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Thailand has become the first country in Asia, and 16th in the world, to roll out plain packaging. Read more

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The group Premium Cigar Retailers of Canada has launched “The Better Cigar Plan”, a new portal that allows Canadian citizens and businesses to easily contact their member of parliament in support of an exemption for premium cigars. Read more

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Plain packaging with graphic images will not change customer habits, New Zealand shop owners say. Read more

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One year from the controversial introduction of plain packaging in the UK, new research commissioned by JTI and conducted by independent polling company Kantar TNS reveals that the majority of the public are not supportive of the policy. Read more

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The Sri Lankan Cabinet has approved a proposal submitted by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, minister of health, to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products. Read more

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A letter sent by the Property Rights Alliance to the World Health Organization says the removal of brands from packaging is a “gross violation” of intellectual property rights and has failed to achieve its intended goals. Read more

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While legislation means that plain packaging is an increasing prerequisite for many tobacco packs, certain Asian markets still allow brands to reflect their identity through their packaging. Read more

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“Government is committed to implement plain packaging not only because we believe in its effectiveness but we are also sure that the trend worldwide would reduce the number of people getting hooked on smoking,” Mauritius minister says. Read more

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Plain packaging will be enforced as part of a law to be presented in France in the coming months, a government official says. Read more

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From the Associate editor

Jumping the Gun with E-Cig Bans?

Food for thought: could this rush to ban e-cigarettes and flavors actually backfire on public health?

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