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Studies show e-cigarettes reduce smoking related illnesses

Three recent studies demonstrate the potential for improved health effects that can come from the use of e-cigarettes, when such vaping products are used on a permanent basis and the use of all tobacco products is halted.

Op-Ed: The war on tobacco is just making criminals rich

Sydney - Prohibition of any kind simply does not work. The original Prohibition on liquor didn’t work. The War on Drugs was lost. The prohibition by pricing of tobacco has handed billions of dollars to organized crime.

Bhutan lifts tobacco ban due to coronavirus

Thimphu - The remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, known for embracing gross national happiness and outlawing television until 1999, has now made the unusual decision to reverse a ban on the sale of tobacco, blaming coronavirus.

Six workers rescued from underground cigarette factory in Spain

M - Spanish police have rescued six workers who were left trapped and gasping for air in a counterfeit cigarette factory located in a bunker four metres (13 feet) underground, police and Europol said Thursday.

'Turning point' as number of male smokers drops: WHO

Geneva - The number of male tobacco users is falling for the first time, the World Health Organization said Thursday, hailing a "major shift" in efforts to kick the world's deadly tobacco addiction.

Philippine police say will arrest anyone flouting vaping ban

Manila - Philippine police were ordered Wednesday to arrest anyone caught vaping in public, just hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would ban e-cigarettes.

E-cigs may damage the heart, study says

Paris - Vaping devices and the chemicals they deliver -- increasingly popular among teens -- may damage the cardiovascular system, a study said Thursday, adding to a growing chorus of concern over injury and deaths related to e-cigarettes.

Final puffs for France's last tobacco factory

Sarlat - Gerard Chanquoi looks sadly at the conveyor belts of France's sole remaining tobacco processing factory as they whirl for the last times ahead of its final closure, a victim of changed economic times and a different public health landscape.

India bans e-cigarettes as vaping backlash grows

New Delhi - India announced on Wednesday a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco.

Next wave of cannabis products will include vape pens

Vaping has been established firmly with tobacco-based products, but legislation has prevented similar developments with cannabis — until now. Pre-loaded cartridges of cannabis extract, will soon be legal in Canada.

Austria to finally ban smoking in bars and restaurants

Vienna - Smoking in Austrian bars and restaurants will be banned as of November following a vote in parliament on Tuesday, after years of protracted debate on the issue.

WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday condemned efforts by the world's biggest cigarette vendor to rebrand a day dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of tobacco use.

WHO praises Brazil lawsuit against tobacco giants

Rio De Janeiro - The World Health Organization has praised Brazil's move to sue two global cigarette makers and their local units for costs of treating tobacco-related diseases, but the firms said Friday they were still waiting for details of the lawsuit.

Stubbed out: Japan university stops hiring smoking professors

Apo - A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said Tuesday, as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

Canada appeals court upholds landmark tobacco ruling

Montr - Quebec's appeals court on Friday upheld a historic ruling ordering three tobacco firms to pay Can$15.5 billion (US$11.6 billion) to smokers in the Canadian province who claimed they were never warned about the health risks associated with smoking.

The real cost of smoking in the U.S.

Smoking tobacco products is not only bad for your health it is also expensive to the health system and to indirect services designed to offer support and care. A new survey assess the impact across the U.S.

Epiphany in Portugal: pipes, drums -- and cigarettes for the kids

Vale De Salgueiro - Bagpipes, drums -- and kids smoking cigarettes: in this Portuguese village, locals celebrate the Christian festival of Epiphany in a fashion that raises eyebrows elsewhere.

ILO postpones decision on cutting ties to tobacco industry again

Geneva - The UN labour organisation indicated Thursday it would not renew controversial funding from tobacco companies for expiring charitable programmes, but refrained from saying it would cut ties to the tobacco industry altogether.

Battle for lungs and minds as tobacco control treaty meeting opens

Geneva - A meeting on a global tobacco control treaty opened in Geneva Monday, with organisers scrambling to keep cigarette companies at bay, even as the industry demanded a seat at the table.

'Game-changing' global pact against illicit tobacco trade kicks in

Geneva - A global pact to battle the illegal tobacco trade kicks in this week, with the World Health Organization hailing it as "game-changing" in eliminating widespread health-hazardous and criminal activity.

US mulls ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid youth 'epidemic'

Washington - US regulators said Wednesday they are considering an immediate ban on flavored e-cigarettes, as the Food and Drug Administration chief warned of an "epidemic" of vaping among youths.

Bloomberg targets Big Tobacco's 'underhanded tactics'

Paris - Billionaire former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday gave a trio of anti-tobacco crusaders $20 million to up their game against an industry aggressively marketing its deadly wares worldwide, especially in developing countries.

Andorra vows to kick habit of cigarette advertising

Andorra La Vella - The tax haven of Andorra has long been a favourite destination for smokers looking to stock up on cheap cigarettes, but the enclave said Thursday that it would soon stop advertising the fact.

Tokyo passes strict anti-smoking laws ahead of Olympics

Apo - Tokyo's city government Wednesday passed strict new anti-smoking rules ahead of the 2020 Olympics, leapfrogging national legislation on lighting up that has been watered down after opposition from pro-smoking MPs.

Smoking: a rundown on lighting up

Paris - Every minute, smokers get through nearly 11 million cigarettes and 10 die from the habit, experts say, in an industry that generates billions of dollars.Here are some facts and figures ahead of the UN's World No Tobacco Day Thursday.

Exploding e-cigarette killed Florida man, coroner says

Miami - An exploding e-cigarette killed a Florida man and set fire to his apartment, an autopsy has found.

ILO eyes decision on tobacco ties by year-end

Geneva - The International Labour Organization chief said Tuesday he hoped the UN body would resolve the controversial issue of whether to cut ties with the tobacco industry by the end of the year.

Taxes key in war on 'lifestyle' disease: health experts

Paris - Global health leaders declared war on lifestyle diseases Thursday, decrying the impact of tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks on the world's poor, while calling for taxes to curb consumption and finance healthcare.

Africa new frontline in anti-tobacco fight: activists

Cape Town - Africa and other developing regions are becoming increasingly significant battlegrounds in the effort to combat the spread of smoking, an anti-smoking campaign group warned on Thursday.

Michael Bloomberg to launch $20mn anti-tobacco watchdog

Cape Town - Philanthropist Michael Bloomberg announced on Wednesday that he will spend $20 million (16.13 million euros) to launch a watchdog to detect and expose deceptive practices by the tobacco industry.
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