Archive for March, 2013

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Anti-smoking propaganda campaign kicked off in the Philippines

Anti-smoking propaganda campaign kicked off in the Philippines

| March 27, 2013

Eight provinces across the Philippines launched a new campaign to warn people about the risks posed by smoking and, specifically, the risk caused by the tar delivered by cigarettes, according to a World Lung Foundation (WLF) story published in Asian Scientist. The campaign, called ‘”Sponge”, has aired in more than 10 countries already. Its Philippines […]

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KT&G’s cigarette business held steady at home, advanced strongly abroad

KT&G’s cigarette business held steady at home, advanced strongly abroad

| March 27, 2013

KT&G’s overseas sales last year reached $634 million during 2012, up from $37,000 during 2000, when it was just starting out on the export trail, according to a story in The Korea Times. The company’s Esse brand was said to have dominated the super-slim market with sales of more than 50 billion cigarettes worldwide last […]

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Former US surgeon general joins board of e-cigarette company NJOY

Former US surgeon general joins board of e-cigarette company NJOY

| March 26, 2013

Dr. Richard Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General from 2002 to 2006, has been appointed a member of the board of directors of the e-cigarette company, NJOY. Carmona will provide strategic counsel to the company on public health and regulatory issues and spearhead its research on the harm-reduction potential of e-cigarettes. “As one of the nation’s […]

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New threat-led fitness craze hits U.S.

New threat-led fitness craze hits U.S.

| March 26, 2013

U.S. employers are increasingly trying to lower healthcare costs by using incentives to persuade workers to change their habits, according to a story by Katie Thomas for the New York Times, quoting the results of a new survey. The survey of 800 large and midsize employers, conducted by the human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt, […]

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Clinical trials show certain toxicants reduced in novel smoking products

Clinical trials show certain toxicants reduced in novel smoking products

| March 26, 2013

British American Tobacco is pressing on with research into cigarettes that deliver reduced levels of toxicants despite the fact that the company doesn’t know whether it will be possible to prove scientifically that such cigarettes reduce health risks. “There are already tobacco and nicotine products available, such as snus and e-cigarettes, that are known to […]

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Cigarette trade dispute ruling having further airing by WTO dispute body

Cigarette trade dispute ruling having further airing by WTO dispute body

| March 26, 2013

The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) was due to discuss today the status of Thailand’s compliance with the agency’s ruling that it should implement tax reforms in respect of imported cigarettes. The ruling came about following a complaint filed by the Philippines; and the Philippine government has requested a meeting with representatives from […]

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