Smoking increases your risk of deadly coronavirus – 8 tips to quit

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. CORONAVIRUS cases are rapidly surging in the UK – with the toll jumping to a staggering 456 people today. And experts are warning that smokers are much more likely to contract the deadly bug – given their weak lung function. Britain’s top doc, Professor Chris Whitty, urged smokers to ditch the habit immediately to lower their risk of Covid-19. He told MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee: “To be clear on smokers, my recommendation is that they stop smoking. Professor Sanjaya Senanayake, from the Australian National University (ANU), also revealed that smokers may suffer worse outcomes from coronavirus. Chancellor Rishi Sunak also today revealed he’s hiking the tobacco tax in today’s Budget - with the cost of cigarettes to go up to £12.73 a pack. With this in mind, here are just a few ways to help you quit smoking for good and protect yourself from the respiratory disease… As a smoker, you probably have plenty of reasons to quit, but have you ever written them down physically? Why don’t you get a pen and ...

Philip Morris unveils new versions of iQOS cigarettes to boost sales

Philip Morris International is unveiling two new versions of its smokeless tobacco device, iQOS, in the more than 40 markets around the world where iQOS products are already available. The company is also introducing a less expensive line of expensive tobacco insert for the devices, called HEETS, in Japan as it tries to fend off competition and boost sales in key markets. iQOS, a device that heats tobacco instead of burning it, is a crucial part of what PMI bills as its future beyond cigarettes. Launched nationwide in Japan in the spring of 2016, iQOS is now available in 43 markets around the globe. Sales this year have increased in some places while stagnated in others. PMI is now launching an updated version, iQOS 3, and a new device, iQOS 3 Multi. They are expected to be available in Japan and South Korea the next few weeks and in Europe by mid-November. The company will also introduce a less expensive line of heatsticks, or sticks of tobacco inserted inside the devices, in Japan to attract new consumers to the category. Big Tobacco companies are turning to heated products as a source for other revenue streams as smoking rates decline. They say these products are less risky t...