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Singapore proposing ban on menthol cigarettes

Singapore proposing ban on menthol cigarettes

| December 30, 2015

Singapore’s health authorities are proposing to ban menthol and other flavored cigarettes, to require cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs, and to raise the minimum tobacco smoking age from 18 to 21, according to a story in the Straits Times. The Health Promotion Board (HPB), along with the Health Ministry and the Health Sciences […]

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China added 15 million smokers in past five years

China added 15 million smokers in past five years

| December 29, 2015

At 27 percent, China’s adult smoking prevalence is at the same level now as it was in 2010, but the total smoking population has risen by 15 million to 316 million, according to an Ecns.cn story citing the results of a recent national survey. Currently, more than half of Chinese adult men and 2.7 percent […]

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India’s domestic cigarette consumption falls

India’s domestic cigarette consumption falls

| December 29, 2015

Domestic cigarette consumption in India during the financial year 2014-15, at 93.2 billion, was down by 10 billion from that of 2012-13, according to a Times of India story relayed by the TMA and citing the latest data presented in parliament by the Ministry of Health. At the same time, domestic cigarette production fell from […]

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Scottish health boards reconsider vaping bans

Scottish health boards reconsider vaping bans

| December 29, 2015

Five more health boards in Scotland are considering lifting their bans on using electronic cigarettes in hospital grounds, according to a story by Nichola Rutherford for BBC Scotland. Health chiefs in Ayrshire and Arran, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Lanarkshire and Tayside decided to review their policies on vaping devices after NHS Greater Glasgow and […]

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More cigarettes seized but smuggling problem huge

More cigarettes seized but smuggling problem huge

| December 29, 2015

The number of cigarette-smuggling interceptions in Vietnam fell this year, but the number of cigarettes seized increased, according to a story in Vietnam News. Nearly 9,700 cases of smuggling, involving 6,000 people, were detected and prosecution was initiated in 179 cases against 263 people. More than 10 million cigarette packs were confiscated this year and, […]

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EU tobacco industry wounded by TPD court advice

EU tobacco industry wounded by TPD court advice

| December 24, 2015

An adviser to the EU Court of Justice on Wednesday said the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive was valid, rebuffing a challenge from Philip Morris International, according to a Reuters report. ‘[The advocate general, Juliane Kokott] considers the EU tobacco directive of 2014 to be valid, in particular the extensive standardization of packaging, the future EU-wide […]

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