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‘Bidi baron’ on committee examining health warnings

‘Bidi baron’ on committee examining health warnings

| September 9, 2015

Shyama Charan Gupta, who is described as a bidi baron, has been nominated to India’s reconstituted parliamentary committee looking into the issue of increasing the size of graphic warnings on tobacco packaging, according to a story in The Economic Times. And citing ‘sources,’ the Times said that BJP MP Dilip Gandhi, had been re-nominated for […]

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Delisted snus brand makes ‘long-awaited’ comeback

Delisted snus brand makes ‘long-awaited’ comeback

| September 9, 2015

Göteborgs Rapé Original snus is making a ‘long-awaited’ comeback, according to the heading of a note posted on Swedish Match’s website. The Original version of the brand was withdrawn from Swedish Match’s range of products at the start of the 2000s to make way for the ‘innovative’ Göteborgs Rapé White, which is now one of […]

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Regulatory support needed to deliver reduced risk

Regulatory support needed to deliver reduced risk

| September 9, 2015

The chief executive of Philip Morris International has told CNBC he wants its electronic cigarettes eventually to outsell traditional cigarettes. Speaking on the sidelines of the European House-Ambrosetti Forum in Italy, CEO Andre Calantzopoulos told CNBC that he was very optimistic about the take-up of iQOS – a Marlboro-branded device that heats rather than burns […]

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Public vaping ban would be costly in lives, resources

Public vaping ban would be costly in lives, resources

| September 8, 2015

Wales’ proposed ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places could prove to be a costly exercise, according to a report by the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association. The association is concerned that such a ban would force vapers out into smoking areas. ‘This risks many of Wales’s 33,600 non-smoking vapers falsely believing […]

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Smoking ban taken seriously in Macau

Smoking ban taken seriously in Macau

| September 8, 2015

So far, 28,835 people have been caught smoking in Macau in places where smoking has been banned since the implementation of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Law in January 2012, according to a story in the Macau Daily Times. During that time, law enforcement inspectors have carried out 874,876 inspections at various establishments. These inspections […]

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Fake fines used to fight genuine litter problem

Fake fines used to fight genuine litter problem

| September 8, 2015

Paris, France, has launched a major campaign against cigarette butt pollution and litter in general, according to a France24 story. After unveiling 30,000 new litter bins equipped with cigarette extinguishers this spring and after distributing 15,000 free pocket ashtrays over the summer, city officials have tried to drive the message home in recent days by […]

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Export labeling changes in the Philippines

Export labeling changes in the Philippines

| September 8, 2015

The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will no longer require cigarette packs intended for export to have tax stamps affixed, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Enquirer. The BIR has ordered that, in lieu of the tax stamps, all tobacco products manufactured for export must have labels stating clearly that they are […]

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Taxation policy key to illegal trade in India

Taxation policy key to illegal trade in India

| September 7, 2015

India’s tobacco manufacturers are urging the government to adopt new policy initiatives aimed at reducing the illegal sale in cigarettes, according to a story by Writankar Mukherjee for the Economic Times. They feel that current efforts directed at surveillance and the imposition of harsher penalties cannot curb the trade. Syed Mahmood Ahmad, the director of […]

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Dutch antis move to crush last smoking enclaves

Dutch antis move to crush last smoking enclaves

| September 7, 2015

The tobacco control organisation Clean Air Nederland (CAN) has said that it is going to court to force the Dutch government to impose a total ban on smoking in cafés, bars and clubs, according to a DutchNews story. Currently, cafés can allow smoking if they have a suitable sealed-off area. Clear Air says this goes […]

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Bangladesh sets date for graphic-warning start-up

Bangladesh sets date for graphic-warning start-up

| September 7, 2015

Tobacco products sold in Bangladesh will have to carry graphic health warnings from March 19, according to a story in The Financial Express quoting an official of the Health Ministry. A program officer at the National Tobacco Control Cell, M. Mir Nabin Ekram, told a workshop on Friday that the pictures for the graphic warnings […]

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Majority oppose ban on smoking in hospital grounds

Majority oppose ban on smoking in hospital grounds

| September 7, 2015

Almost two-thirds of Scots oppose plans to impose a smoking ban in hospital grounds, according to a story by Scott MacNab for The Scotsman citing a Scottish Parliament survey. And a greater proportion of people are against plans for a £1,000 fine for anyone caught breaching the ban. The survey results come days after MSPs […]

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Smoking fines go to help children with cancer

Smoking fines go to help children with cancer

| September 7, 2015

Fines collected from people caught breaking the anti-smoking ordinance in force in Davao City, the Philippines, have been given to a halfway house in Mindanao that provides for children suffering from cancer, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. After seeking the approval of the city council, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte turned over […]

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Council’s smoking ban could be unenforceable

Council’s smoking ban could be unenforceable

| September 7, 2015

A council in England has proposed banning staff from smoking during working hours – including when they are on short breaks, according to a story in The Guardian. Nottinghamshire county council, which employs 9,000 people, said the move would improve health, reduce sick leave and increase the time spent working. Anyone who broke the rules […]

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22nd Century aims for reduced exposure recognition

22nd Century aims for reduced exposure recognition

| September 4, 2015

The 22nd Century Group said yesterday that it believed its cigarettes would become the first combustible cigarettes authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration to be marketed as reduced exposure products. President and CEO, Henry Sicignano III, said his company would submit its application to the FDA this fall and looked forward to receiving […]

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China brings in restrictive tobacco advertising rules

China brings in restrictive tobacco advertising rules

| September 4, 2015

China’s revised advertisement law, which came into force on Tuesday, bans tobacco product advertising in the mass media, in public places, and on public transportation. The new law, which was approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in April and which targets also the way in which products other than tobacco are […]

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No room for tobacco smokers in New York state

No room for tobacco smokers in New York state

| September 4, 2015

Hotels and motels in New York might no longer be able to offer smoking rooms if a bill proposed by state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski is passed, according to a CNN/Money story. The measure, which was introduced last week, was brought about because of Zebrowski’s personal experience. “I travel and spend a lot of time in […]

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Smokeless use up among US high school athletes

Smokeless use up among US high school athletes

| September 4, 2015

US high school athletes who play on sports teams smoke tobacco products at a lower rate than non-athletes, but use smokeless tobacco at a higher rate, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) in yesterday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In a press note issued through USNewswire, the […]

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Health watchdog suing e-cigarette manufacturers

Health watchdog suing e-cigarette manufacturers

| September 3, 2015

The US non-profit health watchdog, Center for Environmental Health (CEH), said yesterday that the majority of the 97 electronic cigarettes and other vaping products tested had produced high levels of the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, in violation of California safety standards. The independent laboratory testing of products from two dozen electronic cigarette manufacturers were […]

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Advertising watchdog warns over e-cigarette claims

Advertising watchdog warns over e-cigarette claims

| September 3, 2015

Consumers looking to try out electronic cigarettes need to be wary of the ‘flood of questionable ad claims on the Internet,’ according to the advertising watchdog, truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org). In a pres note issued through PRNewswire, TINA.org said that it had examined more than 150 electronic cigarette sites, including those operated by wholesalers, retailers of major […]

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Closing in on the genetics of tobacco addiction

Closing in on the genetics of tobacco addiction

| September 3, 2015

Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy (VCUSP) have identified specific sets of genetic variants that are significantly associated with cigarette addiction, according to a story by Cynthia Mcmullen for Medical Xpress. Pinpointing these genetic variants could eventually assist in identifying the biological mechanism behind nicotine addiction and in generating novel drug therapy […]

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