Environment Minister Rebecca Pow has warned local tobacco companies to do something about the millions of cigarette butts littering the streets in the UK, or else face tougher laws. Minister Pow has summoned the major players in the industry focusing her fire on the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association and cigarette giants Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International [...] “If we cannot progress this discussion… we will have to reflect on what steps the Government can take to ensure the tobacco industry takes increasing responsibility for the litter its products create,” she said in a letter addressed to the tobacco firms.
Easier access to better smoking alternatives woulf usher the decline of smoking prevalence, according to a British physician and tobacco control expert.
“Governments should make e-cigarettes easily available, introduce modest regulations to reduce the risk of irresponsible marketing and product safety approaches, and give a medical endorsement,” said Dr. John Britton, director of the United Kingdom Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, stressing that these were considered the key approaches for countries to adopt if they want to see smoking rates decline.
Traditional cigarette sales are slumping slightly, but still continuing to perform better than expected during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report.
Overall sales volume for traditional cigarettes was down 2.1% for the four-week period that ended Aug. 22, according to the latest Nielsen survey of convenience stores.
By comparison, the sales volume was down 0.8% in a four-week period in May.
California voters could be asked to overturn a new law banning the sale of flavored tobacco after opponents notified the state Monday of plans to seek a referendum on the measure.
A notice was filed with the state by an attorney who has represented firms including R.J. Reynolds, which led the opposition campaign to Senate Bill 793. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill on Friday and it takes effect Jan. 1.
Attorney Aaron Agenbroad is one of a group of three people who submitted papers to the state attorney general’s office for preparation of a title and summary for a possible referendum petition. [...]
Saudi Customs have banned the import of shishah, e-cigarettes and their accessories through shipping companies and individuals' websites.
In the event that they are imported, they would be confiscated, a fine imposed, and a record of seizure will be registered. Companies licensed by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) are allowed to import such products in commercial quantities.
In another development, Saudi Customs revealed three cases that enable the importer to claim a refund of customs duties. [...]
Regulators plan to open up a process that’s normally secretive by listing which e-cigarette makers want permission to sell their products in the U.S., a move that could help consumers and retailers spot illegal products more easily.
The Food and Drug Administration now plans to publish a list of all the products subject to the agency’s Sept. 9 deadline, and which have filed applications, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said in a blog post Monday. [...]
Although COVID-19 has caused people to change a lot of their behavior, habits such as vaping are not so easily dropped.
Physical contact and the sharing of unsanitized items during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those that have regular contact with mouths has been limited. But when people share electronic cigarettes, they ignore these precautions, said Hope Frazier, an IU health and wellness educator.
E-cigarette users often carry them in pockets and purses, creating an opportunity to spread bacteria, in addition to the germs they carry from going in and out of mouths, Frazier said.
One million cigarette smokers have apparently given up since the start of lockdown. It’s like a massacre. (OK, arguably, the massacre is what would have happened if they had not given up.) I didn’t even know there were that many smokers left. The youngest were most likely to quit – about one in six of the 16- to 29-year-olds, which is coupled with the endearing hypothesis that a lot of them moved temporarily back in with their parents, who didn’t have a clue about their habit.