Letting Africa take the hit

Recent WHO-FCTC declarations regarding restricting tobacco flavorings (and other additives) have raised considerable concern in the African burley growing countries (burley tobacco tends to be processed with additives). Their justification in their own words is One major cause for concern is flavourings and additives being widely used in cigarettes and other tobacco products to increase […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Part 4: or taxing the way to prohibition

This the fourth of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. See Part1: Background, Part2, and Part3 This is the last worrying of this sad, and sadly influential, document. This document which lists off various risks of the use of smokeless tobacco (ST) without differentiation among types, does so, only to make an […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Part 3: or disregarding the context of tobacco use

This the third of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. See Part1: Background and Part2. In the Convention Secretariat report concern is expressed over the welfare of the disadvantaged but a disparagement of cheap sources of nicotine that would soften their plight. First a little context on how much of a threat […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Part 2: more misinformation

This the second of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. See Part1: Background. In a thoughtful overview of smokeless tobacco and its application to harm reduction, Snus Use in the U.S.: Reducing Harm or Creating It? (from the most recent edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute) Renee Twombly writes: […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Background

This a first of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. Though I am not that conversant with the World Health Organization, they seem to do some good in the world, not unlike the FDA. And just like the FDA when they turn their gaze (via the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) onto […]