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US panel rejects Philip Morris claim iQOS tobacco device cuts disease risk

Philip Morris International Inc should not be allowed to claim that its iQOS electronic tobacco device can reduce the risk of tobacco-related diseases compared with cigarettes, an advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. The panel concluded that Philip Morris had not proven that iQOS – a sleek, pen-like device that heats tobacco rather than burning it – reduces harm compared with cigarettes. [...]


Real Talk About Vaping

A recent report release by the National Academy of Sciences confirms that despite the opposition to vaping by many anti-tobacco groups and state health departments, use of these products is much safer than smoking, and there are no known long-term health effects associated with vaping. This does not mean, of course, that vaping is safe. It just means that we don't know what the long-term effects may be. But it is important to stress that [...]


Tobacco companies resist excise tax increase

Tobacco companies resist excise tax increase and refuse to pass on increased costs The excise tax on tobacco products increased on January 1 2018, but the increase hasn't been passed on to all retail products. New Zealand's largest Māori Public Health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, is concerned that this will limit the effectiveness of the tax increase to reduce smoking rates, and that tobacco companies should be forced to increase the prices of their products [...]


FDA Should Recognize That E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

For many smokers, quitting attempts include a combination of white knuckle determination and a mixed bag of FDA approved products including pills, patches, gums and sprays, many of which are associated with only modest success. Success rates in quitting through the use of e-cigarettes, however, have been much more impressive, despite the fact that regulators have never permitted them to be marketed as cessation products.


E-cigarettes, shisha to be illegal from Feb 1 under amended Tobacco Act

Starting Feb 1, buying, using and possessing tobacco products like e-cigarettes, shisha and chewing tobacco will be illegal, the Ministry of Health said on Friday (Jan 26). The new prohibitions on such "emerging and imitation" tobacco products are part of the first phase of amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, which were passed in Parliament in November last year.


Judge may force FDA to speed up graphic tobacco warnings

A federal judge on Wednesday questioned why the Food and Drug Administration was delaying putting out a congressionally-mandated final rule requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising and said she may need to order it to do something. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston said during a court hearing that she had no evidence before her showing that FDA was trying to move expeditiously to put forward new rules [...]


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