Hong Kong: Record Seizures of Illicit Cigarettes This Year

Law enforcement cites the resumption of seaborne logistics and higher prices in Europe.

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Outrage About Inserts

Anti-smoking activists decry a Uruguayan decree allowing communications inside plain cigarette packs


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In Print


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.

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.

The Review Reviewed

The Khan review contains several wrong-headed statements that need to be challenged.

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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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.

Tools Of The Trade

At a summer event in London, JTI showcases some of the devices that may help England achieve its smoke-free ambitions.

Smart Sachets

Amplicon presents the first pouch with controlled nicotine release.

Fit for the Future

Thanks to its agility and relentless focus on personal service, Hail & Cotton remains in excellent shape even after a century in business.

Choppy waters

Machinery makers navigate supply chain challenges and customers’ changing product portfolios.

Inching Closer

The FDA has taken a major step toward banning menthol cigarettes in the U.S., but there’s still a long way to go.