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Tobacco firms challenge FDA’s authority over packs

Tobacco firms challenge FDA’s authority over packs

| April 16, 2015

The US’s biggest tobacco companies are suing the Food and Drug Administration over recent guidelines that they claim overstep the agency’s authority in respect of tobacco-products packaging, according to an associated press story. Lorillard and units of Reynolds American and Altria filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of […]

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Namibia leaf project gets environmental clearance

Namibia leaf project gets environmental clearance

| April 15, 2015

A N$14 billion tobacco and maize project mooted for Namibia’s Zambezi region has received environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, according to a story in The Namibian. The Chinese company, Namibia Oriental Tobacco, has applied for 10,000 ha in the Zambezi Region for tobacco and maize production. The environmental impact assessment submitted […]

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France takes major step towards standardized packs

France takes major step towards standardized packs

| April 15, 2015

France’s lower house of parliament yesterday passed a number of measures, one of which would require cigarettes to be sold from May next year in standardized packaging with graphic health warnings, according to a story by Emile Picy for Reuters, relayed by the TMA. The measures include, too, a ban on smoking in cars carrying […]

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Tobacco sales ban within 250 meters of schools

Tobacco sales ban within 250 meters of schools

| April 15, 2015

It will be illegal to sell tobacco products within 250 meters of Jordan’s schools and health institutions from October 1, according to a story in The Jordan Times describing new Health Ministry regulations. Under the regulations, shops will be allowed to display tobacco products only at payment points, and cigarette packs will have to be […]

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Additives think tank to seek evidence for court case

Additives think tank to seek evidence for court case

| April 15, 2015

As part of measures being taken in support of a damages suit being brought against major tobacco companies by South Korea’s state health insurer, the Health Ministry plans to establish a think tank to research the additives used in cigarettes manufactured and distributed in the country, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The […]

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Gesture politics employed in Beijing’s tobacco wars

Gesture politics employed in Beijing’s tobacco wars

| April 14, 2015

The authorities in Beijing, China, are asking citizens to vote on what would be a suitable hand gesture to indicate to people that they should desist from smoking, according to a China Daily story. Most countries have hand gestures that can be appropriated for this purpose, but Beijing seems to be looking for a specially-conceived […]

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