Altria Group Inc (MO.N), best known as the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, could grow earnings at a double-digit yearly pace through 2020, according to an analyst in a Barron’s article on Sunday. Bonnie Herzog of Wells Fargo Securities predicts the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will approve Philip Morris’ IQOS (I-Quit-Ordinary Smoking), a system that heats tobacco cigarettes rather than burns them, as soon as this year.
A new global watchdog agency has been launched to monitor the tobacco industry with $20m of philanthropic funding amid fears of dirty tactics by cigarette companies hit by declining smoking rates in the west.
The funding for the agency, named Stop (Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products), comes from Bloomberg Philanthropies, whose founder, Michael Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York, has committed almost $1bn to the global fight against tobacco.
The first minister is on course to miss her target of a tobacco-free Scotland by 2034 unless about 260,000 people can be persuaded to kick their cigarette habit.
A report funded by tobacco giant Philip Morris concludes that reducing smoking prevalence among adults to 5% or below is more likely to be met by 2044, a decade later than pledged by the Scottish government. [...]
Whether you're a smoker or not, you've no doubt heard the rumours. Some might call it science.
Over the decades it has been no secret that passive smoking is one of the biggest risks associated with cancer. It has been one of the most compelling debates around the recent issues plaguing cigarette smokers and their right to smoke in public; should unsuspecting members of the public be at risk as well?
One month after Ontario fully banned menthol in cigarettes, twice as many menthol smokers attempted to quit compared to how many had predicted they would do so in the months leading up to the ban, according to a small study in the Canadian province.
Of 325 menthol cigarette smokers interviewed before and after the ban went into effect on January 1, 2017, 29 percent had tried to quit by the February 1 survey whereas only 14.5 percent thought they would do so when asked in late 2016.
Electronic smoking devices are harmful and not helping people to quit smoking, according to experts at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
When e-cigarettes were introduced in 2004, they were marketed as devices to help smokers quit but their popularity among young people is creating “new nicotine addicts”, said Shannon Gravely, a researcher at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Researchers [...] identified thirdhand smoke, the toxic residues that linger on indoor surfaces and in dust long after a cigarette has been extinguished, as a health hazard nearly 10 years ago. Now a new study has found that it also increases lung cancer risk in mice. A team [...] first reported in 2017 that brief exposure to thirdhand smoke is associated with low body weight and immune changes in juvenile mice.
The global tobacco control conference opens for the first time on African soil today in Cape Town, but South African-born Dr Derek Yach, a former World Health Organization (WHO) official, has been forbidden to attend because of his links to Marlboro. [...] Today, the South African-born doctor is a pariah in the tobacco control world, after his appointment in September 2017 to head a multimillion rand venture, the Foundation for a Smoke Free World, [...]
School children around the world are being exposed on a daily basis to cigarette advertising and promotions by a tobacco industry that needs to recruit the young to maintain its vast profits.
A major investigation in more than 22 countries across four continents by campaigners and experts has found cigarettes on sale close to school gates and advertising which normalises smoking. [...]
The menu of options available at medical cannabis dispensaries may soon grow to include “dry leaf and flower,” the green and fragrant herb once sold illicitly in dime bags.
On Monday, the governor’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board met in Harrisburg to consider changes to the program. Since mid-February, six dispensaries have been selling highly processed — and pricey — concentrates, pills and tinctures.
Cape Town - Electronic smoking devices are the tobacco industry’s new tactic to get new generation of smokers, according to experts at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health. In Italy, the number of non-smokers who wanted to try the new Philip Morris product, IQOS, a tobacco-based “heat-not-burn” product, outnumbered the current smokers.
Dr Silvano Gallus [...] said that the IQOS – which got its name from “I Quit Ordinary Smoking” - had achieved the opposite.
A January 2018 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded that substituting e-cigarettes for conventional cigarettes reduces users’ exposure to many chemicals and carcinogens. Simply put, the report found that cigarette smokers who become “vapers” will likely live longer and experience fewer negative health consequences. The use of e-cigarettes as harm reduction devices isn’t a new concept. [...]
Health advocates are calling for a $1 per pack increase in Kentucky’s state tax on cigarettes because it will reduce tobacco use, particularly among youth and pregnant women. Less smoking means healthier babies and youth and a significant reduction in the health care costs paid by taxpayers. Raising Kentucky’s cigarette tax is good health policy and nearly seven in 10 Kentucky voters support it. [...]
Senate Bill 15 was sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens and R-Kodiak, and has already been approved by the Senate Finance Committee. Existing state law already bans the sale of nicotine containing e-cigarettes to anyone under 19, but this bill would extend this ban further to include non-nicotine containing products aswell. “Basically what this bill is about is protecting our children, our youth from becoming addicted to nicotine and from adopting unhealthy habits,” [...]
The sixth edition of The Tobacco Atlas and its companion website TobaccoAtlas.org finds the tobacco industry is increasingly targeting vulnerable populations in emerging markets, such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, where people are not protected by strong tobacco control regulations. [...] The Atlas, which is co-authored by American Cancer Society (ACS) and Vital Strategies, graphically details the scale of the tobacco epidemic around the globe. [...]
E-cigarettes are increasingly being used as a nicotine alternative as smokers seek ways to kick their habit. [...] The resulting vapor is much less offensive to many, both smokers and non-smokers.
But their use has been surrounded by debate, focusing on the lack of evidence regarding the harms associated with their long-term use, as well as their potential to act as a gateway into smoking among teens.
A recommendation from Ottawa Public Health to ban all smoking and vaping of cannabis in Ontario's apartments, condos and even cannabis lounges would drive people to break the law, according to a consultant [...] "You're leaving a lot of people in a place where they can legally grow this product, can legally carry this product, can legally purchase this product, but there's not a lot of places for them to legally consume it," said Dan Rowland, [...]
There has been a new trend of taking up vaping or using electronic cigarettes among teenagers. Some studies have shown that these electronic devices can help individuals quit smoking or at least cut down on smoking. Reports have found that middle schoolers and teenagers are taking up e-cigarettes.
According to a latest study, the e-cigarettes are not as safe as believed and they cause the same levels of toxins in teenagers that traditional cigarettes do. [...]
Teenagers who smoke e-cigarettes are poisoning their bodies with the same chemicals present in traditional tobacco cigarettes, according to research [...]
E-cigarettes, or vape pens, combine flavored fluid and nicotine to deliver a less harsh form of smoking. Research [...] finds that teens who only smoke tobacco-based cigarettes such as Marlboro and Camel brands have the highest levels of cancer-causing chemicals present in their bodies.
Tobacco control activists and academics are gathering in Cape Town for the World Conference on Tobacco or Health 2018 [...] In a guest posting below, David Sweanor provides an alternative perspective they are unlikely to hear discussed much at their conference. It has been concerning to me to see so much said about tobacco company motivations, and about Philip Morris in particular, with so much apparent misunderstanding of the dynamics in play.