Monthly Archives: October 2018
Posted: October 25, 2018Categories: News & Media, Science & Policy
MARLBORO makers Altria has pulled its e-cigarette pods from the market - which critics claim is an attempt to get their biggest rival Juul to follow suit.
Altria Group Inc announced on Thursday it would also be discontinuing the sale of most of its flavoured e-cigarettes in response to the US Food and Drink Administration's (FDA) drive to stop underage vaping.
Altria's brands, MarketTen Elite and Apex, represent just nine per cent of the American market, which is dominated by Juul Labs, currently under fire for sparking a so-called "epidemic" of vaping use among teenagers.
But critics say Altria has more to gain than lose by pulling some of it's vape products.
Posted: October 04, 2018Categories: News & Media
TOBACCO giant and vape manufacturers Philip Morris Korea Inc is suing the South Korean government after it claimed their e-cigarettes contained a number of harmful substances.
The billion dollar global firm has filed a lawsuit for the disclosure of data from the country’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety after it released a report in June which claimed to have found five cancer-causing substances in their electronic cigarettes during tests.
The study claimed to have found not just harmful substances but the level of tar exceeded that of regular cigarettes in two of their heated smoking devices, including Philip Morris Inc (PMI)’s leading iQOS brand.
PMI claims the findings strongly contradict results from studies in Germany, Japan and China, which concluded they were safer than regular cigarettes and said it had thereby encouraged the country’s millions of smokers to stick to their habit.
The company filed
Posted: October 02, 2018Categories: News & Media
More than seventy public health experts and anti-tobacco campaigners have penned a joint letter to the World Health Organization (WHO), urging leaders to take a more measured view of the benefits of vaping.
The open letter was sent to WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ahead of this week’s conference of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Geneva.
The 72 signatories, who have no links to the tobacco industry, urged the WHO to “embrace tobacco harm reduction” and adopt a more positive approach to e-cigarettes and other technologies that can help fight smoking-related diseases.
“In the field of tobacco control and public health, the world has changed significantly since the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was signed in 2003. It is impossible to ignore or dismiss the rise of Alternative Nicotine Delivery Systems (ANDS),” they write.
Posted: October 02, 2018Categories: News & Media, Campaigning
A MASS quit smoking attempt is underway in the UK – with experts suggesting smokers vape instead of going “cold turkey” if they want to quit for good.
Stoptober – a national campaign by Public Health England (PHE) – suggests if participants switch to e-cigarettes or other nicotine-replacement therapies – for 28 days, they are five times more likely to ditch their deadly smoking habit forever.
As the awareness month launched yesterday (October 1st), health bosses warned only four per cent of people who quit with no replacement therapy in place will be able to successfully give up smoking tobacco.
For a better chance of success, Stoptober offers participants an online guide that directs people to e-cigarette sellers in their area and a "Personal Quit Plan" to help find the right support.