smokers often make up the most financially disadvantaged groups.

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Tobacco under scrutiny

Tobacco under scrutiny

| June 21, 2017

It could take up to 18 months to get to the bottom of allegations that tobacco companies in Spain were involved in non-competitive practices.

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Shareholders go to court

Shareholders go to court

| June 21, 2017

Reynolds American Inc. shareholders are seeking more information than they have been given in respect of the proposed acquisition of the company by British American Tobacco.

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SM announces buy-back

SM announces buy-back

| June 21, 2017

A Swedish Match share buy-back program launched yesterday is due to run until July 21.

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