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  1. News - China - tobacco control

    China's state tobacco authority blocks complete ban on cigarette ads: report

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 10:41am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Intense lobbying by China’s powerful state tobacco monopoly resulted in the weakening of controversial legislation that had been meant to introduce a complete advertising ban in the world’s largest consumer and producer of tobacco, sources said. The proposed total advertising ban pitted anti-smoking advocates and the health ministry, which blames cigarettes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1585704/chinas-state-tobacco-authority-blocks-complete-ban-cigarette-ads-report
  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Tobacco sales halted sooner than planned at US drug store chain CVS

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:17pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Leading US drug chain ends sale of tobacco CVS, the leading US drug chain by sales, announced that it had stopped selling tobacco products and was changing its name to reflect a greater focus on health. CVS- which operates some 7,700 pharmacies- said on Wednesday that it had ended the sale of cigarettes, pipe tobacco and other products ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1585257/tobacco-sales-halted-sooner-planned-us-drug-store-chain-cvs
  3. News - World

    US tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds told to pay US$23b to chain-smoker's widow

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:51am by Reuters

    ... died of lung cancer 18 years ago record punitive damages of more than US$23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the second-biggest cigarette maker in the US. ... Such industry appeals are often successful. Robinson's lawsuit originally was part of a large class-action litigation known as the "Engle case", filed in 1994 against tobacco companies. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556727/us-tobacco-giant-rj-reynolds-told-pay-us23b-chain-smokers-widow
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Illicit cigarette study is blowing smoke, says council on smoking and health

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:12am by CHRIS LAU

    ... billion in lost tax revenue, a study by two overseas think tanks says. But the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) says the results are "dubious". The Illicit Tobacco ... in cigarette tax between 2008 and 2009. He shrugged off suggestions that the study could be biased as it was partly funded by Philip Morris International, an American tobacco company. But COSH ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588896/illicit-cigarette-study-blowing-smoke-says-council-smoking-and-health
  5. News - China - HEALTH

    Campaigners call for blanket ban on tobacco advertising in China

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:35am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... blanket ban on tobacco adverts Anti-smoking campaigners on the mainland have criticised proposed changes to its advertising laws for stopping short of a blanket ban on tobacco adverts. The draft amendments propose extending the ban on the promotion of tobacco products from older forms of media such as television, films and newspapers to include the internet and mobile telecommunications. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1528936/campaigners-call-blanket-ban-tobacco-advertising-china
  6. News - China - HEALTH

    Low-tar cigarette lawsuit not over, as campaigner vows to keep up health fight

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:13am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Li Enze vows to keep fighting tobacco industry over its health claims Low-tar-cigarette lawsuit 'not over' Li Enze has modest hopes for his lawsuit accusing a mainland cigarette maker of false advertising. He's under no illusions about the clout of the tobacco industry. Li is suing manufacturer China Tobacco Jiangxi Industrial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1556672/low-tar-cigarette-lawsuit-not-over-campaigner-vows-keep-health-fight
  7. News - China

    China to raise tobacco taxes to help protect children from effects of smoking

    Posted May 29th 2014, 06:03pm by Alice Yan

    ... Alice Yan alice.yan@scmp.com The move would mean young people are less likely to be exposed to second-hand smoke, health officials claim China has announced it will raise tobacco taxes ... director Cui Li. “[We] will adopt comprehensive measures, including raising tax on tobacco products, to keep minors away from the hazards of cigarettes or being exposed to second-hand smoke and let ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1521213/china-raise-tobacco-taxes-help-protect-children-effects-smoking
  8. News - China - HEALTH

    Smoking to have 'devastating' economic impact in China: WHO

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:39am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Tough anti-tobacco measures needed to ensure healthy workforce, says head of the WHO Smoking to have 'devastating' economic impact The head of the World Health Organisation has urged the government to strengthen tobacco control to save huge numbers of lives and to ensure the country has a healthy workforce to continue its development. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1550692/smoking-have-devastating-economic-impact-china-who
  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Legco advisers to tobacco groups should declare their interest

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:37am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn In 2005, China signed the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and Hong Kong and Macau became indirect parties to the convention. One of the key guidelines is that governing bodies "should ensure that interaction with the tobacco industry on matters related to tobacco control or public health is accountable and transparent". So it is disappointing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1469897/legco-advisers-tobacco-groups-should-declare-their-interest
  10. Comment - Letters

    Raising tobacco tax would save Hongkongers' lives

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 03:44am by LETTERS

    ... Raising tobacco tax is a guaranteed measure to save more lives The possibility of raising tobacco tax has come under the spotlight recently. The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health advocates that the government should raise the tobacco tax substantially to encourage smokers to kick the habit and prevent children from starting to smoke. Yet, the tobacco industry and its allies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1430238/raising-tobacco-tax-would-save-hongkongers-lives

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