The Thailand Health Promotion Institute is the latest voice joining anti-tobacco advocates in opposing the recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the Thai government withdraw a tax evasion lawsuit. Read more


Draconic and rigid regulations, anti-tobacco lobbying, high production costs, and a host of other factors give German and French tobacco farmers headaches. Tobacco Asia talks to grower associations from both countries about their worries. Read more


Ex-smokers and medical associations are threatening legal action to get “too unhealthy” cigarettes that exceed European norms for nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide banned. Read more


Russia’s statistics agency says 24.4% more cigarettes were produced in June 2018 despite anti-smoking measures such as prices hikes and advertising bans. Read more


Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg donates to a trio of anti-tobacco organizations to up their game against the tobacco industry. Read more


Two leading Canadian anti-tobacco groups that campaigned against smoking and tobacco products are preparing to close their doors after the money they expected to see in the most recent federal budget failed to materialize. Read more


The Food and Drug Administration is taking another look at premium cigars, asking for more information which would be used to decide how it should regulate them. Anti-tobacco groups fear this could weaken regulations. Read more


The head of the Sudan Scholars Corporation has issued a religious decree banning tobacco. Read more


Tobacco Asia asks whether sustainability programs are intended to placate industry opponents. Respondents insist their support is based on honest intentions. Read more


From the Associate editor

Reflections and Resolutions

An eventful year for an industry undergoing changes, and more to come.

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