Business briefing

The business briefing section offers news and updates from around the vapour industry. It focus mainly on companies and brands, global business, technology advancements and more. In addition, our news stories cover individual company updates, including everything from investment news and legal battles to sales revenue changes. It also covers technological and medical innovations taking place around the world.

IQOS versus Glo: PMI takes on BAT in Japanese HnB patent battle

Written by ECigIntelligence || 3rd December 2018 || Business briefing |

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Philip Morris International (PMI) is suing British American Tobacco (BAT) in Japan for infringement of the patent for IQOS, claiming the rival company has copied the technology for its own Glo device ...

Juul advances UK presence in deal with major supermarket chain

Written by ECigIntelligence || 30th November 2018 || Business briefing |

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Controversial US vaping firm Juul Labs has secured a deal to sell its vaping product in one of the UK’s largest supermarket chains. The most publicised player in the US e-cigarette market started selling its vaping product in its...

Avail adopts pharma’s strategy – and pharma business strategist

Written by Daniel Mollenkamp || 27th November 2018 || Business briefing |

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As American federal regulators get tougher on flavours, and brands such as Juul are two-stepping to avoid the proverbial stick, companies like Avail Vapor see a way of making tough regulation work in their favour ...

Brands leap to toe the FDA’s not-yet-drawn line on youth access

Written by Daniel Mollenkamp || 22nd November 2018 || Business briefing |

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A number of vaping manufacturers will restrict advertising and sales in support of the US FDA campaign against youth access to e-cigarettes – before they even know full details of the agency’s plans ...

Vitamin vapes – trending now, but do they actually work?

Written by Daniel Mollenkamp || 20th November 2018 || Business briefing |

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A long-standing niche habit of vaping vitamins appears to be becoming a trend in the US. The big question, though, is: Does it work? And the answer appears to be: Probably not really ...

China Tobacco launches new HnB system on South Korean market

Written by ECigIntelligence || 14th November 2018 || Business briefing |

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China Tobacco is taking on Philip Morris International (PMI), British American Tobacco (BAT) and KT&G in South Korea with the launch of a new heated tobacco device, the Mok ...

Study reveals just how much world press accentuates the negative

Written by Barnaby Page || 12th November 2018 || Business briefing |

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Media coverage of ENDS around the world is much more likely to be negative than positive, and to focus on health effects rather than e-cigs’ use in smoking cessation, a new study suggests ...

Imperial to double Blu spending while JTI plans Japanese launches

Written by ECigIntelligence || 8th November 2018 || Business briefing |

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Imperial Brands is to double its spending on its premier e-cigarette range, Blu. Meanwhile, JTI is hoping two new additions to its Ploom Tech range can improve the heat-not-burn brand’s fortunes in its home market of Japan ...

Altria to stop selling pods and many flavours in US

Written by Daniel Mollenkamp || 26th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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Tobacco company Altria has told the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it will stop selling e-cigarette pods and most non-tobacco flavours in the...

IQOS global upgrades announced; dual consumables for Japan

Written by ECigIntelligence || 24th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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PMI has announced the worldwide launch of two new IQOS devices during a series of events in Japan. The iQOS 3 and iQOS Multi feature quicker charging and longer battery life ...

UK ad body upholds Vype website complaints

Written by Barnaby Page || 19th October 2018 || Business briefing , Marketing & retailing |

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A new ruling by the UK’s advertising complaints body highlights the risks that e-cigarette websites can run if their text is deemed promotional. A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) challenged 20 separate statements and phrases on the...

VapExpo promises to gather all the top names to Las Vegas show

Written by Daniel Mollenkamp || 17th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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A vape expo which organisers say will be one of the biggest events of the year for the e-cig industry will take place in Las Vegas on 9th and 10th November, in conjunction with a CBD show at...

Juul buys ‘world online leader’ VMR in $75m deal

Written by Daniel Mollenkamp || 17th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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Juul Labs has bought VMR – “the world’s largest online e-cigarette retailer” – from High Praise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Huabao International Holdings of Hong Kong, for $75m ...

ECigIntelligence benchmarks an ever more complex world for you

Written by ECigIntelligence || 15th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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Let ECigIntelligence keep you up-to-date on prices and other retail information on the rapidly expanding range of vaping products and brands sold by the leading online retailers around the world ...

Brexit troubles for UK vape trade have many possible components

Written by ECigIntelligence || 11th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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Vaping companies in the UK could struggle to find foreign markets if the country leaves the EU in a “no deal” Brexit, lawyers are warning. And the most acute difficulties may surround component parts ...

Juul vs J Well – e-cig manufacturers prepare for patents battle

Written by David Palacios Rubio || 10th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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Juul has filed a suit at the UK’s High Court claiming its line of UK patents was infringed by French firm J Well – whose CEO told ECigIntelligence it was prepared to fight the allegation ...

Polish businesses fear tax could send vapers to the black market

Written by ECigIntelligence || 9th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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Polish vaping sector representatives fear the excise tax on e-liquids and novel tobacco products that will come into force next year could undermine years of efforts to encourage customers to buy from legal sources ...

Juul goes on attack against copycats it says attract under-age users

Written by Daniel Mollenkamp || 8th October 2018 || Business briefing |

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Juul Labs has lodged a complaint with the US International Trade Commission against products it says infringe Juul’s patents by copying its “technological innovations” and “elegant designs” ...

Chinese HnB exhibitors make a mark at Korea’s first Vape Expo

Written by ECigIntelligence || 18th September 2018 || Business briefing |

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The different cultural and regulatory regimes surrounding vaping and heated tobacco in South Korea were on display at the country’s first vaping show, Vape Korea Expo 2018, held at the Kintex exhibition hall in Ilsan ...

Tax hikes and usage restrictions will impact on HnB in Japan

Written by ECigIntelligence || 11th September 2018 || Business briefing |

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Japan
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Tax on products in Japan’s growing heated tobacco market will go up on 1st October, as part of a staggered series of rises up to 2022, that will bring the levies on them closer to those on combustible...

‘Innovation and growth may come from unpredictable directions’

Written by ECigIntelligence || 6th September 2018 || Business briefing |

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“It’s quite possible that growth will come from a technological development not yet on the market.” So says Elise Rasmussen, founder and director of the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum, which comes to London next week ...

ECigIntelligence publisher launches CBD-Intel for the CBD market

Written by ECigIntelligence || 21st August 2018 || Business briefing |

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A new online publication and research resource launched this week will be the first to focus on the fast-growing CBD industry in Europe and worldwide. CBD-Intel will provide comprehensive market and legal analysis as well as a daily...

BAT South Africa suffers significant setback in Twisp takeover

Written by ECigIntelligence || 7th August 2018 || Business briefing |

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BAT South Africa says it has been surprised and disappointed by the recent recommendation by the South African Competition Commission that the company’s takeover of e-cig maker Twisp be turned down ...