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19i4_Western Vape Liquids Looking East

Laboratoire Lips France

As European and North American markets approach saturation, a number of western e-liquid manufacturers have begun pushing into Asia, especially China. Tobacco Asia talks to two prominent European companies that see bright futures in the East. Read more

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19i4_Logic Turns Compact

JT International SA

JTI’s Logic range of vaping products is known for its quality and has been a success in the world’s most important vaping markets. Now the company is in the midst of a global roll-out of the even more convenient, pocket-sized Logic Compact. 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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Showcasing independent leaf suppliers from around the world, Tobacco Asia introduces a brand new outfit founded only very recently alongside an “old hand” merchant, both of them eager to become more active in export markets. Read more

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As Special As It Gets

Essentra Pte. Ltd.

With consumers growing increasingly demanding, cigarettes equipped with specialty filters are becoming the norm rather than being a premium add-on. Tobacco Asia explores what’s currently trending. Read more

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Called pod mods, these light-weight, portable vaping devices are all the rage at the moment. Wholesalers want them, retailers desire them, end-users celebrate them. Tobacco Asia inquires what the circus is all about. Read more

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Proudly Independent

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, Inc.

Global cigarette markets are increasingly dominated by “The Big Five”. But there still are numerous independent manufacturers around who hold out against the overwhelming competition. Read more

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After Tobacco Asia broke news about the brand new, fully biodegradable filter material Genia, invented and patented by German company McAirlaids GmbH in a featured story last year (vol. 22 no. 2), it created quite some buzz among our readership. Read more

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The Irresistible Lure of Pheromone Traps

Courtesy of Borgwaldt Flavor GmbH

Common sense suggests that any tobacco company worth its salt should continuously monitor for tobacco beetle and tobacco moth. Pheromone traps are an excellent and cost-effective way to assess whether an infestation has occurred or not. Read more

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While global demand for oriental tobacco is constantly increasing, production is dropping drastically everywhere. The crop is deserving of more attention, opine some leading traders. Read more

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Phosphine fumigation remains the de rigueur pest control option in the tobacco industry. But, there certainly are other alternatives available. Tobacco Asia investigates this with German outfit ThermoNox GmbH. Read more

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Brand Security: The Future Is Now!

Courtesy of Rolling Optics AB

The counterfeiting of tobacco brands has grown into a worldwide problem. But a Swedish company has a sensational security product at the ready that can help tackle the issue in a stride. Read more

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Smokeless Tobacco: Perfect Alternative to Outwit Anti-Smoking Laws

courtesy of House of Oliver Twist A/S

Chewing tobacco and Swedish snus are going pretty much under the radar in a world awash with combustible tobacco products, yet they are fantastic alternatives to circumvent smoking restrictions. Read more

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IUOC heat not burn

Courtesy of Shenzhen Yukan Technology Co. Ltd. / IUOC

Heat-not-burn devices have matured into a great way for enjoying tobacco, settling somewhere between vaping and combustibles. Chinese companies, in particular, are displaying innovativeness and zest when it comes to the motto “back to tobacco." Read more

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As part of our continuing series on independent leaf suppliers we are introducing a Hong Kong-based company that has spread its wings around the globe and a Zimbabwean start-up attempting its first successful baby steps. Read more

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Something to Spare

Courtesy of HSI Tobacco Service & Spare-Parts GmbH

Whether new or obsolete tobacco machinery, they are all subject to considerable wear and tear. Spare part suppliers thus provide a crucial – indeed indispensable - service to keep lines running and prevent expensive production downtimes. Read more

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Draconic and rigid regulations, anti-tobacco lobbying, high production costs, and a host of other factors give German and French tobacco farmers headaches. Tobacco Asia talks to grower associations from both countries about their worries. Read more

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ITSA: Some Beef with TPD2

Courtesy of ITSA

The International Tax Stamp Association is warning that the EU’s TPD2 may not be compatible with the WHO’s FCTC as far as T&T requirements are concerned and that some adjustments may be sorely needed. Read more

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Star Agritech: Reaching for the Stars

Star Corporation

After rebranding its flagship company Star Tobacco International into Star Agritech International, the Star Corporation group of companies harbors quite exciting plans. Tobacco Asia talked to some of its executives to see where it is headed. Read more

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Forwarding and warehousing are two of the most important aspects to ensure a smooth production flow in the tobacco industry. Tobacco Asia picks the brains of some providers. 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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