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Retailer concerns about standardized packaging proved valid in Australia

Retailer concerns about standardized packaging proved valid in Australia

| March 28, 2013

Australian retailers who worried that standardized packaging of tobacco products would negatively affect their bottom lines had good reason to be concerned, according to a Convenience Store story quoting new research. ‘The Impact of Plain Packaging on Small Retailers’ report from Roy Morgan, commissioned by Philip Morris and with Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) […]

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Scotland to impose standardized packs, and ‘smoke-free’ status by 2034

Scotland to impose standardized packs, and ‘smoke-free’ status by 2034

| March 28, 2013

Campaigners have criticised the Scottish government’s support for standardised packaging of tobacco. Support for the measure is included in a new tobacco-control strategy that includes also provision for “education” programs for young people and that aims ultimately to create a smoke-free nation by 2034, defined as one where fewer than five percent of the population […]

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Open season on smokers in Quakertown, Pa.

Open season on smokers in Quakertown, Pa.

| March 28, 2013

While it is illegal to smoke in parks in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, U.S., it will soon be legal to carry unconcealed firearms there, according to a story in the Doylestown (PA) The Intelligencer. The town bans firearms at the moment, but that ban has been found to run foul of state law that states county and […]

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Danish bill a loose cannon

Danish bill a loose cannon

| March 28, 2013

The Danish government has put forward a bill to ban the sale of loose snuff in Denmark, according to an Esmerk Danish News story. But the bill is not expected to be passed because a majority in the parliament is against it. The government put forward the bill following a requirement from the European Commission […]

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OLAF defends Dalli investigation

OLAF defends Dalli investigation

| March 28, 2013

The EU anti-fraud agency, OLAF, has hit back at allegations that it encouraged a company at the center of an investigation into events surrounding the resignation of a health commissioner to “lie”, according to a story in The Parliament Magazine. John Dalli, the then commissioner for health and consumer affairs resigned in October, shortly before […]

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Malawi under producing flue-cured

Malawi under producing flue-cured

| March 27, 2013

Growers of flue-cured tobacco in Malawi are poised for increased earnings this year because demand for this type is said to be high on the international market, according to a Zodiak Online story. On Friday, flue-cured fetched as much as US$3.70 per kg at the Chinkhoma auction floors. Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) chief executive Bruce […]

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