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The Saudi National Committee for Tobacco Control is in the process of imposing fines on smokers. more

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Senior officials at Oman’s Ministry of Health announced that tobacco tax will soon be doubled. 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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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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India is one of the leading tobacco producers and exporters in South Asia – and with a huge variety of tobaccos to boost. Tobacco Asia’s Thomas Schmid picks the brains of some of the key players. 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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Foreign currency incentives have played a large role in drawing more than 116,000 farmers to register for the 2017/18 marketing season. more

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) has been seeking public feedback on the standardized packaging of tobacco products, including increasing the size of graphic health warnings by 25%, in a six-week consultation exercise. more

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

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Malaysia’s Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs estimates the government is losing about MYR8 billion in tax revenue annually due to the black market. more

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The Philippines government has dropped a tax evasion case against Mighty Corp, the country’s #2 cigarette manufacturer after it was sold to Japan Tobacco to raise funds for a record PHP30 billion (US$586 million) settlement. more

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India’s government has threatened Philip Morris International with “punitive action” over the company’s alleged violation of the country’s anti-smoking laws. more

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Tobacco growers urge governments to open talks in order to promote discussion with governments and international bodies about the challenges the sector faces due to a decrease in demand for tobacco products in a lack of alternative crops. more

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China’s tobacco industry looks forward to enjoying favorable conditions in its drive to “go global,” due to the implementation of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, the so-called “Belt and Road” initiative. more

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After having grown tobacco after a bad cropping season in the last two years, farmers in Prakasam district are now panicking that there will be a drop in the market for low and medium grade tobacco, and have asked the Tobacco Board to intervene. more

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Packaging: It Couldn’t Be Any Plainer

Images courtesy of Imperial Brands Plc, left, and Japan Tobacco International, right

Plain packaging continues to rear its head with the United Kingdom being is the latest country to introduce it. But does plain packaging have the deterring effect regulators claim? more

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A new tobacco control bill has been passed, raising the minimum age for young people to buy cigarettes from 18 years to 20 years. more

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Obaid Al Tayer, the minister of state for financial affairs has announced that a new law on excise duty on tobacco as well as fizzy and energy drinks is expected to be issued this year. more

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Uganda’s attorney general defended the government’s passing of a law that restricts and regulates the consumption of tobacco and its products. more

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The Hong Kong government’s stance on tobacco health warnings continues to go against WHO guidelines, insisting on retaining the display of the tar and nicotine yields on tobacco packaging. more

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In a rare exclusive interview, Thailand Tobacco Monopoly’s managing director Daonoi Suttiniphapunt grants Tobacco Asia some insights into the organization’s future plans and the manifold challenges that lie ahead for the state-owned outfit. more

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