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Smokers fined for affecting neighbor’s quiet life

Smokers fined for affecting neighbor’s quiet life

| January 5, 2016

Taiwan’s New Taipei District Court ruled on Monday that a man and his son should pay NT$24,900 (US$753) to a woman for letting the smell of the smoke from their cigarettes enter their neighbor’s apartment, according to a story in The China Post. The woman, named only as Chen, filed a suit in court stating […]

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New Zealand using smokers as cash cows

New Zealand using smokers as cash cows

| January 4, 2016

The New Zealand government has been accused of using smokers as cash cows, according to a report by Ruth Hill for Radio New Zealand. The executive director of the Taxpayers’ Union, Jordan Williams was quoted as saying that a start-of-the-year 10 percent cigarette tax hike – the fourth and final scheduled increase – meant the […]

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New Year, new taxes in Turkey

New Year, new taxes in Turkey

| January 4, 2016

The New Year has seen increases in Turkey in the prices of cigarettes, alcoholic drinks and electricity, according to a Hurriyet Daily News story. The government announced tax increases on these products two days after announcing that the minimum wage would increase by 30 percent. The Hurriyet’s story said that ‘experts’ had continually warned that […]

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Tax rise decision provides climate for exploitation

Tax rise decision provides climate for exploitation

| January 4, 2016

Cigarettes have been disappearing quickly from the shelves of retailers in Kuwait in anticipation of a huge tax increase, according to an Arab Times story. The Gulf Co-operation Council states in November approved a 100 percent tax increase on tobacco products, but the decision has not been implemented, leading to allegations of hoarding and price […]

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Stores told not to sell tobacco while serving food

Stores told not to sell tobacco while serving food

| January 4, 2016

The Anti-Smoking Task Force (ASTF) of Davao City, the Philippines, has warned the convenience store chain 7-Eleven that it should either stop selling cigarettes or risk its business permit. The ASTF alleges that a number of convenience stores in the city are selling cigarettes while serving food at the same time, which is prohibited. Domilyn […]

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Nowhere to smoke in 2016? Try Brighton beach

Nowhere to smoke in 2016? Try Brighton beach

| December 31, 2015

Cheer up; 2015 wasn’t all doom and gloom from tobacco’s point of view. The UK’s pro-smoker group Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Tobacco) describes in a round-up of the year how it, its supporters and others were successful in defeating a proposal that would have seen smoking banned on the beaches and […]

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