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Archive for September, 2013

Indonesia joins challenge to Australia’s standardized packaging regulations

September 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Indonesia has made a formal request to the World Trade Organization for consultations on Australia’s imposition of standardized tobacco packaging regulations, according to stories by Agence France Presse and Reuters. Such a request is said to be the first step toward a possible trade dispute. Indonesia is the fifth country—behind Ukraine, Honduras, the Dominican Republic […]

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14 ‘tobacco centers of regulatory science’ created by two US agencies

September 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded up to $53 million “to fund tobacco-related research in fiscal year 2013 to create 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS),” according to a note posted on the NIH website. “A new, first-of-its-kind regulatory science tobacco program, TCORS is […]

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E-cigarettes seen as ‘dangerous tobacco products’ by American Thoracic Society

September 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has accused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of failing to take action on certain “dangerous tobacco products” such as “e-cigarettes and cigars.” “The American Thoracic Society demands [the] FDA move forward to proposed rules to bring cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products under FDA federal regulation,” the ATS said […]

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Time for US to embrace the electronic age

September 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

It is time to seize the moment and encourage tobacco users to move down the risk “continuum” from the most harmful to less harmful products, according to Murray S. Kessler, chairman, president and CEO of Lorillard, the owner of Lorillard Tobacco and Blu Ecigs. Kessler was commenting in USA Today in response to an editorial […]

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But Europe mired in ancient battles

September 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tobacco lobbyists were preparing to wage a major battle against the imposition in Ireland of standardized tobacco packaging, according to a Times of London story quoting Health Minister James Reilly. Reilly was said to have plans to go to cabinet next month with a proposal to impose standardized tobacco packaging and a ban on “slim-line […]

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Dubai prepares for smoking bans

September 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Dubai municipality has issued a comprehensive guide to help businesses to ensure they are in compliance with new anti-tobacco laws due to come into force on Jan. 21, according to a story in the Khaleej Times. Under the new law, smoking will not be allowed in restaurants with floor areas under 1,000 square feet. […]

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Parkside CEO passes away

September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Lawrence Dall, chairman CEO of Parkside Flexibles, died Sept. 18 after battling with cancer. Dall joined Parkside in 2007 and brought about considerable change to the business. “His passion and dedication was uncompromising,” Parkside wrote in press note. “With his outgoing personality and larger-than-life character he was well known and respected in the industry and […]

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Radical research into e-cigarettes turns out to be more run-of-the-mill

September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Research into electronic cigarettes initiated by Australia’s previous Labor government seems not to have had such a progressive aim as was reported earlier this week. Writing for the Sun-Herald group of newspapers, Eamonn Duff reported that, with a federal government-funded trial about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer, permanent replacement for […]

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Mobile firm ringing changes for smokers

September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Danish mobile operator TDC is due to impose tougher tobacco smoking restrictions on its employees from Oct. 1, according to an Esmerk Danish News story. Under the new rules, employees who want to smoke outside of their scheduled breaks will have to compensate for the time spent doing so, for example, by taking a cut […]

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10 countries have 10 percent of smokers

September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

The 10 ASEAN countries are home to 10 percent of the world’s 1.25 billion adult smokers, according to an InterAksyon.com (TV 5—Philippines) story quoting a statement by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). Based on figures in the 2013 ASEAN Tobacco Control Atlas, 30 percent of the adults in the region are “current smokers.” […]

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