International Updates

Tabare Vazquez, Uruguay Leader Who Slew Big Tobacco, Dies at 80

6 December 2020 Ken Parks, Bloomberg: Uruguay’s first left-wing president Tabare Vazquez, who beat tobacco maker Philip Morris in a landmark international court ruling and greatly expanded his country’s welfare state, has died in Montevideo. He was 80. His death was confirmed by his Broad Front party on its webpage on Sunday. Vazquez passed away following a …

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Court upholds FDA regulation of e-cigarettes as tobacco products

1 December 2020 Brendon Pierson, Westlaw Today: (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has upheld the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, rejecting challenges from the e-cigarette industry claiming the agency had violated the Constitution. A unanimous panel of the D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the …

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Philip Morris-sponsored articles in the Australian could breach tobacco advertising laws

18 November 2020 Amanda Meade, The Guardian: Anti-smoking campaigners say the tobacco giant is using the online articles to try to weaken bans on nicotine e-cigarettes and e-juice A series of Philip Morris-sponsored articles about vaping published on the website of The Australian newspaper may breach national tobacco advertising promotion laws, public health advocates have …

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Vaping Industry Echoes Big Tobacco’s Misleading Call for Science

17 November 2020 Kit R. Roane, Jeffery DelViscio, Kelso Harper, Scientific American: To understand the battle over e-cigarettes, one must look to history—and big tobacco The on-screen type appears in boldface and capital letters. “WHAT CIGARETTE DO YOU SMOKE, DOCTOR?” it asks. The answer has that certain 1950s-radio-announcer quality: “The brand named most was Camel,” an …

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Vaping may increase respiratory disease risk by more than 40%, study finds

12 November 2020 Boston School of Medicine, Medical Express: A growing body of evidence points to the health risks of using e-cigarettes (or “vaping”). But because e-cigarettes are marketed as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, it has been difficult to tell whether the association between vaping and disease is just a matter of …

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E-cigarettes can be ‘gateway’ to cigarettes for teens with no prior intention to smoke

9 November 2020 Children’s national hospital, Eurekalert: Cigarette smoking remains a leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. And while adolescent cigarette smoking has declined over the past several decades, e-cigarette use presents a new risk for nicotine use disorder. a new study, published Nov. 9 in the journal Pediatrics, finds that …

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Smokers, especially those who begin young, are three times more likely to die prematurely

28 October 2020 American Heart Association, Medical Express: Current smokers faced nearly three times the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease compared with people who never smoked, with the risk being higher among those who began smoking during childhood, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open …

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Does the COVID-19 pandemic provide an opportunity to eliminate the tobacco industry?

26 October 2020 John P A Ioannidis and Prabhat Jha, The Lancet Global Health: Tobacco use is the top modifiable global health problem, but the global tobacco market grows 3% annually. Most anti-tobacco measures to date target demand (eg, higher excise taxes). However, the endgame might require reducing supply. The main counterarguments are financial (eg, …

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‘Heat-not-burn’ alternative to e-cigarettes may harm heart

16 October 2020 American Physiological Society, Medical Express: A new review suggests “heat-not-burn” tobacco devices may threaten cardiovascular health. The review is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology. Heat-not-burn products—which may include noncombustible cigarettes—are relatively new in the U.S. In these, tobacco is heated to a lower temperature than traditional combustible cigarettes to …

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