Using consumer protection laws to strengthen tobacco control

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Last week two more U.S. states filed lawsuits against JUUL, alleging that the company has mislead consumers and asking their courts to do what their legislatures cannot — force the company to suspend certain deceptive marketing activities. This week, Canadian governments will be facing the tobacco industry in insolvency court as a result of their...

Are concerns about vaping driving people back to cigarettes? Investors are told “no”

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In recent months vaping companies have been warning that regulations aimed at reducing vaping will “drive people to cigarettes.” The recent “facts not fear” campaign run by Imperial Tobacco Canada, for example, predicts that regulations to protect young people from pro-vaping advertising will be “forcing consumers to go back to cigarettes.” Even some public health authorities – like...

The “heterogeneity” of the vaping market and why it can hinder regulation-making

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A key challenge for health regulators when facing emerging nicotine devices is the complexity and change in that market place. Unlike cigarettes, which researchers and regulators have generally treated as identical products across geography and time, next generation products like e-cigarettes vary greatly in their design, contents  and marketing from place to another and from...

Weedless Wednesday 2020: The future of tobacco in Canada is on the table. Literally.

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For more than 40 years, Canadian smokers have been encouraged to see “Weedless Wednesday” as an opportunity to make a quit attempt, as Canadian health systems use the week around it (National Non Smoking Week) to focus efforts on helping communities abandon tobacco use. While in former decades this was a week of multiple announcements...

Smokers tell Health Canada they have concerns about being encouraged to switch to vaping.

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More public opinion research results have recently appeared on the Library of Canada web-site. Among them are the results of two series of focus groups conducted as part of the overhaul of health warning messages (HWM) that are printed on the outside of tobacco product packages and Health Information Messages (HIM) that are printed on the...

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This week Israel became the first country to implement plain packaging of e-cigarettes.

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On January the 8th, several elements of Israel’s law prohibiting advertising of tobacco and smoking products came into effect. Among these were requirements that tobacco products and smoking products (including e-cigarettes,  heat not burn products like IQOS, and non-tobacco products designed for smoking like shisha) be sold in generic packages. In addition to plain packaging, the...

Another new year, another round of tobacco manufacturers’ price increases.

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This week Canadian tobacco companies raised the price they charge to retailers for cigarettes and other toabcco products. This month the price (per cigarette) went up by 1 to 1.5 cents in in most parts of Canada ($2.50 to $3.60 per carton), as shown in the memo sent by Imperial Tobacco to retailers on December...

Canadian government revenues from tobacco taxes: an update

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Every year federal and provincial governments provide the public with financial reports, including information on how much revenue the have collected in tobacco taxes.  The last of these ‘Public Accounts’ for the last fiscal year (April 1 2018 to March 31 2019) was tabled in the House of Commons last week. Time for an update...

Big tobacco funds and controls the new Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA)

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[NB: On December 4th, VITA issued a statement objecting to and correcting some of the information provided in this blog. The original blog appears below, but is now annotated with reference to their objections and corrections.] Last week the first webinar was held between the Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) and its membership. Unexpectedly, one of...

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