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In part-2 of this RegWatch special series we are joined by Michelle Minton, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Hear why she thinks Bloomberg’s one size fits all policy is “insidious” and a throwback to the “colonialist origins of public health.”

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It is alleged that, despite the near year-old EU legislation, some tobacco companies have continued to launch extra menthol style products.

The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), applicable in EU member states, imposed a ban on flavoured tobacco products.

The Directive includes measures on e-cigarettes, flavourings, additives and packaging.

Cigarettes and RYO (roll your own) tobacco may no longer have flavours such as menthol, vanilla or candy that mask the taste and smell of tobacco. It is hoped the move will help deter young people from taking up smoking by banning cigarettes with a ‘characterising flavour’ other than tobacco.

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The Alabama House on Tuesday passed a bill that would ban the sales of e-cigarettes and vaping products to people under 21, the Alabama House Democratic Caucus said Wednesday.

 

“There are certainly other changes and reforms that have been recommended that we strongly support, however this bill is a starting point which will result in greater accountability for manufacturers and retailers,” said state Rep. Barbara Drummond, D-Mobile, the main sponsor of the bill, HB273. “The simple truth is that these products are dangerous, highly addictive, and they are killing our young people.”

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The study titled, “Cigarette smokers’ concurrent use of smokeless tobacco: dual use patterns and nicotine exposure,” looked into the patterns of dual users’ product use and nicotine exposure on days when they used cigarettes exclusively (single use) versus days when they consumed both cigarettes and SLTs (dual use). Forty-six dual users (cigarettes and SLTs) recorded their product use behaviours in real time via ecological momentary assessment for a 2-week longitudinal design, answering questions related to situational factors (eg. location, mood) using this same diary. [...]