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PMI dispute ruling favors Uruguay

PMI dispute ruling favors Uruguay

| July 11, 2016

Philip Morris International has accepted a ruling made against it by an international investment disputes tribunal and says that it is no longer a party to any investment protection claims.

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Buyers asked to honor contracts

Buyers asked to honor contracts

| July 11, 2016

A story from Malawi indicates that some contracted farmers are being forced to sell their tobacco at auction, which usually means lower prices.

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Tobacco quit line running hot

Tobacco quit line running hot

| July 11, 2016

A lot of people are calling Turkey’s tobacco quit line, but they don’t seem to be spending too much time asking for advice. The average length of call is 95.2 seconds.

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Health warning on health insurance

Health warning on health insurance

| July 11, 2016

A health insurance system that is supposed to encourage people in the US to quit smoking is, in some cases, encouraging smokers to quit health insurance.

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Where there’s a smoker there’s a way

Where there’s a smoker there’s a way

| July 8, 2016

Smokers in South Korea are being offered the opportunity of sitting down while they smoke and sip a cup of coffee, thanks to an ingenious approach to the country’s public-places smoking ban.

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Tobacco-sales compromise sought

Tobacco-sales compromise sought

| July 8, 2016

The Tasmanian politician who sponsored a bill to ban sales of tobacco to those born after 2000 has indicated that he might be willing to settle for a minimum purchase age of 25.

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Macau smokers prove very law abiding

Macau smokers prove very law abiding

| July 8, 2016

Smokers in Macau, like those in most places, are very law abiding when it comes to their habit. Only two percent of smoking-ban inspections have discovered violations taking place.

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US deeming-regulations webinar

US deeming-regulations webinar

| July 8, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration is due to hold a webinar so as to answer questions about how companies affected by the agency’s deeming regulations can comply with them.

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Vaping is not smoking – firms told

Vaping is not smoking – firms told

| July 7, 2016

Public Health England is advising employers to distinguish between vaping and smoking when making policy decisions because vaping has the potential to improve public health.

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Low-nicotine strategy questioned

Low-nicotine strategy questioned

| July 7, 2016

More research needs to be done before unleashing a low-nicotine strategy recommended by a World Health Organization panel, because smokers’ reaction to it is largely unknown.

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EU-PMI trade agreement to end

EU-PMI trade agreement to end

| July 7, 2016

The EU Commission has decided not to renew an anti-illegal-trade agreement with Philip Morris International, partly because it has been successful.

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Smoking a weighty issue in Malaysia

Smoking a weighty issue in Malaysia

| July 6, 2016

Teenagers in Malaysia are being told that regular exercise rather than smoking is the route to maintaining an ideal body weight, but teenage girls at least seem not to be listening.

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Saudis told no advantage in e-cigs

Saudis told no advantage in e-cigs

| July 6, 2016

Another day and another case of people being warned about nicotine and told that the use of electronic cigarettes is no less risky than is smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.

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Shisha smoking ban in Tanzania

Shisha smoking ban in Tanzania

| July 6, 2016

Tanzania has banned shisha smoking, which is said to lead to ‘all sorts of vices’, and called for the closure of all establishments that sell shisha; so the ban seems to extend beyond public places.

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Time running out for vape shops

Time running out for vape shops

| July 5, 2016

By using what appears to be Newspeak, the US Food and Drug Administration is designating vape shops as tobacco manufacturers and forcing them out of business.

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Paying to sell tobacco products

Paying to sell tobacco products

| July 5, 2016

A decision by a city in Saskatchewan, Canada, to impose a fee on those selling tobacco products seems aimed at cutting the profits of retailers and making life more difficult for smokers.

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