Harry's Blog 112
Tobacco control and the wrath of God

In a previous blog, I described a particularly absurd situation regarding tobacco control paranoia about the industry. An anti-smoking NGO operating in Southeast Asia announced an anti-smoking poster competition for young people. Buried in the terms and conditions of entry was the stipulation that entrants could not have any connection with the industry to the ‘fourth level of consanguinity’. In other words, teenagers were barred if their great-great grandfathers had any industry connections. [Read More]

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2018-12-31 , Submission deadline
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
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Friday, January 14, 2022
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Friday, January 14, 2022
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United States
NEW JERSEY — Being a daily smoker could cost New Jersey residents more than $2 million over a lifetime, a new study shows. A new study by WalletHub measured the costs — financially, not physically — of maintaining that nicotine addiction. WalletHub calculated the costs of smoking a pack a day (factoring in current pricing as well as historical pricing), health care costs, income losses, and other costs associated with smoking and with secondhand smoke. The study does not factor in e-cigarette use.
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With over 200,000 legal-aged smokers in TT, cigarette company Philip Morris International (PMI) is seeking to replace tobacco-based cigarettes with smoke-free products. Speaking with Business Day, PMI country manager for TT and the Caribbean Sheldon Wood said the thrust was scheduled to happen over the next two-five years, once the regulations, scientific approvals and other necessary operating documents were finalised. Although it makes tobacco products, the company has pivoted to make them safer to use. “PMI is looking to move into a smoke-free future. Combustible or traditional cigarettes, as we know it...have harmful effects due to the combustion of tobacco. [...]
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Thailand
Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said on Friday he would continue efforts to legalise e-cigarettes, which were safer than tobacco and would bring in added tax revenue. He confirmed his position when he met a group of people campaigning for legalisation at his ministry on Friday. Mr Chaiwut said legalisation of e-cigarettes would enable the country to tax sales and would provide people who found themselves unable to quit smoking with a safer option.
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In a previous blog, I described a particularly absurd situation regarding tobacco control paranoia about the industry. An anti-smoking NGO operating in Southeast Asia announced an anti-smoking poster competition for young people. Buried in the terms and conditions of entry was the stipulation that entrants could not have any connection with the industry to the ‘fourth level of consanguinity’. In other words, teenagers were barred if their great-great grandfathers had any industry connections.

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