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Philip Morris International, the company that sells Marlboro, Chesterfield, Parliaments and other brands internationally, thinks smoke-free products may be the solution to the company's longstanding cigarette problem. The company's cigarette shipment volumes have faltered as more smokers ditch the habit. But shipments of the company's heated tobacco devices, called IQOS, are soaring. To bolster the trend, Philip Morris (PM) is leaning heavily into its "anti-smoking" effors. [...]
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Plans to curb smoking with tougher tobacco regulations will not yield results unless there is political will from Putrajaya to enforce such laws, say MPs from the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and those involved in public health issues. They also warn that tougher laws will not mean anything if the public remains ignorant about the dangers of smoking. “We have capital punishment for drug trafficking but it hasn’t stopped that problem,” said DAP’s Charles Santiago.
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When delivered through cigarettes, nicotine is considered to be one of the most addictive substances on Earth, so it may seem odd to suggest that people should use more, rather than less, to quit smoking. A recent review of the research, however, has found just that. Nicotine replacement therapy, known as NRT, has been used to help people safely quit smoking for more than 20 years. It can be prescribed by a doctor but, in many countries, is also available to buy from grocery stores and pharmacies. [...]
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Media reports have given the impression that the new Food and Drug Administration guidelines on e-cigarettes will be successful in addressing the rise in teenage smoking – and that the policies are backed by sound public health research. But that is not the case. In fact, there is a great deal of information available that completely refutes the effectiveness of the FDA policy and demonstrates why it might actually make more teenagers smoke.
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Chimwemwe Ngoma is a social scientist and a tobacco harm reduction advocate, he is implementing an information dissemination project on tobacco harm reduction and nicotine science in Malawi. He leads a group of 24 tobacco harm reduction volunteer ambassadors in Malawi and Zimbabwe. [...]
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It’s easy to forget, given just how massive of an industry it’s grown into, but vaping is still a relatively new product. Just over ten years ago, very few people had ever heard of vaping, now it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. Despite a growing pile of independent research which supports the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaporizers, there is still a ton of research needed before we can be 100% sure about all the health effects. That’s why it’s as important as ever to fund research seeking to answer these tough questions. [...]
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Big Tobacco is increasingly using social media to find new ways to hook young people on smoking, circumventing decades of laws restricting the marketing of traditional cigarettes to minors. In major cities around the world such as Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Jakarta and Milan, tobacco companies have been holding extravagant events with names like “K_Player” and “RedMoveNow” that were designed to connect with young people.
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E-cigarettes pose less risk than smoking. The science is clear: while cigarettes kill about half their users, e-cigarettes have perhaps five percent of the risk. Therefore, e-cigarettes have the ability to save the lives of those smokers who switch to vaping. Yet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to eradicate e-cigarettes, a move that would sacrifice smoker lives and squander one of the greatest public health opportunities of our generation. Why? Regulators say they are concerned about a recent uptick in youth vaping. [...]
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Though alcohol and tobacco consumption have both dropped, Germans remain among the leading consumers in the developed world. Authorities are also worried about the rise in citizens addicted to gambling. The German Central Office for Addiction Issues presented its latest report in Berlin on Wednesday, and despite two-percent drops in the numbers of citizens addicted to alcohol and tobacco, the authors said there was still cause for alarm. The study found that Germany remains one of the most-addicted societies in the world.
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Tobacco companies killed 100 million people during the 20th century, according to the World Health Organization. They could kill up to a billion people in the 21st century unless we relegate tobacco addiction to the ash bucket of history. Tonight, the Sacramento City Council has an opportunity to help end Big Tobacco’s reign of death. By banning flavored tobacco, councilmembers can help nip a killer industry’s next generation strategy in the bud.
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Caught in its auto-induced moral panic about the teen vaping epidemic, the FDA has decided that it would be better if certain vaping products were harder to get hold of than cigarettes, and the ones that were easiest to get hold of should be the ones most like cigarettes – tobacco and menthol flavour. This seems entirely mad to me and riddled with the potential for unintended consequences that would increase smoking in both adults and adolescents.
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A 20-count pack of Marlboro cigarettes can cost over $6.75 at grocery stores in Breckenridge, where town leaders have a mind to chip away at underage tobacco usage rates with a local nicotine tax. New state legislation will give Colorado’s counties, cities and towns expanded powers over the sale of nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, in their individual jurisdictions this summer.
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This is the warning James Van Loon, Director General of the Tobacco Control Directorate at Health Canada, gave to industry stakeholders when it became clear to the regulator that the crisis of youth vaping—unfolding in the United States—had spread to Canada. The concern is real and substantial.
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Today we have a massive and growing public health challenge that is substantially shortening the lives of millions, negatively impacting the health of our children, and adding an astounding $170 billion in health care costs to our nation annually. Unknown to most, it has been for years the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. But a new policy approach that 11 states and over 450 cities and counties have adopted is making promising inroads in this health challenge.
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Parents of a Florida teenager who became addicted to Juul have sued Juul, Altria, and Philip Morris USA based on a number of claims, including fraud, negligence, and violation of the RICO statute (the compliant is here). [...] Although the main complaint is that the company fraudulently provided misinformation about the product, its health risks, and its addictiveness, the complaint itself provides a huge amount of misinformation and distortion of the scientific facts related to vaping and Juul.
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Struggling to curb that cigarette habit? A new study has found that people trying quit smoking may benefit from inhaling pleasant-smelling aromas like peppermint, chocolate, or vanilla. The study, [...] stated that there was “surprisingly little research” into using olfactory cues (OCs) to reduce cigarette cravings. Smokers reported a 23 percent decrease in cravings after smelling a container holding their favourite scent. In contrast, those given tobacco or an empty container to smell found their cravings fell by just 14 percent.
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Much like die-hard smokers, investors are finding it hard to stay away from cigarettes. The lure of tobacco stocks is an income fix, but none of the big risks have really gone away. The S&P 500 tobacco index has gained more than a fifth since the beginning of the year, outperforming the wider U.S. benchmark. After a terrible 2018, shareholders in Altria, which sells Marlboro in the U.S., and Philip Morris International, which sells the same brand elsewhere, have been soothed by recent developments.
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Alternative nicotine products—including e-cigarettes, lower-risk tobacco alternatives like snus, and heat-not-burn devices—have fallen under disproportionate levels of scrutiny all over the world. In the United States alone, now-former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb—without intention, I’m sure—engineered a nationwide panic that suggests that nicotine consumption among youth through electronic delivery systems (vapes, e-cigarettes, etc.) is at endemic levels.
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Youth vaping across Canada, including in Peterborough, is on the rise. Peterborough Public Health last conducted a student tobacco, alcohol and drug survey between 2015 and 2016. The results showed 24 per cent of participants admitted to trying e-cigarettes. “We’re in the process of collecting another round of data so that we can tailor interventions and work with school boards so we can get those numbers down,” said Keith Beecroft, health promoter at Peterborough Public Health.
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Nevada faces complaints about secrecy in awarding licenses to sell marijuana in the state’s booming legal marketplace, boiling over into lawsuits and legislation that appear poised to pry open the process. Several companies have sued the state tax department, arguing that no one knows for sure the criteria officials use to award new licenses. They complain the state releases no information about who seeks and receives permission to sell cannabis to adults, many of them tourists, in the nearly 2-year-old market.