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Youth e-cig use triples likelihood of daily cig smoking

The evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway for smoking is strong and consistent. Now John Pierce and his colleagues have made that connection even stronger by showing that e-cigarette use strongly predicts daily cigarette smoking. (Previous studies measured current cigarette smoking, meaning in the past 30 days.) Their paper, “Use of E-cigarettes and Other...

Dirty Money and Shady Spending: How the Tobacco Industry Gets Its Way

The tobacco industry isn’t shy about the mega-profits it rakes in year after year; major tobacco companies routinely and proudly boast their multi-billion-dollar-revenues to their stakeholders. But what they don’t like to advertise, at least not to the public, is how they got rich: by knowingly addicting people to their products and preying on...

India: Smoking can’t protect against Covid, it makes antibodies disappear — Experts on CSIR study

A CSIR study said smokers had low seroprevalence. But doctors said smoking reduces immunity, which makes antibodies disappear faster — which is why seroprevalence may be lower. New Delhi: Health experts have countered a pan-India CSIR serosurvey that said smokers were found to have lower seroprevalence, indicating that they are at lesser risk of contracting...

The call to ban smoking in beer gardens

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health is calling on all Australian governments to increase the number of smoke-free areas. Australia has already led the world with banning smoking in many areas including public transport, workplaces, restaurants and some public areas. Speaking with Oliver Peterson, the Chief Executive of Australian Council on Smoking and Health Maurice...

The revision of the Tobacco Products Directive: A chance to deal a body blow to Big Tobacco in 2021?

In a study published on 6 January, scientists from King’s College London have finally put to rest the myth that smokers enjoy a degree of protection from COVID-19. Their research was clear: smokers who contract the novel coronavirus are more likely to suffer severe symptoms than non-smokers, and are twice as likely to end...

South America free of smoking in public places, PAHO announces

With the decree recently approved by Paraguay, smoking in indoor public spaces and workplaces is now banned in all countries of  South America. Washington, D.C., January 8, 2021 (PAHO) The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today congratulated Paraguay for banning smoking of lit or electronic tobacco products in enclosed public spaces as well as crowded...

The Netherlands: Tobacco Display Ban Gone Into Effect This January

The display ban has already been applicable to tobacco products in supermarkets since the 1st of July 2020. Now also being applied to retail stores and online retailers, the ban has been extended to include vaping products, heated tobacco products and herbs intended for smoking. With regards to online stores, while adverts of the...

Philippine: Dark side to Big Tobacco’s Covid-19 CSR activities?

Donations of ventilators and supplies are part of a ‘classic tactic’ by the industry to get close to governments and try to undermine health policies, say public health advocates. Should tobacco firms’ CSR activities be allowed? On 26 March this year, as the Philippines recorded 707 Covid-19 cases two weeks into a nationwide lockdown to...

India: Raising Taxes on Tobacco Generates Revenue And Saves Lives

With the Covid-19 pandemic hitting the country’s economy hard, preparation of the Union budget for the next fiscal is a big challenge for the government this time. To set a course for economic recovery, the government needs funds to invest in the infrastructure and social sectors. Due to a slow-down in the economy, the...