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Back in June 2020, the Dutch State Secretary for Health, Paul Blokhuis, announced that he wanted to ban all non-tobacco vape flavours in the Netherlands. Even though consumers raised their voices and expressed their outrage against the ban, the Dutch government is now pushing on with its plan—ignoring impacted citizens and health experts alike.

This should be of great concern to all vapers around the world. [...] If such a country bans flavors, it is almost certain that there will be knock-on effects for other EU member states, as well as at a WHO level, with the FCTC COP9 conference coming up later this year.

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A vaping problem of “almost epidemic proportions” has arrived in Christchurch after first hitting Auckland schools two years ago.

Principals are alarmed at the growing number of students who vape, with one saying children as young as 13 are using the cigarette substitutes.

Teachers are confiscating more vaping devices, which can be as small as a USB pen drive and are hard to detect. “There's a growing concern among principals,” said Phil Holstein, who is Burnside High School principal and president of Canterbury West Coast Secondary Principals' Association.

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The tobacco industry has a long, well-documented history of targeting Black Americans with menthol cigarette advertisements, and the result is that nearly 85% of Black smokers use tobacco with the minty flavor additive.

Following years of delay, the Food and Drug Administration last month proposed a nationwide ban on the sale and production of menthol cigarettes. As the effort to get menthol smokes off the market gained momentum in recent years, the industry sidled up to Black-led organizations and Black lawmakers. [...]

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PREGNANT women should be given financial incentives to quit smoking, doctors have said.

Smokers who want to give up are currently offered help by the NHS to kick their habit. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said that an opt-out system could double the uptake of the service. It said the health service should provide "opt-out smoking cessation services to all smokers at any point of contact with the NHS", while pregnant women should be given financial incentives to quit.

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Only five percent of the Swedish population smokes, meaning the country may soon lay claim to being the world’s first smoke-free country, argues Sweden’s Snus Commission.

“The reason is snus,” the group writes in a new debate article published in Swedish business daily Dagens Industri.

The Snus Commission is an independent collection of experts who produce reports on issues related to Swedish snus.

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A petition signed by more than 283,000 people calling on Spain to ban smoking at all its beaches has been delivered to the country’s environment minister.

For more than two years the organisation No Fumadores (No Smokers) has been gathering signatures aimed at transforming Spain’s 3,084 miles (4,964km) of coastline into areas free of cigarette smoke and discarded cigarette butts.

The petition, delivered to the minister Teresa Ribera, calls on the government to introduce national legislation on the issue, Raquel Fernández Megina of No Fumadores said in a statement published on Friday. [...]

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Summer 2021 is going to be an exciting time for medical marijuana cardholders in Missouri. Despite political battles and a slow rollout, dispensaries are opening and new products are hitting the shelves at lightning speed.

It’s easy to qualify for and get a MO medical card. Once you do, a whole new world opens up! In this post, we are going to dive into the world of vaping with the products you can find at Missouri dispensaries, how to use them, and the pros and cons of each.

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Queensland school students are smoking and trading highly addictive, flavoured and disposable e-cigarettes called "puff bars", say concerned parents and teachers. Possessing nicotine e-cigarettes is illegal without a prescription in every state and territory except South Australia. Puff Bars Australia sells disposable e-cigarettes online in a range of colours — some of which light up when used — and flavours including pink lemonade, tobacco and strawberry.

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In April 1994, the heads of the biggest tobacco companies testified before Congress that cigarettes weren’t addictive. [...] In 1998, the four largest tobacco companies in the U.S.—Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, and Lorillard—entered the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement with 46 attorneys general, requiring the industry to shell out hundreds of billions of dollars in perpetuity so states could grapple with climbing medical costs associated with smoking-related illnesses. [...]

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Back in 2009, the federal government issued its first flavored tobacco restriction by prohibiting the sale of flavored combustible cigarettes other than menthol and traditional tobacco. Since then, cities, states and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all have enacted bans of varying degrees on flavored tobacco. Why are lawmakers so determined to pull these products from back bars? The standard response is to prevent young people from picking up a nicotine habit that could graduate to cigarette smoking. [...]

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Kenya’s obstructive stance on innovative tobacco-free oral nicotine products (ONDS) is denying thousands of smokers desperate to quit cigarettes an extraordinary opportunity to have informed choices and save lives.

That’s according to international medical experts who addressed the Africa Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum [...]

“By lagging behind the rest of the world in its stance on tobacco harm reduction (THR), the Kenyan
government is blocking the escape from tobacco-related disease and death for 30,000 smokers a year, with no chance of reprieve,” CASA Chairman Joseph Magero told the webinar.

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It all started with clinical observations that the proportion of smokers in hospitalised Covid patients appeared to be less than the general population.

"This has been observed, and it is accepted as an epidemiological fact, that when you take patient populations with Covid, the proportion of smokers is significantly lower than in the general population,” said Zahir Amoura, a doctor at the Pitié-Salpétrière hospital in Paris, told RFI. "Of course, that does not mean we think people should start smoking to protect themselves from Covid,” he insisted. “Smoking is a scourge. It’s important to repeat that.”

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Our mission is to promote quality healthcare and ensure the wellness of all our citizens, particularly our youngsters, who are the main targets of the tobacco industry, said the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal, [...]

Dr Jagutpal highlighted that the new Tobacco legislations will align with Government's commitment as a proud party to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Protocol to the Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. This, he added, will undoubtedly consolidate our status as one of the regional leaders in tobacco control in Africa [...]

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An industry group is pleased with proposed changes to New Brunswick's vaping regulations, but a health promotion group says they don't go far enough.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard introduced amendments to the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act last week that would require vape shops to be licensed starting next spring.

There are about 40 vape shops in the province, according to the provincial government, and licences would cost about $100.

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading House Bill 9007 or the proposed Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Act covering electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco systems.

According to the congressional fact sheet based on a committee report, the bill seeks to regulate the manufacture, importation, sale, distribution, use, advertisement, promotion and sponsorship of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) and heated tobacco products (HTPs). 

It also aims to set up harm reduction measures by ensuring that non-combustible alternatives to cigarettes are properly regulated. 

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The Post’s editorial on May 10 in support of Hong Kong’s proposed vaping ban is not supported by Australia’s experience. Smoking rates in Australia are not declining notwithstanding huge tobacco taxes, plain packaging, a ban on all forms of advertising, draconian point-of-sale restrictions, and numerous quit campaigns. The proportion of Australians who smoke has been stuck at current levels since 2013, even as taxes have risen sharply.

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Recently, my Winston-Salem State University physical education students completed an assignment on current issues in the field of health, wellness, and sports. As the president of the American Heart Association Board in the Triad, I decided to also give myself an “assignment” about the alarming trend of youth e-cigarette use. Thus making it a teachable moment and emphasizing that their assignment was not some “meaningless” exercise. There is always more to learn, and with the introduction of e-cigarettes and popularity among young people, I wanted to understand the risks better.

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In September 2019, the government announced a complete ban on e-cigarettes under the guise of preventing potential health risks to India's youth. In what can now be termed as typical, this ruling was passed as an ordinance, without debate or deliberation in the parliament and mostly ignoring both evidence regarding health risks and lessons from India's multiple previous disastrous experiences with bans. About 1.5 years and a pandemic later, it is time to revisit the (de)merits of the ban and possible ways forward.  

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Environmental tobacco smoke exposure in utero and during early childhood-;especially secondhand smoke-;is associated with decreased childhood lung function, according to research presented at the ATS 2021 International Conference.

Hanna Knihtilä, MD, PhD, research fellow, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and colleagues sought to clarify the effects of tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy and childhood on children's lung function at age six years.

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A public consultation on the recently announced flavour ban was meant to close on the 19th of January, but has been extended [...] A statement published on the Government website, had revealed that the consultation was extended “due to popular demand.” In line with this, a press release by the WVA has pointed out that the country is seeing the largest number of responses ever collected in a public consultation on health matters. More importantly, an overwhelming majority of the responses, 98.54%, opposed the ban, equating to 746 responses out of the total 757 submissions recorded on the official website until now.