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Living cost up

Living cost up

| April 29, 2019

The New Zealand government’s annual 10 percent tax hike on cigarettes and tobacco has resulted in a higher cost of living for beneficiaries and Māori.

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Social media scrutinized

Social media scrutinized

| April 29, 2019

The United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority is investigating British American Tobacco’s use of social media platforms

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‘Strong quarter’

‘Strong quarter’

| April 26, 2019

JT’s adjusted operating profit at constant exchange rates was up 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019.

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Revenues down

Revenues down

| April 25, 2019

Altria net revenues decreased 7.9 percent to $5.6 billion, primarily due to lower net revenues in the smokeable products segment.

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Research center at risk

Research center at risk

| April 25, 2019

PMI may close its Hong Kong research center in light of government proposals to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products.

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Growth expected

Growth expected

| April 25, 2019

BAT Chairman expects another year of profit growth, despite concerns of tighter regulations in the United States.

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Smaller crop predicted

Smaller crop predicted

| April 24, 2019

Zimbabwe’s tobacco output is expected to decline to 200 million kilograms this year owing to unfavorable weather conditions.

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PMI life insurance 

PMI life insurance 

| April 24, 2019

Philip Morris International is launching a life insurance company that will offer smokers discounts if they stop, quit, or switch to a vaping device.

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Smoking in media

Smoking in media

| April 24, 2019

More than half of South Korean entertainment media contains  scenes of smoking or displays tobacco products, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

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Tax increase sought

Tax increase sought

| April 24, 2019

Health groups are calling for the Cambodian government to increase the tobacco tax and use the money to expand health care benefits.

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Hemp could replace tobacco

Hemp could replace tobacco

| April 24, 2019

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said that his role in getting industrial hemp legalized is at “the top of the list” of reasons Kentuckians should re-elect him in 2020.

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Expansion considered

Expansion considered

| April 22, 2019

British American Tobacco is considering expanding its cigarette manufacturing operations in Malaysia, three years after closing its factory in Petaling Jaya.

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Minimum prices set

Minimum prices set

| April 22, 2019

The government of Malawi has set minimum prices for tobacco ahead of the opening of the marketing season on April 25.

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Higher tobacco age

Higher tobacco age

| April 22, 2019

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce national legislation to raise the minimum age for people buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.

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Staying the course

Staying the course

| April 18, 2019

The acting FDA commissioner vows to keep pressure on teen vaping.

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Pritchard joins 22nd Century

Pritchard joins 22nd Century

| April 18, 2019

John D. Pritchard has joined 22nd Century Group as vice president of regulatory science.

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Jessen to keynote at UKVIA

Jessen to keynote at UKVIA

| April 18, 2019

U.K. Television doctor Christian Jessen will give a keynote speech at the UKVIA Vaping Industry Forum on May 9.

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Tobacco income down

Tobacco income down

| April 16, 2019

Tobacco sales in Zimbabwe generated $19.4 million in the first 17 days of the 2019 marketing season, compared with $81 million over the same period last year.

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Production plummets

Production plummets

| April 15, 2019

Tanzania produced 50.5 million kg of leaf tobacco in the 2017-2018 season, down from 105 million kg in 2013-2014.

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Juul tracking program

Juul tracking program

| April 15, 2019

Juul has launched a tracking program that allows guardians or authorities to report a Juul product confiscated from a minor using a unique identifier on each product.

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