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Archive for June, 2013

German youngsters shun tobacco

German youngsters shun tobacco

June 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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