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[UK] Tobacco companies using pricing tactics to 'keep smokers hooked', research suggests

More smokers are switching to cheaper products, so while total sales of tobacco fell, sales of the cheapest and roll-your-own cigarettes increased. Prices are also being altered to minimise the shock of tax increases, the authors write in the journal To
The Independent (uk)
added Oct 31, 2017 02:23
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[UK] Tobacco firms using 'clever tactics' to target poorest smokers, study finds

Cheaper brands, price-marking and smaller pack sizes are thwarting attempts to reduce UK smoking rates, researchers say
The Guardian (uk)
added Oct 30, 2017 14:40
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[UK-Scotland] Sheila Duffy: Unequal society helps push people into smoking – it’s time for change

ASH Scotland signed the recent joint letter calling on Scotland’s political parties to give robust support to the new Poverty and Inequalities ­Commission, and to guarantee its independence by giving it secure legal status and having it report only to the
The Scotsman (uk)
added Oct 27, 2017 15:01
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[New York] ‘Coming Out of a Cloud’ After Drug Abuse and Mental Illness

Within a few months of kicking her drug habit, she joined a weekly smoking-cessation group through Brooklyn Community Services. “I quit cold turkey,” she said. Most in the group used nicotine patches to transition, but not Ms. Ramirez. “I didn’t want to
New York Times
added Oct 26, 2017 05:02
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[UK-Northern Ireland] Most Northern Ireland adults obese or overweight

The drop in smokers continues the overall downward trend since the 1980s. Further analysis of the figures shows that those in deprived areas are three times more likely to smoke than those in affluent areas. However, according to a leading charity, the
Belfast Telegraph (uk)
added Oct 26, 2017 17:59
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Medicaid Coverage Expansions and Cigarette Smoking Cessation Among Low-income Adults

Findings are consistent with the hypothesis that Medicaid coverage expansions may have increased smoking cessation among low-income adults without dependent children via greater access to preventive health care services, including evidence-based smoking
Medical Care
added Nov 14, 2017 13:06
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[UK] Smokers’ group calls on chancellor to reject a second increase in tobacco duty

The smokers’ lobby group Forest has urged chancellor Philip Hammond to help consumers who are “just about managing” and reject a second increase in tobacco duty this year. Forest said tobacco duty costs the poorest households 2.3% of their disposable in
Talking Retail (uk)
added Oct 23, 2017 19:57
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[Missouri, Montana] WAN: Cigarette taxes are the best way to cut smoking, scaring Big Tobacco

they swarmed the halls of the state capitol, wined and dined Republican leaders, launched a sophisticated call-in campaign, and coached witnesses for hearings. The tobacco companies poured more than $200,000 into Montana, a state with barely 1 million res
Washington Post
added Oct 22, 2017 21:40
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Disparities in the Receipt of Tobacco Treatment Counseling within the US Context of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use Implementation

This study provides important data on the national trends in receipt of health professional advice to quit smoking and other tobacco use in the context of the ACA and Meaningful Use implementation and whether these policies helped to narrow the gaps in r
Nicotine and Tobacco Research
added Oct 20, 2017 18:36
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[UK] Chancellor urged to reject a second tobacco duty increase this year

Campaigners have urged the Chancellor not to increase tobacco duty for a second time this year in order to help consumers who are “just about managing”. According to the smokers’ group Forest, tobacco duty costs those with low incomes a far larger propor
FOREST (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco)
added Oct 23, 2017 19:59
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