Archive | September 2012

Bhutan Smokers Pay Taxes, Tobacco Control

cheap kent cigsIn downtown Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, Sonam Dema – who requested her real name not be used – owns a small corner shop in a quiet alleyway. Packaged food, drinks, confectionaries and pastries are on display. On a busy afternoon, a Bhutanese man walks into the shop and orders cigarettes in a hushed tone. Dema looks around cautiously. She leans down to her handbag and pulls out a pack of 10 cigarettes. “One hundred ngultrum (about $1.87),” Dema says. Read More…

Cigarettes Price War, Big Tobacco

discount classic cigaretteCigarette makers are bracing for a potential drop in demand and a fierce price war, after Big Tobacco failed to overturn an Australian law last month calling for plain wrapping on their products. Since then, fear has mounted that generic packaging will not only hurt the premium brands that rely on distinct branding but will also trigger an illicit, counterfeit trade that will have major implications across the entire industry. Read More…

Smoking Outdoor Banned, Scotland Smoking Areas

cheap kiss cigsIn Scotland during the 1980s, public awareness about the long-term health risks of smoking was beginning to grow. Posters popped up in GP practices, shopping centres and bus stations and entire TV programmes such as ‘What’s Your Problem’ and ‘Scottish Women’ were dedicated to debating the topical issue. Read More…

Tobacco Companies Fight, Asia Cigarettes Policy

buy dunhill cigaretteThe world’s tobacco merchants are down on Australia after the country’s highest court backed the toughest cigarette-labelling rules anywhere. So far, the focus has been on intellectual-property rights, possible lawsuits by British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco and their ilk, and the plight of investors. More attention should be on how many lives will be saved and how much economic output won’t be squandered as other nations follow Australia’s lead. Read More…