E-Cigarette Ban & Regulation: Global Status as of February 2021

37 COUNTRIES1 BAN SELLING OF E-CIGARETTES The sale/distribution of e-cigarettes2 is banned in the following thirty-seven (37) countries: Antigua and Barbuda*, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan*, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Iran, Japan**, N. Korea*, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Qatar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey*, […]

How tobacco industry interference hinders the UN sustainable development goals

September 2020 The tobacco industry’s business is incompatible with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because it adversely impacts development areas including poverty, hunger, education, gender equality, economic growth and inequality. Human rights assessments call for the cessation of the production and marketing of tobacco, as it is irreconcilable with the human right […]

Tobacco Industry Interference at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

2019 STOP EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The tobacco industry’s goal to profit despite the deaths and diseases it causes is inherently irreconcilable with the United Nation’s (UN’s) goal towards sustainable development. The tobacco industry’s products continue to kill up to 8 million people annually, and the tobacco industry’s business leads to a net loss to the world […]

The Role of the WHO FCTC in COVID-19 Responses

November, 2020 Executive Summary Tobacco use carries risk of COVID-19 transmission and leads to worse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 also endangers those with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for which smoking is a major risk factor. Life-saving tobacco control measures that urge smokers to quit would not only address the tobacco epidemic, but also reduce […]

Tobacco Industry Accountability and Liability in the Time of COVID-19

November 2020 Summary The tobacco industry must be held to account for health care costs, compensation to victims, corruption, illicit trade, environmental damage, food insecurity, child labor, and more. Under the global tobacco control treaty, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), governments are called on to adopt stronger tobacco control […]

Chemicals in Every Cigarette (2017)

During the cigarette manufacturing stage, harmful chemicals are naturally created and others may be added. Explore this process below. Not all of the harmful chemicals created during tobacco manufacturing are added; some occur naturally as tobacco is prepared for use. These chemicals include a class of carcinogens called tobacco-specific nitrosamines, or TSNAs. Read more: Food and Drug […]

Complaint to the European Ombudsman (2014)

This is a complaint about the European Commission’s failure to properly implement the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Article 5.3 and the accompanying guidelines. Article 5.3 states that decision-makers should “. . . act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance […]

JUUL and the Guinea Pig Generation: Public Health Concerns about Use by Young People (2018)

JUUL. The recent rapid rise in popularity of this flavored, potent, nicotine-based e-cigarette product, particularly among youth and young adults, as well as the apparent ease of access, use, and ability to open and custom‑fill its supposedly closed-system cartridges, has alarmed the public health community. Youth use of e-cigarettes is now more common than use […]