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Malaysia to consult on IP rights

Malaysia to consult on IP rights

| March 22, 2016

Before standardized tobacco packaging is introduced in Malaysia, the government intends to negotiate with tobacco companies over intellectual property rights; but it is not known what will happen if agreement cannot be reached.

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Jakarta to expunge tobacco adverts

Jakarta to expunge tobacco adverts

| March 22, 2016

It is expected that Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, with more than nine million inhabitants, will, by the end of this year, allow no advertising for, or display of, tobacco products, either outdoors or indoors at points of sale.

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EU needs tobacco-firm agreements

EU needs tobacco-firm agreements

| March 22, 2016

Agreements between the EU and multinationals on combatting the illegal trade in tobacco does not put the fox in charge of the hen house – but it possibly prevents headless chicken syndrome.

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BAT issues sustainability summary

BAT issues sustainability summary

| March 22, 2016

A commitment by British American Tobacco to shared values is said to be at the heart of its sustainability summary, published today.

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Swedish Match to hold AGM

Swedish Match to hold AGM

| March 22, 2016

Swedish Match is due to hold its annual general meeting next month in Stockholm.

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Tobacco smoking rooms revisited

Tobacco smoking rooms revisited

| March 21, 2016

Ten years on from the introduction in Scotland of a ban on tobacco smoking in pubs and clubs, the majority of adults still believe that smokers should be accommodated.

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BAT pay-deal haggling continues

BAT pay-deal haggling continues

| March 21, 2016

British American Tobacco’s remuneration committee, in wanting to hike executive pay, seems to be at odds with the company’s investors, who believe that executives are already well paid.

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Ugly packs seen as ‘incompatible’

Ugly packs seen as ‘incompatible’

| March 21, 2016

China’s often attractive cigarette packs won’t be sullied with graphic health warnings in the near future, it seems, because such warnings are incompatible with Chinese cultural traditions.

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Little time for TPD compliance

Little time for TPD compliance

| March 21, 2016

The practical difficulties and costs of meeting the tobacco packaging requirements of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive are huge, and manufacturers have been given little time comply.

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Trend spotting

Trend spotting

| March 19, 2016

What’s next for vapor – impressions from the recent TPE

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Gaïatrend expands into U.S.

Gaïatrend expands into U.S.

| March 18, 2016

Gaïatrend, a leading vapor company in France, is expanding into the United States, where it will be launching its flagship brand, Alfaliquid. Industry veteran and executive Arnaud Dumas de Rauly will lead Gaïatrend USA’s development as president.

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FDA sets glacial pace

FDA sets glacial pace

| March 18, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration seems unwilling even to set a target date for a decision on a Modified Risk Tobacco Product application that was set in motion five years ago and that was made in August 2014.

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BAT to stop production in Malaysia

BAT to stop production in Malaysia

| March 18, 2016

About 230 factory jobs are to go as British American Tobacco winds down its manufacturing operations in Malaysia during the next 18 months.

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Urine tests a step too far

Urine tests a step too far

| March 18, 2016

South Korea is having to ask itself whether, in the continuing battle to stop young people from smoking, there should be any rules limiting forms of engagement.

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GFN program taking shape

GFN program taking shape

| March 18, 2016

An outline program is now available for the Global Forum on Nicotine, which, as in previous years, is due to be held in Warsaw, Poland.

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TPP ratification opposed in NZ

TPP ratification opposed in NZ

| March 18, 2016

A tobacco ‘carve out’ from the investor-state dispute settlement provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has not tempered opposition to the agreement from at least one anti-tobacco group.

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A class act

A class act

| March 17, 2016

Tobacco Reporter at the ProCigar Festival in the Dominican Republic.

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Golden touch

Golden touch

| March 17, 2016

Impressions from the recent Habanos Festival gala dinner

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Anti-e-cig video denounced

Anti-e-cig video denounced

| March 17, 2016

An anti-cancer activist has been accused of undermining her own objectives by releasing a video claiming that, in respect of health risks, vaping and smoking are indistinguishable.

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Sri Lanka to go tobacco-free

Sri Lanka to go tobacco-free

| March 17, 2016

The Health Ministry in Sri Lanka has been set the ambitious target of making the country tobacco-free by 2020. The Ministry of Finance, also, is likely to find the measure challenging.

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Information no protection

Information no protection

| March 17, 2016

Individuals told that DNA test results show them to be at higher-than-average risk from a certain activity don’t necessarily stop indulging in that activity; so questions must arise over the effectiveness of mere general health warnings.

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KT&G expanding boldly overseas

KT&G expanding boldly overseas

| March 17, 2016

The overseas success being enjoyed by KT&G is particularly significant, the company says, because it is entering cigarette markets in which multinationals are already established.

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Classification criteria questioned

Classification criteria questioned

| March 17, 2016

The misclassification of tobacco can prove to be expensive for the grower or the buyer, but, allegedly, in Tanzania it can be, too, a source of income for some.

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Tobacco aims higher

Tobacco aims higher

| March 16, 2016

Altria Group and Reynolds American may soon take another look at U.S. business opportunities in the production of marijuana-related products, according to Bloomberg Intelligence’s senior tobacco industry analyst, Kenneth Shea.

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Scanlan joins Madvapes

Scanlan joins Madvapes

| March 16, 2016

Tony Scanlan has been appointed CEO of Madvapes U.K. to lead the company’s business expansion strategy in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

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