Tag: australia

Plainly not working

Plainly not working

| December 8, 2017

Some people suggested that introducing standardized tobacco packaging would become easier as more countries did so. But that argument assumed that standardized packaging would work.

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It’s all very tortured

It’s all very tortured

| December 5, 2017

One of the problems of trying to get to the truth of something is that it seems to be generally accepted that there are such things as ‘false facts’ – untruths that are truths.

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Marking five-year failure

Marking five-year failure

| December 1, 2017

Since Australia was the first country to require standardized tobacco packaging, its policy initiative was largely a shot in the dark. Others now have evidence on which to judge such policies.

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Plain packaging not working

Plain packaging not working

| November 30, 2017

Possibly the most worrying finding from a recent poll is that 80 percent of Australians believe the government would ignore evidence if it contradicted a preferred policy.

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More litigation sought

More litigation sought

| November 20, 2017

There seems to be a growing clamour for governments or their agents to sue tobacco manufacturers over health-care costs.

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Australia under e-pressure

Australia under e-pressure

| November 14, 2017

Australia is coming under increasing pressure to reverse its opposition to allowing the use of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool.

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Warning on filters

Warning on filters

| October 17, 2017

In a story published in Australia, cigarette filters have been charged with being counter-productive and a burden on the environment.

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Public statements sought

Public statements sought

| October 16, 2017

There is a widely-held view that tobacco companies will bear the costs of publishing so-called ‘corrective’ statements, whereas it is surely the smokers who will pay.

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Australia is guiding light

Australia is guiding light

| October 10, 2017

With its smoking prevalence at 11 percent, Australia is seen as a country whose tobacco-control strategies should be followed by others.

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Call to ban cigarettes

Call to ban cigarettes

| October 5, 2017

An Australian health researcher says the rapid evolution of alternative nicotine products is providing an opportunity for a viable, outright ban on combustible tobacco products.

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Call to pay quitters

Call to pay quitters

| October 3, 2017

Providing people with financial incentives to quit smoking is said to be one of the most effective and cost-effective strategies.

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Threat of major lawsuit

Threat of major lawsuit

| October 2, 2017

An organization in Australia is seeking legal advice on whether it should launch a lawsuit seeking billions of dollars in compensation from tobacco companies.

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Mice given third degree

Mice given third degree

| September 19, 2017

A recent study has apparently found that ‘third-hand’ smoke can induce changes in markers of health – in mice housed in cages with ‘curtain material, upholstery and carpet’.

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End-game restarted

End-game restarted

| August 24, 2017

A proposal to ban in Tasmania, Australia, the sale of cigarettes to people born after 2000 would be unreasonable only if young adults were not offered a replacement.

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Running out of steam

Running out of steam

| August 15, 2017

Australia’s hostility to electronic cigarettes could be one reason why the country’s punitive smoking-prevention policies are running out of steam.

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Customs officers charged

Customs officers charged

| August 10, 2017

The arrest in Australia of a Customs officer and a former Customs employee have raised questions about how the influence of a family was allowed to permeate Customs for many years.

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Criminals given “leg-up”

Criminals given “leg-up”

| August 9, 2017

One Australian backbencher believes that as well as turbocharging the illegal trade in cigarettes, regular increases in tobacco taxes could be pushing young people toward ‘other drugs’.

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An education in smoking

An education in smoking

| July 25, 2017

A head teacher at a school in Australia allows her students to smoke during breaks because that’s what it takes to get them to stay at school and continue their studies.

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Psychiatrists say lift e-ban

Psychiatrists say lift e-ban

| July 24, 2017

Nicotine-delivering electronic cigarettes could offer significant health benefits to people with mental illnesses in Australia – if they weren’t ­banned.

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E-liquid policy must change

E-liquid policy must change

| July 13, 2017

An Australian parliamentary committee is hearing from experts about how the health risks of electronic cigarettes and combustible cigarettes compare, and how such products should be regulated.

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