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LAOS

75 per cent graphic warnings from 1 May

28 Apr 2017. Pictorial warnings on three-quarters of cigarette packs will be phased in from 1 May, the Lao News Agency (KPL) said in a story citing the Health Ministry.
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UNITED STATES

Appellate court modifies corrective statements

27 Apr 2017. A US appeals court upheld a 2006 ruling requiring tobacco companies to publish corrective warning statements about their products, but struck the “here is the truth” requirement, the Winston-Salem Journal said.
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Bill to exempt e-cigarettes from FDA review

27 Apr 2017. A bill that would exempt vaping products from costly pre-market approval by regulators to sell e-cigarettes with liquids containing nicotine is headed for the US House of Representatives, Reuters reported.
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Tampa jury awards USD 15 mln in Engle progeny case

25 Apr 2017. A jury in Tampa, Florida, ordered RJ Reynolds to pay USD 15 million (EUR 13.8 million) to the widow of a deceased smoker following a four-week trial held under Engle progeny rules, the Tampa Bay Times said.
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EUROPEAN UNION

EU tobacco flavour panel to begin meeting in June

25 Apr 2017. The EU advisory panel to help determine which cigarette and RYO products should be taken off the market because they contain characterising flavours will hold its first meeting on 1 June, the European Commission said.
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UNITED STATES

Bill to eliminate tobacco promotions introduced

24 Apr 2017. A bill to prohibit tobacco promotions, coupons or discounts will go before the California State Legislature in coming weeks to prevent manufacturers from blunting the impact of a hefty tax increase that took effect in April, said its sponsor.
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Five-point plan to combat vaping and smoking in NYC

21 Apr 2017. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed licensing e-cigarette shops like traditional cigarette retailers and requiring pharmacies to pull tobacco from their shelves, saying the products are interlinked and dangerous.
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PMI says heat sticks blunt decline in cigarette volume

20 Apr 2017. Philip Morris International (PMI) cigarette volume fell 11.5 per cent in the first quarter on weak demand for low-priced brands and inventory movements, the company said.
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San Francisco, Oakland propose sales ban for menthol cigarettes

19 Apr 2017. Neighbouring California cities San Francisco and Oakland are considering legislation to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavoured tobacco products, the San Francisco Examiner said.
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SWITZERLAND

Bobst appoints Redmond as business director

19 Apr 2017. Bobst appointed Peter Redmond, an executive with more than 30 years experience in the printing industry, as its zone business director for web-fed equipment and services in the UK and Ireland
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