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UAE might go for smoking ban in cars

| February 11, 2014

The United Arab Emirates could ban smoking inside cars if a proposal by the Dubai traffic police chief is taken up, according to an story.

Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, who heads the Federal Traffic Council, said he would shortly make a recommendation to the council for a total ban on smoking inside cars and the introduction of penalties for violators.

“Smoking must be totally banned inside cars because smoking is not less dangerous than using mobile phones while driving as both need to be used by the two hands,” he was said to have told the Arabic language daily Al Bayan.

He said smoking was now a key cause of serious accidents.

And he added that most smoking drivers did not comply with rules requiring them not to smoke at petrol stations.

Nicotine forum registration open

| February 11, 2014

Registration has opened for the First Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to be held at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, June 27–28.

The forum, which will be staged by KAC, is set to examine the current state of the debate about the use of nicotine across the globe; critically examine the science relating to the safety and use of nicotine; allow politicians, scientists, manufacturers, distributors and consumers to exchange views; and facilitate the development of links to enable ongoing dialog between different sectors.

KAC stages public health and addictions conferences and runs the Nicotine Science and Policy website

The forum’s website is at; the program is at; and registration is available at

Sri Lanka’s cigarette production down

| February 11, 2014

Cigarette production in Sri Lanka last year, at 4,130 million, was 4.4 percent lower than it was in 2012, 4,320 million, according to a story in The Island.

The production figures were provided by the commissioner general of excise, D.G.M.V. Hapuarachchi.

Moroccan retailers’ payments secured

| February 11, 2014

A secure payment scheme for almost 19,000 retailers has been introduced by Imperial Tobacco’s Moroccan business to remove the need for cash payments.

Small shops selling tobacco whose owners do not have access to a bank account can now make use of the new Taâbia’ti card.

The Taâbia’ti card is the result of a partnership between Imperial’s Moroccan business, Société Marocaine des Tabacs (SMdT); the Attijariwafa Bank, the country’s largest bank; and e-commerce group CMI.

Retailers can go to their local banks and load money onto their cards so they can be used to order products from SMdT’s central distribution team, which means that SMdT customers no longer have to travel to regional distribution centers carrying large amounts of cash.

“The Taâbia’ti card is an important innovation that will help support small retail outlets,” said Paul Leggat, general manager, Morocco.

“This development reflects our commitment to modernize the supply and distribution of our products throughout the market.”

Farmers have say on sin-tax revenue

| February 10, 2014

The Philippines’ National Tobacco Administration (NTA) has begun consulting tobacco farmers’ groups in northern Luzon about the revision of the regulations governing the use of cigarette excise tax revenues, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The revisions are apparently necessary following changes that were made in January last year to the way in which excise was applied: with the introduction of the so-called sin-tax laws (Republic Act 10351).

Excise tax collection from tobacco was said to have increased from PHP32 billion in 2012 to PHP67 billion in 2013.

The NTA’s chief, Edgardo Zaragoza, said his office was working with the Department of Finance and the Department of Budget and Management to revise the IRR (implementing rules and regulations) to ensure that excise taxes from cigarettes would directly benefit tobacco farmers.

“They [the tobacco farmers] were telling us many things about what should be done,” said Zaragoza, who met with officials and members of the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers’ Associations and Co-operatives in San Fernando City on Saturday. “And we are compiling all these.”

E-cigarette vapor causes turbulence

| February 10, 2014

India’s national carrier, Air India, has been reprimanded by the health ministry for advertising and selling e-cigarettes on-board its aircraft, according to a story in the Times of India.

In a letter written to the civil aviation ministry, the health ministry said Air India had been selling through its discount booklets “Air Bazaar” a tobacco-free e-cigarette using a picture of a model vaping.

The advertisement was said to be in contravention of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and distribution) Act, 2003.

The ministry’s letter claimed the advertisement had put the government in an embarrassing situation.

And it said it had been contrary to the government’s policy of using public transport for the display of health-promotion messages.

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