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WHO takes aim at big tobacco’s vaping pivot

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) is setting its sights on Big Tobacco’s evolving tactics as it seeks to curb the growing popularity of vaping.

This unexpected shift in focus comes as a response to mounting concerns about the health implications of vaping and its appeal to younger generations.

As vaping has gained traction as a supposed safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, tobacco giants like Philip Morris and British American Tobacco have been quick to adapt, investing heavily in e-cigarette and vaping products. However, the WHO’s recent announcement threatens to disrupt their carefully crafted strategies.

The question now is whether the WHO’s campaign will succeed in stemming the tide of vaping’s popularity and if it will force these tobacco giants to rethink their approach.

While public health advocates applaud the WHO’s initiative, it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to counter the deep pockets and lobbying power of Big Tobacco.

In the coming months, the battle between the WHO and Big Tobacco is poised to intensify, with significant implications for the future of vaping and tobacco-related health concerns.

As the world watches, the showdown between these two powerful forces could reshape the landscape of the tobacco industry and public health policies.

 

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Ukraine faces diminishing recources as Russia grinds on

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As Ukraine enters the third year of its conflict with Russia, the grim reality faced by its 59th Brigade infantry becomes increasingly apparent: they are outnumbered, outgunned, and ground down.

With casualties mounting and resources dwindling, Ukrainian soldiers find themselves struggling to hold the line against their better-equipped adversaries.

The toll of the conflict is starkly evident, with only a fraction of the brigade’s initial manpower remaining, either killed, wounded, or sidelined due to various reasons.

“The most immediate problem in every unit is lack of people,” lamented a company commander within the brigade known by his call sign “Limuzyn,” highlighting the dire situation faced by Ukrainian forces on the frontlines.

Modern tech

The conflict, characterised by trench warfare reminiscent of World War One combined with modern drone technology, has seen Russia steadily gaining ground in recent months.

The taking of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region over the weekend marked a significant victory for Russian forces, further underscoring the challenges faced by Ukrainian defenders.

Despite their resolve to resist Russian occupation, Ukrainian soldiers voiced concerns over the mounting difficulties of confronting a larger and better-supplied adversary.

Calls for increased military support from the West, echoed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, have yet to fully materialise, leaving Ukrainian forces increasingly vulnerable.

Meat assaults

The relentless assaults by Russian troops, described by one Ukrainian commander as “meat assaults,” pose a significant threat to Ukrainian defenses, straining resources and taking a toll on morale.

With inadequate ammunition and dwindling supplies, Ukrainian soldiers find themselves at a severe disadvantage against the onslaught.

Meanwhile, Russia’s dominance extends beyond sheer numbers, with significant investments in drone technology allowing for strategic advantages on the battlefield.

The proliferation of drones has rendered traditional fortified positions vulnerable, forcing Ukrainian troops to adapt to a rapidly evolving battlefield.

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Boeing 737 Max program head departs amid safety concerns

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In the wake of the mid-air panel blowout incident involving Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, Ed Clark, the head of Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX program, has departed from the aerospace giant.

This marks the first significant departure following the alarming incident that occurred on January 5, prompting intensified scrutiny from regulators, customers, and lawmakers.

The departure of Clark, who oversaw Boeing’s production facility in Renton, Washington, where the affected aircraft was completed, comes as the company faces increasing pressure to address safety concerns.

Urgent inquiries

The incident involved a door panel detachment on a brand-new Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9, prompting urgent inquiries into Boeing’s safety protocols.

Clark will be succeeded by Katie Ringgold as the new vice president and general manager, according to the memo issued by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal.

Deal emphasised Boeing’s commitment to ensuring that every aircraft meets rigorous safety and quality standards, acknowledging the demands and expectations of their customers.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun is slated to meet with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Mike Whitaker in the coming week, following Whitaker’s visit to the Boeing 737 plant in Renton, Washington.

The FAA has grounded the MAX 9 temporarily and limited Boeing’s production while conducting audits on the company’s manufacturing processes.

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Julian Assange’s last stand before extradition

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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is allegedly being targeted by the United States government and former President Donald Trump for his role in exposing classified information.

According to Assange’s lawyer, this targeting is a result of the controversial revelations made by WikiLeaks, which have often put the U.S. government in a precarious position.

Assange, who has been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition, now faces renewed concerns about his safety and legal battles.

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