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With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

West Australian Opera has ditched its upcoming season of Bizet’s Carmen after a major sponsor raised objections to the depiction of cigarette smoking in the 1875 four-act opera.

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Hollywood fad, or tobacco habits vapourised? The rise of e-cigarettes

Hollywood is hooked on e-cigarettes, and some health authorities in the United States believe they help people kick the tobacco habit. So why are they effectively banned in Australia?

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Anti-cigarette measures up in smoke

Crikey readers talk cigarettes, alcohol, conscription and whether climate change or tectonic activity is to blame for the Solomon Islands’ plight.

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A Pope for our time

Crikey readers talk e-cigarettes, Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and why this Pope is dope.

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Crikey clarifier: are e-cigarettes such a great idea?

Electronic cigarettes are touted as the miracle solution to the worldwide tobacco problem. In Australia they are unregulated, scientifically unsubstantiated and toe a blurry line of legality. Freelance writer Dylan Barber attempts to blow away the smoke.

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Tips and rumours

ABC talent heads for the door before promotion? … bikies don pink onesies in Newman protest … which ministers enjoy a ciggie on parliamentary grounds? …

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Tax hike: will smokers cough up or butt out?

Labor wants to jack up the tax on cigarettes. Crikey intern Henry Belot investigates whether that will really cut smoking rates, or if it’s a cash grab.

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Cigs, public servants and visa charges to pay for Labor’s surplus

The government has unveiled its pre-election mini-budget, aiming to raise revenue and cut spending to return to forecast by 2015-16. But it’s going to be a painful journey.

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Up in smoke

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Hinch vs Latham vs Henderson

Crikey readers weigh in on the big issues of the day.

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The cost of smoking

Crikey readers have their say.

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WTO case quid pro quo to Big Tobacco by Ukraine

So why is Ukraine, of all countries, taking Australia to the World Trade Organisation over our plain packaging laws?

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Will government’s plain-packaging proposals make a difference?

The government is not breaking new ground with its proposal for plain packaging of cigarettes, writes Ian Hanke, of Agitate.com.au

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Smokers already being ripped off — plain packaging is just insulting

Australia’s four million-odd smokers had already been paying an extra $5.5 billion a year in tax to smoke, or about $1250 each. Plain packaging is just insulting, says economist and researcher Adam Creighton.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Blowing out Rudd’s approval

For the first time, party vote breakdowns on smokers and non-smokers are available, helping explain the latest decline in the Labor vote: smokers are ALP voters. Possum Comitatus has the figures.

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‘Cancer man’: cigarette companies don’t deserve sympathy

Tobacco companies are well aware of the addictive and dangerous nature of their products. I know, I used to work at one and we’d send free ciggies out to influential decision makers, writes David Donovan.

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The true truth about truth in advertising

You may need to have a Sausageologist perform a chopectomy on you

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The Jack Marx Affair | FEDERAL|

Jack Marx: It’s my body and I’ll kill it with cigarettes if I want to

Jack Marx pens an open letter to the The Heart Foundation: hands off my smokes!

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The Independent | EUROPE|

Drugs vs. booze

Debate is heating up in the UK after the government’s former chief drugs adviser, Dr David Nutt, was sacked over his views that cannabis is less harmful than cigarettes and alcohol. Now the scientific community is coming to his defence.

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Tax on cigs trumps gene lottery

It is more sensible to reduce cigarette smoking by high taxation on tobacco products than to spend resources on identifying those at increased genetic risk, writes Wayne Hall.

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Economists on the economy?

Crikey readers weigh in on where economists know anything about the economy, John Della Bosca jokes and the joys of ABC’s Respectember.

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Taxing fags an unhealthy obsession

Is more taxation the solution to Australia’s “health crisis” — if there even is a health crisis? asks Sinclair Davidson. The medical profession may get more money, but there’s no reason to believe it will solve the smoking or alcohol crisis.

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Cigarettes are fun!

Oh it’s still a real cigarette, it just has less tar. It’s all very Mad Men to have to make a smoking habit look as innocent and breezy as flower arranging, but this 90s infomercial gives it a good shot.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Memo to Dutton: increasing tobacco tax works

Peter Dutton, Opposition spokesman on health, argues that increasing tobacco taxes is just a money grab and has “nothing to do with health outcomes”. The evidence suggests otherwise.

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Tree Hugger | ENVIRONMENT|

Tobacco candy: gross but green

Tobacco candy: it sounds disgusting (and probably is) but it’s a lot better for the environment than cigarettes.

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