Category: Regulation

In support of delay

In support of delay

| April 12, 2018

There are times when the US Food and Drug Administration could be accused of acting too slowly, but there are times also when it is necessary to stop and reflect.

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Seeking room for smokers

Seeking room for smokers

| April 12, 2018

Public-places smoking-bans leave no room for smokers; so they discriminate against what are, in nearly every country, large minorities.

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History in the making

History in the making

| April 11, 2018

In partnering in an event in London last night, Philip Morris International once again demonstrated that it is serious about encouraging smokers to switch to lower-risk products.

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Anti-tobacco groups closing

Anti-tobacco groups closing

| April 11, 2018

It seems inevitable that there will be a consolidation among tobacco-control organizations in countries where tobacco-consumption rates are falling.

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Ban produces rapid results

Ban produces rapid results

| April 11, 2018

As Czech politicians are debating whether to relax slightly the country’s recently-imposed smoking ban, word has come in that the ban has been a huge success.

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Jigsaws for prisoners

Jigsaws for prisoners

| April 10, 2018

Unless the order for jigsaws for Scottish prisoners is carefully worded, the authorities could find themselves trying to piece together the evidence of a mass breakout.

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Indian students rebel

Indian students rebel

| April 10, 2018

Although banning drinking and smoking in educational institutions might seem like a good idea, such a ban starts to look invasive when the students are in their late 20s.

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NZ indecisive on e-cigs

NZ indecisive on e-cigs

| April 9, 2018

A change in government in New Zealand seems to have put a brake on a move to legalize vaping with nicotine, leaving smokers in a difficult place.

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India invests in a meeting

India invests in a meeting

| April 9, 2018

The Indian government is calling a meeting to help it resolve a long-running dispute about what to do in respect of foreign direct investment in India’s tobacco sector.

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Factory shut down

Factory shut down

| April 5, 2018

A cigarette factory in Cambodia that failed to heed warnings about pack warnings has been forced to stop production.

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Limit on warning obligation

Limit on warning obligation

| April 4, 2018

Because EU directives and German law refer only to cigarette health warnings on packs, there is no obligation on retailers to ensure those warnings can be seen when they are on their shelves.

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Ghana decries singles sales

Ghana decries singles sales

| April 3, 2018

Bans on the sale of single cigarettes, while often well-intentioned, can make life difficult for committed smokers who find themselves temporarily short of cash.

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Taiwan has e-cig ‘problem’

Taiwan has e-cig ‘problem’

| April 3, 2018

Much change demands that something is done without knowing the full consequences of that change, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a leap in the dark.

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FDA moving on e-cigs

FDA moving on e-cigs

| March 29, 2018

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, has once again spoken positively about electronic cigarettes.

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HEETS-ban case dismissed

HEETS-ban case dismissed

| March 28, 2018

A charge brought in respect of a heated-tobacco product in New Zealand seemed to be a case of going through the motions; but it did highlight the need for more legal clarity.

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Vapor lumped with smoke

Vapor lumped with smoke

| March 28, 2018

An attempt to overthrow a law that lumps vaping and electronic cigarettes with smoking and traditional cigarettes has failed in Greece.

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Plain packaging attacked

Plain packaging attacked

| March 28, 2018

A claim that a rule that offends against intellectual property rights should be repealed even if it proves to be an effective health tool might need to be examined.

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Prohibition Lite on the way

Prohibition Lite on the way

| March 27, 2018

In the US, where the market is queen; it seems bizarre that a government agency should interfere with the formulation of a consumer product to make it less attractive.

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FDA ‘messing’ with cigars

FDA ‘messing’ with cigars

| March 26, 2018

In reply to an elderly person’s question about the nature of jazz, Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller reportedly said: “… if you don’t know by now, don’t mess with it”. Ditto premium cigars.

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Ban voted down

Ban voted down

| March 23, 2018

It is unusual for countries to turn down tobacco-smoking bans. As far as politicians are concerned, bans are all kudos and little come-back; so Austria’s stance is a brave one.

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