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Chinese firm eyes Namibian land to grow tobacco

Chinese firm eyes Namibian land to grow tobacco

| March 9, 2015

A plan by the Namibian government to lease 10,000 ha of land to a Chinese company to grow tobacco has run into opposition, according to a story by Tuyeimo Haidula for The Namibian. Namibia Oriental Tobacco, which has Ng Yung listed as its only director, plans to use the land to grow tobacco and maize. […]

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Irish government’s tobacco policy far from plain

Irish government’s tobacco policy far from plain

| March 9, 2015

The Irish government has been accused of double standards in its fight against tobacco after it emerged that the state has multimillion-euro investments in the tobacco industry, according to a story in the Irish Examiner. The finance spokesman for the opposition Fianna Fáil party, Michael McGrath, made the charge on the basis of figures showing […]

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Turkey’s president likens quitting smoking to rebirth

Turkey’s president likens quitting smoking to rebirth

| March 9, 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made yet another attempt to fight tobacco smoking by saying that a social landscape should be created to put pressure on smokers, according to a story in the Hurriyet Daily News. “We must create a social landscape where smokers are condemned,” he was quoted as saying. “When I see […]

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Smokers cut from some operations in England

Smokers cut from some operations in England

| March 9, 2015

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in England are denying medical treatments to high numbers of people who are obese or smokers, according to a story by David Millett for GP Magazine. Eighty three percent of CCGs restrict access to surgery and treatments based on a patient’s BMI [body mass index], and at least one blocks all […]

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Big cigars light up another US tobacco battle

Big cigars light up another US tobacco battle

| March 9, 2015

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has expressed its strong opposition to a bill that would exempt ‘traditional large and premium cigars’ from regulation by the Food and Drug Administration under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, according to an American Family Physician story. The bill would reportedly amend the Federal Food, […]

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‘E-cigarettes lead to tobacco cessation, not initiation’

‘E-cigarettes lead to tobacco cessation, not initiation’

| March 6, 2015

Two new United States surveys have found that 15-21 million U.S. adults used e-cigarettes regularly in 2013-2014; 3.2-4.3 million e-cigarette users no longer smoked cigarettes on a regular basis; and approximately 90 percent of regular e-cigarette users were/are regular cigarette smokers. The studies—which were presented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, from Feb. 25-28 at the annual […]

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