Category: People

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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Bigger warnings sought

Bigger warnings sought

| January 4, 2018

A poll on cigarette-pack graphic-warnings was weighted towards non-smokers. Even so, the adults in favor of increasing the size of such warnings only just outnumbered those against.

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PM’s New Year resolution

PM’s New Year resolution

| January 3, 2018

Philip Morris’ New Year resolutions on quitting smoking comprise a much-needed and practical attempt to stimulate debate and offer helpful guidance.

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Drugs key to quitting

Drugs key to quitting

| January 3, 2018

Japan’s National Cancer Center has said it does not recommend that smokers make quit attempts with electronic cigarettes – products that are effectively banned in the country.

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Smokers over-taxed

Smokers over-taxed

| December 29, 2017

An insightful opinion piece in a New Zealand newspaper that tells how disadvantaged smokers there are paying far too much tax could be applied to many other countries.

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Local buying ‘encouraged’

Local buying ‘encouraged’

| December 29, 2017

To import unmanufactured tobacco into Indonesia, companies are going to have to demonstrate that they are buying local tobacco.

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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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Quit aids failing smokers

Quit aids failing smokers

| December 27, 2017

Pharmaceutical interventions are not the quit-smoking panacea they are sometimes made out to be. Little wonder if the people administering them are telling smokers quitting is really hard.

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Focus on heart disease

Focus on heart disease

| December 22, 2017

Given the emphasis placed on tobacco; it is perhaps surprising to learn that its consumption, or, more like, its consumption by smoking, accounts for abut 12 percent of all heart-disease deaths.

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Suffering from the cure?

Suffering from the cure?

| December 21, 2017

New research indicating that users of the smoking-cessation drug, Varenicline, are more likely than non-users to have a cardiovascular event cannot determine cause and effect.

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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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Banning vaping at home

Banning vaping at home

| December 20, 2017

A housing authority in the US that, in line with national policy, is banning smoking in its buildings, is said to be giving people the resources to quit, even though it is banning vaping.

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Voting with their butts

Voting with their butts

| December 20, 2017

‘Ballot bins’ are being trialed in a borough in Northern Ireland in another attempt to mitigate the ‘scourge of cigarette butts littering pavements’.

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Christmas appeal

Christmas appeal

| December 18, 2017

A pro-health lobby group in the Philippines has called on smokers not to take their habit with them when they go to Christmas parties. Drinkers were not so advised.

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Teenagers are revolting

Teenagers are revolting

| December 15, 2017

Since when has it been counterintuitive that teenagers, on seeing an official warning about a course of action, ignore that warning?

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Thai e-cig ban challenged

Thai e-cig ban challenged

| December 15, 2017

If 15 countries ban electronic cigarettes while 160 don’t, and your country is one of the 15; it stands to reason that you might want your government to look again at the reasoning behind its policy.

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