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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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KT&G’s overseas sales increase dramatically

KT&G’s overseas sales increase dramatically

| September 21, 2015

KT&G’s overseas sales of cigarettes are this year expected to overtake its domestic sales, partly because of a strong export performance but also because of a huge fall in domestic sales at the start of this year following an 80 percent increase in prices, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The company was […]

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US flue-cured harvest estimate slips again

US flue-cured harvest estimate slips again

| September 21, 2015

The US Department of Agriculture’s September projection for tobacco production in the US has put flue-cured volume at 467 million pounds, six million pounds down on the estimate it made in August, and 19 percent down from that of last year, according to the latest issue of the Tobacco Farmer Newsletter compiled by Christopher E. […]

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Anti-tobacco campaign attracts 12 million signatures

Anti-tobacco campaign attracts 12 million signatures

| September 21, 2015

Six key public health organizations and their allies have vowed to support a new draft of Thailand’s Tobacco Control Act, according to a story in The Nation. They have called on the government and the National Legislative Assembly to push the law through so as to protect young people. And they have called on the […]

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Tobacco seed sales slip in Zimbabwe

Tobacco seed sales slip in Zimbabwe

| September 21, 2015

Zimbabwe might register a decline in the area under tobacco during the 2015-16 season because seed sales have declined by 30 percent from those of last year, according to a story in The Herald. With only two weeks left before the end of the normal seed-selling period, the uptake is down by 28.7 percent from […]

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Yunnan Tobacco to exhibit at Cannes duty-free event

Yunnan Tobacco to exhibit at Cannes duty-free event

| September 21, 2015

China’s Yunnan Tobacco International is this year due to exhibit for the first time at a TFWA World Exhibition. The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2015 is due to be held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes, France, on October 18-23. In all, 40 companies that have not previously exhibited at the […]

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Baek nominated for KT&G CEO

Baek nominated for KT&G CEO

| September 19, 2015

KT&G has nominated its vice president, Baek In-bok, as its new CEO, replacing former chief Min Young-jin, according to The Korea Times. In July, Min resigned following a prosecution probe into allegations that he created a slush fund amounting to billions of won. Baek joined KT&G in 1993. He served in various posts such as […]

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NPS bans e-cig use in U.S. national parks

NPS bans e-cig use in U.S. national parks

| September 18, 2015

U.S. National Park Service (NPS) director Jonathan Jarvis on Sept. 14 issued a policy memorandum prohibiting the use of electronic smoking devices in all places where the use of traditional tobacco products is already prohibited in national parks. The policy is effective immediately. “Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and employees is one […]

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Health bodies in Thailand push for new tobacco laws

Health bodies in Thailand push for new tobacco laws

| September 18, 2015

Six key public health organizations and allies in Thailand on Sept. 17 vowed to support the new draft of the Tobacco Control Act and called on the government and the National Legislative Assembly to push this law through in an effort to protect the country’s youth. At an academic conference held in Chiang Mai province, […]

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New code to regulate e-cigarette advertising in Ireland

New code to regulate e-cigarette advertising in Ireland

| September 18, 2015

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) has released its new code of standards for the advertising and marketing of e-cigarettes. The code—which is due to come into force in March 2016—stipulates that e-cigarette companies must refrain from making health or medical claims about their products and cannot glamorize e-cigarettes in any way, encourage nonsmokers […]

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2015 Golden Leaf Awards announced

2015 Golden Leaf Awards announced

| September 18, 2015

Tobacco Reporter has announced the winners of the 2015 Golden Leaf Awards. During a ceremony at the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum in Bologna, Italy, the winners accepted awards for their accomplishments in five different categories.  The Golden Leaf Awards are exclusively sponsored by BMJ. SCM/TDC won a Golden Leaf Award in the ‘Most promising […]

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European WHO members to make ‘tobacco a thing of the past’

European WHO members to make ‘tobacco a thing of the past’

| September 17, 2015

Health ministers from the 53 European member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sept. 16 agreed to a plan to make “tobacco a thing of the past” within the next decade. The member nations—who convened at the WHO’s 65th session of the Regional Committee for Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania—intend to realize this goal by […]

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Disposable shisha pipes mandatory in Dubai

Disposable shisha pipes mandatory in Dubai

| September 17, 2015

The Dubai Municipality has implemented a new hygiene rule making it mandatory for shisha outlets in Dubai to use disposable pipes in place of traditional shisha hoses. The rule, which was issued in accordance with the articles of the federal law number 15 of 2009 on tobacco control, is aimed at protecting shisha smokers from […]

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FDA orders R.J. Reynolds to pull major brand off the market

FDA orders R.J. Reynolds to pull major brand off the market

| September 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds to pull their Camel Crush Bold cigarette brand off the market. The FDA acted under a key provision of the 2009 law that requires prior FDA review and authorization before tobacco companies are permitted to market new or changed products. The decision, […]

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Pax Labs expands vaporizer line to U.K., Germany

Pax Labs expands vaporizer line to U.K., Germany

| September 15, 2015

Pax Labs, leaders in vaporization technology, announced Sept. 15 that the company’s Pax vaporizers are now available in the U.K. and Germany. The devices are available at www.paxvapor.com and local retailers. Since introducing its portable, loose-leaf Pax vaporizer three years ago, sales have grown by 200 percent. In March, Pax Labs introduced Pax 2, an enhanced […]

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South Korea’s tobacco tax revenue expected to soar next year

South Korea’s tobacco tax revenue expected to soar next year

| September 15, 2015

Tax revenue from cigarette sales in Korea is expected to reach more than 12.68 trillion won ($10.72 billion) next year, nearly double the increase from 2014, according to a report shown Monday by the independent Korea Federation of Taxpayers. The Korea Federation of Taxpayers said in its report that the increase is attributable mainly to […]

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Zimbabwe: $585 million tobacco sold during 2015 season

Zimbabwe: $585 million tobacco sold during 2015 season

| September 15, 2015

Nearly 200 million kg of flue-cured tobacco worth $585 million was sold during the 2015 season, which ended on Sept. 9, according to a story in The Herald. “Tobacco growers sold 198.7 million kg of flue-cured tobacco worth $586 million during the 2015 marketing season,” said Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) public relations manager […]

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H.B. Fuller opens Luneburg Adhesive Academy

H.B. Fuller opens Luneburg Adhesive Academy

| September 14, 2015

H.B. Fuller—a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products—has opened its Luneburg Adhesive Academy. Located in Germany, the Luneburg Adhesive Academy is the company’s newest technical center and will help its customers respond more quickly and effectively to market trends, industry challenges and opportunities. Combining state-of-the-art equipment with […]

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Executive changes announced at RAI and its operating companies

Executive changes announced at RAI and its operating companies

| September 14, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has announced several executive changes at both RAI and its largest subsidiary, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. All the changes will be effective Oct. 1. Debra Crew, who is currently president and chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds, will become president and chief operating officer of the company. She will assume management […]

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JT selected for inclusion in the DJSI Asia/Pacific

JT selected for inclusion in the DJSI Asia/Pacific

| September 14, 2015

Japan Tobacco (JT) has been selected for the second consecutive year for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index (DJSI Asia/Pacific), the worldwide index for socially responsible investment, the company announced Sept. 13. The DJSI is a collaborative initiative by S&P Dow Jones2 Indices of the United States and RobecoSAM3 of Switzerland. It assesses […]

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