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In a rare exclusive interview, Thailand Tobacco Monopoly’s managing director Daonoi Suttiniphapunt grants Tobacco Asia some insights into the organization’s future plans and the manifold challenges that lie ahead for the state-owned outfit. Read more

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The US Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, endorsed a brand of tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes. This marks the government’s first backing of a  reduced-risk tobacco product. Read more

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Thailand has become the first country in Asia, and 16th in the world, to roll out plain packaging. Read more

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InterTabac has set a new visitor record with 13,800 guests this year. Approximately 42% of the visitors came abroad, including from the US, China, Chile, South Africa, Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Turkey. Read more

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E-cigarette users are now turning to cigarettes to help them quit vaping. Some are former smokers who switched to e-cigarettes, and some are taking up cigarettes for the first time. Read more

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British American Tobacco will cut 2,300 jobs as it creates a “more efficient, agile, and focused” company as it shifts away from traditional cigarettes to new products. Read more

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New York will raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 under legislation recently signed into law. The change, which takes effect after 120 days, will apply to the sales of traditional tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Read more

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19i4_KTI Independent Successful

KT International

In the highly competitive segment of cigarette manufacturing, Bulgaria’s KT International (KTI) is the country’s most successful independent cigarette company. Read more

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ITC Limited reported a 12.6% YoY profit growth to INR3.17 billion (US$455.59 million) for the quarter ended June 2019. Read more

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WT Asia returns to Indonesia for the seventh time this October and finds a new home in Surabaya. WT Asia will take place at the Grand City Convex Convention Hall from 16-17 October 2019. Read more

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Flavors: Innovation within Boundaries

Hertz Flavors

The vaping industry has exploded in the past few years, and with it has come a tidal wave of new flavors. While the number of smokers worldwide has been slowly falling, the number of vapers is on the rise. Read more

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The government could potentially lose as much as US$1.43 billion in taxes from cigarettes and vaping products due to poor enforcement against smugglers, Japan Tobacco International Berhad (JTI Malaysia) recently announced. Read more

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Shell and Slide Packers, a cigarette packing machine, includes shell and drawer which can pack up to 10 cigarettes in one pack of any length in a solid bundle type. Read more

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British American Tobacco Korea is well on its way to achieving its goal to leverage its Sacheon factory into a global export hub, as it surpassed an accumulated production of 300 billion cigarettes as of June 2019. Read more

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China Tobacco International (HK) Co. had some wild days in Hong Kong trading recently as investors scrambled to get a piece of the international unit of state monopoly China National Tobacco – the biggest maker of cigarettes in the world. Read more

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Commercial holograms remain in wide use as an effective authentication device as part of global tobacco tax stamp programs, says Dr. Paul Dunn, chairman of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association. Read more

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Philip Morris International is to sell “smokeless cigarettes” over the counter for the first time after a recent change in the law legalized its sale. Read more

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Altria Group, Inc. recently announced that they have entered into a definitive investment agreement with Lexaria Nicotine LLC. The Altria investment will fund research on regulatory compliant, oral forms of nicotine delivery. Read more

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Retailers and wholesalers have written to the UK government raising concerns about ongoing issues with the introduction of tobacco track and trace regulations. Read more

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A survey of younger people suggests that placing certain restrictions on e-cigarettes could prompt some to use tobacco products more. Read more

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The European Union’s TPD2 is now in effect, and perhaps it approached a bit too fast for some to make their track and trace (T&T) procedures compliant. Tobacco Asia talks to a Croatian outfit which offers an intriguing solution that can help struggle Read more

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From the Associate editor

Jumping the Gun with E-Cig Bans?

Food for thought: could this rush to ban e-cigarettes and flavors actually backfire on public health?

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