Category: People

‘Make’ them quit

‘Make’ them quit

| January 16, 2018

Previously, even the most gratuitous anti-smoking measures were given the veneer of ‘encouragement’; but now, in Denmark, some want to ‘make’ smokers quit.

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Looking to quit

Looking to quit

| January 16, 2018

After four consecutive years of drought, some of the flue-cured tobacco growers operating in the traditional growing areas of Andhra Pradesh are ready to quit.

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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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Qatar has high smoking rate

Qatar has high smoking rate

| January 16, 2018

About 37 percent of Qatar’s population above the age of 15 is said to smoke tobacco; so the inauguration of a new tobacco-control center marks a significant development.

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Fewer smokers in Beijing

Fewer smokers in Beijing

| January 15, 2018

The number of smokers in Beijing has fallen since the enforcement of a smoking ban in the city, but it is not clear whether the fall is due to the ban.

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Argileh crackdown in Jordan

Argileh crackdown in Jordan

| January 15, 2018

Jordan’s approach to regulating the smoking of argileh in public appears well-balanced. Restaurants and cafés may serve either argileh or food, but not both unless they set up separate areas.

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In principle yes; but…

In principle yes; but…

| January 12, 2018

Since when has it been reasonable for an ordinary EU citizen to have to resort to the courts to sort out the imprecise rules on carrying excisable goods between member states?

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Another call for shisha ban

Another call for shisha ban

| January 12, 2018

Organizations in Ghana have become the latest voices in Africa to call for a ban on shisha products and their use.

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Tobacco season delayed

Tobacco season delayed

| January 12, 2018

The late onset of rains in Zimbabwe is expected to delay the opening of the flue-cured tobacco selling season, which could have a knock-on effect through the economy.

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Self-censorship suggested

Self-censorship suggested

| January 11, 2018

The depiction of smoking in films is deplored because it is said to lead people to smoke. So why is there no outcry about the depiction of increasing levels of extreme violence?

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One cigarette is enough

One cigarette is enough

| January 11, 2018

Is it surprising that 61 percent of people who try one cigarette go on to become smokers? It seems more significant that 39 percent don’t ‘progress’ in this way.

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Smoking creates poverty

Smoking creates poverty

| January 11, 2018

An official in Indonesia has called for less smoking and more meat eating to combat poverty and its effects. But many people believe that increasing meat-eating globally is not sustainable.

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Fire-cured under threat

Fire-cured under threat

| January 10, 2018

A US Food and Drug Administration proposal to limit levels of nitrosamines in finished smokeless tobacco products could pose an existential threat to fire-cured production in the US.

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Students focus on shisha

Students focus on shisha

| January 8, 2018

The relevance of the results of a study of shisha smoking among Kenya’s students has probably been undermined by the banning of shisha in the country during the term of the study.

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Ban seen as discriminatory

Ban seen as discriminatory

| January 8, 2018

If a patio smoking ban goes ahead in Winnipeg, Canada, it is to be hoped that it isn’t introduced simply because other cities in the country have such a ban in place.

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Warnings of little concern

Warnings of little concern

| January 8, 2018

The threat of bigger graphic health warnings in South Korea is not causing too much concern among cigarette manufacturers. Smokers might feel otherwise.

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More quitters than smokers

More quitters than smokers

| January 8, 2018

While Ireland has about 830,000 smokers; it has more than a million ex-smokers, a new survey has found.

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No more mister nice guy

No more mister nice guy

| January 5, 2018

The list of places where tobacco smoking is banned in Singapore is so long that it would seem to be more sensible to list those places where smoking is allowed.

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Patio tyrants rule in Canada

Patio tyrants rule in Canada

| January 4, 2018

Banning vaping on outdoor patios stretches the sometimes-justified cautionary principle to its logical, tyrannical conclusion.

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Keep digging

Keep digging

| January 4, 2018

Often, if a policy, such as an anti-tobacco policy, is seen not to have worked, the reaction is to call for more of that policy rather than a change to that policy.

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