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August 8th, 2015:

Shizuoka man poisons girlfriend with tobacco stew

SHIZUOKA (TR) – Shizuoka Prefectural Police on Friday announced the arrest of a 22-year-old male for forcing his girlfriend to eat a stew containing a lethal dose of tobacco in Shizuoka City, according to the Shizuoka Shimbun (Aug. 8).

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, Takahiro Kondo, a manager of a fuzoku (sex-related) parlor, held a knife to the woman, 23, and forced her to consume the stew, which contained nicotine from 20 cigarettes, and a sleeping pill inside the residence they shared.

Police discovered the concoction after the woman was rushed to a hospital after consuming it. Consuming a broth made from two cigarettes can be fatal, police said.

Kondo, who faces charges of attempted murder, has denied the allegations. “We intended to commit suicide,” the suspect told police, according to the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 7).

While in the hospital, the victim vomited and fully recovered from the poisoning.

The couple had been living together for several years prior to the incident.

Customs detects suspected case of smuggling illicit cigarettes in fake bakery ovens

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs detected a case of using fake bakery ovens to conceal suspected illicit cigarettes yesterday (August 7) at Lok Ma Chau Control Point. About 700 000 sticks of suspected illicit cigarettes were seized on an incoming lorry. The total market value of the cigarettes was about $1.8 million with a duty potential of about $1.3 million.

In the operation, a 42-year-old male driver was arrested and the lorry used in the suspected smuggling of illicit cigarettes was detained.

In the late night of August 6, Customs officers at Lok Ma Chau Control Point intercepted an incoming lorry declared to be carrying 92 cartons of bakery ovens and plastic strips. After thorough inspection, Customs officers early yesterday morning found about 700 000 sticks of suspected illicit cigarettes inside six fake bakery ovens. It was believed that speedy distribution of the illicit cigarettes to various buyers in the territory would be arranged.

A Customs spokesman said today (August 8), “Hong Kong Customs will continue to carry out stringent enforcement action against the smuggling of illicit cigarettes at boundary control points.”

Under the Import and Export Ordinance, smuggling is a serious offence.

The maximum penalty is a fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

Members of the public are urged to report suspected illicit cigarette activities by calling the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

To improve health and save lives for generations – Uganda passes comprehensive TC law

By Manjari Peiris

The government of Uganda by enacting a comprehensive tobacco control law has conveyed a strong message. The message convinces that public health should and will prevail over tobacco industry profits and intimidation.

It is now critical that the government effectively implement and enforce the law. Uganda’s law sets a powerful example for Africa, which has traditionally lower rates of tobacco use and has been targeted by the tobacco industry as a major growth market.

A key provision of the law requires 100 percent smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces and public transport and also prohibits smoking within 50 meters of all public places.

This provision and others faced strong opposition from British American Tobacco Uganda, which lobbied policymakers to provide for designated smoking areas.

The Global Tobacco Survey which is said to be the first ever in Uganda released in July 2014, reveals that 62 percent of adults who visited bars or nightclubs were reported to have exposed to secondhand smoke and 20 percent who worked indoors had been exposed to tobacco smoke at their work places. This new law will ensure everybody’s right to breathe clean air.

This new law will also necessitate graphic health warnings covering 65 percent of tobacco packets, ban all tobacco advertising, promotions and sponsorships, prohibit sale of cigarettes to under-aged below 21 years, prohibit cigarette sales within 50 meters of educational institutions, health facilities, cinemas, police stations, prisons and other places where children are called for.

– Asian Tribune

Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Deeming Tobacco Products proposed rule

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