In the latest in an ongoing series of quarterly briefings looking at major (and some minor) developments in the world of tobacco, we assess the latest performance of the major multinationals, important cannabis and NPD/NGP updates, the reviewed economic growth projections for the world’s key markets and what to look for in the next quarter.
As a result of the Coronavirus crisis, the Food and Drug Administration extended for four extra months the period to file premarket tobacco applications for new tobacco products.
Manufacturers of tobacco products present in the market on 8 August 2016 were required to submit their applications by 12 May 2020, although the US agency requested an extension due to the effect of the pandemic on their activities. As a result, the new deadline has been extended until 12 September.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health announced in June that all cigarette packets must use standardised packaging with larger graphic health warnings from 1 July. The new regulations apply to all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, bidis, ang hoon and other roll-your-own tobacco products.
Brand and variant names may be displayed, but only using the standard colour and font style. The graphic health warning size will increase from the current 50% to 75%.
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