Archive for October, 2012

E-cigarettes help smokers quit, but ministry says ban them anyway

E-cigarettes help smokers quit, but ministry says ban them anyway

| October 16, 2012

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health is considering banning the import of electronic cigarettes, according to a story in The Costa Rica News. The ministry says it believes the ban is necessary because the US Food and Drug Administration has said that electronic cigarettes contain toxic substances. Since a smoking ban was passed inCosta Rica, many […]

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Australian taxpayer fund plainly increasing tobacco investments

Australian taxpayer fund plainly increasing tobacco investments

| October 16, 2012

Australia’s taxpayer-owned Future Fund spent more than $37 million investing in tobacco stocks at the same time as the government was finalising its law on the so-called ‘plain packaging’ of tobacco, according to a story in the Canberra Times. In a move that has attracted fierce criticism from health groups; the fund’s stake in global […]

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Plain packaging fails to recognize adult smokers have right to choose

Plain packaging fails to recognize adult smokers have right to choose

| October 16, 2012

The New Zealand government’s proposal to force cigarettes into ‘plain packaging’ fails to respect adult smokers who wish to run their own lives and make their own decisions, British American Tobacco New Zealand (BATNZ) has said in a press note. “There is already universal awareness of the risks associated with smoking,” said Steve Rush, general […]

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Medvedev threatens smokers: these tobacco laws are “just the beginning”

Medvedev threatens smokers: these tobacco laws are “just the beginning”

| October 16, 2012

Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has said that a proposed anti-tobacco law was “just the beginning” of a campaign to counter high mortality rates in the country, according to a story by Stepan Kravchenko and Henry Meyer for Bloomberg News. The government is due to submit the bill to lawmakers by November 1, outlawing all […]

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State-owned Nepalese tobacco factory might be leased to private sector

State-owned Nepalese tobacco factory might be leased to private sector

| October 15, 2012

Nepal’s Public Enterprises Management Board has recommended leasing the assets and management of the Janakpur Cigarette Factory to the private sector, according to a story in Republica. The Board believes this is the only course of action that might lead to the revival of the state-owned tobacco company, which has been closed for two years. […]

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Tobacco and alcohol would be off limits under smart-card welfare scheme

Tobacco and alcohol would be off limits under smart-card welfare scheme

| October 15, 2012

UK Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, is aiming to prevent welfare money from being spent on cigarettes and alcohol, according to a story in the Telegraph relayed by the TMA. Smith has apparently directed department officials to study whether welfare recipients should receive their payments on smart cards, rather than in cash, with […]

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