Breaking News

Nova Scotia consulting on flavors strategy

Nova Scotia consulting on flavors strategy

| January 6, 2015

The government of Nova Scotia, Canada, is due to consult this month and next on what flavors should be banned from inclusion in tobacco products, and whether any bans should be extended to include electronic cigarette liquids, according to a CBC News story. In November, a proposed law that would have extended a ban on […]

Read More

Korea’s cigarette price hike gives boost to fine-cut

Korea’s cigarette price hike gives boost to fine-cut

| January 6, 2015

South Korea’s government can probably claim some initial success in that its January 1 tax-induced cigarette price hike has forced more smokers than previously to attend quit-smoking clinics, according to a Korea Bizwire piece. One clinic, which used to see about 150 smokers a month, now has to cope with more than 100 a day. […]

Read More

Imperial provides more funds to help fight Ebola

Imperial provides more funds to help fight Ebola

| January 6, 2015

Imperial Tobacco says that it is giving health workers a further £57,000 to help them tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The money will be used to provide items such as protective clothing, disinfectant equipment and observation rooms in Mali. The current Ebola outbreak has resulted in the deaths of almost 7,000 people in […]

Read More

China lifts leaf tobacco price controls

China lifts leaf tobacco price controls

| January 5, 2015

China has announced that purchase prices for leaf tobacco are to be set by supply and demand rather than by the government, according to an Ecns.com (the official English-language website of the China News Service, CNS) story. Quoting a government statement, CNS said that tobacco companies were now free to set purchase prices independently, ‘based […]

Read More

North Carolina’s tobacco smoking ban a non-issue

North Carolina’s tobacco smoking ban a non-issue

| January 5, 2015

Five years after North Carolina (NC) banned tobacco smoking in restaurants and bars, the ban has been embraced to the point where it has become a non-issue for most restaurant operators, employees and the public, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. Although the ban was touted as a game changer […]

Read More

New York brings in age restrictions on nicotine sales

New York brings in age restrictions on nicotine sales

| January 5, 2015

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has signed legislation aimed at preventing the sale of liquid nicotine to minors and requiring that nicotine containers include child safety caps, according to a story by Audrey Matott for the Catskill Daily Mail. New York State legislation banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in 2010 […]

Read More

Problem of radon becoming more widespread in US

Problem of radon becoming more widespread in US

| January 5, 2015

Radon gas, which is considered to be a carcinogen and the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the US, is said to be becoming a more widespread problem in the country. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month and part of the publicity surrounding […]

Read More

Manufacturers, retailers, smokers hit hard in Korea

Manufacturers, retailers, smokers hit hard in Korea

| January 2, 2015

South Korea’s tobacco manufacturers, retailers and consumers woke up to a number of headaches yesterday, according to stories in The Korea Herald and The Korea Times. Cigarette prices were increased sharply yesterday while public-places tobacco smoking bans were expanded and fines for those caught ignoring the bans were raised. Largely because of a WON2,000 (about […]

Read More

Smoking ‘big problem’ in Ireland despite downturn

Smoking ‘big problem’ in Ireland despite downturn

| January 2, 2015

Smoking ‘big problem’ in Ireland despite downturn Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, has indicated that the incidence of smoking in Ireland might have dropped below 20 percent, according to a story by Michael Staines for the Evening Herald. Varadkar was said to have ‘hailed figures showing that the number of smokers in Ireland […]

Read More

Sri Lanka debut for cigarette graphic health warnings

Sri Lanka debut for cigarette graphic health warnings

| January 2, 2015

Sri Lanka started yesterday on the last phase of its imposition of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story in The Island, Colombo. Manufacturers were prohibited from producing after December 31 packs without the warning while traders and distributors have to clear their stocks of non-compliant products by the end of this […]

Read More

Dubai clamps down on driving while smoking shisha

Dubai clamps down on driving while smoking shisha

| December 31, 2014

Police in Dubai have launched a crackdown on motorists smoking shisha while driving, even though it is not illegal to do so, according to a story on ArabianBusiness.com. At the same time, officials are considering changing the law in a bid to stop the practice. General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen, head of the Federal Traffic […]

Read More

South Korea fears tax hike might trigger profiteering

South Korea fears tax hike might trigger profiteering

| December 31, 2014

The government of South Korea said yesterday that it will clamp down on any cigarette manufacturers that might have hoarded cigarettes ahead of tomorrow’s huge, mainly tax-induced price rises, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The finance ministry reportedly said that police and officials from the tax and customs department planned to check […]

Read More

Taiwan told to follow Korea’s anti-tobacco footsteps

Taiwan told to follow Korea’s anti-tobacco footsteps

| December 31, 2014

An-anti-tobacco organization has called on Taiwan’s government to increase cigarette tax by NT$20 a pack, increase the size of health warnings to cover 80 percent of pack surfaces, ban smoking in indoor public places, including places of work, and bring electronic cigarettes under the Tobacco Hazards Act. According to a story in the Taipei Times, […]

Read More

E-cigarettes one of UK’s fastest-growing products

E-cigarettes one of UK’s fastest-growing products

| December 31, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, sports nutrition bars and gluten and dairy-free food were the fastest growing products sold in UK supermarkets and grocers during the last year, according to a story by Simon Neville for The Independent, citing new data from Nielsen. Nielsen reported that electronic cigarette sales increased by 50.0 percent year-on-year, while sales of nicotine […]

Read More

Public places bans backed by environmentalists

Public places bans backed by environmentalists

| December 30, 2014

Environmental experts have called for strict implementation of India’s ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places as a way of restricting where cigarette butts are discarded, according to an IANS (Indo-Asian News Service) story. The non-biodegradable nature of a cigarette butt, which comprised a hazardous solid waste, meant that it was challenging to deal […]

Read More

Cigarette price hike triggers violence in South Korea

Cigarette price hike triggers violence in South Korea

| December 30, 2014

As the clock ticks towards the end of December, some smokers in South Korea are becoming increasingly agitated about the tax hike due to come into effect on January 1. A story by Lina Jang for Korea Bizwire has described how a few smokers have become violent when faced with empty shelves and government-imposed guidelines […]

Read More

New anti-smoking campaign concentrates on rot

New anti-smoking campaign concentrates on rot

| December 30, 2014

Public Health England (PHE) yesterday launched a new campaign to highlight how ‘smoking damages the body and causes a slow and steady decline in a process similar to rotting’, according to a GOV.UK press note. The note said the campaign was starting as a new expert review commissioned by PHE had highlighted the multiple impacts […]

Read More

Smoking ban repealed as councillors vote for Liberty

Smoking ban repealed as councillors vote for Liberty

| December 30, 2014

Liberty city council members have voted 5-1 to repeal a city-wide public places smoking ban that was passed narrowly in November, according to a story by Larry Rowell for The Casey County News. Liberty is a community of about 2,200 people in Kentucky, US. The law was to have gone into effect on January 1. […]

Read More

Bangladesh government told to halt tobacco growth

Bangladesh government told to halt tobacco growth

| December 29, 2014

Tobacco cultivation is increasing in Bangladesh and anti-tobacco campaigners want the government to intervene, according to a bdnews24.com story. The campaigners were said to have cited figures from the Directorate of Agricultural Expansion showing that tobacco cultivation had increased from 70,000 ha during the 2012-13 growing season to 108,000 ha during the 2013-14 season. Lawmakers, […]

Read More

Korea cigarette tax hike predicted to slash sales

Korea cigarette tax hike predicted to slash sales

| December 29, 2014

KT&G said on Thursday that the prices of all its cigarettes sold on the South Korean market would increase by WON2,000 (US$1.80) starting on January 1, according to a Korea JoongAng Daily story. The increase is in line with the government’s increase in tobacco taxes. With the increase in place, KT&G’s brands such as Esse, […]

Read More

Korean smokers seek relief in e-cigarettes, patches

Korean smokers seek relief in e-cigarettes, patches

| December 29, 2014

With the price of cigarettes set to be increased sharply at the beginning of next year, KT&G is making forays into the electronic cigarette market, according to a story in The Korea Economic Daily. Quoting industry sources on December 23, the Daily said that KT&G had almost completed preparation for a launch on to the […]

Read More

Bad year for cigarette litter-bugs in Abu Dhabi

Bad year for cigarette litter-bugs in Abu Dhabi

| December 29, 2014

Abu Dhabi law-enforcers this year fined 816 people for throwing cigarette butts on the road, according to an Emirates 24/7 story. ‘Most of those fined were caught red-handed dumping their cigarette butts on the ground in public places despite repeated warnings by the Abu Dhabi municipality’, the story reported. Municipality officials said inspectors caught the […]

Read More

Call for e-cigarettes to be included under MSA

Call for e-cigarettes to be included under MSA

| December 24, 2014

Three leading US Democrats have written to 29 state attorneys general urging them to classify electronic cigarettes as cigarettes under the Master Settlement Agreement. ‘This action would have an immediate and much needed impact because it would stop the e-cigarette makers from marketing their products in ways that are appealing to kids,’ said the December […]

Read More

Smokers should not exhale while driving in Taiwan

Smokers should not exhale while driving in Taiwan

| December 24, 2014

People in Taiwan caught smoking while driving on ‘busy roads’ will be liable to a fine of NT$600 under a package of amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act due to come into force next year, according to a story in The China Post. The sequence of actions involved in smoking while driving, […]

Read More

Foreign buyers would ensure good prices at auction

Foreign buyers would ensure good prices at auction

| December 24, 2014

The Indian Commerce Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has agreed to consider favourably a request to allow foreign buyers to participate directly in tobacco auctions, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The belief is that the presence of foreign buyers would ensure that growers were paid a ‘good price’ […]

Read More