Category: Regulation

Extending suspense

Extending suspense

| March 21, 2017

The FDA is delaying until March 19, 2018, its final rule for clarification of when products made or derived from tobacco are regulated as drugs, devices, or combination products

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Less than graphic warnings

Less than graphic warnings

| March 20, 2017

Tobacco manufacturers in Bangladesh are apparently printing grainy images as part of graphic health warnings, and thereby lessening their impact.

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First speakers announced

First speakers announced

| March 20, 2017

The names of the first speakers to have confirmed their participation at the Global Forum on Nicotine 2017 have been made available by the organizers.

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Road map off track

Road map off track

| March 17, 2017

In the past, it has been difficult to oppose tobacco in Indonesia because, in part, the industry employs millions of people. But now the President seems to have sided with those opposed to tobacco.

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iQOS under scrutiny in Israel

iQOS under scrutiny in Israel

| March 15, 2017

The innovative nature of Philip Morris International’s iQOS heated-tobacco device is causing market teething problems in some countries as regulators scramble to catch up.

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Gottlieb nominated for FDA

Gottlieb nominated for FDA

| March 13, 2017

U.S. President Trump said Friday that he intended to nominate Scott Gottlieb to lead the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Young people getting older

Young people getting older

| March 10, 2017

The tendency for countries to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products has the advantage of prolonging childhood.

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Vapor industry seeks support

Vapor industry seeks support

| March 9, 2017

Vapor advocates in the US are promoting a bill that would mitigate against the worst excesses of the Food and Drug Administration’s electronic-cigarette deeming regulations.

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Minimum-age rise sought

Minimum-age rise sought

| March 9, 2017

Retailers in Guam could be in for a difficult transition if a proposed bill goes through because the minimum age for buying tobacco products and the fines for selling such products to those underage will both rise.

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Thailand sharpens tobacco law

Thailand sharpens tobacco law

| March 3, 2017

Law raises smoking age and sets minimum pack size.

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Further bans mooted

Further bans mooted

| March 3, 2017

Japan has tended to take a fairly-independent line when it comes to smoking-related matters, but it is looking at falling into line and upping its tobacco bans ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

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Better out than in

Better out than in

| March 3, 2017

A call by an anti-tobacco foundation in Taiwan for a ban on tobacco smoking in all indoor public places seems to be based on air-quality measurements taken in nightclubs that allow smoking.

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E-cigs a ‘no-brainer’

E-cigs a ‘no-brainer’

| March 2, 2017

It is often said that cigarette taxes are raised to ‘encourage’ smokers to quit, but people aren’t encouraged with sticks. Encouragement comes in the form of alternative products.

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There is another way

There is another way

| March 2, 2017

The calls for tobacco harm-reduction strategies to replace quit-or-die policies seem to becoming louder with each day that passes.

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Shanghai bans smoking

Shanghai bans smoking

| March 2, 2017

The incidence or smoking in Shanghai, China, fell by 3.6 percentage points between 2010 and 2016, and, following the imposition of a public-places smoking ban yesterday, the incidence is likely to fall further.

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Factory closure threat

Factory closure threat

| March 2, 2017

The imposition of standardized tobacco packaging in South Africa would provide a boost to the illegal trade and might threaten the viability of British American Tobacco’s factory there.

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Flavor ban one step closer

Flavor ban one step closer

| March 1, 2017

A proposed bill banning most e-liquid flavors in New Jersey, US, is contrary to public health goals and would push vapers back toward conventional cigarettes and their known harms.

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E-cig gagging order mooted

E-cig gagging order mooted

| March 1, 2017

If the Canadian government is to prevent vape shops from providing their customers with scientific information about relative health risks, then it should provide such information.

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Tighter tobacco controls

Tighter tobacco controls

| February 27, 2017

Smokers in Shanghai, China, are faced with even tighter controls on where they will be able to indulge their habit; both in indoor and outdoor public places.

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Smoking ban sought in China

Smoking ban sought in China

| February 24, 2017

By November, China’s proposed smoking control regulations will have been on the State Council’s website for three years seeking public feedback.

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