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EU tobacco taxation: The fine line between killing smoking and illicit trade

The European Union’s plans to further increase tobacco taxation and reduce declining smoking rates across the bloc have pleased public health advocates, but the industry warns that tax revenues may be disrupted by the rise of illicit markets that flourish when taxes are high. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco taxation is an...

Big tobacco tries to stop California flavored tobacco ban

R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies filed a request Tuesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to impose an emergency order to stop California from enforcing a ban on flavored tobacco products that was overwhelmingly approved by voters earlier this month. The ban was first passed by the state legislature two years ago but it never...

Technology a Powerful Tool In The Fight Against Tobacco

At the recent World Health Summit in Berlin, the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the launch of the Tobacco Cessation Consortium. A mechanism set up to engage the private sector and other non-governmental actors, the Consortium hopes to unlock financing and enhance accessibility for support services for smokers around the globe, especially...

Tobacco taxes proposed for sustainability efforts

TOBACCO TAXES of at least 75% of the retail price should be devoted to financing sustainable development programs, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “Additional revenue and fiscal space generated through higher tobacco taxes would help governments raise resources to meet various social and economic needs, such as increasing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019)...

Hong Kong Poised to Hike Cigarette Taxes

Hong Kong authorities are likely to announce a steep rise in the price of cigarettes next year, reports The Standard. In an attempt to cut smoking prevalence to 7.8 percent by 2025 from 10.2 percent today, the special administrative region wants to increase the price of a pack of cigarettes to HKD100 ($12.82) from HKD59, Hong...

Strengthened regulation of tobacco-free venues at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Footballs won’t be the only things kicked in Qatar at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Tobacco and e-cigarettes will also be kicked out of Doha’s eight stadiums, ensuring fans can enjoy smoke-free air while sitting in their seats watching world football’s biggest event. Implementing tobacco and smoke-free measures at the FIFA World Cup™ has...

Vietnam’s cheap cigarettes make it easier to smoke, harder to discourage the habit

The average price of a cigarette pack in Vietnam is a third of the world’s and among the world’s lowest, a factor in the nation’s high smoking rate, experts say. Dao The Son, an economist and instructor at the Vietnam Commercial University in Hanoi, said Wednesday that the price of cigarettes in Vietnam was roughly...

EU ban on flavoured heated tobacco products comes into force

The European Commission (EC) said on November 23 that it welcomes today’s entry into force of the ban on flavoured heated tobacco products. This ban responds to the significant increase of sales of these tobacco products across the EU, the EC said. It would help achieve the goal set out in Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to create a “tobacco-free Generation”,...

Ministers plan more restrictions on tobacco sales, smoking zones

The government is planning to impose further restrictions on the sale of tobacco, and next year will be the last cigarettes can be sold by supermarkets, if junior health minister Maarten van Ooijen has his way. According to the Telegraaf, Van Ooijen aims to ensure that within 10 years, cigarettes are only sold in...

Millions of teens admit to using tobacco products, alarming health leaders

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death among U.S. adults, according to the CDC. Experts say a new generation of kids and teenagers are fighting nicotine addiction, a group that statistically never would have if it weren't for electronic cigarettes. A new 2022 study by the CDC and the FDA has alarmed public...

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