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‘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 taxation”.

Smokers were already contributing to the project via sales and income taxes paid to the state, he said.

Heineman had previously been at odds with the university over its fund-raising campaign for its planned $370 million cancer treatment and research center.

But he said that he had no plans to ask the Nebraska Legislature to rescind $50 million in funding approved earlier this year for the research tower portion of the project.

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, Filtrona said that electronic cigarettes were consumed by an estimated 2.5 million people globally and that sales of these products in theUSalone were worth about $2 billion annually

Electronic cigarette brand owners generally claimed that their products delivered nicotine and tobacco flavours without producing the combustion and pyrolysis products associated with lit cigarettes.

In his presentation of the first instalment of results to the 66th Tobacco Science Research Conference held in Concord, North Carolina, US, earlier this month, Tony McCormack, senior manager for intellectual property at the Filtrona Technology Centre, said that numerous special precautions needed to be taken when testing electronic cigarettes as opposed to regular cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes were found to exhibit higher variability and to behave differently under various ‘smoking’ [or vaping] conditions

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 liability of any party’.

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, Mike Daube, wants that figure gradually reduced to fewer than 1,000 during the next few years.

“I think a few hundred around the state is reasonable while there’s still a bit of smoking going on” Daube said.

“If we took something like 10 per cent out of the 4,000 each year then the smoker wouldn’t notice a dramatic difference.

“And I think this is the kind of creative approach we need to take now.”

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 the exposure of staff to second-hand smoke.

The proposal, supported by health organisations and centre-left parties, sought to tighten current minimum legislation which bans smoking in restaurants but allows cantonal authorities to grant exceptions.

Eighteen of Switzerland’s 26 cantons impose restrictions on tobacco smoking, while eight, mainly in the French-speaking part of the country, have imposed outright bans.

Interior Minister, Alain Berset, said protection against second-hand smoke remained high on the agenda of the government despite voters’ rejection of stricter nationwide legislation.

“Today’s ‘No’ is not a ‘No’ to second-hand smoke,” he told a news conference. Voters were just not willing to amend the law, less than three years after parliament agreed a compromise, he added.

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 impact of second-hand smoke and pointing to growing calls for an end to bans inScotlandand the rest ofGreat   Britain.

The pro-freedom group says that European air quality standards on indoor spaces back up the case for ending the ban, which was introduced in 2006.

The group says these guidelines do not suggest good practice involves a ban on tobacco smoking.

Tobacco smoke is recognised as a pollutant, along with others, but ventilation requirements are set out to deal with these.

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association warned last year that 800 pubs have closed inScotlandsince the ban and has called for it to be relaxed.

The petition is at