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Revised TPD the most lobbied EU dossier

Revised TPD the most lobbied EU dossier

| February 25, 2015

The tobacco industry deployed ‘massive’ third party lobbying to subvert revisions to the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), according to a BMJ piece citing research published online by Tobacco Control (TC). TC was said to have found also that regulatory reforms seemed to have made it easier for corporate interests to influence public health legislation. […]

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Greece agrees to crack down on tobacco smuggling

Greece agrees to crack down on tobacco smuggling

| February 25, 2015

One of the reform measures conceded by the Greek government before Tuesday’s agreement on the extension of the country’s bailout for four months was a crack down on tobacco smuggling, according to a story by Jim Yardley for the New York Times. Euro zone finance ministers and other creditors agreed to extend the Greek bailout […]

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Indian government asked to spread tax burden

Indian government asked to spread tax burden

| February 25, 2015

Ahead of the 2015 budget, the Tobacco Institute of India has been calling on the country’s government to widen the tax base to include all tobacco products, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The budget is due to be presented to the Indian parliament by the Finance […]

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Sporting role for Thailand’s smokers

Sporting role for Thailand’s smokers

| February 25, 2015

Thai smokers, who already contribute to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Thai Public Broadcasting Services, will soon be providing money to help the country’s sporting efforts, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Retail prices for cigarettes and alcoholic drinks are said to be likely to go up by several baht next […]

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Swisher sets up vapor business

Swisher sets up vapor business

| February 24, 2015

Swisher International is creating a new company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) to develop, market and distribute for the rapidly growing vapor market. Swisher’s senior vice president for sales and marketing will serve as the CEO of EAS. “We have been carefully reviewing the e-cigarette space for a while through market research, customer feedback and in-depth reviews […]

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Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

| February 24, 2015

The US’ biggest tobacco companies have asked a federal appeals court to set aside a series of court-ordered ‘advertisements’ saying they lied about the dangers of smoking, according to an Associated Press story. The companies told a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington that they are ready and willing to pass […]

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