Category: Regulation

Dutch reinforce ban

Dutch reinforce ban

| February 14, 2018

The mindset of Dutch anti-smokers is probably best defined by the requirement that a separate smoking area in a café should be less-attractively decorated than the rest of the café.

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Czechs rethink ban

Czechs rethink ban

| February 14, 2018

Less than a year after the Czech Republic introduced a ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, a number of politicians have indicated that they would prefer smoking restrictions.

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Considering plain packs

Considering plain packs

| February 12, 2018

In declaring that the state should protect its citizens against tobacco as it does against crimes such as theft, the President of Turkey seems to have ignored the fact that tobacco use is legal.

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Vaping controls sought

Vaping controls sought

| February 12, 2018

It is ironic that anti-smoking groups in Myanmar are calling for controls on electronic cigarettes, one product that could help people to stop smoking.

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Gambling on smoking

Gambling on smoking

| February 9, 2018

Tourists visiting Macau, many of them probably unaware of local customs, are bearing the brunt of fines being handed out for smoking infractions.

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Tracking an export ban

Tracking an export ban

| February 8, 2018

A question has been raised about the possible de facto ban on the export of cigarettes from the EU to countries that won’t accept track-and-trace coding on tobacco packaging.

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E-cig review welcomed

E-cig review welcomed

| February 7, 2018

A question has been asked as to why the vaping industry is banned from advertising research by Public Health England that says more smokers should be made aware of the benefits of switching to vaping.

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EU in denial over snus

EU in denial over snus

| February 6, 2018

It has long been known that snus use has almost ousted tobacco smoking in Sweden, along with the diseases caused by smoking. Now, the same seems to be happening in Norway.

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Graphic pack proposal

Graphic pack proposal

| February 5, 2018

The trouble with public consultations on tobacco issues is that non-users are in the majority and they are happy to impose on users the tyranny of the majority.

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Crackdown on backsliders

Crackdown on backsliders

| February 1, 2018

Unlike smokers in other countries, those in Greece do not seem to have taken kindly to public-places tobacco-smoking bans.

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Japan inches toward ban

Japan inches toward ban

| January 31, 2018

Japan seems to be trying to introduce balance into the public-places smoking debate by refusing to disregard the needs of smokers and even making a distinction between smoking and vaping.

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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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