Philip Morris International last year put in its best annual volume performance since 2012 – a performance that was underpinned by sales of heated tobacco units.
Presumably, the EU Commission, which is apparently reluctant to talk with the vaping industry because nicotine is a poison, is reluctant, too, to talk with the alcohol industry.
Acquisitions by the Japan Tobacco Group helped boost its cigarette volumes, which last year were up by more than seven percent in respect of its international business.
The bans and restrictions on tobacco products imposed by a new law in Ethiopia arguably comprise a good initiative. The ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes is a bad one.
Altria has positioned itself for a significant move into non-traditional products as its cigarette shipments continue to decline.
Once the vaping genie is out of the bottle, it is hard to stuff it back in, even in the unlikely event that you want to; so, at this point, it’s probably best to rely on regulation rather than bans.
Most people try to obey laws, except when they are driving of course. But many people draw the line when laws are based on misinformation and are therefore counterproductive.
Belarus seems to have introduced a category error into law by lumping together tobacco and nicotine products, no doubt based on the US FDA’s deem-based understanding of the world.
An interim pan-EU injunction has been granted against a Chinese manufacturer of a tobacco heating device similar in appearance to IQOS.
Restricting the number of cigarette retailers could make it easier for those wanting to quit. But what about smokers who don’t want to quit, especially those with mobility issues?