NZ consumer groups slam price hike

Consumer groups in New Zealand have attacked a 10 percent rise in cigarette tax (which took effect January 1) as unfairly hurting poor families and encouraging smuggling while denying smokers a legitimate alternative in the form of e-cigarettes. The Taxpayers Union said the government was merely raising extra revenue and was not interested in any

Malaysia to press ahead with e-cigs

The Malaysian government will not be deterred from its stated aim of making e-cigarettes legally available under regulation to consumers throughout the country, according to latest reports. Amid a welter of conflicting rumours circulating in the media, deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya told The Star that the ministry’s decision on the sale of vape

Expert ridicules Labor price hike plan

A leading health and harm reduction policy expert has slammed the Australian Labor Party’s idea of hiking cigarette taxes even more if it wins the 2016 federal election. In a piece for ABC’s The Drum, policy consultant and former senior government adviser Terry Barnes has pointed out that in Australia there are more smokers than

Malaysia decides against vaping ban

The Malaysian government has announced it will not after all ban vaping and e-cigarettes, overturning a previous statement from its health minister. The Sun newspaper reported on October 30: ‘Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob … made the announcement in a Facebook post earlier today. “Good news for vapers, vaper brewers

Macau: smokers want access to e-cigs

In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in Macau, regional consumer advocacy group factasia.org has found that most smokers want to be able to choose to switch to less harmful alternatives such as e-cigarettes. A large majority of adult smokers (71 percent) believes the Government should be encouraging them to switch to less harmful products