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Indonesia urged to commit all tobacco tax to health

Indonesia urged to commit all tobacco tax to health

| July 24, 2015

The Indonesian Finance Ministry is being urged to earmark all tobacco tax revenue for the health budget because the health sector is said to be heavily burdened by tobacco-related medical issues, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Health Ministry secretary-general Untung Suseno Sutarjo was quoted as saying that such a policy would be […]

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WHO chief congratulates Turkmen president

WHO chief congratulates Turkmen president

| July 24, 2015

Turkmenistan is the country with the lowest proportion of smokers, eight percent, according to a Geo News (Pakistan) story quoting the World Health Organization’s director general, Dr. Margaret Chan. “Recently a WHO overview showed that in Turkmenistan only eight percent of the population smokes,” Chan told the country’s President, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. “This is the lowest […]

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Union pressure over Essentra’s UK factory closure

Union pressure over Essentra’s UK factory closure

| July 24, 2015

Following Essentra’s announcement that it is planning to close its UK filters factory on South Tyneside by the end of this year, the Unite union has said it will leave ‘no stone unturned’ in its bid to save jobs, according to a Shields Gazette story relayed by the TMA. Unite’s regional officer, Mark Sanderson, said […]

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Top management tip: don’t call your customers idiots

Top management tip: don’t call your customers idiots

| July 23, 2015

A health expert has taken issue with a cartoon in Tobacco Control Journal that depicts vapers as idiots. In his blog, The Rest of the Story, Dr. Michael Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, asks: ‘Why is Tobacco Control making fun of vapers and calling […]

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Pot smoking up but health campaigns ‘working’

Pot smoking up but health campaigns ‘working’

| July 23, 2015

In reacting to news that cigarette smoking and alcohol use is stable or declining among US teenagers, but that marijuana use is on the rise, a health expert has declared that public health campaigns are working. In a piece on the Penn State University website, Victoria M. Indivero cited health statistics researchers as having found […]

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Bill stripped of standardized packaging requirement

Bill stripped of standardized packaging requirement

| July 23, 2015

The French Senate’s Social Affairs Committee yesterday removed a clause from a proposed health bill that would have required standardized tobacco packaging, according to a story in the Guardian relayed by the TMA. The committee instead passed an amendment requiring tobacco-pack health warnings to be made larger, in line with the new EU Tobacco Products […]

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