Author Archive: speccomm

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Passing the butt

Passing the butt

| April 26, 2018

If civic-minded citizens didn’t pay for the costs created by those less civic-minded, there would be no tobacco-company donations to the EU for fighting the illegal trade – and no prisons.

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Pitching up for litter

Pitching up for litter

| April 26, 2018

In New Zealand, the amount of litter is measured by the number of rugby pitches it would cover – an image that most locals would find too distressing to contemplate.

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Taxing pollution

Taxing pollution

| April 26, 2018

Does the fact that inhaling polluted air can be likened to smoking present governments with a way of raising excise revenue from those who claim to be non-smokers?

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Mountain retreat

Mountain retreat

| April 26, 2018

Elephant Mountain, which is to be declared a tobacco-smoke-free zone is an ideal spot to take photos of the Taipei skyline – on a clear day, presumably.

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FDA’s aptitude questioned

FDA’s aptitude questioned

| April 25, 2018

Does the US Food and Drug Administration know what it’s doing? Presumably yes. Do its actions always promote public health? Apparently not. Is this concerning? It would seem so.

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FDA comes down on JUUL

FDA comes down on JUUL

| April 25, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration seems intent on heaping some of the blame for ‘underage sales’ on the product being sold. This is like blaming a car for a speeding offence.

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Warnings not implemented

Warnings not implemented

| April 25, 2018

Unreasonable regulation will mostly be challenged, and a requirement for 90 percent tobacco-package health warnings that appear on all but one face seems unreasonable.

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BAT embracing change

BAT embracing change

| April 25, 2018

British American Tobacco says that, given the success of its next generation product portfolio, it will increase investments in these products during 2018.

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London vaping conference

London vaping conference

| April 24, 2018

The involvement of three members of parliament in a UK Vaping Industry Association conference in London seems to indicate that harm-reduction is being taken seriously.

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Quitting record

Quitting record

| April 24, 2018

In the Netherlands, the biggest proportion of occasional smokers comprises young adults aged 20 to 24, 32.6 percent of whom say they smoke, but not every day.

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Bans imposed

Bans imposed

| April 24, 2018

In line with current trends elsewhere, South Korea is planning to take an uncompromising line with tobacco smoking by switching smoking restrictions to smoking bans.

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Row about advertising

Row about advertising

| April 23, 2018

Does the U.K.’s tobacco-advertising ban apply to promotions for heat-not-burn products?

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PMI’s volumes falter

PMI’s volumes falter

| April 20, 2018

It was clearly not possible for Philip Morris International to maintain forever the huge growth rate of heated-tobacco-product sales that it had enjoyed in Japan; but there is a world beyond Japan.

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Smoking in Vietnam

Smoking in Vietnam

| April 20, 2018

According to World Health Organization figures, the prevalence of smoking in Vietnam is going to change only marginally between now and 2025.

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Reduced risk on hold

Reduced risk on hold

| April 20, 2018

The Malaysian arm of British American Tobacco has put the launch of reduced risk products on hold while it sees which way the regulatory wind is blowing.

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Tabacalera acquired

Tabacalera acquired

| April 20, 2018

Tabacalera, which has been acquired by a Philip Morris subsidiary, is to stop manufacturing cigarettes in Costa Rica.

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COP8 meeting in October

COP8 meeting in October

| April 19, 2018

Details are being made available of the October meeting in Geneva of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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E-cig crackdown coming

E-cig crackdown coming

| April 19, 2018

Those opposed to the excessive use of electronic cigarettes among young people should define what they mean by ‘excessive’ use and, therefore, what they think is acceptable use.

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JTI fined in the Netherlands

JTI fined in the Netherlands

| April 19, 2018

Japan Tobacco International has been fined for allegedly entering into exclusivity agreements with student associations in the Netherlands.

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Meaty enterprise

Meaty enterprise

| April 19, 2018

Somebody once said that there were two things that you should never watch being made: one was sausages; the other was legislation. That person was clearly right in the case of the former.

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