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  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020
  • UK: PHE to Investigate ‘New Dual’ Range Replacing Menthol Tobacco

  • Last month, a European Union Revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) banning the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes went into effect. Despite Brexit, this ban also applies to the UK and includes capsule, click on, click & roll, crushball or dual menthol cigarettes, and excludes vaping and heated tobacco products. However despite the ban, JTI has introduced a replacement range called “New Dual” across its Benson & Hedges, Mayfair and Silk Cut products, which reportedly still contains menthol. To this effect, the UK Government has launched an investigation. [...]

  • Friday, July 24, 2020
  • Vaping: the madness of the British?

  • My google search engine thinks Public Health England (PHE) is a vaping organisation.

    “Vaping organisation UK”.  You can try it yourself.

    E-cigarettes lie at the centre of PHE’s tobacco control strategy, probably drawing attention and commitment away from alternative strategies for reducing smoking rates.

    In September 2017, PHE encouraged smokers to “stop smoking with an e-cigarette”.

    E-cigarette promotion also featured significantly in the 2019 NHS “Stoptober” campaign.  “Try an e-cigarette”, urges Public Health England.

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020
  • Australia is out of touch with world tobacco harm reduction policy

  • At least in the United States and Australia, the systems of government are similar. Barring parliament and constitutional monarchism, both Australia and the United States share legislative and constitutional prerogatives that emulate ruling formats like the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary, and the importance of public comment phases for new and proposed regulations. Consider some international comparisons between the US, Britain, New Zealand, and Australia.

  • Monday, July 13, 2020
  • Making it harder to import e-cigarettes is good news for our health, especially young people’s

  • From next year, access to e-cigarettes and related products containing liquid nicotine will require a doctor’s prescription. This is to ensure liquid nicotine is handled like the poisonous, addictive substance it is and not promoted to young people. It’s good news for public health and bad news for the tobacco and e-cigarette industries.

    This restriction comes into effect from January 1 2021, six months later than originally proposed.

  • Monday, July 13, 2020
  • UK tobacco sales fell faster after plain packaging rules came into force

  • Cigarette sales have decreased by about 20m a month after plain packaging rules and tougher taxes were introduced three years ago, researchers have found.

    Prof Anna Gilmore, director of the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), said: “The underlying rate of decline in tobacco sales almost doubled after these policies were implemented.”

    The number of cigarettes sold in the UK was falling by about 12m a month before the measures were introduced in May 2017, according to the TCRG, which is based at the University of Bath.

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2020
  • Adult Smoking Habits in the UK: 2019

  • In Great Britain, more than half (52.7%) of people aged 16 years and above who currently smoked said they wanted to quit, and 62.5% of those who have ever smoked said they had quit, based on our estimates from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN). In the UK, in 2019, 14.1% of people aged 18 years and above smoked cigarettes, which equates to around 6.9 million people in the population, based on our estimate from the Annual Population Survey (APS) (...)