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If you attach the word Big to any multi-national industry, it immediately takes on a threatening and evil connotation: Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Alcohol, Big Energy and of course, Big Tobacco. And often this is for very good reasons: their prime directive is to make profits for shareholders, often at the expense of customers’ health and wellbeing (eg fast food, cheap alcohol and cigarettes) and have used their extreme wealth at best to try and thwart legislative controls on their business and at worst, engaged in rampant bribery and corruption.  [...]

FDA's tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device

In a decision expected to test the Trump administration’s approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc (PM.N) to sell its novel iQOS tobacco device and claim it is less harmful than cigarettes. The advisers to the Food and Drug Administration will discuss the product on Wednesday and Thursday and recommend whether it should be cleared. [...]



An alternative tobacco technology that drastically cuts harms from smoking is causing cigarette sales to plummet at an “astounding” pace in Japan. A press released [...] shows the record declines the company has experienced in cigarettes sales throughout 2017 accelerated in the final month of the year. Heat-not-burn technologies like the IQOS device by Philip Morris International (PMI) are fueling the tobacco shakeup in Japan. [...]


Passengers must butt out on B.C. Ferries as of Monday

If you can smoke it it’s not allowed on B.C. Ferries as of Monday. Pot, tobacco, e-cigarettes and anything else you can put in your pipe and smoke is all covered under a new non-smoking policy on the entire fleet of B.C. Ferries ships and terminals. And hiding in your car for a smoke won’t work — the ban covers the interiors of all vehicles on B.C. Ferries property.


FDA’s Anti-Smoking Initiative Might Only End Up Benefiting Big Tobacco, Experts Warn

Critics of the FDA's plan are doubtful that tobacco companies will comply by drastically reducing nicotine levels, and concerned that they could also launch cigarette alternatives that still might carry substantial health risks. Cigarettes are no longer what they used to be several decades ago — a symbol of sophistication for some, the epitome of youthful rebellion for others. [...]


Snus tobacco on the rise as Norway smoking halved in a decade

The share of Norwegians who smoke on a daily basis has halved in the last decade and was last year exceeded for the first time by the use of snus, a wet snuff tobacco product, Statistics Norway said on Thursday. Among the adult population, 11 percent were daily smokers in 2017, a fall of one percentage point from the previous year and down from 22 percent in 2007 as authorities continue to campaign against the use of tobacco.


Over 300 retailers targeted in sting operations to see if they're selling cigarettes to under 18s

A TOTAL OF 306 retailers around the country were targeted in sting sales operations in the first nine months of last year to see if they were selling cigarettes to minors. The ‘test’ tobacco sales to minors are carried out by the Health Service Executive (HSE) every year. In Ireland, it is illegal to sell cigarettes to someone under the age of 18.


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