Archive for March, 2014

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Philippines’ sin tax fails to cut smoking

Philippines’ sin tax fails to cut smoking

| March 28, 2014

The Philippines Senate wants to summon cigarette manufacturers and officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to explain why the country’s year-old “sin tax” law has failed to reduce smoking among Filipinos, which was the rationale behind the law. According to a story in The Philippine Star, Senator […]

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Nobody happy with parks smoking ban

Nobody happy with parks smoking ban

| March 28, 2014

Smokers and non-smokers alike have lodged complaints about a non-tobacco-smoking parks plan in Taiwan’s Taoyuan County, which aims to increase their number to 376 by next month, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The county government defended the move as following Ministry of Health and Welfare policy. In theory, the new plan could […]

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TFWA expanding upward in Singapore

TFWA expanding upward in Singapore

| March 28, 2014

The organizers of the TFWA (Tax Free World Association) Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference are opening up a second level of floor space at the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore. The event, which is due to be staged May 11–15, will, as last year, occupy underground level B2, but it will, in addition, take […]

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PMI schedules annual meeting for May 7

PMI schedules annual meeting for May 7

| March 28, 2014

Philip Morris International said yesterday that it would hold its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at 9 a.m. on May 7 in the Empire State Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt New York for the following purposes: To elect 10 directors; To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers SA as independent auditors for the company for the […]

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Damning verdicts on e-cigarette research

Damning verdicts on e-cigarette research

| March 27, 2014

Recent U.S. research that has been widely reported to have shown that e-cigarettes are ineffective for smoking cessation has been branded as “complete garbage” by a highly respected public health professor. Researchers from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UCSF (the University of California at San Francisco) published a research letter in […]

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Canadian doctors call for authorization of sales of e-cigarettes with nicotine

Canadian doctors call for authorization of sales of e-cigarettes with nicotine

| March 27, 2014

A group of doctors, professors and health advocates are calling on the Canadian federal government to authorize the sale in Canada of e-cigarettes containing nicotine. Writing in The Gazette on behalf of the group, Gaston Ostiguy said e-cigarettes offered a safer and more acceptable alternative to regular cigarettes for smokers to appease their addiction. No […]

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