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January 2021

Youths who use tobacco products before 18 can become daily cigarette smokers

An analysis of a large nationally representative longitudinal study by University of California San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science report that starting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, before the age of 18 is a major risk factor for people becoming daily cigarette smokers. Reporting in the January 11, 2021 online...

Philip Morris sells death while speaking of ‘smoke-free world’ – opinion

Saying ‘if I wouldn’t sell this deadly product, somebody else will,’ is comparable to what could have been said by IG Farben, the supplier of Zyklon B to the gas chambers. Philip Morris CEO (Israel) Roi Amit was interviewed on December 31 by The Jerusalem Post. He spoke of a “smoke-free world” but omitted to...

Amend COTPA to make curbs on tobacco more effective

However, riding roughshod on the rights of people is not done in a democracy. Raising awareness and counselling are a better way to achieve results The Centre recently released draft changes to its tobacco control law. The proposal aims to ban smoking zones in hotels, restaurants, airports and calls for raising the minimum legal smoking...

December 2020

With the highest adult smoking rate in the Afro Region, Botswana urgently needs a strong tobacco control law to protect its citizens from the devastating effects of tobacco

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) According to statistics from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Botswana report launched on Thursday 17 December 2020 by the country’s Minister of Health and Well-being, Dr Edwin Dikoloti, 240,000 adults aged 15 and above (17.6%) use tobacco. This is the highest tobacco use...

Altria Highlights Adult Tobacco Consumers’ Challenges Amid COVID-19

Company gives update on Altria’s products at Outlook Leadership Community. CHICAGO — To say 2020 has been uncertain is an understatement, Danielle Lindsay, senior manager of sales analytics at Altria Group Distribution Co. (AGDC) said. “As COVID-19 resurges, there’s growing concern for the long-term economic impact to the United States with implications for the adult tobacco...

Health warnings for smoke-free products should be risk proportionate

MANILA, Philippines — Health warnings for smoke-free products such as e-cigarettes or vapes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) should be proportionate to their risk as compared to combustible cigarettes. This was the key message of Prof. Tikki Pangestu in his keynote speech during the 2nd Philippine Harm Reduction Online Forum on December 4, 2020. “Health warnings...

British American Tobacco Launches VapeExplained.com To Educate Public On Vaping

British American Tobacco (BAT), the tobacco giant that owns vape brands like Vuse and Vype, told Vaping Post in an email that the company has launched a brand new website to educate consumers on vaping and to address the increase in demand for smoke-free tobacco products like vapes. The website is called VapeExplained.com. “BAT is committed...