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Volume 19, Number 3

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10 tobaccoasia / Issue 3, 2015 (July/August) From the Publisher EDITORIAL MASTHEAD Publisher Glenn Anthony John Associate Editor Andrey Medvedev Features Writers Thomas Schmid Nattira Medvedeva Correspondents Chris Bickers (US Leaf) Allen Liao (China) Eric Piras (Cigars) Art Director Somjet Thitasomboon Translations Liao Tian Liang Subscriptions/Administration Malisa Kongkatitum Editorial/Circulation Offices Tobacco Asia c/o October Inter Co. Ltd. Interchange 21 Bldg, Fl 32, Rm 32256 399 Sukhumvit Road North Klong Toey, Wattana Bangkok, 10110, Thailand Tel (Thailand) +66 2 660 3789 © 2015 October Multimedia Co Ltd., TOBACCO ASIA is a quinterly magazine published by October Multimedia Co Ltd in March, May, July, September, and December. Printing and distribution of TOBACCO ASIA is overseen by October Inter Co. Ltd., Interchange 21 Bldg. Fl 32, Rm 3225, 399 Sukhumvit Road, North Klong Toey, Wattana, Bangkok, 10110 THAILAND. Tel +66 2 660 3789. E-mail: web: China. The ever-changing, reforming, renovating, restructuring tobacco industry of China is hard to keep tabs on. The transformation has seen the number of factories going from over 200 of varying sizes in the later 20th century to a relative handful of large factories consolidated under a few group companies today. And which companies are the real players? What brands lead the market? How much money and product is involved? Well we have all those answers in the Tobacco Asia Profile by Tobaccochina Online (page 46) focusing on China's STMA and CNTC and its group companies. Also, Tobaccochina Online reports on another segment of the China market is putting on some weight as China's slim cigarette segment fattens up. (Story on page 24). Japan. The tobacco consumer in Japan is always eager to try new things. Why aren't they into e-cigarettes or PREPS (potentially reduced risk products) in a big way? Correspon- dent Thomas Schmid answers that question but much more on Japan's cigarette market, consumption, market shares, products, and factors weighing in on an expected gradual downturn in consumption. Korea. In our regular e-cigarette report correspondent Nattira Medvedeva focuses on Korea, one of Asia's more interesting and promising markets for these new products, both in consumption and product marketing. (Story on page 38.) Nicaragua. Once a third-tier player in the cigar and cigar leaf business, cigar correspon- dent Eric Piras reckons that with a long-time calm in the political environment, investments from leading global cigar companies, and vast improvements in quality, Nicaragua may become the cigar terroir of the 21st century. (Story on page 58.) Track and Trace. Combating illicit tobacco trade is an issue that is being seriously addressed by not only those in the tobacco industry but also governments around the world and international bodies. Nattira Medvedeva fills us in on what to expect with the EU's revised tobacco products directive. (Story on page 18.) New Departments. In this issue we introduce two new regular departments. First is Patents (page 67), which is where many can find out the newest ideas and directions that technol- ogy and the industry is going. And we also introduce the Subscriber's Profile (page 72) where we introduce you to a typical reader of Tobacco Asia magazine Vape. It's official that vape ("vape, verb: Inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device") has been added to the Oxford dictionary (which is why we kept the "u" in the word "vapor") and was also named by them as "Word of the Year". With the fast growing vaping and e-cigarettes, runner-up words bae, budtender, contactless, indyref, normcore, and slackivism didn't stand a chance.. Cover: A typical Taspo cigarette vending machine in Japan.

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