Tobacco Industry News

What does the proposed tobacco bill mean for vaping in SA?

This opinion piece is part of VPASA's (Vapour Products Association of South Africa) We Are Not Tobacco (WANT) campaign, which seeks to differentiate electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) from combustible tobacco products. With South Africa moving towards the promulgation of the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Bill (2018), health organisations and tobacco-control...

South Africa is possibly the world’s largest black market for cigarettes

Forcing smokers to buy illegally during the tobacco ban has normalised the act of selling and buying illicit brands for both retailers and consumers, costing the fiscus some R8 billion a year, a new report states. An investigation by corruption-busting group Tax Justice SA (TJSA) has found that two of every three cigarettes sold in...

USA: Biden Has a Duty to Nicotine Users

The coming presidency of Joe Biden is a new chapter in American history, hopefully closing a divisive chapter of hate among fellow citizens and a lack of basic human decency in the Oval Office. That means new regulations, new executive orders, and President-elect Biden’s highly anticipated legislative priorities for domestic policy. Since the world...

Smokers, vegetarians at lesser risk of contracting Covid-19: CSIR survey

The survey also found that those with blood group 'O' may be less susceptible to the infection, while people with 'B' and 'AB' blood groups were at a higher risk. New Delhi: Smokers and vegetarians were found to have lower seropositivity indicating that they may be at a lesser risk of getting infected by coronavirus,...

New Year, New Regulations, and Big Government’s Attempts to Block Tobacco Harm Reduction

A new year and new resolutions. In 2021, many Americans will attempt to lose the weight gained after weeks – and months – of stay-at-home orders. Some may have been inclined to reduce their Zoom time, but for many smokers the beginning of a new year marks a resolution to quit smoking. This particular resolution...

Tobacco farmers seek withdraw of COTPA Amendment Bill

The bill seeks curbs on advertising, promotion and sale of cigarettes The Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA) has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to go ahead with the COTPA Bill, which will boost the illegal cigarette trade in the country. This, in turn, would adversely impact the domestic demand for the home...

British American Tobacco wins approval to test Covid vaccine on humans

British American Tobacco has moved a step closer to producing a vaccine for coronavirus using tobacco plants, as it won approval in the US to begin testing on humans. The company behind cigarette brands including Lucky Strike, Rothmans and Benson & Hedges said the US Food & Drug Administration had given it clearance to begin...

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...