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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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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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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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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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The ministry of health has launched Vaping Facts, a new project website endorsing and educating about vaping products as valuable harm reduction tools for current smokers. Read more

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WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app, blocked all public accounts that posted tobacco service information and policy guidance as well as corporate accounts of the tobacco industry. Read more

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Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue faces pressure to abolish the adjustable federal excise duty of PKR300 per kilogram on the processing of green tobacco at green leaf threshing plants. Read more

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North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the government has taken steps to restrict the import of foreign-made tobacco products and to revise the country’s Tobacco Control Law. Read more

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Responding to the country’s minister of health, who had sought the ban, minister of Communication and information, Rudiantara, ordered his team to block all online cigarette advertisements. Read more

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Scott Gottlieb’s resignation from his post as US Food and Drug Administration commissioner sent shockwaves across the industry followed by much speculation what this meant for the future of tobacco and next-generation products. Read more

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An April 2019 report revealed that the number of tobacco shops in Minneapolis more than doubled after the sale of menthol products was restricted to adult-only establishments in 2018. Read more

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A new law is expected to be introduced by the end of this year to cover regulations on all tobacco-related products and no-smoking zones. Read more

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A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives in late March is seeking to exempt premium cigars from burdensome FDA regulations. Read more

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Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Commissioner responsible for health, says the next European Commission will propose strengthening regulations, especially on e-cigarettes and next-generation products. Read more

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Hawaii is considering a bill that bans cigarette sales to those under 100. Read more

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The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue started the year by destroying various illegally operated cigarette-making equipment and fake cigarettes in mid-January to show the government’s commitment to fight tobacco smuggling and counterfeiting. Read more

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The Canadian government is considering putting a cancer warning label on every individual cigarette stick sold in the country. If passed, this will make Canada the first country in the world to do so. Read more

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Senators are considering a possible increase of excise taxes on tobacco products to fund the proposed universal health care program. Read more

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The Jordanian government has limited the importation of cigarettes and “mu‘assel” production machinery and their “non-retail” production inputs to only established and licensed factories. 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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