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  • Monday, April 27, 2020
  • Coronavirus: France bans online sales of nicotine products

  • France has banned the online sale of nicotine products and limited their sale in pharmacies, after researchers suggested that nicotine may play a role in protecting against coronavirus.

    The new rules cover products like nicotine gum and patches, designed to help people stop smoking.

    Last week, data from a Paris hospital indicated that smokers were statistically less likely to be admitted for treatment for Covid-19.

  • Sunday, April 26, 2020
  • France limits nicotine sales after coronavirus study


    The French government on Friday issued a decree suspending online sales of nicotine patches and other products designed to help smokers quit, and told pharmacies to limit physical sales. Chemists were told to only dispense the products to customers in amounts needed for one month of treatment. 

    It follows the publication of a study this week on 483 patients at Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, that found the infection rate for smokers among Covid-19 outpatients and inpatients was significantly lower than for non-smokers. [...]

  • Thursday, July 30, 2020
  • Vaping linked with heart problems

  • In adolescents the use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of starting to smoke traditional cigarettes, states a position paper [...] "Vaping is marketed towards teenagers and the tobacco industry uses celebrities to promote it as being healthier than smoking," said senior author Professor Maja-Lisa Løchen of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

    "Legislation on the marketing and sales of e-cigarettes varies enormously between countries," said Professor Løchen. "Action is urgently needed to halt the growing use in young people. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that e-cigarettes are harmful to health."

  • Monday, July 27, 2020
  • WHO statement on heated tobacco products and the US FDA decision regarding IQOS

  • 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 forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship that promote a tobacco product by any means that are false, misleading or deceptive or likely to create an erroneous impression about its characteristics, health effects, hazards or emissions."