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Meet Chris Greer, TMA’s new chief

29 Jun 2017. No longer known as the Tobacco Merchants Association, TMA collects and manages information. The group’s first leadership change in 35 years occurred this March when Chris Greer, who happens to be 35 years old, became president and CEO.
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Special

PMI seeks allies in UK

29 Jun 2017. As word about IQOS in the UK spreads, thanks to a new IQOS conversion programme, PMI UK has taken steps to ensure its ‘smoke-free future’ is also a harm reduction-friendly one. This includes appealing to the government for fair taxation and regulation of reduced risk products.
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Legalising harm reduction

29 Jun 2017. Consumer advocates in both the UK and US are hoping to take advantage of the volatile political situation and convince lawmakers to relax regulations on what they believe are lifesaving tobacco products. And with evidence in favour of tobacco harm reduction mounting, and attitudes towards reduced risk products changing, will regulators really be able to refuse?
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A new era dawns at WHO

29 Jun 2017. There are significant differences in approach between newly-appointed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and that of his predecessor. For one, he plans to make WHO more “transparent and accountable”. For another, he is not talking about tobacco – at least not yet.
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Is tobacco control turning a corner?

29 Jun 2017. As arguments for tobacco harm reduction gain momentum, marijuana goes mainstream, and WHO says goodbye to ENDS sceptic Margaret Chan, TJI asks: are we entering a new age of tobacco control in which conventional rules are turned on their heads and relative risk actually plays a role?
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Global compass

Elephants and game changers

29 Jun 2017. Do next generation vapour products really hold the key to the future or will the tobacco industry always be about combustible cigarettes, asks Don Hedley?
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Tobacco Traveller: Japan

29 Jun 2017. Home to one of the Big Four, Japan’s tobacco profile is changing...
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Leaf & tobacco processing

Leaf perspectives

29 Jun 2017. Tobacco played a role in early state building and taxes from it were the foundation of many modern fiscal systems. It could do even more today, writes António Abrunhosa of the International Tobacco Growers Association, if conditions allowed.
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Making the switch

29 Jun 2017. For more than four centuries, Maryland tobacco drew praise for its thin leaves and distinctive flavour. But production has all but ceased under a state programme begun in 2001 that offers practical lessons to stakeholders in WHO’s global drive to wean growers off leaf.
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Zimbabwe volume up prices down

29 Jun 2017. Scores of Zimbabwean small farmers have pulled FCV production back to within reaching distance of the record 236 million kg sold in 2000. Volumes are up and reports of leaf quality also give reason for optimism. But prices have fallen short of farmers’ expectations.
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US burley growers face oversupply

29 Jun 2017. As spring flowers bloom and soil is turned over in the fields, US tobacco farmers are gearing up for a new crop year. Burley growers are either transplanting or preparing their fields for planting and after a challenging 2016, they are full of optimism. Yet, according to those in the know, 2017 may prove another difficult year.
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Tobacco bond blues

29 Jun 2017. Tobacco has earned Zimbabwe foreign exchange for decades despite massive disruptions in the early 2000s when white farmers were disenfranchised. This year’s problems centre on the “tobacco” bonds for cash plan introduced by the central bank last November.
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Manufacturing & technology

Metsä makes it simple

29 Jul 2017. Metsä Board has spent the past several years peeling away businesses not part of the fresh-fibre paperboard core upon which the company intends to build its future. The company’s back-to-basics philosophy prompted it to simplifying services and its brands.
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Record attendance at Interpack

29 Jun 2017. 170,500 visitors from 168 countries attended this year’s Interpack at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in early May. Industry 4.0, now the biggest buzzword in manufacturing, ‧resounded through the 18+ halls, which housed a record 2,865 companies. Modular systems, smart ‧packaging, anti-counterfeiting and sustainability were also major trends.
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Products & trends

The name game

29 Jun 2017. The hunt for product descriptions that will sell e-liquids and hookah accessories to a mostly young audience has moved beyond names of fruits and berries, herbs or spices to monikers that convey moods, feelings or lifestyles.
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Investing in Asia

29 Jun 2017. What do you get when you combine a paper mill, a strategic location and a young, highly-skilled and motivated workforce? The answer is delfort’s  Wattens Vietnam paper mill. TJI visited the site two years after acquisition to check out the group’s continued investment in tobacco, and in Asia.
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Packaging the future

29 Jun 2017. There were novelties aplenty at this year’s Interpack fair, but only a few bore a direct relation to the tobacco and vaping industries. From top-notch e-liquid caps to print inspection technology that doesn’t miss a trick, here’s a quick rundown.
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Making pure filters

29 Jun 2017. We recently reported that McAirlaid’s Vliesstoffe is a new entrant in the filters category. It turns out this is not entirely true. McAirlaid’s attended its first tobacco expo in 2011, in Munich. The WT Asia show in Jakarta in May was the company’s second tobacco show appearance. There, McAirlaid’s representatives’ talk of a “pure cellulose” approach to filters was turning heads…
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Smoke, but no smoking gun

29 Jun 2017. Even before the FDA gained authority to regulate tobacco in the US, it was claimed the agency would finally find the ‘smoking gun’ ingredients that make certain brands and types of cigarettes popular. After countless ingredients and substantial equivalence reports, they’re still looking…
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The secret sauce

29 Jun 2017. Up to 100 different ingredients make up the ‘special sauce’ that gives kreteks their unique and often closely-guarded flavour. So what is the secret to a good kretek and how has one European flavour house managed to become a connoisseur?
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Chinese packaging group looks abroad

29 Jun 2017. Jinjia Group is the largest supplier of packaging to China Tobacco. TJI spoke to Deputy General manager, Vincent Wang, to find out more about the company’s product, and plans.
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Forget the liquids; it’s the nicotine

29 Jun 2017. Mitch Zeller, head of the Food and Drug Administration’s Centre for Tobacco Products (CTP), has issued a call for US regulators to focus more on the overall impact of nicotine addiction than on whether products using e-liquids are less harmful than cigarettes.
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Something special on the end of a stick

29 Jun 2017. Those who make filters say the market looks buoyant, especially when it comes to speciality filters. Demand is growing for filters that enhance flavour and visually embellish the consumer end of a cigarette stick.
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The tip of the iceberg

29 Jun 2017. A global supplier of tipping paper, Tann Group’s product portfolio caters for a variety of markets. The company has also made diversification a focus in response to consumer trends. Smokers are responding well to innovative, stand-out products, the company told TJI, particularly in Asia.
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Sweetening kretek tips

29 Jun 2017. UK-based maker of adhesive and flavour applications systems, SPI, launched a new machine at the WT Asia show in Jakarta. The machine prints sweetener solution onto tipping paper, popular on kreteks, and solves issues of even application, the company says.
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Hengfeng serious about paper

29 Jun 2017. Based in Heilongjiang province in northern China, Hengfeng Paper is celebrating 65 years of supplying paper products to the tobacco industry. General Manager Xingjiang Guan spoke to TJI about the company and its focus on development.
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Events

Tobacco is back in the tropics

29 Jun 2017. World Tobacco returned to Jakarta, Indonesia once again for its WT Asia 2017 show from 17-18 May. The word from exhibitors and visitors alike was that the right people were in the hall, and that a tobacco show in Indonesia is a welcome boost to the industry in Southeast Asia.
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Change at TMA

29 Jun 2017. There used to at least be a compass to help navigate the sometimes still waters of tobacco regulation. That was when the rules regulators imposed on products already in the market largely determined the fate of those queuing up to enter the marketplace.
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Going global

29 Jun 2017. Combining shisha and vaping products into one show is a concept that has worked well for German organisers Projekt 20drei10 and their chief, Aytac Leyla. There are plans for two more this year; in Berlin and in New York City.
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Securing supply

29 Jun 2017. Co-located with the established finished-product expo, InterTabac, InterSupply focuses on supply and manufacturing. The show will be held again this year from 22–24 September in Dortmund, Germany and a wide range of companies have already confirmed that they will attend.
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