Category: Regulation

Funding healthcare shortfall

Funding healthcare shortfall

| August 2, 2019

A proposed increase in taxes on alcohol, heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes in the Philippines will raise close to PHP370 billion ($7.17 billion)—enough to cover the funding gap for healthcare services.

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Railways seek smoking ban

Railways seek smoking ban

| July 31, 2019

ProRail wants to ban smoking at all train stations in the Netherlands.

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Plain packaging in Uruguay

Plain packaging in Uruguay

| July 30, 2019

Uruguay will require plain tobacco packaging starting January 2020 to discourage smoking, Uruguay’s Public Health Minister Jorge Basso said on Monday.

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Larger warnings coming

Larger warnings coming

| July 29, 2019

South Korea’s health ministry has announced that the graphic warnings on cigarette packs will be enlarged starting in 2020.

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WHO in no doubt

WHO in no doubt

| July 29, 2019

Cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful,” according to a new report by the World Health Organization.

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Sales ban contemplated

Sales ban contemplated

| June 19, 2019

San Francisco city supervisors are considering whether to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes a part of an effort to crack down on youth vaping.

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Loose change

Loose change

| June 3, 2019

Presumably, one of the reasons for the Maldives having stopped the sale of single cigarettes has to do with the coming requirement for graphic health warnings on tobacco packs.

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License to smoke

License to smoke

| June 3, 2019

A story about the introduction of licenses for cafés in Saudi Arabia offering smoking products makes no mention, beyond revenue collection, of why the licences are being introduced.

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Boys and girls will be …

Boys and girls will be …

| March 29, 2019

A survey of schoolchildren has shown that, as would be expected, they are drawn to products they are not supposed to consume. Illegal and new products are the biggest draws.

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E-cigs to be legalized

E-cigs to be legalized

| March 28, 2019

The legalization of vaping products in the Seychelles is a great step forward for smokers, even though these products will come under the country’s tobacco control law.

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When better isn’t best

When better isn’t best

| March 27, 2019

The EU Commissioner for health says it is better to use smoking cessation aids such as Nicorette than electronic cigarettes. But this begs the question: what does he mean by better?

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A difficult question

A difficult question

| March 26, 2019

Tobacco manufacturers trying to switch smokers to less risky products are often asked why they don’t simply stop selling combustible cigarettes. That question can be redirected.

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Rights polluted

Rights polluted

| March 26, 2019

Pollution violates the right to life and health because people cannot choose whether or not to breath the air around them. Smoking tobacco is optional.

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Andorra raises price issue

Andorra raises price issue

| March 26, 2019

A question has been raised about tobacco-product prices as Andorra moves toward deepening its trading relationship with the EU.

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FDA final guidance

FDA final guidance

| March 25, 2019

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a final guidance on tobacco-package labels and the modification of electronic cigarettes by vape shops.

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Problem cannot be patched

Problem cannot be patched

| March 22, 2019

Tobacco-smoking relapse rates for released prisoners would suggest that providing snus rather than nicotine patches and lozenges would be a better approach in smoke-free prisons.

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E-cig epidemic explodes

E-cig epidemic explodes

| March 21, 2019

On March 6, the US FDA was said to be ‘catching the beginning of an epidemic’ [of vaping among young people]. It failed. By March 19, it was ‘capturing an exploding epidemic…’

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E-cig ban proposed

E-cig ban proposed

| March 21, 2019

If electronic cigarettes were found to be as potentially dangerous as combustible cigarettes, would San Francisco be happy for the former to take their place alongside the latter on retail shelves?

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Round one to e-cigarettes

Round one to e-cigarettes

| March 20, 2019

Common sense seems to have been knocked unconscious when it is argued that, since e-cigarettes assist smokers to quit, they are defined as a drug and should be banned.

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Looking for change

Looking for change

| March 19, 2019

Given what we know about the health effects of smoking tobacco, steps must be taken to discourage the uptake of cigarettes in countries were smoking is currently relatively low.

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