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· FDA

FDA Creates List of Harmful Elements in Tobacco Smoke, Products  

Required by the same law that gave FDA authority to regulate tobacco products, it is a long list of potentially harmful constituents, including benzene, lead, mercury, and toluene.
Jump to full article: Occupational Health and Safety, 2012-04-03

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· Smokefree Policies
· Outdoors
USA, by State
· New York

New York Parks Department Bans Smoking At Playgrounds, Pools  

Jump to full article: CBS New York - Ch. 2, 2012-04-10

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· Business (Tobacco)
USA, by State
· California

Monrovia approves temporary ban on smoke shops  

Jump to full article: Pasadena (CA) Star-News, 2012-04-10

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Business (General)
· Internet/Technology
non-USA, by Country
· China

Experts fume at tobacco technology award (2) 

Jump to full article: People's Daily (cn), 2012-04-10
Author: Zhao Qian (Global Times)

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The country's health experts appealed to the Ministry of Science and Technology to remove the tobacco technology project from the shortlist for the National Award for Science and Technology Progress, in a bid to prohibit certain research activities from harming human health.

The award shortlist, publicized on the ministry's website on March 23, includes Chinese-style cigarette technology, which may soften the taste of cigarettes and improve tobacco processing techniques.

The ministry has begun soliciting public opinion about the award list, which will last until April 30.

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· Health/Science
· Cardio-vascular
· COPD
· Ingredients/Menthol

Mentholated Cigarettes and Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases: A Population-Based Study ($$) 

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(7):590-591. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.320
Jump to full article: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2012-04-09

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· Cessation
· Tobacco Control
non-USA, by Country
· China
· Hong Kong

Mainland smokers in sights of new center  

Jump to full article: Hong Kong Standard (hk), 2012-04-10
Author: Kenneth Foo

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The SAR will serve as a springboard for efforts that aim to help mainlanders quit smoking, World Health Organization officials said.

Shin Young Soo, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, said the territory has a strategic advantage in dealing with the cultural and social dimensions of the habit in China, which is home to 350 million smokers.

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Colleges
non-USA, by Country
· India

Sale of tobacco products rampant near City colleges 

Jump to full article: Deccan Herald (in), 2012-04-10

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· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Hookahs/Shisha / Water Pipes
non-USA, by Country
· UK

Shocking pictures show group of 14-year-old schoolboys puffing on shisha pipes in bar  

Jump to full article: The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk), 2012-04-10
Author: Ian Garland

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The underaged shisha smokers puff on the pipe in the controversial Youtube video

The pupils, who have not been identified, filmed themselves puffing on a pipe in a cafe in Coventry.

Incredibly they are all wearing school uniforms in the video, proving they are way below 18, the legal age to buy the tobacco.

According to Andrew Tandy, principal trading standards officer at Coventry City Council, shisha cafes have popped up all over the city.

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USA, by State
· Rhode Island

Fire Dept: Cigarette Ignited Fire at North Dartmouth Apartment Complex 

Jump to full article: ABC6 (Providence, RI), 2012-04-09

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· Smokefree Policies
· Dining/Entertainment
· waivers/exceptions
USA, by State
· Missouri

City Council Tables Discussion on Proposed Amendments to Smoking Ban 

Jump to full article: KOLR-TV Channel 10 (Springfield, MO), 2012-04-09

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· Cessation
non-USA, by Country
· Indonesia
Organizations
· Altria/Philip Morris
· WTO

Tobacco Backers in Indonesia Say: Light Up! 

Jump to full article: Wall Street Journal Blogs, 2012-04-10
Author: Ahmad Pathoni

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The book, titled “Killing Indonesia: Global Conspiracy to Destroy Kretek,” argues that anti-smoking campaigns in the country are in the same vein as advocacy against coconut oil, sugar, salt and other indigenous industries that employ lots of Indonesians.

The authors -- three little-known researchers who say they are operating independently and are concerned about preserving local traditions and livelihoods – argue that anti-smoking efforts are part of a grand scheme of economic neocolonialism aimed at reducing domestic competition for foreign importers and creating trade imbalances. . . .

“While the U.S. bans our kretek, Philip Morris, a U.S. multinational company, poached our biggest kretek company and is now the market leader in Indonesia,” the book says. “This is ironic.” It was not immediately possible to reach officials at Philip Morris.

A spokesman for PT HM Sampoerna Tbk, Indonesia's largest cigarette company owned by Philip Morris, could not be reached for comment.

The book, endorsed by artists, writers and even university professors, says that the kretek industry employs 30 million people, directly and indirectly, and contributed 62 trillion rupiah ($6.8 billion) to state coffers in 2010.

Some people in Indonesia even go further, arguing that smoking could have health benefits.

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· Smokefree Policies
· Dining/Entertainment
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USA, by State
· Missouri

Springfield City Council postpones smoking discussion  

Public comment on exemptions to ban will have to wait
Jump to full article: Springfield (MO) News-Leader, 2012-04-10

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Five potential exemptions to the Springfield smoking ban were scheduled for public hearing Monday night, but the council voted to postpone the discussion shortly after it started.

More than a dozen members of the audience walked out as the council moved on to other business.

"We would have loved to have had some movement on the issue," said Hutson, who has said the prohibition on indoor smoking prevents him and his employees from developing new tobacco blends. . . .

Council members Bob Stephens and Cindy Rushefsky moved to table the public hearing after some apparent confusion over the proposed amendment language.

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· Tobacco Control
· Tax
· Food/Diet/Obesity
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non-USA, by Country
· India

Levy tax on tobacco, junk food, says IIM Ahmedabad thinktank  

Jump to full article: The Times of India, 2012-04-10

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A fund for public health should be created by levying specific taxes on tobacco, alcohol, petrol and junk foods, believes Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) faculty Dileep Mavalankar.

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· Health/Science
· International
· Tobacco Control
non-USA, by Country
· India
Organizations
· World Conference on Tobacco or Health
· WHO: FCTC

India’s Anti-Tobacco Crusaders make Impact on Global Fight for Smoke-Free Lives  

Dr. Mira Aghi from India wins coveted Luther L. Terry Award this year at The World Conference On Tobacco Or Health
Jump to full article: Business Wire India (in), 2012-04-10
Author: Source: World Conference On Tobacco OR Health

Intro:

-- India is currently the world's second largest consumer of tobacco

-- Smoking will soon account for 20 per cent of all male deaths and 5 per cent of all female deaths between the ages of 30 and 69 here

-- Over 6,00,000 Indian men aged between 25 and 69 years die of smoking-related illnesses each year

India's tobacco-related health problems were in focus at the recently concluded World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH)

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· Tobacco Control
· Tax
USA, by State
· Ohio

Health advocates say hike taxes on tobacco products to cut use  

Jump to full article: Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, 2012-04-10
Author: Ellen Kleinerman, The Plain Dealer

Intro:

Taxing not only drives up cost, but it discourages smoking and creates revenue for prevention and treatment, says Shelly Kiser of the American Lung Association.

The lung association is pushing for an additional $1.25 tax per pack in Ohio. As of now, no bill sponsor appears to be stepping forward.

Kiser is quick to point out that Ohio brings in about $1 billion each year in revenue from the existing cigarette tax and spends no money on prevention programs. The additional tax would net another $347 million each year that the legislature could use for anything, she said, including prevention efforts.

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