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Spain: Smoking Rate Increased

The incidence of smoking among Spaniards aged 15-64 last year, at 34.0 percent, was higher than it was before the introduction of a tobacco-smoking ban in 2005, 32.8 percent, according to a story in El Pais.


Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have taken the country by storm. Perceived as an affordable, sleek and cool way to inhale nicotine, they have many running to their local tobacco shops to purchase this latest trend.


The Tobacco Retailers Alliance (TRA) has criticised control group Fresh North East for calling on the government to introduce a licensing scheme for tobacco retailers and manufacturers to fund improved enforcement and other measures to reduce smoking prevalence.


Debate on a report on Malawis Tobacco Industry Bill by a joint parliamentary committee has been deferred by the leader of the House, Kondwani Nankhumwa, according to a story in The Maravi Post.


The Philippines Department of Health yesterday published new graphic warnings that will be included on cigarette packs, according to a story on ABS-CBN.