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Category: Breaking News

Korean smokers brace for price hike

Korean smokers brace for price hike

September 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

The South Korean government wants to increase cigarette prices by 80 percent next year. Under the proposal, a KRW2,500 ($2.42) pack would cost KRW4,500 come Jan. 1. The government would also start adjusting cigarette prices to inflation rates, which would result in more frequent cigarette price rises in the future. Cigarette prices in Korea have […]

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Regulatory authorization for nicotine inhaler

Regulatory authorization for nicotine inhaler

September 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted a product license for general sale to Kind Consumer’s Voke nicotine inhaler. The company will now submit a variation to the license to support full-scale commercialization by its commercial partner, Nicoventures. “We are pleased to announce that the Voke Inhaler has been licensed in […]

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High taxes mean high times for the illicit tobacco trade in Hong Kong

High taxes mean high times for the illicit tobacco trade in Hong Kong

September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

One out of three cigarettes smoked in Hong Kong last year was illicit, according to a story in the South China Morning Post citing a study by two overseas think tanks. The displacement of licit by illicit cigarettes was said to have cost the government more than HK$3.2 billion in ‘lost tax revenue’. The multi-state […]

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Huge warnings to appear on Thai packs

Huge warnings to appear on Thai packs

September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

A law requiring the inclusion of graphic health warnings that take up 85 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs is due to come into force in Thailand on September 24, according to a National News Bureau of Thailand story. The new warnings, which come in 10 varieties, are said to be the […]

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Vietnam’s smuggling season in full swing

Vietnam’s smuggling season in full swing

September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Vietnam is on high alert for the Mekong Delta flooding season, which usually occurs from September to November. Partly, this vigilance is about watching for tobacco smugglers, who can take advantage of the waterways formed by the flooding. But they hardly need to wait for the flooding season. According to a bizhub.vn story, already this […]

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Online registration to close Monday

Online registration to close Monday

September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Online registration for next month’s CORESTA (Co-operation Centre for Scientific Research Relative to Tobacco) Congress, which is available at www.coresta2014.org, is due to close on September 15. After that date, only onsite registration will be available. The congress is due to be held at the Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada, on October 12-16. The theme […]

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Zambian growers felt betrayed by prices

Zambian growers felt betrayed by prices

September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Two thousand Zambian tobacco growers have become members of the Western Tobacco Growers’ Union (WTGU), which was officially registered as a society on August 15, according to a story by Gift Chanda and Stuart Lisulo for the Zambia Post. The farmers’ union was formed after a season in which growers were paid poor prices on […]

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Dutch antis suing government

Dutch antis suing government

September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Rookpreventie Jeugd (youth smoking prevention foundation) is suing the Dutch government over its relationship with the tobacco industry, according to a story by Janene Van Jaarsveldt for the NL Times The government is accused of not complying with the World Health Organization’s international anti-tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, because it is […]

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Queensland to ban public vaping

Queensland to ban public vaping

September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Australian state of Queensland is set to outlaw the use of electronic cigarettes in those public places where tobacco smoking is already banned, according to story by Jonathan Pearlman for The Telegraph. And it is set to further equate electronic and tobacco cigarettes by banning advertising of the former and banning their sales to […]

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Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Smokers make up about 37 percent of Qatar’s residents over the age of 15, according to a Gulf Times story quoting statistics published by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). About 95 per cent of the country’s adult smokers are men. “In addition, around 15 percent of school children from grade seven, both male and female, […]

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