Category: People

Natural selection end-game

Natural selection end-game

| September 6, 2017

Human evolution might be eradicating the genetic variation linked to heavy smoking, but this is always going to be the longest ‘end-game’ imaginable.

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Zimbabwe prices flat

Zimbabwe prices flat

| September 5, 2017

Contrary to an earlier report; it seems that grower prices for flue-cured tobacco in Zimbabwe were flat in 2017.

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Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

| September 5, 2017

Flavored cigarettes make smoking easier and are particularly attractive to women and children, according to a recent study conducted in South Korea.

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Small packs opposed

Small packs opposed

| September 4, 2017

If packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes have been found to be ‘kiddie packs’, could this not be put to advantage? Why couldn’t a request for a small pack be used by a retailer as an alarm bell?

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Only a minor change

Only a minor change

| September 4, 2017

A proposed change to Japan’s Civil Code that would lower the legal age of adulthood from 20 to 18 will not mean that people can start smoking two years sooner than is the case now.

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Poor dying too soon

Poor dying too soon

| September 1, 2017

Smoking is a contributing factor in the high level of avoidable deaths occurring in deprived areas of England and Wales; but it is not the cause: deprivation is.

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E-cigarettes are “fun”

E-cigarettes are “fun”

| September 1, 2017

Electronic cigarettes are fun and effective at getting people to quit smoking. So what’s not to like? Well, according to one observer, it’s the fun bit.

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Vaping provides no gateway

Vaping provides no gateway

| August 31, 2017

Regular electronic-cigarette use among never smokers is ‘very rare’, according to the findings of a major new study in the UK.

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Flavor ban harmful

Flavor ban harmful

| August 31, 2017

If implemented, the proposed ban on the sale of flavored tobacco-products in San Francisco would have far-reaching negative consequences.

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Smoking costs unaffordable

Smoking costs unaffordable

| August 31, 2017

With a 20 percent adult tobacco-smoking rate only a 2030 aspiration, China will struggle to bear the economic and social cost of the habit, some observers believe.

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Management board changes

Management board changes

| August 31, 2017

The integration of British American Tobacco’s Next Generation Products unit into the main business is surely a sign that the company is serious about harm reduction.

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A positive role for nicotine

A positive role for nicotine

| August 30, 2017

Scientists in the US are studying whether nicotine can provide a better, more tolerable option than is currently available for treating the ‘tricky’ lung disease sarcoidosis.

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Risk continuum quantified

Risk continuum quantified

| August 29, 2017

The relative cancer risks associated with nicotine delivery systems are, according to one study at least, largely in line with what common sense would indicate they would be.

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Ban needs clarification

Ban needs clarification

| August 29, 2017

A tobacco-smoking ban in the outdoor areas of pubs and restaurants in the Czech Republic is apparently open to interpretation – especially as winter approaches.

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No urgency to health plans

No urgency to health plans

| August 29, 2017

The government of Bangladesh seems to have been in no hurry to use the revenue from a tobacco surcharge to deliver a tobacco control policy.

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Tax hikes recommended

Tax hikes recommended

| August 29, 2017

It must be comforting for the financially-poor of Indonesia to know that academics are recommending that they be further pauperized in order to cure their poverty, long term.

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Smoke-free future possible

Smoke-free future possible

| August 25, 2017

Reducing the harm caused by smoking requires a multi-faceted strategy, and one of the most important arms of that strategy involves conveying accurate information to smokers.

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Trying to quit in Scotland

Trying to quit in Scotland

| August 25, 2017

Doctors, nurses and therapists in acute hospitals in Glasgow, Scotland, are routinely identifying patients and their families who are “at risk of poverty”.

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Groups exploited

Groups exploited

| August 25, 2017

The US’ Truth Initiative says that the consequences of the tobacco industry’s targeting vulnerable groups are horrendous, ‘killing more than 540,000 people each year’.

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Altria announces dividend

Altria announces dividend

| August 25, 2017

In announcing a dividend increase yesterday, Altria said it reflected its intention ‘to return a large amount of cash to shareholders in the form of dividends’.

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