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UNITED KINGDOM

Survey finds increase in untaxed tobacco purchases

20 Aug 2018. A survey of the behaviours of over 12,000 adult smokers in the UK, which was commissioned by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA), has found that over 76 percent of adult UK smokers are regularly dodging taxes by purchasing untaxed tobacco from the black market, abroad or duty free, TMA reported in a press release.
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PHILIPPINES

House backs e-vapour

20 Aug 2018. The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution urging the Department of Health (DOH) to incorporate tobacco harm reduction measures, including the use of e-vapour products, as part of its tobacco control strategy, the Manila Standard reported.
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JAPAN

BAT Japan to increase prices

20 Aug 2018. British American Tobacco Japan (BAT) has filed for approval from the Japanese Finance Ministry to increase its tobacco product prices in correspondence with the scheduled tax hike in Japan on October 1, according to various sources, The Japan Times reported.
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JT volume declines further

17 Aug 2018. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) shipped 47.4 billion sticks in the January-July period, down 13.3 per cent on the 54.7 billion units it shipped in the first half of 2017, the cigarette maker said reporting preliminary sales results for July.
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AUSTRALIA

Police uncover smuggling syndicate

16 Aug 2018. Four Chinese nationals have been charged in Melbourne with importing illicit tobacco products after a police operation uncovered an alleged tobacco smuggling syndicate with connections to significant money laundering activities, 9 News reported.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Funding secured for Voke nicotine inhaler

15 Aug 2018. Kind Consumer Holdings Limited has secured funding for the manufacture and marketing of the shelved medically regulated nicotine inhaler Voke in the United Kingdom, the company said in a press release.
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TURKEY

Country raises tariffs on US tobacco

15 Aug 2018. Turkey has increased tariffs on US imports such as passenger vehicles, alcohol and tobacco, according to the country’s Official Gazette, Reuters reported.
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SOUTH AFRICA

Alliance formed to fight illicit trade

15 Aug 2018. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has announced that it is collaborating with the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) and the Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) to fight illicit trade in cigarette and all tobacco products, The Independent Online South Africa reported.
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WORLD

STOP watchdog directors revealed

13 Aug 2018. The joint directors of the new STOP tobacco industry watchdog organisation will be the University of Bath, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and The Global Centre for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed in a press note.
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UNITED STATES

Universal reports first quarter gains

08 Aug 2018. Operating income at Universal Corporation for the first quarter was up 31 per cent, at USD 8.4 million (EUR 7.2 million), in what was a strong start to financial year 2019, the leaf merchant said in its first quarter results.
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