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Sales and Service Tax (SST) for cigarettes has been gazetted at 10% as of Aug 29, and this will cause the prices of cigarette to increase.

British American Tobacco (M) Bhd (BAT) managing director Erik Stoel said the company is concerned about the impact that the 10% SST will have on the cigarette industry, given the high incidence of illegal cigarettes.

 

He urged the Government to re-consider an SST increase on tobacco products "in light of these high levels of illegal cigarette trade [...]

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An estimated 11,864 unborn babies are exposed to harm from tobacco each year in Wales. And worryingly, as many as 16% of women continue the habit throughout their pregnancy – the highest of all the UK nations. Now midwives across Wales are raising awareness of the dangers of smoking and providing access to support to help pregnant mums-to-be quit. Smoking while pregnant puts both mother and baby at risk of significant harm. In fact, it doubles the chances of the baby being stillborn or having a heart defect.

 

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Electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs has plans to convert Canada’s five million adult smokers to loyal vapers amid a storm of controversy in the U.S. for its addictive qualities and youth appeal that’s leaving a sour taste among health workers and youth groups in Canada. The San Francisco-based company said its expansion follows Canadian law Bill S-5, which legalized the sale of vaping products to those 19 years and older in Canada as of May this year. [...]

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The number of teens who reported using tobacco products declined from 4.5 million to 3.6 million from 2011 to 2017 [...] You might think that health activists and their allies in the press would be celebrating this reality. You would be wrong. Many activists have chosen to simply ignore the large declines in tobacco and e-cigarette use, pointing instead to the availability of flavored e-cigarette products and the rise of independent competitors to Big Tobacco like Juul.

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The Centre’s decision to ban e-cigarettes has been welcomed by doctors and health professionals in the city, who believe it is long due. Responding, Dr Satayanarayana Mysore, head of the department of interventional pulmonology and sleep medicine at Manipal Hospitals in the city, says the ban on e-cigarettes is a positive step as they have several side effects. “Considering how harmful they are, they must be completely avoided,” he adds.

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Fifteen years ago, a Chinese pharmacist sparked a global innovation race to end smoking by inventing a safer, more appealing way for smokers to get the nicotine they desire without the smoke that may kill them–the modern day e-cigarette.

Thousands of companies are now creating jobs and wealth competing to make quitting cigarettes easier, cheaper and more enjoyable. But smokers trying to switch to vaping face a host of obstacles. FDA regulation threatens to wipe out most e-cigarette businesses in a matter of years. [...]

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Cities across Ohio are raising the minimum age for tobacco product sales to 21 — a movement that advocates say could lead to a decline in smoking.

Cleveland, Columbus and Akron have all raised the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21. They are among more than 330 cities and counties across 21 states that have enacted such measures, according to Tobacco 21, an initiative by the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation.

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Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth® at the University of Texas at Dallas investigated the effects on the brain of concurrent cannabis and nicotine use, versus the use of solely cannabis and solely nicotine.

The results [...] show that not only were the effects in these three categories different, but also that the group using both nicotine and cannabis more closely resembled the control (non-user) group in brain connectivity. The isolated nicotine and isolated cannabis users showed equally less connectivity in general.

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Thailand's ban on cigarette smoking at all public beaches is not only meant to reduce waste but also protect visitors' health, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Department of Marine and Coastal Resources Director General Jatuporn Burutphat confirmed that the smoking ban at the public beaches will certainly deter the littering of wasteful cigarette butts and keep beachgoers from inhaling cigarette smoke.

Besides, the department chief said, cigarette butts contain nicotine and arsenic, [...]

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India’s federal health ministry called on Tuesday for stopping the sale or import of electronic cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco devices that companies like Philip Morris International Inc were planning to launch in the country. India has stringent laws to deter tobacco use, which the government says kills more than 900,000 people every year. But the country still has 106 million adult smokers, second only to China according to the World Health Organization.

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More and more Americans are putting out their cigarettes—for good.
The overall cigarette smoking rate among U.S. adults has hit an all-time low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary data from the National Health Interview Survey showed that smoking rates declined from 15.5 percent in 2016 to 13.9 percent in 2017.

"Cigarette smoking among adults has been on a downward trajectory for decades," said Brian King, [...]

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Figures released by NHS Digital show that just over one third (38 per cent) of smokers living in the Dorset County Council area who pledged to give up smoking managed to do so.

This ranks as having the 15th lowest rate of people successfully quitting smoking of English local authority areas.

However, was the county was below the national average of 51 per cent.

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ET Intelligence Group: India has joined countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Uruguay and Cambodia in banning electronic cigarettes. What does it mean to the country’s top cigarettes makerer ITC?
The blanket ban on import, manufacture and sale of ecigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems, which are gaining ground with young smokers globally, has nipped ITC’s plans of entering the space in the bud, [...]

 

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E-cigarette use is prevalent among U.S. adults, especially among men; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT); those who are unemployed; and those with chronic disease. E-cigarette use was also more common among those living in the South and West. [...] Researchers [...] used the largest and most extensive dynamic health survey—the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) national survey—to determine the most up-to-date national and state-level prevalence of current e-cigarette use among U.S. adults.

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The Hong Kong government is proud of its tobacco control efforts. The rate of smoking among the adult population is now below 20 percent. Officials believe they can get the number down to below 10 percent in the years ahead.

This generally positive trend has been disrupted by new technology. Some time ago, the tobacco industry saw its business starting to decline, especially in the developed world. It started to research products that would be less harmful to users, or annoying to others.

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Marcus Steele, managing director of British American Tobacco-owned Carreras Ltd, is demanding action be taken over the huge global counterfeit cigarette market. With taxes increasing the price of cigarettes more people are turning to fake fags because they are usually 50 per cent cheaper.

[...] ‘We have found in the illegal cigarettes faeces, insects, and there is a reason for this. ‘Cigarettes have to be stored under certain conditions. We don’t even know that, in some cases, if it’s really tobacco. [...]

 

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A mining billionaire is challenging tobacco companies to take nicotine out of e-cigarettes if they want to prove they’re less harmful than regular smoking.

Andrew Forrest, who is campaigning to raise the smoking age to 21, believes the products introduce kids into smoking.

Mr Forrest tells Alan Jones while the electronic version may take out grasses and chemicals, they can still contain a very addictive chemical.

He says e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, and manufacturers are targeting kids.

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Tobacco companies are secretly advertising cigarettes on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by paying social media influencers to post images of cigarettes and smoking as part of a marketing strategy. The social media campaigns have been documented in countries that ban tobacco advertising on the internet. These campaigns also circumvent  the policies of social media companies like Facebook and Instagram that do not allow paid advertising for tobacco products on their platforms.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a “public comment of modified risk tobacco product applications (MRTPAs) for six Camel Snus smokeless tobacco products submitted by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.”
Experts at The Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, have researched the effects of smokeless tobacco and tobacco harm reduction products for more than 20 years. According to our research, the smoke in combustible cigarettes poses the biggest threat to smokers. [...]

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With Canada-wide cannabis legalization less than two months away, city hall wants to know how Calgarians feel about four areas it’s proposing as designated spots where people would be able smoke pot in public.

If approved by council, the four areas would be exempt from the city’s Cannabis Consumption Bylaw regulations, which prohibit smoking, vaping and eating marijuana products in public. The city will launch a public engagement process on Monday and provide the locations of the proposed sites.