The Philip Morris IQOS device may not be free of all harmful elements in tobacco smoke. A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study found that, “The smoke released by IQOS contains elements from pyrolysis and thermogenic degradation that are the same harmful constituents of conventional tobacco cigarette smoke.” The heat applied …
Coca-Cola gives donations to state obesity programs and the CDC Foundation. Their aim is to make sure obesity science focuses on exercise, not diet. The new CDC head, Brenda Fitzgerald MD, has run Coke-sponsored exercise programs in Georgia and would consider taking more money from Coca-Cola. This will do little …
Philip Morris International used tactics honed in the US to increase cigarette use among young adults in India, including free Marlboros at bars and nightclubs. Read more here.
Great reporting by Reuters on how Philip Morris International has actively undermined a key international treaty by the World Health Organization that guides countries on how to restrict the sale and marketing of tobacco. Read more here.
Alcohol is responsible for over 200 billion dollars of harm each year. And NIAAA is running an industry-funded study to show whether alcohol is beneficial. This short term study is unlikely to follow the cohort long enough to see how many of the converters eventually become alcoholics. Read more here.