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[Asia-pacific] Japan to restrict heated tobacco use but give up on indoor smoking ban ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The government said Tuesday it plans to restrict use of heat-not-burn tobacco products but will give up efforts to impose a total ban on indoor smoking, backpedaling from its initial goals to prevent passive smoking amid industry resistance. Heat-not-bu
Japan Times (jp)
added Jan 30, 2018 14:56

[Europe, UK-Scotland] Blanket ban on smoking in mental health hospitals declared ‘lawful’

A judge in the Court of Session ruled that the complete ban on smoking was “lawful” and did not breach the petitioners’ rights to respect for a private life, but held that the prohibition on lighters was “unlawful”.
Scottish Legal News (uk)
added Jan 30, 2018 14:54

[UK-Scotland] Buying children cigarettes 'not a favour', says charity

On average, 36 young people in Scotland take up smoking every day Adults who buy children cigarettes could set them up for a life of health and financial problems, the children's health charity Fast Forward has said. Its chief executive Alastair MacKinn
BBC Online
added Jan 30, 2018 14:53

[Australia] EXCLUSIVE: How bong-smoking kids as young as EIGHT are terrorising an Outback town 'under the instruction of adults' - with 35 youths arrested in three weeks

Video shared on social media shows mostly young boys smoking and fighting in the street.... Some of the videos are captioned 'Makavalli bong rips', and one child is credited with taking a hit of tobacco through the home made device
AAP (Australian Associated Press) (au)
added Jan 30, 2018 14:51

[Asia, Singapore] E-cigarettes, shisha to be illegal from Feb 1 under amended Tobacco Act

SINGAPORE: Starting Feb 1, buying, using and possessing tobacco products like e-cigarettes, shisha and chewing tobacco will be illegal, the Ministry of Health said on Friday (Jan 26).
Channel NewsAsia (sg)
added Jan 30, 2018 14:51

[New Zealand] Tobacco companies resist excise tax increase

Māori Public Health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, is concerned that this will limit the effectiveness of the tax increase to reduce smoking rates, and that tobacco companies should be forced to increase the prices of their products by the total percentag
Scoop (nz)
added Jan 30, 2018 14:51


“Enjoy your Thailand holiday, but please leave the electronic cigarettes at home."
Jerusalem Post
added Jan 30, 2018 14:51

[Ireland] 'Heated cigarettes' must face highest taxation here - TD

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South-West Colm Brophy has called for those 'heated cigarette' products to be taxed at the same rate as regular cigarettes - the highest rate for tobacco products - when they are introduced to Ireland.
Irish Independent (ie)
added Jan 30, 2018 14:50

Inside the UK's first 'legal' Cannabis club: Founder charges £35-a-year for people to smoke drugs and play pool in a scheme BACKED by police

Michael Fisher set up Teesside Cannabis Club four years ago, and says 'the world is a very different place' since then. The 'legal' club is based in Durham Constabulary's policing area - one of five forces in Britain which no longer actively pursues cann
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Jan 30, 2018 14:50
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[UK-Scotland] Buying cigarettes for youngsters `not a favour´

Adults who buy cigarettes for underage smokers could be setting them up for a life of health problems and financial costs, a charity chief has warned. Alastair MacKinnon, the chief executive of the children’s health education charity Fast Forward, is ca
Press Association (uk)
added Jan 30, 2018 14:50
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