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The tobacco tax hike will be JP¥1 per cigarette, with an additional tax hike of ¥2 to be implemented by October 2021. more

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The Ministry of Health and Welfare said this September or October it plans to announce a measure pushing to enlarge the size of graphic warning images on cigarette packs. more

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Traders, farmers, and unionized workers have joined the industry pushback against the government’s proposed new tobacco laws, saying they will harm businesses and lead to thousands of jobs lost. more

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The Tobacco Institute of India asked the government to talk with farmers and industry stakeholders before the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of Parties meeting. more

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A special committee of the Pakistan Senate met early August to look into the decline in revenue from the tobacco industry. more

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Over the past three years, land under tobacco cultivation in India has been shifted to other crops under the government’s crop diversification program. more

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The House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Department of Health to promote harm reduction measures as part of its National Tobacco Control Strategy. more

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The cigarette industry in Southeast Asia is on the wane with combined cigarette volumes sales declining by nearly 3% in 2017. Strong government regulations are key reasons for the reduced outlook. more

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The United States’ FDA is set to eventually enact a new rule requiring all cigarettes sold in the country to have “minimally or non-addictive” nicotine levels. more

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Plain packaging with graphic images will not change customer habits, New Zealand shop owners say. more

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The Bihar state government, led by chief minister Nitish Kumar, is moving forward to impose a blanket ban on tobacco consumption two years after it imposed total prohibition. more

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The Malaysian Finance Ministry says the price of tobacco, including cigarettes, will remain the same. more

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Canada’s federal government has passed the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, which will allow e-cigarette companies to advertise publically. more

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The French government will force tobacco companies to help get rid of cigarette butt pollution unless they hey take voluntary action in the next three months. more

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The products are banned in the city after 70% of voters endorsed the city law. more

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Manufacturers of heat-not-burn products fire back, following government study on the safety of HNB products. more

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The Ikoma city government in Japan's Nara Prefecture is forcing smokers to undergo a “decontamination” period before they can enter elevators, a health rule praised by some but described as draconian by others. more

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Only one in four smokers in the UAE have changed their habits after the government introduced a 100% excise or “sin tax” last year. more

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A new people’s initiative calling for a ban on all tobacco advertising that targets children and young adults was launched this March. more

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E-cigarettes smokers or vapers will face a fine if seen vaping in public spaces or public transport across New South Wales, according to a new ban coming into effect this July. more

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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. more

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