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Plight of Andhra growers ‘extremely grave’

Plight of Andhra growers ‘extremely grave’

| September 28, 2015

The plight of tobacco growers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been described by two leading tobacco growers’ associations as ‘extremely grave’, according to a Webindia story. The Kondepi Tobacco Growers’ Association and the Kaligiri FCV Tobacco Growers’ Association were quoted as saying that they were disturbed by the ‘growing number’ of suicides […]

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Cafés in Belgium not enforcing smoking ban

Cafés in Belgium not enforcing smoking ban

| September 28, 2015

Three thousand inspections by the Public Health Minister’s office in Belgium has led that body to conclude that 16 percent of cafés do not enforce tobacco control legislation, according to a story in the Brussels Times. “This is fewer than last year but the figure needs to be reduced faster,” said Paul Van den Meerssche, […]

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Chinese student charged ‘pollution fee’ for smoking

Chinese student charged ‘pollution fee’ for smoking

| September 28, 2015

A student at Yuying Middle School in northwest China’s Yan’an city has had to pay Yuan400 (about $62.7) for smoking on campus, according to a China Daily story citing the Xi’an-based China Business View. A post circulated on Weibo, China’s twitter-like service, indicated that the payment was described as a ‘pollution fee’. Some comments on […]

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DNA holds key to why some smokers remain healthy

DNA holds key to why some smokers remain healthy

| September 28, 2015

The mystery of why some people seem to have healthy lungs despite a lifetime of smoking has been explained by UK scientists, according to a story by James Gallagher for BBC News. Many, but not all, smokers will develop lung disease, but so too will some who have never touched a cigarette in their lives. […]

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Vaping-products tax insane ‘public health’ policy

Vaping-products tax insane ‘public health’ policy

| September 25, 2015

A US public health expert has described a decision by the District of Columbia to impose a 67 percent tax on all electronic cigarettes and vaping products as one of the most insane ‘public health’ policies he had ever heard of. ‘Taxing e-cigarettes at a whopping 67 percent rate is nothing more than a gift […]

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Zambia’s leaf marketing season extended

Zambia’s leaf marketing season extended

| September 25, 2015

The Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) has moved the end of this year’s leaf tobacco marketing season from September 30 to October 31 so as to enable the sale of so-far unsold tobacco, according to a story in the Zambia Daily Mail. Last month, non-contracted tobacco farmers appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock […]

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