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[UK] £16,000 goes up in smoke: British diplomats spend huge sum on cigars so far this year (and also pay £3,000 for flowers)

Figures show diplomats have spent £16,137 on cigars so far this year Is part of £407,797 spent by the Foreign Office on entertaining in 2014
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Aug 10, 2014 17:34

[Florida] VIDEO: Rubio, Nelson fight for Newman cigar factory

Six U.S. senators -- including Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio -- are seeking an exemption from new FDA rules to save the J.C. Newman Cigar factory in Ybor City. In the early 1900s, cigars put Tampa on the map, but only one factory remains: J.C. Newman.
WTSP-TV Ch. 10
added Aug 10, 2014 17:27

Eighth Day of Virginia Ex-Governor’s Trial Focuses on Role of His Wife’s Chief of Staff

that her chief of staff — and not Ms. McDonnell — had inappropriately wooed the support of the donor at the core of the corruption case against Ms. McDonnell and her husband, Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia.
New York Times
added Aug 9, 2014 11:11

[New Zealand] Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill (PDF)

The Health Committee has examined the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill and recommends that it be passed with the amendments shown.
New Zealand Parliament (nz)
added Aug 9, 2014 09:34

[Australia, UK, Texas] LETTERS: The Government should not delay on introducing plain packaging

"Texas Tech" ...major sponsor appears to be the US oil co Phillips 66... Phillips 66 were sent a warning letter by the US Food and Drugs.../ "Why would a so-called professor at an obscure Texas tech college bother to write to an English paper on such a ma
Electronic Telegraph (uk)
added Aug 8, 2014 16:18

[Asia, India] Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urges states to ban gutka, zarda, khaini

Asking states to bear in mind that a shocking 90% of all oral cancer has been found to have roots in tobacco, Vardhan in a letter on Wednesday told the states that India has the highest number of this type of cancer in the world. About 206 million Indian
The Economic Times (India)
added Aug 8, 2014 11:57

[Africa, Nigeria] AYODELE: Tobacco: Facts, realities and scare tactics

Nigeria has a predominantly non-smoking population. The campaign against the tobacco industry and cigarette products is not supported by available data. As the tobacco bill debates moves to the Senate, the upper legislative chamber must tread with cautio
Daily Independent (ng)
added Aug 8, 2014 11:55

[Minnesota] Houston County sets policy about e-cigarettes

, e-cigarettes will now be treated as regular cigarettes, so people won't be allowed to smoke them in any place where tobacco use is now banned. Those younger than 18 won't be able to buy them. The Houston County Board on Tuesday unanimously passed two o
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin
added Aug 8, 2014 08:35

Butt out: New Jersey mulls bill raising state smoking age to 21

In a move being closely watched by other states, New Jersey is well on its way to the ban, with a bill having passed the state Senate and headed to the state General Assembly this fall. Many local and city governments have passed laws to increase the mi
Washington Times
added Aug 8, 2014 08:33

Graphic smoking warnings delayed despite new law in Philippines

"We wanted only a six-month (transition) period. But that is what the legislators said. There is nothing we can do," the leader of the department's tobacco control office, Marilisa Calvadores, told AFP.
AFP - Agence France Presse (fr)
added Aug 8, 2014 08:32
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