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Policies out of touch

Policies out of touch

| June 19, 2018

Is there something wrong with a voting system when a clearly well-balanced, fair-minded population elects a government whose polices are unbalanced and unfair?

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Listen to me, I’m an expert

Listen to me, I’m an expert

| June 19, 2018

Public opinion apparently isn’t an issue in Australia, where health policy decisions are not based on such opinions and where, presumably, people are told what to think and do by experts.

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No, no; it’s easy to quit

No, no; it’s easy to quit

| June 19, 2018

A so-called corrective statement that US tobacco manufacturers have been ordered to make, ‘It’s not easy to quit’, is the last thing a smoker should be told.

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HNBs offer positive change

HNBs offer positive change

| June 19, 2018

After decades of hand-wringing over the damage caused by smoking, many authorities seem intent on undermining what to many people looks like one of the best solutions on offer.

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Prices heading south

Prices heading south

| June 18, 2018

With the current direction of travel of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco sales, growers will end up this year having received a lower average price than they did in 1996.

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Ingredients labeling sought

Ingredients labeling sought

| June 18, 2018

The American Medical Association could have increased the impact of its vaping press note if it had identified the research to which it refers.

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False warnings planned

False warnings planned

| June 18, 2018

A plan to include on packs of heat-not-burn products the same warnings as those on packs of combustible cigarettes is in line with the trend for alternative facts.

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Brussels threat to Belgium

Brussels threat to Belgium

| June 18, 2018

The ‘young people’ gambit is being used in Belgium to open what can only be described as a piece of gesture politics.

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Taken to the cleaners

Taken to the cleaners

| June 15, 2018

It was inevitable that tobacco manufacturers, which have allowed themselves to become sitting ducks in respect of litter, would be targeted by those with concerns for the environment.

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More evidence on IQOS

More evidence on IQOS

| June 15, 2018

A six-month clinical study by Philip Morris International is said to have shown that there are improvements in the biological response of people who switch to IQOS rather than continue smoking.

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Panic stalks the land

Panic stalks the land

| June 15, 2018

Although vaping in the US has failed to become an epidemic among young people, opponents are maintaining an orange-level panic because that’s what they do best.

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Cigarette sales falling

Cigarette sales falling

| June 15, 2018

Despite the apparent slowdown in demand for heat-not-burn products in Japan, domestic sales of Japan Tobacco’s traditional cigarettes are still falling freely.

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FDA deadline nears

FDA deadline nears

| June 15, 2018

Manufacturers of ‘deemed tobacco products’ have until the end of this month to provide the US Food and Drug Administration with lists of their tobacco products.

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Delivering confusion

Delivering confusion

| June 14, 2018

Confusion is the enemy of good health, but the EU continues to put out mixed messages about whether or not smoking high-delivery cigarettes is more-risky than smoking low-delivery products.

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Another day, another panic

Another day, another panic

| June 14, 2018

Electronic cigarettes seem to instil in some authorities a sense of panic that is not detectable in the case of far-more-risky combustible cigarettes.

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Manufacturing a problem

Manufacturing a problem

| June 14, 2018

The machinery of government seems to have allowed the means of production of counterfeit cigarettes to enter the Philippines, and questions are being asked.

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Support for leaf export levy

Support for leaf export levy

| June 14, 2018

A claim that encouraging leaf tobacco exports from Bangladesh would discourage the domestic consumption of tobacco products seems to stretch credulity.

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Prices increased marginally

Prices increased marginally

| June 13, 2018

Zimbabwe’s 20-year wait for an increase in the average grower price for its flue-cured tobacco seems likely to become a 21-year wait by the end of this sales season.

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Price increase in Japan

Price increase in Japan

| June 13, 2018

A manufacturer price-increase on cigarettes will be ushered in along with a tax rise in Japan later this year.

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E-liquids – the reality

E-liquids – the reality

| June 13, 2018

Retailers in the Australian state of New South Wales seem to be taking a more grown-up attitude to nicotine-containing e-liquids than are the local health authorities.

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