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Gerry Stimson, public health social scientist and emeritus professor at Imperial College London, has spoken out about the post-Brexit tobacco policy reform opportunities presented to the United Kingdom. The themes in his essay published in the International Journal of Drug Policy was continued in his presentation to a recent fact-finding exercise conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping.

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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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Presentation on Vaping and Tobacco Harm Reduction for the Drug Science network. Clive Bates is Director of Counterfactual Consulting, a former UK and international senior civil servant, and previously the Director of Action on Smoking and Health UK (1997-2003). [...]

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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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Against a backdrop of declining tobacco use, e-cigarette markets are growing. The UK now has a higher percentage of e-cigarette users than any other European country. These developments have prompted fierce discussions in scientific, advocacy and policy communities about how best to respond. [...] We analysed 121 submissions to two Scottish policy consultations on e-cigarettes (in 2014 and 2015) and undertook interviews with 26 key informants in 2015-2016, following up with a sub-set in 2019-2020. All data were thematically coded, and our analysis was informed by insights from policy studies and the sociology of science.

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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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Annual update of Public Health England’s e-cigarette evidence review by leading independent tobacco experts. This report covers vaping for smoking cessation.

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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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While some consequences of the deadly coronavirus pandemic are known and obvious, like the tragic loss of life and economic devastation, there are a host of other issues that have arisen — or will — as a side effect of COVID-19. 

Some of these additional problems may be tough for policymakers and public health professionals to predict, but could still have long-term negative implications for Americans. A clear example of this was recently highlighted in a recent story in The Wall Street Journal that detailed how the “decades long decline” in cigarette sales has ended, in part, because of the pandemic. 

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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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VPZ, a premium vape brand and retailer chain in the United Kingdom has issued a petition to parliament, calling on the government to change the industry’s status to “essential” so it can operate during lockdown periods.

If the petition VPZ is circulating among the domestic industry, and consumers reach 10,000 signatories, the government promises to respond with some action. At 100,000 actions, the government will bring the proposal to discussion before Parliament.

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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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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.