Archive for November, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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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