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TR March 2020

In Tobacco Reporter’s March 2020, Clive Bates of The Counterfactual evaluates the impact of Brexit on the tobacco and vapor industries. 

ITG Brands’ Gerald Long explains why HPHC testing is an unsuitable comparative measure for premium cigars, and Coresta’s new secretary-general, Stephane Colard, reveals his vision for the organization. 

TR February 2020

Following the considerable excitement in the wake of legalization and countless investments, some are now wondering whether the cannabis market has fallen victim to irrational exuberance.

In Tobacco Reporter’s February 2020 issue, a leading analyst suggests that the narrative remains intact and suggests investors take a long view.

Also in this issue: JTI’s efforts to reposition itself for a changing business, Malaysia’s struggle with illicit trade and the market for primary equipment.

TR January 2020

In Tobacco Reporter’s January 2020 issue, Clive Bates examines the debates surrounding the U.S. outbreak of vaping-related illness and increase in youth vaping, in which facts have often been drowned out by falsehoods.

Stefanie Rossel contrasts the EU relative tolerance to vaping to its harsh treatment of snus while George Gay reports on Imperial Brands’ ambition to offer smokers “something better” than cigarettes.

TR December 2019

Tobacco Reporter’s December 2019 issue reflects on health authorities’ response to the recent U.S. vaping scare.

By hesitating to acknowledge that the deaths and hospitalizations were to blame on black market products, they have inadvertently set back the potential of vapor products to help reduce the harm to health associated with tobacco consumption.

We also examine the market for synthetic nicotine and place into context the FDA’s approval of Swedish Match’s modified-risk tobacco product application for General snus.

TR November 2019

Tobacco Reporter’s November 2019 issue looks back at the recent Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum (GTNF) in Washington, D.C., which was arguably the most inspiring GTNF to date.

Featuring an unrivaled lineup of speakers, participants discussed the challenges facing the nicotine business and the opportunities that continue to exist.

We also examine the plight of the nicotine flavoring business considering the current controversy around youth consumption and the associated mounting restrictions. 

TR October 2019

Tobacco Reporter’s October 2019 issue focuses on the recent vape scare in the United States.

How will the measures contemplated against the industry in the wake of vaping-related deaths and hospitalizations impact the fledgling vapor business, even as most incidents appears to be linked to the consumption of illicit substances?

On a more upbeat note, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the illustrious TABEXPO trade fair and congress, which debuted in Vienna in 1994 and reconvenes in Amsterdam Nov. 12–14.

TR September 2019

In Tobacco Reporter’s September 2019 issue, Clive Bates refutes the often-heard argument that vaping should be restricted because there are no long-term risk assessments available.

Bates argues that stifling the development of potentially lower risk products presents a greater risk to public health than tolerating new technologies even with incomplete knowledge.

Stefanie Rossel examines China’s vapor industry regulatory initiatives, and we profile two service providers specialized in helping the industry comply with pharmaceutical-style requirements.

TR August 2019

In Tobacco Reporter’s August 2019 issue, we look at the experience with harm reduction in areas such as narcotics and HIV.

How are the lessons learned there applicable to tobacco?

We examine the latest innovations in roll-your-own and make-your-own and report on the anniversary celebrations from two prominent tobacco-related organizations: the smokers’ rights group Forest and the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders.

TR July 2019

Tobacco Reporter’s July 2019 issue examines the work of free-market think tanks, some of which have been criticized for accepting tobacco industry funding. To what extent does funding influence the research done and positions taken by these institutions?

Stefanie Rossel looks at the South Korean market where government policies have prevented next-generation products from living up to their full potential as tobacco harm reduction tools.

Also in this issue is a report on the U.S. smokeless market, which has been in thrall of new nicotine pouch products.

TR June 2019

In Tobacco Reporter’s June 2019 issue, Clive Bates reveals the best alternative nicotine product to cigarettes.

Stefanie Rossel delves into a remarkable new business venture by Philip Morris International—the life insurance business.

George Gay reports from the U.K. Vaping Industry Association’s recent discussion forum and Timothy S. Donahue shares his impression from his recent visit to Shenzhen, China, where vapor hardware manufacturers are working feverishly to ensure their products meet the highest safety standards.

TR May 2019

Tobacco Reporter’s May 2019 issue looks at how tobacco companies and other U.K. businesses are preparing for life after Brexit.

We take stock of the damage done by Tropical Cyclone Idai in southern Africa—one of the world’s leading tobacco-growing regions—and highlight the industry’s efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products.

TR April 2019

In Tobacco Reporter’s April 2019 issue, Patrick Basham examines the legacy of U.S. Food & Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

Initially hailed as a pragmatist, Gottlieb cracked down on the vapor industry following an uptick in youth consumption.

We also look at various ways in which tobacco and vapor companies are working to minimize the environmental impact of their products. Timothy S. Donahue reports from the Habanos Festival in Cuba.