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India has signed a protocol to revive the export of tobacco leaf to China, in a bid to reduce its US$63 billion trade deficit. The first such agreement was signed in 2008. 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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The Council for Harm Reduced Alternatives and the Association of Vapers India warned the central and state governments that a ban on e-cigarettes would deprive millions of smokers of safer choices and cause damage to public health. 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 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. Read more

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Tamil Nadu is the only South Indian state to report a higher prevalence of tobacco usage across different age groups when compared to GATS 1. Read more

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Philip Morris International is reportedly planning to launch iQOS in India, according to Reuters. Read more

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The International Tobacco Growers Association gathered its Asian members in March to discuss challenges growers are facing. Read more

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Farmer associations and industry figures shared mixed views on issues related to foreign direct investment in the tobacco sector in a meeting called by the commerce and industry ministry. Read more

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India is one of the leading tobacco producers and exporters in South Asia – and with a huge variety of tobaccos to boost. Tobacco Asia’s Thomas Schmid picks the brains of some of the key players. Read more

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The investment strengthens the company’s international market presence and expands its expertise in tube manufacturing. Read more

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Philip Morris International says it will fund proposals under its $100 million global initiative to support third-party projects dedicated to the fight against illegal trade. Read more

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The cash crop planted in Belagavi this year has reduced to 5,085 hectares, sown by around 5,100 farmers. Read more

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Banning e-cigarettes in India will increase smuggling of such products, which have no assurance of source and quality standards, says the Tobacco Institute of India. Read more

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India’s government has threatened Philip Morris International with “punitive action” over the company’s alleged violation of the country’s anti-smoking laws. Read more

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The Global Adult Tobacco Survey reveals an overall decline in the number of tobacco users in India in the past seven years, especially among the 15-24 age group. Read more

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The Union Health Ministry has asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to ensure tobacco shops at any airports are not located near smoking rooms. Read more

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After having grown tobacco after a bad cropping season in the last two years, farmers in Prakasam district are now panicking that there will be a drop in the market for low and medium grade tobacco, and have asked the Tobacco Board to intervene. Read more

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Tobacco auctions in Prakasam district in the Ongole region, got off on an encouraging note this year as bright grade tobacco attracted buyers at a high price of Rs161 per kg in the Ongole II auction platform. Read more

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The health ministry is seeking to tax all tobacco products, including bidis, at 28% as well as impose higher taxes under the new state goods and services tax (GST) bill. Read more

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From the Associate editor

Regulating by science,
not prejudice

Everyone can agree that regulations should be in place to control e-cigarettes. But, shouldn’t these regulations be based on new scientific findings more than old prejudice?

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