Archive for July, 2013

Cutting down is as simple as CBD

Cutting down is as simple as CBD

| July 5, 2013

The inhalation of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) significantly mitigates tobacco smokers’ desire for cigarettes, according to a story in The Daily Chronic quoting clinical trial data published online in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Investigators at University College London conducted a double-blind pilot study to assess the impact of the ad-hoc consumption of organic CBD […]

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Little point in simply cutting down

Little point in simply cutting down

| July 5, 2013

Smokers are unlikely to extend their lifespans if they choose to smoke fewer cigarettes but don’t give up altogether, according to a story from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. This was the conclusion reached by researchers at the universities of Glasgow and Stirling after examining data on more than 5,200 men and women living in […]

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Three months jail for defying smoke ban

Three months jail for defying smoke ban

| July 5, 2013

Tobacco smoking will be banned in enclosed and some other public places in Jamaica from July 15, according to a piece in The New York Times by Tanya Mohn. From that date, smoking will be prohibited in enclosed public places, such as workplaces; government buildings; educational institutions; health facilities, including pharmacies; on public transport; at […]

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Smoke-ban petition given green light

Smoke-ban petition given green light

| July 5, 2013

Anti-smoking activists in Hungary seem set on launching a petition aimed at having a ban imposed on tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story by the All Hungary Media Group. This follows the approval by the National Election Commission of a petition question that would ask: Do you agree that smoking should be […]

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Packaging–no open-and-shut case

Packaging–no open-and-shut case

| July 5, 2013

Payne is launching a Facebook campaign to find out what people think about packs that can be re-closed and re-sealed. The company says that previous research has suggested that a third of consumers would pay more for the convenience of being able to re-seal certain types of packs and that it is keen to understand […]

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New industry consultancy

New industry consultancy

| July 4, 2013

A new consultancy has joined the tobacco industry—Tobacco Solutions Asia Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong, and with support offices in South Africa, Bulgaria and Turkey, TSAL offers services relating to tobacco cultivation, green-leaf threshing, primary processing, cigarette design and cigarette processing. TSAL’s team of consultants have a combined experience of more than 100 years in […]

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Tobacco growers to stage funding protests in Bulgaria next week

Tobacco growers to stage funding protests in Bulgaria next week

| July 4, 2013

Bulgarian tobacco producers are planning to stage large-scale demonstrations in the week beginning July 8 to protest at the country’s failure to secure EU funding for the industry during the next multiyear budgetary period. The chairman of Bulgaria’s association of tobacco producers, Tsvetan Filev, said Bulgaria was the only country that had failed to protect […]

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Italy preparing to impose tax on health

Italy preparing to impose tax on health

| July 4, 2013

The price of electronic cigarettes in Italy could be set to rise sharply as the Italian government considers imposing a tax on these devices, according to a story in The Local quoting a La Stampa report. A draft bill has been submitted to the Council of Ministers, which, if approved, would see the price of […]

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It’s called democracy

It’s called democracy

| July 4, 2013

Switzerland is behind the rest of Europe in the fight to crack down on smoking, according to a worldradio.ch story. The story quotes the latest World Health Organization report analyzing the performance of its own MPOWER initiatives, which seek to assist in the country-level implementation of measures to reduce tobacco demand. Switzerland isn’t fully included […]

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Cage fighter

Cage fighter

| July 4, 2013

In a bid to quit smoking, a man in Turkey’s Kütahya province has taken to wearing a locked wire cage on his head, according to a Hurriyet story. The shape of the cage seems to resemble that of a small diving helmet or goldfish bowl. It has locks on two sides. İbrahim Yücel, who is […]

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Pro-electronic cigarette demonstration scheduled for Brussels on July 10

Pro-electronic cigarette demonstration scheduled for Brussels on July 10

| July 3, 2013

Vapers are due to take to the streets of Brussels to protest proposals that could emasculate electronic cigarettes sold within the EU. Many people from across the tobacco divide believe that electronic cigarettes pose little risk to the users of these products. And they believe that electronic cigarettes comprise one of the most potent products […]

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Fiji calls for joint anti-tobacco effort

Fiji calls for joint anti-tobacco effort

| July 3, 2013

Fiji’s Ministry of Health is calling on members of the public to help make Fiji a smoke-free country, according to a story at The Fiji Times Online. The head of the Tobacco Control Unit, Aminiasi Tavui, said recently that in causing serious health problems, the consumption of tobacco products imposed an enormous burden on the […]

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PMI welcomes tribunal’s decision to hold Uruguay treaty dispute hearing

PMI welcomes tribunal’s decision to hold Uruguay treaty dispute hearing

| July 3, 2013

Philip Morris International today welcomed the decision by a World Bank arbitration tribunal to hear a claim that Uruguay violated multiple provisions of its bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with Switzerland. “In order to attract foreign investment, Uruguay signed more than twenty BITs under which it made firm commitments to respect intellectual property rights and the […]

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JTI expands Camel offering in Japan

JTI expands Camel offering in Japan

| July 3, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it was expanding the distribution of Camel Black Box (10 mg tar) and Camel White Box (6 mg) in Japan. These products, which are currently on sale in more than 20 countries, most of them in Europe, were launched in selected retail stores across Japan, excluding Okinawa, in the […]

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Chile’s hairy tale of long-term addiction

Chile’s hairy tale of long-term addiction

| July 3, 2013

Tests on the hair of mummies from the town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile have indicated that the people in the surrounding region had a nicotine habit spanning from at least 100 BC to AD 1450, according to a story on LiveScience.com. This finding rebuts the popular view that the group living in […]

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Shortened flue-cured auction season drawing to a close in Zimbabwe

Shortened flue-cured auction season drawing to a close in Zimbabwe

| July 2, 2013

Zimbabwe’s 2013 flue-cured tobacco auction marketing season will close on July 5, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald quoting the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB). Final deliveries will be accepted on July 4. By the time it closes, the auction season will have run for 99 days, down from 145 days in […]

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Cigarette pack parrots noisome motto

Cigarette pack parrots noisome motto

| July 2, 2013

A researcher at the Centre for Tobacco Control Research at Stirling University in Scotland has incorporated into a cigarette pack a verbal health warning that is parroted every time the pack is opened, according to a piece in The Drum. The research was apparently funded by Cancer Research UK in an effort to harness the […]

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Tobacco to remain key crop in Malawi

Tobacco to remain key crop in Malawi

| July 2, 2013

Despite the anti-tobacco efforts of the World Health Organization, the Malawi government says tobacco will remain the country’s key strategic crop for years to come, according to a MaraviPost.com story. The story quoted Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Mwanza, speaking at the opening of the 25th Annual Congress of the Tobacco Association of Malawi […]

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Preventing millions of premature deaths through ‘simple tobacco control policies’

Preventing millions of premature deaths through ‘simple tobacco control policies’

| July 2, 2013

Tobacco control measures enacted in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010 will prevent about 7.4 million premature deaths by 2050, according to a HealthDay story quoting the results of a study published on June 30 in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. A team of researchers led by David Levy, a professor of oncology […]

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EU public health aims not served by banning electronic cigarettes

EU public health aims not served by banning electronic cigarettes

| July 1, 2013

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has said that some of the European Commission’s proposals aimed at revising the Tobacco Products Directive raise significant legal concerns. These concerns relate to the legal base chosen by the commission, to fundamental rights such as the right to property and to the principle of proportionality. The committee said […]

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China Tobacco International to set up North Carolina tobacco-buying office

China Tobacco International to set up North Carolina tobacco-buying office

| July 1, 2013

China Tobacco International (CTI) has said that it intends to open an office in North Carolina, USA, according to a Southeast Farm Press story. The office is expected to serve as the base for CTI’s North American leaf-buying operations, which is likely to include purchases from both leaf dealers and farmers. “China Tobacco’s decision to […]

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Smoking ban relaxed – for the time being

Smoking ban relaxed – for the time being

| July 1, 2013

Patrons of a handful of bars and private clubs in Casper, Wyoming, USA, will once again be allowed to light up cigarettes inside these establishments following the loosening of Casper’s smoking ban, according to stories by the Casper Star-Tribune and Associated Press. But their freedoms might be short-lived. Smoke-free advocates are starting to collect signatures […]

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Students aided by China Tobacco Hunan

Students aided by China Tobacco Hunan

| July 1, 2013

China Tobacco Hunan is this year donating CNY13 million to help students from financially impoverished families, according to a Tobacco China Online story. This year, 500 new university students from financially impoverished families will receive aid under the 16th Furong Scholars program. During the past 16 years—since the launch of the program—China Tobacco Hunan has […]

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UK advertising authority wants cancer messages ‘proved beyond doubt’

UK advertising authority wants cancer messages ‘proved beyond doubt’

| July 1, 2013

Animal rights campaigners in Britain have been banned from running a billboard campaign warning that eating meat increases the risk of cancer, according to a story by Mark Hennessy for The Irish Times. A campaign picture showed a child smoking a cigar alongside the statement: “You wouldn’t let your child smoke. Like smoking, eating meat […]

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