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Archive for March, 2013

Banning smoking by the back door

Banning smoking by the back door

March 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

The South African government will issue regulations this week aimed at restricting tobacco smoking outside public buildings, according to an iafrica.com story quoting a statement by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi Speaking at a World Health Organization meeting on non-communicable diseases, Motsoaledi said smokers gathered outside buildings in which the use of tobacco was prohibited and […]

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Indonesians to be penalized and ‘educated’ over lifestyle choices

Indonesians to be penalized and ‘educated’ over lifestyle choices

March 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

The deputy governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, has said that the Jakarta Health Card will not be available to people who do not take care of their health, according to a Tempo Magazine story. Exclusion from the free health care program will be made on the grounds, for instance, of smoking, drinking alcohol and […]

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India’s cigarette consumption returns to growth in 2011-12 with four per cent rise

India’s cigarette consumption returns to growth in 2011-12 with four per cent rise

March 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cigarette consumption in India during 2011-12, at 116,166 million, was increased by 4.19 per cent on that of 2010-11, 111,487 million, according to a Times of India story. During 2009-10, domestic cigarette consumption was 111,860 million, 0.33 per cent higher that of 2010-11. These figures were presented in a written reply to India’s lower house, […]

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Additional P6 billion ‘sin tax’ revenue to benefit Filipino tobacco farmers

Additional P6 billion ‘sin tax’ revenue to benefit Filipino tobacco farmers

March 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tobacco farmers and their families would soon reap the fruits of the passage of the Philippines’ Sin Tax Law as an additional P6 billion was being earmarked for the promotion of their welfare under this year’s budget, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin quoting Senator Franklin Drilon. Drilon said the additional funding, which […]

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Star looks to license tobacco technology after exiting tobacco manufacturing

Star looks to license tobacco technology after exiting tobacco manufacturing

March 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Star Scientific yesterday reported net sales for the year ended December 31 of $6.2 million, up from $1.2 million during 2011. The company said that sales of its Anatabloc® dietary supplement constituted the vast majority of its total sales for 2012. Star reported a net loss of $22.9 million for 2012, compared with a net […]

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Lung groups call for Sweden to quit smoking, but not snus, by 2025

Lung groups call for Sweden to quit smoking, but not snus, by 2025

March 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Sweden should follow New Zealand’s declared intention of phasing out smoking completely by 2025, according to a story in The Local quoting the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper. In an opinion piece published in the DN, four authors representing lung cancer groups in Sweden argued that a total ban on smoking would ‘prevent many human tragedies’ […]

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Vapers fearful of being forced back into hands of tobacco trade

Vapers fearful of being forced back into hands of tobacco trade

March 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Electronic cigarette advocates believe that a proposed bill would make way for tobacco companies to start ‘regulating vapor shops’ in Oklahoma, according to a report by Heather Hope for News 9. ‘Those who’ve kicked the habit with the help of tobacco free electronic cigarettes say they are once again being targeted by “big tobacco”,’ the […]

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North American employment market discriminates against smokers

North American employment market discriminates against smokers

March 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

North American employers are increasingly discriminating against smokers, but some groups, including a non-smokers’ rights association, believe that penalizing smokers is not the right way to go, according to a Canadian Television report. The report said that an increasing number of businesses, including Ottawa-based Momentous Corp, stipulated ‘non-smokers only’ on their job postings. “Everyone knows […]

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Teens smoking less in Washington state

Teens smoking less in Washington state

March 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Teenagers in Washington state, US, are using tobacco and alcohol at lower rates than in previous years but are feeling more depressed and suicidal, according to a story by Greg Allmain for the Federal Way Mirror quoting findings from the state’s Healthy Youth Survey. The survey is administered by the Department of Health (DoH) every […]

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Supreme Court ruling puts tobacco on back foot in Engle progeny cases

Supreme Court ruling puts tobacco on back foot in Engle progeny cases

March 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris USA has said it plans to seek further review following yesterday’s decision by the Florida Supreme Court in the Douglas case. In a 6-1 decision, the court reaffirmed its 2006 ‘Engle’ case ruling that decertified a class action but allowed former class members to file individual lawsuits (the so-called Engle progeny cases) and […]

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