The bans and restrictions on tobacco products imposed by a new law in Ethiopia arguably comprise a good initiative. The ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes is a bad one.
Tracking and tracing tobacco products cannot be high on the UK Government’s agenda. Indeed, it would pay handsomely anybody who could track down any trace of its Brexit agenda.
It is difficult to fault the logic behind a proposed cigarette sales ban in Hawaii, but the schedule proposed for the progressive introduction of the ban seems to make little sense.
The World Bank has come up with an answer of sorts to criticism that Davos attendees were shy about taxing the rich: at least ensure that impoverished smokers pay up big time.
It would be interesting to know if the authorities in Thailand considered whether it was ethical to encourage people to use their cameras to intrude on the privacy of strangers.
Although Turkey’s smoking incidence has risen as the country has brought in waves of anti-tobacco initiatives; the authorities are reacting by offering, not reflection, but more of the same.