Archive for November, 2012

Tobacco smoke breaks translate into higher levels of productivity

Tobacco smoke breaks translate into higher levels of productivity

| November 22, 2012

Workers at a firm in Leeds, England, are being offered regular ‘sweet breaks’ after their boss discovered smokers were more productive after popping outside to smoke, according to a story by Ian Garland for The Sun. Larry Gould, the CEO of translation company, thebigword, was said to have been shocked to find employees got more […]

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US smokers pay umpteen taxes, for the MSA and higher insurance premiums

US smokers pay umpteen taxes, for the MSA and higher insurance premiums

| November 22, 2012

Health insurance companies in the US would be allowed to set their premiums for smokers at 1.5 times the level of those for non-smokers under proposed new rules. According to a story by N.C. Aizenman for the Washington Post, the Obama administration proposed new rules on Tuesday that would loosen some of its 2010 health-care-law […]

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Five big US airports smoker tolerant

Five big US airports smoker tolerant

| November 22, 2012

‘Average air pollution levels from second-hand smoke directly outside designated smoking areas in [US] airports are five times higher than levels in smoke-free airports,’ according to a Newswire story quoting a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This seems to imply that there is second-hand smoke in smoke-free airports, but might be […]

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Interpol denied observer status at WHO anti-tobacco meeting in Seoul

Interpol denied observer status at WHO anti-tobacco meeting in Seoul

| November 21, 2012

There were worrying elements to the talks at the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP5) of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, according to a story in The Moodie Report. The story opened with an account of how the talks on the illicit trade in tobacco had ended without […]

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Paris wants fewer butts on streets

Paris wants fewer butts on streets

| November 21, 2012

Parishas declared war on the billions of cigarette butts littering its streets, according to a WorldCrunch story. An estimated 315 tons of butts are discarded each year on to the French capital’s streets. The problem was exacerbated when smokers were banned from smoking in restaurants, cafés, hotels and other indoor public spaces, at which time […]

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Tobacco tax hikes proposed for India

Tobacco tax hikes proposed for India

| November 21, 2012

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said recently thatIndiawould benefit from a 50 per cent hike in cigarette prices, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The hike, which would require a 70-120 per cent increase in tobacco taxes, ‘could bring in added revenues to help close the fiscal […]

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Quitters on message

Quitters on message

| November 21, 2012

Text and video messages designed to help people quit smoking can be effective when relayed to the cellphones of quitters. According to a Reuters story based on aNew Zealand study, those attempting to quit and receiving such messages were nearly twice as likely to be successful as those who tried to quit but didn’t receive […]

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Tonino Lamborghini bound for export

Tonino Lamborghini bound for export

| November 21, 2012

KT&G, which launched Tonino Lamborghini cigarettes on the South Korean market in April, has said it will export 300,000 packs of these premium brand products toHong Kong, according to a Korea Herald story relayed by the TMA. KT&G has been selling the brand in Chinese duty-free shops since September, with a first import order of […]

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Developing countries under-represented at FCTC international meetings

Developing countries under-represented at FCTC international meetings

| November 20, 2012

About 80 countries from the developing world could find themselves unable to afford to send representatives to future meetings of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in MNT (Medical News Today). The FCTC is reportedly considering cutting its funding for delegates from poorer countries to attend meetings. […]

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Seoul meeting elects Korean president of FCTC’s Conference of the Parties

Seoul meeting elects Korean president of FCTC’s Conference of the Parties

| November 20, 2012

Moon Chang-jin, president of the Korea Health Promotion Foundation, has been elected president of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s Conference of the Parties (CoP), according to a Korea Herald story relayed by the TMA. Moon, who was elected during the CoP5 meeting inSeoul,South Korea, last week to succeedUruguay’s Ricardo Varela, will […]

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US consumers warned off e-cigarettes, steered towards pharma products

US consumers warned off e-cigarettes, steered towards pharma products

| November 20, 2012

The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a website aimed at offering the ‘best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies’. BeTobaccoFree.gov is said to provide information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. ‘The site’s social media dashboard, “Say […]

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MEP asks to see all provisional versions of the proposed tobacco directive

MEP asks to see all provisional versions of the proposed tobacco directive

| November 20, 2012

The European Commission has been asked to provide the European Parliament with all drafts of the proposed new tobacco products directive. In written questions, the Dutch MEP, Kartika Tamara Liotard, asked, ‘Can the Commission – upholding the principle of Commission transparency – forward to Parliament the new Tobacco Directive or a draft thereof, in the […]

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JT share price boost as government delays selling part of its holding

JT share price boost as government delays selling part of its holding

| November 20, 2012

The Japanese government has decided to delay selling part of its 50 per cent stake in Japan Tobacco Inc, according to Japan Daily Press and Agence France Presse stories. The decision was taken in the light of turbulent market conditions and next month’s Lower House elections. The government is said to be looking to reduce […]

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Questions over EU Commission’s oriental production intentions will not go away

Questions over EU Commission’s oriental production intentions will not go away

| November 19, 2012

The European Commission seems to have missed an opportunity to reassure EU oriental tobacco growers about whether or not they will be allowed to continue to grow oriental tobacco. In September, the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture warned that the Commission, with its proposed revision of the tobacco products directive, intended to ban the use and […]

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Crop insurance a step closer for India’s flue-cured tobacco growers

Crop insurance a step closer for India’s flue-cured tobacco growers

| November 19, 2012

India is said to be closing in on a crop insurance plan for flue-cured tobacco growers, according to a Business Standard story relayed by the TMA. The Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, D. Purandeswari, said recently that the central government was close to finalizing a plan under which 50 per cent of the […]

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Spanish growers to benefit from PM memo of understanding

Spanish growers to benefit from PM memo of understanding

| November 19, 2012

Philip Morris has committed to buy tobacco from the Spanish region of Extremadura, according to a Cinco Días story quoting the president of the local government, Jose Antonio Monago. Philip Morris would sign with the Spanish government a memorandum of understanding that would benefit Extremadura’s tobacco producers. More than 80 per cent of Spanish tobacco […]

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