Archive for March, 2013

Anti-smoking bill a step nearer in Nigeria

Anti-smoking bill a step nearer in Nigeria

| March 22, 2013

Nigeria’s House of Representatives yesterday unanimously passed the second reading of an anti-smoking bill that includes provisions to prohibit smoking in public places, according to a story in the Premium Times relayed by the TMA. If passed, the bill would ban too the sale of tobacco products to minors and regulate tobacco advertising, promotion and […]

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Melbourne a smuggling hotspot

Melbourne a smuggling hotspot

| March 22, 2013

Customs officials in Victoria, Australia, have said that Melbourne is becoming the new hot spot for the arrival of undeclared cigarettes and loose tobacco from Asia and Europe, according to a story in the Herald Sun relayed by the TMA. Shipments to Melbourne were becoming more frequent and the shippers were using increasingly sophisticated techniques […]

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Manila show under fire from WHO

Manila show under fire from WHO

| March 22, 2013

The World Health Organization has expressed concern that the Philippines could be encouraging smoking by hosting one of the ‘world’s biggest tobacco trade shows’, according to an Agence France Presse story quoting a health official. The WHO had written to President Benigno Aquino citing the country’s treaty [Framework Convention on Tobacco Control] pledge to ban […]

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Worth a try?

Worth a try?

| March 22, 2013

The editorial board of the New York Times said yesterday that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest tobacco control effort, to ban open displays of tobacco products in stores while still allowing their advertising, ‘is worth a try, though ‘[i]t is hard to know whether hiding the products would really work to discourage smoking’, […]

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TMA announces 2013 meeting

TMA announces 2013 meeting

| March 21, 2013

The Tobacco Merchants Association will be hosting its 98th annual meeting and conference May 15–17, 2013, at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. The conference will include opening remarks by Mitchell Zeller, the newly appointed director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). Other speakers include David […]

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New device to map second-hand smoke

New device to map second-hand smoke

| March 21, 2013

Researchers in the US have invented the first tobacco smoke sensor capable of recording second-hand smoke data in real time, according to a story in Medical Xpress quoting the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal. The sensor is said to be able to detect, too, ‘third-hand’ smoke, ‘or nicotine off-gassing from clothing, furniture, car seats and […]

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