International Updates

Italy Releases Confidential Study on Philip Morris’ IQOS

1 June 2020 Eli Moskovitz, OCCRP Italy’s health ministry on Friday released a summary of a confidential scientific study conducted for the government that demolishes claims IQOS devices are safer than cigarettes, in the wake of an explosive documentary by OCCRP partner RAI3. The study, by scientists at the National Health Institute, rejected an application by tobacco company Philip …

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Number of e-cigarettes smokers among Chinese middle school students on the rise significantly: survey

31 May 2020 Xu Keyue Source, Global Times E-cigarette smoking is becoming more popular among Chinese middle school students as the proportion of e-cigarettes smokers had increased significantly in 2019, according to a survey published on the 33rd World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on Sunday, which was also one day before the fifth anniversary of …

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Coronavirus may be worse for smokers and vapers. And youth won’t save you.

15 May 2020 Dr. Mark Calarco, NBC News The research is new, but evidence suggests smoking may dramatically worsen COVID-19.   In early March, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told journalists that a 22-year-old Brooklyn man had been hospitalized with a COVID-19 diagnosis. The man didn’t appear to have any pre-existing conditions; all doctors knew …

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Tobacco use and coronavirus (COVID-19): A deadly but preventable association

27 May 2020 Patricio V. Marquez, World Bank As we mark World No Tobacco Day on May 31, let’s consider the impact of tobacco use on coronavirus (COVID-19) outcomes.  The virus has infected more than 5.5 million people in 188 countries and territories, killing more than 350,000. Tobacco use is causally linked to diseases of nearly all organs of …

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Big Tobacco use menthol cigarette ban to promote rival products

25 May 2020 Matthew Chapman, The Bureau of Investigate Journalism The tobacco giant Philip Morris has taken advantage of the UK’s ban on menthol cigarettes to promote its new tobacco product, despite heavy restrictions on advertising tobacco. In the run up to the ban the company hired sales reps to promote its menthol heated tobacco …

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Health Ministry for halting production, sale of tobacco products

20 May 2020 Independent Online/UNB The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday urged the authorities concerned to suspend production, supply, marketing, and sale of all kinds of tobacco products in Bangladesh to help fight against coronavirus. The Health Services Division of the ministry issued a letter to the Industries Ministry in this regard, …

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How Big Tobacco uses disruptive tactics to deny child rights to be tobacco-free

1 May 2020 Jones, A., Ingenta Connect Abstract: The denial of children’s rights is at the heart of the tobacco industry’s interference in health policies. Big Tobacco (composed of the five largest tobacco companies) controls 80% of the global market, and mergers and acquisitions have solidified interference on an industrial scale. Driven by shareholder demand …

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