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Learning to appreciate nicotine

Learning to appreciate nicotine

| February 23, 2015

A nicotine metabolite once thought to be inactive, cotinine, in fact supports learning and memory by amplifying the action of a primary chemical messenger involved in both, according to a piece in science20.com quoting a new study. The new findings apparently indicate cotinine makes brain receptors more sensitive to lower levels of the messenger acetylcholine, […]

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Question raised over windfall-tax effectiveness

Question raised over windfall-tax effectiveness

| February 23, 2015

A ‘windfall tax’ on tobacco companies would lead to the loss of millions of pounds for the UK taxman, according to a report in The Times quoting research by the consultancy, Oxford Economics. Volumes of UK duty-paid cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco could decline, leading to a net loss of £167 million if the levy were […]

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Second tobacco firm issues plain-packs threat

Second tobacco firm issues plain-packs threat

| February 23, 2015

John Player has threatened the Irish government with legal action over plans to introduce standardized tobacco packaging, according to a story in the Independent. The paper said the company had warned the Minister for Health, Dr. Leo Varadkar, and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, that they would be hauled before […]

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Graphic warnings – 12th time unlucky for smokers?

Graphic warnings – 12th time unlucky for smokers?

| February 23, 2015

South Korea’s lawmakers are due to start debating tomorrow whether to compel cigarette manufacturers to include graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, which currently carry printed warnings only, according to a story in The Korea Times. The National Assembly Health and Welfare Committee is scheduled to review the government’s proposal and some observers believe there […]

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Three new tobacco varieties for Malawi’s growers

Three new tobacco varieties for Malawi’s growers

| February 23, 2015

Malawi’s Agricultural Research and Extension Trust (ARET) has introduced three new tobacco varieties that are said to be pest and disease resistant, and fast maturing. The release of the three new varieties, ARET Barley Hybrid (ABH) 12, ABH 31 and ABH 43, was announced by ARET’s deputy director responsible for extension and specialist services, John […]

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EU Commission raises taxing e-cigarette question

EU Commission raises taxing e-cigarette question

| February 20, 2015

The EU Commission is considering looking into whether electronic cigarettes should be taxed in the same way as traditional cigarettes are taxed, according to a story in the Irish Times. The Commission is said to have asked excise duty experts from across the EU to consider the ‘best way to achieve fiscal equal treatment’ of […]

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