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Dubai clamps down on driving while smoking shisha

Dubai clamps down on driving while smoking shisha

| December 31, 2014

Police in Dubai have launched a crackdown on motorists smoking shisha while driving, even though it is not illegal to do so, according to a story on ArabianBusiness.com. At the same time, officials are considering changing the law in a bid to stop the practice. General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen, head of the Federal Traffic […]

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South Korea fears tax hike might trigger profiteering

South Korea fears tax hike might trigger profiteering

| December 31, 2014

The government of South Korea said yesterday that it will clamp down on any cigarette manufacturers that might have hoarded cigarettes ahead of tomorrow’s huge, mainly tax-induced price rises, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The finance ministry reportedly said that police and officials from the tax and customs department planned to check […]

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Taiwan told to follow Korea’s anti-tobacco footsteps

Taiwan told to follow Korea’s anti-tobacco footsteps

| December 31, 2014

An-anti-tobacco organization has called on Taiwan’s government to increase cigarette tax by NT$20 a pack, increase the size of health warnings to cover 80 percent of pack surfaces, ban smoking in indoor public places, including places of work, and bring electronic cigarettes under the Tobacco Hazards Act. According to a story in the Taipei Times, […]

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E-cigarettes one of UK’s fastest-growing products

E-cigarettes one of UK’s fastest-growing products

| December 31, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, sports nutrition bars and gluten and dairy-free food were the fastest growing products sold in UK supermarkets and grocers during the last year, according to a story by Simon Neville for The Independent, citing new data from Nielsen. Nielsen reported that electronic cigarette sales increased by 50.0 percent year-on-year, while sales of nicotine […]

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Public places bans backed by environmentalists

Public places bans backed by environmentalists

| December 30, 2014

Environmental experts have called for strict implementation of India’s ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places as a way of restricting where cigarette butts are discarded, according to an IANS (Indo-Asian News Service) story. The non-biodegradable nature of a cigarette butt, which comprised a hazardous solid waste, meant that it was challenging to deal […]

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Cigarette price hike triggers violence in South Korea

Cigarette price hike triggers violence in South Korea

| December 30, 2014

As the clock ticks towards the end of December, some smokers in South Korea are becoming increasingly agitated about the tax hike due to come into effect on January 1. A story by Lina Jang for Korea Bizwire has described how a few smokers have become violent when faced with empty shelves and government-imposed guidelines […]

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New anti-smoking campaign concentrates on rot

New anti-smoking campaign concentrates on rot

| December 30, 2014

Public Health England (PHE) yesterday launched a new campaign to highlight how ‘smoking damages the body and causes a slow and steady decline in a process similar to rotting’, according to a GOV.UK press note. The note said the campaign was starting as a new expert review commissioned by PHE had highlighted the multiple impacts […]

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Smoking ban repealed as councillors vote for Liberty

Smoking ban repealed as councillors vote for Liberty

| December 30, 2014

Liberty city council members have voted 5-1 to repeal a city-wide public places smoking ban that was passed narrowly in November, according to a story by Larry Rowell for The Casey County News. Liberty is a community of about 2,200 people in Kentucky, US. The law was to have gone into effect on January 1. […]

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Bangladesh government told to halt tobacco growth

Bangladesh government told to halt tobacco growth

| December 29, 2014

Tobacco cultivation is increasing in Bangladesh and anti-tobacco campaigners want the government to intervene, according to a bdnews24.com story. The campaigners were said to have cited figures from the Directorate of Agricultural Expansion showing that tobacco cultivation had increased from 70,000 ha during the 2012-13 growing season to 108,000 ha during the 2013-14 season. Lawmakers, […]

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Korea cigarette tax hike predicted to slash sales

Korea cigarette tax hike predicted to slash sales

| December 29, 2014

KT&G said on Thursday that the prices of all its cigarettes sold on the South Korean market would increase by WON2,000 (US$1.80) starting on January 1, according to a Korea JoongAng Daily story. The increase is in line with the government’s increase in tobacco taxes. With the increase in place, KT&G’s brands such as Esse, […]

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Korean smokers seek relief in e-cigarettes, patches

Korean smokers seek relief in e-cigarettes, patches

| December 29, 2014

With the price of cigarettes set to be increased sharply at the beginning of next year, KT&G is making forays into the electronic cigarette market, according to a story in The Korea Economic Daily. Quoting industry sources on December 23, the Daily said that KT&G had almost completed preparation for a launch on to the […]

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Bad year for cigarette litter-bugs in Abu Dhabi

Bad year for cigarette litter-bugs in Abu Dhabi

| December 29, 2014

Abu Dhabi law-enforcers this year fined 816 people for throwing cigarette butts on the road, according to an Emirates 24/7 story. ‘Most of those fined were caught red-handed dumping their cigarette butts on the ground in public places despite repeated warnings by the Abu Dhabi municipality’, the story reported. Municipality officials said inspectors caught the […]

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Call for e-cigarettes to be included under MSA

Call for e-cigarettes to be included under MSA

| December 24, 2014

Three leading US Democrats have written to 29 state attorneys general urging them to classify electronic cigarettes as cigarettes under the Master Settlement Agreement. ‘This action would have an immediate and much needed impact because it would stop the e-cigarette makers from marketing their products in ways that are appealing to kids,’ said the December […]

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Smokers should not exhale while driving in Taiwan

Smokers should not exhale while driving in Taiwan

| December 24, 2014

People in Taiwan caught smoking while driving on ‘busy roads’ will be liable to a fine of NT$600 under a package of amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act due to come into force next year, according to a story in The China Post. The sequence of actions involved in smoking while driving, […]

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Foreign buyers would ensure good prices at auction

Foreign buyers would ensure good prices at auction

| December 24, 2014

The Indian Commerce Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has agreed to consider favourably a request to allow foreign buyers to participate directly in tobacco auctions, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The belief is that the presence of foreign buyers would ensure that growers were paid a ‘good price’ […]

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Engle progeny cases major burden on Florida courts

Engle progeny cases major burden on Florida courts

| December 23, 2014

Tobacco cases are taking their toll on Florida’s court system, according to a story in Northwest Florida News. The Florida Supreme Court has called on state lawmakers to fund three additional circuit judge positions next year, including one in Northwest Florida. Robin Wright, the administrator for the First Judicial Circuit, said need for another circuit […]

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African leaf producers to protest against plain packs

African leaf producers to protest against plain packs

| December 23, 2014

Zimbabwe and other Sadc (Southern African Development Countries) leaf tobacco producers plan to lobby at a forthcoming World Health Organization (WHO) convention against the imposition of standard tobacco-products packaging, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Standard. The countries say the move to standardized packaging prejudices their economies and promotes the sale of illicit cigarettes. […]

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Blending, production impact carcinogen exposure

Blending, production impact carcinogen exposure

| December 23, 2014

Differences in tobacco blends and cigarette manufacturing methods could be impacting the incidences of smoking-associated cancers, according to research published on line yesterday by Tobacco Control. The researchers measured urine concentrations of metabolites of nicotine, the tobacco-specific nitrosamine 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanol (NNAL), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolites (PAHs) in 238 Chinese and 203 US daily smokers. Comparing […]

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Hookah and vapor products together at Frankfurt Fair

Hookah and vapor products together at Frankfurt Fair

| December 23, 2014

The International Hookah and Vapor Fair 2015 is due to be held at Frankfurt, Germany, on May 2-3. HookahFair, a smoking-product event that was held for the second time this year, spawned VaporFair, a vaping-product event, and the two will be held together next year. The organizers say that the hookah and vapour businesses have […]

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Tobacco tax rise in Indonesia set to reduce smoking

Tobacco tax rise in Indonesia set to reduce smoking

| December 22, 2014

The Indonesian government is due on January 1 to increase tobacco excise from 56 percent to 65 percent as part of moves to discourage smoking, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Indonesia has more than 62 million smokers who make up about 25 per cent of its population. The Post story said that […]

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