Category: Packaging

Limit on warning obligation

Limit on warning obligation

| April 4, 2018

Because EU directives and German law refer only to cigarette health warnings on packs, there is no obligation on retailers to ensure those warnings can be seen when they are on their shelves.

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Plain packaging attacked

Plain packaging attacked

| March 28, 2018

A claim that a rule that offends against intellectual property rights should be repealed even if it proves to be an effective health tool might need to be examined.

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New warnings published

New warnings published

| March 7, 2018

Smokers in the Philippines are to be warned that cigarette ingredients are used in embalming fluid. But perhaps it’s never too early to start the preservation process.

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Lock them up – healthily

Lock them up – healthily

| March 5, 2018

‘Health advocates’ in the Philippines are seemingly impatient to have people locked up because of non-compliance with new tobacco-product health-warning regulations.

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Considering plain packs

Considering plain packs

| February 12, 2018

In declaring that the state should protect its citizens against tobacco as it does against crimes such as theft, the President of Turkey seems to have ignored the fact that tobacco use is legal.

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Tracking an export ban

Tracking an export ban

| February 8, 2018

A question has been raised about the possible de facto ban on the export of cigarettes from the EU to countries that won’t accept track-and-trace coding on tobacco packaging.

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Graphic pack proposal

Graphic pack proposal

| February 5, 2018

The trouble with public consultations on tobacco issues is that non-users are in the majority and they are happy to impose on users the tyranny of the majority.

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Mevius blossoms in Japan

Mevius blossoms in Japan

| January 24, 2018

In Japan, it is still possible for a cigarette manufacturer to issue special-edition packs; and what could be more uplifting in the Japanese spring than the sight of cherry blossom?

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Tracking defended

Tracking defended

| January 11, 2018

In part, the EU defends its tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system by citing obligations to a World Health Organization protocol that has received very little support.

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Warnings case to continue

Warnings case to continue

| January 10, 2018

The battle over India’s 85 percent tobacco-products health-warnings, which has been fought on and off since 2014, is due to be resumed in March.

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Warnings of little concern

Warnings of little concern

| January 8, 2018

The threat of bigger graphic health warnings in South Korea is not causing too much concern among cigarette manufacturers. Smokers might feel otherwise.

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Graphic HNB warnings?

Graphic HNB warnings?

| January 5, 2018

It will be interesting to see what will be depicted if, as suggested, South Korea requires ‘stronger pictorial warnings’ on heat-not-burn products.

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Name change mooted

Name change mooted

| January 5, 2018

Molins PLC is considering changing its name to Mpac Group PLC, a name ‘aligned to its new strategic direction’.

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Bigger warnings sought

Bigger warnings sought

| January 4, 2018

A poll on cigarette-pack graphic-warnings was weighted towards non-smokers. Even so, the adults in favor of increasing the size of such warnings only just outnumbered those against.

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Small retailers cry foul

Small retailers cry foul

| December 22, 2017

India’s small-scale retailers believe that their bigger rivals are working with anti-tobacco activists to take their customers.

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Huge warnings struck down

Huge warnings struck down

| December 18, 2017

The passage into law of India’s regulations requiring 85-percent tobacco-packaging warnings was convoluted, and now these warnings have been struck down by a court.

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Tracking rules adopted

Tracking rules adopted

| December 18, 2017

If the EU had put as much effort into supporting lower-risk products as it has into its tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system; the need for the latter would have melted away.

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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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