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Better times ahead

Better times ahead

| January 4, 2018

This year should be better than last year for Malaysia’s cigarette manufacturers and, therefore, for government revenues. Only the illegal trade is expected to lose.

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PM’s New Year resolution

PM’s New Year resolution

| January 3, 2018

Philip Morris’ New Year resolutions on quitting smoking comprise a much-needed and practical attempt to stimulate debate and offer helpful guidance.

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Iran cuts cigarette imports

Iran cuts cigarette imports

| January 3, 2018

Iran has ambitions to become self sufficient in tobacco-leaf production and cigarette manufacturing. The latter is proving easier to achieve than is the former.

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Drugs key to quitting

Drugs key to quitting

| January 3, 2018

Japan’s National Cancer Center has said it does not recommend that smokers make quit attempts with electronic cigarettes – products that are effectively banned in the country.

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Smoking, vaping banned

Smoking, vaping banned

| January 3, 2018

Tobacco smoking is now banned in a number of open public places in Portugal, and vaping is now banned in enclosed public places.

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HNB demand boosts imports

HNB demand boosts imports

| January 2, 2018

In some early-take-up markets, demand for heat-not-burn products is starting to have a measurable effect on international trade.

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Singapore out on a limb

Singapore out on a limb

| January 2, 2018

Singapore considers e-cigarettes to comprise a gateway product to smoking, but in banning them it seems to be providing a gateway back into smoking for some people.

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Two-phase warning increase

Two-phase warning increase

| January 2, 2018

Pakistan is increasing the size of its cigarette-pack graphic warnings in two phases, one year apart.

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Propaganda or advert?

Propaganda or advert?

| January 2, 2018

Anti-tobacco sentiments publicly expressed in the US seem to appear under the guise of ‘advertisements’, while those in North Korea are seen as ‘propaganda’.

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Smokers over-taxed

Smokers over-taxed

| December 29, 2017

An insightful opinion piece in a New Zealand newspaper that tells how disadvantaged smokers there are paying far too much tax could be applied to many other countries.

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Local buying ‘encouraged’

Local buying ‘encouraged’

| December 29, 2017

To import unmanufactured tobacco into Indonesia, companies are going to have to demonstrate that they are buying local tobacco.

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Puffing along in China

Puffing along in China

| December 29, 2017

A question that has arisen during a court case in China asks whether a smoker should be prohibited from indulging her habit during the whole of a 30-hour train journey.

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Shisha smoking banned

Shisha smoking banned

| December 29, 2017

Following the example set by Tanzania and Rwanda, Kenya has become the third East African country to ban shisha smoking.

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Tax reduction on hold

Tax reduction on hold

| December 28, 2017

One way to reduce the illegal trade in tobacco products is to cut the taxes imposed on them, but it is a strategy open to challenge.

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SEKAP’s future in question

SEKAP’s future in question

| December 28, 2017

The future of SEKAP, the Xanthi-based tobacco-products company that was established in 1975, is due to be discussed today at an extraordinary board meeting.

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PM visits tobacco growers

PM visits tobacco growers

| December 28, 2017

Putting to one side the inevitable higher-prices pep-talk, the real story of the Macedonian Prime Minister’s visit to tobacco areas was the fact that he made the trip.

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Tobacco buildings listed

Tobacco buildings listed

| December 28, 2017

Given the pariah status of tobacco in the US, the elevation of two tobacco buildings to historic-place status might seem at odds with the current mood.

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Thailand faces vapor issues

Thailand faces vapor issues

| December 27, 2017

If the makers of heat-not-burn devices want to promote their products while distinguishing them from combustible and electronic cigarettes, they need to come up with a better category name.

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Regulatory board closing

Regulatory board closing

| December 27, 2017

Turkey, which in recent years has turned against tobacco, is closing the board responsible for tobacco regulation and is handing these duties to ministries.

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Quit aids failing smokers

Quit aids failing smokers

| December 27, 2017

Pharmaceutical interventions are not the quit-smoking panacea they are sometimes made out to be. Little wonder if the people administering them are telling smokers quitting is really hard.

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