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    A Clean Sheet

    Cigarette paper manufacturers are reconfiguring production processes to reduce their environmental impact.

    Banned for Life

    Harm reduction activists worry about New Zealand’s plan to phase out tobacco use.

    Failure to Launch

    Zimbabwe’s attempt to diversify into cannabis is proving more challenging than some anticipated.

    Poised for Growth

    After the win of its merits case against the FDA, Kaival Brands and Bidi Vapor are back on track.

    Solid Foundation

    Sarah Bostwick discusses the significance of materiality assessments in PMI’s strategy.

    The Eye of the Beholder

    Not all smokers will be put off by the “dissuasively” colored cigarette papers promoted by health activists.

    Key Takeaways

    Tobacco growers reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing their business.

    Thank You!

    The GTNF 2022 is made possible by the generous support of these sponsors.

    On a Mission

    The EUBAM supports Moldova and Ukraine in their fight against illicit cigarette trade.

    The Perfect Match?

    A takeover of Swedish Match would give PMI a comprehensive portfolio of reduced-risk products.

    Tobacco Reporter September 2022

    Tobacco Reporter’s September 2022 issue looks ahead at the GTNF, which will take place Sept. 27-29 in Washington DC.

    In line with this year’s event’s “accessing innovation” theme, Clive Bates makes a compelling case for rendering combustible cigarettes obsolete through creative destruction. Innovation offers an extraordinarily effective tool to help reduce the health impact of smoking, argues Bates—provided that it is given a chance.

    Cheryl Olson provides a sneak peek at her GTNF panel, which will focus on “forgotten smokers,” whose views are routinely neglected by policymakers, physicians and other potential sources of support. Panelists will share personal experiences and research on ways to raise empathy and visibility for people who smoke and ideas to spread the benefits of harm reduction more equitably.

    Flora Okereke spoke to Tobacco Reporter’s Stefanie Rossel about BAT’s ambition to bring about “A Better Tomorrow” and George Gay evaluates the recent U.K. Kahn review.

    Also in this issue: A profile of biodegradable filter manufacturer McAirlaid’s and a story about Moldova’s fight against the illicit cigarette trade.

    Clive Bates

    A regular contributor to Tobacco Reporter, Clive Bates is the director of Counterfactual Consulting and the former director of Action on Smoking and Health (U.K.).

    In this section, we present a selection of his articles.


    The Takeaways

    What lessons should regulators learn from the United States?

    Fighting The Wrong War

    The automatic criticism of everything associated with tobacco is not merely misguided; it has the potential to do real harm.

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    Smart Connection

    Koehl Machinenbau’s new communication platform connects field-level tobacco machinery with the Cloud.

    Leaving No Trace

    McAirlaid’s Genia cigarette filters decompose in a matter of weeks rather than years.

    A Curious Case

    The FDA’s marketing denial order for Juul may have been a political decision.

    In The Crossfire

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has wreaked havoc on the regional tobacco market.

    Hear, Hear!

    Participants in the Forest Summer Lunch event lament the continuing assaults on personal choice and personal responsibility.