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October 2021

Bangladesh : To ban e-cigarette, current tobacco control act needs to be amended

A study conducted by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission recommends amending the Tobacco Control Act to ban the production, import-export, promotion, marketing and consumption of all emerging tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Many young people use e-cigarettes for style and the flavours. Many consider e-cigarettes help them quit smoking conventional cigarettes. Some perceive e-cigarettes to be less...

Is Nigeria’s Tobacco Control Fund in Limbo?

In the 2014 document, Sustainable Funding Models for Tobacco Control: A Discussion Paper, by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, sustainable funding is identified as crucial to curtailing the projected harms caused by tobacco use. The Union proposed various funding options for countries implementing tobacco control policies with particular emphasis on Taxes from...

TAAT Global Alternatives first batch of Beyond Tobacco cigarettes in UK for distribution

TAAT Global Alternatives (CSE:TAAT / FRA:2TP / OTC:TOBAF) has confirmed that its first batch of Beyond Tobacco cigarettes have now arrived in the UK as the company prizes open the UK market for alternative cigarettes. Beyond Tobacco is already being widely sold in the US as a non-nicotine alternative for smokers who want to...

Africa: The state of Tobacco Harm Reduction in Africa

The 4th Scientific Summit on Tobacco Harm Reduction took place on September 29 and 30th, 2021. Organized by SCHORE, the International Association on Smoking Control which "vision is to eliminate smoking and smoking-related diseases all together", the summit reunited experts on tobacco, other substance use disorders specialists, and harm reduction professionals. There is an ongoing...

FDA Finalizes Two Foundational Rules for Companies Seeking to Market New Tobacco Products

Rules Provide Additional Information on the Requirements for Future Premarket Tobacco Product Applications and Substantial Equivalence Reports. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two final rules for the premarket review of new tobacco products. These foundational rules provide additional information on the requirements for the content, format and review of Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTAs) and Substantial...

Philip Morris, Altria banned from importing or selling Iqos tobacco device in the U.S.

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Wednesday that Philip Morris International and Altria must stop the sale and import of the Iqos tobacco device. The decision is the result of a patent case filed by rival R.J. Reynolds. The trade agency found that the cigarette alternative infringed on two of Reynolds’ patents. The import and sales ban will take effect...

Could snus be the solution to Africa’s rising smoking rates?

“Sweden has the lowest smoking rates and the lowest rate of smoking-related deaths in Europe. When are we going to learn from them?” These were the sentiments echoed by Dr. Kgosi Letlape, head of the Africa Medical Association. Dr. Letlape has hailed snus for its ability to help cut smoking rates across Scandinavia. He also expressed frustration at...

Regulating nicotine and tobacco products

Although tobacco use is a major public health problem, tobacco products are one of the few openly available commercial products that are virtually unregulated in some countries. They are also the only legally available products that kill up to half of its regular users when consumed as recommended by manufacturers of these products. The WHO Framework...