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· Indonesia
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· WTO

Indonesia Prevails as WTO Rejects US Ban on Sales of Clove Cigarettes  

Jump to full article: Reuters, 2012-04-06

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· Tobacco Control
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· Indonesia
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Despite All the Dangers, Indonesians Keep on Puffing 

Jump to full article: Jakarta Globe (id), 2012-04-06
Author: Anita Rachman

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And because it has the third-highest number of tobacco consumers in the world after China and India, a substantial number of smoking-related deaths over the next century will happen here, says Hasbullah Thabrany, a public health professor at the University of Indonesia.

The lax smoking regulations — including no graphic warnings on cigarette packs, limited regulations on tobacco advertisements, easy access to cigarettes for children — and the prominent increase in young people taking up the habit will only put more Indonesians at risk of preventable diseases, Hasbullah says.

“My forecast, with reference to the one billion deaths [from the Tobacco Atlas], is that at least 10 million of them will be Indonesians,” he said.

He added this should serve as a serious warning to the government, which has a responsibility to protect its people. The state, he said, should act fast to prevent these deaths by pushing stronger regulations on tobacco and educating the public on the dangers of smoking.

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· Tobacco Control
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· New Zealand

Auckland Plan To Stub Out Smoking By 2025  

Jump to full article: Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2012-04-05

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· Arizona

Maricopa County employees who fibbed about smoking to see hike in premium 

County workers tested for nicotine
Jump to full article: AZ Central - Arizona Republic, 2012-04-06
Author: Michelle Ye Hee Lee

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Hundreds of Maricopa County employees caught fibbing to their health insurer about their smoking or who refused nicotine testing will now pay higher health-insurance premiums under a new county policy.

As a result, the county will collect an additional $327,360 in health-insurance premiums, with the money going into an employee-benefits fund.

The controversial mouth swabs began a year ago, when all county workers were told to submit to saliva testing for nicotine or lose an annual insurance-premium discount of $480 offered to those who do not use tobacco products.

The requirement spurred an outcry among some who said it was an invasion of privacy and would allow the county to collect sensitive health information.

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· Cessation
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· Norway

Snus spat erupts in Norway 

Jump to full article: Icenews (is), 2012-04-05

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A row has erupted over snuff tobacco in Norway after a state researcher said the government should be promoting it as a way of stopping smoking.

Health officials have dismissed the criticisms of Karl Erik Lund, however, saying the substance, known as snus in Norway, is highly addictive and can cause cancer.

Mr Lund, of the state institute for alcohol and drug research SIRUS, told Aftenposten newspaper that Norway should start being honest with its people by telling them that snus is “much less dangerous” than smoking.

Dr Maja-Lisa Løchen, a professor of preventive medicine at the Univerity of Tromsø, however, told the newspaper that she was “furious” that they had given the story “so much space”.

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· Oregon

County sends tobacco packing from public buildings 

Jump to full article: Portland (OR) Tribune, 2012-04-05
Author: BY STEVE LAW The Portland Tribune, Apr 5, 2012

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Smoking will be banned on all Multnomah County grounds, including parking lots, starting July 1.

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new tobacco-free campus policy on Thursday for all county-owned properties. County leaders say it’s the first of many steps to improve the health of county employees and those who visit county buildings.

“Social norms about tobacco have changed,” said Sonia Manhas, manager of the county’s Community Wellness and Prevention program, during a presentation at Thursday's commissioners' meeting.

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· Fires/Injuries
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· Michigan

Smoking Blamed For Fatal House Fire 

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-04-04

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Authorities say smoking materials caused a fire at an apartment in Grand Rapids that killed an 83-year-old woman. Mlive.com says Barbara Eastway was found inside the apartment following the fire, which was reported about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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· Mexico

Amcor buys Mexican tobacco packager 

Jump to full article: AAP (Australian Associated Press) (au), 2012-04-06

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PAPER and packaging group Amcor has paid $US40 million ($38.85 million) for a tobacco packaging plant in Mexico.

The acquisition of the Aluprint plant in Monterrey would give Amcor a presence in Mexico, a large and strategically located tobacco packaging market, the company said.

Amcor also recently purchased a tobacco packaging operation in Argentina.

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· Tobacco Control
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· UAE: Abu Dhabi
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‘Tobacco or Health’ question to be highlighted at capital global meet in ‘15 

Jump to full article: The Gulf Today (ae), 2012-04-05

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· Canada

Where there's been smoke, there's always been fire 

Jump to full article: Saskatoon (Sas) Star Phoenix (ca), 2012-04-05
Author: Les MacPherson, The StarPhoenix

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To mark this millionth anniversary, here are some other significant dates in the history of humanity's intimate relationship with fire: . . . 1936: George Blaisdell of Bradford, Penn., patents the Zippo lighter. More than 400 million Zippos have since been sold. About 394 million of these subsequently slipped out of the owner's pants pocket and were lost behind sofa cushions. Due to a decrease in smoking rates, Zippo's lighter sales reportedly have fallen to 12 million a year from a peak of 18 million.

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· UK

EDITORIAL: Public Health: ciggies hidden in large shops 

Jump to full article: Chief Officers' Network (CONET) (Anti Money Laundering Network) (uk), 2012-04-06

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That's not going to make much difference one suspects: there is no corresponding ban on the logos that adorn the casing that will now be shuttered, no ban on a huge sign that says "cigarettes available here." The supermarkets have, for a long time, moved their tobacco products to their newsagents' and / or customer service area. Cigarettes have not been available at tills for at least a decade.

And so, the change is unlikely to be much more than cosmetic. The product will still be available in the same way - it's just that customers will need to ask. Given that there is tremendous brand loyalty amongst smokers, there is no need for customers to browse a display.

Nice try but ultimately pointless.

The only way to have an effect is to return to the former position where tobacco products were sold by licensed tobacconists - and there were not many of those. The inconvenience factor is the weapon most likely to succeed.

Having to wait while someone opens a drawer is hardly the same.

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· UK

Tobacco crackdown to ensure 'we no longer see smoking as a part of life', says Lansley  

Jump to full article: The Independent (uk), 2012-04-06
Author: Rob Williams is an online journalist for The Independent website.

Intro:

Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, told the BBC today that the new law was an attempt to reduce the number of young people who smoke, by lowering the visibility of the products.

He also said the move was aimed at supporting smokers who want to give up, and ensure "we no longer see smoking as a part of life".

"There's more than a third of smokers who say they want to stop. Each year we have nearly 800,000 smokers who try to quit, 50 per cent succeed.

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· Smokefree Policies
· Outdoors
USA, by State
· Nebraska

City wants your opinion on banning smoking in public parks, trails 

Jump to full article: Lincoln (NE) Journal Star, 2012-04-04

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· Advertising/Promos
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· UK

Cigarette and tobacco displays banned in supermarkets 

Tobacco will be kept out of sight as ban aimed at discouraging young people from smoking comes into force
Jump to full article: The Guardian (uk), 2012-04-06

Cigarette and tobacco displays banned in supermarkets 

Tobacco will be kept out of sight as ban aimed at discouraging young people from smoking comes into force
Jump to full article: The Guardian (uk), 2012-04-06

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