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Ferrari Once Again Pulls Mission Winnow’s Totally-Not-Tobacco Logos Off its F1 Cars

Cigarette ads are banned in Formula One. Yet Marlboro's owner is still trying—and constantly failing—to hold real estate on Ferrari's car. Cigarette advertisements have been banned from Formula 1 for over a decade. Since 2006, no car can bear advertisements for cigarettes, tobacco, or tobacco products. And still, in 2021, a division of one of...

India: Cancer survivors urge PM Modi to ban tobacco sale

BENGALURU: With the Covid third wave predicted to hit by October, cancer survivors from  Bengaluru have demanded that the central and state governments bring amendment to the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), impose ban on tobacco sales and strictly enforce the ban on smoking and spitting in public places. In a letter to Prime...

Big Tobacco exploit dairy owners in cynical attempt to derail smokefree policy

Late yesterday afternoon, Hāpai Te Hauora sent a tweet in response to NZ Herald’s article: Revealed: Big Tobacco behind dairy owners postcard protest at Parliament. The response from Hāpai says "Disappointed - yet not surprised, that Big Tobacco are using dairy owners to lead their agenda to continue to kill New Zealanders. Hāpai Te Hauora Chief...

Revealed: Big Tobacco behind dairy owners’ postcard protest at Parliament

Postcards from dairy owners protesting against restrictions on selling cigarettes appear to have been supplied by British American Tobacco. The postcards - "thousands of them", according to Act deputy leader Brooke van Velden - were delivered to her this morning on Parliament's forecourt. They follow the release of the Government's proposals for Smokefree Aotearoa 2025, which...

New WHO report shows how manufacturers attempt to avoid regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products

A new WHO report “Litigation relevant to regulation of novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products: comparison across jurisdictions” offers governments examples of the legal arguments that industry has used in attempts to evade or minimize regulation, as well as how courts have addressed those arguments. In recent years, regulation of novel and emerging nicotine...

Bangladesh: Tobacco tax — for better public health or tobacco companies’ profitability?

The finance minister proposed a mega budget on the eve of the golden jubilee of independence of the country. Even though the budget offers some good features including increasing coverage of safety-net, reduction in corporate tax to boost industrial growth, ten years' tax holiday for establishing hospitals outside of big cities to incentivise decentralisation...

Germany approves tobacco and e-cigarette tax hike

Smokers - of both electronic cigarettes and the regular variety - will have to reach deeper into their pockets in the coming year, after the German Bundestag signed off a bill to raise taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco heaters.  Smoking in Germany to get more expensive in 2022 On Friday morning, the Bundestag waved through...

China: Reporting system launched in Shanghai to encourage residents to participate in tobacco control

With big data technology, people in Shanghai are encouraged to participate in tobacco control and build a smoke-free city via a reporting system launched in Shanghai on Monday. Shanghai residents can now report problems related to tobacco control in public venues including office buildings, shopping malls and dining places with the launch of the "tobacco...

Jamaica: Work On Tobacco Control Bill Progressing Well

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the work of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Tobacco Control Bill is progressing well. The Minister told JIS News that he has seen “progress” in the submissions from several interest groups and that the manufacturing company, Carreras Group, is scheduled to...

UK: MPs urge for stricter tobacco regulations

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health is seeking stricter tobacco regulations against what it believes to be a “tobacco epidemic”. The MPs are calling for the age of sale on cigarettes to rise from 18 to 21 by 2030. They hope by raising the age, it will reduce the amount of young...