The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will propose a policy to ban menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars within a year, but declined to speculate on when the rule would be finalized. Read more

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Philip Morris International (PMI) is eyeing a possible entry into the cannabis market but has not yet determined its next move. Read more

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Kenneth Dart, the billionaire investor known for “vulture” trades in government debt, has built stakes worth nearly £5 billion (US$6.9 billion) in British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands. Read more

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China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has stopped soliciting public opinion on their draft amendment to the tobacco monopoly law which would extend the current... Read more

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Tobacco Asia’s international correspondent spent some 10 days in 2020 (pre-Covid-19), visiting Himalayan kingdoms and people’s republics in the Mekong delta, going off the beaten path to find out about the mystique and magic of the small countries Read more

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Squeezed in between Nepal, Bangladesh, and China, Bhutan was mysteriously linked in the 1970s as a gateway to the Indian cigarette market. Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) Read more

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Switzerland may be most renowned for its secure financial institutions. But in the canton of Vaud, a company has come up with two ingenious solutions that help make tobacco and vaping products safer against counterfeiting and tampering. Read more

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As cigarette prices soar astronomically and consumption levels taper off, consumers are getting more discerning in their tobacco purchases. They are especially looking for alternative products and those with better pricing. Read more

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Heat-not-burn (HNB) technology may be an up-and-comer in certain markets, but for some of Asia’s leading suppliers of reconstituted tobacco the sector currently plays a negligible role. Read more

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More than six months passed since the September 9, 2020 submission deadline for premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs). That’s six months into the one-year grace period products that had submitted applications had to stay on the US market. Read more

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Between January 1-April 15 this year, Hong Kong authorities have seized nearly 133 million illegal cigarettes worth an estimated HK$358 million (US$46 million). This figure is a 137% increase from what was seized in all of 2019. Read more

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