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· Illinois

Governor Proposes Healthcare Cuts, Cigarette Tax 

Jump to full article: Chicagoist, 2012-04-20
Author: Chris Bentley

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Gov. Pat Quinn broached some difficult topics in Springfield Thursday, including cuts to health-care eligibility that could affect more than 215,000 poor Illinoisans. Quinn also proposed a $1 per pack cigarette tax to help close the state's $2.7 billion Medicaid budget gap.

The tough proposals did not go over well with either party. Republicans blasted the Governor for raising taxes, while Democrats decried his proposed cuts.

Quinn's Medicaid cuts would decrease state pay to hospitals, clinics and other providers by $675 million. That includes dismantling ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Illinois Cares Rx program and raising eligibility standards for the Family Care program.

"If we don't do this," Quinn said, "the whole system will collapse."

But his cigarette tax came under heavier fire from lawmakers.

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· Uae: Dubai

Cigarette price rise plan meets a major drawback 

Jump to full article: The National Newspaper (ae), 2012-04-21
Author: Manal Ismail

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Moves to double the price of cigarettes are now in doubt.

On Wednesday, on the sidelines of the World Cardiology Conference, the head of the Dubai Health Authority Qadhi Al Murooshid said cigarette prices would rise in August.

He said the Dubai Municipality would be handling the increase, which would be imposed as a tax.

But the state news agency Wam on Thursday night quoted Mr Al Murooshid as saying a 200 per cent tax rise on tobacco products worldwide had been suggested by Prof Sydney Smith, the president of the World Heart Federation.

Mr Al Murooshid said applying the increase was the individual decision of every country, and denied news of the price rise in August.

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· California

Looking a bit burnt-out Al! Wrinkly Pacino puffs on a cigarette on movie set  

Jump to full article: The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk), 2012-04-21

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· New Zealand

NZ tobacco plan could backfire  

Jump to full article: Sky News (au), 2012-04-21

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non-USA, by Country
· Mid-east

GCC to impose 100% ‘health tax’ on tobacco  

Jump to full article: Arab News (sa), 2012-04-22
Author: RIYADH

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are expected to double customs tariffs on cigarette and other tobacco imports next month.

A meeting of the finance ministers from six Gulf states scheduled to be held in May will approve the increase, according to a senior Saudi official.

Majed Al-Monief, supervisor of the program for combating smoking at the Ministry of Health, said the ministers of finance and health from the GCC states have already agreed in principle to raise the levy charged on tobacco imports from 100 to 200 percent.

“The new duty will be known as the ‘health tax,’ taking into account the huge amount of money each GCC state spends on the treatment of tobacco-related diseases as well as for the rehabilitation of smokers. The finance ministers will decide when the tax will take effect,” Al-Moneif told Asharq Al-Awsat daily yesterday.

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non-USA, by Country
· New Zealand

US Business Groups Concerned By NZ Tobacco Sales Proposals  

Jump to full article: Scoop (nz), 2012-04-21
Author: Press Release: US Chamber of Commerce

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers, the United States Council for International Business and the National Foreign Trade Council issued the following statement in light of the New Zealand government’s announcement that it is pursuing a public consultation regarding plain packaging for tobacco products:

"It is most troubling that as efforts are underway to deepen the opportunities for economic growth and opportunity between the United States and New Zealand, we now find that the New Zealand government is considering the destruction of an industry's legitimate trademark protection and branding – rights long protected under law and international treaties.

"While there is no question that protecting public health is a legitimate objective, there is also no question that trademarks and other forms of intellectual property stimulate innovation and are essential to building vibrant economies. There is no fact-based evidence which suggests that mandating the destruction of intellectual property (IP) will advance public health. We firmly believe the measure in question could instead undermine public health as a result of unintended consequences, such as an increased influx of counterfeit tobacco products.

"New Zealand has made binding commitments under international obligations to protect IP while it has no such obligation to mandate plain packaging of tobacco products. There are numerous methods to effectively regulate the tobacco industry that do not undermine the protection of IP, do not have such damaging unintended consequences, and are consistent with New Zealand’s international trade obligations.

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· New Zealand

US group warns of consequences of plain packaged tobacco 

Jump to full article: Radio New Zealand - Te Reo Irirangi o Aoteoroa (RNZ) (nz), 2012-04-22

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United States lobby groups are warning that imports of New Zealand wine and dairy foods could be at risk if New Zealand commits to plain packaging of tobacco products.

The Government has agreed in principle to the move, with public consultation due to begin later this year.

The statement has been issued by six organisations, including the US Chamber of Commerce, the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, the National Association of Manufacturers, the United States Council for International Business and the National Foreign Trade Council.

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· New Zealand

US Chamber of Commerce attacks cigarette packaging plan 

Jump to full article: Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2012-04-21
Author: ANDREA VANCE

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This morning the US Chamber of Commerce issued a joint statement with other business interest groups calling for the Government to "place the effort in the well-intentioned, yet ill-advised, category."

It says the tobacco industry's "legitimate trademark protection and branding" are "rights long protected under law and international treaties."

In a thinly veiled threat, the statement went on:

"New Zealand has long called upon trading partners to avoid arbitrary measures not sufficiently grounded in science when regulating industry... We hope the New Zealand government will consider the concerns we have raised for the possible impact on New Zealand exports, such as dairy and wine, should other governments feel emboldened to take similar measures."

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· Canada

Smuggled smokes 

Contraband cigarettes take toll on health of Islanders and provincial coffers
Jump to full article: (Prince Edward Island) Guardian (ca), 2012-04-21

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· South Africa

When the habit is too hard to break  

Jump to full article: The Independent Online (IOL) / The Post (za), 2012-04-21

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· South Africa

Quit … or go up in smoke  

Jump to full article: The Independent Online (IOL) / The Post (za), 2012-04-21

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· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Secondhand Smoke
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· Outdoors
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· New York
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· Ireland

Irish Health Minister seeks to ban smoking in cars, beaches and parks | Irish News | IrishCentral 

Says government has 'a duty of care' to stop children from smoking
Jump to full article: IrishCentral LLC (New York, NY), 2012-04-21
Author: DARA KELLY, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

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Irish Health Minister James Reilly says he will ban outdoor smoking in parks and on beaches to stop children seeing adults smoking. He also intends to ban smoking in cars with children present.

He made his plans public at the irish Heart Foundation conference on Friday, according to the Irish Examiner.

He stated he wanted to follow the lead of New York which bans smoking in city-owned public spaces. He will bring his plan to the cabinet shortly.

"We don't want children to see adults smoking in public areas. Areas where we would expect lots of children to be present, as in our public parks and on our beaches, should be smoke-free zones, and I will be putting a memo to Government to that effect."

He said 29 per cent of Irish adults still smoked a figure that was far too high. In New York he said that had been cut to 22 per cent.

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Unions
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· UK

GMB tobacco workers oppose Nottingham's parking levy 

Jump to full article: BBC Online, 2012-04-20

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· Official Documents/Legislation
USA, by State
· Kentucky

Attorney General Conway Announces $101.7 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money 

Jump to full article: Kentucky.gov, 2012-04-19

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· Cardio-vascular
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non-USA, by Country
· India

50% Indian smokers don’t know it can kill  

Jump to full article: Hindustan Times (in), 2012-04-21

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