Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tobacco companies to battle on New Zealand ground

The biggest tobacco supplier in New Zealand is vowing to fight the Government if they introduce controversial plain cigarette packages. 3 News has obtained documents revealing the dull-green packs may be introduced here next year, and already the battle lines are being drawn. The Australian government has this week become the first country in the world to pass a law … Continue reading Continue reading

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Australia passes plain-packaging cigarette law

Australia is to become the first country to enforce the plain packaging of cigarettes but tobacco companies have vowed to fight the new legislation in court. From December next year, all cigarettes will be sold in olive green packs, which research has shown is least appealing to smokers. Under the new laws, approved by the upper house of parliament, no … Continue reading

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Russia to ban hookah smoking in public

The bill, submitted by lawmakers from St. Petersburg, stipulates a fine of up to 1,500 rubles ($50) for individuals and up to 30,000 rubles for officials who smoke hookahs in public places. Smoking hookahs is becoming increasingly popular among the youth in Europe and the US. Hookahs, also known as shishas, are considered safer as smoke is filtered through water … Continue reading

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Cigarette Makers Win Battle Against Totally Grody Warning Labels

For all the times the tobacco industry has (rightfully) been shut down in its attempt to woo new customers, they must’ve been granted a boon by the legal gods, as they’ve won a battle against nasty, graphic cigarette package warning labels. So how did Goliath beat David this time? Free speech, says Reuters. A federal judge told the U.S. it … Continue reading

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Johnny Depp Has Private Smoking Plane

Johnny Depp flies on private planes so he can smoke. The ‘Rum Diary’ star prefers to travel in his own personal aircraft so he can indulge his habit and he also hates using public airlines because he becomes “novelty boy” who other passengers want to stare at. He said: “On a private plane you can smoke. It makes it an … Continue reading

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Buffalo hospitals ban smokers but don’t enforce

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – When it comes to smoking, local hospitals having been putting up signs telling everyone to light-up off the property. But are they following through? It was almost three years ago when Sisters Hospital officials announced the campus was going 100 percent smoke-free. Back in November of 2008, CEO Peter Bergmann announced, “It’s our responsibility to provide … Continue reading

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Self-extinguishing cigarettes and other curious little safety inventions

From 17 November, a new EU directive will require cigarettes to meet a reduced ignition propensity (RIP) requirement. They will be manufactured to be self-extinguishable, to reduce the chance that they should set fire to sofas, beds and other combustible materials. Some RIP cigarettes use paper that is rolled differently to normal cigarettes. Narrow bands of paper are applied on … Continue reading

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Packet helps smokers hide graphic warnings

Sticky seals in the packets of one brand of cigarettes are helping smokers cover up graphic health warnings. Graphic images of illnesses like gangrene, mouth cancer and lung disease must be printed on every packet of cigarettes to cover 30% of the front and 90% of the back of the pack. ONE News looked at a range of cigarettes from … Continue reading

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Plain-packet cigarettes delayed in Australia

Australia’s world-first plan for plain packaging on cigarettes has been delayed, giving tobacco firms extra time to prepare, the government said Wednesday, with the first sales now due in December 2012. Health Minister Nicola Roxon said final voting on the laws had been pushed back due to “shenanigans” in the upper house of parliament, meaning tobacco companies would have an … Continue reading

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Liz Hurley spotted smoking in public

Elizabeth Hurley was spotted smoking a cigarette outside a nightclub in Melbourne. The 46-year-old model was photographed in the act when she was out partying with her fiance, cricketer Shane Warne at the exclusive Club 23 at the Crown Casino, reports the Daily Mail. Hurley, who does her bit for Breast Cancer Awareness through her involvement with Estae Lauder, had … Continue reading

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