Category: Sustainability

Farm worker abuse alleged

Farm worker abuse alleged

| June 3, 2019

A report in The Guardian newspaper has alleged that migrant workers have been unfairly treated in Italy’s tobacco fields.

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Grower returns squeezed

Grower returns squeezed

| March 28, 2019

Zimbabwe’s auction floor charges were recently raised overnight by more than 70 percent. Growers’ tobacco prices have remained largely unchanged for a quarter of a century. Hmm.

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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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Taxing balancing act

Taxing balancing act

| March 22, 2019

Indonesia’s Finance Minister has spoken honestly to young people about the dilemma that tobacco raises in a country where it is economically important but destructive health-wise.

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Focusing minds

Focusing minds

| March 18, 2019

The world as we know it is drinking at the last chance saloon. Sustainability needs to concentrate on the survival of the environment, and that will require regulation.

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Swings and roundabouts

Swings and roundabouts

| March 18, 2019

In Indonesia, which has a huge domestic tobacco industry that is a vital source of employment, the Government must walk a fine line between tobacco’s benefits and costs.

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Fresh thinking needed

Fresh thinking needed

| March 15, 2019

Since air pollution kills more people than are killed by tobacco smoke, perhaps the Bangkok authorities should take a fresh look at their taxation policies.

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Air pollution is top killer

Air pollution is top killer

| March 14, 2019

Now that it is known that more people are killed by air pollution than by tobacco smoke; the point that smoke is avoidable while air pollution is not might at last gain some traction.

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Concerns over environment

Concerns over environment

| February 28, 2019

The comparison below stems from the fact that the UK has three official comparators: the double-decker bus (confusingly, for length), the football pitch (area) and Wales (everything else).

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JT reducing emissions

JT reducing emissions

| February 27, 2019

Japan Tobacco met its previous long-term target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions well ahead of schedule. Now, it has an ambitious plan to take it to 2030.

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Plea for farmers

Plea for farmers

| February 11, 2019

In a country such as the Philippines, which has traditionally grown a lot of tobacco, price hikes on tobacco products are a two-edged sword.

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The impact of climate change

The impact of climate change

| February 5, 2019

The problem with trying to predict how climate change will impact businesses is that climate change is not a wholly predictable business.

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Jordan ban not working

Jordan ban not working

| January 30, 2019

Most people try to obey laws, except when they are driving of course. But many people draw the line when laws are based on misinformation and are therefore counterproductive.

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Addressing tobacco poverty

Addressing tobacco poverty

| January 29, 2019

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is addressing seriously, and at a critical time, questions of poverty among smallholder tobacco growers.

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Malawi looks to cannabis

Malawi looks to cannabis

| January 29, 2019

If Malawi decides to take the cannabis route, it should make sure that it does so only in such a way as to ensure that its farmers – and therefore society as a whole – benefit appropriately.

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A for climate change

A for climate change

| January 24, 2019

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity, and so it is encouraging to see a major tobacco company taking a lead on this issue, while also championing tobacco harm reduction.

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Tobacco business attacked

Tobacco business attacked

| January 23, 2019

A campaign to break the links between the finance and ethically-questionable industries would have merit, but it is not clear why the tobacco industry should be singled out.

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Growers need forex

Growers need forex

| January 23, 2019

It’s something of a vicious circle. Zimbabwe needs foreign currency so that it can indulge in those economic activities that earn foreign currency.

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Threat to SA’s growers

Threat to SA’s growers

| January 21, 2019

The South African Government is unlikely to heed a request to halt cigarette excise tax rises if retail prices can be increased by other means.

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Smoking ‘amnesty’ in UK

Smoking ‘amnesty’ in UK

| January 15, 2019

Just in case your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking is starting to come apart at the seams, here are some motivational tips.

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