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Totally Wicked’s Managing Director agrees to step down after inappropriate e-mails

Jason Cropper, founder and CEO of Totally Wicked E-Liquid, has agreed to resign from the multimillion-pound global business that he created.

Mr Cropper has on a number of occasions made direct contact with Ms Linda McAvan MEP, lead Rapporteur of the EU ENVI committee, and Mr Jeremy Mean of the MHRA. In these communications, Mr Cropper has called into question the legitimacy and motivations of these two individuals and the organisations that they represent.

Business Development Director, Fraser Cropper, will assume the role of CEO.

Source: Yahoo! – 26 June 2013

St Ives newsagent in court for smoking

Smoking at work has cost a newsagent more than £500 after he was caught by a council official investigating a complaint by a member of the public.

Christopher Whateley had already received three warnings about smoking at the shop, magistrates at Huntingdon heard.

Source: News and Crier – 01 July 2013

Smoking ban is hailed a success by pub landlords

Six years ago a ban prohibiting smoking in public places was introduced across the country.

While some pubs have seen some negative effects, many have hailed the ban as a success.

There was initial outcry from landlords and pub regulars alike when the ban was first enforced but many have since adapted to the changes in the law.

See also:
– ‘Dirty’ confessions of a smoker and why I’ll be celebrating the smoking ban anniversary, Daily Mirror
– Should smoking be banned in public places? Vote here as UK smoking ban celebrates sixth anniversary, Daily Mirror

Source: Swindon Advertiser – 30 June 2013

Dutch pension fund blacklists tobacco companies

A Dutch pension fund has sold its stakes in tobacco companies and put them on its investment blacklist amid child-labor allegations and concerns over worker conditions in the sector.

PFZW, a pension fund for health-care workers, said it shed some 600 million euros ($780 million) in stakes in several tobacco companies, including Malboro-maker Altria. and British American Tobacco. The pension fund said it decided to sell the stakes after the companies failed to address its concerns about the alleged use of child labor and labor conditions in general. It also cited objections to the way the companies market and sell tobacco products to young people.

Source: ADVFN – 01 July 2013

Greece: Tobacco smuggling ‘soars’

According to the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), a survey done by AC Nielsen in Greece in April 2013, estimated that tobacco trafficking consists 18.6% of the total consumption, compared to 7.3% at the end of the year 2010.

Source: Greek Reporter – 29 June 2013

Australia: PM’s overseas trip linked to tobacco group

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd accepted international flights and hotel accommodation from a German foundation that controls a key part of the international tobacco industry, despite his earlier declarations that “cigarettes kill people”.

Mr Rudd’s declarations of interests lodged with the federal parliament reveal that in October last year he was given return international tickets and two days accommodation in Berlin from the Korber Foundation, a German non-profit foundation that is the sole owner of the world’s leading supplier of machines for the production of filter cigarettes.

The Prime Minister’s acceptance of this benefit would appear to be at odds with the Federal Labor Party’s long standing policy of not accepting political donations or any other benefits from the tobacco industry.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald – 29 June 2013

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