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Where there’s a smoker there’s a way

Where there’s a smoker there’s a way

| July 8, 2016

Smokers in South Korea are being offered the opportunity of sitting down while they smoke and sip a cup of coffee, thanks to an ingenious approach to the country’s public-places smoking ban.

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Tobacco-sales compromise sought

Tobacco-sales compromise sought

| July 8, 2016

The Tasmanian politician who sponsored a bill to ban sales of tobacco to those born after 2000 has indicated that he might be willing to settle for a minimum purchase age of 25.

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Macau smokers prove very law abiding

Macau smokers prove very law abiding

| July 8, 2016

Smokers in Macau, like those in most places, are very law abiding when it comes to their habit. Only two percent of smoking-ban inspections have discovered violations taking place.

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US deeming-regulations webinar

US deeming-regulations webinar

| July 8, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration is due to hold a webinar so as to answer questions about how companies affected by the agency’s deeming regulations can comply with them.

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Vaping is not smoking – firms told

Vaping is not smoking – firms told

| July 7, 2016

Public Health England is advising employers to distinguish between vaping and smoking when making policy decisions because vaping has the potential to improve public health.

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Low-nicotine strategy questioned

Low-nicotine strategy questioned

| July 7, 2016

More research needs to be done before unleashing a low-nicotine strategy recommended by a World Health Organization panel, because smokers’ reaction to it is largely unknown.

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EU-PMI trade agreement to end

EU-PMI trade agreement to end

| July 7, 2016

The EU Commission has decided not to renew an anti-illegal-trade agreement with Philip Morris International, partly because it has been successful.

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Smoking a weighty issue in Malaysia

Smoking a weighty issue in Malaysia

| July 6, 2016

Teenagers in Malaysia are being told that regular exercise rather than smoking is the route to maintaining an ideal body weight, but teenage girls at least seem not to be listening.

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Saudis told no advantage in e-cigs

Saudis told no advantage in e-cigs

| July 6, 2016

Another day and another case of people being warned about nicotine and told that the use of electronic cigarettes is no less risky than is smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.

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Shisha smoking ban in Tanzania

Shisha smoking ban in Tanzania

| July 6, 2016

Tanzania has banned shisha smoking, which is said to lead to ‘all sorts of vices’, and called for the closure of all establishments that sell shisha; so the ban seems to extend beyond public places.

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Time running out for vape shops

Time running out for vape shops

| July 5, 2016

By using what appears to be Newspeak, the US Food and Drug Administration is designating vape shops as tobacco manufacturers and forcing them out of business.

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Paying to sell tobacco products

Paying to sell tobacco products

| July 5, 2016

A decision by a city in Saskatchewan, Canada, to impose a fee on those selling tobacco products seems aimed at cutting the profits of retailers and making life more difficult for smokers.

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Call to end tobacco FDI in India

Call to end tobacco FDI in India

| July 5, 2016

Continuing a decades-old debate, an anti-tobacco organization has called on the Indian government to ban all forms of tobacco-sector Foreign Direct Investment.

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Don’t do as I do

Don’t do as I do

| July 5, 2016

A month and a half after North Korea launched an anti-smoking campaign that had some derogatory things to say about smokers, an official news agency has shown pictures of the country’s leader smoking at a school.

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Bill to raise tobacco age vetoed

Bill to raise tobacco age vetoed

| July 4, 2016

Partly on the grounds that he doesn’t believe the government should act as a nanny, Guam’s Governor has vetoed a bill that would have raised to 21 the age at which people could buy tobacco products.

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Kerala to ban electronic cigarettes

Kerala to ban electronic cigarettes

| July 4, 2016

The government of the Indian state of Kerala is banning electronic cigarettes partly on the grounds that they could lead to tobacco-cigarette use, which is permitted.

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Prison inmates trained in tobacco

Prison inmates trained in tobacco

| July 4, 2016

It is to be hoped that the tobacco industry can find work for 15 soon-to-be-released prison inmates in Zimbabwe who have graduated in tobacco production as part of a rehabilitation program.

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New tobacco bill proposed in Cyprus

New tobacco bill proposed in Cyprus

| July 4, 2016

Cyprus’ parliament is due to debate a new tobacco bill that includes provisions of the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive, which became applicable in member states on May 20.

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BAT challenged on farming oversight

BAT challenged on farming oversight

| July 1, 2016

In a new report, BAT has come under the spotlight in respect of its tobacco farming oversight in Bangladesh. But the report raises wider issues concerning a lack of fairness throughout the tobacco sector.

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Tobacco use need not be smoking

Tobacco use need not be smoking

| July 1, 2016

A long-time risk-reduction champion has upbraided the US Food and Drug Administration for conflating tobacco use, including smokeless-tobacco use, with smoking.

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Sales of e-cigarettes astounding

Sales of e-cigarettes astounding

| July 1, 2016

A report in the New Zealand Herald describes how sales of electronic cigarettes has increased dramatically in one town. No wonder; they substitute for and are a lot cheaper than are traditional cigarettes.

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Imperial makes board appointment

Imperial makes board appointment

| July 1, 2016

Therese Esperdy, who is currently a non-executive director and chairman of the Finance Committee of National Grid Plc, is today joining Imperial Brands’ board of directors.

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Six million in EU quit with e-cigs

Six million in EU quit with e-cigs

| June 30, 2016

The World Health Organization says that each year six million people die worldwide from smoking-related causes. But it warns against vaping, which has allowed six million EU citizens to quit smoking.

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Quit products key to China’s market

Quit products key to China’s market

| June 30, 2016

With China having introduced further restrictions on foreign investments in its tobacco industry, smoking cessation products could provide the easiest way to access the market.

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JTI Ethiopia bid up in the air

JTI Ethiopia bid up in the air

| June 30, 2016

Although Japan Tobacco International failed to pay on time for a share of Ethiopia’s National Tobacco Enterprise, its bid was twice as high as the next highest; so it isn’t being ruled out.

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