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Fat cats hike tobacco taxes

Fat cats hike tobacco taxes

| June 3, 2016

In New Zealand, a politician has spoken out about the unfair and increasing tobacco tax burden that is being placed on the shoulders of those least able to afford it.

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Plain packs proposal draws fire

Plain packs proposal draws fire

| June 3, 2016

The WHO’s call for all countries to prepare for standardized tobacco packaging was a smart move. The criticism that it has provoked is creating much media interest.

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Support for standardized packaging

Support for standardized packaging

| June 3, 2016

Support for the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging throughout the EU is based on the disputed claim that evidence from Australia shows that such packaging works.

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Indonesia set to take top spot

Indonesia set to take top spot

| June 2, 2016

Some people believe that Indonesia’s current direction of travel – its current tobacco road map – will lead to its becoming the country with the biggest population of tobacco smokers.

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Ghana cracking down on shisha

Ghana cracking down on shisha

| June 2, 2016

Shisha smoking is becoming the ‘new craze in town’ in Ghana, and some people want to crack down on it before it becomes well established.

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Plain packs proposal under fire

Plain packs proposal under fire

| June 2, 2016

The Montreal Economic Institute believes that standardized tobacco packaging should be imposed in Canada only if it can firstly be proved that it will do what it says on the pack.

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Kenya prepares for plain packs

Kenya prepares for plain packs

| June 2, 2016

Although it is only now gearing up for the introduction of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, Kenya is already preparing the ground for standardized packaging.

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May 31: Little Licit Tobacco Day

May 31: Little Licit Tobacco Day

| June 1, 2016

In Ontario, Canada, World No Tobacco Day was seen as a time to discuss the fact that May 31 was just another day when there would be too many illicit cigarettes on the market.

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Beijing ban working well

Beijing ban working well

| June 1, 2016

Chinese people in Beijing have confirmed a phenomenon that has been noted in many countries – that smokers are generally law abiding; certainly much more so than are drivers.

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South Australia aims low

South Australia aims low

| June 1, 2016

In targeting a state-wide smoking incidence of eight percent within the next four years, South Australia is edging towards what some see as the critical five percent level.

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TPD a costly exercise

TPD a costly exercise

| June 1, 2016

Preparing for the implementation of the EU’s revised TPD cost the Scandinavian Tobacco Group US$30 million, which provides a hint of what it must have cost the tobacco industry overall.

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New initiative on illegal trade

New initiative on illegal trade

| May 31, 2016

In launching PMI IMPACT, Philip Morris International is looking to encourage the development of innovation in the battle against the illegal trade.

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Generational ban a non-starter

Generational ban a non-starter

| May 31, 2016

The government in Norway has no plans to introduce an age-related ban on tobacco sales that is apparently supported by more than 60 percent of Norwegians.

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Canada displays health ‘hypocrisy’

Canada displays health ‘hypocrisy’

| May 31, 2016

Canada was one of the first countries to toy with the idea of plain packs for cigarettes, but back then, plain meant plain. Now Canada is thinking of imposing standardized packs.

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NZ prepares for standardized packs

NZ prepares for standardized packs

| May 31, 2016

While preparing the ground for standardized tobacco packaging, the New Zealand government is considering relaxing its stance on electronic cigarettes delivering nicotine.

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NZ tax plans morally questionable

NZ tax plans morally questionable

| May 27, 2016

Smokers in New Zealand who already pay more than three times the health costs of their habit are going to be hit with four successive, annual cigarette tax hikes.

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Cambodia warnings to go graphic

Cambodia warnings to go graphic

| May 27, 2016

In July, Cambodia is due to become one the last countries of Southeast Asia to require graphic health warnings on cigarette packs. Burma and Laos are due to introduce such warnings later this year.

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Smoking and vaping banned

Smoking and vaping banned

| May 27, 2016

Quebec has lumped vaping with smoking and banned both just about everywhere: from the outdoor areas of bars, to communal areas of residential buildings.

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RAI to webcast presentation

RAI to webcast presentation

| May 27, 2016

Chief financial officer Andrew Gilchrist is due to front a business presentation by Reynolds American at a consumer and retail conference in Boston next month.

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Children working in tobacco fields

Children working in tobacco fields

| May 26, 2016

Tobacco companies are being accused by Human Rights Watch of ‘making money off the backs and health of Indonesian child workers’.

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Vaping increasing in the EU

Vaping increasing in the EU

| May 26, 2016

The use of electronic cigarettes in the EU and the perception that their use is harmful are both increasing, which might indicate that consumers accept the concept of relative risk.

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Higher taxes demanded in Bangladesh

Higher taxes demanded in Bangladesh

| May 26, 2016

By raising tobacco taxes, the Bangladesh government could prevent premature deaths from tobacco consumption and increase its revenue significantly.

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Tobacco impact assessment sought

Tobacco impact assessment sought

| May 26, 2016

A parliamentary committee is proposing that India should look at the environmental impact that tobacco production has, and gradually reduce tobacco growing.

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Call for more transparency at WHO

Call for more transparency at WHO

| May 24, 2016

Meetings of the WHO’s Framework Conference on Tobacco Control are well known for their lack of transparency, and this is something that JTI would like to see changed.

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Licensing proposal under attack

Licensing proposal under attack

| May 24, 2016

A proposed tobacco-retailer licensing scheme in the UK would make life more difficult for consumers and businesses, and could hand an advantage to the illegal trade.

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