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Third-class cigarettes losing ‘preferential’ tax status

Third-class cigarettes losing ‘preferential’ tax status

| January 22, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc said today that it had applied to the Minister of Finance for approval to increase the retail prices of all of its 35 Mevius-brand cigarettes and those of six former third-class cigarettes, which are due to lose their preferential tax status. If approved, the price increases would take effect on April 1. […]

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UK taking strongly to electronic cigarettes

UK taking strongly to electronic cigarettes

| January 21, 2016

The number of adult Britons who used electronic cigarettes during 2015, at 2.6 million, was increased by 24 percent on that of 2014, according to a Trefis report citing figures from the anti-smoking charity ASH. The growth was said to have been driven by a rise in the number of ex-smokers using electronic cigarettes. A […]

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Zambia to stick with tobacco growing

Zambia to stick with tobacco growing

| January 21, 2016

Zambia’s deputy minister of Agriculture Maxas Ng’onga has ruled out for the time being at least the phasing out of tobacco production in the country, according to a NewsGhana.com story relayed by the TMA. The deputy minister was responding to calls from anti-tobacco groups that want to see tobacco cultivation phased out in line with […]

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Bangladeshi farmers decry tobacco production

Bangladeshi farmers decry tobacco production

| January 21, 2016

Farmers in the Lalmonirhat district of Bangladesh yesterday protested against the production of tobacco in their area, according to a story in The Financial Express. The farmers were demanding the imposition of strong policies against tobacco farming and adequate support for substitute crops. Hundreds of farmers were said to have taken part in a procession […]

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Emirati men coming forward to quit tobacco use

Emirati men coming forward to quit tobacco use

| January 21, 2016

Many young Emirati men are choosing to quit tobacco, according to a story in The National quoting local medical practitioners. “They are self referring and this is an encouraging sign, said Dr. Abdul Alkaddour, the head of preventive cardiology at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi. “There is an increased awareness among Emiratis.” Alkaddour […]

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FDA deeming regulations raise animal testing fears

FDA deeming regulations raise animal testing fears

| January 20, 2016

Concerns are being expressed among groups involved in the protection of non-human animals about the number of animal tests that could be required or encouraged by the US Food and Drug Administration’s proposed electronic-cigarette deeming regulations. As things stand under the proposed regulations, all electronic cigarettes placed on the US market after February 15, 2007, […]

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