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After 40 years, DFS Group will be shutting down its liquor and tobacco stores at Singapore’s Changi Airport when its lease expires next June. Read more

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Contaminants or counterfeit substances are being considered a likely cause of vaping-related lung illnesses. Read more

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Altria Group says it is discussing an all-stock merger with Philip Morris International. If the merger goes through, it would create the world’s biggest tobacco group. Read more

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James Adhitya Setiawan, mastermind behind Bukit Muria Jaya's creative marketing campaigns, died suddenly on Aug. 17. He was 41. Read more

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Swiss diplomats lodged a request with the Moldovan government on behalf of Philip Morris International to request the company be given a voice in discussions around new tobacco regulations. Read more

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Thailand’s Finance Ministry is planning to propose cutting the tobacco excise tax by 25% to lessen the impact on farmers. Read more

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South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has approved British American Tobacco’s proposed takeover of e-cigarette maker Twisp. Read more

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Altria Group Inc. has seen its cigarette volume increased by 0.3% in the second quarter of the year despite steady declines in smoking rates and new obstacles to the tobacco industry. Read more

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ITC Limited reported a 12.6% YoY profit growth to INR3,173.94 crore (US$455.59) for the quarter ended June 2019. Read more

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Philip Morris Thailand is trying to start talks with the Thai government to find constructive methods to reduce harm caused by smoking, which includes vaping. Read more

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China, home to the majority of the world’s e-cigarette manufacturers, is planning to regulate e-cigarettes. Read more

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Cambodia’s National Assembly has instructed ministries to curb smoking in public as a government official highlights a decrease in the consumption of tobacco goods. Read more

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The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa says a rushed new system for tracking cigarettes would see a multi-billion tender awarded to a monopoly yet may fail to curb illegal cigarette trade. Read more

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The cabinet has approved a flat tax on all cigarette packets and soft drinks to try to plug a gaping budget deficit. Read more

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Philippines’ Senate has approved a bill raising the excise taxes on tobacco products and imposing duties on vape products. Read more

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KPMG’s “Stella Report,” commissioned by Philip Morris International, reported that Greece has the highest rate of contraband cigarettes in the European Union, costing governments €690 million in revenues last year. Read more

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Since June 15, 100% tax on tobacco, alcohol, energy drinks, and pork meat is levied in Oman. Read more

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The Physicians Association for Nutrition says malnutrition ranks ahead of tobacco, lack of exercise, and obesity in the cause of disease. Read more

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The ministry of health and sports is planning to annually raise taxes on tobacco and tobacco-related products. Read more

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A US Government Accountability Office report found that the federal government lost out on US$2.5-3.9 billion in revenue since 2009 by not taxing pipe tobacco products at the same higher rate of cigarettes. Read more

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