British American Tobacco (BATS.L) on Friday reported a 7% rise in full-year adjusted revenue to 25.7 billion pounds ($34.8 billion), helped by sales of e-cigarettes and oral nicotine.
The world’s second-largest tobacco company also announced a dividend increase of 1.0% to 217.8 pence and a 2 billion pound share repurchase programme for 2022.
It posted a 51% rise to 2.05 billion pounds in adjusted sales of its “new categories” product line which includes e-cigarettes, heated tobacco and oral nicotine. Though the division has yet to turn a profit, BAT said it was on track to report revenue of 5 billion pounds and profitability by 2025.
A study, published in Tobacco Control, looked at ecigs for quitting smoking.
Prof John Britton, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Nottingham, said:
“The findings of this observational study of quitting and e-cigarette use in the USA are fundamentally flawed by confounding by severity, whereby the heaviest (most addicted) smokers, having tried and failed to quit using NRT or other treatments in the past, or who have declined to try to quit in the past, then try e-cigarettes.
“This is probably why they conflict with the findings of meta-analyses of the multiple, well-designed clinical trials that have demonstrated that e-cigarettes are effective quitting aids, [...]
On February 7, City Council members in Portland, the largest city in Maine, voted unanimously to ban the sale of flavored “tobacco products.” The amendment bars the sale of all flavored nicotine products, including vapes. It does not exempt menthol. And it explicitly prohibits flavored products that use synthetic nicotine, like Puff Bar.
It will take effect on June 1, the same day as a similar ordinance in Bangor, another city in Maine. Maine’s state-level legislators, meanwhile, are pushing for a statewide flavor ban, which could come to a vote in early spring.
Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the US. While e-cigarettes (EC) are undeniably harmful when used by adolescents and nonsmokers, the perpetuation of the increasing negative perceptions of EC and widespread false belief that EC are equal or more harmful than combustible cigarettes (CC) represents a significant missed public health opportunity. EC have great potential to serve as a mechanism for smoking harm reduction among hard-to-treat populations of smokers who have failed to quit with currently available treatments. [...]
Thousands of vapors are awaiting their fate in the marketplace as the FDA works past a court-ordered deadline to review whether their benefits to adult smokers outweigh the risks of teen addiction.
The Food and Drug Administration is still assessing 55,000 premarket applications for e-cigarettes from Juul Labs. Inc. and other companies that are currently on the shelves, an FDA spokesperson told Bloomberg Law. The agency was tasked with deciding, by Sept. 9, 2021, how to regulate nearly 6.7 million of these products after expanding its authority over tobacco.
Young children touch everything [...] This makes them especially vulnerable to thirdhand smoke, the chemical residue from tobacco smoke left behind in dust and on surfaces after someone smokes or vapes.
Educating parents and other family members about reducing children’s exposure to thirdhand smoke through banning smoking in homes and cars is necessary, but a new study, published in JAMA Network Open, suggests these individual protective measures are not enough. “This study filled an important gap. We have done a lot of research about thirdhand smoke in private homes, cars, hotels, and casinos, but we haven’t had access to clinical populations,” said Georg Matt, [...]
Swiss MP Lukas Reimann explains how a chance encounter with Swedish snus helped him kick a 20-year smoking habit, legalise snus in Switzerland, and become an outspoken ambassador for smokeless nicotine products. [...] In the decade since he transitioned from cigarettes to snus, Reimann has tried to introduce snus to other friends struggling to quit cigarettes.
“They’ve tried medicine, therapies, even hypnosis. And nothing helped. And then I gave them this small can and they’ve told me, ‘I’ve stopped smoking! Thank you so much!’” he explains.
The committed libertarian believes smokers don’t want to be seen as “sick patients”. [...]
While top tobacco regulators dawdle over the fate of the e-cigarette industry, another class of vape is quietly restocking the market with unregulated, flavored products — and it’s drawing in a growing number of kids.
To users, these vapes are identical. But because of an obscure loophole, they skirt the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory umbrella. Rather than containing tobacco-derived nicotine, the addictive stimulant found in traditional cigarette and vape products, these vapes have a lab-made version.
The House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines approved on third Reading the Vaporized Nicotine Product Bill to regulate the manufacture, sale and use of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products
[...] All 79 CoEHAR researchers expressed their support to government decision through a letter sent to the President of thePhilippines, in which we read “harm reduction in the context of tobacco control is a key instrument for disease prevention. There are preventable cancer and cardiopulmonary deaths, due to the underutilization of tobacco harm reduction strategies”.
People using e-cigarettes to quit smoking found them to be less helpful than more traditional smoking cessations aids, a new study found. The study, published Monday in the journal BMJ, analyzed the latest 2017 to 2019 data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study, which follows tobacco use among Americans over time. "This is the first time we found e-cigarettes to be less popular than FDA-approved pharmaceutical aids, such as medications or the use of patches, gum, or lozenges," said John P. Pierce, the director for population sciences at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego.
More deaths in the US are attributed to cigarette smoking each year than to any other preventable cause. Approximately 34 million people and an estimated 14% of adults in the US smoke cigarettes. If they stopped smoking, they could reduce their risk of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality and potentially gain up to 10 years of life. Tobacco smoking is a chronic disorder maintained by physical nicotine dependence and learned behaviors. Approximately 70% of people who smoke cigarettes want to quit smoking. However, individuals who attempt to quit smoking make an average of approximately 6 quit attempts before achieving long-term abstinence. [...]
Nurses have the power to spread the word about e-cigarette risks, according to Tiffany Klein, RN, BSN, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Atlanta.
Klein, who has experience in oncology and currently works on a pulmonology team, recently spoke to Oncology Nursing News® about her experience with electronic smoking and vaping, and how the rise of these activities can affect patients and nurses across various specialties.
I made it to 25 without smoking a cigarette, despite attending high school in France, where the end of a three-hour philosophy lecture was signalled by kids rolling their smokes, and asking their professors to borrow papers.
If there was a time in my life where peer pressure to take up the “social” habit peaked, this would have been it. That, or the first few weeks of university in Wellington, when I came out, and subsequently started hanging out at Ivy Bar. Gays of my generation and older will remember the underground smokers out the back of the dance floor. It was the best place to meet people.
One pandemic later, I am a daily vaper.
The head of a local health think tank has cautioned the government over its “ambitious” plans to ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to those born after 2005.
Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy CEO Azrul Mohd Khalib said the decision was an ambitious one as it represented an almost immediate ban. Putrajaya, therefore, needed to be cautious and ensure it had the necessary buy-in and support from the public.
“This generational smoking ban represents an almost immediate ban, in effect, earlier than New Zealand,” he told FMT.
He said stronger and more effective enforcement would be vital for the ban to succeed.
There is an epidemic beyond COVID that grow among our youth — tobacco and nicotine addiction. Flavored e-cigarette use has increased dramatically among middle and high school students. Yet Connecticut is shirking its responsibility in not banning flavored e-cigarettes. Every state surrounding Connecticut has already passed these protections for their kids. When will we? As executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, I believe it’s time to ban them. Although e-cigarettes (or vapes) are newer to the market, they may have already harmed countless students’ ability to learn and thrive. [...]
On February 1, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals granted four nicotine vape manufacturers—Bidi Vapor, Diamond Vapor, Johnny Cooper and Vapor Unlimited—judicial stays on their marketing denial orders (MDOs) issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The decision means that these producers can continue selling their harm reduction products while the lawsuits remain active.
They followed dozens of other vape companies in taking legal action against the FDA, after the agency denied thousands of products through its new premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) pathway. [...]
Northern Ireland has banned smoking in a car with children, bringing its laws in line with other regions of the United Kingdom, reports the BBC.
Violators face fines of up to £2,500 ($3,391), but police will be taking an educational, advisory and non-confrontational approach when enforcing the new legislation until the end of February 2022.
It is already illegal to smoke on public transport or to smoke in work vehicles used by more than one person in Northern Ireland.
Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said people caught smoking in cars with children would initially be given warnings rather than fines, giving time for public awareness of the offences to build.
People who use electronic cigarettes and test positive for COVID-19 have a higher frequency of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, compared to people who don’t vape, according to new research from Mayo Clinic. “The study was designed to compare the frequency of common COVID-19 symptoms, such as loss of taste or smell, headache, muscle aches and chest tightness in COVID patients who vaped, compared with those who were not vapers,” says David McFadden, M.D., a Mayo Clinic internist and the study’s first author. “We interviewed more than 280 COVID-positive vapers and compared them with 1,445 COVID-positive people of the same age and gender, and who don’t vape. [...]
More than one-third of adolescents and half of teens and young adults who vape use the devices for marijuana, a study published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics found.
About 35% of adolescents ages 12 to 14 years report vaping marijuana, compared with 51% of teens ages 15 to 17 years and 54% of young adults ages 18 to 24 years, the data showed. One in four young adults ages 18 to 24 years reported using e-cigarettes, compared with 14% of those ages 15 to 17 years and 3% of those 12 to 14 years, the researchers said.
"Our findings suggest that many adolescents and young adults who use e-cigarettes are vaping cannabis," study co-author Ruoyan Sun told UPI in an email.
Sixteen million Filipino smokers will have an opportunity to switch to significantly less harmful products compared to combusted cigarettes, once President Rodrigo Duterte signs into law the vape bill which was recently ratified by Congress.
Consumer advocacy groups said the figure, representing nearly a quarter of the adult population in the country, pertains to the number of Filipinos who regularly use cigarettes and who now have a better chance to evade serious diseases if they quit or switch to less harmful products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) which the vape bill aims to regulate.