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Illegal Tobacco Marketers Escape Government Watch, Undermine ITP

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Illegal Tobacco Marketers Escape Government Watch

Researchers from the University of Bath have disclosed some leaked documents, which state that illegal tobacco marketers are deceiving governments worldwide to flood the cigarette black market, despite the Illicit Trade Protocol (ITP) put in place.

The documents revealed that cigarette manufacturers go over the brim, in order to undermine the Illicit Trade Protocol; an international agreement that was set up in 2012 to ensure tobacco companies pays their taxes.

The ITP also requires all tobacco products are marked so their origin could be traced.

Tobacco and alcohol are the biggest threats to human health of all addictive substances, as tobacco is responsible is responsible for 110 deaths per 100,000 people, while alcohol causes 33 fatalities worldwide, according to a study by University College London.

This is compared to just 6.9 deaths from cocaine per 100,000 members of the public, the research adds, as further results suggests that nearly one in five adults worldwide drink heavily at least once a month, while 15 per cent smoke tobacco every day.

A study by the University of Bath revealed that smuggling cigarette is one of the big tobacco industry’s biggest scam the world’s, as four major tobacco companies developed their own ‘track and trace’ system and hatched a joint plan to use third parties to promote this system to governments under the pretense it was independent of the tobacco industry.

The study also linked two-thirds of smuggled cigarettes to big tobacco firms.

The study author, who is the Director of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the university, Professor Anna Gilmore, said this was one of the tobacco industry’s greatest scams, adding that “Not only is it still involved in tobacco smuggling, but big tobacco is positioning itself to control the very system governments around the world designed to stop it from doing so.”

The research, published in the BMJ, further suggests that big tobacco companies paid for misleading data and reports that overestimate smuggling.

After reviewing industry-funded data on the illicit tobacco trade, the scientists found concerns with the research’s quality and accuracy.

They add the tobacco industry may deliberately produce misleading information.

The Lead author from the Tobacco Control Research Group at Bath, Allen Gallagher, explained “Our latest findings fit with the tobacco industry’s long history of manipulating research, including its extensive efforts to undermine and cause confusion on science showing the negative health impacts of smoking and second-hand smoke.”

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Time Magazine Names Jamal Khashoggi, Other Journalists As “Person Of The Year”

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Time Magazine Names Jamal Khashoggi, Other Journalists As "Person Of The Year"

This year’s time magazine “Person Of The Year” has been bestowed on a group of journalists that includes murdered Saudi writer, Jamal Khashoggi and two Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar’s government.  The magazine says it named the group of journalists as “person of the year” because the idea of truth as critical to democracy is under assault.

Also honored is the founder of a Philippines news website that has been vocal in criticizing that country’s authoritarian government. A Maryland, USA, newspaper is also among the honored.

This is the first time in its ninety-five year history that time magazine has honored people in its own profession.

The annual distinction is intended to recognize the person, group or idea that had the greatest influence on world events that year. It has been given to a wide range of influencers, from u.s. Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. And Queen Elizabeth to Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany, who was honored before the start of world war two.

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Syrian Government Using Anti-terrorism Law To Seize Properties From Dissidents

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Syrian Government Using Anti-terrorism Law To Seize Properties From Dissidents

Rights groups and some of the affected Syrian people say the government has been using a little-known anti-terrorism law to seize property from dissidents and their families as it takes back control of areas that were held by rebel groups.

Now that Syria’s conflict has stabilized, and president Bashar al-Assad again controls the biggest cities, it is left to be seen how he will handle the areas where the 2011 uprising against him flared.

International attention has focused on policies, such as legislation known as law 10, that could eventually enable the government to dispossess people in the opposition strongholds worst damaged in the war.

But human rights groups say, while law 10 has not yet been put into effect, the separate anti-terrorism law has already been used to seize property, including from people who had no hand in violence.

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Theresa May Faces Confidence Vote

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Theresa May Faces Confidence Vote

British prime minister, Theresa May faces a confidence vote in her leadership by MPs in her own conservative party, after chaos began to roil her European union exit deal.

So much now plagues the deal that has opened up the prospect of a messy no-deal Brexit or a referendum that could reverse Brexit.  Britain is due to exit on March the twenty-ninth next year.

Graham Brady, the chairman of the party’s so-called 1922 committee, said the threshold of 15 percent of the parliamentary conservative party seeking a confidence vote had been reached.  A vote will be taken at the house of Commons later this evening.

May could lose her position as prime minister if a hundred fifty-eight of her three hundred fifteen MPs vote against her, but a mutiny could also help sustain her through the crisis.

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