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Cage fighter

Cage fighter

| July 4, 2013

In a bid to quit smoking, a man in Turkey’s Kütahya province has taken to wearing a locked wire cage on his head, according to a Hurriyet story. The shape of the cage seems to resemble that of a small diving helmet or goldfish bowl. It has locks on two sides. İbrahim Yücel, who is […]

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Pro-electronic cigarette demonstration scheduled for Brussels on July 10

Pro-electronic cigarette demonstration scheduled for Brussels on July 10

| July 3, 2013

Vapers are due to take to the streets of Brussels to protest proposals that could emasculate electronic cigarettes sold within the EU. Many people from across the tobacco divide believe that electronic cigarettes pose little risk to the users of these products. And they believe that electronic cigarettes comprise one of the most potent products […]

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Fiji calls for joint anti-tobacco effort

Fiji calls for joint anti-tobacco effort

| July 3, 2013

Fiji’s Ministry of Health is calling on members of the public to help make Fiji a smoke-free country, according to a story at The Fiji Times Online. The head of the Tobacco Control Unit, Aminiasi Tavui, said recently that in causing serious health problems, the consumption of tobacco products imposed an enormous burden on the […]

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PMI welcomes tribunal’s decision to hold Uruguay treaty dispute hearing

PMI welcomes tribunal’s decision to hold Uruguay treaty dispute hearing

| July 3, 2013

Philip Morris International today welcomed the decision by a World Bank arbitration tribunal to hear a claim that Uruguay violated multiple provisions of its bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with Switzerland. “In order to attract foreign investment, Uruguay signed more than twenty BITs under which it made firm commitments to respect intellectual property rights and the […]

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JTI expands Camel offering in Japan

JTI expands Camel offering in Japan

| July 3, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it was expanding the distribution of Camel Black Box (10 mg tar) and Camel White Box (6 mg) in Japan. These products, which are currently on sale in more than 20 countries, most of them in Europe, were launched in selected retail stores across Japan, excluding Okinawa, in the […]

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Chile’s hairy tale of long-term addiction

Chile’s hairy tale of long-term addiction

| July 3, 2013

Tests on the hair of mummies from the town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile have indicated that the people in the surrounding region had a nicotine habit spanning from at least 100 BC to AD 1450, according to a story on LiveScience.com. This finding rebuts the popular view that the group living in […]

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Shortened flue-cured auction season drawing to a close in Zimbabwe

Shortened flue-cured auction season drawing to a close in Zimbabwe

| July 2, 2013

Zimbabwe’s 2013 flue-cured tobacco auction marketing season will close on July 5, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald quoting the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB). Final deliveries will be accepted on July 4. By the time it closes, the auction season will have run for 99 days, down from 145 days in […]

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Cigarette pack parrots noisome motto

Cigarette pack parrots noisome motto

| July 2, 2013

A researcher at the Centre for Tobacco Control Research at Stirling University in Scotland has incorporated into a cigarette pack a verbal health warning that is parroted every time the pack is opened, according to a piece in The Drum. The research was apparently funded by Cancer Research UK in an effort to harness the […]

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Tobacco to remain key crop in Malawi

Tobacco to remain key crop in Malawi

| July 2, 2013

Despite the anti-tobacco efforts of the World Health Organization, the Malawi government says tobacco will remain the country’s key strategic crop for years to come, according to a MaraviPost.com story. The story quoted Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Mwanza, speaking at the opening of the 25th Annual Congress of the Tobacco Association of Malawi […]

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Preventing millions of premature deaths through ‘simple tobacco control policies’

Preventing millions of premature deaths through ‘simple tobacco control policies’

| July 2, 2013

Tobacco control measures enacted in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010 will prevent about 7.4 million premature deaths by 2050, according to a HealthDay story quoting the results of a study published on June 30 in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. A team of researchers led by David Levy, a professor of oncology […]

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EU public health aims not served by banning electronic cigarettes

EU public health aims not served by banning electronic cigarettes

| July 1, 2013

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has said that some of the European Commission’s proposals aimed at revising the Tobacco Products Directive raise significant legal concerns. These concerns relate to the legal base chosen by the commission, to fundamental rights such as the right to property and to the principle of proportionality. The committee said […]

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China Tobacco International to set up North Carolina tobacco-buying office

China Tobacco International to set up North Carolina tobacco-buying office

| July 1, 2013

China Tobacco International (CTI) has said that it intends to open an office in North Carolina, USA, according to a Southeast Farm Press story. The office is expected to serve as the base for CTI’s North American leaf-buying operations, which is likely to include purchases from both leaf dealers and farmers. “China Tobacco’s decision to […]

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Smoking ban relaxed – for the time being

Smoking ban relaxed – for the time being

| July 1, 2013

Patrons of a handful of bars and private clubs in Casper, Wyoming, USA, will once again be allowed to light up cigarettes inside these establishments following the loosening of Casper’s smoking ban, according to stories by the Casper Star-Tribune and Associated Press. But their freedoms might be short-lived. Smoke-free advocates are starting to collect signatures […]

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Students aided by China Tobacco Hunan

Students aided by China Tobacco Hunan

| July 1, 2013

China Tobacco Hunan is this year donating CNY13 million to help students from financially impoverished families, according to a Tobacco China Online story. This year, 500 new university students from financially impoverished families will receive aid under the 16th Furong Scholars program. During the past 16 years—since the launch of the program—China Tobacco Hunan has […]

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UK advertising authority wants cancer messages ‘proved beyond doubt’

UK advertising authority wants cancer messages ‘proved beyond doubt’

| July 1, 2013

Animal rights campaigners in Britain have been banned from running a billboard campaign warning that eating meat increases the risk of cancer, according to a story by Mark Hennessy for The Irish Times. A campaign picture showed a child smoking a cigar alongside the statement: “You wouldn’t let your child smoke. Like smoking, eating meat […]

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Sales up for Domino

Sales up for Domino

| June 28, 2013

Domino Printing Sciences posted strong growth in the United States and Germany for the six months ending April 30, 2013, even as trading conditions across the rest of Europe remained difficult. Its Asian businesses performed well, while the company’s digital label press business grew rapidly. “Sales in the six months to 30 April 2013 were […]

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Drew Estate acquires Heavenly Cigar

Drew Estate acquires Heavenly Cigar

| June 28, 2013

Drew Estate has acquired the Heavenly Cigar Co. of in Naples, Florida, USA. “We are extremely excited about this acquisition and look forward to building the Heavenly cigar brand further across the U.S.,” said Michael Cellucci, president of Drew Estate. “We believe that with our expertise and innovation we have the ability to fully realize […]

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Horse trading over products directive could deliver dog’s breakfast

Horse trading over products directive could deliver dog’s breakfast

| June 28, 2013

In their deliberations over the EU’s proposed new Tobacco Products Directive, the various participants in this debate seem intent on falling into the trap of the committee that sets out to design a horse, which should be fine for those who like camels. According to a story by Dave Keating for the European Voice, EU […]

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Buildings have no-smoking foundations

Buildings have no-smoking foundations

| June 28, 2013

Eight buildings in Jakarta, Indonesia, have been congratulated by the Environment Ministry for their success in implementing no-smoking policies, according to a story by Lenny Tristia Tambun for The Jakarta Globe. Muhammad Tauchid, of the Jakarta Environmental Management Agency (BPLHD), said on Wednesday that while the agency had long listed the buildings that violated no-smoking […]

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New website to support UK smokers

New website to support UK smokers

| June 28, 2013

Imperial Tobacco has launched Smoke Spots in the UK, a new website aimed at supporting adult smokers and promoting smoker-friendly venues. “With this great new initiative, we are giving our consumers the chance to interact and form an online community where they can share great smoking experiences with each other,” said Amy Kiss, head of […]

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Malaysians reminded of smoking fatwa

Malaysians reminded of smoking fatwa

| June 28, 2013

Muslims in Malaysia are being reminded that, for them, smoking has been forbidden, according to a story in The Star. The story said that many Muslims in Malaysia were still taking lightly the smoking is haram (forbidden) fatwa (edict) that was issued by the Muzakarah Committee of the National Fatwa Council for Islamic Religious Affairs […]

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JTI recognized as great place to work

JTI recognized as great place to work

| June 28, 2013

Japan Tobacco International has been selected by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe for 2013, according to a note posted on JTI’s website. “Four JTI markets have been qualified in the 25 Best Multinational Workplaces category: Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Turkey,” the note said. ‘This milestone […]

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Indonesia maps road to FCTC ratification

Indonesia maps road to FCTC ratification

| June 27, 2013

An anti-tobacco network has launched a ‘road map’ it hopes will accelerate Indonesia’s ratification of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The chairman of the Indonesia Tobacco Control Network (ITCN), Kartono Mohamad, said on Monday that Indonesia was one of 10 countries that […]

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Road map to substantial pitfalls

Road map to substantial pitfalls

| June 27, 2013

In the wake of its issuing its first six judgments on proposed new but ‘substantially equivalent’ tobacco products, the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a ‘brief summary’ on why such applications might fail. Under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, new cigarettes cannot be introduced on the US market without an order from […]

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Jordan has high level of smoking doctors

Jordan has high level of smoking doctors

| June 27, 2013

About 34 per cent of Jordanian doctors are smokers, according to a story in the Jordan Times quoting a report released on Monday. The report, entitled ‘The reality of tobacco control in Jordan’, was said to have been based on several past local and global studies. It will make uncomfortable reading given that it puts […]

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