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UK tobacco sales fell faster after plain packaging rules came into force

Cigarette sales have decreased by about 20m a month after plain packaging rules and tougher taxes were introduced three years ago, researchers have found. Prof Anna Gilmore, director of the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), said: “The underlying rate of decline in tobacco sales almost doubled after these policies were implemented.” The number of cigarettes sold in the UK was falling by about 12m a month before the measures were introduced in May 2017, according to the TCRG, which is based at the University of Bath.


Making it harder to import e-cigarettes is good news for our health, especially young people’s

From next year, access to e-cigarettes and related products containing liquid nicotine will require a doctor’s prescription. This is to ensure liquid nicotine is handled like the poisonous, addictive substance it is and not promoted to young people. It’s good news for public health and bad news for the tobacco and e-cigarette industries. This restriction comes into effect from January 1 2021, six months later than originally proposed.


UAE doctors warn against smoke-free cigarettes after US approves their promotion

UAE doctors warned against the use of all inhalation devices after the US Food and Drug Administration gave its support to the marketing of a new cigarette alternative. In a landmark ruling, the FDA approved the promotion of the iQOS, a heated tobacco stick. The nicotine product was developed by Philip Morris International (PMI). As there was no burning, the levels of harmful chemicals were significantly reduced compared to cigarette smoke, according to the company.


Food and Drug Administration Issues IQOS Modified Risk Approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) marketing order for the IQOS tobacco heating system, a major step toward Philip Morris International’s stated goal of achieving a “smoke-free world.” FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller said that IQOS, developed by Philip Morris International (PMI) as their next-generation flagship product, has been approved for an exposure modification marketing order. As a result, PMI can market the product in America as a replacement to what the industry calls “traditional combustible tobacco products,” [...]


Jordan- WHO supports Health Ministry with about $1m to help thousands of smokers quit smoking

A new Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco was launched on Friday by Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organisation (WHO), HH Princess Dina Mired, President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Thibault Mongon, Executive Vice President of Johnson & Johnson (J & J), during the WHO COVID-19 media briefing. Jordan will be the first country in the world to benefit from the new initiative that aims at helping its high rate of smokers quit smoking, according to a WHO statement.


Everything you need to know about SA's new lockdown laws

At about 9pm on Sunday, more than a dozen new pieces of legislation were thrust upon SA. They cover everything from alcohol, cigarettes and wearing a mask to when you can leave your home. The laws, gazetted by cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, take effect immediately. “The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited,” the Act states, giving legal force to the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night.


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