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Harry's Blog #102: How to Make a Public Health Disaster Worse: a 5-Point Guide
The primary concern of tobacco control should be to tackle the extent of the current adult smoking epidemic. This means tackling the projected toll from death and disease which will worsen as populations grow in those lower and middle income countries (LMIC) which already have the highest numbers of smokers. [...]

Traditional cigarettes continue to outperform electronic cigarettes during pandemic

Traditional cigarette sales continue to perform better than expected during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to two tobacco industry analysts. Overall sales volume for traditional cigarettes was down just 0.2% for the four-week period that ended July 11, according to the latest Nielsen survey of convenience stores. By comparison, the sales volume was down 7.2% in the four-week period that ended in Aug. 10, 2019.


A state tobacco monopoly looms over China’s e-cigarette makers

Chinese like to quip that the electronic cigarette is China’s fifth great invention, after paper, printing, gunpowder and the compass. A Chinese pharmacist hatched the idea in 2003 to wean smokers off tobacco. But it was in America, home to brands like Juul and Blu, that vaping first took off. Although one in four Chinese adults smoke tobacco, sales of e-cigarettes in China amounted to $2.7bn last year, a tenth of those in America, according to Frost and Sullivan, a consultancy.


Recruits Wanted | Global Study Seeks to Confirm Vaping Is Safe

The VERITAS (Vaping effects: real-world international surveillance) Cohort Study is headed by Dr. Riccardo Polosa out of CoEHAR, the Center of Excellence for Harm Reduction, Catania. The lead scientist and global project manager is Dr. Carl V. Phillips. In this episode of RegWatch hear Dr. Phillips explain why the VERITAS Study is by far the most substantial study of the health effects of vaping (in the absence of smoking,) and will provide invaluable information for vapers, smokers, and policymakers.


Cigarette ban misses opportunity to avail smoke-free alternatives – PMSA

The continued ban on the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes during the lockdown was a missed opportunity to make smoke-free alternatives available for 11-million South African smokers, said Philip Morris South Africa (PMSA) in a statement on Thursday. “The blanket ban on all tobacco and e-cigarette products undermines the efforts of those adult smokers who switched to better alternatives, such as heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes,” said Phillip Morris SA MD Marcelo Nico.


Vaping: the madness of the British?

My google search engine thinks Public Health England (PHE) is a vaping organisation. “Vaping organisation UK”. You can try it yourself. E-cigarettes lie at the centre of PHE’s tobacco control strategy, probably drawing attention and commitment away from alternative strategies for reducing smoking rates. In September 2017, PHE encouraged smokers to “stop smoking with an e-cigarette”. E-cigarette promotion also featured significantly in the 2019 NHS “Stoptober” campaign. “Try an e-cigarette”, urges Public Health England.


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