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Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so they aren’t addictive By Matthew Perrone | March 15th, 2018 The Food and Drug Administration estimated that its sweeping anti-smoking plan, first announced last summer, could push the U.S. smoking rate to 1.4 percent. Now about 15 percent of U.S. adults smoke. FDA regulators estimate about 5 million more people would quit cigarettes within one year of new nicotine limits. Currently there are no limits. Under law, the FDA can regulate nicotine although itRead More

Posted On May 23, 2017By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, The Buzz

Why Vaping Deserves To Be Supported

It is difficult to predict the long-term effects that the Tobacco Products Directive– By Pascal Culverhouse | May 23rd, 2017 which came into force last week, will have on the vaping industry as a whole but, with a general election imminent and the fallout from Brexit on the horizon, can the rapid growth the e-cigarette market has enjoyed continue? Adapting to change is an essential part of developing a successful business. However, large changes can leave lasting damage to some companies, or even stop them dead. With industry giants VIPRead More
Marlboro-producer and tobacco giant Philip Morris International on Wednesday launched a non-burning cigarette alternative in the UK in a bid to phase out traditional cigarettes. By Edith Hancock & Erin Brodwin | November 30th, 2016 But is the Iqos the silver bullet for smoking without the deadly side effects? And will it help Philip Morris with its goal to replace cigarettes with non-combustible alternatives? Probably not. Here’s why. First up, cigarettes kill Philip Morris, the world’s largest international tobacco company, came under fire in 1999, when the US government brought aRead More

Posted On November 2, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Health

E-Cigs Can’t Shake Their Reputation As A Menace

A decade after electronic cigarettes were introduced in the United States, By Sabrina Tavernise | November 1st, 2016 use has flattened, sales have slowed and, this fall, NJoy, once one of the country’s biggest e-cigarette manufacturers, filed for bankruptcy. It is quite a reversal for an invention once billed as the biggest chance to end smoking as we know it and take aim at the country’s largest cause of preventable death. Use of the devices is slumping because they are not as good as cigarettes at giving a hit ofRead More
“Our core business is, and will remain in, tobacco”. By Simon Chapman | October 19th, 2016 In 2012, in the early days of the rise of e-cigarettes, Kingsley Wheaton, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at British American Tobacco, said “Our core business is, and will remain in, tobacco”. So have the intervening four years made much difference? Apparently not. This month, senior Philip Morris International executive Werner Barth told shareholders at its investor day presentations the company fully expected its cigarette brands to remain highly profitable. Investment analysts MotleyRead More

Posted On October 13, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Health

Big Tobacco Study Shows E-Cigs 97% Less Toxic

The British American Tobacco Company in conjunction with the UK’s Taylor and Francis Group is releasing a new scientific study By Matt Rowland | October 9th, 2016 with a dedicated focus on the potential toxicity of e-cigarette vapor on human lung cells.  What makes this study so different from many of the others sponsored by the FDA is that the sponsor, British American Tobacco, manufactures both conventional tobacco cigarettes and the electronic variety. REAL DATA USING TRULY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TECHNIQUES It also utilizes truly scientific research techniques involving laboratory experiments onRead More
The new FDA rules will discourage smokers from switching to vaping, a much less dangerous alternative. By Jacob Sullum | August 15th, 2016 The Food and Drug Administration’s e-cigarette regulations, which took effect last week, immediately struck two blows against public health. As of Monday, companies that sell vaping equipment and the fluids that fill them are forbidden to share potentially lifesaving information about those products with their customers. They are also forbidden to make their products safer, more convenient, or more pleasant to use. The FDA’s censorship and itsRead More
In May 2016, the FDA released new regulations that allow it to regulate vapor products — a $3.5 billion US market segment that includes both disposable electronic cigarettes and expensive refillable devices — as tobacco products. Dave Infante | June 27th, 2016 On the surface, it all makes sense. Government regulation brings with it quality standards, mainstream faith in the marketplace, and (hopefully) a long-term benefit to the public health. So why is the vaping industry calling foul? I spoke with over a dozen pro-vape advocates while writing a featureRead More

Posted On June 21, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, The Buzz

Can E-Cigs Survive The War Against Vaping?

E-cigarettes were supposed to save lives and revitalise the smoking industry. But anti-smoking zealots, government regulators and Big Tobacco seem determined to snuff out the market—and any entrepreneurs plying it. By Susan Adams | June 21st, 2016 In the winter of 2008, Jan Verleur was living on the outskirts of Prague, working on a novel about three failed internet entrepreneurs who invest their dwindling capital in an ecstasy-smuggling ring. It wasn’t autobiographical, but Verleur, 36, was writing from experience with failed ventures. His most recent had been an ambitious pornographyRead More

Posted On June 3, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Market & Industry

The Hazy World Of Vaping Ads

The controversial alternative to smoking has equally controversial ads. By Bruce Chambers – May 31st, 2016 In April, Britain’s Royal College of Physicians reported that the hazards from e-cigarettes are likely less than the harms from smoking tobacco, and smokers should therefore be encouraged to vape as an alternative.  Such findings can fan the flames of marketing on both sides of the issue, with vaping portrayed as both a safe alternative and as an addictive risk to your health. And the tactics companies use to promote vaping vary wildly. In an expensive online adRead More