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Tag: "UK"

Smoking test for UK mothers-to-be

May 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Expectant mothers in the U.K. will be asked to take breath tests to show whether or not they have been smoking during their pregnancies, according to a number of media stories. About 20 percent of women are estimated to smoke while pregnant, which is said to lead to low birth weights and to cause complications […]

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UK plain packaging plan goes up in smoke

May 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has scrapped plans to force all cigarettes to be sold in plain packs, according to a story published today in The Sun. Health ministers had been considering the move for a year. Proponents had insisted making packages bland would put smokers off — and stop kids from picking up the habit. Cameron initially backed the plan, but has […]

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Plain packaging a £5 billion gorilla for UK taxpayer?

April 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

U.K. taxpayers could face a £5 billion ($7.67 billion) bill if ministers insist cigarettes are sold in plain packages. The money would be awarded by courts to tobacco companies in recognition of the fact that the government had destroyed their brand equity, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, as reported on the This is Money website. […]

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Inconvenience: Philip Morris report says plain packaging could cost 30,000 jobs

April 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Thousands of jobs could be lost if plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products is introduced, according to a story in the South Wales Evening Post, citing a report released and commissioned by Philip Morris Ltd. The report suggests up to 30,000 of the 182,300 jobs in Britain’s small, independent retailers are at risk and concludes tobacco […]

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Further delay to UK e-cigarette regulations

April 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

The UK government’s plans to license e- cigarettes have been delayed further, according to a story in the Times Of London. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency began a consultation in February 2010, but it said in March 2011 that it would take another 18 months to gather greater evidence on the health risks […]

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