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Warning: everybody smoking in public

Warning: everybody smoking in public

| June 26, 2013

People in areas of Malaysia affected by the smoke from forest fires in Indonesia are being advised not to smoke tobacco during the crisis. The deputy director of the Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department, Dr. Zainal Ariffin Omar, said smokers would stand a higher chance of contracting smoke-related illnesses. Smokers would inhale not only cigarette […]

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Warning: electronic cigarette ban needed

Warning: electronic cigarette ban needed

| June 26, 2013

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has sounded an alarm over the increasing use of electronic cigarettes in Malaysia, notably among young people, according to a story in the New Straits Times quoting ‘media reports from George Town’. CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris, said there was a need to impose a ban on the sale […]

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Azerbaijan plans advertising ban

Azerbaijan plans advertising ban

| June 26, 2013

Azerbaijan is planning to ban advertising of tobacco and tobacco products, according to an Azeri Press Agency story. If a new draft law is accepted by parliament, a ban would be imposed on advertising tobacco, tobacco products and their accessories, including tobacco sticks, pipes, electronic cigarettes, cigarette papers and lighters. The draft law will be […]

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Thai monopoly has eye on e-cigarettes

Thai monopoly has eye on e-cigarettes

| June 25, 2013

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) would consider developing and importing electronic cigarettes if the government were to legalize them, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Managing director, Torsak Chotimongkol, was quoted as saying that, as a government agency, the TTM could not proceed with such a project until electronic cigarettes were legalised. “However, […]

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Minimum smoking age should be 28

Minimum smoking age should be 28

| June 25, 2013

If medical science were the determining factor in deciding at what age people should be allowed to smoke and drink; that age would be set at 28, according to psychologist, Ronald J. Coughlin. In a letter published at MyCentralJersey.com, Coughlin said the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that told you to follow rules, […]

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Gutkha banned? Never mind, try this mixture of tobacco and pan masala

Gutkha banned? Never mind, try this mixture of tobacco and pan masala

| June 25, 2013

The sale of pan masala and tobacco has gone up ‘several fold’ in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh since the manufacturing and sale of gutkha was banned in the state from April 1, according to a story by Brajendra K. Parashar for the Hindustan Times. The reason for this isn’t hard to fathom. Gutkha […]

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Zambia and Malawi meet to tackle illegal cross-border tobacco trade

Zambia and Malawi meet to tackle illegal cross-border tobacco trade

| June 25, 2013

Zambia and Malawi are continuing to suffer the effects of illegal cross-border trading in tobacco, despite counter measures that have been taken, according to a story in the Zambia Daily Mail. The Tobacco Board of Zambia and the Tobacco Control Commission of Malawi recently held a meeting aimed at addressing the illegal trade between the […]

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German youngsters shun tobacco

German youngsters shun tobacco

| June 25, 2013

The prevalence of smoking among young Germans dropped from 27.5 per cent in 2001 to 12.0 per cent last year, according to stories in The Local.de and the International Business Times quoting a study by the FederalCenter for Health Education. The study found, too, that last year 71.7 per cent of young people – those […]

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EU Council in favour of menthol ban

EU Council in favour of menthol ban

| June 24, 2013

The Council of the European Union has agreed with the Commission that a new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) should include a ban on menthol cigarettes. On Friday, the Council agreed a general approach to a revised draft TPD aimed at making tobacco products less attractive by strengthening the rules on how they can be manufactured, […]

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Committees line up against menthol ban

Committees line up against menthol ban

| June 24, 2013

The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture (AGRI) has rejected the European Commission’s proposals to ban menthol and slim cigarettes in the EU as part of a revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) put forward at the end of last year, according to a Europolitics story. In a non-binding opinion adopted with 36 votes in favour, four […]

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Studying e-cigarettes’ quit potential

Studying e-cigarettes’ quit potential

| June 24, 2013

AucklandUniversity is carrying out a study into the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as a quit-smoking aid, according to a TVNZ story. More than 650 people are participating in the study comparing electronic cigarettes with the commonly-used nicotine patch. Participant, Luis Paraha, who was said to have twice previously tried to quit, believes she has cracked […]

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Philippines’ FDA stymied on e-cigarettes

Philippines’ FDA stymied on e-cigarettes

| June 24, 2013

The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is said to have questioned how electronic cigarettes have gone on sale to the public without clearance from the agency, according to a Cebu City Sun Star story. The director of the FDA, Dr. Kenneth Go, was quoted as asking how, since electronic cigarettes did not pass through […]

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Russia to raise excise by 50 per cent

Russia to raise excise by 50 per cent

| June 24, 2013

The Russian Ministry of Finance plans to raise tobacco tax by about 50 per cent to bring it closer to European levels, according to an RT Business story quoting Izvestia. The World Health Organization has suggested Russia needs a seven-fold increase in tobacco tax by 2020. According to draft legislation, the excise duty on filter […]

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Tobacco growing providing much-needed employment in Palestinian villages

Tobacco growing providing much-needed employment in Palestinian villages

| June 21, 2013

In recent months the Palestinian Authority (PA) has begun clamping down on tobacco farmers who package and sell hand-rolled cigarettes around the villages, accusing them of being involved in the illicit trade, according to a story by Noah Browning for Reuters. The PA has even begun arresting some workers. ‘While the government maintains that building […]

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Anti-tobacco efforts failed in Quebec

Anti-tobacco efforts failed in Quebec

| June 21, 2013

The Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control would like to see ‘governments’ follow Australia’s lead by introducing plain packaging for cigarettes, according to a blog posted by Richard Deschamps on the CJAD website. The coalition’s Flory Doucas was quoted as saying that the brand name should be written on the bottom of the pack in a […]

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EU’s tobacco plans upset representatives of US tobacco states

EU’s tobacco plans upset representatives of US tobacco states

| June 21, 2013

The EU faces fierce opposition from Kentucky’s Republican Senator, Mitch McConnell, over its efforts to amend its Tobacco Products Directive, according to a Dow Jones story. In a sharply worded letter, the Senate minority leader has warned the EU its proposed restrictions on tobacco marketing would violate international trade rules and harm trade relations with […]

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Quit-smoking drug’s benefits outweigh the risks: New Zealand government

Quit-smoking drug’s benefits outweigh the risks: New Zealand government

| June 21, 2013

The New Zealand government has said that it will continue to fund the quit-smoking drug Champix even though a major New   Zealand study has shown that the drug might be linked to depression and even suicide, according to a story by Brook Sabin for TV3. The government, which has spent almost $35 million subsidising […]

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French smokers face two price increases

French smokers face two price increases

| June 21, 2013

Cigarette prices are due to rise next month, and again in October, according to a SeeNews France story. French health minister, Marisol Touraine, said last week that cigarette prices would increase from July 1 as part of an anti-smoking campaign launched in May this year. Touraine said an increase was agreed at the end of […]

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Imperial gears up for jobseekers

Imperial gears up for jobseekers

| June 21, 2013

Imperial Tobacco has pledged its support for skills and training projects for jobseekers in the Cantabria region of northern Spain. The ‘Conduce tu futuro’ (drive your future) course is designed to help people find commercial driving jobs. Those taking part get lessons to help them gain a commercial vehicle driving licence as well as support […]

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Program aims to recycle 10 million butts

Program aims to recycle 10 million butts

| June 20, 2013

TerraCycle, supported by Imperial Tobacco Canada, is planning this year to collect and recycle more than 10 million used cigarette filters this year, according to a Canada Newswire story. TerraCycle and Imperial partnered last year in an innovative program to recycle the butts, inner foil, outer wrap, unused tobacco, ashes and other elements that comprise […]

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High smoking incidence among doctors

High smoking incidence among doctors

| June 20, 2013

About 43 per cent of smokers in the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq are males aged from 15 to 25, according to a story by Salih Waladbagi for the Kurdish Globe, quoting figures from a survey conducted by the Zhian Health Organization (ZHO). The survey found, too, that about 18 per cent of the women […]

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Support for e-cigarette regulation

Support for e-cigarette regulation

| June 20, 2013

E-Cig Cavern (E-CC) is supporting the decision by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to regulate all nicotine-containing products. In a press note issued through PRNewswire, the company said it strongly supported greater controls on the production and sale of electronic cigarettes, some of which were produced in factories where health and […]

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Focusing on tobacco in the Philippines but keeping a wary eye on illicit trade

Focusing on tobacco in the Philippines but keeping a wary eye on illicit trade

| June 20, 2013

The Philippines-based LT Group is to look to its core businesses of tobacco and liquor for further growth, according to a story in The Philippine Star. “We will focus on our core business and fully capitalize on our market leadership position to benefit from the strong demand in growth in consumer-focused businesses,” the group’s president, […]

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Revised TPD a ‘balanced compromise’

Revised TPD a ‘balanced compromise’

| June 19, 2013

The Irish Presidency of the EU says that its revised version of the European Commission’s proposed Tobacco Products Directive is ‘a balanced compromise that should be agreeable to the majority of the member states’. The Presidency is proposing a reduction in the combined picture and text warnings for cigarettes, roll-your-own and water pipe tobacco from […]

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Call for tobacco prohibition in Norway

Call for tobacco prohibition in Norway

| June 19, 2013

The Norwegian Heart and Lung Patient Organization, LHL, has called for Norway to become tobacco-smoke free, according to a story in The Nordic Page. LHL’s secretary general, Frode Jahren, was quoted as saying that now was the time to face up to the fact that smoking killed, and so prohibit the sale and importation of […]

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