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[UK] Call for east Runcorn MP to explain 'coincidence' of donation and absence from plain packaging vote

East Runcorn MP Graham Evans has defended his absence from a key vote on plain cigarette packaging after his Labour rival called on him to explain the ‘coincidence’ of a £5,000 donation he received from a body with a link to the Tobacco Manufacturers Asso
Liverpool Daily Post & Echo (uk)
added Mar 30, 2015 14:29
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Utah legislators force e-cigarettes to abide by new rules

Prompted by previously easy-to-open packaging and misrepresented or missing content labeling, Utah legislators have enacted H.B. 415, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray (R) of Clearfield. The bill called for more stringent regulations on e-cigarette refills and
The Independent (St. George, UT)
added Mar 28, 2015 12:47
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[Asia, India] Blow to anti-tobacco campaign

In a major blow to the tobacco control campaign, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has decided to put on hold its earlier decision to increase pictorial warnings on tobacco products from the current 40 per cent to 85 per cent.
The Hindu Online (in)
added Mar 28, 2015 07:21
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[Asia, Pakistan] 'Govt facing national, international pressures over anti-tobacco laws'

The minister said it was deplorable that these diplomats have strict laws against tobacco use in their own countries but here in Pakistan they have adopted different point of view over anti-tobacco laws. Several diplomats have sent letter to the Governme
Daily Times (pk)
added Mar 28, 2015 07:07
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[New Zealand] Making a case for electronic cigarettes

The paper, published on Friday in the New Zealand Medical Journal, found electronic cigarettes have the potential to encourage smokers to switch from smoking cigarettes to using electronic cigarettes, which were likely to be far safer. It also found dis
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz)
added Mar 27, 2015 14:50
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[Australia, Uruguay] SECCOMBE: Big Tobacco's plan to stub out plain packaging

it’s vitally important that Australia fight Big Tobacco to the end, not only for it’s own citizens’ sake, but also for the sake of those in less affluent countries, who are now the industry’s prime targets. Second, we’ve got to be a whole lot more carefu
The Saturday Paper (au)
added Mar 27, 2015 14:32
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[Asia, India] Government set to defer tobacco pictorial warning notification

after a parliamentary panel recommended that the proposal be kept in abeyance until its socioeconomic ramifications are evaluated. ET had reported last week that the government is likely to defer the implementation of bigger pack warnings on tobacco prod
The Economic Times (India)
added Mar 27, 2015 11:53
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Short-term changes in quitting-related cognitions and behaviours after the implementation of plain packaging with larger health warnings: findings from a national cohort study with Australian adult smokers [FREE FULL TEXT]

These findings provide some of the strongest evidence to date that implementation of PP with larger GHWs was associated with increased rates of quitting cognitions, microindicators of concern and quit attempts among adult cigarette smokers.
Tobacco Control
added Mar 27, 2015 11:49
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[Australia] Plain cigarette packs with health warnings may encourage quitting

Smokers surveyed later in the introductory period were significantly more likely to think about quitting at least once a day than those contacted before the new packages debuted, the study found. But the shock value may have worn off over time; a year af
Reuters
added Mar 27, 2015 11:48
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[Australia] Effects of brand variants on smokers’ choice behaviours and risk perceptions

Australian tobacco companies have introduced evocative variant names...Some descriptors significantly enhance the appeal of tobacco products among different groups of smokers and may undermine plain packaging's dissuasive intent. Policymakers should expli
Tobacco Control
added Mar 26, 2015 09:58
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