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[Australia] KOUKOULAS: Tobacco consumption down 17.5% since plain packaging laws took effect

Just to repeat... the volume of tobacco consumed is 17.5 per cent lower than when the plain packaging legislation took effect. Judith, that is a minus sign. Jack, that is less, not more. I wonder if The Australian will be running a Page 1 story on this
The Kouk (Stephen Koukoulas blog)
added Jun 3, 2015 21:27
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Ukraine Puts Public Health First in Suspending WTO Challenge to Australia’s Law Requiring Plain Cigarette Packs

Ukraine has delivered a clear message that the new government is making public health a priority over the interests of the big tobacco companies. Ukraine has set an example that should be followed quickly by the other countries that have challenged Austra
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK)
added Jun 3, 2015 21:06
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[Switzerland] UPDATE 1-Ukraine drops WTO action against Australian tobacco-packaging laws

Ukraine asked the panel to suspend the proceedings on May 28 and said it will try to find a mutually agreed solution with Australia..Health campaigners were perplexed by Ukraine's WTO suit because it is also a party to the U.N.'s Framework Convention...B
Reuters
added Jun 3, 2015 20:32
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[Canada, UK] Philip Morris: A New Challenge Emerges

cigarettes are already extensively taxed worldwide, with the rationale usually being to cover the health care costs. While there is obviously some tail risk, Philip Morris offers more than enough of a reward via its 5% dividend yield.
Seeking Alpha blog network
added Jun 3, 2015 17:14
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[Asia-pacific, Australia, Uruguay] The great trade debate: nine sticking points

The heart of this issue is whether an independent international tribunal should hear complaints by companies that believe they’ve been harmed by government actions. ...pointing to an example of how a tobacco company sued the governments of Uruguay and Aus
Marketplace (American Public Media)
added Jun 2, 2015 22:21
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U.S. tobacco companies drop lawsuit vs FDA over labeling

The three largest U.S. tobacco companies on Tuesday dropped their lawsuit accusing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of exceeding its authority by closely monitoring the content of their product labels after the agency said it would reconsider its ru
Reuters
added Jun 2, 2015 22:12
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Tobacco Companies Drop Suit Against FDA Over Labeling

The biggest U.S. tobacco companies on Tuesday dropped a federal lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration after challenging the agency’s recent effort to assert authority over labels on tobacco products.
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
added Jun 2, 2015 22:10
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Tobacco companies agree to drop injunction request against FDA over packaging rules

The FDA issued an interim enforcement policy late Friday on new tobacco products that appears to be a response to the manufacturers’ lawsuit filed April 14. Altria Group Inc., Lorillard Inc. and Reynolds American Inc., along with several of their subsidi
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Jun 2, 2015 22:08
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Puffing dragon: China's new smoking ban faces economic blowback

“It is a challenge” for the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) to both run the Chinese cigarette industry and regulate it at the same time... has been tasked with designing graphic health warnings and ensuring they appear on cigarette packages.
Christian Science Monitor
added Jun 1, 2015 15:04
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[Europe, Switzerland, UK] Plain packaging battle escalates as WTO prepares for hearings on challenges to Australian regime

[PMI] has supplied World Trademark Review with an opinion from Lord Hoffman...who concludes that the UK’s recently enacted plain packaging regulations for tobacco products are unlawful and violate EU law.
World Trademark Review (uk)
added Jun 1, 2015 08:07
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