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WORLD

WHO report cites need for stronger industry blocks

20 Jul 2017. The World Health Organisation cited “notable progress” to reduce tobacco use in its latest Global Tobacco Epidemic report and called for better controls on “shameless” industry interference.
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UNITED STATES

Oakland to ban sales of menthol cigarettes

20 Jul 2017. City councillors in Oakland voted to ban sales of flavoured tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, making it the second California city after San Francisco on 20 June, the East Bay Times said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Shareholders approve BAT-RAI merger

19 Jul 2017. British American Tobacco and Reynolds American Inc shareholders approved BAT’s acquisition of the 57.8 per cent of RAI that it does not already own, the companies said.
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Spectra’s TruBrand system gains foothold in China

18 Jul 2017. Spectra Systems’ TruBrand product verification system, which allows smartphone users to ensure products they are buying are authentic, has been approved by China’s Tobacco Standardisation Research Centre (CTSRC), according to Stock Market Wire.
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FRANCE

Government rescinds tobacco brand ban

17 Jul 2017. The government has annulled a ban on selected tobacco brands including Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s (STG’s) Café Crème cigars in response to a French administrative court ruling, the cigar maker said.
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INDIA

PMI accused of secret campaign to subvert FCTC

14 Jul 2017. Philip Morris International for years has waged a secret campaign to water down anti-tobacco efforts by the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Reuters news agency said in an exclusive report citing leaked PMI documents.
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FRANCE

Sanchez replaces Parcevaux as RTI president

14 Jul 2017. Republic Technologies International (RTI) said long-time sales and marketing director Santiago Sanchez has replaced Philippe Parcevaux as president of the accessories maker that counts OCB and Zig-Zag rolling papers among its brands.
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UNITED STATES

House panel backs relaxed vaping product controls

13 Jul 2017. The House Appropriations Committee voted to weaken Food and Drug Administration authority over vaping products in a measure that would exempt products currently on the market from FDA pre-market review, the Associated Press said.
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PHILIPPINES

Manila files new WTO complaint over Thai tobacco imports

13 Jul 2017. The Philippines filed a new complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against Thailand in a dispute that began over alleged discriminatory treatment of tobacco imports to protect the Thai tobacco monopoly, Reuters reported.
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JT in talks to acquire Mighty Corp

12 Jul 2017. Japan Tobacco (JT) is in talks to acquire Mighty Corp for PHP 45 billion (EUR 775 million) in a deal which would allow the Philippine cigarette maker and tobacco processor to settle its substantial tax liabilities, Reuters said.
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