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FDA Authorizes Marketing of IQOS as a Modified Risk Tobacco Product

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today authorized the marketing of IQOS, Philip Morris International’s (PMI) electrically heated tobacco system, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP). In doing so, the agency found that an IQOS exposure modification order is appropriate to promote the public health. Today’s decision demonstrates that IQOS is a fundamentally different tobacco product and a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking. IQOS is the first and only (...)


Why Cigarette Sales Are Outperforming Expectations Despite A Pandemic

Sales of cigarettes are doing a little better this year than any of the industry players expected. By way of background, at one point in the late 1960s, nearly half of American adults smoked. With a greater awareness of the high health risks, stricter regulations arrived, causing a slow-but-steady decline in smoking prevalence. Since the early 1980s, cigarettes have been a melting ice cube, with volumes declining at an average clip of 3% to 4% annually. Coming into 2020, the major U.S. tobacco players all expected industry volumes to drop in the 4% to 6% range, another year of above-average decline. Then the pandemic hit, and unemployment skyrocketed. Covid-19 is specifically dangerous for smokers, says the CDC, given (...)


State Senate Committee Passes Vaping Bill

The state Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a bill banning flavored tobacco products. House Bill 2457, known as the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020, would prohibit the sale or distribution of all flavored tobacco products in the state. In 2009, the federal Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act prohibited flavors, including fruit and candy flavoring in cigarettes, but not for other smoking devices. The 2020 state Legislature is hoping to change that. The bill states that while there has been a decline in the use of cigarettes during the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in (...)


Parliament Vaping Booths 'Too Confidential' to Discuss

In an exercise of transparency, EUobserver filed a freedom of information request to get insights into an internal debate on e-cigarettes at the European Parliament. The issue revolves around the possibility of setting up specialised booths at parliament premises for MEPs who vape. Vaping is banned at the parliament, outside designated areas for cigarettes. Some MEPs are now demanding four new specialised booths for e-cigarette smokers in Brussels and in Strasbourg, an issue being debated among all the quaestors in charge of running day to day affairs. Polish conservative MEP Karol Karski, who is one of the European Parliament's handful of quaestors, is also supporting a proposal to (...)


Yale Study Finds That Vaping Flavors Help Adults Quit

Evidence collected over the last decade indicates that flavors are essential for adults looking to use vaping products to quit smoking. Indeed, a new study published finds flavored vapor products to be more effective than tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes in helping adults remain smoke-free. A new study published by JAMA Network Open examines the role of flavors in electronic cigarettes and vapor products and their influence on subsequent smoking initiation and cessation by both youth and adults. The use of flavored e-cigarettes was associated with more than twice the odds of (...)


Adult Smoking Habits in the UK: 2019

In Great Britain, more than half (52.7%) of people aged 16 years and above who currently smoked said they wanted to quit, and 62.5% of those who have ever smoked said they had quit, based on our estimates from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN). In the UK, in 2019, 14.1% of people aged 18 years and above smoked cigarettes, which equates to around 6.9 million people in the population, based on our estimate from the Annual Population Survey (APS) (...)


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