Policy decision regarding vape should be well informed, say traders

19 March 2021 The Independent A total of 153 members of parliament in Bangladesh in an unprecedented letter to the prime minister last week asked for a ban on vape, also known as e-cigarette, products. A trader working in vape business says this is a surprising move and appears not well informed. “My immediate reaction […]

Kids Are Big Tobacco’s “Replacement” Customers

3 December, 2020 Author: Tobacco Free CA While the tobacco industry claims they no longer target kids, they still use tactics to attract kids to use their products. They use enticing flavors, colorful packaging, and names and logos similar to popular types of candy11. And many of these products are often placed in kid-friendly locations […]

New WHO report reveals that while smoking continues to decline among European adolescents, the use of electronic cigarettes by young people is on the rise

2 December, 2020 Author: World Health Organization Europe Tobacco use among young people in the WHO European Region remains a public health concern. Despite the overall downward trend, several countries of the Region observed an increase in tobacco use prevalence among young people in the latest round of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey. While cigarettes […]

Tobacco Industry: Manipulating the Youth into a Lifelong Addiction

November 2020 The tobacco industry causes a net loss to the global economy, annually costing USD 1.4 trillion in economic losses  and killing 8 million people; with a disproportionate impact in developing nations as over 80% of the world’s 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Investment analysts estimate that the industry […]

History Repeats Itself: Role of Characterizing Flavors on Nicotine Use and Abuse (2020)

Authors: Theresa Pattern and Mariella De Biasi Abstract The popularity of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed in recent years, and most vapers use flavored e-cigarette products. Consumption of flavored e-cigarettes exceeds that of combustible cigarettes and other tobacco products among adolescents, who are particularly vulnerable to becoming nicotine dependent. Flavorings have been used by the tobacco industry […]

Countering Tobacco Industry Tactics on the Economic Costs of Restricting Menthol Tobacco (2020)

Authors: Kristen Ackert et al. Localities around the country have begun to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco products, which are easier to start, disproportionately used by young people and are more difficult to quit.1 In 2017, Minneapolis and Saint Paul City Councils overcame significant opposition by the tobacco industry to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco […]

PMI’s Heated Tobacco Products Marketing Claims of Reduced Risk and Reduced Exposure May Entice Youth to Try and Continue Using these Products (2020)

Authors: Karma McKelvey, Michael Baiocchi and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher Abstract Importance: Philip Morris International (PMI) is seeking Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorisation to market IQOS as a modified risk tobacco product and to make marketing claims of reduced risk and reduced exposure. Such claims may be misunderstood by youth, thereby increasing their risk for tobacco initiation. […]

Point-of-Sale Marketing of Heated Tobacco Products in Israel: Cause for Concern (2019)

Authors: Bonnie Halpern-Felsher Abstract Understanding how PMI markets IQOS at the point-of-sale in Israel is critical to determining whether marketing practices adhere to regulations and appeal to groups most at risk at initiating new tobacco products, such as adolescents. An article by Bar-Zev, Levine, Rubinstein, Khateb, and Berg (2019) examined the marketing of IQOS in retail […]

A Conflict of Interest is Strongly Associated with Tobacco Industry–favourable Results, Indicating No Harm of E-cigarettes (2019)

Authors: Charlotta Pisinger, Nina Godtfredsen and Anne MetteBender Abstract Researchers reach contradictory results when trying to assess the potential harm of e-cigarettes. This study investigated whether the findings and conclusions in papers published on e-cigarettes and health differ depending on whether the authors had a financial conflict of interest (COI) or not. A total of 94 […]