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Andorra vows to kick habit of cigarette advertising

Andorra La Vella - The tax haven of Andorra has long been a favourite destination for smokers looking to stock up on cheap cigarettes, but the enclave said Thursday that it would soon stop advertising the fact.

Tokyo passes strict anti-smoking laws ahead of Olympics

Apo - Tokyo's city government Wednesday passed strict new anti-smoking rules ahead of the 2020 Olympics, leapfrogging national legislation on lighting up that has been watered down after opposition from pro-smoking MPs.

Smoking: a rundown on lighting up

Paris - Every minute, smokers get through nearly 11 million cigarettes and 10 die from the habit, experts say, in an industry that generates billions of dollars.Here are some facts and figures ahead of the UN's World No Tobacco Day Thursday.

Exploding e-cigarette killed Florida man, coroner says

Miami - An exploding e-cigarette killed a Florida man and set fire to his apartment, an autopsy has found.

ILO eyes decision on tobacco ties by year-end

Geneva - The International Labour Organization chief said Tuesday he hoped the UN body would resolve the controversial issue of whether to cut ties with the tobacco industry by the end of the year.

Taxes key in war on 'lifestyle' disease: health experts

Paris - Global health leaders declared war on lifestyle diseases Thursday, decrying the impact of tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks on the world's poor, while calling for taxes to curb consumption and finance healthcare.

Africa new frontline in anti-tobacco fight: activists

Cape Town - Africa and other developing regions are becoming increasingly significant battlegrounds in the effort to combat the spread of smoking, an anti-smoking campaign group warned on Thursday.

Michael Bloomberg to launch $20mn anti-tobacco watchdog

Cape Town - Philanthropist Michael Bloomberg announced on Wednesday that he will spend $20 million (16.13 million euros) to launch a watchdog to detect and expose deceptive practices by the tobacco industry.

Michael Bloomberg to launch $20mn anti-tobacco watchdog

Cape Town - Philanthropist Michael Bloomberg announced on Wednesday that he will spend $20 million (16.13 million euros) to launch a watchdog to detect and expose deceptive practices by the tobacco industry.

Girding for new battles in the war against Big Tobacco

Paris - Some 3,000 anti-tobacco experts and policy makers convening this week in Cape Town, South Africa confront an industry flush with profits and determined to expand the market for its deadly product.

Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day: study

Paris - Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published Thursday.

Russians cut back on drinking, smoking as fitness trend grows

Moscow - Russians are drinking less than at any point since the fall of the Soviet Union, figures show, as a raft of government measures bear fruit and healthy living becomes ever more fashionable.

'Smoking kills,' US tobacco firms say in court-ordered ads

Washington - Smoking kills an average 1,200 Americans daily, US tobacco companies admitted Sunday in court-ordered "corrective statements" published in newspapers.

UN labour body under fire over tobacco ties

Geneva - The UN's labour organisation was accused Thursday of capitulating to pressure from tobacco companies after it withdrew an announcement that it had cut financial ties with the industry.

Global anti-smoking measures quadruple since 2007: WHO report

New York - Warnings about the dangers of smoking and restrictions on tobacco use have quadrupled worldwide since 2007, but more needs to be done to curb this deadly habit, the UN health agency said Wednesday.

New doubts cast over e-cigarettes

University of Connecticut scientists have published a study that shows electronic cigarettes ('e-cigarettes') are potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes.

Tobacco kills 7 million a year, wreaks environmental havoc: WHO

Geneva - Smoking and other tobacco use kills more than seven million people each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, also warning of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution and waste.

Philippine's Duterte imposes public smoking ban

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order that will impose a wide-ranging ban on smoking in public, reinforcing some of the toughest anti-tobacco measures in Asia.

Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO

Bejing - Smoking-related diseases will claim 200 million lives in China this century and plunge tens of millions into poverty, a report said Friday.

Treaty slows global tobacco use by 2.5%: WHO

Paris - Tobacco use fell by 2.5 percent worldwide a decade after the first global health treaty went into effect, World Health Organization researchers said Wednesday.

Shanghai expands public smoking ban

Shanghai widened its ban on public smoking Wednesday as China's biggest city steps up efforts to stub out the massive health threat despite conflicts of interest with the state-owned tobacco industry.

'Third-hand' smoke may harm infants: study

Paris - The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that "second-hand" smoke also harms health.

Health group outlines advice for giving up smoking

Toronto - Although smoking tobacco products is in decline in many countries, a sizable minority continue to smoke. To remind smokers about the process of quitting, the Canadian Cancer Society has provided Digital Journal with a nine step plan.

Use of prescription painkillers surpasses tobacco

A new trend exposes the use of prescription painkillers in the U.S.; the use of opioid-based medication now exceeds that of tobacco. This is based on a U.S. government backed survey.

Spanish police seize record 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco

Madrid - Spanish police have seized a record 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco worth 16 million euros ($18 million) and arrested 13 people suspected of selling it over the internet, they said Thursday.

Uruguay wins case against US tobacco firm

Montevideo - Uruguay won an arbitration case against US tobacco giant Philip Morris, which sued the state claiming its strict anti-tobacco law harmed the cigarette maker's business, both sides said.

Call for Canadian cigarettes to be in plain packages

Toronto - World No Tobacco Day is taking place on May 31. As part of the social media campaigns, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association is calling for cigarettes to be placed in plain packages to discourage smoking.

Plain cigarette packs become law in UK, France

London - The days of branded cigarette packets in Britain and France are over as new plain packaging laws came into effect on Friday, hailed by campaigners despite resistance from tobacco firms.

Turning tobacco plants into cannabinoid bio-factories

With the medical marijuana market heating up, the company 22nd Century has announced a new initiative to produce medically important cannabinoids in plants other than cannabis, like tobacco plants.

Germany adds black lung, rotting teeth photos to cigarette packs

In an effort to curb smoking, Germany is placing startling images of black lungs and rotting teeth on cigarette packages as part of a mandatory regulation established by the European Union. Predictably, tobacco industry bigwigs are not happy about this.
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