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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce should quit lobbying for tobacco abroad

THE FACTS about tobaccos dangers are stark. The World Health Organization says tobacco kills nearly 6million people each year. More than 5million die from smoking and the rest from exposure to second-hand smoke. Eight in 10 of the worlds 1billion smokers are in low- and middle-income countries. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of …

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HUNGARY CONSIDERING INTRODUCTION OF AUSTRALIAN-STYLE UNIFORM PACKAGING FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Hungary is considering the introduction of uniform packaging for tobacco products, which would mean that all such goods would have identical packaging and advertising tobacco products would be prohibited. This system is already in place in Australia and authorities in France and Ireland are also planning its introduction. A proposal on the matter is expected …

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Estonia starts using new picture warnings on cigarette packs

Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs sent a draft Tobacco Act to a round of approvals, which brings new shocking warning pictures on cigarettes packs starting May 20, 2016, informs LETA. The new Tobacco Act changes the requirements on packaging and labelling tobacco products in line with EU law. In this connection, warning photographs will be …

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U.S. Chamber Fights Smoking Laws While Hospitals and Insurers Sit on Its Board

Anthem, one of the nations largest health insurers, wants its members to stop smoking. It reimburses those who enroll in smoking-cessation programs or who buy products, like nicotine patches, intended to help people quit. It has even offered to arrange sessions with a coach who talks smokers through the process of quitting. Smoking is an …

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New York Times on the U.S. Chamber of Commerces efforts to oppose tobacco control measures around the world

From Ukraine to Uruguay, Moldova to the Philippines, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its foreign affiliates have become the hammer for the tobacco industry, engaging in a worldwide effort to fight antismoking laws of all kinds, according to interviews with government ministers, lobbyists, lawmakers and public health groups in Asia, Europe, Latin America and …

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Millions of smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease

More than half of long-term smokers who pass lung-function tests have respiratory-related impairments Date:June 22, 2015 Source:National Jewish Health Summary:More than half of long-term smokers and ex-smokers who are considered disease-free because they passed lung-function tests have respiratory-related impairments when more closely evaluated with lung imaging, walking and quality-of-life tests. Many of those people likely …

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Trade-Agreement Troubles

In2012, Australia implemented tough anti-tobacco regulations, requiring that all cigarettes be sold in plain, logo-free brown packages dominated by health warnings. Philip Morris Asia filed suit, claiming that this violated its intellectual-property rights and would damage its investments. The company sued Australia in domestic court and lost. But it had another card to play. In …

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New study finds E-cigarettes may increase nicotine dependence and attractiveness of smoking

A new study has found a chemical additive commonly found in e-cigarettes could play a role in tobacco dependence and increase the attractiveness of smoking amongyouth. The study, published in the Tobacco Control journal, examined the role of pyrazine additives and found they may reinforce the addictive qualities of nicotine and should be strictly regulated. …

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