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#Snus – #ECJ, politically charged, opposes harm-reduction

#Snus – #ECJ, politically charged, opposes harm-reduction

| December 3, 2018

The European Court of Justice decided against overturning the EU-wide ban on the smokeless tobacco snus. The ruling displays a political public health motivation, writes Bill Wirtz. In January last year, the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) appealed against the 1992 EU-ban on the smokeless tobacco snus. Snus is powdered tobacco, often sold in pre-packed bags […]

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Real-time intelligence exchange leads to seizure of seven million cigarettes at EU external border

Real-time intelligence exchange leads to seizure of seven million cigarettes at EU external border

| October 24, 2018

Border agencies seized more than seven million cigarettes during a Joint Border Control Operation (JBCO) co-ordinated by the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) in co-operation with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The JBCO, codenamed JANUS, ran between May and June 2018 and prompted border agencies from the participating countries (Poland, […]

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Criminal network smuggling cigarettes and alcohol thwarted in #Poland

Criminal network smuggling cigarettes and alcohol thwarted in #Poland

| August 7, 2018

The Gdańsk Bureau of the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation (Centralne Biuro Śledcze, CBŚP), together with the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk and with the support of Europol arrested five suspects and seized more than 39 million cigarettes. Police officers from the CBŚP conducted since 2015 an investigation supervised by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in […]

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#IEA sets its sights on Brussels

#IEA sets its sights on Brussels

| August 1, 2018

Not content with its regular contact with British ministers, the Insititute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has set its sights on influencing European actors with its uncompromising free trade and deregulation message. The main issue at stake here is transparency, writes Catherine Feore. The Guardian and Greenpeace journalists (Unearthed) covertly videoed the Chief Executive of the […]

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The French lead by example on #cigarette recycling

The French lead by example on #cigarette recycling

| July 9, 2018

Having toughened its stance at home, France is leading the way on proposals to curb the adverse environmental impacts of the tobacco industry EU-wide, placing producers at the centre of the European debate.   Last week, Younous Omarjee, a French MEP from La France Insoumise (Unbowed France) party, published a report containing 10 suggestions aimed […]

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How is #OLAF fighting illicit cigarette market?

How is #OLAF fighting illicit cigarette market?

| June 18, 2018

The illicit trafficking of tobacco is a multibillion-dollar business today, fuelling organized crime and corruption, funding terrorism and robbing governments of much needed tax money. So profitable is this trade that tobacco is the world’s most widely smuggled legal substance. This global phenomenon, results in an annual loss of more than €10 billion in public […]

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Leading academic insists #ECigarettes are less harmful than tobacco

Leading academic insists #ECigarettes are less harmful than tobacco

| April 18, 2018

A leading academic says that electronic cigarettes are “considerably less harmful” than smoking tobacco. In a Q&A interview with this website, Italian academic Dr. Riccardo Polosa (pictured, below), said that such products are “unlikely to raise significant health concerns”, writes Martin Banks.   EU Reporter:  Millions of Europeans are now using electronic cigarettes, but are […]

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