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JAPAN

JT launches new HNB products

17 Jan 2019. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has announced that it will be expanding its heat-not-burn range with two new vapour products, according to a press release.
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URUGUAY

First to adopt plain packs in Latin America

16 Jan 2019. Uruguay has become the first Latin American country to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products, Tobacco-Free Kids reported.
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NEW ZEALAND

Group says tobacco more available among poor

16 Jan 2019. Hapai Te Hauora, a Maori public health organisation, has argued that tobacco is four times more available in low-income communities compared to prosperous ones, Radio New Zealand reported.
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UNITED STATES

FedEx to pay millions in illegal cig settlement

14 Jan 2019. FedEx Corp will be required to pay USD 35.4 million after reaching a settlement in three lawsuits in which the company was accused of knowingly shipping millions of untaxed cigarettes to residents in New York over a decade, Reuters reported.
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AZERBAIJAN

Cabinet raises tax on tobacco

11 Jan 2019. Azerbaijan has increased excise tax rates on imports of cigarettes and other tobacco products, Trend News Agency reported.
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THE PHILIPPINES

President certifies tobacco tax as urgent

09 Jan 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Health (DOH) to support a bill that would increase the excise tax on tobacco and alcohol products; and certified the bill as urgent, Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
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CHINA

Giant cig maker plans to file IPO

09 Jan 2019. China National Tobacco Corp. (CNTC), the biggest cigarette maker in the world, plans to list its international unit China Tobacco International Co. (HK) on the Hong Kong stock exchange even as pressure increases on the government to reduce smoking, Bloomberg reported.
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Authorities stop USD 58.4 mln E-cig smuggling job

07 Jan 2019. The custom authorities in China’s Zhejiang Province have arrested 27 people suspected of smuggling e-cigarette products valued at CNY 400 million (EUR 51 million) into China, Xinhaunet reported.
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ZIMBABWE

Tobacco export returns decrease

04 Jan 2019. Zimbabwe has reported a USD 12 million (EUR 10.5 million) drop in tobacco export earnings in 2018 to reach USD 892 million (EUR 784.16 million) compared to earnings in 2017, The Herald reported.
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UNITED STATES

Altria takes 35 % stake in Juul

04 Jan 2019. Altria Group Inc. has announced that it has made a USD 12.8 billion (EUR 11.19 billion) investment in the US e-cigarette company, JUUL labs in a company press release.
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