Chemicals in Every Cigarette (2017)

During the cigarette manufacturing stage, harmful chemicals are naturally created and others may be added. Explore this process below. Not all of the harmful chemicals created during tobacco manufacturing are added; some occur naturally as tobacco is prepared for use. These chemicals include a class of carcinogens called tobacco-specific nitrosamines, or TSNAs. Read more: Food and Drug […]

Complaint to the European Ombudsman (2014)

This is a complaint about the European Commission’s failure to properly implement the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Article 5.3 and the accompanying guidelines. Article 5.3 states that decision-makers should “. . . act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance […]

JUUL and the Guinea Pig Generation: Public Health Concerns about Use by Young People (2018)

JUUL. The recent rapid rise in popularity of this flavored, potent, nicotine-based e-cigarette product, particularly among youth and young adults, as well as the apparent ease of access, use, and ability to open and custom‑fill its supposedly closed-system cartridges, has alarmed the public health community. Youth use of e-cigarettes is now more common than use […]

Tobacco Industry: Manipulating the Youth into a Lifelong Addiction (2020)

The tobacco industry causes a net loss to the global economy, annually costing USD 1.4 trillion in economic losses[1] and killing 8 million people; with a disproportionate impact in developing nations as over 80% of the 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).[2] Investment analysts estimate that the industry creates at least […]

E-Cigarette Ban & Regulation: Global Status as of February 2020

41 COUNTRIES1 BAN SELLING OF E-CIGARETTESThe sale/distribution of e-cigarettes2 is banned in the following forty-one (41) countries:Antigua and Barbuda*, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain**, Barbados**, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica**, Ethiopia*, Gambia, India, Iran, Japan, N. Korea, Kuwait**, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Mauritius**, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Qatar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, […]

E-CIGs: The Future of Addiction (2019)

Studies show the use of e-cigarettes/ experimental products, or vape Causes harms to heart, lung, blood vessels, immune system, and airways Can lead to breathing problems, pneumonia, and wet lung Affects brain development of babies May contain carcinogens, formaldehyde, and other poisons Has flavors and sweeteners that cause cancer8 There are others that are not […]

E-CIGs: Myths (2019)

Heated Tobacco Products The tobacco company claims that heating instead of burning tobacco is safer. If this is to be believed, the government, as a consumer safety measure, can demand a recall or ban of all unsafe products (traditional cigarettes), before replacing these with safer ones; instead of giving the manufacturer of harmful products an […]

Tobacco Control Measures in the Dutch ‘National Prevention Agreement’ and Expected Tobacco Industry Responses (2019)

Authors: Dr. Gera Nagelhout and Dr. Barbara van Straaten Background The Dutch government has published a ‘National Prevention Agreement’ on November 23rd 2018, announcing several tobacco control measures. IVO Research Institute performed a survey among more than 200 tobacco control experts from all over the world to ask their expert opinion about the impact and […]

The Tobacco Industry: Lobbying to Cause Disease (2018)

We speak of infectious disease being carried by a ‘vector’ — the vehicle by which infections are spread. The vector that transmits diseases like malaria or dengue is a mosquito, but tobacco has a human vector in the form of powerful multinational companies. Tobacco companies use their enormous resources to promote their products aggressively to […]