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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...

WHO study group on tobacco product regulation: Report on the scientific basis of tobacco product regulation: eighth report of a WHO study group

Overview This report of the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation provides the Director-General with scientifically sound, evidence-based recommendations for Member States about tobacco product regulation. The outcomes and recommendations address a number of issues concerning novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products, such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), electronic non-nicotine delivery systems...

New WHO report sheds light on the dark impact of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products

Novel and emerging tobacco products are the subject of a new WHO report that looks at a range of issues, from the harm caused by toxic ingredients and nicotine exposure to how, with hardly any regulation, new nicotine and tobacco products are aggressively marketed to potential users, including children and adolescents. The WHO study group...

After buying health company Vectura, tobacco giant Philip Morris will profit from treating the illnesses its products create

Cigarettes are the only legal consumer product that kill up to half of their users when consumed exactly as the manufacturer intended. The diseases they cause cost Australia’s health system A$136.9 billion a year. Philip Morris International (PMI) is one of the global leaders in the cigarette supply chain. But with steady declines in cigarette sales over the past 20 years, tobacco companies...

CISLAC advocates increased taxation on tobacco

A civil society organization, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called on the federal government to increase tax on tobacco to reduce the health hazards and the corresponding deaths associated with cigarettes smoking. The Programme Manager of CISLAC, Mr. Okeke Anya who made the call in Umuahia, Abia State, during a one-day training for media...

Illicit cigarettes a window for organised crime into Uganda — BAT

BAT Uganda last month released its half-year results and area director BAT East Africa market, Crispin Achola, was in town to appraise the business. Senior content producer Paul Busharizi met up with him to talk about the business. Below are excerpts from the interview. Q: BAT has remained profitable through the pandemic, what do you...