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Fiji looks at imposing plain packs

Fiji looks at imposing plain packs

| June 8, 2016

It will be interesting to see whether the increase in the number of references to standardized tobacco packaging since such packaging was promoted on World No Tobacco Day is translated into legislation.

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No guarantee with plain packs

No guarantee with plain packs

| June 8, 2016

An Australian professor of economics has warned Canada that Australia’s experience indicates that the imposition of standardized packs might not do what it says on the pack.

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Inquiry sought into e-cigarettes

Inquiry sought into e-cigarettes

| June 8, 2016

People with an interest in vaping want the NZ government to hold an immediate public inquiry into the habit and not to wait around for ‘more research’ – a delay that could interrupt the health-gain momentum.

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FCTC seen as a threat to farmers

FCTC seen as a threat to farmers

| June 7, 2016

Foreign NGOs that are trying to force Indonesia to ratify the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are being told to mind their own business.

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Greece struggling with smoking ban

Greece struggling with smoking ban

| June 7, 2016

It is perhaps not surprising that Greece is struggling fully to implement a tobacco smoking ban given that its people are battling simply to stay afloat after the economic tsunami that has engulfed them.

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Expansive quitting in the US

Expansive quitting in the US

| June 7, 2016

The US seems to be suffering from the cure. Waistlines are expanding as smokers quit their habit; so one health problem is being replaced by another.

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Fine-revenues ring-fenced

Fine-revenues ring-fenced

| June 7, 2016

In many countries, the revenues raised from fining tobacco-regulation violators goes into general revenue, but in Saudi Arabia it is being set aside for tobacco-harm awareness campaigns.

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Pakistani growers ‘exploited’

Pakistani growers ‘exploited’

| June 6, 2016

Tobacco growers in Pakistan are crying foul over the prices that are paid for their leaf by the local units of multinational companies. They believe they are being exploited.

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Call for cigarette advert fast

Call for cigarette advert fast

| June 6, 2016

Television stations in Indonesia have been urged to stop airing cigarette advertising during Ramadan because of the changed viewing habits of young people during that month.

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Health warning causes distress

Health warning causes distress

| June 6, 2016

A woman in Austria is concerned that a cigarette-pack, health-warning picture is that of her late husband, and, whether she is correct or not, that is likely to have caused her much distress.

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Tiny fall in smoking prevalence

Tiny fall in smoking prevalence

| June 6, 2016

Malaysia’s smoking prevalence fell during the past five years, but only by 0.3 of a percentage point, despite a reported 22 percent success rate by stop-smoking clinics.

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Russia calls for usual suspects

Russia calls for usual suspects

| June 6, 2016

The tough, tobacco-control stance taken by Moscow in recent years seems set to continue with calls for standardized packs, flavoring bans and increased taxes.

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Fat cats hike tobacco taxes

Fat cats hike tobacco taxes

| June 3, 2016

In New Zealand, a politician has spoken out about the unfair and increasing tobacco tax burden that is being placed on the shoulders of those least able to afford it.

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Plain packs proposal draws fire

Plain packs proposal draws fire

| June 3, 2016

The WHO’s call for all countries to prepare for standardized tobacco packaging was a smart move. The criticism that it has provoked is creating much media interest.

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Support for standardized packaging

Support for standardized packaging

| June 3, 2016

Support for the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging throughout the EU is based on the disputed claim that evidence from Australia shows that such packaging works.

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Indonesia set to take top spot

Indonesia set to take top spot

| June 2, 2016

Some people believe that Indonesia’s current direction of travel – its current tobacco road map – will lead to its becoming the country with the biggest population of tobacco smokers.

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Ghana cracking down on shisha

Ghana cracking down on shisha

| June 2, 2016

Shisha smoking is becoming the ‘new craze in town’ in Ghana, and some people want to crack down on it before it becomes well established.

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Plain packs proposal under fire

Plain packs proposal under fire

| June 2, 2016

The Montreal Economic Institute believes that standardized tobacco packaging should be imposed in Canada only if it can firstly be proved that it will do what it says on the pack.

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Kenya prepares for plain packs

Kenya prepares for plain packs

| June 2, 2016

Although it is only now gearing up for the introduction of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, Kenya is already preparing the ground for standardized packaging.

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May 31: Little Licit Tobacco Day

May 31: Little Licit Tobacco Day

| June 1, 2016

In Ontario, Canada, World No Tobacco Day was seen as a time to discuss the fact that May 31 was just another day when there would be too many illicit cigarettes on the market.

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Beijing ban working well

Beijing ban working well

| June 1, 2016

Chinese people in Beijing have confirmed a phenomenon that has been noted in many countries – that smokers are generally law abiding; certainly much more so than are drivers.

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South Australia aims low

South Australia aims low

| June 1, 2016

In targeting a state-wide smoking incidence of eight percent within the next four years, South Australia is edging towards what some see as the critical five percent level.

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TPD a costly exercise

TPD a costly exercise

| June 1, 2016

Preparing for the implementation of the EU’s revised TPD cost the Scandinavian Tobacco Group US$30 million, which provides a hint of what it must have cost the tobacco industry overall.

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CVC buys AR Packaging

CVC buys AR Packaging

| May 31, 2016

CVC Capital Partners will acquire AR Packaging Group from Ahlstrom Capital and Accent Equity.

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New initiative on illegal trade

New initiative on illegal trade

| May 31, 2016

In launching PMI IMPACT, Philip Morris International is looking to encourage the development of innovation in the battle against the illegal trade.

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