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UNITED STATES

California won't cap cannabis acreage

18 Nov 2017. Rules released by the state of California to govern its marijuana industry only set farm size limits for some licences, leaving other cultivators without caps on acreage, the Associated Press reported.
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ZIMBABWE

Reserve Bank doubles export incentives

17 Nov 2017. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has increased incentives under the tobacco export incentive scheme from 5 per cent to 12.5 per cent for the 2018 marketing season, Zimbabwe news site Newsday reported.
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SPAIN

Police seize record leaf haul

17 Nov 2017. Spanish police have seized 250 tons of contraband tobacco leaf worth EUR 40 million (USD 47 million) in western Spain, Gulfnews reported, citing a statement from the law enforcement agency Guardia Civil.
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JAPAN

Gov. to shelve restaurant smoking ban

17 Nov 2017. A revised government-sponsored bill intending to ban indoor smoking before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not include a threshold on restaurant size, effectively delaying what has become a “controversial" issue, the Japanese Times reported.
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JT market share strong amid sales slump

17 Nov 2017. Japan Tobacco’s (JT) domestic market share for October gained one percentage point over market share reported for the 10 month period January – October, despite a continuing fall in domestic sales volume.
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UNITED STATES

HNB as bad for heart as cigarettes – study

15 Nov 2017. A study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco has found vapour from heated tobacco devices has a similar impact on heart health to smoke from combustible cigarettes, the Daily Mail reported.
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UKRAINE

Rada approves excise hike

15 Nov 2017. The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, approved amendments to the country’s tax code which include a 2018 29.7 per cent increase in tobacco excise duties, news agency Interfax-Ukraine reported.
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UNITED STATES

New York tops smuggling rankings

14 Nov 2017. New York has the highest inbound tobacco smuggling activity of all US states, with more than half of all cigarettes consumed in the state being derived from smuggled sources, according to a Tax Foundation report.
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VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis bans cigarettes sales

13 Nov 2017. The Pope has banned the sale of cigarettes to employees at the Vatican, effective as of 2018, the Holy See Press Office said in a statement.
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UNITED KINGDOM

ASH asking for criminal charges

13 Nov 2017. Public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is asking the director of public prosecutions to allow tobacco companies to face criminal charges, The Times reported.
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