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Exclusion zone contracts

Exclusion zone contracts

| March 5, 2018

A proposed 500-meter tobacco-sales exclusion-zone around schools in Sri Lanka probably ran into the problem that, in some urban areas at least, the zones overlapped.

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Fair go mate!

Fair go mate!

| March 2, 2018

The Australian government, which has raised cigarette prices to unaffordable levels, is threatening smokers who buy illicit products with up to five years in jail, knowing those smokers are addicted.

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Pouring gas on the fire

Pouring gas on the fire

| March 2, 2018

The logic of the Canadian authorities’ approaches to marijuana and tobacco seems to suggest that they want consumers to buy licit marijuana but illicit tobacco.

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Prices ‘reasonably good’

Prices ‘reasonably good’

| March 2, 2018

As flue-cured tobacco auctions in the Indian state of Karnataka wind down, those in the state of Andhra Pradesh are about to open.

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Farming semantics

Farming semantics

| March 2, 2018

Researchers in Sri Lanka say that tobacco farmers can make their livings in other ways; so they don’t want them called tobacco farmers. How about, farmers who happen to be growing tobacco?

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‘Hold your horses’

‘Hold your horses’

| March 1, 2018

Once again, US public health expert Dr. Michael Siegel (pictured) has provided some much-needed clarity in respect of a headline-grabbing story – this one about vaping and heart attacks.

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Smoking record worn out

Smoking record worn out

| March 1, 2018

There could be a lot of reasons why public perception of the risks posed by smoking may be declining in the US. One reason could be that official risk messages are sometimes clearly untrue.

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‘Filtergate’ question raised

‘Filtergate’ question raised

| March 1, 2018

A question has been raised about ‘Filtergate’, but a more pertinent question might ask why the EU insists on delivery maximums when it believes that delivery levels do not affect health outcomes.

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Taxing questions in Kenya

Taxing questions in Kenya

| March 1, 2018

The idea that non-filter cigarettes should be taxed at a higher rate than filtered cigarettes seems not to make sense since a filter can be removed.

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E-cigs given a hearing

E-cigs given a hearing

| February 28, 2018

Suppliers need to be allowed to market responsibly a wide range of high-standard, reduced-risk products that provide consumers with alternatives to combustible cigarettes.

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Legislation not needed

Legislation not needed

| February 28, 2018

In Ireland, where restaurants are extending smoke-free zones to outdoor areas, the ‘market’ seems to be working admirably. So why legislate for something that is happening?

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Pilot tracking system

Pilot tracking system

| February 28, 2018

The costs of a tobacco-product tracking system in Russia will apparently not be passed onto consumers, which raises a question about who will pay for it.

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Illegal trade ‘rampant’

Illegal trade ‘rampant’

| February 28, 2018

Zimbabwe, usually in the news because of its leaf production, is currently in the news over an issue more usually associated with other countries: the illegal trade in cigarettes.

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Flue-cured crop recovers

Flue-cured crop recovers

| February 27, 2018

Despite a 5.5 percent drop in Zimbabwe in the area planted to flue-cured tobacco, last season to this season, the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union thinks volume will be up by 5.8 percent.

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Arresting smokers

Arresting smokers

| February 27, 2018

Are these the second most terrifying words ever uttered? Smokers should not fear coming forward; we will help them to change.

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E-cigs work without nicotine

E-cigs work without nicotine

| February 27, 2018

People in Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, seem to be proving that vaping can help you quit smoking, even if your electronic cigarette doesn’t deliver nicotine.

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Dithering over HNB

Dithering over HNB

| February 27, 2018

While the authorities in South Korea cannot decide how to test heat-not-burn cigarettes, consumers are making up their own minds about relative risks.

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Imperial Tobacco gagged

Imperial Tobacco gagged

| February 26, 2018

Banned from taking part in the official debate on changes to a number of tobacco and other acts, Imperial Tobacco Canada has called a press conference for today.

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Ghanaians battling NCDs

Ghanaians battling NCDs

| February 26, 2018

It is often said that one session of smoking shisha is the equivalent of smoking a hundred or more cigarettes, but it is rarely spelt out what is meant by ‘equivalent’.

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Nepal to enforce ban

Nepal to enforce ban

| February 26, 2018

Although smokers are generally law-abiding, there is a need to enforce tobacco-smoking bans. Imagine what would happen if nobody was ever fined for speeding.

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