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New proposals with regards to Korea’s tobacco control policy have drawn international attention following its release at Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Virtual Conference [...] Economists hailing from Korea and abroad convened for a heated debate on the topic of a new direction for tobacco control policy in Korea. Professor Sun-Ku Hahn [...] Kwon Ill-Oong [...] Woo-Hyung Hong and Park Young-bum [...] David Sweanor [...] participated and gave a speech at WEAI to emphasize the need for adopting an inflation-indexed tobacco tax and a differentiated tobacco control policy for each type of product based on the level of harm.

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A vaping trade association has called on the government to relax regulations as part of a consultation on the future of the industry.

UK Vaping Industry Association, whose members include the big tobacco companies, issued a wide-ranging report yesterday recommending an easing of restrictions covering advertising, packaging and product sizes. The proposals to the Department of Health and Social Care include greater advertising freedoms starting with a government-led communications campaign explaining the potential harm reduction of switching from smoking to vaping and the introduction of switching messages on products. [...]

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A recently published Eurobarometer survey reveals widespread ignorance about e-cigarettes. Most people do not smoke or vape and therefore have little reason to educate themselves about these products, [...]

The survey shows that among those who have little or no experience with vaping, only 20 per cent think e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products help smokers quit. [...] The survey does not ask what they mean by ‘harmful’ and no one claims that e-cigarettes are completely risk-free, but there are indications elsewhere that the average member of the public thinks the risks are much greater than they are. [...]

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For years, the tobacco category has been firing up in-store sales for convenience stores, [...] Of course, cigarettes always landed No. 1, but in recent years, other tobacco products (OTPs) have gained favor with consumers. According to NACS, OTPs came in with approximately the same percentage of in-store sales for beer. Now, the tobacco-free modern oral nicotine segment is catching on, too.

The modern oral nicotine category attracts millennials, women and people interested in alternatives. Most items are characterized as spitless and odorless, so there are fewer restrictions where they can be used unlike cigarettes, moist chew and some OTPs. [...]

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Within 30 years there may not be any cigarette smokers left but that doesn’t mean you should avoid tobacco stocks. Quite the opposite in fact, Citigroup analysts argue.

The number of smokers has fallen for the past five decades, largely because of the greater awareness around the dangers of smoking. Other factors have also been at play: the smoking ban in pubs made it a less social activity and huge tax rises have made it almost prohibitively expensive.

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If Health Canada has its way, this year vaping will be dealt three knockout blows that will see, not just the end of the business as we know it, but an increase in smoking-related deaths nation-wide. Ottawa is recalibrating the delicate equilibrium between harm reduction and youth use of nicotine. It plans to introduce a mandatory limit on nicotine concentration in e-cigarettes and to ban most flavours. Maximum permissible content is currently at 66 milligrams per millilitre; the new limit will be 20. Eventually, we will see strike three: excise taxes.

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Gov. Ned Lamont, along with the support of many in the Legislature, wants to legalize adult-use marijuana and sports wagering, in his words, “rather than surrender the market to other states or the black market.” But various flavored tobacco ban proposals making their way through the Legislature would send menthol cigarettes, mint smokeless and vape into those same black markets. What gives? Wherever one stands on marijuana and sports wagering, his points are valid. Legalization would bring both out of the shadows of illegal markets to allow for regulation, enforcement and taxation. [...]

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Some 60-90% of people with schizophrenia smoke cigarettes, compared to 15-24% of the general population. The researchers [...] have assessed here the feasibility of using a high-strength nicotine e-cigarette to modify smoking behavior in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders who smoke cigarettes.

In this study 40 adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders who smoked and did not intend to reduce or quit smoking participated in a 12-week study using Juul e-cigarettes loaded with 5% nicotine pods with a follow-up visit at 24 weeks. Researchers measured smoking frequency, smoking reduction, carbon monoxide expired air reduction, [...]

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Yesterday on the 16th of March, the EU Commission (EC) held a meeting with EU health ministers, in order to present its flagship initiative on cancer to the EU’s health ministers. Documents leaked earlier this month pertaining to the EC’s “Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan” (EBCP), indicated a goal of creating a ‘tobacco-free generation’ by 2040. According to these documents the plan is based on four key pillars: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care – with seven flagship initiatives and a number of supporting actions.

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Most users of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) report initiating use to quit combustible cigarettes. Nevertheless, high levels of dual use (i.e., using both combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes) occur among adults. Using formative data from in-depth interviews and employing learner verification, we adapted an existing, validated self-help smoking-cessation intervention (Stop Smoking for Good; SSFG) to create a targeted intervention for dual users, If You Vape: A Guide to Quitting Smoking (IYV). [...]

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Why Bans of Low-Risk Nicotine Alternatives to Smoking (E.g. Vape or Electronic Cigarettes , Snus, HTP's) in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) Will Do More Harm Than Good.

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States struggling under the weight of the public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic have a simple, bipartisan option: raising tobacco taxes. Substantial increases in taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, have the benefit of improving public health across populations, increasing revenues for community programs and lowering future health-care costs for governments and businesses.

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In recent years, tobacco-free nicotine pouches, which are intended to be placed under the lip, have existed in a grey area with no clear rules or regulations to govern, for example, the warning labels which they must carry or their marketing. The government has therefore assigned to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs the task of assessing and analysing how such products should be regulated. On 31 March 2021 the results of the analysis will be presented. [...] Sweden has a long tradition of using 'snus', a tobacco product that contains nicotine and is placed under the upper lip.

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Smoking rates have been falling substantially over the last 50 years, particularly in high income countries, with the rate of tobacco use now at 19.7% in the U.S in 2018. In contrast, this rate remains stubbornly high (36.7%) in people with mental health issues.

Some people believe smoking offers mental health benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety. In one study, it was not just smokers who thought this but also mental health practitioners. Around 40–45% of mental health professionals assumed that smoking cessation would not be helpful to their patients.

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Previous increases in the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by youth were driven by multiple factors, including advertising, the use of appealing flavors, and the introduction of new devices with prefilled pods or cartridges and high nicotine levels, such as Juul. According to data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), 19.6% of high school students (3.02 million) and 4.7% of middle school students (550,000) reported current (within the preceding 30 days) e-cigarette use in 2020 — 1.8 million fewer than in 2019. [...]

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 In preparation for the 2021 revision of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has posted its Preliminary Opinion on Electronic Cigarettes. They concluded that e-cigarettes only achieve a sub-optimal level of protection of human health. In this paper, we provide evidence that the Opinion's conclusions are not adequately backed up by scientific evidence and did not discuss the potential health benefits of using alternative combustion-free nicotine-containing products as substitute for tobacco cigarettes.

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On May 27, 2020, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease published a statement in anticipation of World No Tobacco Day: Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) should prohibit vapes and heated tobacco products (HTPs). Borrowing COVID-era vernacular, the press release said that “in an abundance of caution, the sale of these products should be banned in LMICs.”

It wasn’t a surprising stance. The influential NGO, headquartered in Paris and colloquially known as the Union, is meant to be “working to improve health for people” in LMICs. [...]

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A lawmaker warned the government against officials and personnel who are advancing the interests of foreign private organizations with anti-vaping agenda.

 

Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Alfredo A. Garbin Jr. made the statement, as he called on Congress to proceed with the investigation on the Philippines Food and Drug Administration following reports that the agency received grants from foreign lobby groups while it was drafting the guidelines regulating e-cigarettes/vapor products and heated tobacco products.

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In 2020, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), a Bloomberg partner for ‘The Initiative to reduce tobacco use’, published its fourth position statement on e-cigarettes. In it, The Union called for a blanket ban on all electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and heated tobacco products (HTPs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

INNCO has developed a report in response to The Union, titled 10 reasons why blanket bans of e-cigarettes and HTPs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are not fit for purpose.

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Every year, eight million people die from tobacco use, with 1.2 million of these deaths being a result of the inhalation of second-hand smoke, says the World Health Organization (WH0). Thus, the dangers of conventional cigarettes for those who smoke them and even for those who do not are to be a key factor behind the increase in the global e-cigarette market size from $15.7 billion in 2019 to $39.0 billion by 2030, at a 9.2% CAGR during 2020–2030.