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Japan: Quit-Services Remote

The Japanese health ministry has approved a rule change that allows doctors to treat remotely, through smartphones or personal computers, patients who wish to quit smoking, according to a story in Japan Today.


In a press release issued yesterday, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids condemned the Cole-Bishop amendment that just passed the House Appropriations Committee, saying that it would strip the FDA from any authority of reviewing vaping products.


Due to the rapid take-up of alternative tobacco devices in Japan and South Korea, Philip Morris International is looking to begin talks with governments within five years on phasing out traditional cigarettes, according to a story by Jackie Horne for


Leaf tobacco production is not expected to dwindle despite the Philippines governments introduction almost five years ago of the Sin Tax reforms that were intended in part to discourage smoking, according to a Business World Online story quoting a mayor from the Ilocos region, a key growing area.


AR Packaging Group has entered into a binding agreement with PT Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika for the acquisition of a significant majority stake in the company.