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Did the FDA Just Doom Philip Morris International's Future?

Philip Morris has argued all along that the iQOS heated-tobacco system offered advantages to users over traditional cigarettes. [...] the advisory panel wasn't convinced by the company's arguments. The panel voted 8-0 in support of the assertion that Philip Morris hadn't proven that switching to iQOS cuts the risk of users contracting diseases related to tobacco use. [...] Philip Morris remains optimistic about iQOS' chances for eventual adoption.


UK accused of hypocrisy on overseas tobacco control

The UK government is lobbying on behalf of UK-based tobacco giants operating overseas, despite spending millions of pounds trying to curb smoking rates abroad. Freedom of information requests reveal that the Foreign Office and the Department for International Trade have been championing the interests of British American Tobacco. This is despite the government being forced to draw up new guidelines for UK embassy staff [...]


The END of smoking: Tobacco firm to STOP selling Marlboro and B&H cigarettes in the UK

The US-based tobacco giant, whose major brands include Marlboro, Benson & Hedges and Chesterfield, has pledged to stop selling cigarettes in the UK within the next decade. Philip Morris International (PMI), a multi-national tobacco firm with products sold in more than 180 countries, is aiming to move towards selling smoke-free products and away from cigarettes that kill millions every year.


'Heated cigarettes' must face highest taxation here - TD

The Government has been urged to tax so-called 'heated cigarettes', targeted at young people, at the highest rate imposed on tobacco products. However, the World Health Organisation has warned that all forms of tobacco use are harmful, including heated cigarettes. The WHO also says there is no reliable evidence that these products are any less harmful than regular cigarettes.


17 universities oppose anti-smoking group with tobacco ties

Seventeen public health schools in the U.S. and Canada pledged Thursday to refuse research money from a new anti-smoking group funded by the tobacco industry. The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World was created in September with nearly $1 billion from the Philip Morris tobacco company, saying it aims to end smoking worldwide and support research to meet that goal.



The Foreign Ministry issued a travel alert last Thursday informing Israelis going to Thailand that e-cigarettes are illegal in the country. The alert followed the detention of an elderly Israeli couple last week for possession of e-cigarettes in the Land of Smiles, and a fine of some NIS 4000. They were also threatened with arrest. "Enjoy your Thailand holiday, but please leave the electronic cigarettes at home. [...]


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