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GERMANY

Ministry seeks early start for menthol ban

02 Jul 2015. A bill drafted by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture proposed banning menthol cigarettes in 2016, four years earlier than required under the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
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UNITED STATES

FDA seeks comments on e-liquid warnings

01 Jul 2015. Tobacco regulators are seeking public input before proposing warnings on accidental nicotine exposure from e-liquids and requirements for child-proof containers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.
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ZIMBABWE

Target within sight as auctions enter final phase

30 Jun 2015. Deliveries to auction floors at 174 million kilogrammes may reach this year’s target of 185 million before what one official described as a difficult season closes on 15 July, the Zimbabwe Herald reported.
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HUNGARY

Government mulls plain packaging

30 Jun 2015. Hungary is considering introducing plain packaging for tobacco products, according to a report on the government's website.
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GERMANY

JTI to market e-cigarette product

29 Jun 2015. Japan Tobacco International will introduce its new e-cigarette brand, E-Lites Curv, to the German market on 1 July, the company announced in a press release.
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HUNGARY

Government rejects distribution service bid

26 Jun 2015. The government rebuffed an offer by three tobacco companies to set up a central product distribution network, saying it stands by its earlier decision awarding the concession to two competitors, the Budapest Business Journal said.
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Counter offer made to supply retail tobacco outlets

25 Jun 2015. The Hungarian affiliates of Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International made a counter offer to the government for operation of a centralized distribution system for tobacco products, the Budapest Business Journal said.
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UNITED STATES

Hines to leave Alliance One board

24 Jun 2015. John Hines will leave the Board of Directors at Alliance One International on 13 Aug, ending a 23-year career at the leaf merchant, the company said.
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ZAMBIA

Farmers stuck with unsold leaf

23 Jun 2015. Independent farmers have been left with more than three million kilogrammes in unsold tobacco as buyers prefer purchasing from sponsored growers, the Times of Zambia reported.
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UNITED STATES

Congress urged to block weakening of FDA pre-market review

23 Jun 2015. Public health groups in a joint statement urged Congress to block attempts by legislators to weaken tobacco regulators’ authority to require manufacturers obtain pre-market approval for vaping paraphernalia and small cigars.
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