Gory warnings and plain packaging have disrupted the normal production/ distribution of tobacco products - and to most accounts - they have been a total failure in their supposed goal in reducing tobacco consumption. Read more

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Thailand is now the first country in Asia to decriminalize cannabis, removing it from the narcotics list and allowing people to grow, possess, and use the plant at home. Read more

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Canada is about to become the first country in the world to mandate that every individual cigarette and cigar feature “health-related messages that are memorable, noticeable, and impactful” on each cigarette, covering at least 75% of the surface area Read more

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The Dutch government is considering raising the price of cigarettes to between €30-47 per pack by 2040. Read more

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Thailand's Appeal Court drastically cut a fine imposed on Philip Morris (Thailand) Ltd for customs violations involving cigarette imports from the Philippines from THB1.2 billion (US$34.6 million) to THB121 million. Read more

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China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) published a rule explaining how e-cigarette companies can obtain the manufacturer license required by the new e-cigarette regulations. Read more

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The world of next-generation products (NGPs) is on the cusp of a minor revolution as the EVO NXT Festival – an extraordinary new event format – is set to launch on March 10-11, 2023... Read more

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In recent years, the Chinese tobacco industry vigorously integrated scientific and technological innovation into smart manufacturing of cigarettes to accelerate digital transformation. Read more

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In December 2021, Germany received a new government, a coalition comprising the Social Democrats, Greens, and Free Democrats. In their coalition agreement, the three parties endorsed a plan for complete legalization of cannabis... Read more

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Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, Professor Sophia Chan, announced that the smoking prevalence rate in Hong Kong dropped steadily going from 23.3% in the early 1980s to 9.5% in 2021. Read more

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Brian King succeeds Mitch Zeller as director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). King will take over from Michele Mital, acting CTP director, on July 3. Mital is CTP’s deputy director... Read more

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Two former World Health Organization (WHO) officials said WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is not working and the number of tobacco users globally has barely changed since FCTC began. Read more

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The vape regulations proposed by Malaysia’s ministry of health (MoH) which will treat vape products in the same manner as conventional cigarettes face concerns from consumers to manufacturers, importers, and retailers. Read more

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