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Vapor-product regulations sought in Malaysia

Vapor-product regulations sought in Malaysia

| September 29, 2015

A petition urging the government of Malaysia to regulate vapor products in the country has attracted 50,000 signatures, according to a Bernama story citing the Malaysian Organisation of Vape Entities (MOVE). MOVE’s president, Samsul Kamal Arriffin, said the group wanted the government to ensure that the manufacture, sale and distribution of the products were managed […]

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Cork tip: High taxes encourage illegal trade

Cork tip: High taxes encourage illegal trade

| September 29, 2015

The illegal trade in cigarettes is rife in County Cork, Ireland, according to a UTV (Ulster Television) story. During the past two weeks, 595,000 illicit cigarettes have been found in Cork, which figure represents about one cigarette for every resident of the county. In the most recent incident, the third haul in two weeks, a […]

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Plan to save tobacco products rubbish from tip

Plan to save tobacco products rubbish from tip

| September 29, 2015

Japan Tobacco International is backing an initiative aimed at recycling the UK’s cigarette butts into plastic products, according to a BT story. The initiative will allow smokers to prevent some of the billions of non-biodegradable butts and other cigarette waste from ending up in landfill or as litter, the recycling company behind the scheme, TerraCycle, […]

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JT keen to complete Santa Fe deal this week

JT keen to complete Santa Fe deal this week

| September 29, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. is in the final stages of negotiations to buy Reynolds American Inc.’s Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company subsidiary, possibly excluding the US rights to the Natural American Spirit brand, according to a Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) story relayed by the TMA. JT is said to be aiming to reach an agreement on […]

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Exporters walk away from tobacco with volcanic ash

Exporters walk away from tobacco with volcanic ash

| September 28, 2015

Thousands of tobacco farmers in Jember, East Java, have been struggling to market their tobacco this year after their plants were completely or partly damaged by the recent eruptions of Mount Raung, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Suwarno, a farmer of Na Oogst tobacco in Balung district, was quoted as saying that […]

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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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