Harry's Blog 112
Tobacco control and the wrath of God

In a previous blog, I described a particularly absurd situation regarding tobacco control paranoia about the industry. An anti-smoking NGO operating in Southeast Asia announced an anti-smoking poster competition for young people. Buried in the terms and conditions of entry was the stipulation that entrants could not have any connection with the industry to the ‘fourth level of consanguinity’. In other words, teenagers were barred if their great-great grandfathers had any industry connections. [Read More]

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2018-12-31 , Submission deadline
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The 1988 U.S. Surgeon General's Report titled 'Nicotine Addiction' was a comprehensive treatise setting out the evidence that tobacco is addictive and showing that nicotine lies at the heart of this addiction. It likened tobacco to drugs such as cocaine and heroin, and provided a powerful rationale for combining public health and clinical approaches to prevent and combat tobacco addiction. The main conclusions of the report have stood up well to more than 30 years of further research, but there are areas where our thinking needs to be updated. [...]
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
India
In a startling revelation, the use of tobacco among women has gone up four times in the state during the past five years, the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) has confirmed. In contrast, men have started showing reluctance towards use of tobacco as it has come down by 32.81 per cent between 2015-16 and 2020-21, the national survey conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has revealed. However, the use of tobacco among both women and men in Punjab was much below the national average. The development assumes significance as the initiatives undertaken by the state government against the use of tobacco have started showing positive results.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
China
The State Council of China amended its tobacco monopoly law Friday to include regulations for e-cigarettes and vaping. This result comes after months of deliberation by the Chinese government to regulate electronic tobacco consumption. E-cigarette sales have been functioning in the grey area of the law since they became popular in China. Following the amendment, they will be regulated and supervised just like conventional tobacco products. The tobacco industry in China is fully controlled by the government. Companies and retailers have to obtain special permits before being allowed to sell tobacco products.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Netherlands
Earlier this year, a public consultation about the proposal to ban flavours was meant to close on the 19th of January, but had been extended to the 2nd of February. A statement published on the Netherlands’ Government website, had revealed that the consultation was extended “due to popular demand.” In line with this, a press release by the WVA had highlighted that the country had witnessed the largest number of responses ever collected in a public consultation on health matters. More importantly, an overwhelming majority of the responses, 98.54%, had opposed the ban. This equated to 746 responses out of the total 757 submissions [...]
Monday, November 29, 2021
Australia
Choosing nicotine patches over quit smoking tablets does not reduce a person’s risk of heart attack or stroke, an Australian study has found, leading researchers to suggest the pills should be offered as a first line of treatment to people wanting to stop. The new study, conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, used linked pharmaceutical dispensing, hospital and death records from people who received prescription quit smoking medicine between 2011 and 2015.
Wednesday, 17 November

In a previous blog, I described a particularly absurd situation regarding tobacco control paranoia about the industry. An anti-smoking NGO operating in Southeast Asia announced an anti-smoking poster competition for young people. Buried in the terms and conditions of entry was the stipulation that entrants could not have any connection with the industry to the ‘fourth level of consanguinity’. In other words, teenagers were barred if their great-great grandfathers had any industry connections.

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