International Updates

Open Letter From STOP to Government and UN Delegates Attending the UN General Assembly

21 September 2021 Source: STOP Reject tobacco participation in UNGA Side Events, such as the Concordia Summit The tobacco industry is a barrier to achieving the Global Goals. Its products harm the environment and kill more than eight million people every year. Yet, tobacco companies and their allies are trying to posture with UN and global …

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Federal officials delay ruling on whether to ban market-leading Juul e-cigarettes

9 September 2021 Associated Press Source: The Guardian FDA bans thousands of vaping products amid concern about appeal to teens but reserves decision on bestselling brand Federal health officials on Thursday delayed a high-stakes decision on whether to permit the bestselling vaping brand Juul to stay on the market, while banning the sale of thousands …

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International research shows ‘strong evidence’ linking vaping to cigarette smoking

8 September 2021 Donna Lu Source: The Guardian People under 20 who used vapes were found to be more than three times as likely to have ever smoked tobacco cigarettes Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to take up tobacco cigarettes, according to an international review of research into vaping. People under 20 …

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Philip Morris International cigarettes can cause lung disease. Now the company wants to sell medicine to treat it.

2 September 2020 Todd C. Frankel Source: The Washington Post World’s largest cigarette maker is making acquisitions as it pursues a ‘smoke-free’ future. Many scientists are doubtful. Ruth Tal-Singer spent more than two decades at GlaxoSmithKline, where she was a top scientist studying COPD — a chronic lung disease often related to smoking. She’s published dozens …

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FDA orders three small e-cigarette makers to pull products from the market

26 August 2021 Dan Diamond Source: The Washington Post The moves could be the first in larger agency crackdown on vaping products The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered three small e-cigarette manufacturers not to sell their flavored products, the first in a series of decisions that could imperil products sold by Juul and hundreds …

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From bootcamps in China to Australian schools: How vapes hook children on nicotine

2 September 2021 Natassia Chrysanthos and Eryk Bagshaw. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Outside a factory in south-eastern China, 300 workers are being put through commando crawls. Their instructor tells them the only way for “wolves to survive” is to be strong in a harsh environment and use their strength and wisdom to achieve “great-collective honour”. “We …

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Smoking is associated with worse outcomes of COVID-19 particularly among younger adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis

16 August 2021 Roengrudee Patanavanich, Stanton A. Glantz. Source: BMC Public Health Abstract Background Smoking impairs lung immune function and damages upper airways, increasing risks of contracting and severity of infectious diseases. This paper quantifies the association between smoking and COVID-19 disease progression. Methods We searched PubMed and Embase for studies published from January 1–May …

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Perceived effectiveness of four different cigarette health warning label themes among a sample of urban smokers and non-smokers in China

16 August 2021 Qinghua Nian, Jeffrey J Hardesty, Joanna E Cohen1,  Xiangqiang Xie, Ryan David Kennedy. Source: BMJ Journal Abstract Objective This study, conducted in China, evaluated the effectiveness of four different themes of health warning labels (HWLs) that used both text and pictures: (1) self-harm from using cigarettes, (2) harming family or children with secondhand smoke, …

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Unfriendly Fire: How the Tobacco Industry is Destroying the Future of Our Children

16 August 2021 Source: Vilnius University Press Abstract Tobacco has long been known to be one of the greatest causes of morbidity and mortality in the adults, but the effects on the foetus and young children, which are lifelong, have been less well appreciated. Developing from this are electronic nicotine delivery systems or vapes, promulgated …

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