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Tobacco sellers protest about ‘licensing system’

Tobacco sellers protest about ‘licensing system’

| January 18, 2016

Cigarette and bidi sellers in Himachal Pradesh, India, on Saturday protested against the government’s decision to make registration compulsory for tobacco-product vendors, according to a story in The Hindu Online. The previous day the cabinet had decided to make registration compulsory, though it was not explained why it had thought this was a necessary step. […]

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Daly resigns from RAI’s board

Daly resigns from RAI’s board

| January 18, 2016

John P. Daly has resigned from Reynolds American Inc’s board of directors, effective February 4. Daly has served on RAI’s board since December 2010, one of five members designated by Brown & Williamson Holdings (B&W), a subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT), under the terms of the 2004 governance agreement, as amended, between RAI, B&W […]

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Turkmenistan bans tobacco sales

Turkmenistan bans tobacco sales

| January 15, 2016

The government of Turkmenistan has banned the sale of all tobacco products, reports the BBC. Shops caught selling cigarettes are facing fines of up to tmt6,900 ($1,680), according to Chrono-TM, an independent website operating from Vienna. The State Service for Protecting the Security of a Healthy Society, which previously focused on combating drugs, has been […]

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Selling tobacco to minors now a serious offence

Selling tobacco to minors now a serious offence

| January 15, 2016

Selling tobacco products to minors in India is now punishable with a jail term of up to seven years and a Rs100,000 fine, according to a story in the Hindustan Times. These punishments are said to be provided for within the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, which was passed by parliament […]

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JT’s domestic volume down by 2.8 percent in 2015

JT’s domestic volume down by 2.8 percent in 2015

| January 15, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 9.9 billion, was down by 2.1 percent on that of December 2014, 10.2 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The December 2014 figure was down by 2.3 percent on that of December 2013. Volume during January-December, at 109.2 billion, was down […]

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Molecular ‘switch’ could be key to nicotine’s effects

Molecular ‘switch’ could be key to nicotine’s effects

| January 15, 2016

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in California, US, have discovered that a lipid (fat molecule) in brain cells may act as a ‘switch’ to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine. ‘The team’s findings in animal models point to a way that a drug might someday return this lipid to normal levels, […]

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