Category: Regulation

E-cig rules challenged

E-cig rules challenged

| January 31, 2018

It seems odd that an organization has to go to court to challenge rules that threaten the survival of a product that substitutes for a far riskier one, which is not under threat.

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PMI: review continuing

PMI: review continuing

| January 30, 2018

A recent review of a number of modified risk tobacco product applications has been variously interpreted: as the right outcome, a disaster, an irrelevance, and just part of a process.

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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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Graduated smoking fines

Graduated smoking fines

| January 29, 2018

Under a proposed anti-tobacco-smoking bill, those found smoking in an elevator would face stiffer fines than would those found smoking in a taxi.

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Ban has a silver lining

Ban has a silver lining

| January 26, 2018

Electronic-cigarette retailers in Kenya are enjoying something of a sales boom as people who once smoked the now-banned shisha cast about for alternative products.

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E-cig ban coming

E-cig ban coming

| January 26, 2018

Singapore is set to ban just about every tobacco and nicotine product that offers a less-risky alternative to cigarettes, the sale of which will presumably receive a boost.

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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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New approach suggested

New approach suggested

| January 23, 2018

Canada’s National Non-Smoking Week has provided Imperial Tobacco with an opportunity again to urge the government to embrace the principles of harm reduction.

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E-cig, HNB excise opposed

E-cig, HNB excise opposed

| January 22, 2018

The EU Commission has done the right thing in opposing for now the imposition of excise tax on electronic cigarettes and HNB devices, both of which seem to offer health benefits.

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Import limit proposed

Import limit proposed

| January 22, 2018

Azerbaijan is proposing that the limit on the number of cigarettes travelers can import into the country is reduced by two-thirds: to a single carton.

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Retail limits proposed

Retail limits proposed

| January 22, 2018

Hawaii is proposing that shops selling tobacco and alternative products not be allowed open within 750 feet of schools, public parks and public housing complexes.

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Few fines for smokers

Few fines for smokers

| January 22, 2018

Instead of rejoicing in the knowledge that Hungarian smokers form a largely law-abiding group, naysayers are suggesting that smokers are getting away with smoking where they shouldn’t.

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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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Russians hit by health bug

Russians hit by health bug

| January 17, 2018

During the past five years, Russians have reduced significantly their drinking and tobacco smoking, and they have increased their interest in sports.

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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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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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Control strategy launched

Control strategy launched

| January 15, 2018

Nepal took a while to come up with a tobacco-control strategy. Now it has to develop policies that align with that strategy.

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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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