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Smokers provide huge revenue boost in Korea

Smokers provide huge revenue boost in Korea

| January 11, 2016

The government of South Korea’s predictions concerning the likely effects of its almost doubling the price of cigarettes on January 1, 2015, were off target by some way, according to a story in The Korea Herald. It underestimated the additional tax revenue that it would receive and overestimated the fall in cigarette sales that would […]

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Smoking incidence increases in Taiwan

Smoking incidence increases in Taiwan

| January 11, 2016

The incidence of smoking in Taiwan last year, at 17.1 percent, was up by 0.7 of a percentage point from that of 2014, 16.4 percent, according to a story in The China Post. This was the first year-on-year increase in seven years, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) reported. The 17.1 percent incidence translates into a […]

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Vaping fatwa not binding on Malaysian states

Vaping fatwa not binding on Malaysian states

| January 11, 2016

Lawyers have questioned the enforceability of the fatwa (edict)-based ban on vaping in Malaysian states, noting that health is under federal, not state, jurisdiction, and that the Islamic edict has not been gazetted, according to a story in the Malay Mail Online. Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan said a national fatwa was not binding on […]

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Young Singaporeans oppose proposed flavor ban

Young Singaporeans oppose proposed flavor ban

| January 11, 2016

Recently proposed anti-smoking regulations have been largely welcomed by young adult Singaporeans in a small survey conducted by The Sunday Times and reported on in The Straits Times. But they don’t like the idea that flavored cigarettes could be banned. Health authorities in Singapore are looking to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to […]

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EU struggles to agree on PMI-agreement negotiations

EU struggles to agree on PMI-agreement negotiations

| January 8, 2016

The European Commission says that it needs more time than foreseen to finish an assessment of a 12-year, anti-illicit-trade agreement with Philip Morris International, according to a euobserver story. The deal, which made PMI, the EU and its member states allies in the fight against the illicit trade in tobacco products and involved PMI paying […]

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JT injects some fizz into the Japanese market

JT injects some fizz into the Japanese market

| January 8, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc. says that it is to launch three new Winston cigarettes that will provide a new, fizzy, refreshing sensation, and a sweetness never tasted before. Winston XS Sparkling Menthol 8 Box, Winston XS Sparkling Menthol 5 Box and Winston XS Sparkling Menthol One 100’s Box are due to be launched nationwide from late […]

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