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[Canada] Cigarette butt and a garbage pail of diapers to blame for massive condo fire: Edmonton fire chief

The blaze, which is expected to cost more than $16.3 million in building and property damage, is the second major Edmonton fire in less than a year caused by smoking material being carelessly thrown out...over the last five years, firefighters have respo
Metro (ca)
added May 25, 2015 23:20
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[Wyoming] Casper couple sues vapor cigarette dealer

Joshua and Allison Seel are suing a local vapor cigarette company after the battery in one of the devices allegedly exploded in Joshua Seel's left pant pocket, burning his leg and genitals, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday. “These batteries are ext
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune
added May 25, 2015 22:59
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[South Carolina] 56-year-old man gets life for stealing $900 of cigarettes

A 56-year-old man who acted as his own attorney has been sentenced to life in prison in Sumter County for stealing $900 worth of cigarettes. David Duren Jr. fell under South Carolina’s three-strikes law, which allows a life sentence when someone is convi
AP - Associated Press
added May 25, 2015 22:50
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[Africa, Nigeria] Experts Call For Stringent Measures Against Tobacco Smoking

Experts on Monday called for controlled measures against tobacco and smoking to reduce the severe negative implications to health. The experts spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos ahead of the 2015 World No Tobacco Day om May 31.
Leadership (ng)
added May 25, 2015 22:45
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[Asia] BREAKING: Suntory Strikes $1.2B Deal For Japan Tobacco's Drinks Arm ($$)

Per the proposed deal, Suntory would be handed two of Japan Tobacco’s popular beverage brands, Roots and Momono Tennensui. It would also snap up Japan Tobacco’s 70.5 percent equity stake in Japan Beverage Holdings Inc. — the No. 1 independent vending mac
Law360
added May 25, 2015 22:42
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[UK] Suntory to buy Japan Tobacco's vending machine business for Y150bn

Suntory Beverage & Food, best known outside Japan for its Orangina Schweppes business, said on Monday it would spend about Y150bn ($1.2bn) to buy the vending machine business and two beverage brands from Japan Tobacco, the world's third-biggest tobacco co
Financial Times (uk)
added May 25, 2015 22:33
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[USA] Cuban and Puerto Rican Adults Who Grow Up With Smokers Twice as Likely to Become Smokers

twice as likely to smoke during their adulthoods than non-Hispanic populations and slightly more likely than other Hispanic subgroups, according to a new report. The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) released new findings based
Latin Post
added May 25, 2015 21:31
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[Canada] This is the template of the letters sent to attorneys general and ministers of health in the provinces. (PDF)

Research now shows that when smokers become aware of the industry’s ugly behaviour, smoking cessation attempts increase. And when this occurs, illness is prevented and lives are saved. But if Canadians are totally unaware of the predatory practices behind
Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud [ Campagne pour obtenir justice face à la fraude du tabac] (ca)
added May 25, 2015 16:27
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[Canada] Awareness and Support for Health Care Cost Recovery Litigation: Results of a National Survey (PDF)

awareness of the litigation effort is extremely low, and awareness of the alleged illegal behavior of tobacco companies underlying the lawsuits is even lower. However, when informed about the litigation, a significant majority of Canadians support it.
Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud [ Campagne pour obtenir justice face à la fraude du tabac] (ca)
added May 25, 2015 16:24
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[Canada] Sixty health and legal experts release poll for World No Tobacco Day and express alarm over near zero awareness of landmark provincial lawsuits against Big Tobacco. (PDF)

“less than 10 percent of Canadians know that the provinces are suing tobacco companies over their behaviour”... Today, the Campaign is making public both the poll and the letter from more than 60 health and legal experts pressing provincial attorneys gen
Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud [ Campagne pour obtenir justice face à la fraude du tabac] (ca)
added May 25, 2015 16:22
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