Nicotine Science and Policy

By Harry Shapiro May 29, 2024

Harry’s blog 123: It was twenty years ago today/Hon Lik showed a brand-new way

New report to map the journey of tobacco harm reduction

Yes, it has been a while since the last blog, but the main reason is the need to push on with the next Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report due out in November. This report will be a status report, analysing just how far we have come trying to embed tobacco harm reduction in the international health discourse alongside drug and HIV harm reduction. We maintain that access to safer nicotine products (SNP) to protect health is a basic human right derived from the original WHO declaration on the universal right to health. And from a standing start in 2004, progress along the THR journey has been encouraging.

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June 13, 2024 by fortune.com

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Illegal vapes are flooding the market and the government is scrambling

American youth face a nicotine addiction crisis, with illegal e-cigarettes targeting children. Politicians criticized the FDA and DOJ for failing to regulate tobacco products, enabling e-cigarette companies to addict millions. A bipartisan hearing highlighted frustration over illegal vapes enticing teens with appealing flavors. The FDA's backlog of 27 million product applications led to minimal approvals. A new task force aims to combat the illegal e-cigarette market. Notably, the FDA lifted Juul Labs' marketing ban, leading to scrutiny on its re-entry. Chinese vape companies profit billions, exploiting regulatory gaps. Lawmakers intend to address these issues with upcoming legislation.


25.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 295.5 million current smokers in China 47.80% of men are current smokers but only 2.10% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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June 12, 2024 by youtube.com

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June 12, 2024 by clivebates.com

Fixing U.S. vape regulation – twelve proposals

In practice, FDA's regulation of the US vape market amounts to not regulating at all. I offer a diagnosis and twelve remedies. The 23 vape products authorised by the FDA for legal sale in the United States account for around one per cent of the total market in the financial year 2023, depending on estimates of the size of the untracked market and other forms of illicit trade.



June 12, 2024 by filtermag.org

Storm in a Teacup Over Soccer Stars’ Snus Use

Professional soccer players in the UK are increasingly using snus or nicotine pouches, with a study commissioned by the Professional Footballers’ Association revealing 18% of men and 22% of women players use them. Media coverage often focuses on the negatives, but these products can aid harm reduction. Players use them for relaxation, stress management, and focus improvement. While some may experience nicotine dependence, the potential risks are low compared to other nicotine products. Noteworthy is the positive impact of snus in reducing smoking rates in countries like Sweden. Snus can provide a safer alternative, especially in sports, without significant health risks.


15.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 1.3 million current smokers in Sweden.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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June 10, 2024 by taipeitimes.com

Doctor warns against vaping marijuana

Warning against vaping marijuana, Dr. Su Yi-feng highlighted the risks of severe pneumonia and death due to hazardous vapor substances. Recent incidents, including a Hong Kong gamer's prison sentence for trafficking marijuana vapes, have raised concern. Vapes often contain THC and CBD extracted from marijuana, attracting young users despite health dangers. The US has seen cases of severe pneumonia and deaths linked to cannabis vaping. Harmful additives like tocopherol acetate can be fatal. The New York State Department of Health found high tocopherol acetate levels in marijuana e-cigarette products linked to lung injuries. Dr. Su emphasized the dangers, especially for youth with developing brains.



June 10, 2024 by townhall.com

The WHO’s Authoritarian Tobacco Conferences Prove It Cannot Be Trusted With a Pandemic Treaty

The proposed WHO Pandemic Treaty faces scrutiny for possibly infringing on national sovereignty and lacking transparency, citing the flawed FCTC as a cautionary example. Concerns include biased reporting, exclusionary practices, and undue influence from external entities like Michael Bloomberg. The WHO must prioritize transparency, inclusivity, and impartiality to gain trust before expanding its authority. The FCTC's coercive tactics and lack of diverse input hinder effective policy-making. Transparency, media engagement, and industry inclusion are crucial for fostering trust and collaboration. Addressing these flaws is essential for the WHO to be credible in managing global health agreements effectively.



June 10, 2024 by filtermag.org

FDA Scraps Its Juul Marketing Denials; Authorization Now Possible

The FDA rescinded marketing denial orders for Juul, allowing their vaping products to be back under scientific review after being pulled from the market in 2022. This move is crucial in the harm reduction and youth vaping debate. Critics say the FDA's decision was political, urging a swift final review. Although Juul retains tobacco- and menthol-flavored products, its future remains uncertain. Authorization could secure access for ex-smokers. The PMTA process has faced criticism for favoring big tobacco. Juul plans to engage in an evidence-based FDA process, hoping for approval. Youth vaping has declined, and stakeholders stress the need for swift FDA action.



June 07, 2024 by scmp.com

Banning flavoured cigarettes may reduce Hong Kong’s appeal to visitors: lawmaker

Lawmaker Peter Shiu expressed concerns that banning flavored cigarettes in Hong Kong might deter visitors and harm tourism. He questioned the government's goal of making Hong Kong smoke-free, emphasizing the need to consider practical implications. Authorities plan to implement new anti-smoking measures by 2025, including a ban on flavored tobacco products and possession of alternative smoking devices. Deputy Secretary for Health Eddie Lee defended the measures, highlighting the importance of transparency in informing visitors about smoking regulations.


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June 07, 2024 by themalaysianreserve.com

CLEW Modern Oral Nicotine Pouches Receive FDA Acceptance For Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA)

Nevcore Innovations Inc. ("Nevcore Innovations") proudly announces the acceptance of its Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its CLEW modern oral nicotine pouches. This achievement sets Nevcore apart as one of the select brands to attain PMTA approval, underscoring its pioneering status in the industry. This milestone represents a significant leap in innovation, providing adult nicotine consumers with a discreet, smoke-free, and convenient alternative.



June 07, 2024 by gfn.tv

GFN.TV Interviews | FORGOTTEN FRONTIER | Fighting Risky Forms of Tobacco in LMICs

What’s holding up the transformation to safer nicotine products in low-income and middle-income countries, known as LMICs? In India, there are over 300 million tobacco users, with many using what Dr. Sudhanshu Patwardhan calls “risky forms of tobacco” that significantly increase cancer severity. Hear Dr. Sud’s “bottom of the pyramid” plan to supercharge the tobacco transformation in LMICs.



Blogs

Harry’s blog 123: It was twenty years ago today/Hon Lik showed a brand-new way

New report to map the journey of tobacco harm reduction

Yes, it has been a while since the last blog, but the main reason is the need to push on with the next Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report due out in November. This report will be a status report, analysing just how far we have come trying to embed tobacco harm reduction in the international health discourse alongside drug and HIV harm reduction. We maintain that access to safer nicotine products (SNP) to protect health is a basic human right derived from the original WHO declaration on the universal right to health. And from a standing start in 2004, progress along the THR journey has been encouraging.

Harry’s blog 122: Tobacco harm reduction is a human rights issue

A guiding principle of the World Health Organization (WHO) established in 1948, was the universal right to health. Although not expressed in these terms, the implication is that nobody gets left behind even if behaviours which potentially threaten health like illegal drug use and unprotected sex meet with societal disapproval.

Harry’s blog 121: International tobacco control and the search for intelligent life

KAC has published an updated version of our Briefing Paper on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s Conference of the Parties (FCTC COP) meeting due to take place in Panama in November. While a billion people still smoke, the WHO and allies deflect attention away from the failure of traditional tobacco control policies to put a significant dent in death and disease from smoking by instead attacking tobacco harm reduction.