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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 meant to mean that the presence of second-hand smoke directly outside designated smoking areas in US airports raises the general air pollution levels there to five times the level of general air pollution levels in smoke-free airports.

The study conducted in five large hub US airports showed also that air pollution levels inside designated smoking areas were 23 times higher than levels in smoke-free airports.

In the study, designated smoking areas in airports included restaurants, bars, and ventilated smoking rooms.
Five of the 29 largest airports in the US allow smoking in designated areas that are accessible to the public: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Denver International Airport, and Salt Lake City International Airport.

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 restrictions being imposed on the duty-free industry.

But it then went to say that daily bulletins from the event organizer revealed a climate in which interested parties were denied access to discussions.

‘Interpol – the international police organisation that works to identify, disrupt and dismantle transnational organized networks behind the trafficking in illicit goods – was denied observer status as a result of a donation by Philip Morris International to aid its efforts in the area,’ the story said.

‘And the public were denied access to the closing plenary session for the first time in the FCTC process.’

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 they had no recourse but to take to the streets.

Now, the city’s authorities have begun installing 10,000 public trash bins with ashtrays in an attempt to deal with the problem of discarded butts.

And they are to increase the fine for dropping butts on to the pavement from €35 to €68.

The story quoted Le Monde as reporting that millions of filters end up blocking sewers and pollutingParis’ water supply with toxic substances such as nicotine, phenol and heavy metals.

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 deficit’, ADB reportedly said.

Tax increases on other tobacco products also formed part of an ADB report.

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 support.

Researchers at theUniversity of Auckland, whose work was published in The Cochrane Library, found that nine per cent of would-be quitters went without cigarettes for at least six months when reminded and encouraged through cellphone messages, compared to five per cent who went it alone.

“We can’t say all text messaging interventions are going to work,” said lead author Robyn Whittaker.

“But it certainly shows there’s reason to believe that mobile phone-based interventions are a good option to think about adding to your portfolio of smoking-cessation services.”

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 488,000 packs.

A KT&G official said Tonino Lamborghini was aimed at becoming a global brand.

The company had plans already to export the cigarettes to Russia, Taiwan and Dubai.