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Ukraine drops plain-packaging lawsuit against Australia

Ukraine drops plain-packaging lawsuit against Australia

| June 4, 2015

Ukraine has suspended the legal proceedings it brought against Australia through the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012, which claimed the country’s plain-packaging laws were trade-restrictive. Instead, the Eastern European nation—which received financial support from British American Tobacco to pursue litigation—has stated it will attempt to seek a mutually agreed-upon solution with Australia to resolve […]

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North Korea has fewer smokers, no women smokers

North Korea has fewer smokers, no women smokers

| June 3, 2015

North Korea has banned foreign cigarettes, reportedly as part of efforts to reduce the country’s high smoking rate, according to a story in The Korea Times (Seoul). “We have also prohibited people from using electronic cigarettes and smokeless cigarettes,” Choi Hyun-sook, a high-ranking official at the health ministry, was quoted as telling the Korean Central […]

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Individual freedoms and legal industry under attack

Individual freedoms and legal industry under attack

| June 3, 2015

Proposals by the anti-tobacco group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) have been described by the UK’s Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (UKTMA) as an unwarranted intrusion on individual freedoms and a dogmatic attack on a legal industry. “This report [Smoking Still Kills] shows just how draconian and self-serving ASH’s agenda has become,” said the UKTMA’s director […]

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Call for end to agreements on EU illegal trade

Call for end to agreements on EU illegal trade

| June 3, 2015

The agreements drawn up between the EU and the four major transnational tobacco companies to crack down on cigarette smuggling and recoup lost tax revenues are failing to meet their stated aims, according to a medicalxpress.com report citing research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. The agreements are said to be littered with loopholes […]

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Thailand’s smoking population on the rise

Thailand’s smoking population on the rise

| June 3, 2015

Figures released by Thailand’s National Statistical Office showed that the number of smokers aged 15 and above rose by 21 percent year-on-year to 11.4 million in 2014, according to a story in the Chiang Rai Times relayed by the TMA. Last year, Thailand was estimated to have about 400,000 smokers aged 18 years and under. […]

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Canadian companies to appeal C$15.6 billion ruling

Canadian companies to appeal C$15.6 billion ruling

| June 2, 2015

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges (RBH) has said that it will appeal a Canadian trial court decision setting damages in respect of the members of two class actions at C$15.6 billion and allocating C$3.1 billion of that amount to RBH. The decision, made public in Montréal yesterday, found in favor of the plaintiffs in two class […]

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