E-cigarette maker Juul is ramping up its Washington lobbying operation as it tries to head off potential regulatory threats from the Trump administration and Congress.
The company has been under scrutiny from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators and lawmakers from both parties amid a massive surge in popularity for its products among teens. Juul says e-cigarettes provide a healthier alternative for adult smokers and are an important tool to help wean them off traditional tobacco products. [...]
Hong Kong is set to impose a complete ban on e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products in an unexpected U-turn by the government, which had previously proposed only to restrict their sale to minors. The initiative will be announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in her policy address on Wednesday, as she responds to myriad social concerns with nearly 250 initiatives aimed at tackling issues such as housing, land supply, health care, welfare and livelihood.
As a smoker for 20 years, the advent of electronic cigarettes was a boon for me. Like many heavy smokers who have tried to quit the highly addictive habit, I always succumbed in the end to my desire to light up again, especially when stressed at work or in the throes of personal setbacks. [...] My experience tells me the Hong Kong government’s move to ban e-cigarettes, announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor [...] is bad news for tobacco users eager to quit for the sake of their health.
Smoking products contain harmful substances including acetone, tar, carbon dioxide, nicotine and some more. Smoking does not just affect the lungs, it affects the entire body. Smoking cigarettes or tobacco can lead to a class of ongoing complexities in the body, as well as long-term effects on your body system. And it is also important to know that some results show over time, while some express immediate body effects.
Latest figures from the WHO show that smoking is still the number one preventable disease, killing seven million people globally each year. Stoptober is timely for Senior Lecturer Alexis Bailey who has presented preliminary results from his research on e-cigarettes at SRNT, the top nicotine and tobacco research conference, in Munich last month. There has been a meteoric rise of electric cigarette use in the UK since their introduction in 2006. [...]
Ancient Egyptians heated herbs and oils on hot stones to create potent vapors they could inhale. Today, the fastest-growing segment in cannabis is the old-fashioned vaporizer, but the high-tech 21st-century version is vastly different from those humble hot rocks — and it’s helping create new markets for cannabis.
As the legal cannabis market matures, it’s driving advances in how users consume it. In fact, the quickly evolving market is forcing producers to adapt to changing expectations [...]
"Ongoing nervousness" about the use of e-cigarettes in stop-smoking services can be a "significant" barrier to people finding support, research revealed during "Stoptober" shows. New research by the University of Exeter and University of Melbourne, funded by Cancer Research UK, suggests stop smoking services which are e-cigarette friendly should advertise this more openly, and says greater use of e-cigarettes has the potential to make considerable impact in helping people give up smoking.
Hard-hitting new TV adverts show the devastating effects of smoking.
Two ex-smokers are seen appealing to the public to quit the habit in a graphic new campaign supported by Cancer Research UK. [...] Smoking is responsible for 14.7 per cent of new cancer cases - 44,100 - and 27 per cent of all cancer deaths - 36,600 - in England every year. Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, said: 'Campaigns like these play a key role in reminding smokers why it is important to quit sooner rather than later.
That tobacco kills is a fact. Globally, more than 60 lakh of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while around 8.9 lakh are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Smoking-related deaths are expected to increase to 80 lakh by 2030. Hence, it is important to reduce it, otherwise an estimated one billion lives will be lost prematurely by 2100, according to the Annual Review of Public Health. And this is where e-cigarettes come in.
Nearly 2 million U.S. adults who have never consistently smoked traditional cigarettes use e-cigarettes, according to results from a national survey. Of these sole e-cig users, about 60 percent are young adults, aged 18 to 24, researchers report [...] E-cigarette companies have marketed the devices — which heat and vaporize liquids that typically contain nicotine — as a way to help adults quit smoking. But some public health officials worry that e-cigarettes could become a means to nicotine addiction, rather than an end.
E-cigarettes are "the most popular stop smoking aid in England," according to a recent government report, which says they increase the likelihood of success by about 50 percent and reduce health risks by "at least 95%." The report from Public Health England (PHE) illustrates the continuing contrast between the way British officials talk about vaping and the way their American counterparts do. About 2.5 million people use e-cigarettes in England, PHE says, and 51 percent, or almost 1.3 million, have stopped smoking entirely. [...]
Under the new TVPA framework, vaping products that are not marketed with therapeutic claims are now legal and may be manufactured, distributed, and sold in Canada. A “vaping product” is defined in Section 2 (Interpretation) of the TVPA as: (a) a device that produces emissions in the form of an aerosol and is intended to be brought to the mouth for inhalation of the aerosol; (b) a device that is designated to be a vaping product by the regulations; [...]
Allowing the display and advertising of vaping products in thousands of convenience stores across Ontario will lead to increased nicotine addiction among teenagers, a coalition of health groups warned the provincial government [...]
The Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco [...] said proposed changes to the Smoke Free Ontario Act announced last week will allow the advertising of such products.
If it seems like seeing people vape on devices that look like USB flash drives came seemingly out of nowhere, you’re absolutely right.
It’s the ubiquity of the e-cigarette, known as the Juul, that has led its manufacturer to achieve a milestone faster than any other startup in history – including Facebook.
With its latest fundraising round first reported by Bloomberg this summer, Juul Labs crossed the decacorn threshold (a valuation of over $10 billion) by earning a $15 billion valuation just seven months after its first VC round. [...]
Nicole Crumley grew up in tobacco country, and tried her first cigarette when she was barely out of middle school. "It's kind of what you did in the South, when you're 13 years old. I think things are a little different down here."
For the next 20 years, she couldn't kick the habit.
"I tried the gum, I tried the patches, I've tried the lozenges, and none of that stuff worked," she told Dokoupil.
According to the Center of Disease Control, cigarettes are responsible for about 480,000 deaths each year in America, [...] If only there were a solution — some sort of nifty alternative that delivers nicotine in the same manner as a cigarette without harmful chemicals.
Fortunately, the epidemic of tobacco-related illness and death does have a perfectly viable, and already existing, solution: the Juul. California shouldn’t be taxing Juuls to the point where they’re no longer accessible to people who need them most.
Opposing groups continue to debate the government stance on electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes and its impact on public health. One group insists that e-cigarettes are a viable option to stopping conventional smoking, while the other group claims this alternative also has the same hazardous effects as tobacco.
Local vaping groups maintained the government should trek the path of the United Kingdom with its relaxed regulations on e-cigarettes, insisting that these have reduced the harms associated with tobacco use [...]
Tobacco giant Philip Morris International has been lobbying federal government MPs to overturn Australia’s ban on vaping, but its efforts remain hidden from public view due to fundamental flaws in the lobbyist oversight regime. Philip Morris, owner of six of the world’s 15 biggest cigarette brands, is in the midst of a significant push to grow global sales of its vaping products, predicting they will bring in $17bn to $19bn by 2025, roughly 42% of its total revenue.
A new comparison site for e-cigarette users will give them an option to save almost half of what they currently pay for life and critical illness insurance. Most insurance companies treat vapers the same as smokers and a 40-year-old smoker who takes out £200,000 of life cover over 25 years, will pay around £38.09 a month. That compares to a non-smoker who pays £16.06 a month for the same level of cover. It follows a recent Public Health England report that found vaping was 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.