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...

How cheap will vaping products get before we see price as part of the youth vaping problem?

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A price war is underway among the four main manufacturers of the pod-style vaping products that are sold in convenience stores. Over the fall, each of the companies which sell these JUUL-type products has reduced its retail and/or on-line prices. The cost of a tellingly-labelled “starter kit” for JUUL imitators (Logic and Vype) is now...

Yet another novel nicotine product on the Canadian horizon: tobacco-less oral tobacco

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l“An exciting new space” That’s how BAT’s category director Vincent Duhem described Oral Tobacco products to investors earlier this spring. Unlike vaping products, he pointed out, Oral tobacco had assets that other next generation products did not. Unlike vaping products, no device was required and it can be used in places where vaping is not...

How much has vaping reduced cigarette sales? Not much, says Altria to its investors

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Yesterday Altria made a regularly-scheduled presentation to investors, giving them an update on their business results for the first 9 months of their fiscal year. Altria sells that country’s most prominent cigarette brand (Marlboro), but there was very little interest in its report of the cigarette marketing. Instead, investors’ focus was on Altria reports on the...

Everything old is new again: Tobacco companies set up a lobbying arm to fight vaping regulations.

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The news on page 3 of this morning’s edition of the Globe and Mail was a report from Carly Weeks that Canada’s 3 big tobacco companies have set up a new lobby group to oppose vaping regulations. Surprise, Surprise. In fairness, the news was already 3 weeks old. The launch of the Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) was announced through...

Ultimate Hypocrisy: Tobacco companies fight tobacco taxes while hiking cigarette prices

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Action on Smoking and Health, Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control OTTAWA – New data supplied by Health Canada reveals that tobacco companies have repeatedly hiked cigarette prices for several years while simultaneously fighting off federal and provincial tobacco tax increases. The price increases amount...

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