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US leaf production set to fall by 18 percent

US leaf production set to fall by 18 percent

| August 20, 2015

Leaf tobacco production in the US this year is forecast to reach 717 million pounds, down by 18 percent on last year’s production, according to United States Department of Agriculture figures published by Christopher Bickers in his Tobacco Farmer Newsletter. Flue-cured production is estimated to be down by 17 percent to 473 million pounds and […]

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Ireland to continue monitoring e-cigarettes

Ireland to continue monitoring e-cigarettes

| August 20, 2015

Ireland’s Department of Health has said it will continue to monitor evidence on the harms and benefits associated with the use of electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Elaine Edwards for the Irish Times. The department was responding to the results of a study published yesterday by Public Health England that said electronic-cigarette vapor […]

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E-cigarette study suggests ‘gateway’ effect

E-cigarette study suggests ‘gateway’ effect

| August 19, 2015

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that use of e-cigarettes by youth who had not previously smoked could lead to use of combustible cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products. The JAMA study examined whether teens who reported ever using e-cigarettes were more likely to initiate use of combustible […]

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Imperial’s stick equivalent volumes down

Imperial’s stick equivalent volumes down

| August 19, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s total tobacco volume during the nine months to the end of June, at 207.4 billion stick equivalents, was down by three percent on that of the nine months to the end of June 2014, 213.3 billion, according to an interim management statement issued today. Underlying volume was down by six percent. Growth Brands […]

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Vaping 95 percent less harmful than smoking

Vaping 95 percent less harmful than smoking

| August 19, 2015

Vaping electronic cigarettes is 95 percent less harmful than is smoking tobacco, according to a story by Adam Brimelow for BBC News, citing a recent expert review. One of the report’s authors, Professor Ann McNeill of King’s College London said electronic cigarettes could be a game-changer in public health. “At the moment, 80,000 people [in […]

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Proposal for smoking and non-smoking patio areas

Proposal for smoking and non-smoking patio areas

| August 19, 2015

The Quebec Bar Owners Association has said that a proposed ban on smoking on bar and restaurant patios would be too restrictive and would not have any effect on public health, according to a Canadian Television report. Public consultations are currently underway in respect of Quebec’s proposed anti-tobacco legislation, Bill 44, which includes provisions for […]

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