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Despite studies revealing that South Africa’s ban on tobacco products during the lockdown due to the Covid-19 had the opposite effect of what the government had intended, the government has decided to introduce a new law keep ban in place. Read more

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The US Food and Drug Administration has taken its next step in regulating e-cigarettes by sending warning letters to 10 companies selling flavored disposable cigarettes. Read more

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Figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board show that, as of day 52 of trading, Zimbabwe’s tobacco sales have reached US$331.4 million after 137 million kilograms were put under the hammer. Read more

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Imperial Tobacco’s plant in Petone, New Zealand’s only large-scale tobacco factory, has sold, effectively bringing an end to the country’s tobacco manufacturing industry. Read more

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The World Health Organization has released reports on “novel” tobacco products in an effort claimed by the agency “to inform countries on the current state of scientific knowledge as well as regulatory and policy options available.” Read more

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A recent report by Oxford Economics found that an alarming 59% of the cigarettes sold in Malaysia are from the illicit cigarette trade. Read more

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the marketing of the IQOS tobacco heating system as a modified risk tobacco product with a reduced exposure claim. Read more

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British American Tobacco South Africa and Japan Tobacco International have joined forces taking legal action to challenge the government’s extension of the ban on cigarette sales during level three of the national lockdown. Read more

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A six-decade follow-up study of nearly 30,000 British male doctors found that those who smoked tobacco when the study began in 1951 had a 30% lower risk of death from Parkinson’s disease. Read more

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Altria Group is suing a subsidiary of its largest competitor, Reynolds American, of infringing on patents owned by Altria for some e-vapor and smokeless tobacco products. Read more

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A US court overturns a Food and Drug Administration rule on cigar, pipe tobacco, and other tobacco warnings. Read more

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The Golden LEAF Board of Directors announced US$16.1 million in funding for 47 projects across five program areas. Read more

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The US International Trade Commission announced it would be conducting an investigation into a legal dispute involving British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International in a heat-not-burn patent-infringement lawsuit. Read more

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Japan Tobacco International enhanced its global family leave policy for 44,000 employees, which will take effect from January 1, 2021. Read more

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Altria Group has announced an initial commitment of US$5 million to address systemic racism faced by Black Americans and advance social and economic equity. Read more

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22nd Century Group announced that James A. Mish has been appointed chief executive officer, effective June 22, and John Franzino has been appointed chief financial officer. Read more

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Philip Morris USA has filed the second lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration to challenge the agency’s updated graphic warning rule. R.J. Reynolds had also filed a similar suit previously. Read more

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A South African high court upheld the ban on tobacco sales which started in late March, striking down the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association’s claim that tobacco should be declared essential due to its addictive nature. Read more

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A recent report found that Jordan now has the world’s highest smoking rate, with 90.8% of those who smoke daily smoking manufactured cigarettes and “consume an average of 23 cigarettes a day." Read more

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The importation of all e-cigarettes containing vaporizer nicotine (nicotine liquids and salts) and nicotine-containing refills will be prohibited in Australia starting July 1. Read more

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