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  • Friday, July 17, 2020
  • Why KT&G keeps quiet on e-cigarette firms' battle with regulator

  • KT&G is maintaining its silence on e-cigarette and e-liquid companies' battle against the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, showing a stark contrast to their efforts to convince the regulator that e-cigarettes are less harmful than burning tobacco.

    Industry officials claimed KT&G is refraining from joining the e-cigarette companies' crusade, despite its sizable share in the domestic heated tobacco market and its status as the largest tobacco company in the country, because the company is wary of publicly challenging the government.

  • 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."