From Aspartame to Sucralose: What’s Behind the Ramazzini Institute?
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From Aspartame to Sucralose: What’s Behind the Ramazzini Institute?

Cooperative companies and Democratic Party’s hidden affairs are behind studies on food and cancer. The research on carcinogenic food conducted by the Ramazzini Institute, whose leaders are members of the Democratic Party and which is the focus of economic and political interests, faces heavy international criticism. This article was published on the Italian political newspaper “Libero” on … Continua a leggere

How the E-cig Community Set Up Philip Morris’ Social Media Fail
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How the E-cig Community Set Up Philip Morris’ Social Media Fail

  A boomerang, or just an epic fail. How else could it be called? This what became the recent advertising campaign launched on 18 Italian newspapers by Philip Morris Italia. The reason of the ads is a social message against tobacco smuggling, using the payoff #unpesopertutti (#aweightforall), referring to the weight on the citizens deriving from the … Continua a leggere

Italy, E-cig Tax Suspended and Sent to the Constitutional Court
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Italy, E-cig Tax Suspended and Sent to the Constitutional Court

Today, and Ordinance issued TAR Lazio (Regional Administrative Court) suspended the e-cig tax on liquids without nicotine and sent the entire legislation to the Constitutional Court, which last April struck down the previous fiscal regime. Legislative Decree n. 188/2014, followed by a AAMS (Monopolies Agency) Provision, established a € 3,73 +22% VAT tax per 10ml of liquids with … Continua a leggere

Russia becomes fourth territory for iQOS heat-not-burn trials | Ecig Intelligence
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Russia becomes fourth territory for iQOS heat-not-burn trials | Ecig Intelligence

Philip Morris International (PMI) is testing its iQOS heat-not-burn product in Russia, ECigIntelligence has confirmed. “We are indeed testing this novel product with a limited group of adult smokers in Moscow,” a PMI spokesperson said. The company is arguing to the Russian government that a new regulatory category, distinct from conventional tobacco, should be created … Continua a leggere

Big Tobacco at Loggerheads: the Italian Match | Lettera43
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Big Tobacco at Loggerheads: the Italian Match | Lettera43

Tobacco giants challenge e-cigarettes together. But they fight on heated-tobacco devices: Philip Morris is the only producer. BAT, JTI and ITG oppose it. In a battle of lobbyists. They rarely intervene publicly, they hardly take a stand, and they often act behind the corridors of power. However, they get results, indeed. They are the tobacco lobbies. … Continua a leggere

Buzz Palazzo Chigi. That’s How Philip Morris Drafts the Laws | Il Fatto Quotidiano
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Buzz Palazzo Chigi. That’s How Philip Morris Drafts the Laws | Il Fatto Quotidiano

Philip Morris knocks at Palazzo Chigi, and the Government answers with a fiscal gift  The tobacco colossus influences the drafts of the Board of Ministers. Last Thursday night during the news show Virus (Rai 2) Mr. Luigi Bisignani, Italy’s most famous business mediator, said: “They [PMI] were worried about about possible new taxes on their new … Continua a leggere

Italy opts for minimal regulation in draft TPD law | ECigIntelligence
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Italy opts for minimal regulation in draft TPD law | ECigIntelligence

The e-cigarette industry in Italy appears likely to receive gentle regulatory treatment from the government’s forthcoming implementation of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive (EU TPD). Italy – which like all EU member states must transpose the TPD into its own national law by mid-May 2016 – will not use the transposition as an opportunity … Continua a leggere