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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • Are Menthol Cigarettes More Harmful Than Regular Ones?

  • Last week, the UK banned the sale of menthol cigarettes, menthol filters and papers, and skinny cigarettes, in an effort to stop young people from smoking. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said menthol cigarettes are more harmful than other cigarettes, but their sale continues in the US as well as in India. Menthol cigarettes have a similar design to regular cigarettes, but use menthol additives either mixed with the tobacco or within/near the cigarette filter to release a burst of menthol flavor when inhaled.

     

  • Friday, May 22, 2020
  • COMMENTARY: E-cig panic made things worse

  • Although it may have eclipsed our memories, COVID-19 is not the first disease outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has faced in the last three months.

    It was as late as Feb. 25 — well after the first novel coronavirus case in the United States was reported — that CDC updated its numbers on what it called the EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping-associated lung illness) outbreak. On that day, while COVID-19 was silently spreading throughout the country, CDC announced that this “e-cigarette”-related disease had caused 2,807 hospitalizations and claimed 68 lives. [...]

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • Anti-Vaping Activism Driving Smokers Back to Cigarettes, Data Show

  • Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, reports their data show smokers 50 and older are returning to traditional cigarettes after having switched to e-cigarettes.

    This trend is reportedly due to a mix of bad press, regulatory crackdowns on nicotine vaping, and — indirectly — the coronavirus pandemic.

    [...] Older vaping consumers, Gifford said, are primarily purchasing discounted cigarettes after the sustained vilification of the vapor product category and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) push towards the premarket tobacco application (PMTA) deadline.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020
  • PuffPacket: A Tobacco Harm Reduction Gadget, Despite Inventors’ Intent

  • PuffPacket is a new device that gives vapers a wealth of information. The electronic gadget, which attaches to a variety of vaping products, can monitor when and where a person vapes, how deeply they inhale and how much nicotine is consumed. The data can then be transmitted to a smartphone, which records location, time and activity—such as walking, standing or driving. Think of PuffPacket as a Fitbit for vapers.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • NY begins ban on flavored e-cigarettes, ends sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies

  • New York’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes went into effect [...] and the state also ended the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies.

    According to WRGB, New York became the fourth state to restrict flavored e-cigarettes and other vaping products, except for tobacco flavors, on Monday over concerns about popularity among teenagers and breathing illnesses linked to vaping. According to data from the state health department last year, use among high school students increased from 10.5% in 2014 to 27.4% in 2018.

     

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Philip Morris, Altria Are Facing ITC Investigations; What Should Investors Know?

  • Altria Group (NYSE:MO) is having a tough few weeks. After reporting tepid first-quarter earnings results April 30, the tobacco giant is now facing an investigation from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

    Along with Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), Altria is facing an inquiry after three business units of British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) filed a complaint with the ITC regarding an alleged infringement of patents pertaining to the technology of heated tobacco products.