Government vows to protect health policy from Big Tobacco after Bureau investigation

March 6, 2020 The government has pledged to defend public health policy from tobacco companies lobbying for relaxed regulations after Brexit. Last night the health minister Jo Churchill reiterated the government’s commitment to a landmark treaty that restricts contact with the tobacco industry during a parliamentary debate called in response to last week’s Dispatches “The Secrets of […]

Ireland bans menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco starting May 20

March 15, 2020 In Ireland, menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco, along with irregularly shaped packs such as skinny cigarettes will be banned from May 20. Also included in the ban are click dual cigarettes that change from normal to menthol. It’s all part of the four year phasing-out period of the EU Tobacco Product Directive […]

WHO warns of possible pressure from the tobacco industry to benefit from a bill to combat smuggling

July 27, 2020 The head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention (World Health Organization) for Tobacco Control (FCTC), Adriana Blanco, warned the Legislative Commission of Justice of alleged pressures from the tobacco industry to obtain compensation and eliminate the tax on tobacco. tobacco, established as a public health policy. Read more: Eluniverso

WHO Statement on Heated Tobacco Products and the US FDA Decision Regarding IQOS

July 27, 2020 WHO takes this opportunity to remind Member States that are Parties to the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) of their obligations under the Convention. Heated tobacco products are tobacco products, meaning that the WHO FCTC fully applies to these products. (Decision FCTC/COP8(22)) Specifically, Article 13.4(a) obliges Parties, to prohibit “all […]

How tobacco-funded group try to influence tobacco control policy in Costa Rica – Report

July 18, 2020 A Philip Morris-funded group has been attempting to interfere in the design of public policies in Costa Rica and other countries by opposing legislation that seeks to regulate cigarette smuggling, a report by AdiarioCR has shown. The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade’s (TRACIT) interference also involved requesting the strengthening of the […]

Health Ministry for halting production, sale of tobacco products

May 20, 2020 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday urged the authorities concerned to suspend production, supply, marketing, and sale of all kinds of tobacco products in Bangladesh to help fight against coronavirus. Read more: The Independent

Covid-19 crisis sparks new call in Scotland for tobacco levy

May 3, 2020 Scotland’s leading anti-smoking charity is backing calls for a minimum unit price (MUP) on tobacco after scientists said “now is the time” to tackle the largest preventable cause of chronic disease. Read more: The Sunday Times

Suggestion that smoking protects from COVID-19 may be dangerous to public health

May 11, 2020 A new pandemic generates anxiety and confusion and drives people to seek remedies that may have little scientific evidence of efficacy. Based upon a flawed interpretation of preliminary COVID-19 data, the hypothesis that cigarette smoking protects one from coronavirus has emerged. Some have taken these incorrect findings to an extreme, as in France, […]

WHO statement: Tobacco use and COVID-19

May 11, 2020 Tobacco kills more than 8 million people globally every year. More than 7 million of these deaths are from direct tobacco use and around 1.2 million are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Read more: World Health Organization