Category: Regulation

In defense of Guam law

In defense of Guam law

| January 9, 2018

Tobacco cessation is ‘critical to the health, fitness, wellbeing, and readiness’ of US Department of Defense personnel.

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BAT expects tax reduction

BAT expects tax reduction

| January 9, 2018

The US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is expected to reduce British American Tobacco’s effective tax rate percentage for the year to the end of December 2018.

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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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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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Smoking, vaping banned

Smoking, vaping banned

| January 3, 2018

Tobacco smoking is now banned in a number of open public places in Portugal, and vaping is now banned in enclosed public places.

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Singapore out on a limb

Singapore out on a limb

| January 2, 2018

Singapore considers e-cigarettes to comprise a gateway product to smoking, but in banning them it seems to be providing a gateway back into smoking for some people.

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Two-phase warning increase

Two-phase warning increase

| January 2, 2018

Pakistan is increasing the size of its cigarette-pack graphic warnings in two phases, one year apart.

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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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Shisha smoking banned

Shisha smoking banned

| December 29, 2017

Following the example set by Tanzania and Rwanda, Kenya has become the third East African country to ban shisha smoking.

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Thailand faces vapor issues

Thailand faces vapor issues

| December 27, 2017

If the makers of heat-not-burn devices want to promote their products while distinguishing them from combustible and electronic cigarettes, they need to come up with a better category name.

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Regulatory board closing

Regulatory board closing

| December 27, 2017

Turkey, which in recent years has turned against tobacco, is closing the board responsible for tobacco regulation and is handing these duties to ministries.

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Small retailers cry foul

Small retailers cry foul

| December 22, 2017

India’s small-scale retailers believe that their bigger rivals are working with anti-tobacco activists to take their customers.

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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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