Tag - Tobacco industry

Is Big Tobacco winning the smoking war?

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) new Global Trends in Tobacco Use report raises a big question mark over the international community’s push for a smoking free world. On the face of it, as WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus maintains, the progress on winning the smoking war seems “very encouraging”. 2025 target unlikely to be met According to the report, the...

Africa: Tobacco Harm Reduction: Will There Ever Be a Viable Consensus?

The E-cigarette summit – science, regulation, and public health, took place virtually on the 7th and 8th of December, 2021. Scientists, policymakers and public health professionals have been participating in this event annually since 2013. On the 7th, a session titled "The new tobacco wars", was introduced, and detailed by Clive Bates, a strong advocate of Tobacco...

Soon After Taking Over Belarus’ Tobacco Industry, Oligarch Donated Luxury Cars to Lukashenko Regime

In 2018, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko radically restructured the country’s tobacco industry to benefit his close crony Aliaksei Aleksin, who until then had been better known as an energy tycoon. Just months after receiving these favors, Aleksin made a pricey gift of nine cars and motorcycles to Lukashenko’s bodyguard service, OCCRP has found. The donations,...

How Tobacco, E-Cigarette Companies Are Reaching Children with Advertisements

Despite limits on tobacco advertising, researchers say children are still seeing plenty of ads for tobacco and e-cigarettes. Most of the exposure comes from social media and in-store advertisements. Experts say parents should monitor their children’s social media sites as well as talk to them about the health dangers of smoking and vaping. Tobacco...

Hong Kong Seizes 27 Million Suspected Illicit Cigarettes

Hong Kong Customs said they seized approximately 27 million “suspected illicit cigarettes” last week during a raid on an industrial complex in the island’s Tuen Mun region and arrested a 31-year-old man. The cigarettes are estimated to be worth HK$76 million (US$9.7 million) on the open market. In Hong Kong, the trade or possession of illicit cigarettes...

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...

Tobacco taxes reducing consumption rates, says WHO

Taxes and advertising restrictions may have contributed to a decline in the number of people using tobacco of 20 million over five years, but more investment is needed to persuade users to quit, says the WHO. The number of tobacco consumers fell from 1.32 billion in 2015 to 1.3 billion in 2020 and is expected...

We unpack what some African countries are doing about tobacco control

Rapid population growth, increased advertising by the tobacco industry, and growing tobacco consumption among young people in Africa all contribute to a projected massive tobacco-related burden of disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one in five African adolescents use tobacco. The WHO also forecast a doubling of deaths related to tobacco use...

WHO Needs Reduction To Escape Unsuccessful “Quit or Die” Tobacco Strategy

Tobacco kills roughly eight million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.” This month’s ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the WHO Framework Convention on...