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Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has signed a deal to buy Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a cannabis producer on Vancouver Island, in a transaction it valued at $230 million in cash and stock.

Under the agreement, Aphria will pay up to $10 million in cash with the remainder in shares based on a deemed price of $15.09 per share.

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[...] Businesses are required to file complex applications with the FDA for pre-approval of all new tobacco products, while existing cigarette brands are exempt from submitting an application and are allowed to be sold without changes to the products’ content. In 2007, vape products were just starting to be developed and have advanced rapidly in the last 11 years with evidence clearly showing they are much safer than cigarettes.

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A new peer-reviewed clinical trial [...] shows that regular use of e-cigarettes does not have any negative health impact on smokers.

The study, "Evaluation of the Safety Profile of an Electronic Vapour Product Used for Two Years by Smokers in a Real-life Setting", examined 209 volunteer smokers who used a typical closed-system e-cigarette for 24 months while researchers monitored for adverse events, [...]

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Another state is mulling a hike to the minimum tobacco purchasing age, relying primarily on the debunked claim that e-cigarettes are a “gateway” to smoking for teens.  Officials are using alarmist tactics, pushing misinformation on the effects of vaping, in order to secure a tobacco purchasing age hike in Idaho, that will also apply to all vapor products.

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The independent Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) reviewed the two "heat-not-burn" tobacco products that are sold in the UK, and found them to be less risky than regular cigarettes. The COT reviewed PMI’s IQOS and British American Tobacco’s iFuse. The evidence gathered by the committee indicated that the products still pose a risk, [...]

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Nonsmoking adolescents who use e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or tobacco water pipes are more likely to start smoking conventional cigarettes within a year, according to new research by UC San Francisco. The study analyzed data from a nationally-representative sample of more than 10,000 adolescents, ages 12 to 17. It is the largest study to date to estimate the impact between alternative tobacco use and the subsequent start of conventional cigarette smoking in youth. 

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexual adults to have tried e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products, according to a study led by tobacco researchers at the Georgia State University School of Public Health. In addition, lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are less likely than their heterosexual counterparts to perceive exposure to secondhand e-cigarette vapor as harmful, the study found.

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Nicotine patches, chewing gum and sprays used by nearly two million Britons each year have been linked to cancer. A study by a leading cancer expert has sparked fears that popular methods of giving up smoking could have long-term health implications. Researchers discovered that chemicals released by nicotine can break down in the body into a known cancer-causing agent.

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A new Yale study shows that e-cigarette flavors may contribute to increased usage in adolescent populations.

Researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered that e-cigarette flavors differently affect patterns of e-cigarette usage between adolescent and adult populations. These findings provide researchers with a greater understanding of the consequences of the availability of a wide range of e-cigarette flavors. [...]

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As resolutions go, quitting smoking could be the most important choice on a smoker's list. Smokers are more likely to develop diseases like lung, throat and mouth cancer. And they're more likely to die earlier than are people who don't light up. Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, says it's never too late to quit the habit.

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Due to limited data, the European Commission has decided not to propose a harmonised approach for excise taxation of e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products until further information about these products is available.

The EU executive stated that it would re-examine the situation in the next regular report on tobacco taxation due in 2019.

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Global tobacco giant Philip Morris International has announced that its new year's resolution is to give up cigarettes manufacturing. In an unusual move, the tobacco company recently placed full-page adverts in several UK newspapers claiming that the firm's "New Year's resolution" for 2018 is to "stop selling cigarettes ."

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The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged the Federal government to emulate countries that have banned the smoking of water-pipe tobacco otherwise known as shisha, due to its addictiveness and deadly effect on the health of users.

ERA/FoEN made the demand following the ban of shisha by some African countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

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New "heat-not-burn" tobacco products on sale in the UK are harmful to health but are likely to be less risky than smoking conventional cigarettes, a scientific advisory committee has said. Evidence suggests that the products, which heat tobacco in a device to produce a vapour instead of burning it as in conventional cigarettes, still pose a risk to users, the independent Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) announced.

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A new study from Duke Health has found pregnant women experienced less secondhand smoke exposure since the 2009 passage of the 'smoking ban' in North Carolina, which outlawed smoking inside public places such as bars and restaurants. [...] The data comes from 668 women who enrolled in the study between 2005 and 2011. Their secondhand smoke exposure was measured by the presence of cotinine, [...]

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Parents will rally this morning outside San Francisco City Hall to demand elected officials, candidates and political groups refuse money from any tobacco company seeking to repeal the city's ban on the sale of flavored tobacco, organizers said Sunday. [...] Organizers said they are holding the rally as tobacco companies campaign to overturn a flavored tobacco ban passed by the Board of Supervisors in June of last year.

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We all remember the anti-tobacco presentations from elementary school; the numerous slide shows of blackened lungs and deformed infants. But for most of us, the issue of tobacco consumption is more in relation to cigarettes. Sure, we may have been informed about other methods such as chewing tobacco, but cigarettes are the most remembered. [...]

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound for Qatar to refrain from bringing tobacco products there.

This after the host country has banned all tobacco derivatives, equipment, and other materials in relation to tobacco usage. “OFWs are advised to be wary of these prohibitions and should never attempt to carry any of these banned products when travelling to Qatar,” [...]

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High school bathrooms have never smelled better. Unfortunately, the watermelon, mint and mango scents aren't a sign the custodial staff is testing a new air freshener. Rather, the pleasant odor signals a troubling new trend among teenagers - juuling. In an era where teenage fads move ten times faster than parental awareness, juuling -- the name given to the use of small, easily concealable e-cigarette pens - is especially concerning.

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When Congress gave the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco in 2009, it provided a pathway for companies to obtain approval for “modified risk tobacco products (MRTPs)…, sold or distributed for use to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related disease…” [...]  While decades of epidemiologic studies prove that non-combustible tobacco products are vastly safer than those involving inhaled smoke laced with thousands of toxins, [...]

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