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Philip Morris wants cigarettes banned by 2030? About that …

This announcement has nothing to do with getting people to quit tobacco—and everything to do with migrating smokers to other addictive forms of tobacco like PMI’s iQOS product, which heats tobacco rather than burning it. Philip Morris International (PMI) received a healthy amount of press attention when it declared a few months ago that it wants traditional combustible...

Proposed amendment to tobacco products act puts livelihood of millions of women in jeopardy: Study

Synopsis The study delves into the impact this COTPA amendment will have on millions of women beedi rollers in the country. The report said that until skill-building and alternative employment is provided on a large scale for their livelihood, Beedi rolling is the only viable occupation for millions of women across India. The study states...

New Zealand Is Banning Tobacco. Will Anyone Follow?

An absolute measure will limit freedom of choice. But the approach may be worthwhile, if only to show the rest of the world whether it can succeed. If you’re a smoker who wants to indulge your habit while gazing over the mountains of the South Pacific, you’d do well to move fast. New Zealand last...

Altria and PMI Call Off Merger

Altria Group and Philip Morris International will not merge into one larger company, according to the Financial Times. Jacek Olczak, Philip Morris International’s chief executive officer, said during the publication’s Global Dealmaking SUmmit on Tuesday and that it has “closed” the chapter with Altria. Philip Morris International was spun off from Altria in 2008 and only does...

Philip Morris launches menthol tobacco blend with a taste of dark forest fruits

Philip Morris Limited (PML) has announced the launch of HEETS Mauve, a new variant in its range of HEETS tobacco sticks designed exclusively for the IQOS heated tobacco system. IQOS is the UK’s number one smoke-free product and presents less risk to your health than continuing to smoke. Unlike a vape product, which uses liquid, IQOS is an electronic device that heats real tobacco for a more...

How tobacco industry interferes in Nigerian, other African countries’ policies – Report

"The tobacco industry, in at least five countries, engaged in high levels of unnecessary interactions with governments. These took the form of trade and partnerships, enforcement of laws, social activities and economic development agenda." The tobacco industry stepped up corporate social responsibility activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, exploiting opportunities provided by the infectious disease to engage...

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...

There Are No Holds Barred In Big Tobacco’s Fight For Africa

Several shocking new reports, released by tobacco industry watchdog STOP and covering whistleblower accounts and leaked industry documents, have laid out the latest damning evidence of the tobacco industry’s relentless campaign of dirty dealings in Africa. Tobacco giant British American Tobacco (BAT) apparently ran a mass surveillance operation to spy on its rivals, as well as doling out...

UK: Vectura shareholders urged to reject Philip Morris takeover

Health experts, medics and charities warn £1.1bn tobacco firm deal could cost inhaler maker access to government grants. Shareholders in the asthma inhaler maker Vectura have been urged to reject a £1.1bn takeover by the tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI), in an open letter signed by 35 health charities, public health experts and doctors...

PMI’s surprise embrace of a cigarette-free future must not distract from tobacco control

As its behaviour in emerging markets makes clear, the tobacco industry's post-cigarette rhetoric only seems to apply to the Western markets where it is losing ground. The CEO of Philip Morris International (PMI), Jacek Olczak, has made a surprising request for the UK government to abolish traditional cigarettes by 2030–including his own. The tobacco executive told the Mail...