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Dubai prepares for smoking bans

Dubai prepares for smoking bans

| September 23, 2013

The Dubai municipality has issued a comprehensive guide to help businesses to ensure they are in compliance with new anti-tobacco laws due to come into force on Jan. 21, according to a story in the Khaleej Times. Under the new law, smoking will not be allowed in restaurants with floor areas under 1,000 square feet. […]

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Parkside CEO passes away

Parkside CEO passes away

| September 20, 2013

Lawrence Dall, chairman CEO of Parkside Flexibles, died Sept. 18 after battling with cancer. Dall joined Parkside in 2007 and brought about considerable change to the business. “His passion and dedication was uncompromising,” Parkside wrote in press note. “With his outgoing personality and larger-than-life character he was well known and respected in the industry and […]

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Radical research into e-cigarettes turns out to be more run-of-the-mill

Radical research into e-cigarettes turns out to be more run-of-the-mill

| September 20, 2013

Research into electronic cigarettes initiated by Australia’s previous Labor government seems not to have had such a progressive aim as was reported earlier this week. Writing for the Sun-Herald group of newspapers, Eamonn Duff reported that, with a federal government-funded trial about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer, permanent replacement for […]

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Mobile firm ringing changes for smokers

Mobile firm ringing changes for smokers

| September 20, 2013

Danish mobile operator TDC is due to impose tougher tobacco smoking restrictions on its employees from Oct. 1, according to an Esmerk Danish News story. Under the new rules, employees who want to smoke outside of their scheduled breaks will have to compensate for the time spent doing so, for example, by taking a cut […]

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10 countries have 10 percent of smokers

10 countries have 10 percent of smokers

| September 20, 2013

The 10 ASEAN countries are home to 10 percent of the world’s 1.25 billion adult smokers, according to an InterAksyon.com (TV 5—Philippines) story quoting a statement by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). Based on figures in the 2013 ASEAN Tobacco Control Atlas, 30 percent of the adults in the region are “current smokers.” […]

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Call for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes

Call for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes

| September 20, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been urged to act quickly to regulate electronic cigarettes. Four Democratic representatives wrote to the FDA commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, quoting a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that had found the percentage of adolescents using electronic cigarettes was growing rapidly. CDC data […]

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Grant for risk-perception study

Grant for risk-perception study

| September 20, 2013

Officials at Georgia State University (GSU), USA, say an assistant professor has been awarded a grant to study how young adults perceive the risk of smoking flavored cigarillos and cigars, according to an Associated Press Newswires story. Dr. Kymberle Sterling, a public health professor, has been given a two-year, $275,000 grant from the National Cancer […]

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Imperial scores high on CR scale

Imperial scores high on CR scale

| September 20, 2013

Imperial Tobacco said today that its “continued progress as a responsible business has been recognized by external investment consultants with our highest score to date.” “RobecoSAM highlights businesses that demonstrate strengths in managing their economic, environmental and social issues for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a key reference point for investors and analysts,” Imperial said […]

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German court rules electronic cigarette nicotine not a pharmaceutical product

German court rules electronic cigarette nicotine not a pharmaceutical product

| September 19, 2013

A court ruled on Tuesday that the sale of electronic cigarettes could not be restricted in Germany because the nicotine-based liquid used in these devices is not a pharmaceutical product, according to a story in The Local. But the ruling could be overturned by Brussels. Münster’s administrative court decided that, unlike nicotine plasters, electronic cigarettes […]

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Call for tobacco ad ban in Indonesia

Call for tobacco ad ban in Indonesia

| September 19, 2013

A survey conducted by Indonesia’s National Commission on Child Protection (KPAI) has found that at least one in 10 of the country’s children decided to smoke after being exposed to tobacco advertisements, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The commission believes that tobacco advertisements should be banned. The KPAI questioned 10,000 students aged […]

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Low entry requirements for smokers’ club

Low entry requirements for smokers’ club

| September 19, 2013

Recent U.S. health-care reform allows insurers to adjust premiums for tobacco users, which could cost them up to 50 percent more than the cost to otherwise similar non-tobacco users, according to a story by Robin Erb for the Detroit Free Press. Tobacco use is the only habit for which an insurer can penalize a consumer […]

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Smokers can take some heart from study

Smokers can take some heart from study

| September 19, 2013

Among patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after a cardiac arrest, smokers had better outcomes than nonsmokers, according to a story by Todd Neale for MedPage Today, citing a single-center study. Jeremy Pollock, M.D., of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and colleagues reported that half of smokers survived to hospital discharge with a good neurological […]

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PM Investments ups Medicago holding

PM Investments ups Medicago holding

| September 19, 2013

Philip Morris International said yesterday that its affiliate, Philip Morris Investments, had acquired 11,348,266 common shares of Medicago for C$13,163,989. Following this transaction, PM Investments holds 109,957,066 common shares in Medicago, representing 40 percent of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Medicago. The other 164,935,599 common shares of Medicago, representing 60 percent […]

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Call for 10-year endgame in Hong Kong

Call for 10-year endgame in Hong Kong

| September 18, 2013

A study has concluded that Hong Kong should set itself the goal of a total ban on tobacco sales before 2022, according to a Tobacco Control report. A telephone survey was conducted among 1,537 randomly-selected residents in 2012 to assess their support for a total ban on tobacco sales, usage and possession. Backers of “some […]

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Call for tobacco endgame in Taiwan

Call for tobacco endgame in Taiwan

| September 18, 2013

The Taiwan Medical Alliance for the Control of Tobacco has called on the government to follow the lead of the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Free Initiative and set an agenda gradually to end tobacco use, according to a story by Alison Hsiao for the Taipei Times. Ending tobacco use was the theme of this year’s […]

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Appeal over Thai warnings suspension

Appeal over Thai warnings suspension

| September 18, 2013

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry yesterday filed an appeal with the Supreme Administrative Court asking that the ministry be allowed to require larger health warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story in The Nation. Philip Morris Thailand took legal action against the ministry in June, asking the Administrative Court to invalidate the ministry’s notification that […]

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Free spirits at the Liberty Lounge

Free spirits at the Liberty Lounge

| September 18, 2013

Forest, the Institute of Economic Affairs and The Free Society are due to co-host three back-to-back events on the fringe of the Conservative Party Conference. The three events, which together will create The Liberty Lounge, will be held at the Comedy Store, Manchester, U.K., on Sept. 30. The first event, at 6 p.m., is A […]

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Australia examines whether vaping could replace smoking completely

Australia examines whether vaping could replace smoking completely

| September 17, 2013

With a federal government-funded trial about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer, permanent replacement for tobacco, Australia could become the first major nation to outlaw smoking completely, according to a story by Eamonn Duff for the Sydney Morning Herald. As part of its anti-smoking reform agenda, the previous Labor government committed […]

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Record-high warehouse for Kiev factory

Record-high warehouse for Kiev factory

| September 17, 2013

Imperial Tobacco is currently building at its Kiev factory what is due to become Ukraine’s tallest, fully automated, high-bay warehouse. The new facility is being built to improve the efficiency of the company’s supply chain. When completed, the 34-meter-high building will provide space for more than 16,000 pallets. It will have the capacity to store […]

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Russia threat to Facebook over alleged smoking-blend advertisements

Russia threat to Facebook over alleged smoking-blend advertisements

| September 17, 2013

Russia’s media watchdog has threatened to block Facebook in Russia if an investigation confirms the social-media company featured advertisements for certain smoking blends, according to an RT TV/TV Novosti story quoting Itar-Tass. The threat apparently came from the country’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. “If we find violations in […]

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Altria revises full-year reported EPS

Altria revises full-year reported EPS

| September 17, 2013

Altria yesterday revised its guidance for 2013 full-year reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) from a range of $2.51 to $2.56 to a range of $2.57 to $2.62. “The revised guidance reflects the impact of the Sept. 11, 2013, decision by the arbitration panel presiding over the nonparticipating manufacturer adjustment (NPM Adjustment) dispute for 2003 […]

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Obesity now “most visible epidemic” in some countries: WHO director general

Obesity now “most visible epidemic” in some countries: WHO director general

| September 16, 2013

The success that tobacco control strategies have delivered in the West is starting to become something of a problem. Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization, said on Wednesday that effective tobacco control measures and changing social norms had seen smoking prevalence drop by 50 percent or more in wealthy countries. Giving […]

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Standardized tobacco pack complaints revived with World Trade Organization

Standardized tobacco pack complaints revived with World Trade Organization

| September 16, 2013

Honduras is reviving its complaint to the World Trade Organization over Australia’s standardized tobacco packaging law, according to a story by Tom Miles for Reuters. The complaint, that Australia’s tobacco-packaging requirements create obstacles to world trade, had lain dormant, but now Honduras has asked for a WTO meeting on Sept. 25 to set up a […]

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Las Vegas setting for Vapefest 2013

Las Vegas setting for Vapefest 2013

| September 16, 2013

The Vegas Vapefest 2013 is due to be held at the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on Sept. 20–21. The National Vapers’ Club, which organizes the Vapefest, describes it as an event to promote research and education for e-cigarette users while providing a venue for the latest products. “Vapefest, the first annual e-cigarette convention, […]

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Lancet says yes and no to e-cigarettes

Lancet says yes and no to e-cigarettes

| September 16, 2013

The medical journal The Lancet is undecided on electronic cigarettes. On Sept. 14, it wrote that as a result of “safety fears,” the EU and the U.K. were planning to regulate electronic cigarettes as they would a medicine. “On the one hand, excessive regulation could marginalise e-cigarettes in favour of conventional cigarettes,” the Lancet piece […]

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