It has long been known that snus use has almost ousted tobacco smoking in Sweden, along with the diseases caused by smoking. Now, the same seems to be happening in Norway.
The trouble with public consultations on tobacco issues is that non-users are in the majority and they are happy to impose on users the tyranny of the majority.
Unlike smokers in other countries, those in Greece do not seem to have taken kindly to public-places tobacco-smoking bans.
Japan seems to be trying to introduce balance into the public-places smoking debate by refusing to disregard the needs of smokers and even making a distinction between smoking and vaping.
It seems odd that an organization has to go to court to challenge rules that threaten the survival of a product that substitutes for a far riskier one, which is not under threat.
A recent review of a number of modified risk tobacco product applications has been variously interpreted: as the right outcome, a disaster, an irrelevance, and just part of a process.
India has said that a move to take away the tobacco industry’s right to trade is not aimed at banning tobacco, but when the government moved against alcohol in this way, two states did ban alcohol.
Under a proposed anti-tobacco-smoking bill, those found smoking in an elevator would face stiffer fines than would those found smoking in a taxi.
Electronic-cigarette retailers in Kenya are enjoying something of a sales boom as people who once smoked the now-banned shisha cast about for alternative products.
Singapore is set to ban just about every tobacco and nicotine product that offers a less-risky alternative to cigarettes, the sale of which will presumably receive a boost.