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Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris buy 40% of Russian distributor

Japan Tobacco (JT) and Philip Morris will each buy a 20 percent stake in Russian distributor Megapolis for a total of more than $1.5 billion, as the rivals move to tap the world's second-biggest cigarette market.

Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris buy 40% of Russian distributor
New York City raises legal age for cigarettes to 21
New York City raises legal age for cigarettes to 21

A New York City law banning cigarette sales to people under 21 was signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday, the latest move in the Big Apple's war on smoking.

New York City raises legal age for cigarettes to 21
E-cigarettes could save millions of lives, conference told
E-cigarettes could save millions of lives, conference told

Switching to e-cigarettes could save millions of smokers' lives, a conference on the increasingly popular devices heard Tuesday, though some experts warned more research on the health effects is needed.

E-cigarettes could save millions of lives, conference told
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Hyundai cars to ditch cigarette lighter socket

Hyundai Motor said Thursday it would stop putting cigarette lighter sockets in cars made for the domestic market in favour of a USB power point.

Hyundai cars to ditch cigarette lighter socket
China's e-cigarette inventor fights for financial rewards
China's e-cigarette inventor fights for financial rewards

The Chinese inventor who dreamed up the electronic cigarette in a nicotine-induced vision says that despite its global popularity, copycat versions and legal disputes mean he has battled to cash in on his creation.

China's e-cigarette inventor fights for financial rewards
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Nearly 9 in 10 kids in China know cigarette logos: study

Nearly nine in 10 children in China can identify a cigarette logo, according to a US study out Monday that measured tobacco recognition among five- and six-year-olds in various countries.

Nearly 9 in 10 kids in China know cigarette logos: study
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Smoking warning works just on front of cigarette pack

Big anti-smoking messages on the front of cigarette packets may help deter youngsters tempted by tobacco but have little effect when they are on the back of the pack.

Smoking warning works just on front of cigarette pack
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Studies show menthol cigs harder to quit: US

US regulators on Tuesday released a review of scientific data that shows menthol cigarettes are harder to quit than regular kinds, and asked for public input on a possible ban.

Studies show menthol cigs harder to quit: US
Frightening images are placed in the upper part of the packs. Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
'Deglamoring' cigarettes to cut smokers numbers in Kazakhstan

Director of Kazakhstan National Center for Healthy Lifestyle Zhamilya Battakova spoke about frightening images on cigarette packs.

'Deglamoring' cigarettes to cut smokers numbers in Kazakhstan
Frightening images are placed in the upper part of the packs. Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
Frightening images appear on cigarette packs in Kazakhstan

Some of tobacco producers have started printing daunting images on cigarette packs ahead of scheduled time in Kazakhstan.

Frightening images appear on cigarette packs in Kazakhstan
Smoking out tobacco: The rise of the e-cig
Smoking out tobacco: The rise of the e-cig

The camera zooms in on a stubble-bearded hunk dragging on a cigarette and blowing out a thick cloud of smoke with what seems to be great satisfaction.

Smoking out tobacco: The rise of the e-cig
Recycling entrepreneur stubs out cigarette garbage
Recycling entrepreneur stubs out cigarette garbage

Recycling entrepreneur Tom Szaky is stubbing out the world's cigarette problem -- one butt at a time.

Recycling entrepreneur stubs out cigarette garbage
Australia readies for first plain pack cigarettes
Australia readies for first plain pack cigarettes

All cigarettes sold in Australia will be in identical, plain packages from Saturday in a world first after the government overcame legal challenges from the tobacco industry.

Australia readies for first plain pack cigarettes
Australia slams 'sick joke' cigarette packs
Australia slams 'sick joke' cigarette packs

Australia slammed as a "sick joke" Wednesday new cigarette packs on sale as part of the national phase-in to plain packaging which play on drab branding and claim it's "what's on the inside that counts."

Australia slams 'sick joke' cigarette packs
US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings
US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings

A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to "browbeat" smokers into quitting.

US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings
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Kazakhstan will sell no cigarettes at night and on weekends

Kazakhstan is going to toughen its rules of wholesale and retail sales of tobacco.

Kazakhstan will sell no cigarettes at night and on weekends
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Bottom prices of cigarettes raised 30% in Kazakhstan

Bottom prices of filter cigarettes have been raised from 60-70 tenge to 90-100 tenge ($0.61-0.68) for a pack.

Bottom prices of cigarettes raised 30% in Kazakhstan
Second biggest cigarette producer in Kazakhstan closing down one of its two production facilities
Second biggest cigarette producer in Kazakhstan closing down one of its two production facilities

The tobacco facility in Shymkent was launched in 1995.

Second biggest cigarette producer in Kazakhstan closing down one of its two production facilities
"Smoking causes impotence" warning on the cigarette pack
PHOTO: Kazakhstan tries to frighten off smokers with impotence and cancer

Kazakhstan Ministry of Public Healthcare is reviewing the options of daunting images approved by EurAzEC to appear on cigarette packs by 2012.

PHOTO: Kazakhstan tries to frighten off smokers with impotence and cancer