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Nowhere to smoke in 2016? Try Brighton beach

Nowhere to smoke in 2016? Try Brighton beach

| December 31, 2015

Cheer up; 2015 wasn’t all doom and gloom from tobacco’s point of view. The UK’s pro-smoker group Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Tobacco) describes in a round-up of the year how it, its supporters and others were successful in defeating a proposal that would have seen smoking banned on the beaches and […]

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Cigarette taxes three times smoker healthcare costs

Cigarette taxes three times smoker healthcare costs

| December 31, 2015

A cigarette excise tax hike due to be imposed in New Zealand on January 1 will represent a “broken election promise”, according to a Newstalk ZB story quoting the executive director of the Taxpayers’ Union, Jordan Williams. The story, which was relayed by the TMA, said the 10 percent excise increase was the last of […]

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New Year pits tobacco past against nicotine future

New Year pits tobacco past against nicotine future

| December 31, 2015

As Malaysia prepares to enter the New Year, it, like a number of other countries, is engaged in a tug-of-war between the past, represented by tobacco, and the future, represented by nicotine. According to a story in the Gulf News, Dubai, vaping-product use in Malaysia is ‘soaring’ as smokers turn instinctively to what is a […]

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BAT Korea appoints new CEO

BAT Korea appoints new CEO

| December 30, 2015

Erik Stoel has been appointed CEO of British American Tobacco Korea, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Guy Meldrum who has been transferred as head of BAT Australasia. “Over the past three years, in his role as marketing director of BAT Korea, Mr. Stoel has made a substantial contribution to the company by strengthening the company’s […]

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Serbia to move from smoking restrictions to bans

Serbia to move from smoking restrictions to bans

| December 30, 2015

Serbia will next year impose a ban on tobacco smoking in all enclosed public places, according to a Radio B92 report quoting a story in the Blic newspaper. The current law allows smoking in bars, restaurants and cafés with floor areas greater than 80 square meters, where owners are able to set aside at least […]

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Zimbabwe’s flue-cured crop under pressure

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured crop under pressure

| December 30, 2015

Tobacco growers have started to harvest Zimbabwe’s tobacco crop, which is expected to be smaller than that of last year, according to a story in The Herald. The volume, though not yet officially estimated, is expected to be down because some growers have quit the crop or reduced their plantings in response to low prices […]

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