Category: Regulation

FDA urged to ban menthol

FDA urged to ban menthol

| August 23, 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration is being urged to ban the sales of menthol cigarettes, a move that would have a profound effect on the US market.

Read More

Small-pack claims denied

Small-pack claims denied

| August 23, 2017

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has moved quickly to deny rumors that the country is about to see the return of cigarettes packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes.

Read More

Who sets tobacco policy?

Who sets tobacco policy?

| August 22, 2017

The reintroduction in Malaysia of packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes would be a case of the government’s ‘pandering to the whims of tobacco lobbyists’.

Read More

More bans due in Turkey

More bans due in Turkey

| August 22, 2017

Despite increasingly draconian regulations aimed at stopping people from smoking tobacco, Turkey has a smoking incidence of 31 percent.

Read More

Saint Lucia goes graphic

Saint Lucia goes graphic

| August 21, 2017

The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is introducing graphic health warnings to tobacco products, and is gearing up for public-places tobacco-smoking bans.

Read More

Graphic images defended

Graphic images defended

| August 18, 2017

The EU appears to believe that the positive impact of tobacco-product graphic health images outweighs the distress caused to people who believe, incorrectly, that the images are of a relative.

Read More

Litigation launched in China

Litigation launched in China

| August 17, 2017

What is said to be China’s first private litigation over tobacco smoking in public places has been launched by a woman who allegedly suffered anguish on board a smoky train.

Read More

Warning on Thailand

Warning on Thailand

| August 17, 2017

If you’re thinking of holidaying in Thailand, remember to leave your vaping devices at home; otherwise, you could find that your ‘holiday’ is extended.

Read More

No new anti-smoking ideas

No new anti-smoking ideas

| August 16, 2017

France has a relatively high smoking incidence compared with the smoking incidences of neighbouring countries, but measures now in place are expected to reduce smoking rates ‘in the coming years’.

Read More

Barred from selling tobacco

Barred from selling tobacco

| August 16, 2017

In taking away tobacco retail licenses from those outlets found selling cigarettes to minors, Singapore’s laws punish both retailers and customers who are adult smokers.

Read More

Tracking the rationale

Tracking the rationale

| August 15, 2017

Will a tobacco tracking and tracing system introduce ‘a mechanism of very little … public health and budgetary benefit which runs counter to all business rationale’?

Read More

Running out of steam

Running out of steam

| August 15, 2017

Australia’s hostility to electronic cigarettes could be one reason why the country’s punitive smoking-prevention policies are running out of steam.

Read More

Boost for ban challenge

Boost for ban challenge

| August 10, 2017

The Swedish government’s decision not to provide observations in relation to a case being brought to overturn an EU ban on the sale of snus is seen as a boost to that challenge.

Read More

Bans seep into homes

Bans seep into homes

| August 10, 2017

There was a time when a man’s home was his castle, but the battlements are being torn down. And is that the barbarians at the gate?

Read More

Vaping bans on way

Vaping bans on way

| August 10, 2017

Russia seems likely to miss the harm-reduction train by bringing in a bill that will regulate vaping in the same way that smoking is regulated.

Read More

E-cig ban opposed

E-cig ban opposed

| August 8, 2017

Given that 160 countries signed up to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control do not ban electronic cigarettes, the question arises as to why should India do so.

Read More

Public vaping banned

Public vaping banned

| August 8, 2017

A new anti-nicotine measure introduced in Luxembourg means that electronic cigarettes may not be vaped in enclosed public places – the places where cigarettes may not be smoked.

Read More

Tough on tobacco

Tough on tobacco

| August 7, 2017

Armenia looks set to introduce new regulations that will toughen its stance against tobacco and, presumably, bring in additional revenue for the government.

Read More

Ban shows double standards

Ban shows double standards

| August 7, 2017

Sri Lanka has banned chewing tobacco, including traditional chewing mixtures with added tobacco, because, it says, these products are dangerous. But it has not moved against cigarettes.

Read More

FDA on shaky ground

FDA on shaky ground

| August 4, 2017

Just seven days after the US Food and Drug Administration announced its new tobacco and nicotine agenda, there is speculation about court challenges.

Read More