Archive for September, 2012

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‘Occupation’ tax a step too far

‘Occupation’ tax a step too far

| September 25, 2012

The Governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, has said that it would be unfair for the smokers ofOmahacity to be asked to pay an ‘occupation’ tax on cigarettes to help fund a new cancer unit at theUniversityofNebraska’sMedicalCenter. Heineman said if he were a resident of the city, he’d consider passage of a smokers’ tax as “double […]

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Electron cigarette yields measured by Filtrona in ‘vaping’ machines

Electron cigarette yields measured by Filtrona in ‘vaping’ machines

| September 25, 2012

Filtrona Scientific Services is presenting to the CORESTA Congress currently meeting in Sapporo, Japan, the second instalment of results from research into the effects of smoking parameters on the particulate and nicotine yields of electronic cigarettes. The results are being presented by Dr Mike Taylor, director of scientific development. In a press note issued yesterday, […]

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Star and Reynolds settle patent dispute

Star and Reynolds settle patent dispute

| September 25, 2012

Star Scientific and RJ Reynolds Tobacco have settled their patent-infringement dispute over a leaf-tobacco curing process used to reduce nitrosamines, according to a Bloomberg News story relayed by the TMA. The financial terms were not disclosed in documents filed yesterday in federal court inGreenbelt,Maryland. The documents stated that the settlement was ‘not an acknowledgement of […]

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Anti-tobacconist calls for licensed tobacco retailers to be slashed

Anti-tobacconist calls for licensed tobacco retailers to be slashed

| September 24, 2012

A leading anti-tobacco campaigner has said thatWestern Australiacould halve its adult smoking rates by slashing the number of retailers licensed to sell tobacco, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation report. Health Department figures show almost 4,000 outlets sell cigarettes or tobacco: roughly one for every 450 adults. The head ofAustralia’s Council on Smoking and Health, […]

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Swiss voters reject stricter smoking restrictions, but ‘no’ is not ‘no’

Swiss voters reject stricter smoking restrictions, but ‘no’ is not ‘no’

| September 24, 2012

A proposal to ban special smokers’ lounges and bars has been thrown out by Swiss voters in a nationwide ballot, according to a story by Urs Geiser for Swissinfo. The government welcomed Sunday’s result but vowed to continue anti-smoking efforts. Two out of three voters rejected an initiative by the Lung League aimed at reducing […]

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Petition calls for 2006 tobacco smoking ban to be relaxed in Scotland

Petition calls for 2006 tobacco smoking ban to be relaxed in Scotland

| September 24, 2012

The Scottish government is being urged to review its tobacco smoking ban in indoor, public places in the light of new developments in ventilation and clean air technology, according to a story by Scott MacNab for The Scotsman. The lobby group, Freedom to ChooseScotland, is petitioning members of the Scottish Parliament, raising questions about the […]

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