Archive - February 2020

UNITED STATES
Juul submits patent application

Juul Labs has reportedly applied for a patent on a device powered by artificial intelligence that reduces nicotine intake, according to The Verge.

THE PHILIPPINES
Duterte officially bans unregistered e-cigs

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an Executive Order banning the production, distribution and use of unregistered e-cigarette products, reports the Inquirer.

UNITED KINGDOM
PMI accused of hypocrisy

Leaked documents show PMI drew up plans for a UK tobacco transition fund in exchange for the advertising ban on e-cigs and “heat not burn” devices to be...

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
FTA prepares for ban

Ahead of the imminent ban on imports of waterpipe tobacco without “Digital Tax Stamps”, the FTA has boosted its preperations, reports the Khaleej Times.

ETHIOPIA
Smoking excise bill passed

A new mixed-excise system on cigarettes in line with WHO recommendations has been passed by the Ethiopian Parliament, reports AllAfrica.

SPAIN
Illegal cigarette factory found in bunker

An organised crime group involved in the manufacturing of illegal cigarettes and drug trafficking has been caught in Spain, according to a Europol press...

NORTH KOREA
Imports go ahead

Cigarette imports into North Korea continue despite pledges from the country’s leadership to crack down on foreign tobacco products, NK News reported.

UNITED STATES
Potential coronavirus vaccine?

Reynolds American is infecting fast-growing tobacco plants with a genetically-modified virus in a bid to develop a potential vaccine for coronavirus, reports...

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