Category: Litigation

New taxes opposed

New taxes opposed

| April 18, 2018

The Nigerian government is coming under pressure because of a planned three-year program of tax increases on tobacco products and alcohol.

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Snus ban ‘valid’

Snus ban ‘valid’

| April 13, 2018

For the sake of smokers, it is to be hoped that the European Court of Justice reaches a different conclusion to that of its Advocate General when considering the EU’s ban on snus.

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NZ indecisive on e-cigs

NZ indecisive on e-cigs

| April 9, 2018

A change in government in New Zealand seems to have put a brake on a move to legalize vaping with nicotine, leaving smokers in a difficult place.

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Harassment alleged

Harassment alleged

| March 29, 2018

Two women have filed lawsuits against the US-based tobacco-control activist Dr. Stanton Glantz, who denies the allegations made against him.

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HEETS-ban case dismissed

HEETS-ban case dismissed

| March 28, 2018

A charge brought in respect of a heated-tobacco product in New Zealand seemed to be a case of going through the motions; but it did highlight the need for more legal clarity.

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Vapor lumped with smoke

Vapor lumped with smoke

| March 28, 2018

An attempt to overthrow a law that lumps vaping and electronic cigarettes with smoking and traditional cigarettes has failed in Greece.

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Pyrrhic victory

Pyrrhic victory

| March 14, 2018

Lobbyists in Israel have succeeded in forcing Finance-Committee approval for taxing heated-tobacco products at the same rate as cigarettes. The question is: why?

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The law is a butt

The law is a butt

| March 7, 2018

If New Zealand’s Ministry of Health loses a court case against heated-tobacco products, these products are likely to become available more quickly than if the law needs to be changed.

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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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Smoking deadly but lawful

Smoking deadly but lawful

| February 23, 2018

Smokers knowingly expose themselves to health risks, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service has said in rejecting calls for an investigation into allegations of tobacco-company murders.

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Dutch reinforce ban

Dutch reinforce ban

| February 14, 2018

The mindset of Dutch anti-smokers is probably best defined by the requirement that a separate smoking area in a café should be less-attractively decorated than the rest of the café.

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More support for lawsuit

More support for lawsuit

| February 12, 2018

A lawsuit in the Netherlands is seeking to change the behavior of tobacco companies rather than force them to pay damages.

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EU in denial over snus

EU in denial over snus

| February 6, 2018

It has long been known that snus use has almost ousted tobacco smoking in Sweden, along with the diseases caused by smoking. Now, the same seems to be happening in Norway.

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Trading rights under threat

Trading rights under threat

| January 30, 2018

India has said that a move to take away the tobacco industry’s right to trade is not aimed at banning tobacco, but when the government moved against alcohol in this way, two states did ban alcohol.

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An unusual case

An unusual case

| January 24, 2018

A Chinese family has sued – unsuccessfully – over the death of a smoker. The case was brought not against a manufacturer, but against a man who tried to stop him smoking.

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Snus challenge imminent

Snus challenge imminent

| January 18, 2018

EU policy allows the sale of cigarettes in member states but bans – except in Sweden – the sale of a less-risky, alternative product, snus. Next week that ban is due to be challenged in court.

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Lung-cancer data released

Lung-cancer data released

| January 16, 2018

A US company linked to tobacco firms and specializing in mathematical analysis of data used in regulation and litigation has been handed anonymised data on lung cancers in England.

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Warnings case to continue

Warnings case to continue

| January 10, 2018

The battle over India’s 85 percent tobacco-products health-warnings, which has been fought on and off since 2014, is due to be resumed in March.

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Puffing along in China

Puffing along in China

| December 29, 2017

A question that has arisen during a court case in China asks whether a smoker should be prohibited from indulging her habit during the whole of a 30-hour train journey.

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What smoking bans?

What smoking bans?

| December 20, 2017

It seems to be the case that, contrary to general belief, smoking is not banned in thousands of government buildings in England and Wales, including courts and ‘jobcentres’.

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