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Tobacco firms a drain on UK

Tobacco firms a drain on UK

| February 8, 2019

If research by the University of Bath is correct, Imperial Brands and British American Tobacco are not paying their way in the UK.

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Acquisitions boost volumes

Acquisitions boost volumes

| February 7, 2019

Acquisitions by the Japan Tobacco Group helped boost its cigarette volumes, which last year were up by more than seven percent in respect of its international business.

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Irresponsibility exposed

Irresponsibility exposed

| February 7, 2019

If the results of a study appear to show that vaping is dangerous; it is always worth suspending judgement until Dr. Michael Siegel has cast his eyes over the methodology.

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Smoker loses custody battle

Smoker loses custody battle

| February 7, 2019

A court in Spain seems to have been given little choice in a custody battle aimed at protecting young people from tobacco smoke.

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Baby lost with bath water

Baby lost with bath water

| February 7, 2019

The bans and restrictions on tobacco products imposed by a new law in Ethiopia arguably comprise a good initiative. The ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes is a bad one.

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Recalling nicotine’s benefits

Recalling nicotine’s benefits

| February 6, 2019

If a nicotine patch can help treat memory loss, presumably it cannot be ruled out that vaping with a nicotine e-liquid could also help in this area.

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Catch-as-catch-can

Catch-as-catch-can

| February 6, 2019

Quitting smoking by switching to vaping is seen by some to contain a ‘catch’, but it is a catch only in the minds of those who do not understand the concept of harm reduction.

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Grower registrations up

Grower registrations up

| February 6, 2019

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco production is unlikely to reflect the 46 percent increase in grower registrations, and that is probably a good thing.

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What’s tracking and tracing?

What’s tracking and tracing?

| February 6, 2019

Tracking and tracing tobacco products cannot be high on the UK Government’s agenda. Indeed, it would pay handsomely anybody who could track down any trace of its Brexit agenda.

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Prohibition proposed

Prohibition proposed

| February 5, 2019

It is difficult to fault the logic behind a proposed cigarette sales ban in Hawaii, but the schedule proposed for the progressive introduction of the ban seems to make little sense.

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When quitting isn’t quitting

When quitting isn’t quitting

| February 5, 2019

In line with the US FDA’s penchant for deeming, the American Lung Association has decided that switching from smoking to vaping does not constitute quitting smoking.

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Tax-induced price hike

Tax-induced price hike

| February 5, 2019

The critical factor in determining a sensible tax increase is whether that increase keeps the price of the product at a level that the average consumer deems fair.

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The impact of climate change

The impact of climate change

| February 5, 2019

The problem with trying to predict how climate change will impact businesses is that climate change is not a wholly predictable business.

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World Bank report

World Bank report

| February 4, 2019

The World Bank has come up with an answer of sorts to criticism that Davos attendees were shy about taxing the rich: at least ensure that impoverished smokers pay up big time.

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Caught on camera

Caught on camera

| February 4, 2019

It would be interesting to know if the authorities in Thailand considered whether it was ethical to encourage people to use their cameras to intrude on the privacy of strangers.

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Smoking up in Turkey

Smoking up in Turkey

| February 4, 2019

Although Turkey’s smoking incidence has risen as the country has brought in waves of anti-tobacco initiatives; the authorities are reacting by offering, not reflection, but more of the same.

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Tobacco research

Tobacco research

| February 4, 2019

Saudi Arabia is this year taking part in the World Health Organization’s Global Adult Tobacco Survey.

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Universal results webcast

Universal results webcast

| February 4, 2019

Candace C. Formacek, the vice president and treasurer of Universal Corporation is scheduled to host a results webcast on February 7.

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Cerulean to market Tews products

Cerulean to market Tews products

| February 1, 2019

Partners aim to deliver better services and high-performance solutions in all fields of microwave-based instruments,

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New directions for Altria

New directions for Altria

| February 1, 2019

Altria has positioned itself for a significant move into non-traditional products as its cigarette shipments continue to decline.

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