Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape Town recently, I was reminded of the wonderful film, directed by Richard Attenborough - ‘Oh what a Lovely War!’ ... continue...
Harry's Blog 53: WTF
I know there are some readers of this blog who are unfamiliar with the happy-go-lucky world of international tobacco control. Here is a snippet of back story.continue...
Florida’s smoking rates may have dropped, but the need continues for an anti-smoking campaign —- making ill-advised a proposed constitutional amendment that would divert money from advertising to cancer research, a group of health advocates warned Wednesday. [...] The proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate a decade-old requirement that the state set aside 30 percent of overall tobacco education and prevention funding [...]
Sweet smelling “vape” shops that sell electronic cigarettes and vapers puffing out clouds of fragrant white smoke have become common sights on UK high streets. As traditional cigarette smoking has become less fashionable and vaping more popular, big tobacco has muscled in on this once-niche scene. The number of smokers in the UK has been falling since 1974 and it is now the world’s second biggest vape market after the US.
Researchers at RMIT university tested a mixture of asphalt and discarded cigarette butts to see if it could be a viable recycling program used in major cities in the future. The results so far are encouraging and could lead to the integration of some of the trillions of cigarette butts discarded every year into the environment into viable building materials. It’s estimated that about 6 trillion cigarette butts are produced worldwide every year. [...]
State and even federal lawmakers have over the years turned to higher taxes on cigarettes to raise revenue and combat the “sin” of smoking. There are, however, unintended consequences to such policies. These include tax evasion and avoidance (collectively referred to as smuggling) and other activities, often illegal. This is why getting a handle on the degree to which smuggling occurs is so important. [...]
The US government is making a strong push to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels”, the regulator Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday. If the US Food and Drug Administration succeeds in mandating reduced nicotine, the agency said 33 million young people could be prevented from becoming regular smokers, and it would prompt 5 million people to quit within one year of implementation.
A new report finds the number of American teens who view ads extolling the pleasures of e-cigarettes is on the rise. Since studies show that ads for tobacco products are tied to upticks in use, the trend is worrisome, according to researchers [...] In fact, "among U.S. middle and high school students during 2014-2016, exposure to e-cigarette advertisements from any source increased from 68.9 percent [18.3 million] to 78.2 percent [20.5 million]," [...]
IT TURNS out that every time you head out for a smoke you could be burning more than just a cigarette -- job prospects could be going up in flames as well. It is becoming more common for potential employers to overlook applicants who are fond of cigarettes in favour of non-smokers, and some even specifically state in job adverts that smokers need not apply.
I know there are some readers of this blog who are unfamiliar with the happy-go-lucky world of international tobacco control. Here is a snippet of back story. Derek Yach was formerly an important figure in WHO tobacco control circles until he recently became head of the Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW) funded in a very transparent way by Philip Morris International.
A quick check on Google Images will throw up (no pun intended) posters like these while YouTube will oblige with doom-laden videos about the iniquities of vaping. Which naturally started me thinking...
Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape Town recently, I was reminded of the wonderful film, directed by Richard Attenborough - ‘Oh what a Lovely War!’ - which summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.