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Tobacco growing raises food-security concerns

Tobacco growing raises food-security concerns

| May 12, 2015

Food security, public health and the environment are under threat in parts of Bangladesh because of a rise in tobacco cultivation, according to a story in The Financial Express. Khiating Soye, chairman of Rajbila’s Union Parishad (local council) at Sadar Upazila, Bandarban district, is said to have alleged that tobacco companies have been offering cash […]

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E-cigarette companies band together to fight ban

E-cigarette companies band together to fight ban

| May 12, 2015

Five electronic cigarette companies operating in Hong Kong have formed the Asian Vape Association to oppose the government’s plan to ban electronic-cigarette sales, according to a story in the South China Morning Post relayed by the TMA. Nav Lalji, one of the founders of the association, was quoted as saying the government should regulate rather […]

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Social acceptability disguises shisha health threat

Social acceptability disguises shisha health threat

| May 11, 2015

Health experts are warning that Shisha smoking is so socially acceptable in Bahrain that its dangers are being ignored, according to a Gulf Daily News story. The News said that the dangers of using traditional tobacco pipes were highlighted last week when a 20-year-old woman was taken to hospital in Sydney, Australia, reportedly suffering from […]

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Smoke-free products deliver benefits of quitting

Smoke-free products deliver benefits of quitting

| May 11, 2015

In a commentary in the Signal Tribune, California, a health expert has hit out against US tobacco policy that insists on smokers quitting tobacco and nicotine altogether. Dr. Brad Rodu is a professor of medicine and holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research at the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center. […]

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Some doubt that China’s tax rise will reach smokers

Some doubt that China’s tax rise will reach smokers

| May 11, 2015

China announced on Friday that it would raise the wholesale consumption tax on cigarettes from Sunday, according to a Xinhua News Agency story citing a statement jointly issued by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the State Administration of Taxation. The tax rate imposed on cigarette wholesalers on the basis of taxable prices was due […]

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Smokers might not be popular but their taxes are

Smokers might not be popular but their taxes are

| May 11, 2015

The government of Bangladesh has been told that it should increase tobacco taxes in order to achieve its revenue target for the next financial year, according to a story in The Daily Star. “We have to put more emphasis on taxation of tobacco products..,” said Ahsan H. Mansur, executive director of the Policy Research Institute, […]

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