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Buyers in Malawi told to ‘stop growing tobacco’

Buyers in Malawi told to ‘stop growing tobacco’

| November 9, 2015

AHL Group of Companies, Malawi’s sole tobacco and other commodities dealing company, has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to consider reversing its decision to allow tobacco multinationals to grow tobacco, according to Malawi24. AHL Group says the policy is hurting ordinary tobacco farmers. AHL Group’s general manager, Moses Yakobe, has urged the […]

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Support for trade agreement with tobacco ‘carve-out’

Support for trade agreement with tobacco ‘carve-out’

| November 9, 2015

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is urging the US Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which, if passed, could not be used by the tobacco industry to launch legal challenges against public health measures aimed at reducing tobacco use. Last week, the text of the TPP, whose eight-year-long negotiations were kept […]

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Volumes down at JT and JTI in first nine months

Volumes down at JT and JTI in first nine months

| November 6, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during the nine months to the end of September, at 81.3 billion, was down by 3.1 percent on that of the January-September period of 2014, 83.9 billion. In announcing its consolidated results on Wednesday, JT said that volume sales had fallen because of an industry-wide volume decline and […]

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Leaf tobacco markets headed for better balance

Leaf tobacco markets headed for better balance

| November 6, 2015

Weather patterns and reduced plantings in some parts of the world are expected to bring leaf tobacco markets largely into balance, according to George C. Freeman, III, chairman, president, and CEO of Universal Corporation. “We are monitoring weather conditions around the world that will likely have a negative impact on 2016 crop quality and production […]

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Indonesia unveils big tobacco excise increases

Indonesia unveils big tobacco excise increases

| November 5, 2015

The Indonesian government has said that it will impose an average 11 percent excise increase on tobacco products next year, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Indonesia has seen annual tobacco excise increases of about 11 percent since 2010, but the administration of President Joko Widodo had considered imposing a 23 percent increase […]

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Health Ministry calls for e-cigarette ban in Malaysia

Health Ministry calls for e-cigarette ban in Malaysia

| November 5, 2015

Malaysia’s Health Ministry has decided that electronic cigarettes containing nicotine should be banned, according to a Bernama story. The ministry’s deputy director-general of public health, Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman, said the decision had been reached on the basis of a study conducted by a technical committee tasked with reviewing the effects of electronic cigarettes […]

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