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[Korea - North] Vodka binges, secret smoking and Big Macs - the life of Kim Jong-un as a boy

A former chef, now living in exile, has revealed how the tyrant ... was a secret smoker in his early teens. ... At 14 he began smoking ... "we’d go up a little hill and smoke at the car park there. One, maybe two cigarettes. Yves Saint Laurent was his f
The [London, UK] Express
added Feb 23, 2014 15:08
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[Canada] E-smokes breathe life into a dying industry

But with all the controversy about them in the news and on the Internet, he isn’t sure. Dan is sceptical, he has noticed e-cigarettes are not just sold in pharmacies like other quit smoking aids. They can be found at convenience stores and gas stations o
Kelowna (BC) Capital News (ca)
added Jan 8, 2014 23:08
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Hungary turns to black market for a smoke

July, the Hungarian government shut almost 90 percent of the country's licensed cigarette vendors, squeezing the number to 5,300 from a previous 42,000. ... critics say it is a ploy to favour close allies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government … How
AFP - Agence France Presse (fr)
added Dec 25, 2013 00:28
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[Philippines] Tobacco giant admits losing market share in PH

Higher "sin taxes" appear to have dampened demand for Marlboro and Fortune cigarettes this year, as Philip Morris International Incorporated (PMI) said its sales volume in the Philippines fell 21% in the first nine months.
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation (ph)
added Dec 3, 2013 14:00
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De cada 100 cigarros que se consumen en México, 17 provienen del contrabando y la pitarería [Of 100 cigarettes consumed in Mexico , 17 from smuggling and pitarería]

The Director of Corporate Affairs, British American Tobacco , Carlos Humberto Suarez , said illegal snuff presence in Mexico reflects a supply chain controlled by a well organized group . A year into the country 340 million untaxed packs and lack of san
AméricaEconomía (mx)
added Nov 21, 2013 13:16
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[Czech Republic] Czech president says smoking is fine after 27 years old

while visiting the Philip Morris cigarette plant in the city of Kutná Hora, around 45 miles east of Prague. The Czech president reportedly told employees at the factory, which is the biggest in the country: “I myself only started smoking when I was 27 ye
Electronic Telegraph (uk)
added Oct 18, 2013 08:37
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[Europe, Ireland] Tobacco lobbying derails MEP vote

Intense tobacco lobbying in Brussels may have derailed a key vote among Euro-deputies to restrict the sale and distribution of the product. Deputies were set to vote on a tobacco products directive this week in a wider effort to reduce the number of toba
EUobserver.com
added Sep 9, 2013 06:39
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[USA] WTO Sends US-Indonesia Clove Cigarette Row To Arbitrator ($$)

The World Trade Organization said Friday that it would send to arbitration a dispute concerning potential remedies Indonesia is seeking in retaliation over the U.S. ban on clove cigarettes. Indonesia is seeking to suspend certain tariff concessions it p
Law360
added Aug 26, 2013 19:30
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[Asia, Bahrain] Qatar Signs Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

Qatar signed last night the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The signing ceremony took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN Shaikh Mishaal bin Hamad Al Thani s
Kingdom Of Bahrain- Information Affairs Authority (bh)
added Jun 19, 2013 17:14
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[Guyana, South America/Caribbean] Association launched to fight illicit trade in tobacco and alcohol

British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Group, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International have launched the Digital Coding & Tracking Association (DCTA), established to promote international technical standards and develop digital tec
Stabroek News (gy)
added May 30, 2013 13:23
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