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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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Some support for India’s 85 percent health warnings

Some support for India’s 85 percent health warnings

| February 20, 2015

Over 500 organizations have written to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi supporting the imposition of 85 percent graphic warnings on all tobacco packs from April 1, according to a DNA India story. Representatives of women’s groups, youth associations, hospitals, self-help groups and voluntary organizations were said to be among those who sent 4,000 signed letters […]

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Irish legal practice urged to cut tobacco link

Irish legal practice urged to cut tobacco link

| February 20, 2015

An Irish legal practice involved in a threatened tobacco-company action over proposed standardized tobacco packaging legislation is coming under pressure from Health Minister Leo Varadkar to sever its connection with the tobacco industry. Arthur Cox was said to be already facing questions from the Health Service Executive, one of its many public clients, over its […]

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Swisher forms vapor-product company

Swisher forms vapor-product company

| February 20, 2015

US-based Swisher International has formed a new ‘sister’ company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), to focus on developing, marketing and distributing electronic cigarettes and electronic vaping products, according to a CSPNet (Convenience Store/Petroleum) story. John Miller, Swisher senior vice president of sales and marketing who will serve also as the CEO of EAS, said EAS had the […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly dividend increase

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend increase

| February 20, 2015

Lorillard’s board of directors has declared a seven percent increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock from $0.615 per share to $0.66 per share. The dividend is payable on March 10 to stockholders of record as of March 2. The company said this was the seventh dividend increase since Lorillard became an independent […]

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Call for 99 percent tax on cigarette company profits

Call for 99 percent tax on cigarette company profits

| February 19, 2015

A leading Irish oncologist and senator has called for a 99 percent tax on the profits of tobacco companies if they pursue threats of legal action against the state, according to a story in the Irish Examiner. Commenting on news that JTI Ireland had threatened to sue the state over the introduction of standardized packaging, […]

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A gentler approach to smokers and quitting in Jordan

A gentler approach to smokers and quitting in Jordan

| February 19, 2015

In calling recently for more attention to be paid to the smoking ‘epidemic’, the president of the Jordan National Anti-smoking Society, Mohammad Shreim, ruled out a struggle against smokers. “…we want them to quit because we love them,” he was quoted as saying in a story carried by The Jordan Times. Smoking was an ‘epidemic’ […]

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German pensioner’s smoking did not disturb peace

German pensioner’s smoking did not disturb peace

| February 19, 2015

Germany’s Federal Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that gave a landlady authority to evict a pensioner whose smoking was said to be offensive to neighbors, according to a BBC Online story. The Supreme Court ruled that a Düsseldorf court that had backed the landlady’s complaint must now re-investigate the matter. Friedhelm Adolfs, 76, had […]

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KT&G fined over ‘unfair’ business practices

KT&G fined over ‘unfair’ business practices

| February 19, 2015

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has fined KT&G WON2.5 billion ($2 million) for encouraging retailers not to sell the cigarettes of ‘foreign competitors’, according to a story in The Korea Times At the same time, KT&G was ordered to correct its ‘unfair’ business practices. The FTC said the company had offered cigarettes at discounted […]

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Hon Lik to speak at Global Forum on Nicotine

Hon Lik to speak at Global Forum on Nicotine

| February 19, 2015

Hon Lik, the inventor of the modern electronic cigarette, is due to speak at the second Global Forum on Nicotine, which is scheduled to be held at the Warsaw Marriott, Poland, on June 5 and 6. Abstracts for the science and policy update session and proposals for satellite sessions are due by February 28. And […]

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If you can stand in the sand, you may drink

If you can stand in the sand, you may drink

| February 19, 2015

Smoking and eating have been banned on beaches at Phuket Island, Thailand, according to a story in the Phuket Gazette. The bans were apparently announced during a press conference called to clarify an earlier ban on beach chairs. Governor Nisit Jansomwong had called the conference following tourists’ protests about police officers asking them to remove […]

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Ireland threatened with plain-packs legal action

Ireland threatened with plain-packs legal action

| February 18, 2015

JTI Ireland has told the Irish government to halt immediately standardized tobacco packaging legislation in the Dáil (lower house of parliament) or face a High Court claim for damages, according to a story in the Irish Times. The company is said to have told ministers Dr. James Reilly (Children and Youth Affairs) and Dr. Leo […]

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Comedian hits out at tobacco-firm lawsuit threats

Comedian hits out at tobacco-firm lawsuit threats

| February 18, 2015

John Oliver, host of the US television program, HBO’s Last Week Tonight, turned his attention to the tobacco industry during Sunday night’s episode, and, according to a story by Ryan Parker for the Los Angeles Times, it wasn’t pretty for the main target, Philip Morris International. The HBO host was said to have spent about […]

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Health Canada accused over e-cigarette study delay

Health Canada accused over e-cigarette study delay

| February 18, 2015

Researchers in Canada have claimed that the federal government has effectively stymied scientific studies aimed at determining whether electronic cigarettes are a life-saving alternative to tobacco cigarettes or a magnet drawing more people to smoking, according to a story by Tom Blackwell on nationalpost.com. And some experts have accused Health Canada of needlessly delaying the […]

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Sales up at Swedish Match

Sales up at Swedish Match

| February 18, 2015

Swedish Match’s sales for the year to the end of December, at SEK13,305 million, were up by six percent on those of 2013, SEK12,610 million. And sales during the fourth quarter of 2014, at SEK3,536 million, were up by 11 percent on those of the fourth quarter of 2013. Calculated in local currencies, sales for […]

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TPPA to remain smoke-room story in New Zealand

TPPA to remain smoke-room story in New Zealand

| February 17, 2015

The New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser, has reaffirmed his government’s stance of not releasing controversial negotiating documents relating to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, according to a story by Jamie Morton for the New Zealand Herald. This is despite a letter published in The Lancet in which 27 health leaders in Australasia, the US, […]

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Smoking prevalence down to 12.9 percent in Taipei

Smoking prevalence down to 12.9 percent in Taipei

| February 17, 2015

Taipei’s smoking prevalence among adults aged 18 and above dropped from 18.9 percent in 2008 to 12.9 percent last year, the lowest level among Taiwan’s major cities and counties, according to a story in the Taipei Times quoting Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics. The Taipei Department of Health is crediting its stringent ban on […]

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Punjab cracks down on electronic cigarette vendors

Punjab cracks down on electronic cigarette vendors

| February 17, 2015

The charging of four vendors in the Punjab, India, for selling electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine has made the pages of the Hindustan Times and drawn a comment from Hussan Lal, described as ‘Commissioner FDA and Punjab Secretary Health and Family Welfare’. As well as being charged with the sales offences, the four vendors have […]

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Employers need specific workplace vaping rules

Employers need specific workplace vaping rules

| February 17, 2015

A recent UK employment tribunal case has sounded a warning that an employer wishing to dismiss an employee for vaping might not be able to fall back on its conventional smoking policy to justify the action taken, according to a piece on cipd.co.uk quoting Stuart Jones, head of employment and pensions at Weightmans. The case […]

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Banks increase support for tobacco production

Banks increase support for tobacco production

| February 16, 2015

Tobacco farmers have received an estimated 58 percent of Zimbabwe’s cumulative agricultural bank loans this summer. This translated to about $600 million of the estimated $1 billion that banks budgeted as production support for agriculture during the 2014-2015 season. The country is targeting to produce 222 million kilograms (kg) of the crop this season, up […]

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