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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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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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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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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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Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health has announced that it is working with partners to reduce tobacco consumption, identifying it as a national target Read more

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A new law which will come into effect in February 2019 is putting a stop to smoking in public places in Thailand. Read 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. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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From the Associate editor

Sustainability and Innovation

Two seemingly juxtaposed concepts, ensuring continuity of what already exits and introducing what doesn’t but should. Could the tobacco industry do both?

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