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Questions over effectiveness of tobacco-funded EU anti-smuggling campaign

Questions over effectiveness of tobacco-funded EU anti-smuggling campaign

September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

A report being presented to the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control committee raises concerns over the effectiveness and monitoring of the deal under which the four biggest international tobacco manufacturers co-operate with the European Commission in the fight against the illegal trade in tobacco, according to a New Europe story. The four companies pay about €200 […]

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Hospital staff must be nicotine free

Hospital staff must be nicotine free

September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

A US hospital has said that from next year it will no longer hire anyone who uses nicotine in any form, a prohibition that includes electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches and nicotine gum, according to a story by Jon Kelvey for the Carroll County Times. The Carroll Hospital Center campus at Westminster, Maryland, has been a […]

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Vietnam to raise special tobacco taxes

Vietnam to raise special tobacco taxes

September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Vietnamese lawmakers have agreed to raise the special consumption tax imposed on tobacco, beer and spirits from 2016, according to a story in VietnamPlus. They accepted a proposal put forward at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting by the chairman of the Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs, Phung Quoc Hien, that a 70 percent […]

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Time limit on cigarette sales unlawful

Time limit on cigarette sales unlawful

September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

The European Commission has formally requested that Estonia change its excise duty legislation as it relates to the marketing of cigarettes. The Commission’s ‘reasoned opinion’ on Estonian tobacco excise was included last week in a memo listing September’s 147 infringement decisions against member states. The Commission said that in Estonia, a time limit was set […]

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Suspected Swazi smuggler shot dead

Suspected Swazi smuggler shot dead

September 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

A man suspected of cigarette smuggling has been shot dead by soldiers near Lugongolweni, not far from the town of Siteki, Swaziland, according to a story in The Times of Swaziland. The man, a Swazi, in the company of two other men, had allegedly crossed illegally from Mozambique with cigarettes in their car. He was […]

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Party leader brands UK’s standardized pack proposals as “utterly barmy”

Party leader brands UK’s standardized pack proposals as “utterly barmy”

September 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Moves to introduce standardized packaging for tobacco products have been labelled as “utterly barmy” by UKIP (UK Independence Party) leader Nigel Farage, according to a BBC News story. Farage, who called the plans a “counterfeiter’s dream”, was speaking ahead of his party’s conference, which was due to start today in Doncaster. He reportedly told Asian […]

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No place to smoke in Boulder, Colorado

No place to smoke in Boulder, Colorado

September 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Finding a place to smoke tobacco outdoors is about to get harder in Boulder, Colorado, the US, where public outdoor smoking is already banned on a popular pedestrian mall and around city buildings, according to a story by Greg Campbell for The Daily Caller. Campbell reported that the existing ban was to be extended to […]

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Electronic cigarette trials leveling off

Electronic cigarette trials leveling off

September 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

A new government study suggests the number of US adults who are trying electronic cigarettes is leveling off, according to a story by Mike Stobbe for Medical EXpress. The proportion of adults who have ever used electronic cigarettes rose from about three percent to eight percent from 2010 to 2012. But there was no significant […]

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Democrats trying to prohibit use of child labor on US tobacco farms

Democrats trying to prohibit use of child labor on US tobacco farms

September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Thirty-five House Democrats are urging President Obama’s administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about the health risks associated with such work, according to a story by Frederic J. Frommer for the Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press. The lawmakers, led by House Representatives David Cicilline and Matt Cartwright, made their plea […]

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Philadelphia turns to smokers to pay for education-budget shortfall

Philadelphia turns to smokers to pay for education-budget shortfall

September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Senate in Pennsylvania, US, has approved by 39-11 a $2-per-pack cigarette tax for Philadelphia to help close the School District’s budget gap, according to a story in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Superintendent William Hite was quoted as saying that with the cigarette tax and an earlier-approved one percent sales tax surcharge for schools, […]

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