The Knesset passes into law a ban on cigarette and tobacco ads in print media, nearly four years after a blanket ban on such ads in all other spaces.
The law amendment, proposed by Meretz MK Mossi Raz and Joint List MK Ofer Cassif, passed in its second and third readings, with seven in favor and no opposition.
The wide-reaching advertising ban on all mediums other than print currently extends to cigarettes, cigars, hookah products, and papers used to roll cigarettes. It also outlaws advertising for non-tobacco herbal substances used for smoking, as well as e-cigarettes and all affiliated devices.
Neuchâtel in Switzerland is an exciting technological hub and key site of the future of the tobacco industry. Phillip Morris International has been leveraging careful research and development at The Cube facility for over a decade and have more recently set an ambitious target of evolving sales towards an increase in percentage of smoke free products to account for 50% of revenue by 2025 and to completely phase out classic cigarette sales altogether in the next 15 years. This would make PMI the first tobacco company to commit to terminating the very product which shaped this industry, [...]
TOBACCO not only kills over eight million people every year; it also massively harms the environment. From cultivation to manufacturing, distribution, consumption and post-consumption, tobacco endangers the environment, and the health and wellbeing of people.
Governments should make tobacco companies accountable for the harms that they cause the environment and include this in a comprehensive tobacco control strategy. Each year, 340 to 680 million kg of cigarette butt litter are collected, topping the list of most common types of rubbish during coastal clean-ups. [...]
Every morning I leave my home in Sydney and walk to the train station, skipping over the forgotten carcasses of dozens of hyper-coloured, “disposable” vapes. They are littered in the gutters, in the bushes, on the street. The technicoloured reminder of addiction, battery-filled and crumpled metal, these discarded cartridges are a daily reminder that our government’s war on vaping is not working. But for almost anyone paying attention, that isn’t surprising. In every state and every town, illegal (not doctor-prescribed) vapes are sold brazenly. [...]
Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to smoke cigarettes and become dependent on nicotine. They may also find it more difficult to give up smoking. Researchers are investigating why this is the case.
ADHD is often associated with children, but it can continue into adulthood.
According to Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), as many as 10 million adults in the United States (U.S.) have ADHD.
Bolder steps are needed to reach Hong Kong’s “endgame” of a 5 per cent smoking rate and a midway goal of 7.8 per cent by 2025, including raising the levy on tobacco products, government advisers have said.
Dr Daniel Ho Sai-yin, an associate professor of the University of Hong Kong’s school of public health, suggested doubling the tax on cigarette packs to HK$76 (US$9.70) each, which would push the retail price to roughly HK$97.
Ho is also a member of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, which aims to educate the public and advise the government on the habit.
This World No Tobacco Day, Kenya appears to be further than ever from reducing cigarette sales and smoking. Its decision not to have any smoking reduction plan or policy since 2015, is proving to be good news for the smoking industry. For, without it, the government’s cocktail of ignoring nicotine replacement therapies and banning tobacco alternatives is leading to a surge in cigarette sales, according to global market researchers, in an unexpected windfall for the country’s cigarette producers.
The legal smoking age in England could reportedly be raised from 18 to 21 after a “radical” review into plans to make the country smoke-free by 2030.
An independent review commissioned by the health secretary, Sajid Javid, and led by Javed Khan, the former chief executive of the children’s charity Barnardo’s, is also expected to support new taxes on tobacco company profits, according to the Telegraph.
The review is also expected to recommend the NHS increase efforts to encourage smokers, particularly among pregnant women, to switch to vaping and e-cigarettes.
The number of people who smoke cigarettes in NSW has dropped to record levels, although experts have warned rising rates of vaping among under-25s could undo decades of work to reduce smoking rates.
Eleven per cent of people aged 16 to 24 reported being a current user of e-cigarettes, or “vapes”, more than double the number in 2020, data from the NSW Population Health Survey, published today, showed. In the same period, daily rates of smoking cigarettes among all people aged 16 and over decreased from 9.2 per cent to 8.2 per cent.
Anita Dessaix, chair of the Cancer Council’s public health committee, said she was concerned e-cigarettes were making smoking a habit for the next generation.
The relative risks and benefits of e-cigarettes for public health are a subject of ongoing controversy. Some highlight their potential dangers, such as rapid uptake by adolescents, many of whom are nicotine naïve when they start. Others argue that they are a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking and promote quitting, the benefits outweighing the risks.
Recent research in Addiction published on May 11, 2022, found that e-cigarette use may have adverse effects on several mental health measures, supporting arguments against them. So, in the end, what should we think about them, and are they good or bad? And what should we tell our patients and clients?
Scottish politicians, including ministers, have been routinely lobbied by the world’s biggest cigarette firms in breach of a treaty to protect public health policy from interference by the tobacco industry, it has been claimed.
MSPs were courted on 30 occasions in the past four years by Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco International, Philip Morris and British American Tobacco, who used their access largely to promote the benefits of vaping. The most senior member of government to be lobbied was Ivan McKee, the trade minister, who met with Imperial on two occasions in 2018.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that is found in all tobacco products.
People who use tobacco products are at high risk for developing nicotine dependence (formerly known as nicotine addiction), which is a lack of control over the need for nicotine.
According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 23 million people aged 12 and over reported dependence on nicotine. Tobacco products contain thousands of harmful chemicals that can affect every organ in the body and lead to serious illness and death.
"We lack progressive policymaking [in Africa]. The 'quit or die' approach is not working. We need to look at other options. (...) Nicotine is not the enemy; it does not cause cancer. Policymakers need to look at other products [safer nicotine alternatives] that can help smokers to quit smoking. As well as helping the farmers to diversify their crops in a way that is beneficial to them." - Joseph Magero, Chairman of Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA).
I smoked for 41 years and then finally quit smoking with vaping more than eight ago. I’ve owned and operated a vape shop for nearly seven years, helping more than 2,000 people in my small community to quit smoking with the help of flavored vapor products.
And I have a message for the Food and Drug Administration and its “Tobacco Control” allies: Your treatment of vaping is killing people. And you need to stop Tobacco Control, by which I mean the legislatures, regulatory bodies, policymakers, academia and research, the public “health” lobby groups and, of course, a complicit media. [...]
Nearly 2,300 adolescents and young adults became new tobacco smokers in the US over the period of 2017-2019 with the total number of users under 21 years of age vaping (using e-cigarettes) rising to over 1 million by 2019, accordingly to new published research. Of these, 56.3 per cent used Juul products in particular, according to research by John Pierce of the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, and colleagues in the May 30, 2022 edition of the online journal Pediatrics. Researchers reported that ‘JUUL Labs’ disrupted the e-cigarette market when they introduced the first high nicotine e-cigarette, a sleek product with candy and fruit flavourings. [...]
Proposed new taxes on e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products have attracted significant attention since their announcement in the national Budget speech.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani’s commitment to protect the health of citizens is to be commended. But there is concern among many in the public health community that his proposals to make tobacco harm reduction products less affordable will negatively affect efforts to cut Kenya’s stubbornly high smoking rates. Harm reduction is a concept that is widely accepted in the treatment of drug addiction, yet seems to receive less support in our country when applied to the treatment of smokers.
Macau’s executive council wants to ban the production, sale, distribution, import, export and transport of vapor products in the special administrative region (SAR), reports Macau Business.
Under changes proposed to the tobacco control law, violators would risk fines of MOP4,000 ($500).
The current law defines an e-cigarette as any product, or component thereof, that can be used to inhale vapor, with or without nicotine, by means of a mouthpiece, including a cartridge, a reservoir, as well as the device without a cartridge or reservoir.
Documents obtained by Filter provide insight into the Food and Drug Administration’s early planning of its much maligned premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) process to authorize e-cigarettes—or not—as “appropriate for the protection of public health.” They suggest, among other things, that the FDA may ultimately envisage a path to authorizing flavors other than tobacco and menthol, despite not having done so yet—and that the agency’s tendency to favor the largest companies, mostly with ties to the tobacco industry, has deep roots.
Drinking could be banned in the dedicated smoking areas of pubs, clubs and casinos in an attempt to compel more Queenslanders to quit cigarettes.
Designated outdoor smoking areas (DOSAs) could also be moved further away from other patrons, and young people banned from mingling with adult smokers, under proposals released by Queensland Health for public comment. “DOSAs contribute to second-hand smoke exposure, with Queensland Health data showing that in 2018 almost one million Queenslanders (946,000) spent time in a DOSA, and more than half were non-smokers,” the department said in a discussion paper. [...]
Joining us today to discuss the state of the U.S. vaping industry and ongoing efforts to work with the FDA is Tony Abboud, Executive Director of the Vapor Technology Association.