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Wellness

Genetically-engineered tobacco plant is said to be almost nicotine-free

German scientists say they have managed to genetically alter a tobacco plant to have only one four-hundredth of its normal concentration of nicotine, an achievement that could pave the way for a less addictive cigarette.

Letters

Hasten passing of tobacco laws tobacco control

From MUHAMMAD SHA’ANI ABDULLAH, Co-ordinator, Tobacco Control @ Smoke Free Malaysia Initiative Federation of Malaysia Consumers Association.

Nation

TPP: Tobacco control alliance calls for support for Malaysia’s bid to exclude tobacco

PETALING JAYA: All negotiating countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must fully support Malaysia’s proposal to totally exclude tobacco from the trade pact, said the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Corporate News

Big tobacco loses appeal in US$13b Quebec lawsuits

LONDON: In the latest legal blow against tobacco companies, the Canadian units of British American Tobacco Plc, Philip Morris International Inc. and Japan Tobacco Inc. were ordered to pay damages of about C$17 billion ($12.8 billion) after losing an appeal of class actions filed by Quebec smokers.

Letters

Tobacco convention bans sale of kiddie packs

A letter from DR MOLLY CHEAH, President, Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control.

Indonesia

Children risk health farming tobacco in Indonesia: HRW

Jakarta (AFP) - Children are being put to work on tobacco plantations in Indonesia that supply some of the world's biggest cigarette companies, putting their health at serious risk, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday.

Nation

Group wants tobacco excluded from TPPA

PETALING JAYA: Tobacco must be excluded from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) as it conflicts with Malaysia’s commitment to an international treaty on tobacco control, said Malaysian Women’s Action for Tobacco Control and Health (MyWatch).

AseanPlus News

Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

SEOUL: Smoke-filled bars and packed cancer wards reflect decades of neglect of no-smoking policies in Asia, where both high- and low-income countries are belatedly waking up to a growing tobacco-related health epidemic.

Corporate News

Japan Tobacco CEO signals Imperial Brands deal isn’t likely

TOKYO: Japan Tobacco Inc’s new chief executive favours pursuing deals in South-East Asia and markets where it lacks a presence rather than a more complex deal, signalling a much-speculated tie-up with Imperial Brands Plc is less likely.

AseanPlus News

Tobacco display bans may lower smoking rates: Australia study

SYDNEY, Oct 07, 2014 (AFP) - Smoking rates have dropped among young Australians in recent years, and research released Tuesday suggests that banning tobacco displays from shops is a factor.