Bengt Wiberg, a snus pouch inventor, patent holder, global award winner (at #GTNF) and a tobacco harm reduction advocate interviewed worldwide known Professor Brad Rodu, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The subjects are: • How "dangerous" is snus?, • What if WHO, FDA, EU etc officially acknowledged that nicotine does not cause cancer?, • What separates NRT's from snus, vaping, nicotine pouches, heat not burn etc.? (...)
A new product has entered the nicotine market. E-cigarettes, a battery powered device that creates nicotine vapour instead of smoke, began to gain popularity around 2014. Vaping numbers globally are estimated to have increased from just 7 million in 2011, to almost 25 million in 2014. At the time, the adult smoking rate in the developing world was on the decline because of concerted tobacco control measures, but when Public Health England conducted a study that found vaping to be 95 percent safer than smoking, the trend was only spurred on further as more and more smokers started transitioning to vaping. In Australia, smokers are migrating rapidly from cigarettes to vaping. Board Director of Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Australia, Dr Alex Wodak AM, and pioneer in leading drug harm reduction intervention and prevention, says Philip Morris International can (...)
Two countries—the Philippines and New Zealand—are beginning to reflect tobacco harm reduction in their health strategies in line with the original intent of the World Health Organization-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) to reduce the global smoking epidemic, according to public health policy experts.
Misinformation and attacks from well-funded international non-government organizations are among the key obstacles to the adoption of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and mitigation of deaths from smoking in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to health policy experts. Representatives from countries like India, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mexico enumerated the factors that are hindering LMICs from adopting a harm reduction approach in tobacco control during the Global Forum on Nicotine held virtually from Liverpool on June 17 to 18, 2021.
Dr. Sree Sucharitha, a public health researcher and medical doctor from India, said there was a lack of political will to help 300 million smokers in India and make available tobacco harm reduction products such as (...)
British experts have accused the World Health Organization of risking the lives of millions by urging governments to crack down on vaping, writes Kat Lay, health editor of The Times. The United Nations public health body said last week that e-cigarettes were harmful and risked hooking new generations on nicotine (...) Responding to the WHO report, Martin Dockrell, tobacco control lead at Public Health England, said: “The best thing that a smoker can do is to stop smoking completely and the evidence shows that vaping is one of the most effective quit aids available, especially for smokers who have tried to quit before and failed, helping around 50,000 smokers quit a year.
Despite 8 million annual smoking-related deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) seems to have decided that it doesn’t have to deal with safer nicotine alternatives until 2023. On August 5, the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) released an annotated provisional agenda for COP9—its upcoming, virtual conference of the 182 parties that make up the convention. COP is held every two years.
The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health wrongly stated that heat-not-burn tobacco and e-cigarettes are not any safer than regular cigarettes, and that therefore both should be banned. The council said government statistics have shown that teenagers in Hong Kong use the products more often than adults, and council chairman Henry Tong Sau-chai said that the pubic at large agrees on a total ban on the safer alternatives. “However, it has been almost three years since the policy address first announced a ban on alternative smoking products,” he added.
Half of smokers have considered giving up completely due to the global coronavirus pandemic, a study has suggested. Research from independent pharmacy chain Well Pharmacy found 49% of smokers had pondered quitting as a result of the outbreak - although a further 60% admitted carrying on with their habit despite knowing smokers have a greater risk of more severe Covid symptoms. The pharmacy group said 18% of smokers surveyed had cut down as they had heard of the greater risks, while 23% were unaware of the increased danger. But 22% admitted they were now smoking up to 20% more than before the pandemic began last year.
The WHO REPORT ON THE GLOBAL TOBACCO EPIDEMIC, 2021 - Addressing new and emerging products lays bare the significant and inappropriate influence exercised by Bloomberg Philanthropies over WHO policy. The report is undeniably biased and reminiscent of tactics and pseudo-science employed by the US tobacco industry after the formation of the Tobacco Industry Research Committee in 1954, albeit worse because of the abuse of the public trust that the WHO is endowed with.
Last November, Spain’s Health Ministry launched an anti-vaping campaign which ignores all the scientific evidence in favour of vaping for smoking cessation and/or tobacco harm reduction. Moreover, the campaign makes a number of false claims such as blaming vaping for the EVALI outbreak and saying that vapour is carcinogenic. In contrast, several other countries in Europe have (...)
A large increase in robberies of convenience stores in New Zealand (NZ) in 2016 and 2017 was anecdotally attributed to persistent and substantial increases in excise tax on tobacco products. The study aims to explore the validity of that claim by examining the characteristics of the robberies through the lens of online news coverage (...)
For years, FDA has allowed the vast majority of e-cigarettes to stay on the market even though none of them have the premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) orders they need to be sold legally. But all that is changing. Following a court ruling, FDA must issue PMTA orders by September 9, pro or con, for every e-cigarette brand or variant that has applied to stay on the market and take any not receiving permissive orders off the market. So, the big questions are whether FDA will issue PMTA orders to allow the continued marketing of any e-cigarettes, and if so, what restrictions and requirements FDA might put on the permitted e-cigarettes, their flavors, and their marketing. One of the first PMTA orders FDA issues will likely be for Juul's e-cigarettes. Juul has applied to market (...)