Agreement “quite scary”

Agreement “quite scary”

| March 6, 2018

Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions of international trade agreements have been described as “quite scary”, on the eve of the signing of a major agreement.

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Ban sought in Bengaluru

Ban sought in Bengaluru

| March 6, 2018

In the Indian city of Bengaluru, restaurants seem to be banning tobacco smoking completely while failing to comply with tobacco-smoking restrictions.

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Yes, but is it legal?

Yes, but is it legal?

| March 6, 2018

A court case launched by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health to determine whether a heated-tobacco product can be sold legally is not about health but about legal fine print.

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Sales season scheduled

Sales season scheduled

| March 6, 2018

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured-tobacco sales season is due to start later this month – a season that plays an important role in the country’s economic cycle.

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Time to move on

Time to move on

| March 5, 2018

There could be a competitive advantage in Malawi being one of the first big leaf tobacco producers to switch to other, internationally-traded crops.

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Tax structure hits TTM

Tax structure hits TTM

| March 5, 2018

There are some good arguments for operating a tobacco monopoly, but there can be no good argument for undermining such a monopoly with a badly-thought-out tax structure.

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Lock them up – healthily

Lock them up – healthily

| March 5, 2018

‘Health advocates’ in the Philippines are seemingly impatient to have people locked up because of non-compliance with new tobacco-product health-warning regulations.

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Exclusion zone contracts

Exclusion zone contracts

| March 5, 2018

A proposed 500-meter tobacco-sales exclusion-zone around schools in Sri Lanka probably ran into the problem that, in some urban areas at least, the zones overlapped.

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Fair go mate!

Fair go mate!

| March 2, 2018

The Australian government, which has raised cigarette prices to unaffordable levels, is threatening smokers who buy illicit products with up to five years in jail, knowing those smokers are addicted.

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Pouring gas on the fire

Pouring gas on the fire

| March 2, 2018

The logic of the Canadian authorities’ approaches to marijuana and tobacco seems to suggest that they want consumers to buy licit marijuana but illicit tobacco.

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Prices ‘reasonably good’

Prices ‘reasonably good’

| March 2, 2018

As flue-cured tobacco auctions in the Indian state of Karnataka wind down, those in the state of Andhra Pradesh are about to open.

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Farming semantics

Farming semantics

| March 2, 2018

Researchers in Sri Lanka say that tobacco farmers can make their livings in other ways; so they don’t want them called tobacco farmers. How about, farmers who happen to be growing tobacco?

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‘Hold your horses’

‘Hold your horses’

| March 1, 2018

Once again, US public health expert Dr. Michael Siegel (pictured) has provided some much-needed clarity in respect of a headline-grabbing story – this one about vaping and heart attacks.

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Smoking record worn out

Smoking record worn out

| March 1, 2018

There could be a lot of reasons why public perception of the risks posed by smoking may be declining in the US. One reason could be that official risk messages are sometimes clearly untrue.

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‘Filtergate’ question raised

‘Filtergate’ question raised

| March 1, 2018

A question has been raised about ‘Filtergate’, but a more pertinent question might ask why the EU insists on delivery maximums when it believes that delivery levels do not affect health outcomes.

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Taxing questions in Kenya

Taxing questions in Kenya

| March 1, 2018

The idea that non-filter cigarettes should be taxed at a higher rate than filtered cigarettes seems not to make sense since a filter can be removed.

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E-cigs given a hearing

E-cigs given a hearing

| February 28, 2018

Suppliers need to be allowed to market responsibly a wide range of high-standard, reduced-risk products that provide consumers with alternatives to combustible cigarettes.

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Legislation not needed

Legislation not needed

| February 28, 2018

In Ireland, where restaurants are extending smoke-free zones to outdoor areas, the ‘market’ seems to be working admirably. So why legislate for something that is happening?

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Pilot tracking system

Pilot tracking system

| February 28, 2018

The costs of a tobacco-product tracking system in Russia will apparently not be passed onto consumers, which raises a question about who will pay for it.

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Illegal trade ‘rampant’

Illegal trade ‘rampant’

| February 28, 2018

Zimbabwe, usually in the news because of its leaf production, is currently in the news over an issue more usually associated with other countries: the illegal trade in cigarettes.

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