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January 2022

Guess Who’s Secretly Backing This ‘Anti-Smoking’ Vape Group

The World Vapers’ Alliance has been promoting the health benefits of switching from cigarettes to vaping. Emails reveal the truth of who is behind the effort. A pro-vaping group says it wants to save your life. Cigarettes, they remind us, can kill you. But smokers may be surprised who’s behind that message. “The World Vapers’ Alliance...

Youth urge PM to increase taxes on tobacco products on National Youth Day

Over 500 youths including youth associations across the country have urged the Prime Minister and Finance Minister to increase taxes on all tobacco products in the upcoming budget of 2022-23. In their appeals, they urged to increase excise duty on cigarettes, beedis and smokeless tobacco. The appeal came on the eve of National Youth Day...

Congressional Attempt to Raise Tobacco Taxes: ‘It Could Happen Again’

While tobacco, vapor tax increases were cut from current legislation, here’s why retailers should remain vigilant Proposed federal tobacco tax rate increases that would have doubled the tax rate for cigarettes and small cigars, among other raises, have been cut. But Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), Minneapolis, made...

Smokers trying to quit in France should not be offered vapes to help

Doctors should not offer e-cigarettes as a tobacco alternative due to lack of evidence as to the benefits and risks, says health authority People trying to stop smoking should not be recommended vaping as an alternative by their doctor, French health body le Haut Conseil de la santé publique (HCSP) has said, in a change...

For 20 years teenage smoking fell steadily in Ireland. Then along came vaping and it all changed

Campaigners claim global tobacco giants are a significant influence on Ireland’s vaping market. Shannon D’Arcy (20), from Palmerstown, Co Dublin, started smoking when she was 17. “I was with my friends and I just said, I’ll have one, and it just went on from there.” She is standing with some other smokers on St Andrew’s Street,...

Is Big Tobacco winning the smoking war?

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) new Global Trends in Tobacco Use report raises a big question mark over the international community’s push for a smoking free world. On the face of it, as WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus maintains, the progress on winning the smoking war seems “very encouraging”. 2025 target unlikely to be met According to the report, the...

Shisha: The Irresistible Lethal Killer Wrapped In Flavour

Few months ago, five female pupils of the Oreyo Senior Grammar School, Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of the State, was caught in a video expertly smoking “Shisha” while in school uniform. The trending video simply sends a message to the spine of Nigerians, parents, guardians and school authorities and the government of the looming shisha...