In Morocco, an increase in taxes on tobacco products is seen simply as a way of raising more cash for the Government.
Non-smokers in New Zealand welcomed the New Year in the knowledge that smokers would be paying even more tax and thereby funding public services that non-smokers could enjoy.
China is to crack down on the use of courier services for transporting illicit tobacco products.
No-smoking boundaries are too rigid adequately to protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke. They should vary, depending on the wind speed and direction, minute to minute.
Environmentally and health-wise, it would probably make more sense to allow people to smoke freely at airports while stopping planes from taking off or landing.
Raising the minimum legal age to 21 in respect of tobacco makes sense in Singapore in one limited respect. The voting age there is also 21.
A Public Health England campaign is a powerful and timely reminder of the enormous health benefits that smokers can enjoy by switching from smoking to vaping.
The case for switching from cigarette smoking to electronic-cigarette vaping is becoming overwhelming.
In Spain, it is permissible to smoke a hookah in an enclosed public place if no tobacco is involved, but it is not permissible to vape an electronic cigarette.
Although it is not as easy to be a nicotine vaper in Australia as it is in some other countries, it is by no means impossible.