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Some support for India’s 85 percent health warnings

Some support for India’s 85 percent health warnings

| February 20, 2015

Over 500 organizations have written to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi supporting the imposition of 85 percent graphic warnings on all tobacco packs from April 1, according to a DNA India story. Representatives of women’s groups, youth associations, hospitals, self-help groups and voluntary organizations were said to be among those who sent 4,000 signed letters […]

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Irish legal practice urged to cut tobacco link

Irish legal practice urged to cut tobacco link

| February 20, 2015

An Irish legal practice involved in a threatened tobacco-company action over proposed standardized tobacco packaging legislation is coming under pressure from Health Minister Leo Varadkar to sever its connection with the tobacco industry. Arthur Cox was said to be already facing questions from the Health Service Executive, one of its many public clients, over its […]

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Swisher forms vapor-product company

Swisher forms vapor-product company

| February 20, 2015

US-based Swisher International has formed a new ‘sister’ company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), to focus on developing, marketing and distributing electronic cigarettes and electronic vaping products, according to a CSPNet (Convenience Store/Petroleum) story. John Miller, Swisher senior vice president of sales and marketing who will serve also as the CEO of EAS, said EAS had the […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly dividend increase

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend increase

| February 20, 2015

Lorillard’s board of directors has declared a seven percent increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock from $0.615 per share to $0.66 per share. The dividend is payable on March 10 to stockholders of record as of March 2. The company said this was the seventh dividend increase since Lorillard became an independent […]

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Call for 99 percent tax on cigarette company profits

Call for 99 percent tax on cigarette company profits

| February 19, 2015

A leading Irish oncologist and senator has called for a 99 percent tax on the profits of tobacco companies if they pursue threats of legal action against the state, according to a story in the Irish Examiner. Commenting on news that JTI Ireland had threatened to sue the state over the introduction of standardized packaging, […]

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A gentler approach to smokers and quitting in Jordan

A gentler approach to smokers and quitting in Jordan

| February 19, 2015

In calling recently for more attention to be paid to the smoking ‘epidemic’, the president of the Jordan National Anti-smoking Society, Mohammad Shreim, ruled out a struggle against smokers. “…we want them to quit because we love them,” he was quoted as saying in a story carried by The Jordan Times. Smoking was an ‘epidemic’ […]

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