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Australian laws tobacco marketing gives retailers headache

James Yu, who runs the King, updates tobacco in central Sydney, angered by strict anti-smoking laws in Australia makes the production of packets of cigarettes in gray olive-green box with the image of sick infants and sick body. Packages required on Saturday, when the laws take effect, make it difficult to tell brands apart, making it difficult to supply and added to the cost of their cramped, dark box. Legislation, the most draconian in the world, all the tape packages branding, bright colors and logos, leaving only the name is printed in small type are identical. “It took me an hour to unload the delivery, now it takes me four o’clock,” Yu said, demonstrating how difficult it is to find brands. “The government should have just banned them altogether, and then we would go … Read entire article »

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Tobacco law in disarray after Dalli resignation

The European Commission is trying to contain the damage from a bribery scandal that precipitated the resignation of John Dalli, the European commissioner for health and consumer policy. As Dalli hit back against the allegations, accusing President Jose Manuel Barroso, the Commission president, of forcing the resignation of the commission was the last night fending off claims that his planned tobacco legislation had been ambushed. Dalli, a former finance and foreign minister of Malta, categorically denies the case made by OLAF, the European Union’s anti-fraud office that he was aware that an entrepreneur from Malta was trying to extract money from the Swedish tobacco company in exchange for persuading Dalli change his tobacco proposals. OLAF submitted its report to the Commission on Monday and Dalli’s resignation was announced the next afternoon. Dalli later … Read entire article »

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CSOs urge the government to adopt tobacco control law

A Group of civil society campaigns on public health has asked the Ministry of Health to adopt a comprehensive law on tobacco control in accordance with international commitments. The Zambia Media Network against Tobacco, Zambia anti-smoking society and Zambia Consumers Association require action on the part of the Minister of Health to “move” the sluggish process of adoption. The group noted that Zambia has ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in May 2008, but was not home at the contract date. They stated that in the beginning of this year, the government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held a tame all treaties to which Zambia is a party. “As civil society groups, we welcomed the announcement by the Government. We were very pleased that the government is striving to fulfill … Read entire article »

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Tobacco display law

Tobacco displays will be the thing of the past next month, when amendments to the tobacco law come into force. To ensure compliance with the smoking law enforcement officers working in district health departments under contract with the Ministry of Health, will be doing spot checks at stores after July 23. If retailers have decided to continue the sale of tobacco after this date, they will have to think about how to receive and store tobacco products and how to get tobacco products to the buyer without having to show them. Tobacco retailers can not – Have the tobacco products are visible members of the public, either inside or outside their premises. – The use of any trademark or trade name, which means that tobacco products for sale within the premises. Waikato District Health Board alcohol … Read entire article »

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Mississippi reins in the use of contingency-Fee Lawyers

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will be signed tomorrow in the law restricting the use of public external case-fee lawyers. Act against whom the Attorney General Jim Hood, will require all outside consultants to keep detailed records of time and money and limit contingency fees of lawyers, for a total fee of $ 50 million. This law will deter the practice, raised eyebrows and made a lot of political connected lawyers very rich. Mississippi was the epicenter of the 1997 tobacco settlement, including $ 14 billion in fees for private lawyers who helped negotiate it, including companies such as Motley Rice, a former lawyer Dickie Scruggs prisoner, who was recruited by his friend, then- miss. Attorney General Michael Moore. Here in my home state of Connecticut tobacco prosperity showered money on the … Read entire article »

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Survey: Ky. retailers compliant with tobacco law

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says retailers in Kentucky are doing a good job of keeping tobacco products out of the hands of minors. An annual survey conducted by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control found that more than 94 percent of retailers surveyed upheld the state law banning sale of tobacco products to people younger than 18. States are required to conduct the survey each year and show that compliance by retailers is at least 80 percent. The agency says Kentucky’s rate has been around 94 percent since 2003. The national average for 2009 was 89 percent. States that fall below 80 percent compliance are subject to a penalty of 40 percent of federal grants for substance abuse prevention and treatment. … Read entire article »

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