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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 12 October 2015

Tobacco tax increase urged by parliamentary group

Tax on tobacco should be raised to persuade more smokers to quit, a parliamentary group has said. The tax rate currently goes up by 2% above inflation each year, but the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health wants that increased to 5%. It says an extra £100m per year would be generated to spend on anti-smoking projects, and the rate of decline in smoking would be doubled.


SA pubs want e-cigarettes banned in non-smoking areas

BAR owners want e-cigarettes treated legally the same as tobacco cigarettes, and banned in non-smoking areas, because the “murky waters” around their use make it difficult to manage complaints about patrons who puff on the vaporisers. The Australian Hotels Association SA branch is among groups to make submissions to a state parliamentary committee examining how laws should be updated to cover e-cigarettes.


Revealed: how ‘big tobacco’ used EU rules to win health delay

The world’s largest tobacco companies were instrumental in promoting Europe-wide, pro-business regulations that they used to delay health initiatives. Analysis carried out by the University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) has found that the companies played a key role in pushing the European commission’s Better Regulation agenda, which places business interests at the heart of policy drafting.


Philly could stop tobacco sales in drug stores, report says

The days of buying a pack of cigarettes at the local Rite Aid or Walgreens could be over in Philadelphia with a new bill introduced to city council by Mayor Michael Nutter's administration, according a Philly Mag report. Any store that provides "health services," including selling pharmaceutical drugs, would be prohibited from selling tobacco products under the new legislation.


Liquid Nicotine Companies Co-Opt Popular Candy and Cereal Brands to Target Kids

The efforts of the traditional tobacco industry to market cigarettes to kids has been well documented. In the 1960s and ’70s, tobacco companies advertised during popular kids shows like The Flintstones, put cigarette-shaped sweets on the market, and even created the character Joe Camel to appeal to youth. Now cigarette advertising is heavily regulated by government agencies.


UAE may ease the ban on sale of e-cigarettes

The UAE is laying down regulations for e-cigarettes which may ease the ban on the sale of the product in the country. In January this year, authorities from Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma) sent a draft technical regulation to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) notifying them of the country's intention to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes.


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