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Japan Tobacco saw a 7.3% increase in international cigarette sales volume in the first quarter of 2018, having shipped 98 billion units. more

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Papastratos, a Philip Morris International subsidiary, no longer manufactures cigarettes but instead makes tobacco sticks. more

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Japan Tobacco Inc. will launch two new Camel products nationwide this June – Camel Lights Box and Camel Menthol Lights Box. more

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A survey by Hong Kong’s Census and Statistics Department, done between June and September 2017, shows that more citizens have tried electronic smoking devices, including e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products, compared to a survey in 2015. more

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Altria Group subsidiary, US Smokeless Tobacco Co., has submitted a modified risk tobacco product application to the US Food and Drug Administration for its Copenhagen Snuff Fine Cut moist smokeless tobacco product. more

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British American Tobacco recently launched its glo tobacco heating product in Italy, making it the seventh market after Japan, South Korea, Russia, Romania, Canada, and Switzerland. more

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A Wellington court dismissed a case against the New Zealand unit of Philip Morris International, allowing it to sell its HEETs heated tobacco sticks used in iQOS devices. more

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Gurkha Cigar’s Cellar Reserve was selected as the best cigar in a blind test by Milagros Morales, the Master Roller at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba. more

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The Food and Drug Administration is taking another look at premium cigars, asking for more information which would be used to decide how it should regulate them. Anti-tobacco groups fear this could weaken regulations. more

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An EU ban on the sale of Swedish Match’ snus, is valid, an adviser to the European Union’s top court said in early April 2018. more

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Imperial Brands PLC  is to sell its US other tobacco products (OTP) division as it seeks to streamline the business. more

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Japan Tobacco Inc. announced the nationwide launch of 15 limited edition packages from Mevius in late March 2018. more

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Regulators now have heated tobacco products in their crosshairs, preparing to expand the scope of their rules against passive smoking. more

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It is now illegal to buy, use, and possess “emerging and imitation tobacco products” such as smokeless tobacco products, chewing tobacco, and shisha in Singapore. more

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Indonesia is moving to stub out its booming e-cigarette sector by imposing a 57% tax on non-tobacco alternatives starting this summer. more

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Japan Tobacco Inc. announced its plans to launch a new heat-not-burn product in Japan as early as the end of this year. more

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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel decides that Philip Morris International should not be able to claim its new heat-not-burn device iQOS is safer than smoking. more

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Since February 5, 2018, Ploom Tech starter kit and tobacco capsules have expanded their sales area to Sapporo, Sendai, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, and Hiroshima. more

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Public Health England says e-cigarettes should be available on prescription. more

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The European Commission has decided not to propose a harmonized approach for excise taxation of e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products until further information about these products is available. more

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