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The man behind the vapour

28 Aug 2017. Chinese chemist Hon Lik is credited with having invented the electronic cigarette and thereby starting a revolution in tobacco harm reduction. TJI met the man behind the vapour and asked him about fame, Fontem and the future.
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Special

Going mainstream

28 Aug 2017. The quit or die mindset is losing face. Health groups and cigarette makers are pushing for tobacco harm reduction, and even the FDA has changed its tune. But reduced risk products remain in their infancy, with habits shifting slowly in just a few high-income nations. Taking them to the masses will require some out of the box thinking. Or will it?
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ZYN simplifies next gen

28 Aug 2017. Swedish Match launched ZYN in the US around three years ago and recently in Sweden. In shape and form, ZYN is a lot like the oral tobacco product Swedish snus. But taking tobacco out of the pouches is an additional step for tobacco harm reduction, the company says.
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Harm reduction for whom?

28 Aug 2017. PMI wants smokers to heat, not burn, Marlboros. Big Tobacco is busy bringing ‘next gen’ products which imitate smoking, to more Asian markets – for a price. But Asia’s tobacco users are diverse in taste, not to mention means. For scores of them, current reduced risk products are not worth chewing, over and those that would be are banned.
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Less nicotine, more uncertainty

28 Aug 2017. Will a sea change in policy direction by one of the world’s leading tobacco regulators, the US FDA, prove the tipping point in transforming reduced risk products from marginal to mass appeal? And what does it all mean for the tobacco industry?
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Building bridges

28 Aug 2017. This year’s Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) extended an olive branch to the tobacco industry. Tobacco harm reduction (THR) advocates and cigarette makers are now on the same side, working together to combat the ‘bad regulation’ hindering the spread of reduced risk products. So could this alliance be the key to getting harm reduction to the masses?
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Global compass

Romania cuts contraband

28 Aug 2017. Romania continues the fight against its grey cigarette market and joint efforts under the banner of the South European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) have netted a string of seizures so far this year. The volume of contraband sticks for 2017 is down but 4.22 billion greys remain.
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The end for ENDS in Russia?

28 Aug 2017. With its Anti-Tobacco Concept, the Russian government continues to pursue a regulatory pathway that would see ENDS treated as tobacco products, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Maxim Korolev provides an update on the current situation.
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Questioning wisdom

28 Aug 2017. Accepted wisdom in tobacco states that companies must increase sales in emerging markets in order to mitigate volume declines elsewhere. This concept continues to hold true, but things are not as clear-cut as they used to be, says the tobacco research team at Euromonitor.
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Leaf & tobacco processing

Higher prices for Burley in Malawi

28 Aug 2017. Malawi’s light air-cured burley farmers were hit hard in 2016 by lower prices and a drop in revenue as they maintained production in the face of falling market demand. A smaller crop in 2017 appears, however, to have stabilised the situation. Fourteen weeks into the selling season, and burley prices are around 15 per cent higher than at the same point in 2016.
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Leaf perspectives

28 Aug 2017. The future of tobacco production is mostly dependent on the global consumption of tobacco products because alternative uses of tobacco, for instance, bio-fuels, drug- or papermaking have not taken off.
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Chop Chop: Australia’s illegal leaf

28 Aug 2017. Fine-cut tobacco leaf accounts for more than half of all illicit tobacco in Australia. Growing tobacco has been illegal in the country since 2006 but a string of high-profile crop seizures show that ‘Chop Chop’, as black market fine-cut tobacco is known, is not only coming in by sea.
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Recon. will rebound, says STI

28 Aug 2017. Jason Hwang, Star Tobacco Internationals group recon. and North East Asia manager, is confident about future growth opportunities for reconstituted tobacco. He says the company is working around oversupply issues to focus on growth markets.
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African growers demand government support

28 Aug 2017. In the absence of viable alternative crops and as demand for tobacco products continues to fall, growers in Africa are concerned for their future. At the ITGA Africa Regional Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June, they asked governments to open a line of formal dialogues to discuss these challenges.
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Manufacturing & technology

Molins sells tobacco group to Coesia

28 Aug 2017. On 1 August, tobacco machinery manufacturer, Molins, completed the sale of its Instrumentation & Tobacco Machinery division to Coesia, Italian owners of competing tobacco machinery company GD, for GBP 30 million (EUR 33 million). TJI looks back at the company’s history and the reasons behind its ‧decision to end its 147-year affiliation with tobacco and the name ‘Molins’.
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Getting to grips with 4.0

28 Aug 2017. The next TJI Campus workshop, Industry 4.0: The Factory of the Future, will be held in Mainz, Germany on 2 - 3 November 2017. The event will see experts from a range of sectors discuss the modern manufacturing revolution, and its impact on the tobacco and vaping industries.
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JTI opens new plant in Poland

28 Aug 2017. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has opened a new tobacco production facility in Stary Gostków, in the centre of Poland, as part of an investment worth over USD 200 million (EUR 175 million).
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Making data meaningful

28 Aug 2017. Founded over 100 years ago in Kampen, The Netherlands, the ITMGroup owes its survival to the resilience of its founding family. Each successive generation helped the company adapt to rapidly changing times in the tobacco industry. Having survived the mechanisation of cigar making, not to mention a world war, the company is now getting to grips with the manufacturing revolution of the 21st century: digitalization - and, with it, an alarming quantity of data.
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PMI ups Heets production

28 Aug 2017. So far this year, PMI has shipped 576 million heated tobacco units to the European Union. With further expansion of IQOS in Europe planned, and market shares increasing in the countries where Heets are already available, the company is taking steps to increase production capacity in the region.
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NDC brings it to the people

28 Aug 2017. One of the key developments in streamlining manufacturing processes in recent years has been the embracing of new possibilities in communication and mobile technologies. Launched in April, the ‘myNDC’ cloud-based portal from NDC Technologies brings connectivity to its customers.
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New products need NIR, says Perten

28 Aug 2017. Perten Instruments is a supplier of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) instruments for on-line and lab use. TJI asked the company how NIR fits into the changing tobacco industry.
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Moisture tester ups connectivity

28 Aug 2017. The new MT-CA Moisture Tester from Brabender comes complete with ‘MetaBridge’ software which offers advanced levels of connectivity. TJI spoke with Jessica Wiertz and Jürgen Willmann of the company to find out more.
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Tews backs new system

28 Aug 2017. Based in Hamburg, Tews Elektronik manufactures devices for measuring moisture in leaf and cut tobacco, stems, cigarettes and cigars. The company explained its latest system to TJI, the MW 3012, which can measure 40,000 times per second ...
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Testing the next generation

28 Aug 2017. Quality control will be essential in helping ‘next gen’ products prove themselves to regulators and smokers. Part of the Hauni network, Borgwaldt KC and Sodim are ‧focusing on the QC needed to help this sector find even faster growth – so is independent lab, ASL Analytic Service Laboratory.
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Pujadas and Macro Group team up in Indonesia

28 Aug 2017. Spanish maker of adhesives, Pujadas, has entered into a joint venture with Indonesian company, Macro Group, to distribute and, ultimately, manufacture cigarette adhesives in the country.
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Products & trends

We need standards, not charades

28 Aug 2017. The FDA says it wants to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in the US and extend deeming rule deadlines for vapour products. But reducing nicotine in sticks could have unintended consequences. Why not focus on product standards instead, writes Dr John Lauterbach.
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ITSA says EC report falls short

28 Aug 2017. Plans to implement new technologies to tackle ‧illicit trade in the EU are heating up. But concerns should be raised over the type and timing of the technology the European Commission (EC) ‧appears to be favouring, says ITSA Chair, Juan Yañez, in this submitted editorial.
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Putting trust in tobacco

28 Aug 2017. Leonhard Kurz Stiftung is a leader in hot stamping and coating technologies. Its foils adorn products from many industries, including tobacco. TJI visited Kurz’s ‧headquarters in Fürth, Germany and found that the company has also been busy ‧developing a new solution for track and trace.
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Events

New friends for nicotine

28 Aug 2017. The 4th GFN conference was held in Warsaw from 15–17 June under the banner ‘Reducing harm, saving lives’. The event gathered a captive audience and high calibre of speakers but the line-up on day one set a new course for this event and the tobacco harm reduction ‘revolution’.
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The Italian job

28 Aug 2017. The annual Italian Cigar Festival, held this year in early June, is staged in an ancient villa in the historic Umbrian tobacco-growing region. It’s an industry-wide showcase for cigars, cigars and importers and related slow-smoking paraphernalia. TJI correspondent, Cindy-Lou Dale, went to experience the atmosphere first-hand.
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