Category: People

IQOS rumored for India

IQOS rumored for India

| June 8, 2018

It has long been said that India’s bidi smokers should switch to the more modern cigarette. But perhaps they will jump that stage and go for post-modern technology.

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Tobacco use in decline

Tobacco use in decline

| June 8, 2018

Tobacco use among young people in the US fell between 2011 and 2017, but electronic-cigarette use increased. Is there a connection here?

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Flavor ban gets the nod

Flavor ban gets the nod

| June 7, 2018

A flavors ban in the US city of San Francisco will make life an uphill struggle for local vapers and smokers looking to switch to vaping.

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Smoking population falls

Smoking population falls

| June 7, 2018

Beijing, China, is estimated to have about 3.99 million tobacco smokers, about 200,000 fewer than before strict smoking restrictions were introduced about three years ago.

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Catering for Chinese visitors

Catering for Chinese visitors

| June 7, 2018

Taking advantage of the increasing number of Chinese visitors arriving in Thailand, the Tobacco Authority of Thailand is to start marketing its own Chinese-style cigarettes.

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The lobbying circuit

The lobbying circuit

| June 6, 2018

You don’t have to like smoking to see there is a problem with the EU Commission giving taxpayers’ money to NGOs that use that money to lobby the Commission.

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HNB prices cut

HNB prices cut

| June 6, 2018

Having harvested the low-hanging consumers, the suppliers of heat-not-burn products in Japan are having to cut prices to maintain consumer interest.

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Packaging fight continues

Packaging fight continues

| June 6, 2018

The fight over standardized tobacco-product packaging, which at best has a marginal impact on consumption, seems to be a distraction. There should be a united focus on reduced-risk products.

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Ban would impair FDA plan

Ban would impair FDA plan

| June 5, 2018

Because California law prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 21, San Francisco’s proposed ban on flavored e-liquids would impact only adults trying to quit smoking.

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Tax rises not working

Tax rises not working

| June 5, 2018

In Australia, where tobacco prices are astronomically high, the fall in the number of smokers has been tiny. Perhaps it should try nicotine-delivering electronic-cigarettes.

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Call for ‘sin tax’ repeal

Call for ‘sin tax’ repeal

| June 5, 2018

Even if, as seems likely, sin is evenly distributed through society, ‘sin taxes’ impact the financially poor disproportionately.

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Smoking spaces ‘civilized’

Smoking spaces ‘civilized’

| June 5, 2018

China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration seems to make a valid point when it says that a mature society should make provision for ‘civilized smoking’.

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Flavors vote tomorrow

Flavors vote tomorrow

| June 4, 2018

If a proposed ban on flavored tobacco products is passed tomorrow; it will certainly have far-reaching negative consequences. They won’t be ‘unintended’ however.

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Estimating backwards

Estimating backwards

| June 4, 2018

Estimating the smoking rate among women on the grounds of the incidence of lung cancer among this group seems, without strong supporting evidence, to be risky.

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E-cigs, not taxes, work

E-cigs, not taxes, work

| June 4, 2018

A Summit on Harm Reduction held in the Philippines has been told of a stunningly successful support program for smokers wanting to quit by switching to vaping.

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Americas doing well, badly

Americas doing well, badly

| June 1, 2018

The Region of the Americas, where a third of countries are not implementing a single control measure, seems to be uniquely on schedule to meet a tobacco-use reduction target.

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Botswana is smoking

Botswana is smoking

| June 1, 2018

World No Tobacco Day encourages an outpouring of facts and figures – some of them seemingly alternative facts.

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Price decrease denied

Price decrease denied

| June 1, 2018

There seems to be a difference of opinion as to whether the prices of cigarettes in Malaysia are going to fall during a period of tax transition.

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High prices at slow sales

High prices at slow sales

| June 1, 2018

Although prices for leaf tobacco in Andhra Pradesh seem to be sharply up on those of 2017, growers are concerned about the slow pace of sales.

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A missed opportunity

A missed opportunity

| May 31, 2018

World No Tobacco Day is a missed opportunity because it does not get to the heart of the problem.

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