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    A Fresh Start

    After a decade of operating under the Essentra umbrella, Filtrona is back as an independent company.

    Conquering the World

    KT&G is making steady progress toward its ambition to become a “global top-tier” tobacco company.

    Doing the Math

    The numbers presented on illicit trade (and many other topics) should not always be taken at face value.

    Questioning the Numbers

    Changes in the U.S. Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s reports have made its data less useful.

    The Gamechanger

    Hindustan Adhesives says its new tear tape is 100 percent sustainable without compromising strength, flexibility and runnability.

    A Never-Ending Fight

    The illicit cigarette trade continues to plague the tobacco industry in the Balkans.

    A Taxing Issue

    Freight forwarders struggle with uncertainty as the EU debates whether to tax unmanufactured tobacco.

    A Future Without Plastics

    With its new environmentally friendly technology, Greenbutts wants to tackle the challenge of filter litter.

    A Blunt Tool

    Unless properly structured, Europe’s tobacco and vapor tax plans may not achieve their public health objectives.

    Enduring Legacy

    Celebrating 100 years in business, Godioli & Bellanti attributes its success to “quality machines at unbeatable prices.”

    Tobacco Reporter March 2023

    Youth smoking in the United States is at a record low, according to the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Instead of celebrating, however, many anti-tobacco activists are wringing their hands about the relative increase in vaping. Are campaigners reluctant to credit e-cigarettes for choking off youth smoking? Cheryl Olson investigates.

    Vladislav Vorotnikov examines the persistent illicit cigarette trade in the Balkans, which he traces back to the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia, when the various antagonists needed money to fund their war efforts. Even today, political and business elites throughout the region remain connected to cigarette smuggling, according to Vorotnikov.

    Stefanie Rossel reports on Greenbutts’ environmentally friendly cigarette filter, which according to the manufacturer disperses in water within several minutes with agitation and begins to degrade in compost within several days.

    George Gay analyzes the predicament of tobacco freight forwarders as the EU considers whether to tax unmanufactured tobacco, and Marissa Dean explains how changes to the U.S. Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reports have made that organization’s data less useful.

    Also in this issue: The remarkable return of Filtrona, which after operating under the Essentra umbrella for a decade is now back as an independent company.

    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.


    Bad Science

    What is bad science, and why is there so much of it?

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    A Good News Story

    Tobacco harm reduction has made more progress than is often assumed, according to Patrick Basham.

    Lifting the Fog

    An official acknowledgement of nicotine pouches’ comparatively low risk clears the way for appropriate regulation in Germany.

    Losing the Plot

    When it comes to tobacco, the European Commission should abandon its overly complex ideas and embrace some fresh thinking.

    Choppy Waters

    As the Covid pandemic ebbs, the tobacco shipping business faces new challenges in 2023.

    Growing Pressure

    Inflation and competition from alternative crops are compounding the challenges facing oriental leaf.

    Adding Value

    Moving up the tobacco value chain requires a content and stable grower base.

    On a Mission

    ANDS has set out to promote a smoke-free lifestyle in the Middle East and North Africa region.