Archive for June, 2013

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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