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PAX focusing on scale and supply

24 Feb 2017. PAX Labs has made a big impression with its dry herb and e-liquid vaporizers. TJI spoke with newly appointed CEO, Tyler Goldman, about the challenges and opportunities facing PAX.
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Special

Illicit tobacco in Russia

24 Feb 2017. Cigarette output is down and officials are quick to point to stiffer restrictions on tobacco products and their use. Though the restrictions are real, the real reasons behind the drop are as grey as the market that caters to the needs of consumers tired of forking out more for legal wares.
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Seeking a balance for illicit trade

24 Feb 2017. Raising the value of tobacco products via higher excise duties lures black marketeers who smell higher profits. Though the need for an enforcement counterweight is recognised by even staunch opponents of the tobacco trade, more needs to be done.
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Finding the grey stick

24 Feb 2017. Romania has cut the size of its grey market by half in recent years, but that 50 per cent represents some five billion cigarettes. Though legal cigarettes are fairly inexpensive, wages are low and those who earn them turn to the grey market to stretch their paychecks.
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Stopped at the source

24 Feb 2017. Commonly known as the EU anti-fraud office or by the acronym OLAF, this agency has a tobacco and alcohol unit with a long arm. OLAF chief Giovanni Kessler recommends a united approach to leverage European influence with foreign authorities to stop illicit production at its source.
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Global compass

Towards a bigger future

24 Feb 2017. The British American Tobacco bid for Reynolds American would create the largest tobacco company outside the Chinese state monopoly and a world leader in reduced-risk products.
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The consolidation game

24 Feb 2017. BAT’s acquisition of Reynolds has again focused attention on ownership of the world tobacco‧ ‧industry. The question, often posed – can the market consolidate further? As usual the answer is yes, but this time there’s a sense that the endgame may be approaching . . .
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PMTA the easy way

24 Feb 2017. The FDA’s Premarket Tobacco Application (PMTA) process is not only exhaustive but also exhausting. There may be no predicate product (at least not yet) to provide the US vapour industry with a quicker, easier way to get products approved, but Essentra USA believes it can offer another route – potentially saving manufacturers both time and money.
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Challenges ahead for Cuba

24 Feb 2017. Premium Cuban cigars are poised to sweep into the US premium cigar market. But Cuban producers will have to navigate several serious obstacles if they are to lay claim to a significant market share. Above all, growers and manufacturers will have to ramp up production.
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Will Trump make US vapour great again?

24 Feb 2017. The face of Donald Trump is all over the media. Trump is everywhere, but where is he on tobacco and vapour? The US President is a teetotaller and never-smoker. But his promise to create jobs and slash regulation could mean big things for the US vapour industry. This prospect has given rise to hope and action.
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Could synthetic nicotine save US vapour?

24 Feb 2017. Many ‧solutions are being sought to prevent the demise of around 95 per cent of the US vapour industry as a result of FDA’s deeming rule. But could simple chemistry be the answer? A recent, and rather uncharacteristic, statement from FDA seems to suggest so.
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Tobacco Traveller: Poland

24 Feb 2017. We begin the new era of TJI’s Tobacco Traveller with European tobacco giant, Poland.
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Leaf & tobacco processing

The ups and downs of oriental

24 Feb 2017. Dr Terry Mabbett reveals how oriental tobacco fared in 2016, and asks what it is that makes this aromatic leaf so resilient in the face of adversity.
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From Izmir to Samsun

24 Feb 2017. When President Recep Tayyip Erdoˇgan first came to power as Turkish prime minister in 2003, ‧tobacco production was well above 100,000 tonnes annually. Although the size of the crop was up 3 per cent last year, output was a comparatively modest 70,000 tonnes.
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The future of plant breeding

24 Feb 2017. North Carolina State University Professor of Crop Science Ramsey Lewis breeds tobacco plants are research stations scattered around the state. Genetic-based technologies have a lot to offer, said Lewis, but the road ahead won’t be straightforward.
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Manufacturing & technology

Designing the future today

24 Feb 2017. ITM Poland creates innovative solutions for the tobacco ‧industry. TJI sat down with the company’s Sales Director, Marcin Grabowski, at the headquarters in Radom to get into some real detail about the company and its unique approach.
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150 years at Borgwaldt

24 Feb 2017. Part of the Hauni network, tobacco processing and blending specialist Borgwaldt was there to ‧celebrate Hauni’s 70th birthday in November. But Borgwaldt is far older than its parent company and 2017 will mark 150 years of Borgwaldt’s partnership with the tobacco industry.
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Packaging & design

Terichem becomes Tatrafan

27 Feb 2017. The Slovakian-Finnish manufacturer of BOPP films has a new moniker. This change is part of a new strategy to expand the company’s film production line and serve the growing flexible packaging market in Eastern Europe. Tim Glogan spoke with Sales ‧Director BOPP Films, Peter Husak, to find out more.
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More "bling" for Indian packs

27 Feb 2017. With the introduction of graphic health warnings covering 85 per cent of packs and the demonetisation of the 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes, the Indian tobacco industry has not had an easy ride recently. But how have these challenges affected those in the packaging sector? And what kinds of solutions can they offer ‧tobacco companies? TJI spoke to Akshay Kanoria, executive director of leading Indian paperboard converter TCPL, to find out more.
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AMD joins API

27 Feb 2017. Amsterdam Metallized Products (AMD) is a leader in the transfer of high-gloss metallised materials to packaging. In December, the Dutch company joined API Group, a UK-based specialist in holography, hot-stamping foils and laminates with more than a dozen locations around the globe.
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Tear tape gets technical

27 Feb 2017. These days, tear tape offers hi-tech functions for brand security. TJI spoke to Essentra’s Tiffany Overstreet, global category director, and Sarah Rutland, global product manager authentication, to find out about the company’s layered approach.
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Strong year for stamps

27 Feb 2017. The International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) believes 2017 will see growth in tax stamps driven by revenue securing among emerging economies. This statement from the industry trade body follows a warning that proposed superseding of stamps in the EU will come at a price.
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Make your own packaging

27 Feb 2017. Newcomer to the tobacco packaging industry, Optima has developed a machine to allow MYO manufacturers to produce their packaging in-house. According to the company, the technology reduces the costs of warehousing and transportation and even benefits the environment.
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Products & trends

Shisha tobacco: a regulatory jungle

27 Feb 2017. Over the past year, hefty regulations on shisha products have been introduced in both Europe and the USA. This side of the Atlantic, rules include a bewildering ban on ‧naming shisha flavours on packs; across the pond, one on promotional giveaways. There are growing concerns that the mounting restrictions will crush all the flavour out of what has always been the juiciest sector in the tobacco industry.
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"Shisha and vaping are the future"

27 Feb 2017. This year’s Frankfurt HookahFair meets VaporFair is particularly diverse - hosting both a professional conference and the ‧European championships of the “Hookah Battle” (which sees enthusiasts compete to make the best shisha from scratch). ‧TJI caught up with Aytac Leyla, CEO of Projekt 20drei10, the ‧company behind the event, to find out more.
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Trends in the US market

27 Feb 2017. The US tobacco industry is in terminal decline, much the same as markets for tobacco all over the world. However, the US remains one of the most profitable markets for tobacco, which presents opportunities, as industry experts observed in January in Las Vegas.
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Health & scientific affairs

Is FDA practising good science?

27 Feb 2017. In December, the FDA and its Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) said four manufacturers of filtered cigars were actually making adulterated cigarettes. They also denied Swedish Match’s request to change warnings on snus. Were these decisions based on good science?
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Events

Tobacco steals the show

27 Feb 2017. Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) 2017 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 25-26 January. With at least 255 exhibitors, the show was busy and visitor numbers were good. TPE 2017’s tobacco showing seemed light at first but eventually took the prize.
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