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Revenue from Malawi's major export crop tobacco has risen 35 percent compared to last year and could exceed $300 million by the end of the season later this month, industry data showed on Friday. The industry regulator Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) said the increase stemmed in part from an influx of leaf imports from neighbouring Zambia and Mozambique, which Malawi sold on. The TCC forecast production at 147 million kilograms against market demand of 170 million kilograms.

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The UK Vaping Industry Association, in partnership with leading think tanks and pressure groups, has sent a letter to the chancellor and secretary of state for health regarding rumours that government is considering imposing a ‘sin tax’ on vaping. The letter raises six concerns about the reported ‘vape tax’ and highlights the international pressures that would impact the consumers. The letter is signed by the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Adam Smith Institute, Centre for Policy Studies, The Freedom Association, The Tax Payers’ Alliance, the New Nicotine Alliance.

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Philip Morris International's second-quarter results showed the continued growth that investors have come to expect regardless of the environment in which the company finds itself. "We are implementing the right market and product measures to reinvigorate growth in Japan, which is undoubtedly well below our initial expectation this year." These moves, which were initially announced at Philip Morris' annual shareholder meeting, will involve the transition to a next-generation iQOS 2.0 line.

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A woman's risk of having a baby with a low birth weight is higher if she starts smoking in her teens, a new study suggests. That's because women who start smoking as teens are far more likely to smoke during pregnancy, which increases the risk of having a smaller baby. In turn, babies who have low birth weights are more likely to have physical and mental problems later in life. Researchers analyzed data from a long-term U.S. government study of nearly 21,000 women who were (..)

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is finally weighing in on the formaldehyde conspiracy theory that has plagued the vaping industry for well over three years. According to the nation’s top public health agency, e-cig vapors contains no more formaldehyde than the normal, everyday air found in the average American home. In fact, many residences probably have much higher levels because formaldehyde can become trapped inside carpets, upholstery, curtains, and other textiles quite easily.

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The U.K. government actively encourages smokers to switch to vaping. The FDA's failure to act is perhaps due in part to the intense pressure it faces from traditional anti-tobacco campaigners who demagogue any non-pharmaceutical nicotine product as a threat to kids or Big Tobacco 2.0. Despite garnering a sea of headlines, this moral panic fails to stand up to scrutiny. Teen vaping is stable at 11.7 percent after falling from a high of 16 percent, and youth smoking is the lowest on record.

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Columbia - MU Health Care and the Wellness Resource Center are teaming up Thursday to provide guidance in order to help smokers break the habit. According to MU Health Care, "22.3 percent (1,049,400) of adults in Missouri smoke."The program is 10 weeks long and free of charge. It is vital for helping people live a healthier life.

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Last week, the FDA finally announced steps geared towards making it easier to bring new products to market, soliciting input from the public and signaling that Obama-era prohibition may not be the intended outcome of the agency. This largely positive announcement takes a significant step in the right direction toward regulatory certainty that could unquestionably improve public health.

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New mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home stop breast-feeding sooner than those in smoke-free households, researchers report. The study included more than 1,200 new mothers in Hong Kong, where Tarrant used to teach. The new findings were consistent with previous studies. The findings suggest that it's a good idea for others in the home to quit smoking before a woman gets pregnant, and to avoid it until she is no longer breast-feeding.

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The vaping industry has exploded over the past five years. Now, the BIG Industry Show is connecting vape retailers, manufacturers, product designers and more over two days of business at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 30-31. The renowned BIG Industry Show is coming to the Los Angeles Convention Center once more, this August 30-31, and this year the event will feature a larger and more exciting vaping section than ever before.

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The EU is consulting once again on whether to place an excise duty on vaping; the World Health Organisation is encouraging countries to ban vaping as part of anti-smoking strategies; and the World Customs Organisation is considering whether vaping should be reclassified to pave the way for international customs duties. The joint impact of these policies, should they come into effect, would deliver a crippling triple whammy blow to vapers. Put simply, they would lead to higher prices, and therefore fewer smokers switching. Research shows that one of the principal reasons people switch to vaping from smoking is that it is substantially cheaper.

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Rarely can the mood swings of the stock market have been so apparent in tobacco, historically a defensive industry, as they have been in the past 12 months, as investors have struggled to value the businesses amidst the biggest changes the industry has seen in decades. Last year, tobacco was the darling of consumer staples; this year, heated tobacco growth has slowed, and investors have run for the exit. We have surveyed smokers and used Bass model analysis to measure the impact of next-generation nicotine products.

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Proposed tariffs on U.S. imports from China of electronic cigarettes, known as vaping products, could not come at a worse time for the industry. New levies would increase prices just as the industry is facing slowing growth and as it begins to add new health warnings to packaging. The Trump administration has threatened 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, including vape devices and parts, in addition to tariffs on $50 billion already imposed. As a result U.S. vape manufacturers, who (..)

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Secondhand smoke is to blame for teenagers missing school days because it is giving them severe breathing problems, a study has found. Researchers say that teens who were around secondhand smoke for just an hour a day were more likely to report shortness of breath, wheezing, dry cough and having trouble performing physical activities. Additionally, adolescents that live at home with a smoker were likely to often miss classes due to illness or make visits to urgent care facilities and emergency rooms.

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Since 2015, Public Health England and no fewer than twelve other British medical bodies have backed the use of e-cigarettes as a quitting tool, concluding that they are up to 95 per cent less harmful than cigarettes. That opened a floodgate in the UK. The Faculty of Public Health, the British Medical Association, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and even Cancer Research UK have since endorsed vaping as a safer alternative to smoking and supported its efficacy as a quitting aid. In the United States, the American Medical Association has called for e-cigarettes to be available under the same regulations as tobacco-based products.

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World Health Organization (WHO) warn that "contrary to ancient lore and popular belief, the smoke that emerges from a waterpipe contains numerous toxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart disease, and other diseases". A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) supports the WHO's conclusion. Specifically, the researchers show the effects of just one session of hookah smoking on heart rate, blood pressure, and arterial stiffness

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Health Commissioner Carol Cowan said the East Liverpool City Fire Department and East Liverpool City Hospital are among members of the task force, which conducted a focus group to determine how to promote smoking cessation. Several firefighters were in the midst of kicking the habit and told the task force having cessation help available is imperative. The task force has a preventive phase and a cessation phase, including youth-led tobacco teams to prevent starting the habit, a “quit line” and cessation classes, with contact numbers on the billboard, which was donated and installed by Heritage Thermal Services.

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Juul Labs Inc., maker of the controversial and top-selling Juul electronic cigarette, is attempting to use Bluetooth technology as a way to limit youth usage of its products. However, the strategy is unlikely to be rolled out domestically for years since it would require Juul Labs to successfully complete a daunting Food and Drug Administration regulatory gauntlet. Juul continues to expand its market share gap with R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co.’s Vuse at 70.5 percent to 10.8 percent, respectively.

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Six leading public health and medical organizations today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop the sale of new electronic cigarette products that have been illegally introduced in recent months without the agency's prior review and authorization. These include numerous products similar to the Juul e-cigarettes that have become wildly popular with teens across the United States.

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Japan Tobacco Inc is buying the tobacco business of Bangladesh’s Akij Group for around $1.5 billion, its second major purchase in five months as the world’s third-biggest cigarette maker seeks new growth markets to offset shrinking sales at home. “With this investment, we continue to accelerate our expansion in emerging markets that matter, a key component of Japan Tobacco Group’s growth strategy,” Japan Tobacco said in a statement on Monday.