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  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Philip Morris boss calls for UK tobacco advertising rules to be relaxed

  • A British tobacco advertising ban should be relaxed so that firms can highlight the health benefits of new alternatives to cigarettes, the head of major player Philip Morris International (PMI) has said.

    Andrè Calantzopoulos said that products such as heated tobacco are much less risky for traditional smokers but it is hard to persuade them to switch due to rules which heavily restrict marketing.

    Cigarettes must be hidden from view at shops in Britain and sold in plain packets, while tobacco advertising in all forms of media is illegal.

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Health & Nutrition - In a puff!

  • In 2008, a year after smoking was banned indoors across the UK, e-cigarettes hit the market. By 2019, according to a YouGov survey, more than 3.6 million adults in Great Britain were using e-cigarettes or vaping, a total of 7.1 per cent of the adult population. However, as relatively new products, there is very little long-term evidence on e-cigarettes, and many people remain unsure as to whether or not vaping may pose a risk to children, particularly as more and more stories about the dangers of vaping are now hitting the headlines.

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • UP IN SMOKE You could be fined £5,000 and banned from driving for vaping behind the wheel

  • BRITS could be hit with a hefty fine and road ban for vaping when behind the wheel.

    Motorists who use e-cigarettes while driving can find themselves in hot water with police if the clouds of vapour obscure their vision. While vaping isn't illegal, drivers who are distracted by e-cigarette smoke can be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.

    The vape clouds can produce a similar visual impairments to glare from the sun, which can often cause fatal accidents.

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • New survey shows funding shortages for local tobacco control could put smokefree 2030 target at risk

  • A new survey from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK finds that achieving the Government’s target of reaching a smokefree England by 2030 is threatened by a lack of funding for tobacco control.

    As a result of the cuts, a third of local authorities (31%) no longer provide a specialist stop smoking service, with three quarters (74%) of all local authorities citing pressure on budgets as a threat to their tobacco work. These year-on-year cuts meant that total local authority spending on vital stop smoking services and tobacco control declined by 36% between 2014/15 and 2018/19.

  • Monday, January 06, 2020
  • Health fears could curb the flavour options in e-cigarettes

  • Vaping companies could be asked to fund research into the health effects of flavoured liquids used in e-cigarettes under plans being considered by the UK’s medicines watchdog. The proposal, outlined to the Observer by an expert on tobacco control, comes as studies link e-liquid flavours such as mint, creme brulee and cinnamon to heart and lung problems.

    Last week, the US announced a ban on most e-liquid flavours over fears that vaping has reached epidemic proportions among teenagers. [...]

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Instagram e-cigarette posts banned by ad watchdog

  • Four vaping companies, including British American Tobacco (BAT), have had Instagram posts promoting e-cigarettes banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

    The posts showed models and celebrities such as Lily Allen holding electronic cigarettes.

    The advertising of these products is banned on social media.

    One of the groups that had complained said the ruling was "a huge step forward".

    "While the ASA ruling is great news, urgent policy change is needed from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter [...]