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[UK] KIRKUP: Some people using foodbanks buy cigarettes instead of food

There are many disturbing facts and accounts in the Feeding Britain report ... I raise it because any attempt to discuss the problems of those people that doesn’t address their full spending patterns is incomplete and likely to fail.
Electronic Telegraph (uk)
added Dec 22, 2014 17:15
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Australia’s plain packaging failure

research carried out by KPMG found that youth smoking rates have increased by 36% and that illegal tobacco sales are the highest in seven years. KPMG said illegal tobacco was up by 25% between 2012 and 2014, and that annual consumption of the illicit pro
betterRetailing (uk)
added Dec 22, 2014 15:04

[Massachusetts] Judge Sets Stage for Boston Tobacco Trial Next Spring

A Boston federal judge has narrowed an eight-year-old class action filed by smokers who want cigarette maker Philip Morris USA Inc. to pay for early-stage lung cancer detection. U.S. District Judge Denise Casper has “cleared the decks for the trial we’v
National Law Journal
added Dec 22, 2014 14:12
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[Asia, China] Tribute to Hong Kong academic Anthony Hedley, a tenacious opponent of smoking and air pollution

When Hedley came to Hong Kong in 1987 he took on two main challenges: smoking and air pollution. He worked relentlessly to improve tobacco control measures and air pollution regulations and was fiercely critical of the government for its slow progress on
South China Morning Post
added Dec 22, 2014 13:36

[Australia] Pioneering anti-smoking doctor Nigel Gray dead at 85

Former Cancer Council Victoria director (1968-1995) Nigel Gray is remembered by his colleagues as a "fearless" opponent of the tobacco industry. Dr Gray's groundbreaking work included spearheading a public anti-smoking campaign that led to Victoria's 19
Sydney Morning Herald (au)
added Dec 22, 2014 13:34

China parliament weighs tough curbs on tobacco advertising

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) is weighing an amendment to China's advertising law that would "protect minors" from harmful ads, including cigarette ads, Xinhua news agency said. If the amendment is approved, all tobacco
added Dec 22, 2014 13:26

[North Carolina] Reynolds arranges $2 billion line of credit

Reynolds American Inc. said in a regulatory filing it has entered into a five-year unsecured credit agreement with eight financial institutions for $2 billion, which could be used to help pay for its $27.4 billion proposed purchase of Lorillard Inc.
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Dec 22, 2014 13:05

[USA] Cuba Seizures Now Present Opportunities

The list of claimants includes national hotel chains and an electric company, sugar mill owners and tobacco farmers like the Schechters. The Schechters lost their farm, a shirt factory and a 17-room home in Marianao, which is now being used as a residen
New York Times
added Dec 22, 2014 01:42

[Hong Kong] Tobacco plain packaging laws: the Australian experience

The Australian Government did not acquire any proprietary benefit from the imposition of the TPP Act on the plaintiffs. Accordingly the constitutional challenge to the TPP Act failed. ...Philip Morris Asia (incorporated in Hong Kong) allegedly only purcha
added Dec 21, 2014 20:12

Exclusive: FDA prices 'lost pleasure' of junk food into calorie count rule

lost-pleasure analysis, which is criticized by some leading economists and public health groups, was tucked into new regulations published last month ...analysis the agency relied almost solely on a 2011 paper by then-graduate student Jason Abaluck. In an
added Dec 21, 2014 06:26
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