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India: A Pandemic Driven Approach to Tobacco Control

As India fights the pandemic with its back to the wall, medical experts have flagged the need to strengthen the tobacco control movement countrywide. Addressing experts from across the country on Sunday at an event organised by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, health expert Dr Rana J Singh...

USA: Advocates welcome federal step to ban menthol cigarettes

Smoke-free advocates are applauding a recently proposed federal ban on menthol cigarettes, while calling on area cities to pass their own bans sooner. The Food and Drug Administration announced last week it would take steps to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes over the next year. It was a long-awaited response to a petition submitted by public health...

Study exposes link between illicit tobacco trade and tax evasion

The multinational tobacco companies have been trying to evade millions of rupees in taxes under the pretext of exaggerated illicit trade of the product in the country, reveals a study. The Center for Global and Strategic Studies [CGSS] has conducted a research study titled “Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Dossier on Contributing Factors and its...

USA: FDA Moves To Ban Cigarettes And Flavored Cigars

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is moving to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, based on the evidence of the addictiveness and harm of the products. Tobacco companies have long targeted African Americans with advertising for menthol cigarettes. "Banning menthol — the last allowable flavor — in cigarettes and banning all flavors...

New Zealand wants a young, smoke-free generation

A completely smoke-free future. This is the goal of the New Zealand government, which has announced a strict action plan: the gradual increase in the age at which smoking becomes legal (which could even become Banning the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2004), The marked reduction of the permissible level of nicotine...

Pakistan: Eliminating illicit tobacco trade is a step towards #EndTobacco and SDGs.

Ending tobacco use globally is not just a compelling public health imperative but is also key for social justice and corporate accountability. Let us not forget that each of the diseases caused by tobacco could have been prevented, and every tobacco-related death averted. Add to this that every health condition that increases the risk...

SEATCA says new WHO technical manual on tobacco taxation is vital for Covid-19 recovery response

Tobacco use costs the world over USD 1.4 trillion annually from health expenditures and lost productivity, says the World Health Organization (WHO), which, on 12 April 2021, released a new technical manual on tobacco tax policy and administration, an update of its 2010 publication. This latest report comes with a clear message: a robust...

Tobacco Stocks Drop as U.S. May Curb Nicotine in Cigarettes

Tobacco stocks plunged after a report said the U.S. government may only allow cigarettes with nicotine levels so low they’d no longer be addictive, and may also move to ban menthol. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule on menthol cigarettes by the end of the month under pressure from a deadline...