While the public has been asked to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of a tobacco smoking ban, that surely should be the ‘eyes and noses’. It is extremely difficult to hear somebody smoking.
As a recent report stated, vaping is not smoking, and so there is no reason why vaping should be treated in the same way as smoking when it comes to public-places regulations.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Health seems to have acted sensibly in not applying graphic cigarette health warnings to heat-not-burn tobacco sticks.
The tobacco industry seems to have got its sums wrong when it predicted that cigarette prices would go down in the UK following the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging.
Thai smokers could be forgiven for not noticing the move to standardized packs given that Thailand already requires that health warnings cover 85 percent of cigarette packs.
Tobacco products are due to be sold in standardized packs in Saudi Arabia starting on May 1.
It seems unarguable that while all stakeholders should be allowed to take part in policy discussions, it is essential that those behind the stakeholders are in clear sight. Cui bono?
New Zealand is currently behind in its quest to reduce its tobacco-smoking incidence to five percent by 2025, and it isn’t going to get there walking.
It’s a sign of the times, perhaps, that somebody seems to be out to profit from tobacco smoking bans.
A list of descriptors banned from e-liquids sold in Oregon seems to cover the field: from sweet through tangy to tart.