Archive for June, 2013

Thai monopoly has eye on e-cigarettes

Thai monopoly has eye on e-cigarettes

| June 25, 2013

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) would consider developing and importing electronic cigarettes if the government were to legalize them, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Managing director, Torsak Chotimongkol, was quoted as saying that, as a government agency, the TTM could not proceed with such a project until electronic cigarettes were legalised. “However, […]

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Minimum smoking age should be 28

Minimum smoking age should be 28

| June 25, 2013

If medical science were the determining factor in deciding at what age people should be allowed to smoke and drink; that age would be set at 28, according to psychologist, Ronald J. Coughlin. In a letter published at MyCentralJersey.com, Coughlin said the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that told you to follow rules, […]

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Gutkha banned? Never mind, try this mixture of tobacco and pan masala

Gutkha banned? Never mind, try this mixture of tobacco and pan masala

| June 25, 2013

The sale of pan masala and tobacco has gone up ‘several fold’ in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh since the manufacturing and sale of gutkha was banned in the state from April 1, according to a story by Brajendra K. Parashar for the Hindustan Times. The reason for this isn’t hard to fathom. Gutkha […]

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Zambia and Malawi meet to tackle illegal cross-border tobacco trade

Zambia and Malawi meet to tackle illegal cross-border tobacco trade

| June 25, 2013

Zambia and Malawi are continuing to suffer the effects of illegal cross-border trading in tobacco, despite counter measures that have been taken, according to a story in the Zambia Daily Mail. The Tobacco Board of Zambia and the Tobacco Control Commission of Malawi recently held a meeting aimed at addressing the illegal trade between the […]

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German youngsters shun tobacco

German youngsters shun tobacco

| June 25, 2013

The prevalence of smoking among young Germans dropped from 27.5 per cent in 2001 to 12.0 per cent last year, according to stories in The Local.de and the International Business Times quoting a study by the FederalCenter for Health Education. The study found, too, that last year 71.7 per cent of young people – those […]

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EU Council in favour of menthol ban

EU Council in favour of menthol ban

| June 24, 2013

The Council of the European Union has agreed with the Commission that a new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) should include a ban on menthol cigarettes. On Friday, the Council agreed a general approach to a revised draft TPD aimed at making tobacco products less attractive by strengthening the rules on how they can be manufactured, […]

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Committees line up against menthol ban

Committees line up against menthol ban

| June 24, 2013

The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture (AGRI) has rejected the European Commission’s proposals to ban menthol and slim cigarettes in the EU as part of a revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) put forward at the end of last year, according to a Europolitics story. In a non-binding opinion adopted with 36 votes in favour, four […]

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Studying e-cigarettes’ quit potential

Studying e-cigarettes’ quit potential

| June 24, 2013

AucklandUniversity is carrying out a study into the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as a quit-smoking aid, according to a TVNZ story. More than 650 people are participating in the study comparing electronic cigarettes with the commonly-used nicotine patch. Participant, Luis Paraha, who was said to have twice previously tried to quit, believes she has cracked […]

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Philippines’ FDA stymied on e-cigarettes

Philippines’ FDA stymied on e-cigarettes

| June 24, 2013

The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is said to have questioned how electronic cigarettes have gone on sale to the public without clearance from the agency, according to a Cebu City Sun Star story. The director of the FDA, Dr. Kenneth Go, was quoted as asking how, since electronic cigarettes did not pass through […]

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Russia to raise excise by 50 per cent

Russia to raise excise by 50 per cent

| June 24, 2013

The Russian Ministry of Finance plans to raise tobacco tax by about 50 per cent to bring it closer to European levels, according to an RT Business story quoting Izvestia. The World Health Organization has suggested Russia needs a seven-fold increase in tobacco tax by 2020. According to draft legislation, the excise duty on filter […]

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Tobacco growing providing much-needed employment in Palestinian villages

Tobacco growing providing much-needed employment in Palestinian villages

| June 21, 2013

In recent months the Palestinian Authority (PA) has begun clamping down on tobacco farmers who package and sell hand-rolled cigarettes around the villages, accusing them of being involved in the illicit trade, according to a story by Noah Browning for Reuters. The PA has even begun arresting some workers. ‘While the government maintains that building […]

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Anti-tobacco efforts failed in Quebec

Anti-tobacco efforts failed in Quebec

| June 21, 2013

The Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control would like to see ‘governments’ follow Australia’s lead by introducing plain packaging for cigarettes, according to a blog posted by Richard Deschamps on the CJAD website. The coalition’s Flory Doucas was quoted as saying that the brand name should be written on the bottom of the pack in a […]

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EU’s tobacco plans upset representatives of US tobacco states

EU’s tobacco plans upset representatives of US tobacco states

| June 21, 2013

The EU faces fierce opposition from Kentucky’s Republican Senator, Mitch McConnell, over its efforts to amend its Tobacco Products Directive, according to a Dow Jones story. In a sharply worded letter, the Senate minority leader has warned the EU its proposed restrictions on tobacco marketing would violate international trade rules and harm trade relations with […]

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Quit-smoking drug’s benefits outweigh the risks: New Zealand government

Quit-smoking drug’s benefits outweigh the risks: New Zealand government

| June 21, 2013

The New Zealand government has said that it will continue to fund the quit-smoking drug Champix even though a major New   Zealand study has shown that the drug might be linked to depression and even suicide, according to a story by Brook Sabin for TV3. The government, which has spent almost $35 million subsidising […]

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French smokers face two price increases

French smokers face two price increases

| June 21, 2013

Cigarette prices are due to rise next month, and again in October, according to a SeeNews France story. French health minister, Marisol Touraine, said last week that cigarette prices would increase from July 1 as part of an anti-smoking campaign launched in May this year. Touraine said an increase was agreed at the end of […]

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Imperial gears up for jobseekers

Imperial gears up for jobseekers

| June 21, 2013

Imperial Tobacco has pledged its support for skills and training projects for jobseekers in the Cantabria region of northern Spain. The ‘Conduce tu futuro’ (drive your future) course is designed to help people find commercial driving jobs. Those taking part get lessons to help them gain a commercial vehicle driving licence as well as support […]

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