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France to impose standardized cigarette packaging

France to impose standardized cigarette packaging

| November 27, 2015

The French parliament has narrowly passed a law to impose standardized packaging on cigarettes, according to a Euronews story. Standardized packaging, which is already used for tobacco products in Australia and which has been legislated for in Ireland and the UK, is being imposed in France from May next year in a bid to reduce […]

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High level of compliance with Beijing’s smoking ban

High level of compliance with Beijing’s smoking ban

| November 26, 2015

During the first five months of Beijing’s public-places tobacco-smoking ban, only 0.01 percent of the city’s smokers were fined for non-compliance. This extremely low level of recorded non-compliance occurred despite the authorities having set up a hotline for reporting smokers and despite the fact that almost all law enforcement personnel in Beijing were charged with […]

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Asking for a stroke gets you a pack of cigarettes

Asking for a stroke gets you a pack of cigarettes

| November 26, 2015

The South Korean government’s latest anti-smoking video is drawing strong opposition from smokers because it equates buying tobacco products with buying lung cancer, according to a story in The Korea Times. The nation’s largest smokers’ group, ‘I love Smoking,’ which has about 100,000 members, said yesterday that the Ministry of Health and Welfare ‘has violated […]

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Flue-cured tobacco prices increased in Karnataka

Flue-cured tobacco prices increased in Karnataka

| November 25, 2015

The average price paid for flue-cured tobacco during the first 35 days of auctions in Karnataka, India, at Rs138.00 per kg, was about 17 percent higher than the average price paid during the corresponding period of last year, Rs117.85 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group’s newsletter. […]

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How do you like your rat droppings – smoked or not?

How do you like your rat droppings – smoked or not?

| November 25, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration allows up to 13 ‘fragments’ of rodent excreta in a 24-ounce container of cornmeal, according to a Yahoo! Health story quoting the FDA’s Defect Levels Handbook. It allows also a maximum of nine rodent hairs in a 16-ounce container of pasta. But while these contaminants might sound distasteful, the […]

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Labor aiming to hurt the poor – for their own good

Labor aiming to hurt the poor – for their own good

| November 24, 2015

Australia’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has said that the Labor party is ‘keenly aware’ that its proposal to push the price of cigarettes to $40 a pack by 2020 would hurt the poor, according to a story by Eliza Borrello for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The government has been increasing its cigarette tax take regularly […]

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