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Thai smokers leading the way in sporting activities

Thai smokers leading the way in sporting activities

| March 31, 2015

The retail prices of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages increased by about two percent in Thailand after the imposition on Friday of a new sports tax, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Manufacturers of these products – or, rather, consumers of these products – are required to make contributions to the new sports fund […]

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Rumor of FTC merger meeting feeds rumor mill

Rumor of FTC merger meeting feeds rumor mill

| March 31, 2015

A pivotal meeting between US federal regulators and representatives of Reynolds American and Lorillard is expected to take place this week, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal citing a Wall Street Journal report. The meeting with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) members could be the last step toward a decision on […]

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Syria launching first locally-made cigars

Syria launching first locally-made cigars

| March 31, 2015

In Syria’s north-eastern province of Latakia, workers are rolling the country’s first locally made cigars, despite the country’s suffering a devastating civil conflict now in its fifth year, according to an Al Bawaba.com story. The project, devised by the state-run General Tobacco Company (GTC), has been three years in the making, with workers learning to […]

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Scholar finds another link between sex and smoking

Scholar finds another link between sex and smoking

| March 31, 2015

Men who want to quit smoking should refrain from viewing images of attractive women, according to a Focus Taiwan News Channel report quoting a study by a Taiwanese scholar. The reason, apparently, is that viewing such images could put men in an immediate-gratification state of mind, leading to reduced self-control over their smoking. The study, […]

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TFWA: planning to stay ahead in Singapore in May

TFWA: planning to stay ahead in Singapore in May

| March 31, 2015

The TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference is due to be staged in the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore on May 10-14. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Staying a Step Ahead’, a reference to the fast growth of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region, and to the […]

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US legislators disgusted by trade agreement

US legislators disgusted by trade agreement

| March 30, 2015

At least some members of the US Congress who have had access to the previously secret document relating to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are said to be disgusted by its contents, according to a New York Times story as reported by Leith van Onselen for the Australian publication MacroBusiness. The agreement, which has […]

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