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The US is reportedly moving ahead with plans to ban all flavored vaping products other than those with tobacco and menthol flavors. Read more

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The US Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, endorsed a brand of tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes. This marks the government’s first backing of a  reduced-risk tobacco product. Read more

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Philip Morris International has called off talks about a US$200 billion merger with Altria Group, Inc. Read more

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New York will raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 under legislation recently signed into law. The change, which takes effect after 120 days, will apply to the sales of traditional tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Read more

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US researchers have genetically engineered tobacco plants that can produce medical and industrial proteins in the field. This successful move outdoors from a laboratory setting could provide the opportunity to grow in bulk. Read more

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Some Tennessee tobacco farmers are turning to hemp for financial stability, with an estimated 38,000 acres of hemp expected to be farmed in Tennessee in 2019. Only 4,700 acres were farmed in 2018. Read more

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R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company recently announced it is expanding its innovative Modern Oral portfolio with VELO, a line of tobacco leaf-free and spit-free nicotine pouches. Read more

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A former tobacco industry executive is taking over as c.e.o. at 22nd Century Group, the Clarence-based company whose technology allows nicotine levels in tobacco to be manipulated. Read more

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According to an industry researcher speaking at a CSP tobacco forum, vaping cartridges and tobacco-free nicotine pouches have been category leaders so far in 2019. Read more

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A survey of younger people suggests that placing certain restrictions on e-cigarettes could prompt some to use tobacco products more. Read more

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Jeremy Fowden joins the Board of British American Tobacco as an independent non‑executive director and member of the Audit Committee and Nominations Committee. Read more

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Altria Group Inc. has seen its cigarette volume increase by 0.3% in the second quarter of the year, despite steady declines in smoking rates and new obstacles to the tobacco industry. Read more

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Among the main challenges identified during recent meetings were a drop in consumption, new generation products with lesser need of tobacco, the US-China trade war, and the unrealistic approach given to the subject of alternative crops. 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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J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has begun a multi-million-dollar renovation to convert 2,078 square feet of third-floor storage into space for hand-rolling. Read more

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Officials advanced a bill that would halt the sale of e-cigarettes in the city. 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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Beverly Hills is set to become the first US city to have a sweeping ban on nearly all tobacco products. Read more

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Oliver Kutz has taken over as c.e.o. and president of ITG Brands, replacing Dan Carr, who had served in those posts for 16 months. ITG said Carr stepped down “to pursue other interests.” Read more

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A survey conducted to inform US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory policy has revealed that young adults are less likely to view tobacco products as “very harmful” but more likely to find health information online. 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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