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February 23, 2024 by bbc.com

Single-use vapes could be banned in Scotland by April 2025

The sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland could be banned by 1 April next year. It follows a UK-wide consultation last year, with the date agreed by the devolved governments and Westminster. The draft legislation - which is open for consultation until 8 March - is being taken forward in Scotland using powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The age limit for buying tobacco would also change under UK government plans.


12.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.2 million current smokers in United Kingdom 14.60% of men are current smokers but only 11.20% of women.
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February 23, 2024 by bnnbloomberg.ca

Altria Plans New Blueberry Vape Products — and Will Keep Them Away From Kids

Altria Group Inc. plans to introduce new blueberry and watermelon vape products for adults only, using Bluetooth technology to prevent underage use. CEO Billy Gifford announced the tobacco giant's submission to the FDA and its expansion goals at a conference. The company aims to increase stores selling its products and estimates an international market worth $35-50 billion. Additionally, Altria intends to expand distribution of its oral nicotine pouches in Sweden and the UK.



February 23, 2024 by youtube.com

SMB BUSINESS INSIGHT.IMPLICATION OF UGANDA'S NARCOTIC BILL. ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO DRUG ABUSE


4.70% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 1.1 million current smokers in Uganda 8.20% of men are current smokers but only 1.40% of women.
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February 23, 2024 by thecritic.co.uk

A new low in anti-vape scaremongering

A Tasmania anti-smoking activist, Kathryn Barnsley, displayed a misleading anti-vaping banner, wrongly attributing oral cancer risks to vaping. The claim is based on a single case study of a young man with tongue cancer, with no evidence from scientific literature supporting a link to vaping. The banner displayed misinformation, amplifying scaremongering tactics. Such misleading information spreads easily and could hinder the understanding of the harm reduction potential of vaping.


13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.
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February 22, 2024 by pouchpatrol.com

Swedish Minister for Public Health – a knight in shining armour for European ex-smokers

Swedish Minister for Public Health highlighted the health risks of cigarettes vs. snus in Parliament, stressing the need to diversify taxation. Defending snus, he addressed maintaining the sale of tobacco-free pouches in the market and emphasized protecting children from nicotine. Pouch Patrol praised the Minister's stance and urged EU Health Ministers to consider Sweden's approach, aiming for a smoke-free nation. The Minister's arguments align with WHO's goal, positioning Sweden as a leader in tobacco control.


15.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 1.3 million current smokers in Sweden.
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February 22, 2024 by business-standard.com

Karnataka govt passes Bill to set age limit for sale of cigarettes to 21

The Karnataka government recently passed the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Bill, 2024, increasing the age limit for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21 years. The bill also prohibits the sale of cigarettes to those under 21 and restricts sales near schools. Health Minister Dinesh Gundurao emphasized the new regulations, mentioning fines for violations. Furthermore, hookah bars were banned in all establishments, with penalties of imprisonment and substantial fines for unauthorized operations.


8.10% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 80.5 million current smokers in India 14.40% of men are current smokers but only 1.40% of women.
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February 22, 2024 by filtermag.org

Never Too Late: Quitting Smoking at Any Age Slashes Cancer Risk

Quitting smoking at any age significantly reduces cancer risks, especially for lung cancer, as found in a recent study. Even older individuals see benefits, with those quitting at 50+ experiencing a 40% drop in lung cancer risk. Benefits extend to liver, colorectal, and stomach cancers. Despite an initial rise in risk post-quitting, long-term benefits are substantial, with overall cancer risk halving in 15 years. Messaging about never being too late to quit is crucial for older smokers' health. While quitting entirely is healthiest, harm reduction methods like reducing cigarette intake can still improve health.



February 22, 2024 by mb.com.ph

Marcoleta distraught as Cayetano rant puts 3 million Filipino livelihoods at risk

“I’d rather have one thousand Dirty Ashtrays (award) than one coffin to contain the whole tobacco industry, including the farmers and stakeholders who are depending on the tobacco industry in our country,” Marcoleta said during his February 19 privilege speech. “While the state is conscious and responsible in maintaining the health of its citizens, it should also do so mindful of the general welfare of the people, especially the stakeholders of the tobacco industry. Our two laws advocate for balanced policies,” he said. 


18.50% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 14.1 million current smokers in Philippines 33.30% of men are current smokers but only 3.70% of women.
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February 22, 2024 by the-star.co.ke

Health ministry begins process to tighten tobacco laws

The Ministry of Health is updating the Tobacco Control Act to regulate nicotine products like e-cigarettes and pouches due to their popularity among Kenyan youth. The revisions aim to strengthen regulations and address gaps to protect public health. Dr. George Githuka highlighted the need to anticipate future tobacco products and enhance collaboration with partners. The WHO warns of the harmful impacts of tobacco on health and socio-economic well-being. The updates will also restructure the compensation fund. The current law mandates funding for tobacco control programs, which has not been implemented.


8.10% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Kenya 15.60% of men are current smokers but only 0.80% of women.
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February 22, 2024 by bigislandnow.com

Study shows most youth vaping in the State of Hawai‘i live on the Big Island

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute have relaunched the Stronger Together campaign to address youth vaping in the state, focusing on tobacco industry strategies targeting young people. Most high school students who vape are in Hawai‘i County, with percentages in other counties ranging from 13% to 22%. Counties are seeking authority to regulate tobacco sales following the removal of this ability in 2018. The tobacco industry's marketing impact costs Hawaiʻi millions annually.