Tag: australia

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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Non-disclosure “absurd”

Non-disclosure “absurd”

| July 12, 2017

The Australian government has been called on to oppose the inclusion of the international tribunal system’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision in trade agreements.

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PM to pay for PP challenge

PM to pay for PP challenge

| July 11, 2017

The challenge was relatively costly and ultimately it failed, but the tobacco industry had little option but to try to overturn the first standardized packaging law to come into force.

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Smokers out in the cold

Smokers out in the cold

| June 28, 2017

In Canberra, Australia, smoking is to be banned at bus stops, taxi shelters, train stations and light rail stops, while vaping is apparently to be banned only at bus stops.

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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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