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A citizen right to choose is upheld in a recent supreme court ruling in Panama

By Surse Pierpoint Fundación Libertad  In 2022 the Panamanian legislature passed a law (#315) that prohibited the import, commercialization and use of e cigarettes, vaporizers, etc. The Fundación Libertad and other organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of individuals to freely choose what products they would like to consume…

Free Market Principles Carve a Way Forward for Armenia

Armenia is a tiny country in a difficult neighborhood. The size of the 41st largest U.S. state with only half its people (Maryland and three million), Armenia is landlocked in the mountainous South Caucuses. Despite natural and geopolitical obstacles outside its control Armenia is carving a path similar to Singapore by putting free-market principles into action

Exclusive Poll Exposes Effects of Slovenia’s Proposed Flavored Vape Ban

Exclusive polling of vapers in Slovenia, commissioned by the Tholos Foundation in conjunction with IPSOS Research, found that the government’s proposed ban on flavors will impact the more than 70% of vapers who currently use non-tobacco flavors such as fruit (56%) and mint (27%). Moreover, 4 in 5 Slovenian vapers…

New White Paper Shows Safer Nicotine Alternatives Lead to Significant Reduction in Smoking Rates

The Tholos Foundation, in partnership with Japan-based Pacific Alliance Institute and Sweden-based consulting firm Scantech Strategy Advisors, today released a policy paper, Safer Nicotine Works, on how Sweden and Japan have successfully reduced smoking rates by introducing safer alternative nicotine products.   Safer Nicotine Works explores the impact of oral nicotine and…

Danish Voters React Harshly to Vape Restrictions

In response to a recent wave of vape flavor restrictions in Denmark, Tholos commissioned a comprehensive poll by IPSOS. The results show a widespread consensus among Danes, who strongly oppose this ban. Also shown is the fact that most vapers have been able to access banned flavors despite the ban,…

California Vape Study Yields Shocking Results

In response to a recently enacted vape flavor ban in California, Tholos commissioned a comprehensive poll by IPSOS. The results show a sweeping consensus among Californians, who widely oppose this ban. Also shown is the fact that most vapers have been able to access banned flavors despite the ban, causing…

International Policy

2023 International Trade Barrier Index

KUALA LUMPUR, MY –– 5/10/2023 –– The Tholos Foundation today released the 2023 International Trade Barrier Index. Singapore, New Zealand, and Japan scored the top spots for trade liberalization. While Indonesia, Russia, and India ranked the worst for deploying the most trade barriers. The TBI measures direct and indirect trade barriers imposed by 88 countries affecting 72% of…

Tholos Foundation Weighs in On Flavor Ban Proposal in the Netherlands

This morning, the Tholos Foundation submitted comments to the Netherlands’ Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport public consultation regarding a proposed regulation that would prohibit non-tobacco flavors in e-cigarettes. Karl Abramson, Tholos’ Consumer Issues Fellow, wrote the submission and released this statement: “Flavor bans have proven, real-world consequences. We know…