Tobacco company fined for unlicensed distribution, advertisement of cigarettes at music festival

February 20, 2020 A tobacco company has been fined $15,000 for unlicensed distribution and advertisement of cigarettes at a music festival. Japan Tobacco International (Singapore) was one of the sponsors for the EDM festival – Ultra Singapore 2016, which attracted 45,000 people over two days. Regulations prevented those going to the event at Bayfront Avenue […]

British American Tobacco circumventing ad ban, experts say

March 17, 2020 British American Tobacco (BAT) is marketing e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes with pictures of attractive models and using hashtags such as “I dare you to try it”, despite a crackdown last year after it paid social media influencers to promote its products. Read more: The Guardian

E-Cigarette Use & Ads Aimed At Kids Threaten Tobacco Control Gains – On 15th Anniversary Of International Convention

March 6, 2020 As the World Health Organization and WHO member states celebrate 15 years since the signing of the the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), the global uptake in e-cigarettes, as well as targeted advertising aimed at children and adolescents, threatens the worldwide gains that have been achieved in reducing tobacco use. Read more: […]

EXCLUSIVE-Juul halts Indonesia e-cig sales, throwing Asia expansion in doubt

February 24, 2020 By Chris Kirkham, Fanny Potkin and Neil Jerome Morales Feb 24 (Reuters) – Juul Labs Inc is halting sales in Indonesia, citing concerns that it can’t stop retailers from selling its high-nicotine e-cigarettes to young people in a largely unregulated tobacco market. Read more: Nasdaq

No tobacco scenes on TV please, Dr. Zafar asks PEMRA chairman

February 18, 2020 Islamabad:The Directorate of Tobacco Control of the Ministry of National Health Services has directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to instruct all television channels to immediately cleanse their dramas and programmes of smoking scenes that lure young people towards tobacco use, and to instead consider telecasting public service messages against […]

Juul bought ad space on kids’ websites, including Cartoon Network, lawsuit charges

February 13, 2020 E-cigarette maker Juul Labs bought online advertisements on teen-focused websites for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Seventeen magazine after it launched its product in 2015, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. Read more: CNBC

Despite being banned, Big Tobacco is still on social media

February 3, 2020 Big Tobacco likes to stay ahead of the curve – to survive, it has to. Its fundamental problem is that one in two of its long-term users die from tobacco-related diseases. To hook a new generation into addiction, it has to try every advertising and marketing trick in its playbook. Read more: Independent

Denver Joins Suit Against E-Cigarette Giant JUUL, Saying It Marketed To Teens

January 31, 2020 Colorado’s largest city is joining litigation against e-cigarette giant JUUL over its marketing.  The suit contends JUUL’s marketing has played a driving role in high teen vaping rates seen nationwide and in Colorado, which has the country’s highest youth rate. Read more: CPR News

Big Tobacco wants social media influencers to promote its products – can the platforms stop it?

January 23, 2020 Big Tobacco likes to stay ahead of the curve – it has to in order to survive. Its fundamental problem is that one in two of its long-term users die from tobacco-related diseases. To hook a new generation into addiction, it has to try every advertising and marketing trick in its playbook. Read more: The […]