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U.K.’s Generational Tobacco Ban Clears Key Vote

If passed, it would be illegal for anyone born after 2008 to purchase tobacco products in the U.K. The bill now heads to committees where it can be further debated and amended.

France to Ban Smoking at Public Parks & Beaches, Eyes Plain Packaging for All Tobacco Products

France’s Minister of Health has also called for a minimum price for a pack of cigarettes and a ban on single-use vaping products.

New Zealand’s Government Scrapping Generational Tobacco Ban (Update)

The new government of New Zealand says it will repeal the law before March 2024.

Report: Pressure Builds to Exempt Cigars from Proposed U.K. Generational Smoking Ban

The Sun says that a dozen senior MPs are pressuring the Department of Health to exempt cigars from the proposed law.

United Kingdom to Vote on Banning Tobacco Sales to Anyone Born After 2008

The proposal, which was studied by Boris Johnson’s government in 2022, will now be voted on in Parliament.

Hong Kong Considering Generational Tobacco Ban, Higher Taxes, Plain Packaging & More

Hong Kong’s Health Bureau is surveying residents on potential new tobacco regulations encompassing everything from increased tobacco taxes to nicotine limits to a generational tobacco ban.

European Commission Asks for Comments Regarding Upcoming Tobacco Rules

The comments will be used to revise the EU’s Framework for Tobacco Control, changes that are expected to happen next year.

Hong Kong Increases Tobacco Taxes by 31 Percent

Now the question is whether this will mean the prices of Cuban cigars will increase around the world due to Habanos S.A.’s “global pricing standard” that was introduced in 2022. Last year, the Cuban cigar monopoly said it wanted to create uniform pricing around the world, with the price of a cigar in Hong Kong designated as the standard price.

Singapore Increases Taxes on Cigars, Tobacco Products by 15 Percent

All tobacco tax rates in Singapore are increasing by 15 percent. The new tax rate for cigars will be SGD 42.7 per gram.