Approaches to smoking in lockdown are similarly divisive. More than a quarter of smokers in France said their tobacco consumption increased during lockdown, and the South African government's attempt to ban cigarette sales during coronavirus immediately resulted in a black market for tobacco products. For people like Ellie, however, being quarantined with family is simply not conducive to a nicotine habit. Of course, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. "I wonder if, when post-lockdown life begins, will I pick up the cigarettes again?" she says. "Or will I be able to go without?"
As of today, you’ll no longer be able to buy menthol cigarettes or filters. Click, dual, and skinny cigs are also off the menu for smokers, with the aim to deter young people from being tempted to start the nasty habit.
While it may be a win for health, it doesn’t feel like a win for smokers who’ve become accustomed to their ciggie of choice. We spoke to some of these menthol smokers (including myself) to see what their plans are now, and whether the ban will have a positive impact on their habit – and their health.
The tobacco giant Philip Morris has taken advantage of the UK’s ban on menthol cigarettes to promote its new tobacco product, despite heavy restrictions on advertising tobacco.
In the run up to the ban the company hired sales reps to promote its menthol heated tobacco products directly to newsagents, one of the only legal ways it can advertise in the UK, where almost all tobacco advertising is banned. It also offered promotional menthol kits and trials for new customers, with half-price tobacco sticks in any of its four menthol flavours.
A New Zealand vaping advocacy group has asked the Ministry of Health to reject information peddled by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which inaccurately and negatively reflects on smoke-free nicotine products.
[...] (AVCA) has written to Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa, calling for New Zealand’s position to support current global scientific evidence instead. "We sincerely urge your delegates to the COP9 to uphold 'right to health' and the implementation of tobacco harm reduction based on factual scientific evidence, as the key strategy for tobacco control addressing the existing gaps," AVCA wrote.
In Pakistan smoking is one of the leading causes of avoidable death. According to World Health Organization (WHO) use of tobacco is currently responsible for the death of one in ten grown-ups’ world widely. If this continues death rate will be doubled and more lives will impulsively develop tobacco related diseases that lead to long-lasting disabilities. Individuals who smoke cigarettes are fifteen times more expose to death due to lung cancer.
The John Tung Foundation yesterday called for stronger government regulation of electronic cigarettes and other new types of tobacco products, saying it has received complaints from parents about shops near schools.
The foundation, which is marking its 36th anniversary today, told a news conference in Taipei that it received a report from a mother of a senior-high school student in northern Taiwan about a shop selling smoking accessories that recently opened across the school.
The school has 2,300 students and teachers, the foundation said.
Although it may have eclipsed our memories, COVID-19 is not the first disease outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has faced in the last three months.
It was as late as Feb. 25 — well after the first novel coronavirus case in the United States was reported — that CDC updated its numbers on what it called the EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping-associated lung illness) outbreak. On that day, while COVID-19 was silently spreading throughout the country, CDC announced that this “e-cigarette”-related disease had caused 2,807 hospitalizations and claimed 68 lives. [...]
New York’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes went into effect [...] and the state also ended the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies.
According to WRGB, New York became the fourth state to restrict flavored e-cigarettes and other vaping products, except for tobacco flavors, on Monday over concerns about popularity among teenagers and breathing illnesses linked to vaping. According to data from the state health department last year, use among high school students increased from 10.5% in 2014 to 27.4% in 2018.
Neither the South African nor the Indian government has made any serious effort to rationalise the ban on tobacco and e-cigarettes. As the evidence mounts that nicotine may help ward off the coronavirus, prohibiting these products on health grounds looks tenuous at best. Some have suggested that allowing people to drink and smoke discourages social distancing, but with South Africans now buying booze and cigarettes from strangers on street corners, this reasoning also looks shaky.
Altria Group (NYSE:MO) is having a tough few weeks. After reporting tepid first-quarter earnings results April 30, the tobacco giant is now facing an investigation from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
Along with Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), Altria is facing an inquiry after three business units of British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) filed a complaint with the ITC regarding an alleged infringement of patents pertaining to the technology of heated tobacco products.
About 2.2 million people in the UK may be smoking more than usual during the coronavirus crisis despite the serious harm it does to respiratory and immune systems, a survey has suggested.
A further 4.8 million are approximated to be smoking the same amount as before the pandemic, while 1.9 million are believed to have cut down, according to estimates calculated from a representative study of about 2,000 people over 30 April to 13 May in YouGov’s Covid-19 tracker.
Rona Ambrose, Canada's former health minister, has joined the board of directors of e-cigarette company Juul. "Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the world, and supporting the potential of harm reduction for adult smokers is an important goal for individuals and health systems," Ambrose said in an emailed statement. "However, these new technologies will not succeed in eradicating cigarettes unless businesses and regulators work together to successfully fight the problem of underage use. We must solve both."
Health Minister Simon Harris said the purpose of the ban is to ensure that cigarette and tobacco products for sale can no longer include ingredients that would make smoking "more palatable". From Wednesday, it will be illegal for menthol fags to be made or sold anywhere in Ireland or across the rest of the European Union.
The EU imposed the ban amid concerns that menthol cigarettes are popular with youngsters who mistakenly think they are less harmful because they taste more palatable than regular tobacco.
World's No.2 cigarette company British American Tobacco said on Friday it was ready to test its potential COVID-19 vaccine using proteins from tobacco leaves on humans, after it generated a positive immune response in pre-clinical trials.
The maker of Lucky Strike cigarette said once it gets approval from the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) for the vaccine, it would progress to Phase 1 trials or testing on humans.
Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, reports their data show smokers 50 and older are returning to traditional cigarettes after having switched to e-cigarettes.
This trend is reportedly due to a mix of bad press, regulatory crackdowns on nicotine vaping, and — indirectly — the coronavirus pandemic.
[...] Older vaping consumers, Gifford said, are primarily purchasing discounted cigarettes after the sustained vilification of the vapor product category and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) push towards the premarket tobacco application (PMTA) deadline.
‘We are following the science’ is the claim UK government ministers have repeatedly made in justifying their decisions on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. These decisions include when to begin and end stringent social distancing and whether to tell people to wear face masks. Ministers get this advice through a complex network of scientific advisory committees. But to rely on science as the determining influence on policy is to misunderstand what science is. And the process of organising knowledge for policy through advisory committee is political, as well as scientific.
Finland has demonstrated that is it possible to reduce the number of smokers without seeing a surge in e-cigarette users, an issue which has become a public health dilemma for the tobacco control community in recent years. [...] Twenty years ago almost a quarter of Finns smoked daily. In 2018 this number dropped to just 14%. At the same time, e-cigarette use remained moderate – only 1% of Finns said they were daily users in 2018.
Meri Paavola was one of the architects of the new regulations that made this possible. [...]
Joining us on RegWatch is Clive Bates, renowned international tobacco control expert and master of the counterfactual. Bates walks viewers through the findings of the new studies and provides his analysis of the potential impact on the bitter battle to ban the vape.
We’ll also dive into the recent teen vaping study released by Dr. David Hammond, the campaign to cap nicotine strength in Canada, and how the predicate “better safe than sorry” may be the death knell of western civilization.
PuffPacket is a new device that gives vapers a wealth of information. The electronic gadget, which attaches to a variety of vaping products, can monitor when and where a person vapes, how deeply they inhale and how much nicotine is consumed. The data can then be transmitted to a smartphone, which records location, time and activity—such as walking, standing or driving. Think of PuffPacket as a Fitbit for vapers.
Gerry Stimson is a British public health social scientist, emeritus professor at Imperial College London from 2004, and a former honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 2017. Stimson has over 220 scientific publications mainly on social and health aspects of illicit drug use, including HIV infection. [...] He is one of the global leaders for research on and later advocacy for harm reduction. From 2010 he has focused on tobacco harm reduction.