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Japan Tobacco Company to Continue Producing Cigarettes in Russia

Japan’s state-backed tobacco company announced on Thursday that it would suspend planned investments in Russia, but failed to promise to shut down factories despite criticism that continuing operations would pump cash into a government that has come under heavy sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine. Japan Tobacco International (JTI), which is behind brands like Winston...

Japan Tobacco International Making a Mint by Circumventing Menthol Cigarette Ban

One of the world’s largest cigarette companies, Japan Tobacco International, has been systematically skirting Europe’s effort to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes by introducing new products that secretly contain menthol. Key Findings JTI introduced dozens of new products containing some menthol in the months before and immediately after the ban took effect in May 2020. OCCRP tested...

China’s State Tobacco Company is Massive at Home. Now it’s Ready to Take Over the World

It’s the biggest cigarette company you’ve never heard of. While the China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC) produces nearly half the world’s cigarettes, almost all of them have been consumed at home. Until recently. In 2015, state-owned CNTC jumped on China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, a global strategy for developing Chinese infrastructure and trade that built on the...