Switzerland: Disposable e-cigarettes with illegal nicotine content
Puff bars: they are new, very strong in dosage, allow hidden consumption and are becoming increasingly popular among young people precisely for these reasons. AT Switzerland has now identified new products of these disposable electronic cigarettes whose nicotine content violates legal regulations and which can also be easily ordered via the Internet without age checks. This is a worrying trend. AT Switzerland is therefore sounding an alert to the federal authorities.
SDG 8 - Decent work for all and sustainable economic growth
At the heart of the United Nations' eighth Sustainable Development Goal is the promotion of sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all. The tobacco industry employs about 100 million people worldwide; however, most of these jobs are not dream jobs.
The 7th UN Sustainable Development Goal calls for universal access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy services. The tobacco industry challenges the achievement of this goal in several ways.
Tobacco remains rampant in the year’s most popular shows, movies, and music videos, fueling the ongoing youth e-cigarette epidemic
Truth Initiative’s recently published report looking at tobacco imagery in entertainment, “While You Were Streaming: Nicotine on Demand,” finds that as young people watched more video content than ever before in 2020, pervasive smoking and vaping imagery lit up their screens.
SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Tobacco's influence extends to many sectors of society and threatens the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Read our latest post on how the production, consumption and disposal of tobacco and nicotine products threatens and pollutes our waters.
The new MMS Bulletin: In the clutches of the tobacco companies
In cooperation with Medicus Mundi Switzerland (MMS), the leading network of international health cooperation and global health, AT Switzerland addresses in an online bulletin the crimes of the tobacco industry in the global South and why they endanger the goals of the 2030 Agenda.
World Heart Federation calls for strict regulation of e-cigarettes
In a new policy brief, the World Heart Federation (WHF) is calling on governments to introduce stricter regulations on e-cigarettes and greater oversight of marketing and sales strategies to stop the e-cigarette epidemic.
Vaping: The real dollars behind fake consumer organisations
""Vaping: The real dollars behind fake consumer organisations" is a newly-published investigation by “Le Monde” and “The Investigative Desk” (Netherlands) that reveals the alliance between the tobacco lobby and the networks of American oil tycoons to prevent regulations on electronic cigarettes.
Tobacco Industry Lobby Index: Switzerland ranks second to last worldwide
Switzerland comes in an inglorious 79th place (out of 80) in the new 2021 Tobacco Lobby Index, only just ahead of the Dominican Republic. Once again it becomes clear: the tobacco industry interferes massively in Swiss politics in order to be able to freely market and sell its deadly and harmful products.
Tests of e-liquids and e-vapour yield questionable results
New analyses from Australia and the USA show that there are countless chemical components in e-liquids and e-vapour, some of which are of concern. They thus confirm older analyses and point to possible further problematic substances. They also make it clear that most of the existing chemical components have not yet been identified and their hazard potential is unknown.
The right to quality education is at the heart of the UN's fourth sustainable development goal. Yet tobacco use puts its achievement at risk. Read more in our new contribution to our series of articles!
Now it is clear: With the weak Tobacco Products Act, Switzerland will have the weakest rules for tobacco advertising in Europe. Ratification of the WHO Framework Convention (FCTC) is thus made impossible, as Federal Councillor Alain Berset emphasised.
Ending Tobacco Farming Could Free Over 4 Million Hectares Across 120 Countries
Many forget that tobacco plays a crucial role in tackling climate change and the future of agriculture and food security. Currently, tobacco is grown in over 125 countries as a cash crop, over an estimated area of 4 million hectares.
The Swiss Parliament will debate the Tobacco Products Act this week. In an interview with Le Temps, our director Luciano Ruggia explains how politicians play into the hands of the tobacco lobby and do not consider tobacco as a public health problem.
FDA Denies Marketing Applications for About 55,000 Flavored E-Cigarette Products
On 26 August 2021, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) announced a ban on the sale of more than 55 000 flavoured electronic cigarette products because they pose a health risk to young people. In Switzerland, all of these products are freely available without any control regarding their chemical content, without any government restriction on sales to minors and without any taxation.
“New" Tobacco Products: Developments and Consequences
In a new article in the Schweizerische Ärztezeitung (SÄZ), Luciano Ruggia, Managing Director of AT Switzerland, sheds light on the variety of new tobacco and nicotine products and their consequences for young people and public health in Switzerland.
How the tobacco industry uses pricing to undermine tobacco taxation
Taxing tobacco products is the most effective means of controlling tobacco use, so the tobacco industry uses a range of sophisticated pricing strategies to undermine the preventive effect of tax increases.
Second-hand smoke protection: canton Valais as pioneer?
The canton of Valais extends the protection against second-hand smoke and the ban on advertising tobacco products. Four questions to Alexandre Dubuis of Promotion santé Valais regarding the new ordinance, which came into force on 1 July 2021.
Simpler, modern, professional: AT Switzerland has a new look
The Swiss Association for Tobacco Control has a new appearance. Alongside the modernisation of the logo, the focus is also on the newly designed website. This new corporate design strengthens the positioning of AT Switzerland.