Category: Regulation

NZ to legalize smokeless

NZ to legalize smokeless

| August 3, 2017

The log jam that had been slowing the flow of tobacco harm-reduction seems to be clearing slowly. New Zealand is one of the latest countries to announce some bold new initiatives.

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Schools show the way

Schools show the way

| August 3, 2017

Schools in the Philippines are taking a lead role in enforcing a public-places, tobacco-smoking ban that came into effect in May.

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Airy approach to holes

Airy approach to holes

| August 2, 2017

A discussion about the health implications of ventilation holes in cigarette filters seems to have descended into a debate about how to measure tar and nicotine levels.

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Red-letter day

Red-letter day

| August 2, 2017

Dr. Michael Siegel, who has been critical in the past about the US Food and Drug Administration’s approach to harm reduction, believes that the agency has turned a corner.

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Earnings hit in Indonesia

Earnings hit in Indonesia

| August 2, 2017

A perfect storm of tax increases, anti-tobacco regulations and fierce competition have taken their toll on the earnings of Indonesia’s big cigarette manufacturers.

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Qualified support for FDA

Qualified support for FDA

| August 1, 2017

In announcing on Friday its plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, the US Food and Drug Administration proved that it’s not possible to please all the people all the time.

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HNB status unclear

HNB status unclear

| August 1, 2017

In the Czech Republic, as in many other countries, regulatory authorities are having to get to grips with another nicotine device – heat-not-burn products.

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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| August 1, 2017

UK travellers are this summer being warned about the consequences of becoming involved in the illegal trade in tobacco products.

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Nicotine takes Center stage

Nicotine takes Center stage

| July 31, 2017

Most observers have welcomed the announcement on Friday that the US Food and Drug Administration is focusing on nicotine and recalibrating its approach to harm reduction.

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Smoking ban opposed

Smoking ban opposed

| July 31, 2017

Japan, which is to host the Olympics in 2020, is struggling to bring in even a watered-down public-places tobacco smoking ban.

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Ready for display ban

Ready for display ban

| July 31, 2017

Most retailers in Singapore are taking seriously tomorrow’s deadline for the introduction of a tobacco-products display ban, but some are said to be taking a more relaxed approach.

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Beijing sales down

Beijing sales down

| July 28, 2017

Beijing, which in June 2015 introduced a public-places smoking ban, last year experienced its biggest fall in cigarette sales in recent years.

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Taxing smokers

Taxing smokers

| July 26, 2017

Governments, it seems, must be convinced that they would be acting in their own best revenue-interests before they enact ‘effective’, tobacco-product taxation policies.

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Setback for vapor products

Setback for vapor products

| July 25, 2017

A judge in the US has upheld the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to ‘deem’ vapor products to be tobacco products.

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An education in smoking

An education in smoking

| July 25, 2017

A head teacher at a school in Australia allows her students to smoke during breaks because that’s what it takes to get them to stay at school and continue their studies.

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Hard times for smokers

Hard times for smokers

| July 24, 2017

New regulations being proposed in Israel would require cigarette advertisements in newspapers or online to be accompanied by public notices telling of the dangers of smoking.

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Itching to fine smokers

Itching to fine smokers

| July 21, 2017

Tobacco-control advocates in Cambodia are desperate for the first fines to be issued to smokers breaking the rules. They seem to forget that smokers are penalised already through the tax system.

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2045 smoke-free target

2045 smoke-free target

| July 21, 2017

Compared with the targets being set by some other countries, Malaysia’s target of becoming tobacco-smoke-free by 2045 seems less than ambitious, but at least it’s something to aim at.

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You can’t please everybody

You can’t please everybody

| July 19, 2017

The UK government’s new Tobacco Control Plan for England has been welcomed by at least one vapers’ organization, but it has not gone down well with a smokers’ group.

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Plea for common sense

Plea for common sense

| July 19, 2017

When people break the law and are sent to prison the punishment they suffer is their loss of freedom. To then not allow them to smoke smacks of vindictiveness rather than punishment.

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