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Smoking prevalence down to 12.9 percent in Taipei

Smoking prevalence down to 12.9 percent in Taipei

| February 17, 2015

Taipei’s smoking prevalence among adults aged 18 and above dropped from 18.9 percent in 2008 to 12.9 percent last year, the lowest level among Taiwan’s major cities and counties, according to a story in the Taipei Times quoting Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics. The Taipei Department of Health is crediting its stringent ban on […]

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Punjab cracks down on electronic cigarette vendors

Punjab cracks down on electronic cigarette vendors

| February 17, 2015

The charging of four vendors in the Punjab, India, for selling electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine has made the pages of the Hindustan Times and drawn a comment from Hussan Lal, described as ‘Commissioner FDA and Punjab Secretary Health and Family Welfare’. As well as being charged with the sales offences, the four vendors have […]

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Employers need specific workplace vaping rules

Employers need specific workplace vaping rules

| February 17, 2015

A recent UK employment tribunal case has sounded a warning that an employer wishing to dismiss an employee for vaping might not be able to fall back on its conventional smoking policy to justify the action taken, according to a piece on cipd.co.uk quoting Stuart Jones, head of employment and pensions at Weightmans. The case […]

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Banks increase support for tobacco production

Banks increase support for tobacco production

| February 16, 2015

Tobacco farmers have received an estimated 58 percent of Zimbabwe’s cumulative agricultural bank loans this summer. This translated to about $600 million of the estimated $1 billion that banks budgeted as production support for agriculture during the 2014-2015 season. The country is targeting to produce 222 million kilograms (kg) of the crop this season, up […]

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Tomra advances to the final of European Business Awards

Tomra advances to the final of European Business Awards

| February 16, 2015

Tomra has been named as a Ruban d’Honneur recipient and one of 10 finalists now being considered for the 2014-2015 European Business Awards in the category “The Business of the Year with Turnover of €150 million or higher.” The European Business Awards recognize and reward excellence, best practice and innovation in companies across Europe. The […]

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JTI buys Ploom name and product; Ploom becomes Pax Labs

JTI buys Ploom name and product; Ploom becomes Pax Labs

| February 16, 2015

JTI will acquire Ploom’s ModelTwo and pods product line—including the Ploom trademark—and general intellectual property related to ModelTwo and pods. Concurrent with the transaction, Ploom will buy back JTI’s minority stake in order to focus on Ploom’s successful PAX business and an expanding product portfolio. Ploom’s new corporate name will be Pax Labs. Financial details […]

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