Archive for October, 2013

Scots to go it alone on standard packs

Scots to go it alone on standard packs

| October 21, 2013

The Scottish government has said that it will press ahead with plans to require that cigarettes are sold in unattractive packs, according to a story in The Times. It is understood that Scottish ministers want cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs along the lines of those found in Australia. Since Dec. 1, Australia has […]

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BMA cries foul over e-cigarettes

BMA cries foul over e-cigarettes

| October 21, 2013

Medical leaders have urged Scotland’s Celtic and Rangers football clubs to reconsider their links with an e-cigarette company amid concerns that such links will damage efforts to reduce smoking, according to a story by Lyndsay Buckland for The Scotsman. Last month the E-lites brand said it had become partners with Celtic, allowing its products to […]

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Breathing kills

Breathing kills

| October 21, 2013

The air people breathe is laced with cancer-causing substances and should be classified as carcinogenic to humans, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency said last week, according to a Reuters News story. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cited data indicating that in 2010, 223,000 deaths from lung cancer worldwide resulted from […]

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PMI’s 3Q shipments down by 5.7 percent

PMI’s 3Q shipments down by 5.7 percent

| October 18, 2013

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter, at 223,124 million, was down by 5.7 percent on that of the third quarter of 2012, 236,531. Shipments were down in all of its regions: in Latin America and Canada by 0.2 percent from 24,007 million to 23,957 million; in the EU by 5.2 percent […]

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Advertising ban to be enforced in Kerala

Advertising ban to be enforced in Kerala

| October 18, 2013

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has pledged that his state will soon put a stop to the advertising of tobacco products in line with India’s Tobacco Control Act 2003, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. A directive seeking enforcement of the advertising provisions of the act […]

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Cut taxes in half? No, get rid of them

Cut taxes in half? No, get rid of them

| October 17, 2013

What is going on? A day after the U.K.’s Institute of Economic Affairs suggested that tobacco taxes should be halved, a report from India indicates that the Bihar state government has decided to make tobacco tax-free. According to a OneIndia.com story, the Bihar government’s decision has made a “complete mockery” of the anti-tobacco drive on […]

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Tobacco tax rise a ‘tokenistic penalty’

Tobacco tax rise a ‘tokenistic penalty’

| October 17, 2013

Anti-tobacco activists in Ireland have condemned as inadequate the latest tobacco duty rise of 10 cents, according to a story in Northern Ireland’s Belfast Telegraph. The Irish Cancer Society accused the government of applying a “tokenistic penalty,” according to the Telegraph, and the Heart Foundation branded the increase a missed opportunity. The increase was less […]

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Tobacco smoking ban amendment tabled

Tobacco smoking ban amendment tabled

| October 17, 2013

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party, part of the ruling coalition, has tabled an amendment to the Health Act that would ease the ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, according to a Novinite story. The draft amendment has been signed by nine Socialist members of parliament in a move that is seen in some quarters as […]

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Tobacco-industry research declared off limits by several medical journals

Tobacco-industry research declared off limits by several medical journals

| October 17, 2013

Health editors at the BMJ, Heart, Thorax and BMJ Open have said they will not consider the publication of studies that have been funded in part or wholly by the tobacco industry, according to a story in The Information Daily. The editors were reported to have said their new policy was consistent with that of […]

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Teenagers move from cigarettes to nas

Teenagers move from cigarettes to nas

| October 17, 2013

Some Russian teenagers are quitting cigarettes for a type of chewing tobacco popular in Central Asia, according to a BBC Online story. Nas or nasvai is made of tobacco mixed with slaked lime and wood ash to form a pellet that, when held under the tongue, packs a powerful nicotine hit. It has been banned […]

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Report proposes halving UK tobacco tax

Report proposes halving UK tobacco tax

| October 16, 2013

A report published yesterday by the U.K.’s Institute of Economic Affairs proposes cutting taxes on fuel, alcohol and tobacco by half, scrapping green energy subsidies and reducing VAT from 20 percent to 15 percent. The report, Aggressively regressive: The ‘sin taxes’ that make the poor poorer, says that reducing taxes in this way would put […]

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India’s Q1 tobacco exports buoyant

India’s Q1 tobacco exports buoyant

| October 16, 2013

India’s tobacco exports got off to a good start in the first quarter of this financial year, which ended on June 30, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. In total, 82,540 tons of tobacco and tobacco products worth INR17.10 billion were exported during the three months […]

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New report says China’s tobacco policies undermined by online cigar vendors

New report says China’s tobacco policies undermined by online cigar vendors

| October 16, 2013

Online cigar vendors are undermining tobacco control policies in China, according to research published by Tobacco Control. The researchers said they had identified 106 internet cigar vendors located in 16 cities, most of them “developed cities,” including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Only 6.6 percent of these Internet cigar vendors featured health warnings, and only […]

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E-cigarettes are marketing’s new frontier

E-cigarettes are marketing’s new frontier

| October 16, 2013

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has signed a research partnership agreement with the University of South Florida’s (USF) marketing department under which researchers will look at the reasons why some consumers are opting for e-cigarettes rather than tobacco cigarettes. The research will be conducted by USF’s College of Business and will encompass both qualitative and quantitative […]

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Moving forward with tobacco as biofuel

Moving forward with tobacco as biofuel

| October 15, 2013

New research carried out in Spain has shown that genetically modified tobacco plants are viable as raw material for biofuels, according to a Basque Research story. In her Ph.D. thesis, Ruth Sanz-Barrio, an agricultural engineer at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre and researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology, had demonstrated for the first time the […]

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Little tobacco rush in Alaska

Little tobacco rush in Alaska

| October 15, 2013

Tobacco smoking among Alaska’s high school students has declined dramatically in recent years, according to an Associated Press story. Comparing data from six years ago with that gathered from a spring survey, the number of “smoking” students was down by 40 percent. This year, 10.6 percent of students were “smokers” compared with 17.8 percent in […]

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