Tag: australia

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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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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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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Graphic warnings fail

Graphic warnings fail

| May 25, 2018

It is hardly surprising that graphic health warnings aren’t working in Australia. They are way over the top. They need to get real.

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Illegal trade rising

Illegal trade rising

| May 3, 2018

If governments believe they can force people to quit smoking completely by increasing the prices of cigarettes, they must believe also that tobacco addiction is not strong.

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Tasmania is smoking

Tasmania is smoking

| April 6, 2018

Tobacco- and alcohol-consumption are relatively high in the Australian state of Tasmania, but, nationally, it is the use of the illicit drug, ice, that is seen as the ‘stand-out problem’.

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Committee split on e-cigs

Committee split on e-cigs

| March 29, 2018

An Australian committee looking at the use of electronic cigarettes has taken a ‘precautionary’ position – probably the most dangerous approach of all.

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Road to recycling

Road to recycling

| March 19, 2018

Researching what can be done with the huge quantity of cigarette butts discarded each year is a road well-traveled.

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Illegal tobacco growing

Illegal tobacco growing

| March 7, 2018

Although it is illegal to grow tobacco in Australia now, the country has a history of tobacco production and some widely dispersed areas where it is known that this crop will grow.

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Agreement “quite scary”

Agreement “quite scary”

| March 6, 2018

Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions of international trade agreements have been described as “quite scary”, on the eve of the signing of a major agreement.

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Fair go mate!

Fair go mate!

| March 2, 2018

The Australian government, which has raised cigarette prices to unaffordable levels, is threatening smokers who buy illicit products with up to five years in jail, knowing those smokers are addicted.

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E-cigs work without nicotine

E-cigs work without nicotine

| February 27, 2018

People in Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, seem to be proving that vaping can help you quit smoking, even if your electronic cigarette doesn’t deliver nicotine.

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Loose tobacco in fine shape

Loose tobacco in fine shape

| February 23, 2018

Sales of fine-cut tobacco have been making headway in Australia, partly on the back of tax increases that have rendered this product competitively priced against manufactured cigarettes.

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Favoring combustibles

Favoring combustibles

| February 21, 2018

When it comes to electronic cigarettes, Western Australia seems to be headed somewhere beyond the black stump.

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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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Plain packaging not working

Plain packaging not working

| November 30, 2017

Possibly the most worrying finding from a recent poll is that 80 percent of Australians believe the government would ignore evidence if it contradicted a preferred policy.

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More litigation sought

More litigation sought

| November 20, 2017

There seems to be a growing clamour for governments or their agents to sue tobacco manufacturers over health-care costs.

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Australia under e-pressure

Australia under e-pressure

| November 14, 2017

Australia is coming under increasing pressure to reverse its opposition to allowing the use of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool.

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