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UN expert says ISDS system undermines democracy

UN expert says ISDS system undermines democracy

| November 17, 2015

Alfred de Zayas, the UN independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, has said that the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism has devastating implications for the respect of human rights around the world. ISDS provisions or their derivatives are included in trade agreements such as the proposed Transatlantic Trade and […]

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PMI recognized for addressing climate change issues

PMI recognized for addressing climate change issues

| November 17, 2015

Philip Morris International has been recognized for addressing climate change and reducing its carbon footprint. In a note posted on its website, the company said it had been named yesterday as the only consumer staples company in the S&P 500 on both the CDP Climate ‘A’ List for top performers and the Climate Disclosure Leadership […]

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US adult smoking rate at 16.8 percent last year

US adult smoking rate at 16.8 percent last year

| November 16, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) reported on Friday that the adult smoking rate in the US fell to a record low of 16.8 percent last year, down from 17.8 percent in 2013, according to a statement from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) issued through PRNewswire. The smoking rate has declined by […]

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Latvia’s smoking incidence at 36 percent in 2014

Latvia’s smoking incidence at 36 percent in 2014

| November 16, 2015

About 36 percent of Latvians aged 15 to 64 are daily smokers, according to a Baltic Daily story citing 2014 data presented to members of the parliamentary subcommittee on public health by the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC). About 52 percent of men and 21 percent of women aged 15-64 were said […]

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International Tax Stamp Association formed

International Tax Stamp Association formed

| November 13, 2015

Ten companies have formed the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) in order ‘to respond to the need for better understanding of the benefits of excise tax stamps and tax stamp technologies, as well as to promote high professional standards in this sector,’ according to an ITSA press note. The founder companies, which are said to […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette sales down in October

JT’s domestic cigarette sales down in October

| November 13, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 9.4 billion, was down by 1.9 percent on that of October 2014, 9.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The October 2014 figure was down by 5.5 percent on that of October 2013. Volume during January-October, at 90.7 billion, was down […]

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