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Informal traders have pleaded with Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, to consider their plight when he prepares his budget speech and to not hike taxes especially those on tobacco products like e-cigarettes which are growing in popularity.

The South African Informal Traders Alliance (SAITA) called on Mboweni to recognise the sector as a major player in the economy and to consider the impact of spiralling electricity prices, taxes on goods like tobacco products and to provide small businesses with Covid-19 financial relief.

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Smokers buying e-cigarette products in Germany could face higher taxes under a new proposal.

The German Finance Ministry on Tuesday released a draft lawthat would update tobacco taxes for the first time in a decade.

Under the proposal, e-cigarette substances containing nicotine would be taxed like tobacco starting July 1, 2022.
For 2022 and 2023, substances containing nicotine would be taxed at 0.02 euros per milligram of nicotine alkaloids. That would rise to 0.04 euros per milligram in 2024. [...]

 

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Parents who smoke outside school gates and in public playgrounds will have to cough up £100. The tough new fines are being introduced in Wales in a bid to ‘denormalise smoking’ for children. Parents and carers – including childminders – will be banned from lighting up while waiting for their kids in outdoor areas, including hospital entrances.

The measure, to be introduced from the beginning of March, will also mean Welsh homeowners are no longer allowed to smoke when workers are in their property.

 

 

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On September 9, 2020, the City of Chicago passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of flavored liquid nicotine products. The City has wasted no time enforcing the ordinance. At the end of January 2021, the City of Chicago filed a complaint against an e-cigarette seller for selling flavored liquid nicotine products to underage Chicagoans. Although the city has filed lawsuits against vape companies before, this suit is the first to enforce the recently passed ban on flavored liquid nicotine products in the city of Chicago.

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Which in just the past few years, has been pummeled by the so-called “epidemic” of teen vaping, the so-called “vaping-related lung illness,” and of course the Coronavirus.

Whether it’s COVID lockdowns, flavour bans, or nicotine caps the industry is under withering assault. But yet, it perseveres. However, 2021 could be the most challenging year yet.

Joining us today on RegWatch to talk about those challenges is Robin Gasnier, district manager of Vape Nation an Ontario-based vaping products retail chain.

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Teenagers who smoke cannabis and/or electronic cigarettes containing nicotine seem more likely to have poor school marks and engage in risky sexual behaviour, a new study suggests. “We have seen that young people who vape electronic cigarettes, use cannabis or do both are more likely to have poor school grades, report difficulties with concentration and doing their work because of physical, emotional and psychological problems,” said study co-author Dr. Nicholas Chadi, a pediatrician and clinical researcher specializing in adolescent medicine and addiction at Ste-Justine Hospital.

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Big Tobacco is winning big. And no, that’s not just because the giants are selling more cigarettes and rolling tobacco. They’re also making serious gains in the vaping market.

A quick look at the winning brands says it all. Vype (BAT), Logic (JTI) and Altria-backed Juul have all enjoyed substantial growth. [...] So why has Big Tobacco cashed in? What does it say about the vaping market? And how are smaller rivals fighting back against the dominance of the major brands?

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NSW Health is warning anyone selling nicotine e-cigarettes, also known as ‘vapes’, they face fines of up to $1,100 per offence, after authorities seized $450,000 worth of illegal product last year.

The year-long blitz also saw eight retailers across Greater Sydney successfully prosecuted. A/Director of Population Health Strategy and Performance Carolyn Murray said NSW Health inspectors continue to target stores, seizing more than 26,000 e-cigarettes and e-liquids either containing nicotine or labelled as such since January.

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The Independent European Vape Alliance (IEVA), whose mission is bringing together European vaping businesses that are independent of the tobacco industry, was formed with the aim to battle measures that are counterproductive to reducing smoking rates via vaping. [...] we meet the association's president, Dustin Dahlmann.

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The study titled, “E-cigarette Use Alters Nasal Mucosal Immune Response to Live-Attenuated Influenza Virus (LAIV),” aimed to determine the relationship between vaping, smoking and the likelihood of contracting COVID-19.

 

“There’s been a lot of questions in the field as to whether e-cigarette and cigarette use is beneficial or damaging or problematic in terms of COVID, and we really haven’t had a good answer,” said lead study author Meghan Rebuli, an assistant professor in the UNC Department of Pediatrics, in an interview as quoted by The News and Observer.

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The sale of flavored tobacco products will no longer be allowed in West Hollywood following a unanimous vote from the City Council that also banned the use of all tobacco coupons.

The ordinance bans the sale of any flavored tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco and electronic smoking devices. Menthol, a primary ingredient in many cigarette products, is among the outlawed flavors. Any coupons or discounts on regular tobacco products are also prohibited. Only shisha tobacco, the product smoked in hookahs, is still permitted.

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British American Tobacco forecast on Wednesday e-cigarette and tobacco heating devices would contribute to earnings for the first time this year as more smokers switch to products perceived as less harmful in the pandemic.

The maker of Lucky Strike and Newport cigarettes saw three million more customers use its "new categories" products - including e-cigarette, tobacco heating and oral nicotine - during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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The legal multinationals' market share of the sale of cigarettes went from 70% (pre-ban) to 33% (in ban) to 50% (post-ban), a survey shows. The prohibition did not prevent smoking either: 85% of smokers kept smoking during the cigarette ban, only 8% quit and half of those who stopped smoking indicated they started smoking again once the ban was lifted. Tobacco sales were prohibited between March 25 and August 17 as part of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There were about 6.7 million adult smokers in SA before the start of the lockdown, the report estimates.

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We discuss the implications of possible contagion of COVID-19 through e-cigarette aerosol (ECA) for prevention and mitigation strategies during the current pandemic. This is a relevant issue when millions of vapers (and smokers) must remain under indoor confinement and/or share public outdoor spaces with non-users. The fact that the respiratory flow associated with vaping is visible (as opposed to other respiratory activities) clearly delineates a safety distance of 1-2 m along the exhaled jet to prevent direct exposure. [...]

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Vaping has emerged as a popular trend over the last few years.

People of all ages are enjoying it for both medicinal and recreational reasons.

The vaping industry has been continually evolving with the growing demand.

While there are plenty of vapes available today, dry-herb vaporizers have become a go-to for cannabis users.

Choosing the right dry-herb vaporizer among the wide variety can be a tricky task, especially if it is your first time.

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Philip Morris International (PMI) has entered a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to combat illicit tobacco trade activities throughout the world.

PMI signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement service within DHS. [...] “This partnership provides both parties a formal framework to exchange necessary information to thwart terrorist and criminal organizations that profit from the trade of illicit tobacco and jeopardize global security,” Hernan Albamonte, head of international affairs at PMI, told [...]

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Researchers are investigating how the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to increased substance use and growing mental health concerns among Hispanic adolescents. [...] Elisa Trucco and Matthew Sutherland are looking to find what factors are contributing to vaping and e-cigarette use among Hispanic youth in Miami-Dade County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that individuals identifying as Hispanics are approximately 2.8 times more likely to contract COVID-19 and 4.6 times more likely to be hospitalized due to virus-related complications.

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ITG Brands LLC and the U.S. tobacco market and traditional cigarettes are expected to be key factors in the five-year plan that parent company Imperial Brands Plc unveiled recently.

However, electronic cigarettes are taking on more of a back-burner status.

Blu eCigs continues to struggle to climb out of a No. 4 U.S. market share after being the market leader during the introduction of the product during the early 2010s.

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A senior executive of Philip Morris International (PMI) called for robust public discussions among stakeholders on better alternative products to cigarettes for positive change that would benefit society and public health. [...] Tommaso di Giovanni stressed that it was important to start the debate on smoke-free products to “accelerate the pace of change” for all who have a role to play be part of the discussions.

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As COVID-19 continues to ravage America’s health and economy, Connecticut’s politicians have finally set their sights on what really matters right now: flavored tobacco products. State lawmakers recently joined officials in Bridgeport in calling for a ban on flavored tobacco products, mirroring similar proposals in Maryland and California and existing bans in states such as Massachusetts. There are clearly pertinent public health concerns that these bills attempt to address — tobacco smoking causes the premature deaths of more than 480,000 Americans a year.