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UNITED STATES

Oregon Senate approves hiking tobacco age to 21

24 Mar 2017. A vote in the Oregon Senate has set the state on the road to becoming the third US state to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, the Associated Press reported.
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WORLD

FCTC cut smoking 2.5 per cent over 10 years; study

23 Mar 2017. A decade of tobacco control efforts by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has reduced the global smoking rate by 2.5 per cent, according to an evaluation by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project.
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CANADA

Smoking rate continues to decline, survey shows

23 Mar 2017. The latest Canadian Community Health Survey shows a 0.4 percentage point annual decline in the smoking rate and a nearly nine per cent drop since 2000-2001, the Canadian Press reported.
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UNITED STATES

FDA delays ‘other use’ rule for tobacco-derived products

22 Mar 2017. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pushed back by one year a rule to clarify when products derived from tobacco face regulation as drugs or combination products.
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SWITZERLAND

PMI to convert Greek cigarette plant to make iQOS sticks

22 Mar 2017. Philip Morris International (PMI) will invest EUR 300 million (USD 323 million) to convert a Greek cigarette factory to into a plant capable of turning out 20 billion tobacco sticks for its iQOS heat-not-burn device, the company said.
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OMAN

Cigarette tax to rise 100 per cent

22 Mar 2017. The tax on cigarettes is expected to be hiked 100 per cent this year as part of a selective tax agreement agreed last year by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to raise the price of goods deemed unhealthy, the Times of Oman said.
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ZIMBABWE

TIMB to manage afforestation fund

21 Mar 2017. The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has been granted control of a fund used to create new woodlands after Treasury repeatedly failed to release money for the programme, NewsDay reported.
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Electronic marketing system upsets growers

21 Mar 2017. The electronic marketing system introduced at tobacco auctions this season continues to malfunction, and when it does work, many farmers don’t understand how it functions, The Standard reported.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Imperial, JTI said to be mulling stake in P&H

21 Mar 2017. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and Imperial Brands are in talks to pump liquidity into struggling wholesaler Palmer & Harvey (P&H) in return for an equity stake, Sky News reported.
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MOZAMBIQUE

Stamps mandated for tobacco products

21 Mar 2017. The Tax Authoritiy (AT) has introduced a “control” stamp on tobacco products and plans the same for alcohol to reduce revenue loss from illicit trade, the AIM news agency reported.
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