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Tobacco multinationals in Nigeria and other African countries are contributing significantly to illicit financial flows (IFF) in the continent, mainly through tax avoidance and evasion, a new report has shown. The report, titled: ‘Tobacco Industry and Illicit Financial Flows in Africa’, was conducted by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), in collaboration with Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA), with focus on documenting the extent of the tobacco industry’s involvement in tax avoidance and evasion in Africa.

 

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Despite Thailand's ban on e-cigarettes, they are easily available online. Worse, consumers are subject to heavy lobbying from the vaping industry, which spreads disinformation in its bid to end the ban. The government must put a stop to this dirty business. The ban on e-cigarettes has been in effect since 2014. The Public Health Ministry says the vapour from e-cigarettes contains nicotine, which is highly addictive and harmful to health. The ban also applies to refills and other vaping equipment with punishment to both vendors and vapers if the law is enforced.

 

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Pregnant people will be offered vouchers worth up to £400 (almost $500) to quit smoking in a pilot scheme in the North West of England. The program hopes to reduce harms and address widening health inequalities.

Smoking is the leading cause of cancer, preventable illness and premature mortality in England, with almost 80,000 annual smoking-related deaths. Smoking during pregnancy is associated with a range of harms to parent and child. In 2019, the UK government set an objective for England to be ”smoke-free” by 2030, meaning a national smoking rate of 5 percent or below. [...]

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A group composed of tobacco harm reduction advocates called on Asian countries, including the Philippines, to support the use of alternative modalities and instruments that can help reduce the harms of combustible and unsafe tobacco products.

During the 5th Asia Harm Reduction Forum at the Manila Hotel on Saturday, the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) signed “The Manila Declaration-2022” urging the governments in Asia to adopt science-based regulatory frameworks on the manufacture, importation, sale, and consumption of devices and ingredients that are safer alternatives to tobacco such as vapes and other electronic devices.

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The number of vape stores has proliferated in recent years and one health expert said not only are there too many, they “are one of the main drivers of vaping”.

School principals have described the vaping problem as “almost epidemic proportions” but Vape Vend owner Max McCabe said under 18s were not allowed in the new shop, located in The Crossing on Lichfield St.

“We’re part of the solution, not the problem,” McCabe said. The new store, which opened on Thursday, is McCabe’s fourth vape shop and his first in the South Island.

He thought there was “a big gap” in the market in Christchurch, “in terms of actual quality”.

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Adults who regularly used electronic nicotine delivery devices, or e-cigarettes, displayed worrisome changes in heart and blood vessel function and performed significantly worse on exercise stress testing than people who did not use any nicotine products, according to two separate analyses of preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2022. [...] Researchers from the Cardiac and LUng E-cig Smoking (CLUES) Study will present two abstracts that compared outcomes among people who vaped, those who smoked traditional, combustible cigarettes and people who reported not using any nicotine products.

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Around 7.1% of the UK’s population uses e-cigarettes purchasing a staggering half a billion units per year, three million of which are thrown away each week. E-cigarettes (commonly called ‘vapes’) usually consist of a lithium-ion battery, a tank, and a coil to vaporise the e-liquid, and once disposed are classified as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) under UK law.

Currently, disposable (single-use) vapes make up at least half of the e-cigarette market. The description ‘disposable’ may suggest the devices are as convenient to discard as they are to buy, however, all small WEEE devices must be sent for separate recycling, [...]

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Health campaigners are calling for a loophole to be closed that allows a nicotine product to be sold over the counter and online to under-18s.

Nicotine pouches - small parcels of nicotine that fit under the lip - are sold in most UK supermarkets.

But while the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is forbidden to under-18s, pouches are not regulated in the same way.

Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) says the lack of rules is a "Wild West".

Nicotine pouches are not regulated under rules that cover tobacco or vaping products, or as a medical product.

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For the first time on record, regular cannabis usage has surpassed cigarette use in the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. Marijuana use has increased dramatically over the past half-century and is currently the highest Gallup has ever recorded.

Of the American adults who participated in the poll, around 16% said they currently smoke marijuana, while nearly half said they have tried it at some point in their lifetime. When the question was first asked in 1969, only 4% of respondents said they had tried it.

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New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science [...] finds a 10% increase in TV product placement for cigarettes increases sales by 2% for the tobacco brand shown on-screen. Furthermore, it has the same effect on its direct competitors’ sales as well.


“When people see product placement for a particular brand like Marlboro, retail sales of Marlboro products go up. However, what's more surprising is that sales of other competitor cigarette brands (Camel, Parliament, Newport, etc.) also go up,” says Pradeep Chintagunta [...] “This indicates that product placement isn't just about getting people to shift the brands of cigarettes they use – but to get people to smoke more overall.”

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Let’s play strategy consultants. Imagine an international public health agency has hired us. We are tasked to advise on reducing the global burden of noncommunicable disease associated with tobacco and nicotine use and how to do it as deeply and rapidly as possible. Our assignment is to propose a clear-eyed, unemotional and results-driven approach to addressing this problem. What would we do? First, we define, limit and quantify the problem. According to the Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet, in 2019, around 1.1 billion people smoked 7.4 trillion cigarettes. Worldwide, 7.7 million died from smoking-related disease [...]

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[...] the FCTC treaty specifically states that “harm reduction” – the reduction of the well-known harms of smoking by substituting safer alternatives – is one of the main pillars of global tobacco control.   Yet, the WHO refuses to endorse any of the many safer nicotine alternatives to combustible tobacco. Dr Tedros recently claimed on Twitter that “[a]ll forms of nicotine, incl. vaping, are harmful to health” before going on to say that “it's best to use proven cessation tools” which also contain nicotine. The WHO is also a prolific purveyor of misinformation about reduced harm alternatives, including an online Q&A which is full to the brim with cherry-picked science, [...]

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Canadian doctor responds to Health Canada’s proposed ban on flavours in nicotine vapor products

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‘Highly addictive substance…’ ‘A naturally occurring toxic chemical…’ ‘A stimulant drug…’ This and much more have been said about nicotine, writes Asanda Gcoyi. But what is it really? And why is it such a hot topic for everyone, from politicians to clean-living gurus? If nicotine is a naturally occurring substance, is classifying it as “highly addictive” simply a marketing ploy? To understand the buzz – and why nicotine is seen as the enemy for many in the public health sector – it’s important to understand how we got here. [...] Nicotine is an alkaloid, a naturally occurring organic compound, produced by the nightshade family of tobacco plants.[...]

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In late 2019, the Indian government issued a ban on vaping products. The ordinance, originally announced by the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, and passed by parliament months later, not only disallows the sale, manufacturing, and distribution of e-cigarettes, but also their importation, exportation, transport, storage and advertisement. Sitharaman couched the move with the usual context—youth were experimenting with them too much, or at least would do so—and even said that “unfortunately, e-cigarettes got promoted initially as a way in which people can get out of the habit of smoking cigarettes.”

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Spain has a vocal and well-funded tobacco control establishment. But the data suggest its traditional approach is failing. 170 national and international experts call for a rethink and make the case that Spain embraces tobacco harm reduction as a real-world public health strategy.

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Rachel Lloyd was an avid cigarette smoker until she picked up her first Juul — the high-nicotine vape that skyrocketed in popularity after it hit the market in 2015, mostly among teens due to targeted marketing and flavors like fruit medley and creme brulee.

“I wasn’t even someone who wanted to quit smoking. I wanted to want to quit smoking, but I was so hopelessly addicted I honestly believed that the only motivating factor to quitting completely would have to be something like getting pregnant,” Lloyd, a 29-year-old in New Jersey, told BuzzFeed News. “For a somewhat unexplainable reason, I just eventually didn’t really care to smoke cigarettes anymore if I was always using my Juul.”

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Hong Kong may reverse its ban on the re-export of e-cigarettes and other heated tobacco products by land and sea transport by the end of this year as part of efforts to ignite growth, the Post has learned.

But an economist on Monday warned the move would undermine the credibility of city authorities if they backtracked on their promise to curb tobacco use and also weaken the promotion of public health.

“Senior officials are mulling over the relaxation of the transshipment ban on re-exporting the alternative smoking products from Hong Kong, given the significant values of the re-export,” a government insider said.

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Tobacco harm reduction explained in five points, this short video was produced for the launch of a declaration: "Less Harm: international declaration for a smoke-free Spain", released in October 2022.

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Long-term use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping products, can significantly impair the function of the body’s blood vessels, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the use of both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes may cause an even greater risk than the use of either of these products alone. These findings come from two new studies supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).