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[Iraq, Mid-east, Syria] Predatory Islamic State Wrings Money From Those It Rules

Smoking is strictly forbidden...Hamid, 29, said that when he was caught smoking a cigar in his shop in Mosul in late August, “ISIS not only whipped me 15 times in public but forced me to pay a fine of 50,000 dinar,” or about $40 at the time.
New York Times
added Nov 30, 2015 02:17
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[Mid-east, Syria] ISIS sells women "for just $10, or 10 cigarettes"

"Some are sold for weapons, or for just $10, or 10 cigarettes," Domle said. Some ISIS fighters send pictures of the women and girls to their families, either to taunt them or demand a ransom.
WRCB TV Channel 3 (Chattanooga, TN)
added Nov 29, 2015 20:44

[Asia, India] Tobacco users beware !

A 30-year-old long-time chewable tobacco user from Nungbrang village in Imphal East district is currently undergoing treatment at Radiology Department of RIMS after his left lower cheek developed a medium size hole. (in)
added Nov 29, 2015 16:25

[Asia, Uae] Tobacco lobby holds China's health quotient to ransom

So what is the real problem holding China back...the tobacco industry presents the biggest opposition force to a smoking ban. The CNTC has 33 provincial affiliates and each affiliate owns its own county-level sub-affiliates. The county-level tobacco manuf
Gulf News (ae)
added Nov 29, 2015 16:22

[Asia, India] Swara Bhaskar to smoke in Anarkali Aarawali

Swara, who plays the title role of Anarkali, a local singer of live performances of lewd and double-meaning songs..."Since her character smokes a bidi, she has been smoking bidis for some time, and now she is smoking bidis like a regular.”
The Hans India (in)
added Nov 29, 2015 16:19

[UK] Scotch, beer and cigarettes: my weekend with Patricia Highsmith

her regular diet consisted of scotch, beer and cigarettes.
The Guardian (uk)
added Nov 29, 2015 16:18

[Iraq, Syria, UK] Isis hijacks NHS ad to discourage people from smoking

An image Isis posted on social media showed the anti-smoking message that would appear to have taken heavy inspiration from a Public Health campaign in 2013....a lucrative smuggling market has emerged to capitalise on the demand. One in five women and si
The Drum (uk)
added Nov 29, 2015 16:17
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[Australia] WALSBERGER: Neighbours don't have to put up with second-hand smoke in strata buildings

landlord ordered to pay $11,000 to tenant because of chain-smoking neighbour / The story of Lynette Laming and her young daughter is not unusual to Cancer Council NSW staff. We regularly receive emotional calls from distressed parents living in an apartme
Sydney Morning Herald (au)
added Nov 29, 2015 16:00

[Asia-pacific, Philippines] House urged to investigate Sudipen for tobacco tax fund misuse

to launch a probe on the matter following complaints from tobacco farmers in the municipality of Sudipen that their share in the tobacco excise tax was supposedly spent on “irrelevant’” projects. “According to Republic Act 7171, the share of the municipa
Manila Bulletin (ph)
added Nov 29, 2015 15:54

[Asia-pacific, Malaysia] Despite clampdown, more flock to vape stores after cigarette price hike

Vape stores are still doing roaring trade here, according to some owners who said business has improved despite recent raids on some outlets, especially after the sudden hike in cigarette prices earlier in the month. Vape store chain “Chain Vapors” co-fo
Malay Mail (my)
added Nov 29, 2015 15:47
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