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Nepal: Cigarettes in short supply as result of wholesaler hoarding

Nepal: Cigarettes in short supply as result of wholesaler hoarding

| June 23, 2015

Several popular brands of cigarettes are in short supply in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley due to hoarding and black-marketing by some wholesalers, according to Republica. Some wholesalers have begun to hoard cigarettes following media reports that the government was planning to hike excise duty on cigarettes through the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. In addition to […]

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Hawaii raises tobacco sale age to 21

Hawaii raises tobacco sale age to 21

| June 23, 2015

Hawaii became the first U.S. state to raise the tobacco sale age to 21 when Governor David Ige signed the landmark legislation on June 19. The law, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, is part of the state’s effort to reduce smoking rates among young people and to make the next generation of Hawaiians […]

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Call for Singapore to rethink ban on low-risk products

Call for Singapore to rethink ban on low-risk products

| June 23, 2015

Two British tobacco policy experts have called on Singapore’s Minister for Health to put on hold its recently-announced bans on electronic cigarettes and low-risk tobacco products. They have called for a policy rethink, starting with a thorough review of the evidence. In a detailed letter to the minister, Gan Kim Yong, the two veterans of […]

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Vapor market could hit US$50 billion by 2030

Vapor market could hit US$50 billion by 2030

| June 23, 2015

Euromonitor International said yesterday that the value of sales within the global e-vapor category had nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, when they reached US$6.0 billion. E-vapor sales last year had eclipsed those of nicotine replacement therapy products which had totaled US$2.4 billion, it added. The number of vapers reached 13 million worldwide in 2014, […]

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Zambian tobacco growers left with 3,000 tonnes

Zambian tobacco growers left with 3,000 tonnes

| June 23, 2015

Buyers have left Zambian farmers with more than 3,000 tonnes of unsold tobacco, according to a story by Julius Phiri for the Times of Zambia. The Tobacco Board of Zambia’s (TBZ) CEO, Samson Muyembe, was quoted as saying that the independent tobacco farmers had been left with their crops after buying companies had decided to […]

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Tanzania to establish grower-compensation fund

Tanzania to establish grower-compensation fund

| June 23, 2015

Anti-tobacco campaigns being conducted by the World Health Organization were among factors to blame for a fall in leaf tobacco prices being paid for the crop on both local and world markets, the Tanzania National Assembly has been told. But, according to a story in the TSN Daily News, the deputy minister for Agriculture, Food […]

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Movie smoking scenes to be subject of warnings

Movie smoking scenes to be subject of warnings

| June 22, 2015

Scrolling banners warning about the effects on health of tobacco smoking could be displayed in Bahrain’s cinemas during scenes depicting smoking, according to a story in the Gulf Daily News. The proposed move, which is part of a health ministry plan, is in line with a 2009 anti-smoking law, said smoking cessation program co-ordinator Dr […]

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Time being called on smoking in youth-rated films

Time being called on smoking in youth-rated films

| June 22, 2015

Time Warner, the parent company of the Warner Bros. movie studio, has become the first company to agree to hold a shareholder vote on smoking in movies, according to a press note issued by the shareholder advocacy non-profit group, As You Sow (AYS). According to the note, issued through PRNewswire-USNewswire, the resolution was proposed by […]

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Little support for standardized packs in Denmark

Little support for standardized packs in Denmark

| June 22, 2015

Most members of the Danish parliament are against the imposition of standardized cigarette packs, according to a story in Dansk Handelsblad. A survey conducted by the newspaper among the parties that make up the Danish parliament had shown that only one, the Socialist People’s Party (SPP), would like to see the introduction of standardized cigarette […]

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Age, class divides among Indonesia’s smokers

Age, class divides among Indonesia’s smokers

| June 22, 2015

Most of Indonesia’s smokers are young and from the ‘lower middle class’, according to a story in the Jakarta Post quoting the Antara News Agency. Hasbullah Thabrani, who was described as an ‘expert in tobacco consumption’, was said to have told the agency that the majority of Indonesian smokers were between the ages of 16 […]

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Ramadan creates good conditions to quit smoking

Ramadan creates good conditions to quit smoking

| June 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health on Friday urged Muslim smokers to take advantage of the holy, fasting month of Ramadan to quit smoking, according to an Arab News story. A ministry spokesman, Khalid Al-Mirghalani, was quoted as saying that Ramadan created a conducive environment for smokers to quit their habit because during that period Muslims […]

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Consulting company dedicated to vapor segment is formed

Consulting company dedicated to vapor segment is formed

| June 19, 2015

On June 19, 9.8 Group, TNV Ventures and Wingle Group announced the formation of Calumet Advisors, a strategic consulting company dedicated to the fast-growing e-cigarette and vapor segment. The new company was formed in response to an increasing demand for business advisory services, technology guidance and strategic thinking. Calumet Advisors is a partnership of respected […]

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Canada implements restrictions on flavored cigars

Canada implements restrictions on flavored cigars

| June 19, 2015

Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, on June 18 announced the adoption of new measures that will further restrict flavors in cigars that could appeal to youth. In 2009, the Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act banned the use of certain additives—including flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—in cigarettes, little cigars and […]

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Kure Corp. names Jonathan Benjamin CEO of Kure Franchise division

Kure Corp. names Jonathan Benjamin CEO of Kure Franchise division

| June 19, 2015

Kure Franchise—a wholly owned subsidiary of Kure Corp., which specializes in the global distribution of vaporizing pens, e-juices, and related accessories—has named Jonathan Benjamin its new CEO. Benjamin will oversee global growth and positioning of the leading vaporium and lounge retailer and lead Kure’s aggressive franchise retail store expansion throughout the United States and internationally. […]

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Anti-tobacco efforts looking to target supply

Anti-tobacco efforts looking to target supply

| June 19, 2015

Following Australia’s success in reducing demand for cigarettes, the time has come for targeting supply, according to a story by Becky Freeman at medicalxpress.com. In her story, first published in The Conversation, Freeman said that Australia had been hugely successful in reducing the incidence of daily smoking among people over the age of 14 from […]

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Zimbabwe’s flue-cured prices down by 6.9 percent

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured prices down by 6.9 percent

| June 19, 2015

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers are expected to deliver more than the previously-expected 165 million kg this season, according to a story in The Herald yesterday. However, prices, as expected, have remained below those of last season. The Herald story said that growers had so far this season sold 160 million kg of flue-cured for US$473.983 […]

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Multinationals threaten to sue over Hungary contract

Multinationals threaten to sue over Hungary contract

| June 19, 2015

Three multinational tobacco companies are threatening to sue the Hungarian government if it does not launch a tender for a 20-year contract for the supply of tobacco products to retailers, according to a Reuters story relayed by the TMA. Philip Morris International, JTI Hungary and Imperial Tobacco Group had earlier questioned the government’s decision to […]

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KT&G: another tobacco multinational emerging

KT&G: another tobacco multinational emerging

| June 19, 2015

KT&G expects that its cigarette exports will exceed its domestic sales this year, according to a story in The Korea Times. A company spokesperson was quoted as saying that KT&G, which accounted for 63 percent of the domestic market, exported 43.4 billion cigarettes to 50 countries last year. Export volumes were up by 27 percent […]

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Timing of emerging-products ban questioned

Timing of emerging-products ban questioned

| June 19, 2015

Singapore’s announcement that it is to ban emerging tobacco products comes at a time when a growing number of public health experts around the world are acknowledging that innovative non-combustible tobacco products can benefit public health, according to a TodayOnline story quoting Philip Morris Asia’s vice president corporate affairs Johan Von Zweigbergk. The ban, due […]

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Very low nicotine cigarettes trial to be published

Very low nicotine cigarettes trial to be published

| June 19, 2015

The biotechnology company 22nd Century Group said on Wednesday that an independent Phase II clinical trial that had explored the efficacy of its very low nicotine tobacco as a smoking cessation aid when combined with pharmacotherapy had been accepted for publication in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The study, which was conducted at Queen Mary University […]

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Johnson Creek Enterprises updates product line, name and website

Johnson Creek Enterprises updates product line, name and website

| June 18, 2015

Johnson Creek Enterprises has announced the launch of hardware for advanced-level vapers, a new line of high-performance e-liquid and a new name. “To know your customer is to know your future,” said founder and CEO Christian Berkey. “A growing segment of our customers want the ability to customize their vaping gear.” To meet consumer needs, […]

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Singapore to ban emerging tobacco products from mid-December

Singapore to ban emerging tobacco products from mid-December

| June 18, 2015

Singapore will ban emerging tobacco products—those that are not currently available in Singapore as well as existing products in the local market—beginning Dec. 15, the ministry of health announced on June 15. The ban is a “pre-emptive measure to protect public health against the known and potential harms of such products,” the ministry said in […]

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Award of Hungary wholesale license hits tender spot

Award of Hungary wholesale license hits tender spot

| June 18, 2015

Three multinational tobacco companies have expressed concern that another multinational is part of a venture granted sole wholesale tobacco concession rights in Hungary, according to a story in Hungary Around the Clock, relayed by the TMA. In a joint statement released today, Philip Morris International, JT International and Imperial Tobacco Group said the Hungarian government’s […]

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Botswana plans to act against underage smoking

Botswana plans to act against underage smoking

| June 18, 2015

Botswana plans to introduce a new law requiring the licensing of retailers that sell cigarettes, according to a StarAfrica story citing an African Press Agency report. Ephraim Rapalai, a Ministry of Health environmental health officer, said that the licensing requirement was included in the proposed Tobacco Control Bill. The officer said Botswana’s biggest challenge was […]

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E-cigarettes to be kept out of airline checked bags

E-cigarettes to be kept out of airline checked bags

| June 18, 2015

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has announced a ban on electronic cigarettes being included in checked baggage, according to an ndtv.com story citing an Agence France Presse report. The ban is said to have been announced in response to reports that electronic cigarettes have sparked fires in the cargo holds of aircrafts. Airline passengers […]

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