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US tobacco giant Reynolds bans smoking in its offices
US tobacco giant Reynolds bans smoking in its offices

The second largest tobacco producer in the United States, Reynolds American said it will ban smoking in all indoor office spaces, bowing to smoke-free social norms.

US tobacco giant Reynolds bans smoking in its offices
Anti-tobacco conference struggles to stub out lobbyists
Anti-tobacco conference struggles to stub out lobbyists

A major conference aimed at cutting global smoking rates in Moscow found itself grappling with another issue.

Anti-tobacco conference struggles to stub out lobbyists
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World No Tobacco Day: WHO urged not to snuff out e-cig

The e-cigarette was pushed centre stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts urging the UN's health agency to embrace the gadget as a life saver.

World No Tobacco Day: WHO urged not to snuff out e-cig
S. Korea state insurer sues three tobacco makers
S. Korea state insurer sues three tobacco makers

South Korea's state health insurer said Monday it had filed a lawsuit against three domestic and foreign tobacco makers, seeking damages of 53.7 billion won ($51.6 million) for payouts over smoking-related illnesses.

S. Korea state insurer sues three tobacco makers
Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places
Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places

Los Angeles lawmakers voted to ban e-cigarette use in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, including work places, restaurants and bars.

Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places
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Cuban cigar sales up 8 percent in 2013

Cuban cigar sales were up eight percent in 2013, reaching $447 million, with strongest market gains in China.

Cuban cigar sales up 8 percent in 2013
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US bans bidis made by Indian tobacco company

US regulators on Friday banned four types of small cigarettes known as bidis made by an Indian company, marking the Food and Drug Administration's first-ever oversight action against a tobacco product.

US bans bidis made by Indian tobacco company
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China can prevent 13 million smoking deaths by 2050: study

China can prevent nearly 13 million tobacco-related deaths by 2050 by fully implementing a set of neglected anti-smoking policies it had already agreed to.

China can prevent 13 million smoking deaths by 2050: study
Quitting smoking makes you happier, says study
Quitting smoking makes you happier, says study

Moderate or heavy smokers who quit tobacco get a boost in mental wellbeing that, for people who are anxious or stressed, is equivalent to taking anti-depressants.

Quitting smoking makes you happier, says study
Smokers scarce in America, 50 yrs after health warning
Smokers scarce in America, 50 yrs after health warning

Fifty years ago, almost half of Americans smoked cigarettes -- at work, in restaurants, schools and even in hospitals. Then came a landmark warning that changed everything.

Smokers scarce in America, 50 yrs after health warning
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Liver and let die: James Bond was an alcoholic - study

"A dry martini. Just hand it to me, and I'll do the shaking myself."

Liver and let die: James Bond was an alcoholic - study
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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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S. Korea tobacco firm to pull chimp ad for 'Africa' brand

South Korea's top tobacco firm said Wednesday it would pull ads for its new "This Africa" brand of cigarettes after complaints the use of images of apes dressed as humans was racist.

S. Korea tobacco firm to pull chimp ad for 'Africa' brand
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Excise tax on cigarets and alcohol to double and quadruple in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Minister of Economy and Budget Planning Yerbolat Dossayev explained the coming raise of the excise tax on alcohol and tobacco.

Excise tax on cigarets and alcohol to double and quadruple in Kazakhstan
Spain raises taxes on alcohol, tobacco
Spain raises taxes on alcohol, tobacco

The Spanish government, which is struggling to cut one of the eurozone's largest public deficits during a double-dip recession, on Friday raised taxes on tobacco and alcohol.

Spain raises taxes on alcohol, tobacco
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
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Health gap in Europe wider than ever

Life expectancy in Russia has marked time since the collapse of the Soviet Union but risen in its former eastern-bloc allies.

Health gap in Europe wider than ever