Tobacco Industry News

COP9: the Secret Tobacco Control Meeting You Can’t Attend

The ninth meeting of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will be held next week, from Nov. 8-13. FCTC is an international treaty organization, created under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) FCTC’s 180 member countries (“Parties” to the treaty) meet every two years—although last year’s conference was postponed until now due to...

With no vapers at the COP9 table, is WHO slamming the door on tobacco harm reduction?

Johannesburg - When the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) kicks off later this month, there will be an important voice missing at the talks: members of the vapour products industry. While it’s bad enough that an industry that’ll be directly affected by...

Africa: Tobacco Control Vs Tobacco Harm Reduction – A Never-Ending War?

The latest Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report was launched on October 27th, 2021. Titled: “ Fighting the last war: the WHO and International Tobacco Control , its release comes ahead of the forthcoming Conference of the Parties (COP 9). The “Fighting the Last War” report challenges the direction of evolution of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on...

Towards smoke-free Nigeria: Concerns mount over cigarette, tobacco addiction

Globally, over 1.3 billion people engage in cigarette smoking. From this figure, Nigeria accounts for 14 per cent of adult smokers, a development that has heightened serious concern about the growing addiction in the country. According to reports, the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing...

BAT joins tobacco’s health push with energy-drink investment

Joins a health push amid efforts to move away from tobacco and nicotine. British American Tobacco Plc invested in startup Tru Inc., a maker of energy and wellness drinks, as the owner of Lucky Strike cigarettes joins a health push amid efforts to move away from tobacco and nicotine. BAT’s corporate-venture unit Btomorrow Ventures led a...

Tobacco smugglers cash in on pandemic – JTI

Tobacco smugglers all over the world have taken advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to promote their low-cost, inferior products to low-income consumers, according to Japan Tobacco International (JTI). Speaking during a webinar on "Anti-Illicit Trade and Getting to Net Zero: Sustainable Strategies to Stamp out Illegal Trade of Tobacco Product," Ian Monteith, JTI senior global director for anti-illegal trade, said...

US approves E-cigarette marketing as Kenya debates approach

This marks the first set of electronic nicotine delivery system products ever to be authorized by the FDA. In Summary • The FDA considered the risks and benefits to the population as a whole, including users and non-users of tobacco products, and importantly, youth. • Health CAS, Mercy Mwangangi, said that Kenya is yet to review its...

Kenya must step up bid to help smokers quit the killer habit

Nine in ten of Kenya’s 2.5 million smokers regret having taken up the habit, according to a report by the International Tobacco Control (ITC) in May. Yet it seems necessary support frameworks for smokers are insufficient or non-existent, with little effort made by relevant government bodies to help them quit. The Ministry of Health says smoking is a...

Farmers appeal for representation in tobacco control confab next month

Farmers organizations appealed to the Philippine government to ensure they are given proper representation and their legitimate concerns are not ignored in the forthcoming conference on the global treaty on tobacco control beginning Nov. 8 to be held under the auspices of the World Health Organization. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is the country’s...

One Hundred Tobacco Control Experts Urge WHO to Adopt Harm Reduction

On October 18, 100 tobacco control experts called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to accept the reality of safer nicotine alternatives. The letter, which harshly criticizes the WHO for its hostile stance against tobacco harm reduction (THR), arrives ahead of a gathering of the 182 countries that belong to the health agency’s Framework Convention on Tobacco...