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A public hearing on banning the sale of flavored tobacco products at city-based stores drew passionate local advocates, plus large companies and trade groups aiming to defeat the measure.

“Adult customers will not stop using the products,” Michael McQuillan of Core-Mark International, a distributor to North American convenience stores, testified Monday. “They will either go online, to neighboring towns or the black market. All you’re doing is hurting local businesses.”

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Monday it has ordered five e-cigarette companies including JUUL Labs and NJOY to turn over sales and advertising data.

The regulatory agency said it sent orders to JUUL Labs, Inc; R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Fontem US, LLC; Logic Technology Development LLC; and NJOY, LLC seeking information from 2019 and 2020 including annual data on sales and giveaways of e-cigarettes and characteristics of their e-cigarette products such as flavors.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn smokers face a higher risk of suffering life-threatening COVID-19 complications.

Smoking weakens your immune system and increases your risk of respiratory infections.

UAB Department of Pediatrics Professor Dr. Susan Walley said smoking puts people at a higher risk of being admitted to intensive care units, placed on ventilators, and dying from COVID-related conditions.

Smoking e-cigarettes and vapes, popular among young adults, a group normally considered to be low risk, can also lead to complications.

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Local public health researchers have called on the government to revive legislation intended to regulate e-cigarettes, saying they are being heavily marketed to young people as a means to stop smoking, but don’t help people kick the habit for good. [...] Local evidence was vital to counter claims made by the e-cigarette industry, said Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, director of the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.

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Illinois smokers are now among the priority groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

As a part of the state’s vaccination schedule, residents with certain high-risk medical conditions — including smoking — are now able to get shots, along with seniors and medical and essential workers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, being a “current or former cigarette smoker” puts you at greater risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

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Fancy a mango, watermelon or lemon-ice flavored vape? You are in luck. They are being sold online by Puff Bar, a brand that last year was ordered to take its e-cigarettes off the U.S. market.

The Food and Drug Administration told the e-cigarette maker to stop selling its fruity, disposable vaporizers, as part of a broader crackdown on underage vaping. The brand resumed sales on its website last month and introduced a change that may allow it to sidestep the FDA: Puff Bar says it is using nicotine that isn’t derived from tobacco.

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Today, smoking is not cool, and many passionate nicotine users are trying to move to an alternative option, so they can decrease the risks of the usual tobacco usage. That’s the reason why vaping systems are so popular, especially pod vapes. But, what exactly is a pod vaping system? It’s any device that has a plastic pod for the e-liquids, that you can remove, and check if you have to refill. Some of them are even replaceable, and as you finish the one for single usage, you can put the next one. In general, pod vapes aren’t made for refilling, but surely there are some models that let you do that.

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Discussing news and information on public health policy, law and consumer advocacy for safer nicotine products in Asia Pacific and the world.

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A new U.S. law that will impact the postal service has some within the cannabis industry concerned, as it will ban the shipping of vape products through mainstream mail. [...] The law, which is set to take effect late this month, was initially made to prevent youth from being able to order tobacco products online, and there is no explicit mention of hemp or cannabis in the law, but legal THC cannabis businesses and those in the CBD industry are getting worried about the implications.

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A new report from Britain’s top public health organization adds to the growing mountain of evidence that vaping, e-cigarettes, and “heat-not-burn” alternatives are effective tools for getting cigarette smokers to quit, significantly lowering their health risks. The new evidence update recently released by Public Health England (PHE) also reconfirms that health risks from vaping are 95 percent lower than traditional combustible cigarettes. It’s a message many anti-tobacco activists in the U.S. continue to resist.

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Consumer groups warned the Philippine government against non-government organizations (NGOs) such as those linked to Bloomberg Philanthropies that were banned by India for providing grants to lobby for local policies.

They issued the statement after India banned more than 14,500 non-government organizations over the past five years, including four groups that received foreign grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies of US financial billionaire Michael Bloomberg which are reportedly involved in tobacco control lobbying.

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For around $70 for an electronic vaporiser, some sellers will throw in free delivery and even a box of three juice pods worth about $25.

Distributors and re-sellers compete aggressively on social media and private message groups to offer a wide array of vaping products.

One popular online message group had about 8,000 advertisements in March last year. By December, the figure had spiked to more than 115,000 advertisements.

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Cannadips CBD, an award-winning brand and a pioneer of the pouches format in the CBD hemp sector, was first introduced to Europe in Q3 2019 and has since been activated in 15 European markets, including Switzerland. "This latest addition of COOP retail stores in Switzerland is truly a fantastic opportunity for the Cannadips brand in one of our most strategic markets where Cannadips was already available at 107 Valora kkiosk stores and approximately 150 independent retail and wholesale providers," says SpectrumLeaf CEO Felix Sundstrom. 

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It’s an insult to blow smoke in someone’s face. That’s what Big Tobacco and its enablers in the Legislature are doing to Montanans right now, and we should all be offended.

House Bill 137, sponsored by vape shop owner Rep. Ron Marshall, would allow people to use electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes in nearly all public spaces in our state. Not only would this bill overturn policies in 11 Montana localities where e-cigarettes use is prohibited inside public places, it would also prevent Montana communities from implementing any future protections from tobacco.

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When trying to quit smoking, the most powerful weapon you have is your own resolve and desire to give up the habit. However, even with the greatest willpower in the world giving up cigarettes can be difficult so you should never be afraid of using all the supports you can to help you. Quitting after all will have the biggest possible positive impact on your overall health.

It’s been proven that the use of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) doubles your chances of quitting for good, and remember, staying off cigarettes for 28 days means you are five times more likely to stay off them for good.

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The health of our children and our responsibility to protect it is a priority not just among pediatricians like ourselves, but also for our communities. Parents and neighbors deeply value the health of the next generation . Children and teens depend on adults to protect their health, and towns across South Carolina should have the authority to react to these needs with appropriate action. It's been a reliable cycle for decades. In fact, many of our nation's successful public health laws began at the local level. [...]

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In "Smoking and COVID-19: The Real Deal," Enid Neptune, MD, and Michelle N. Eakin, PhD, of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, discuss research to date on this topic and propose areas of research that can help clarify this relationship.

Studies have shown that current smokers with COVID-19 have twice the risk of dying in the hospital as nonsmokers. However, the data on whether tobacco use increases the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is mixed.

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How did vaping emerge, and why do so many in public health oppose it? It is a perplexing question, but the explanation starts with innovation.

The essential development was progress with a critical technology—the lithium-ion battery—that made new categories of consumer nicotine product possible in a compact form acceptable to consumers. Driven by the insatiable demand for miniaturization from mobile phones and other portable devices, these batteries have improved to deliver ever greater energy density (essential for good battery life) and power density (essential for rapid heating and responsiveness to human interaction). [...]

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[...] Dr. Scott Trapman helps patients with a full range of issues [...] But one of his passions is helping people quit smoking.

“Smoking causes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer. When it comes to COVID-19, smokers and vape users are much more likely to suffer serious complications or death than healthy non-users,” Dr. Trapman says. “But evidence suggests that once a person quits using tobacco products for twenty years, their risk of heart attack, stroke or cancer becomes equal to the risks faced by non-smokers. So it’s always worth it to try to cut back.”

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MILLIONS of Brits are facing a ban on vaping, The Sun on Sunday can reveal.

They will be hit if World Health Organisation recommendations on outlawing e-cigarettes are adopted. And experts condemned the idea, with one saying it would drive up deaths from tobacco.

Clive Bates, a tobacco harm expert and the former director of anti-smoking group ASH, said: “The advice is completely irresponsible and bizarre.

“If governments take it seriously, they will be protecting the cigarette trade, encouraging smoking and adding to a huge toll of cancer, heart and lung disease. Something has gone badly wrong here.”