Category: Regulation

Tracking tobacco costly

Tracking tobacco costly

| September 20, 2017

UK retailers are concerned that an EU tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system could prove burdensome.

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Party poopers

Party poopers

| September 20, 2017

It would seem that, in Turkey at least, now is the time for all good vapers to come to the aid of the party.

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Campaigns lack teeth

Campaigns lack teeth

| September 20, 2017

Although Kenya banned tobacco smoking in public places in 2007, activists say that not much has happened since to lighten the burden of tobacco-related diseases.

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Tobacco travel ban

Tobacco travel ban

| September 19, 2017

Passengers are to be frisked at Metro stations in Lucknow, India, to prevent them from taking tobacco products on to trains.

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WHO calls for more bans

WHO calls for more bans

| September 18, 2017

A tax increase that almost doubled the price of cigarettes in South Korea at the start of 2015 was apparently not enough to satisfy the World Health Organization.

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Smokers have rights too

Smokers have rights too

| September 11, 2017

Restrictions on where people may smoke in the Philippines are not well understood by some of those charged with enforcing those restrictions.

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Bigger is better in Taiwan

Bigger is better in Taiwan

| September 6, 2017

A proposal that bigger health warnings should be introduced in Taiwan seems to be based on flawed reasoning, but that won’t stop their introduction.

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Smoking down in Ukraine

Smoking down in Ukraine

| September 5, 2017

While there has been a 20 percent reduction over seven years in the incidence of smoking in Ukraine, there has been no significant reduction in smoking among women.

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Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

| September 5, 2017

Flavored cigarettes make smoking easier and are particularly attractive to women and children, according to a recent study conducted in South Korea.

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Bans counter-productive

Bans counter-productive

| September 4, 2017

It seems that India could be edging toward a ban on electronic cigarettes without examining all the evidence.

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Standard the new norm

Standard the new norm

| September 4, 2017

The tobacco industry seems generally to have lost the battle against standardized tobacco-packs, which are starting to appear in an increasing number of countries.

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Small packs opposed

Small packs opposed

| September 4, 2017

If packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes have been found to be ‘kiddie packs’, could this not be put to advantage? Why couldn’t a request for a small pack be used by a retailer as an alarm bell?

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Only a minor change

Only a minor change

| September 4, 2017

A proposed change to Japan’s Civil Code that would lower the legal age of adulthood from 20 to 18 will not mean that people can start smoking two years sooner than is the case now.

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Flavor ban harmful

Flavor ban harmful

| August 31, 2017

If implemented, the proposed ban on the sale of flavored tobacco-products in San Francisco would have far-reaching negative consequences.

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No harm-reduction urgency

No harm-reduction urgency

| August 30, 2017

The EU Commission talks at great length about the harm caused by tobacco smoking, but seems to have no sense of urgency when it comes to reducing that harm.

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Leaf tax to remain

Leaf tax to remain

| August 29, 2017

Although China is soon to introduce a new law on leaf-tobacco tax, it seems that the tax, levied on buyers, is likely to remain at 20 percent.

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Ban needs clarification

Ban needs clarification

| August 29, 2017

A tobacco-smoking ban in the outdoor areas of pubs and restaurants in the Czech Republic is apparently open to interpretation – especially as winter approaches.

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No urgency to health plans

No urgency to health plans

| August 29, 2017

The government of Bangladesh seems to have been in no hurry to use the revenue from a tobacco surcharge to deliver a tobacco control policy.

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Smoke-free future possible

Smoke-free future possible

| August 25, 2017

Reducing the harm caused by smoking requires a multi-faceted strategy, and one of the most important arms of that strategy involves conveying accurate information to smokers.

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End-game restarted

End-game restarted

| August 24, 2017

A proposal to ban in Tasmania, Australia, the sale of cigarettes to people born after 2000 would be unreasonable only if young adults were not offered a replacement.

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