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  • Monday, June 29, 2020
  • More Fines, Taxes and Restrictions: Spanish Government Prepares New Tobacco Law

  • The Spanish Government is toughening up tobacco regulations which will see more taxes, fines and restrictions. THE Ministries of Finance and Health are working on two different tracks with the ultimate aim of reducing consumption in Spain. According to La Información, the Executive plans to create a new Law for the Regulation of the Tobacco Market and Taxation Regulations to replace outdated legislation which has not been amended since 1998. The Health Department wants to raise the tax in order to reduce consumption. Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, wants to increase taxation and bring taxes for different types of tobacco on an equal footing. For example, cigarettes are currently more heavily taxed than roll-your-own tobacco.

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020
  • Bengt Wiberg interviews Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, M.D.

  • In this special two-part episode, hosts Bengt Wiberg and Michael McGrady dive into the debate related to the use of snus, nicotine, and the potential therapeutic benefits against COVID-19. 

    Bengt also, in the second part, interviews world-renowned tobacco harm reduction expert and cardiologist Konstantinos Farsalinos, a medical doctor and cardiologist.

  • 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."