Tag: australia

WTO upholds plain packs

WTO upholds plain packs

| May 5, 2017

The World Trade Organization is believed to have upheld Australia’s imposition of standardized tobacco packs, which first appeared there towards the end of 2012.

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Another illicit crop busted

Another illicit crop busted

| May 2, 2017

Another major illicit tobacco crop has been destroyed in Australia, where soaring cigarette prices are enticing criminals into commercial-scale growing.

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Criminals growing their own

Criminals growing their own

| April 27, 2017

In Australia, where tobacco production is illegal, the soaring prices of cigarettes is encouraging some criminals to start growing the crop on a commercial scale.

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Prices taxing for vulnerable

Prices taxing for vulnerable

| April 26, 2017

There seems to be growing concern even outside tobacco-industry circles about the negative effects that cigarette tax hikes have on many vulnerable smokers.

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Widow to be compensated

Widow to be compensated

| April 18, 2017

The Royal Australian Navy has been found by a tribunal to have contributed significantly to a young sailor’s having taken up tobacco smoking, which is said to have led to his death.

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Australia taxing the poor

Australia taxing the poor

| April 12, 2017

There seems to be a growing realization that taxing financially-poor smokers to fill the holes in governments’ budgets is less than fair – is majoritarianism at its worst.

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Even plainer packaging

Even plainer packaging

| March 7, 2017

A cigarette soft pack that was included inside a ‘plain pack’ will not be the subject of punitive action in Australia. In fact, the soft pack, in metallic silver, was plainer than the ‘plain pack’.

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Nicotine ban ‘unethical’

Nicotine ban ‘unethical’

| March 6, 2017

A ban on nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes in Australia has been described as ‘unethical’, ‘unscientific’, ‘political’, ‘emotional’ and ‘ideological’. But there’s still time to reverse it.

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E-cigs a ‘no-brainer’

E-cigs a ‘no-brainer’

| March 2, 2017

It is often said that cigarette taxes are raised to ‘encourage’ smokers to quit, but people aren’t encouraged with sticks. Encouragement comes in the form of alternative products.

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‘Horrifying’ experiments

‘Horrifying’ experiments

| March 1, 2017

A story in Australia has told of the shock expressed at the treatment of mice still being used in cigarette-smoke experiments, but such experiments are now being used for vapor products too.

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Where contraband costs more

Where contraband costs more

| February 22, 2017

A tobacco-smoking ban in prisons in the Australian state of New South Wales seems not to have eliminated smoking, but it has raised the price of tobacco products enormously.

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iQOS hurdle in Australia

iQOS hurdle in Australia

| February 17, 2017

In Australia, as in many other countries, smokers are being left to burn while the authorities fiddle with the definitions of alternative products, and smoking and vaping.

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E-cig ban a harsh blow

E-cig ban a harsh blow

| February 15, 2017

In Queensland, Australia, you can be fined up to A$9,108 for possessing nicotine for vaping; but it’s okay because nicotine is available through cigarettes, which are freely available.

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JTI calls for transparency on plain-packaging report

JTI calls for transparency on plain-packaging report

| October 6, 2015

The Australian government has not yet published its Post-Implementation Review (PIR) regarding plain-packaging six months after the conclusion of the consultation period. This delay in publishing has raised concerns about the integrity of the report and caused concerns that its authors could be misrepresenting data or omitting evidence in order to ensure the country’s plain-packaging […]

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Ukraine drops plain-packaging lawsuit against Australia

Ukraine drops plain-packaging lawsuit against Australia

| June 4, 2015

Ukraine has suspended the legal proceedings it brought against Australia through the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012, which claimed the country’s plain-packaging laws were trade-restrictive. Instead, the Eastern European nation—which received financial support from British American Tobacco to pursue litigation—has stated it will attempt to seek a mutually agreed-upon solution with Australia to resolve […]

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Aussies to jack up tobacco tax in 2014

Aussies to jack up tobacco tax in 2014

| May 14, 2013

The price of a pack of cigarettes will rise by about $0.07 next year in Australia, according to a story in the Herald Sun. The increase will see the government face a potential re-election tussle with tobacco companies and retailers, who are still smarting over plain packaging laws. Cigarettes were the only sin tax targeted by […]

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Diggers reject mine sites smoking ban

Diggers reject mine sites smoking ban

| May 14, 2013

A call by the Cancer Council for smoking to be banned at all West Australian (WA) mines sites has been rejected, according to an Australian Associated Press report. The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) has said that a ban would cause resentment. WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum data show smoking rates in the […]

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Cuba joins fight over Aussie plain packaging rules

Cuba joins fight over Aussie plain packaging rules

| May 6, 2013

Cuba has become the latest country to launch a legal attack on Australia’s landmark plain packaging rules for tobacco at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The laws came into effect last December and mean cigarettes can only be sold in brown packages with graphic health warnings. The WTO says Cuba has requested consultations with Australia […]

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Australian fund gets tough on TOMRA’s tobacco ties

Australian fund gets tough on TOMRA’s tobacco ties

| April 23, 2013

An Australian superannuation and investment fund is leading an international effort to pressure a Norwegian machinery maker to leave the tobacco  industry. In what amounts to a new front in the war against tobacco, Australian Ethical will put forward a resolution on Monday at the annual general meeting of Norwegian company TOMRA, demanding it stop selling tobacco sorting […]

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Less drinking, smoking causes Aussies more problems

Less drinking, smoking causes Aussies more problems

| April 16, 2013

A major research project has found that Australians have cut down on smoking and drinking, but they’ve gained weight and become more anxious. A survey by Roy Morgan Research of 50,000 Australians every year, over five years, has found 1.1 million fewer glasses of alcoholic drinks are being consumed a week and 134,000 fewer people smoke compared with 2007, according to […]

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