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Malawi confidence wobbles

Malawi confidence wobbles

| April 12, 2017

Talk of Malawi’s borders being manned to stop the ‘export’ of leaf tobacco seems to undermine claims that this year’s grower prices are going to be better than the miserly prices of last year.

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A new year, another promise

A new year, another promise

| April 11, 2017

Once again, the tobacco marketing season in Malawi is being held out as one in which farmers will be paid better prices, but since prices last year were down by more than 20 percent, that shouldn’t be difficult.

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Proposed tobacco tax unfair

Proposed tobacco tax unfair

| April 11, 2017

A question has been raised in Montana, US, about whether it is fair to apply punitive taxes to tobacco products in order to balance the state’s budget.

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Relative fire risks explained

Relative fire risks explained

| April 11, 2017

The London Fire Brigade has never attended a fire caused by an electronic cigarette in which a person was killed or injured, but it has some advice for helping to prevent such fires.

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CEO collects $27.6 million

CEO collects $27.6 million

| April 10, 2017

Altria’s CEO Martin Barrington saw his pay rise by 107 percent between 2015 and 2016, to US$27.6 million.

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Leaf prices up by 0.8 percent

Leaf prices up by 0.8 percent

| April 10, 2017

Zimbabwe’s tobacco growers are modest in their ambition; wanting only prices that allow them to break even. But even this goal might be out of reach, despite an excellent crop.

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Beyond the smoke

Beyond the smoke

| April 10, 2017

In its latest annual report, Ceylon Tobacco Company has emphasised its contribution to Sri Lanka’s economy.

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E-cigs sold to non-smokers

E-cigs sold to non-smokers

| April 10, 2017

Despite an industry code saying that British vape shops should sell electronic cigarettes only to smokers, vapers or former smokers, most sell to others also.

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Tobacco proposal like the curate’s egg

Tobacco proposal like the curate’s egg

| April 7, 2017

The Canadian government’s proposals for new regulations on tobacco products and vaping devices have met with a mixed reception.

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€100 million in unintended consequences

€100 million in unintended consequences

| April 7, 2017

The introduction of standardized tobacco packaging in France is apparently costing the French taxpayer €100 million in compensation to tobacconists.

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Number of smokers grows globally

Number of smokers grows globally

| April 7, 2017

Ten countries account for more than 60 percent of the world’s smokers, whose numbers have increased by more than seven percent during the past 25 years.

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FDA nominee uncommitted on flavors

FDA nominee uncommitted on flavors

| April 7, 2017

The new US administration’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration appears open to discussion in respect of the use of at least some flavors in cigars and electronic cigarettes.

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Canada bans menthol smokes

Canada bans menthol smokes

| April 6, 2017

Canada has added menthol to the list of additives that cannot be used in the manufacture of cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars.

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Tobacco control in court

Tobacco control in court

| April 6, 2017

British American Tobacco is challenging parts of Uganda’s Tobacco Control Act before the country’s Constitutional Court.

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Leaf tax threat withdrawn

Leaf tax threat withdrawn

| April 6, 2017

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers seem to have seen off a threat that those who didn’t produce a tax clearance certificate would be subject to a 10 percent impost on their current sales.

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Sustainable packaging valued

Sustainable packaging valued

| April 6, 2017

Sustainability is a much-prized factor in packaging according to a new survey that sought the opinions of brand owners and retailers.

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Japan okays acquisition

Japan okays acquisition

| April 6, 2017

British American Tobacco’s proposed acquisition of Reynolds American Inc. has moved a step closer with the Japanese authorities having given unconditional antitrust approval.

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Vaping risk suggestion ‘absurd’

Vaping risk suggestion ‘absurd’

| April 5, 2017

A suggestion that smoking cannot be said to be any more hazardous than is vaping has been described as an advertisement for tobacco cigarettes.

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Kenya proposes tax reduction

Kenya proposes tax reduction

| April 5, 2017

Proposals for reducing cigarette taxes don’t come along very often, and, in Kenya, where such a proposal has been made, some organizations are expressing their displeasure.

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Canada’s smoking rate down

Canada’s smoking rate down

| April 5, 2017

The question arises as to whether the recent fall in Canada’s smoking incidence is down to government interventions or despite them.

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