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Sanctions and Illicit Trade: British American Tobacco’s Activities in Iran (2000–2014)

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Authors: Abstract Previous research has documented how British American Tobacco (BAT) and other transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) smuggled their own products into Iran in the 1990s in order to circumvent sanctions and other trade restrictions. In the early 2000s, BAT, along with other TTCs, signed legal agreements with Iranian authorities to sell its products legally […]

Global tobacco control conference opens in Panama

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Delegates from around the world gathered in Panama City today to open the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the WHO FCTC. The Convention’s 183 Parties, representing more than 90% of the world’s population, work together to enhance and advance tobacco control. In the first 20 years of […]

Replacing 50% of cigs with ecigs or HTP had no lung benefit

E-cigarette advocates and tobacco harm reduction advocates, as well as the FDA, have long promoted a 50% reduction in cigarette smoking as a positive outcome when assessing the value of e-cigarettes (recent example). The FDA’s use of this benchmark is particularly surprising because in 2021 FDA scientists published a meta-analysis of the effects of smokers reducing cigarette consumption […]

Even nicotine-free vapes can harm the lung – study

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Research identifies protein responsible for increasing inflammation and oxidative stress. JOURNAL Microvascular Research DOI 10.1016/j.mvr.2024.104653  METHOD OF RESEARCH Randomized controlled/clinical trial SUBJECT OF RESEARCH Cells ARTICLE TITLE Electronic vape fluid activates the pulmonary endothelium and disrupts vascular integrity in vitro through an ARF6-dependent pathway ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY A new study has identified a protein that […]

Taking a step closer to a smoke-free nation

LETTERS: There are an estimated 4.9 million smokers with more than 27,200 smoking-related preventable deaths reported annually in Malaysia. This is alarming. Despite the efforts of the government and non-governmental organizations to steer the nation towards a smoke-free future, smoking remains ingrained in the country’s culture and DNA. From personal experience and research, I find that […]

Does vaping cause lung cancer?

The saying goes ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’ Vaping seems to be an exception to that rule, as vapes, or e-cigarettes, use electricity rather than fire to convert vape liquid with substances like tobacco, nicotine, CBD and THC, into a vapor that can be smoked or inhaled. But does this difference mean that vaping doesn’t increase […]

ENDS, Cigarettes, and Respiratory Illness: Longitudinal Associations Among U.S. Youth

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Open Access Published: December 09, 2023DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2023.12.005 Full PDF Introduction ENDS use is highly prevalent among U.S. youth, and there is concern about its respiratory health effects. However, evidence from nationally representative longitudinal data is limited. Methods Using youth (aged 12–17 years) data from Waves 1–5 (2013–2019) of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health […]

Big Tobacco’s transition under fire as WHO targets vaping

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LONDON, Dec 14 – Big tobacco firms shifting to new nicotine products, including Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco have the most to lose if tobacco alternatives face the same rules as cigarettes, investors and analysts said. The World Health Organization on Thursday urged governments to apply tobacco-style controls to vapes, saying they are getting new users […]

Ban flavoured vapes, WHO says, urging tobacco-style controls

LONDON, Dec 14 – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged governments to treat e-cigarettes similarly to tobacco and ban all flavours, threatening cigarette companies’ bets on smoking alternatives. Some researchers, campaigners and governments see e-cigarettes, or vapes, as a key tool in reducing the death and disease caused by smoking. But the U.N. […]