Category: World news

E-Cigarettes Have Secondhand Adverse Effects

Tweet SAN DIEGO — Almost one-third of adverse-event reports for e-cigarettes are related to secondhand exposure, according to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis. The numbers are increasing, and complaints are consistent with airway irritation, nicotine exposure, and possible nicotine toxicity. “We need to start to understand these products better, not only in users, where we have very few data, but also in nonusers,” s ... Jump to full article >>

Plain cigarette packs ‘encourage smokers to quit’

Tweet Selling cigarettes in unbranded packs seems to make tobacco less appealing and encourages smokers to quit, suggests a study. The work comes from Australia – the first country to introduce plain packaging. The BMJ Open research looked at the impact of the policy on 536 smokers in the state of Victoria. The findings come days after ministers were criticised for putting on hold a plan to impose plain packs in England. Downing Street deni ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco giants fight ‘smoking guns’

Tweet Plaintiffs say memos are ‘game-changers’ A Canadian tobacco company will be in Quebec Court of Appeal Friday in a bid to prevent damaging internal documents from being submitted during a class-action trial in which the province’s smokers are seeking $27 billion in damages from the industry. Witnesses in the trial are being shown documents – referred to as “smoking guns” by the plaintiffs – that they received in the course of t ... Jump to full article >>

Concord bans smoking, tobacco in parks

Tweet CONCORD, NC — Cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris is gone and now smoking is on its way out, too, as Concord City Council bans smoking and the use of tobacco products from city parks. Concord City Council voted 4-3 Thursday to ban smoking and tobacco use from the city’s parks to encourage healthier choices for residents and to reduce the effect of secondhand smoke on the children and adults who use the parks. Council members Dr. H ... Jump to full article >>

Australia passes plain-packaging cigarette law

Tweet Australia is to become the first country to enforce the plain packaging of cigarettes but tobacco companies have vowed to fight the new legislation in court. From December next year, all cigarettes will be sold in olive green packs, which research has shown is least appealing to smokers. Under the new laws, approved by the upper house of parliament, no trademark brand logos will be permitted on any packaging of tobacco products, although co ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco tax to increase

Tweet The Health Bureau (SS) has plans to raise the tobacco tax prior to the anti-smoking law becoming effective on January 1, 2012. SS director Lei Chin Ion told reporters yesterday the bureau has proposed a rise in the tax to the Economic Services Bureau and is now working on several administrative regulations to accompany the anti-smoking law, according to TDM news. The anti-smoking law was published yesterday in the Official Gazette. The law ... Jump to full article >>

China bans smoking in public venues — in theory

Tweet BEIJING — China launches a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces Sunday but the effort is widely viewed as vague and half-hearted and few expect it to have much of an impact in the tobacco-addicted country. The nationwide prohibition is designed to bring China — which has more than 300 million smokers, roughly equal to the entire population of the United States — more in line with health regulations in developed countries. Bu ... Jump to full article >>

Japan Tobacco Staggers Back Following Quake

Tweet SENDAI, Japan—As shops slowly reopen along Japan’s tsunami-hit northeastern coast, many residents still aren’t finding one of the products they crave most: cigarettes. The shortages represent the latest supply-chain breakdown in Japan—and a headache for Japan Tobacco Inc., which for decades has dominated Japan’s tobacco market. The March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out two of Japan Tobacco’s six cigarette- ... Jump to full article >>

China renews push to ban smoking starting May 1

Tweet BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities are renewing a push to ban smoking in indoor public places, adding more venues like hotels and restaurants as of May 1, though still excluding many workplaces. The guidelines given on the Health Ministry’s website are the latest effort to curb tobacco use in the country with the world’s largest number of smokers and where experts say huge revenues from the state-owned tobacco monopoly ... Jump to full article >>

Polish Police arrest 32 in huge illegal cigarette factory raid

Tweet WARSAW, POLAND : Polish Police on Tuesday arrested 32 people after raiding a huge illegal cigarette factory near Warsaw, Poland, disrupting plans by an international criminal gang to enter the European Union (EU) market with millions of illegal cigarettes During the operation, authorities also seized cigarette making machinery and materials, including over 50 tons of cut tobacco and a consignment of nearly 5 million cigarettes, which had al ... Jump to full article >>