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BAT ‘disappointed’ at BMJ U-turn on tobacco-industry funded research

BAT ‘disappointed’ at BMJ U-turn on tobacco-industry funded research

| December 2, 2013

British American Tobacco has said that it is surprised and disappointed by the BMJ group of journals’ recent decision not to consider for publication any scientific studies funded by the tobacco industry. BAT has spent an enormous amount of money in recent years setting up state-of-the-art facilities in which to carry out research into reduced-risk […]

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Nonsmokers set ‘community standard’

Nonsmokers set ‘community standard’

| December 2, 2013

The city council of Perth has become the first in Western Australia (WA) to ban tobacco smoking in shopping malls, according to an Australian Associated Press story. Initially, those found to be smoking tobacco will be cautioned, but fines will be issued from June 1. Rosanna Capolingua, the chairperson of Healthway, the Western Australian Health […]

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PM warns Ireland over packaging plans

PM warns Ireland over packaging plans

| December 2, 2013

Philip Morris Ltd. has warned the Irish government that the introduction of standardized packaging for cigarettes could lead to “an extremely high price” in compensation being paid to multinational tobacco companies by the taxpayer, according to a story in The Irish Times. PM Ltd., an arm of Philip Morris International, was said to have commissioned […]

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UK government does standardized-pack policy U-turn on to median strip

UK government does standardized-pack policy U-turn on to median strip

| December 2, 2013

Cigarettes could be sold in the U.K. only in standardized packs after a government U-turn on a public health policy U-turn. A story in The Guardian said that in a surprise move the government was set to give ministers the power to introduce the policy, though implementation would be subject to an evidence review. The […]

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Safety issues start on the way to work

Safety issues start on the way to work

| December 2, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Madagascar is providing training aimed at helping its employees stay safe on the country’s roads. The road risk training has been provided for those working at the SACIMEM manufacturing plant in Antsirabe. Outside towns and cities, the majority of roads on the Indian Ocean island are dirt tracks, and many of […]

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Tobacco bill still in the pipeline despite Indonesia’s FCTC accession pledge

Tobacco bill still in the pipeline despite Indonesia’s FCTC accession pledge

| November 29, 2013

Indonesia’s House of Representatives plans to press ahead with discussions on a tobacco bill despite the government’s commitment to accede to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story by The Jakarta Post. The House’s legislative body (Baleg), which has been tasked with deliberating on the bill, has insisted […]

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Kerala’s hospitality sector to phase in tobacco smoking prohibition

Kerala’s hospitality sector to phase in tobacco smoking prohibition

| November 29, 2013

Hospitality-sector associations in Kerala, India, are expected soon to encourage their members to display signs indicating that tobacco smoking is not permitted on their premises and to stop people smoking within their establishments, according to a Business Standard story. According to India’s Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, hotels, restaurants, coffee bars, pubs and […]

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Revenue loss after restaurant tobacco smoking ban imposed in South Korea

Revenue loss after restaurant tobacco smoking ban imposed in South Korea

| November 29, 2013

Six out of 10 restaurants in South Korea suffered revenue declines after the imposition of a tobacco smoking ban in July, according to a story in The Korea Herald quoting the results of a survey published yesterday. Nearly 59.3 percent of restaurant owners who responded to the survey said their revenues had fallen as a […]

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Ponder this as you stare at your log fire tonight by the light of a scented candle

Ponder this as you stare at your log fire tonight by the light of a scented candle

| November 29, 2013

It has long been clear that bans on tobacco smoking in public places would lead those so inclined to look at the potential perils of other sources of smoke. Indeed, stories of the possible dangers caused by cooking inside over open fires and outside over barbecues preceded public-places tobacco-smoking bans. Earlier this year, a Euro […]

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Commission’s e-cigarette proposals under attack from EU health experts

Commission’s e-cigarette proposals under attack from EU health experts

| November 28, 2013

Health experts from across the EU are trying to galvanize opposition to the European Commission’s latest proposals for regulating electronic cigarettes, ahead of a crucial meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3. The European Parliament has already voted down a commission proposal aimed at introducing—as part of revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive—medicines regulation for e-cigarettes. […]

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Australian smokers unfazed by warnings

Australian smokers unfazed by warnings

| November 28, 2013

The smoking rate in Australia has remained unchanged since the introduction of standardized packaging a year ago according to a report by London Economics, one of Europe’s leading policy and economics consultancies. “The research is one of the first comprehensive surveys of smoking prevalence since the introduction of plain packaging in Australia one year ago,” […]

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JT to launch Ploom on domestic market

JT to launch Ploom on domestic market

| November 28, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it intended to launch the tobacco vaporizer Ploom on to its domestic market on Dec. 12. It will be sold by JT Creative Service, a subsidiary of JT, and made available at http://ploom.jp/. The Ploom vaporizer is a pocket-sized smoking alternative device that heats tobacco contained in pods to […]

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Karnataka farmers attack “excessive” penalties for unauthorized tobacco

Karnataka farmers attack “excessive” penalties for unauthorized tobacco

| November 28, 2013

Farmers in the state of Karnataka, India, are appealing to the Tobacco Board of India to withdraw what they see as the excessive penalties levied on unlicensed flue-cured tobacco growers, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. They want the unlicensed growers to be able to produce […]

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European Commission’s proposals would ban e-cigarettes

European Commission’s proposals would ban e-cigarettes

| November 27, 2013

New European Commission proposals, if adopted, would ban every e-cigarette on the EU market and would severely limit or make unviable the development of new products, according to Clive Bates, the director of Counterfactual, a public interest consulting and advocacy group. “Late last week the European Commission circulated a confidential new proposal for regulating e-cigarettes,” […]

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Karnataka flue-cured prices increased

Karnataka flue-cured prices increased

| November 27, 2013

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Karnataka sold more than 44.74 million kg of flue-cured at an average price of INR140.46 during the first 62 days of the 2013–2014 selling season, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter quoting figures from the Tobacco Board of India. Average […]

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Shisha cafés on the move in Abu Dhabi

Shisha cafés on the move in Abu Dhabi

| November 27, 2013

Many shisha cafés in Abu Dhabi face closure because of anti-smoking regulations due to come into force at the end of January, according to a story in The National. The new regulations will come in backed by massive penalties for those who don’t conform, which for most will mean moving their premises. About 90 percent of […]

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Smallest e-cigarette launched

Smallest e-cigarette launched

| November 27, 2013

The U.K. e-cigarette company Vapourlites has launched what it claims is the world’s smallest e-cigarette. The company is marketing the new product as a “try it” gadget that is a perfect check-out buy for people planning to cut down on or quit traditional-cigarette smoking at Christmas or the New Year. A “soft feel,” 7 cm […]

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Imperial employees help vulnerable

Imperial employees help vulnerable

| November 27, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees in the FYR of Macedonia recently gave up their weekend to take part in a community volunteering event in Skopje aimed at improving the quality of life for some of the city’s most vulnerable young adults. The event formed part of a joint project with the Altadis Foundation and a local charity. […]

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French e-cigarette firm growing upward and outward into new markets

French e-cigarette firm growing upward and outward into new markets

| November 26, 2013

The French e-cigarette company Nhoss expects to more than double its turnover next year to over €20 million. In a press note issued yesterday, the company’s rise was described as “extraordinary.” Started in 2010, the company, which produces its own e-liquid, had a turnover of €150,000 during 2011; a figure that will have risen to […]

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Plan to ease Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban in time for winter holiday season

Plan to ease Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban in time for winter holiday season

| November 26, 2013

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) is expected to try to ease Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places in time for New Year celebrations, according to a Novinite story quoting the Bulgarian Trud (labor) daily. Amendments to the country’s Health Act are due to be voted on in parliament in December, just before the […]

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A good year for Dunhill

A good year for Dunhill

| November 26, 2013

British American Tobacco is offering a version of one of its leading brands of cigarettes that provides details of the geographical source and harvest year of the leaf tobacco used in its manufacture, according to a This is Money story. The story doesn’t mention the brand but a picture suggests that it is Dunhill. Naming […]

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Chicago mayor takes stand on menthol

Chicago mayor takes stand on menthol

| November 26, 2013

Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of the U.S. city of Chicago, is trying to raise awareness about the danger of smoking menthol-flavored tobacco by using a new publicity campaign. According to a story by Lewis Lazare for The Business Journals, the campaign has been put together by the Chicago Department of Public Health in conjunction with […]

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Factasia.org to lobby for smokers’ rights

Factasia.org to lobby for smokers’ rights

| November 25, 2013

A new consumer advocacy group will take up the cause of smokers’ rights in Asia. Factasia.org (www.factasia.org) is an independent, not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization formed to represent the rights of smokers at government level protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco provide independent and unbiased data on the issues surrounding smoking […]

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Australia’s tobacco pack law a concern in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

Australia’s tobacco pack law a concern in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

| November 25, 2013

Australia’s standardized tobacco-packaging rules are a sticking point in talks over a new free trade agreement with the U.S. and other Pacific nations, according to a story by Chris Pash for Business Insider. An intellectual-property business delegation representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which was in Australia last week, is said to view the removal, […]

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South Korea calculates the price of addiction

South Korea calculates the price of addiction

| November 25, 2013

If the price of cigarettes in South Korea were to be increased to almost four times the current level, even financially well-off smokers might be prompted to quit, according to a story in The Korea Times. According to a survey of 800 smokers carried out by the Korea Health and Social Affairs organization, a price […]

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