Marlboro maker Philip Morris is set to gain EU antitrust approval for its $16 billion bid for Swedish Match after offering to sell the target’s logistics business, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
Philip Morris, which in May announced the deal aimed at expanding its presence in the fast-growing market for cigarette alternatives, submitted the concession to the European Commission early this month.
The U.S. company is seeking to boost the sale of smoke-free products to more than half of its revenue by 2025.
Teenage women worldwide, and especially in Asia, smoke more electric cigarettes than men, the Action on Smoking and Health Foundation Thailand said [...] Foundation president Prakit Vathesatogkit said more teenage women smoke e-cigarettes as manufacturers use over 16,000 types of aroma additives, plus there is no stench from burning while the devices are beautiful and small in size that they can be easily hidden.
“According to British data in 2020, up to 10.4 per cent of 600,000 pregnant women smoke,” Prakit said, adding that this proved nicotine in e-cigarettes can make people addicted easily.
This study aims to compare biomarkers of potential harm between people switching from smoking combustible cigarettes (CC) completely to electronic cigarettes (EC), continuing to smoke CC, using both EC and CC (dual users) and using neither (abstainers), based on behaviour during EC intervention studies
A new brief finds that smokers stand to develop age-related macular degeneration up to 5.5 years earlier than non-smokers. This blurs a person’s central vision making it difficult for them to do everyday tasks like reading or driving. [...]
People who live with tobacco users are twice as likely to develop age-related macular degeneration from second-hand smoke.
“Smoking increases your risk of developing serious eye conditions and permanent sight loss. Quitting smoking and having regular eye tests can help improve eye health and prevent avoidable sight loss”, said Jude Stern, Head of Knowledge Management, [...]
On October 21, Juul Labs published its administrative appeal of the marketing denial order (MDO) issued by the Food and Drug Administration at the end of June 2022. The move, and Juul’s decision to make it public, reflects the company’s apparent offensive pivot from its longstanding defensive strategy. It calls into question the decision made by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)—which Juul maintains came from an incorrect and incomplete assessment of its data, leading to an insufficient review of its premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs).
Pregnant mums will be handed free vapes by a South London council to stop them spending money on cigarettes. Lambeth Council estimates the scheme will save parents £2,000 a year - money they would otherwise squander on tobacco.
Smokers who are pregnant or care for young kids will be handed electronic cigarette products as part of the council’s stop smoking service. Officials at the Labour-run council hope the plan will improve people’s health and help them with the rocketing cost of living.
In the past decade, nicotine–containing e-cigarettes have emerged as the most popular tobacco and nicotine delivery modality among adolescents and were introduced in the United States tobacco market in 2007, as a tobacco cessation tool. E-cigarettes have gained widespread popularity among adolescents and vaping has become pervasive among middle and high school students. [...] In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Sanket Jain, Consultant Chest Physician - Pulmonologist at Masina Hospital in Mumbai, revealed, “E-liquid aerosols are associated with direct harm to respiratory epithelium, leading to altering of lung function, lung inflammation, decrease mucociliary clearance and lung histology.
In this instalment of our Harm Reduction Heroes series, Snusforumet talks to consumer advocate and former New Nicotine Alliance chair Martin Cullip about his participation in the grassroots movement that forced the UK government to see the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes.
Over the last decade, Martin Cullip has made a name for himself as a prolific writer and blogger on free market and lifestyle consumer issues. He’s also a particularly passionate advocate for all forms of tobacco harm reduction, with a keen interest in the rapidly-evolving nicotine market and the politics surrounding it.
China's Ministry of Finance will impose a consumption tax on e-cigarettes from Nov. 1, according to a notice published on Tuesday.
A tax rate of 36% will be placed on the production or import of e-cigarettes, while an 11% tax will be placed on the wholesale distribution of e-cigarettes.
The taxation policy will further entrench China's once-scattered e-cigarette industry into the state-backed tobacco monopoly, a major generator of tax revenue.
Belgium's Federal Government will soon ban all tobacco vending machines in bars or restaurants, but not in supermarkets which are exempted, the Parliamentary Committee on Public Health decided on Wednesday.
The Federal Government backed a bill by Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke to completely ban tobacco vending machines in the hospitality industry. Federal MP for the Christian-democratic CD&V party Els Van Hoof, who paved the way with a similar bill in 2016, stressed that the ban should especially give minors less easy access to cigarettes.
The War on Vaping continues unabated, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control states in a group call with anti-vaping lobbyists that the teen vaping “epidemic” is NOT over.
And the FDA digs in, refusing to set the record straight with the American public over the perceived risks and harms of vaping.
Regulators and government have created a “chaotic hot mess” in the U.S., says Clive Bates, tobacco control policy expert and former Director of Action on Smoking and Health (UK), in today’s episode of RegWatch. [...]
There is clear evidence that smokers of any age can reap significant health benefits from quitting smoking. Surveys show that most smokers want to quit while many have even made multiple attempts to quit. However, traditional smoking cessation methods require smokers to completely abstain from tobacco and nicotine, which can be a difficult task for many, if not most, smokers, who try to quit cold turkey due to increased chances of relapse. As a result, people continue to smoke despite the impending adverse health effects. To counter this situation, science shows that the provision of nicotine, without the harmful components of tobacco smoke, can prevent most of the harm from smoking.
While many studies have examined the association between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation, fewer have considered the impact of e-cigarette flavors on cessation outcomes. This study extends previous studies by examining the effects of e-cigarette use and e-cigarette flavors on quit attempts and quit success of smoking. [...] E-cigarette use is positively associated with both making a smoking quit attempt and quit success. Those using flavored e-cigarettes, particularly menthol/mint, are more likely to quit successfully.
On October 18, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they had filed for permanent injunctions against six small vape manufacturers in the United States.
Those companies include E-Cig Crib in Minnesota, Soul Vapor in West Virginia, Vapor Craft in Georgia, Super Vape’z in Washington, Lucky’s Vape & Smoke Shop in Kansas and Butt Out in Arizona. None of them, according to the FDA, submitted premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs)—an expensive and labor-intensive process that required vape producers to show their products would be more likely to help adults switch from cigarettes to safer alternatives than introduce a new generation to nicotine.
The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will begin consulting the public for the crafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the country’s new vape law today, reports ABS-CBN News
“For private stakeholders who have an interest on the crafting of the IRR, they are included, and we will consider all inputs or all comments that were sent,” said DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.
For adults who are looking to quit smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes (also known as vapes, e-cigs and vape pens) have become a common option. [...]
“Nicotine is harmful in that it perpetuates addiction to smoking,” said Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, an associate professor of evidence-based policy and practice at the University of Oxford and a member of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group. But, she added, nicotine itself is not what causes the kind of lung damage that can lead to cancer and other issues.
That doesn’t mean e-cigarettes are entirely safe. Nicotine is highly addictive, and it can harm brain development in adolescents and young adults. [...]
Walk down the street, and you will probably spot finger-sized colourful plastic tubes discarded on the ground.
Disposable vapes are booming in popularity, especially among those aged 18-34. They are easy to use and cheap.
But campaigners say they are an environmental nightmare with one activist calling for them to be banned.
The vape industry told BBC News that the problem lies with unclear disposal rules and that there needs to be better national schemes for recycling.
According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control, teen vaping rates are on the rise—again. [...] Experts say what is more alarming is that more than one in four students use e-cigarettes daily. Dr. Ramiro Fernandez, assistant professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery – David J. Sugarbaker Division of Thoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, says that although we don’t have a lot of data on long-term effects of vaping, we do know there is acute lung injury associated with it called EVALI or e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury.
Tobacco harm reduction and public health experts have responded to the final annual update in the current series of evidence reviews about vaping released by the UK Government. The report provided clear evidence of the reduced harm from vaping when compared to smoking tobacco.
Studies have suggested that some US adult smokers are switching away from smoking to e-cigarette use. Nationally representative data may reflect such changes in smoking by assessing trends in cigarette and e-cigarette prevalence. The objective of this study is to assess whether and how much smoking prevalence differs from expectations since the introduction of e-cigarettes. [...] Population-level data suggest that smoking prevalence has dropped faster than expected, in ways correlated with increased e-cigarette use. This population movement has potential public health implications.