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The Coronavirus Pandemic Leads to Increased Smoking Rates

A recent UK study of about 2,000 people conducted between the 30th of April and the 13th of May in YouGov’s Covid-19 tracker, had indicated that approximately 2.2 million people in the UK were smoking more than usual during the coronavirus crisis. Similar data has emerged from all across the globe, hence public health experts […]

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Russia May Start Labelling Tobacco For HTPs and Hookahs

According to the document, as of October 1st, Russian authorities may be launching a study looking into the effectiveness of labeling tobacco products for tobacco heating devices, as well as tobacco-free hookah smoking mixtures. Participation in this government experiment will initially be on a voluntary basis. Earlier this year, a member of the Public Chamber […]

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Experts Recommend Varenicline Over Nicotine Patches

A patient’s reluctance to quit has been an issue not previously tackled in any of the older ATS guidelines. The complete guideline detailing all the latest recommendations, was posted online ahead of print in the July 15th issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. This latest guideline highlights that “all patients […]

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Australian Researchers Urge Doctors to Ask Patients About Their Vaping Behavior

Following the US events in relation to the infamous EVALI outbreak, Dr Eli Dabscheck and his team, are urging Australian doctors to start asking their patients whether they vape, and remind them of the potential risks of vaping in the event that they do. “Australian clinicians should maintain vigilance and ask every patient about e-cigarette […]

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Jordan Receives WHO Funding and Assistance to Help Combat Smoking Problem

More than 8 out of 10 Jordanian men are believed to either smoke or use other nicotine products and men who smoke daily are estimated to consume an average of 23 cigarettes per day. These figures were revealed by a 2019 national survey (STEPS) conducted by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the WHO. […]

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UK Tobacco Firms Warned to Pick Cigarette Butts or Face Harsher 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, which owns the Silk Cut, Camel and Benson & Hedges brands. “If we cannot progress this discussion… we will have to reflect on what steps the Government can […]

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Vape Bans Are Contributing to an Ever Expanding Black Market

Earlier this month, testimony at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Illegal Tobacco Task Force discussed data on how e-cig users are responding to vaping bans. Non-surprisingly the task force concluded the flavour ban implemented locally, will lead to “an increase in smuggling activity and black-market sales.” “I’m concerned that placing an added burden and tasking […]

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NNA: The Other New Nicotine Alternatives to Consider Besides Vapes

“The public is generally acutely aware of e-cigarettes and the principle of tobacco harm reduction is increasingly being recognised. Many, however, will not realise that there are many more safer nicotine products than just vaping,” points out the NNA. Amongst the range of safer nicotine products, the charity mentions snus, pointing out that it remains […]
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Phillip Morris: SA’s Cigarette Ban Misses Opportunity to Promote Safer Alternatives

The bans on tobacco products and alcohol sales announced in March, sadly included safer alternatives such as e-cigarettes and snus. Naturally, this had angered many public health experts and vaping advocates. Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) chief executive Asanda Gcoyi, reiterated that treating cigarettes and safer alternatives in the same manner poses a […]
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