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Non-duty compensated cigarettes flood marketplace

In the time 2012, 66.5 billion cigarettes consumed in 11 Asian states were illegal. With 86.3%, the domestic illegitimate cigarette quantity and utilization of illicit cigarettes were highest in Pakistan while the Non-Domestic Illicit was 13.7%. This situation resulting in Tax Revenue losses of about more than USD 250 million in 2012 only. These were the outcomes of the study, “Asia-11 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2012” carried out by Oxford Economics recently. Separately from the issue of non-duty paid tobacco brands in Pakistan, the situation is quite dissimilar in Sri Lankawhere tobacco expenditure is hardly one percent in Sri Lanka. Under the law, the cigarette industrialized is not permissible in Sri Lanka. Different in Pakistan facing the ugliest shape of sectarian detestation, the spiritual scholars have administered to make a cosmopolitan civilization enabling different … Read entire article »

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Doctors tell smokers to quit before surgery

Smokers heading to hospital for elective surgery are to be encouraged to quit the habit. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists has adopted new guidelines, which will see all smokers on waiting lists urged to stop smoking to give them a better chance of recovering from the operation. Research shows that quitting before surgery can reduce complications such as wound infections and heart attacks, and greatly aid recuperation. The new guidelines will require doctors, anaesthetists and surgeons to advise their patients that stopping smoking as early as possible – ideally six to eight weeks before surgery – would reduce life-threatening complications. “There’s 5000 New Zealanders who die each year from smoking-related diseases, and around 15,000 Australians, so that’s kind of the equivalent of the Titanic sinking in the South Pacific every … Read entire article »

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Teenagers ‘think slim cigarettes are safer’ says report

Young teenagers rate slimline cigarettes as stylish, feminine and possibly safer than regular brands, say researchers. Thinner cigarettes were generally seen as weaker, more palatable, and less harmful by a focus group of 15-year-olds from Glasgow. In fact, some super-slim brands contain more dangerous tobacco chemicals than their bulkier counterparts, according to the study authors. Teenagers were most involved to slim and super-slim cigarettes with white filters and ornamental features, describing them as “classy” and “nicer”, said Cancer Research UK. In contrast one long brown cigarettes was sighted as particularly harmful and labelled “disgusting”, “really, really strong”, and “old fashioned”. The researchers asked 48 teenage boys and girls about eight cigarette brands that differed in length, diameter, colour, and design. Professor Gerard Hastings, Cancer Research UK’s social promotion expert at the University of Stirling and one … Read entire article »

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