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UNITED STATES

FDA warns cigarette makers on use of ‘natural’ and ‘additive free’

28 Aug 2015. The Food and Drug Administration sent letters to three US cigarette makers warning against use of “natural” or “additive-free” descriptions on products such as Natural American Spirit, an action the FDA said would break new ground.
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USD 2 tobacco tax proposal to include e-cigs

27 Aug 2015. A proposal to increase the state tobacco tax by USD 2 (EUR 1.75) per package is back before the California legislature, this time to include e-cigarettes, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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MYANMAR

Health ministry backs large pictorial warnings

27 Aug 2015. Cigarette health warnings with pictures covering 75 per cent of the front and back of packs will be implemented “soon”, the Myanmar Times said in a report citing Health Minister U Than Aung.
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LATVIA

Imperial agrees to help tax authorities battle illicit trade

27 Aug 2015. Imperial Tobacco agreed to help the State Revenue Service combat illicit trade in tobacco products, which at nearly 30 per cent of the market is the highest in the European Union, the company said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Imperial e-cig unit Fontem to shutter Scotland site

26 Aug 2015. Fontem Ventures, the vapour-product unit of Imperial Tobacco, plans to close a warehouse and office in Scotland due to strategic restructuring, said HeraldScotland.com.
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UNITED STATES

Anti-tobacco package fast-tracked to Senate

25 Aug 2015. The California Senate Appropriations Committee reported out a package of anti-tobacco bills that include raising the smoking age and empowering local governments to seek voter approval for higher tobacco taxes, the San Francisco Chronicle said,
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UNITED KINGDOM

BAT to begin distributing Voke by end of 2015

25 Aug 2015. British American Tobacco (BAT) is on track to become the first cigarette company to manufacture and market a medically approved device to help smokers quit the habit, according to the online business daily City A.M.
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MALAYSIA

Bill to raise minimum tobacco purchase age to 21

24 Aug 2015. The Health Ministry plans to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21 and ban displays of the products in shops, the New Straits Times said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

PHE vaping report hailed as milestone

20 Aug 2015. A report by Public Health England (PHE) that concludes e-cigarettes are much less harmful than cigarettes and do not appear to represent a gateway for young people to smoking was hailed as a “milestone,” by British American Tobacco (BAT).
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UNITED STATES

Government-backed study supports e-cig gateway theory

19 Aug 2015. Teenagers who have used e-cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are much more likely to take up combustible tobacco products like cigarettes, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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