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Eight out of 10 US homes ban smoking

Eight out of 10 US homes ban smoking

| September 9, 2014

Smoking is banned in more than eight out of 10 US homes – almost twice as many as two decades ago, according to an Associated Press story quoting the results of a new government study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found smoking was forbidden even in nearly half of homes where an adult […]

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Zeller to speak at tobacco outlet meeting

Zeller to speak at tobacco outlet meeting

| September 9, 2014

Mitch Zeller, the director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, has accepted an invitation to speak at the NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) show next year. The show is due to be held on April 22-23 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zeller’s appearance, NATO said, would […]

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WHO advice potentially damaging

WHO advice potentially damaging

| September 8, 2014

A World Health Organization-commissioned review of electronic cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations that could lead to policymakers missing the potential health benefits of these products, according to a story by Kate Kelland, quoting tobacco addiction experts. The background paper on electronic cigarettes acted as a blueprint for a WHO report calling for more regulation […]

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Cigarette price hikes in Korea would cause smokers to quit – by 2020

Cigarette price hikes in Korea would cause smokers to quit – by 2020

| September 8, 2014

One in three smokers in South Korea said they would quit if the health ministry caused cigarette prices to be raised as planned, according to a story in the Korea Times quoting the results of a survey released on Friday. The country’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said last week that he hoped to […]

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New minister seeks smoke ban in Austria

New minister seeks smoke ban in Austria

| September 8, 2014

The new Austrian Federal Health Minister, Sabine Oberhauser, has said she wants to introduce a total ban on tobacco smoking in pubs and restaurants before the next national elections in 2018. In a television interview shown by the public service broadcaster ORF last week, on the day she was officially sworn in to her new […]

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Ecuadorians need to be taxed well

Ecuadorians need to be taxed well

| September 8, 2014

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has said that his country was considering introducing taxes on products that were harmful to consumers: alcohol, cigarettes and junk food, according to an Esmerk Latin American News report. He said the taxes would not only seek to stop people from consuming these products in excess and to the […]

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Tax news is dry but important

Tax news is dry but important

| September 8, 2014

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has addressed one of the major issues in tax administration by defining the difference between ‘big’ and ‘little’ cigars, according to a report by the National Law Review. After giving details of the definitions (http://www.natlawreview.com/article/case-we-didn-t-know-difference-between-big-and-little-cigars-new-york-state-tax-depa), the Review goes on to say that the importance of the […]

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Health bodies look to attack tobacco profits by closing cigarette price gap

Health bodies look to attack tobacco profits by closing cigarette price gap

| September 5, 2014

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) are calling in their pre-budget submissions for tobacco tax measures that would close the price gap between less expensive and premium brands, according to a story by Dan Buckley for the Irish Examiner. Cigarette prices in Ireland range between €8 and €9.85 per pack, […]

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Smokers to pay for revenue shortfall

Smokers to pay for revenue shortfall

| September 5, 2014

A below-expected cigarette production level during the first half of this year was partly responsible for Indonesia’s revenue falling below target, according to an en.tempo.co story. During a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Agung Kuswandono, director general of Customs and Excise, said two factors had conspired to reduce the targeted revenue. […]

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No reason to believe in gateway effect

No reason to believe in gateway effect

| September 5, 2014

The US-based Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) has dismissed a study released on Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine in which it was reportedly claimed that electronic cigarettes could cause cocaine use. ‘In reality, the study shows no such thing, and the authors and journal are just trying to score political […]

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Health bodies cave in to fear of unknown

Health bodies cave in to fear of unknown

| September 5, 2014

Denmark’s board of health, cancer society, lung association and heart foundation have warned against the use of electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Lucie Rychla for the Copenhagen Post, citing the scientific magazine, Videnskab. Although the health consequences of using electronic cigarettes are not known, these health authorities are apparently recommending that the 150,000 […]

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Smokers’ loss is tobacco stores’ gain

Smokers’ loss is tobacco stores’ gain

| September 4, 2014

The share prices of South Korea’s convenience stores are on the rise on expectations of tobacco price hikes, according to a story in The Korea Economic Daily. As was reported here yesterday, Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said on Tuesday that he hoped to see cigarette prices nearly doubled during the next six […]

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Protection sought for child farm workers

Protection sought for child farm workers

| September 4, 2014

Fifty US-based organizations have called on President Obama to protect children working on US tobacco farms. The letter, issued last week by the Child Labor Coalition (CLC) and 15 other groups, expressed alarm that children were risking acute nicotine poisoning, pesticide poisoning, and other health and safety hazards in US tobacco fields. They asked the […]

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Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

| September 4, 2014

Lorillard said yesterday that two of its electronic cigarette subsidiary companies, Cygnet UK Trading Ltd and Lorillard Technologies, Inc. d/b/a blu eCigs, had filed for an injunction and declarations with the High Court of Justice in London, England, to protect their BLU ECIGS® trademarks in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe. In a […]

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Cigarette tax hike is Indian government’s ‘biggest achievement’ of first 100 days

Cigarette tax hike is Indian government’s ‘biggest achievement’ of first 100 days

| September 3, 2014

The Economic Times of India has said that the biggest achievement during the first 100 days of the new Indian government has been the imposition of the largest-ever hike in excise duty on cigarettes. As was reported here on July 16, the Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, steeply increased excise taxes on cigarettes as part […]

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Korea looking to raise cigarette prices

Korea looking to raise cigarette prices

| September 3, 2014

South Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said yesterday that he hoped to see cigarette prices nearly doubled during the next six years so as to reduce the country’s smoking rate, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Moon said prices should be raised to at least WON3,300 ($3.24) per pack immediately, partly […]

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