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Archive for November, 2012

Better times finally arrive for Kentucky and Tennessee Burley growers

Better times finally arrive for Kentucky and Tennessee Burley growers

November 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

Burley tobacco growers inKentucky and Tennesseeare reaping some of their best paydays since plunging into the free market, according to a story by Bruce Schreiner for Associated Press. The growers are capitalizing on what were said to be tight leaf supplies and a quality crop that bounced back from an early-season drought. Will Snell, a […]

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Business wants smokers moved on, along with their antisocial entourage

Business wants smokers moved on, along with their antisocial entourage

November 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

A Facebook campaign to extend a tobacco smoking ban in the central business district of an Australian town is said not to be about smoking but about antisocial behavior, according to a story by Patrick Billings for the Examiner. The campaign, launched by Watson’s Showcase Jewellers in Launceston, Tasmania, is said to have garnered thousands […]

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Government likely to be unmoved by smoking ban protest in Sofia

Government likely to be unmoved by smoking ban protest in Sofia

November 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

About 2,500 people turned out yesterday to protest outside the parliament building in Sofia, Bulgaria, against the tobacco smoking ban that was imposed in enclosed public places in June, according to a Sofia Globe story. The protest was organised by a hotel and restaurant association and on social networks. Organisers object to what they described […]

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EU health commissioner in waiting says tobacco directive is first priority

EU health commissioner in waiting says tobacco directive is first priority

November 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

Dr. Tonio Borg says that he is looking forward to starting work as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs, with the tobacco products directive being the first item on his agenda, according to a story by Keith Micallef for the Malta Independent. The European Parliament on Wednesday approved Borg’s nomination by 386 votes to […]

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Québec’s budget is illicit trade charter

Québec’s budget is illicit trade charter

November 22, 2012 | Comments (0)

In raising taxes on licit tobacco products in its latest budget, the Québec government has set out a welcome mat for organized crime to increase its stake in the province’s tobacco market, according to a note posted by Imperial Tobacco Canada on its website. “Given the availability of cheap illegal products, raising tobacco taxes is […]

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Display ban challenge in Scotland

Display ban challenge in Scotland

November 22, 2012 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco is to launch a Supreme Court challenge against the implementation of a cigarette display ban in Scotland, according to a story by Louise Wilson for the Edinburgh Journal. Imperial, which is concerned about the cost to retailers of their implementing the ban and about the boost the ban will give to the illicit […]

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Tobacco smoke breaks translate into higher levels of productivity

Tobacco smoke breaks translate into higher levels of productivity

November 22, 2012 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

‘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 | Comments (0)

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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