International Updates

Shameful repeal of Smokefree law will result in more tobacco harm, deaths

28 February 2024 By HealthCoalition The Government’s shameful repeal of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act 2022 will condemn thousands of Kiwis to prolonged tobacco addiction, harm and preventable death. “The tobacco industry will be celebrating their victory in getting the Government coalition parties, all of whom have significant ties with the […]

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Nicotine pouches are being marketed to young people on social media. But are they safe, or even legal?

25 February 2024 By Becky Freeman, The Conversation Flavoured nicotine pouches are being promoted to young peopleon social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram. Although some viral videos have been taken down following a series of reports in The Guardian, clips featuring Australian influencers have claimed nicotine pouches are a safe and effective way

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Tokaido Shinkansen: Smoke-Free from March 16th

24 February 2024 By ShinkansenTicket Starting March 16th, 2024, smoking will be completely banned on the Tokaido Shinkansen trains. This decision follows the announcement made in the fall of 2023 regarding the elimination of smoking areas on board Tokaido Shinkansen trains. Background on Smoking Environment on the Tokaido Shinkansen: In 2007, smoking was restricted to

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Single-use vapes to be banned in Scotland by April 2025

23 February 2024 By PA News Agency Single-use vapes could be banned in Scotland by April 1 next year, the Scottish Government has said. Draft legislation has been published by ministers after Scotland joined England and Wales to ban the disposable e-cigarettes. It follows recommendations from a UK-wide consultation which looked at how to create

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A top official fears Biden might let politics interfere with public health

15 February 2024 By Adam Cancryn and David Lim, Politico The official has privately asked friends and public health experts to press their White House contacts over the status of a long delayed policy. A top Biden administration health official is urging allies outside the government to lobby the White House to ban menthol cigarettes

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Clinical trial shows that giving smokers free e-cigarettes creates more dual users than switchers or quitters

1 February 2024 By Reiner Hanewinkel, Stanton A. Glantz, The Lancet Carpenter et al. reported a naturalistic randomised controlled trial evaluating the effect of giving smokers free e-cigarettes on stopping cigarettes six month later. 1 Significantly more smokers randomized to e-cigarettes stopped smoking (17% = 9% switchers +8% quitters) than in the control group (stopped smoking: 9% = 3% switchers +6% quitters), but

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COP10 adopted historic decisions to protect the environment from the harms of tobacco and to address cross-border tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and the depiction of tobacco in entertainment media

10 February 2024 By WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control The Tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has concluded with a far-reaching decision that will protect the environment and the health of people throughout the world from the ravages of tobacco. “We

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South Korea pushes for ban on smoking scenes in K-Dramas

6 February 2024 By The Statesman South Korea advocates for a global ban on smoking scenes in K-Dramas, addressing loopholes in overseas streaming platforms. The initiative aims to align regulations with the nation’s successful anti-smoking campaign. South Korea is gearing up for a potential crackdown on smoking scenes in popular K-Dramas that are broadcast on

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