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[Asia-pacific] Singapore Budget 2018: Tax hike kicks in for all tobacco products

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that firms will have to pay more in taxes to sell tobacco in Singapore, in a push to discourage people from smoking. A 10 per cent increase in excise duty for all tobacco products is the latest in a slew of init
Straits Times (sg)
added Feb 20, 2018 20:35
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[UK] Holy smoke: Cigarette suspected as Bethnal Green church fire cause

They suspect the “unsafe disposal of smoking materials” like a match or cigarette caused the fire. Following the incident, LFB has issued safety advice for smokers reminding them to install smoke alarms in regularly-used rooms, including hallways, never
East London Advertiser (uk)
added Feb 20, 2018 20:31
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[UK] How a Mediterranean lunch could prevent a stroke and save your life

strokes will claim 187,000 lives a year by 2035...Stopping, no matter how old you are or how long you’ve smoked, will reduce your risk of stroke. Call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0800 022 4332 for help with quitting.
The Mirror (uk)
added Feb 20, 2018 20:29
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[Asia, Singapore] Budget 2018: 10% increase in tobacco excise duty from Feb 19

The Government will impose a 10 per cent increase in tobacco excise duty in a bid to discourage consumption, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said during his Budget speech on Monday (Feb 19).
Channel NewsAsia (sg)
added Feb 20, 2018 00:15
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Zimbabwe Plans Gold, Tobacco Diaspora Bonds as Bank Rules Change

Zimbabwe’s central bank said it plans to sell bonds for citizens outside the country to invest in gold and tobacco output as it also introduces banking rules to encourage money flows and exports.
Bloomberg News
added Feb 20, 2018 00:15
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[Africa, Zimbabwe] Tobacco hectarage declines 5.5 percent

THE area planted under the tobacco crop in the 2017/18 cropping season has declined by 5.5 percent to 104 397 hectares from 110 518ha during the same period last year, official figures show
Chronicle (zw)
added Feb 20, 2018 00:15
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[Kuwait] Stop unjustified cigarette price increase

Chairman of the Kuwait Union for Consumer Cooperative Societies (KUCCS) Ali Al-Kandari yesterday said the union issued a directive to all co-ops ordering the suspension of any cigarette and tobacco price increases. Kandari added that some supplying compan
Kuwait Times (kw)
added Feb 20, 2018 00:14
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[Asia, Qatar] Survey findings to strengthen HMC’s fight against smoking

“We are in the process of finalising the findings of our latest survey on smoking prevalence in Qatar. We expect to release the outcomes of the survey very soon. We have co-ordinated with some renowned organisations and the survey will help us in forming
Gulf Times (qa)
added Feb 20, 2018 00:14
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[New Zealand] Major supermarkets now selling e-cigarettes as tobacco price rises

major supermarket chains has started selling electronic cigarettes as the tax on tobacco increased a further 10 per cent this month. Progressive Enterprises, which owns Countdown, FreshChoice and SuperValue supermarkets...It could be a major step towards
New Zealand Herald (nz)
added Feb 20, 2018 00:14
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[New Zealand] Couple given free cigarettes with Countdown groceries

They say they often receive complimentary items such as laundry powder or food. But their last order included something they didn't expect - a pack of 20 Freedom cigarettes. "I thought it was quite concerning," Mr Kuper told Newshub. "If we were a smok
Newshub (nz)
added Feb 20, 2018 00:14
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