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Decline predicted

Decline predicted

| October 7, 2019

The U.S. vapor market will shrink by 13 percent as vapers return to smoking, despite government warnings not to do so, according to ECigIntelligence.

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IQOS debuts in the U.S.

IQOS debuts in the U.S.

| October 7, 2019

Altria formally launched Philip Morris International’s IQOS heat-not-burn device in the United States on Friday.

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Murillo joins Juul

Murillo joins Juul

| October 7, 2019

Juul Labs has hired tobacco industry veteran Joe Murillo as its chief regulatory officer.

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FDA warns against THC

FDA warns against THC

| October 6, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday strengthened its warning to consumers to stop using vaping products containing THC

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New York ban on hold

New York ban on hold

| October 4, 2019

A state appellate court has put New York’s ban on the sale of flavored vapor products on hold.

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E-cig marketing scrutinized

E-cig marketing scrutinized

| October 4, 2019

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has started an investigation of e-cigarette companies’ marketing practices.

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Noxious fumes suspected

Noxious fumes suspected

| October 3, 2019

Lung injuries from vaping are most likely caused by direct toxicity or tissue damage from noxious chemical fumes, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

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Cooper to step down

Cooper to step down

| October 3, 2019

Alison Cooper will step down as CEO and from the board of Imperial Brands once a suitable successor is found.

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RJR ordered to pay up

RJR ordered to pay up

| October 1, 2019

A court has ruled that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has wrongfully failed to pay Minnesota millions of dollars it owes under the 1998 tobacco settlement.

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Juul withdraws from ballot

Juul withdraws from ballot

| October 1, 2019

Juul Labs will end its support for a ballot measure that would roll back San Francisco, California’s, ban on e-cigarettes.

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Damages awarded

Damages awarded

| September 30, 2019

A Massachusetts jury ordered Philip Morris USA to pay nearly $9.7 million to a smoker suffering from lung cancer.

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Flavor ban upheld

Flavor ban upheld

| September 30, 2019

A court has denied a request by the vapor industry to delay New York’s emergency ban on flavored e-cigarettes sales.

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Stricter rules approved

Stricter rules approved

| September 30, 2019

Swiss senators have voted to ban the sale of cigarettes to minors and further restrict tobacco advertising.

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Washington bans flavors

Washington bans flavors

| September 30, 2019

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has ordered state officials to impose an emergency ban on flavored vapor products.

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Imperial earnings warning

Imperial earnings warning

| September 30, 2019

Imperial Brands issued an earnings warning reflecting a deteriorating market for next-generation products in the U.S. and changes to results expectations in other markets.

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‘No outright ban’

‘No outright ban’

| September 25, 2019

The FDA plans to “enforce existing law” rather than ban flavored cigarettes outright, Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee.

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New Juul leadership

New Juul leadership

| September 25, 2019

K.C. Crosthwaite has joined Juul Labs as CEO, replacing Kevin Burns. The move comes as Juul faces fierce criticism in the U.S. for its marketing practices.

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Merger plan abandoned

Merger plan abandoned

| September 25, 2019

PMI and Altria have called off talks to reunite their businesses in the face of investor pushback and a regulatory crackdown on vaping in the United States.

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Leaking revenue

Leaking revenue

| September 24, 2019

The Research Intelligence Unit criticized the Sri Lankan government for its failure to correct the loopholes that exist in the nation’s tobacco excise tax policy.

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Consultation urged

Consultation urged

| September 24, 2019

BAT Malaysia has asked that the industry be consulted to ensure that “robust quality and safety standards requirements were considered” in rulemaking.

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