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Hong Kong mulls drastic measures to further reduce number of smokers, despite record rate drop below 10 per cent

26 May 2022 By: Sammy Heung and Elizabeth Cheung Source: South China Morning Post But number of people using e-cigarettes surged from 7,200 in 2019 to 17,500 last year Health minister Sophia Chan says authorities looking into three-pronged approach in control strategy, including expanding statutory non-smoking areas The government aims to reduce the proportion of smokers …

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WHO accuses tobacco industry of ‘greenwashing’ in new report

12 May 2022 By: Tracy J. Wholf and Eric Fayeulle Source: abc News Companies like British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International don’t typically come to mind as environmental stewards. But a new report from the World Health Organization and STOP, a global tobacco watchdog, outlines how the tobacco industry has been working to rehabilitate its image by showcasing …

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Effective anti-vaping advertisements can have the greatest impact on teens

10 May 2022 Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc. : Source: News Medical Life Science Effective anti-vaping advertisements geared to teens have the greatest impact when they emphasize the adverse consequences and harms of vaping e-cigarettes, use negative imagery, and avoid memes, hashtags and other “teen-centric” communication styles, according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at UNC …

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Opinion-No more studies: Menthol cigarettes must be banned now

6 May 2022 By: Editorial Board Source: The Washington Post The Food and Drug Administration proposed Thursday to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, eliciting criticism that the Biden administration was cracking down on products popular among Black people. The critics are wrong; the FDA’s move was long overdue, and it will save many lives, including many …

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Big Tobacco Is Taking Advantage of Another War—As Usual

5 May 2022 By: Benoît Gomis Source: World Politics Review A recent investigative report by Reuters detailed the close ties between Philip Morris International and Igor Kesaev, the founder and until recently board chairman of Russia’s largest cigarette distributor, TC Megapolis. Relationships between Big Tobacco companies and wholesale distributors tend to raise eyebrows in the industry-watching …

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Australia hints at a ban on cigarette sales as new survey shows the majority of Aussies want them removed from shelves

5 May 2022 By: Cameron Carpenter Source: Daily Mail Australia Australia could ban cigarette sales to certain age groups by 2030, if recommendations from the draft national tobacco strategy are  accepted.  Australia’s 2022-2030 consultation draft smoking strategy wants Australia to consider raising the minimum age of when you can buy tobacco, which is currently 18.  …

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Ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars could save hundreds of thousands of lives, experts say

27 April 2022 By: Jen Christensen Source: CNN The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a proposed rule this week to ban menthol from cigarettes, as well as to ban flavored cigars. It’s a step that public health officials say is essential to protect public health. “I’m really excited about the possibility. At our …

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The Front Page: Has the Government lost control of vaping?

4 May 2022 By: Damien Venuto, Source: NZHerald Vaping brands arrived in New Zealand under the auspices of helping New Zealanders quit smoking. And while they have certainly played a role in that, they’ve also contributed to an entirely new generation hooked on nicotine. NZ Herald health reporter Emma Russell tells Front Page podcast a recent survey shows that …

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Perceived Influence of Plain Cigarette Packaging on Smoking Behavior: A Systematic Review

21 April 2022 By: Jetly, Kavita MBBS, MPH; Ismail, Aniza MD, PhD, MComm Health; Hassan, Noraryana MBBS, MPH; Mohammed Nawi, Azmawati MD, PhD, MComm Med Source: Public Health Management & Practice Abstract Context:  Worldwide, the number of cigarette smokers is increasing. All tobacco products come in packs. Packaging and branding are important elements of advertising …

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