Category: Regulation

Bill ropes in vaping

Bill ropes in vaping

| May 11, 2018

A new smoking bill in South Africa that takes in vaping is said to be a “cut-and-paste job from Geneva” that doesn’t take account of local circumstances.

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Appeal package

Appeal package

| May 10, 2018

Four countries are expected to appeal against the World Trade Organization’s decision on Australia’s standardized-tobacco-packaging law – a decision that hasn’t been announced yet.

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Promoting innovation

Promoting innovation

| May 9, 2018

A number of voices are currently calling on the EU to impose and police Union-wide standards on vapor devices and products.

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Improving the TPD

Improving the TPD

| May 8, 2018

Japan Tobacco International’s vice president, reduced-risk products, has suggested a number of ways in which the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive might be improved in respect of vapor products.

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Smoking ban takes off

Smoking ban takes off

| May 2, 2018

It seems odd to consider as a healthy trend a ban on smoking and vaping at an airport – surely a hub of unnecessary consumption if there ever was one.

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Preconceived flavors

Preconceived flavors

| May 1, 2018

A story from South Korea says that the flavor of a smoker’s cigarette of choice is influential in her trying it for the first time. This seems odd since there are no flavour descriptors on packs.

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Grime and punishment

Grime and punishment

| May 1, 2018

One way to fill up your jails is to incarcerate people for minor offences, such as dropping litter, including cigarette butts.

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Cantonal smoking ban

Cantonal smoking ban

| May 1, 2018

A public-places tobacco-smoking ban in the Swiss canton of Ticino will cover many administrative, recreational and transport facilities.

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Secretive science deposed

Secretive science deposed

| April 30, 2018

Taken on its own, the idea that the science underlying regulations should be made publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation cannot be faulted.

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Regulations proposed

Regulations proposed

| April 30, 2018

A tobacco- and nicotine-product control-bill is being put out for public comment in South Africa.

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Regulations challenged

Regulations challenged

| April 30, 2018

A court challenge by tobacco manufacturers to regulations imposed in Kenya is aimed in part at a requirement that they contribute two percent of their revenues to a consolidated fund.

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Regulations enforced

Regulations enforced

| April 30, 2018

Tobacco distributors in the US will have to pay particular attention to their record keeping as an existing law is enforced more aggressively.

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Promoting innovation

Promoting innovation

| April 27, 2018

A suggestion has been made that cigarette packs in the UK should be used as a promotional vehicle to steer smokers away from smoking and toward vaping.

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The cost of success

The cost of success

| April 27, 2018

One of the lessons to come out of the JUUL affair is that it can be dangerous to come up with a product that is ‘too’ successful.

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Mountain retreat

Mountain retreat

| April 26, 2018

Elephant Mountain, which is to be declared a tobacco-smoke-free zone is an ideal spot to take photos of the Taipei skyline – on a clear day, presumably.

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FDA’s aptitude questioned

FDA’s aptitude questioned

| April 25, 2018

Does the US Food and Drug Administration know what it’s doing? Presumably yes. Do its actions always promote public health? Apparently not. Is this concerning? It would seem so.

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FDA comes down on JUUL

FDA comes down on JUUL

| April 25, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration seems intent on heaping some of the blame for ‘underage sales’ on the product being sold. This is like blaming a car for a speeding offence.

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Warnings not implemented

Warnings not implemented

| April 25, 2018

Unreasonable regulation will mostly be challenged, and a requirement for 90 percent tobacco-package health warnings that appear on all but one face seems unreasonable.

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Bans imposed

Bans imposed

| April 24, 2018

In line with current trends elsewhere, South Korea is planning to take an uncompromising line with tobacco smoking by switching smoking restrictions to smoking bans.

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Reduced risk on hold

Reduced risk on hold

| April 20, 2018

The Malaysian arm of British American Tobacco has put the launch of reduced risk products on hold while it sees which way the regulatory wind is blowing.

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