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Vaping has become popular worldwide, but it is prohibited in some countries. Most Latin American countries have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes. Nevertheless, leading vape supply manufacturers have ventured into the region despite such bans. The significant players in the e-cigarette industry have expanded into Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay, and others. Although demand for vaping products is just as high in Latin America, as it is in other regions, vapers and would-be vapers in the area face many challenges. The most established vaping markets in Latin America [...]

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It sounds like a Massachusetts public health miracle. In 2007, nearly one-quarter (23.6 percent) of cigarette smokers in the Bay State were 18-24 years old. By 2017, that number had plunged by a whopping 68.6 percent. Just 7.4 percent of cigarette users were under age 25 — an all-time low.

But then, youth smoking began to rebound, shooting back up to 10 percent in 2018 before leveling out above the previous lows. A state that had led the way in reducing smoking among young people is suddenly getting left behind as rates in other states continue to fall.

What happened?

Massachusetts launched a war on vaping.

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Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera warned on Wednesday that his country's leading foreign exchange earner, tobacco, was in terminal decline and he urged a switch to high-growth crops like cannabis, which was legalised locally for some uses last year.

Chakwera made the comments during a state of the nation address in which he said tobacco was expected to earn less than $200 million in 2021, a figure roughly similar to the past two years but well below previous annual earnings that used to top $350 million.

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On May 7, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois reintroduced his END ENDS Act—a federal bill that would cap e-cigarette nicotine levels at 20 milligrams per milliliter.

The intention was clear: The Ending Nicotine Dependence from Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Act—“END ENDS”—seeks to decrease the nicotine concentrations in vapes in order to make them less “addictive” and appealing to teenagers.

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The head of tobacco giant Philip Morris said the company will phase out conventional cigarettes in Japan within 10 years, in an interview with the Nikkei business daily published Friday.

The Marlboro maker announced in 2016 a long-term goal to stop selling cigarettes and replace them with alternatives that it says are less harmful -- but this is the first time it has given a clear deadline.

 

"We want Japan to be the first market" for the phase-out, newly appointed CEO Jacek Olczak told the Nikkei in an interview published in Japanese.

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Bantam Vape, LLC, has recently announced that its premium e-liquid products are now available for purchase at AVAIL Vapor, LLC’s specialized brick-and-mortar shops and website. Bantam is a manufacturer of artisanal flavours which are built from scratch using only high-quality ingredients. The brand is adamant about their quality and transparency standards, in fact they have employed the SENTRI℠ track and trace system, with which one can simply enter the batch number of an e-liquid bottle to check the content quality.

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Swedish MEP Sara Skyttedal believes the European Commission’s “ideological opposition” to all tobacco and nicotine leaves ignorant on the science on Swedish snus and cancer. And progress on the EU’s Beating Cancer plan may suffer as a result.

“The fact that the Commission nevertheless persists in the view that snus causes cancer is both surprising and, to be honest, quite remarkable,” Skyttedal tells Snusforumet.

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Between 45.7 and 50.4 per cent of Bulgaria's youth use tobacco products, the Smoke Free Life Coalition said, quoting a survey by the BlueLink Foundation. The study analyzed data collected through two nationally representative polls conducted by Exacta Research Group in the 18-35 age group in September and December 2020.

The results show that a vast majority of 70 per cent of young people do not approve of tobacco use and support policies to limit that. Many regard smoking as a considerable problem which has to be addressed with serious measures.

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A recent survey of P.E.I. youth who have used vaping products found that many of them moved on to smoking tobacco as well.

The survey was released this week by the P.E.I. Lung Association, and was done with funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Lung Association reached 273 P.E.I. vapers between the ages of 16 and 24 with an Instagram ad. [...] Dr. Mohammed Al-Hamdani, the lead researcher on the project, linked this rate to the addictive nature of the products. Most vapers, 75 per cent, were using products with the highest available nicotine content, 50 to 60 mg/ml.

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For everyone, there’s nothing in life more certain than death and taxes. Yet if you are a smoker the risk of death and pain of taxation increases by orders of magnitude, often thanks to ill-conceived government action. Joining us today to talk about the U.S. approach to vaping and its macabre commitment to death and taxes is the writer, researcher and vape activist Lindsey Stroud, from the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

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The CN Tower was lit up in black and yellow to mark Anti-Vaping Awareness Day on May 3.

The campaign, started by a high school student to raise awareness on the potential dangers of liquid vapes and e-cigarettes, is backed by Health Canada and includes sending out info kits to students in schools across the GTA.

 

The Canadian Vaping Association, the industry lobby representing some 200 retailers, took to social media to criticize the campaign for “confusing smokers,” arguing that tobacco smoke kills 45,000 Canadians every year while vaping “is widely considered as less harmful.”

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In its budget statement, the federal government announced that it would introduce a special excise levy on vaping products in 2022. At the present time no such levy is imposed, even though several provincial governments have introduced levies on each millilitre sold (e.g. Nova Scotia) or special sales taxes (e.g. British Columbia).

Tobacco and nicotine are viewed by society as sin goods. We lump them loosely with alcohol, cannabis, gambling and so forth. We call them sin goods because they can cause damage to our health if consumed to excess and sometimes if consumed just in small amounts.

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Islamabad : A 50 per cent increase in price would lead to the same amount of reduction in cigarette demand in Pakistan as majority of smokers would prefer to quit instead of switching to other brands.

 

This is revealed in a research study, ‘Switch, Reduce or Quit: How do smokers respond to tobacco tax increases in Pakistan,’ carried out by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Islamabad.

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As kids went back to school in the fall of 2019, parents, educators, public health experts and lawmakers were growing more concerned by the day. A string of “e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injuries,” or EVALI, was appearing across the United States, and no one—not even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—had a handle on what was happening.

Eventually, in November, the CDC belatedly identified a “very strong culprit”: vitamin E acetate, a compound that had been found as an adulterant in illicitly manufactured THC cartridges. That is, not nicotine vaping products. [...]

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The FDA has announced that it will ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars within the next year, a move the tobacco industry has pushed against for the last decade. University of Michigan experts can comment. “Successful implementation of the FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives over a short period and reduce health inequalities, particularly for African Americans,” Mendez said. [...]

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Pakistan is one of 15 countries worldwide with a heavy burden of tobacco-related ill-health. Despite considerable tobacco control efforts, the smoking incidence in the country is not decreasing fast enough. Which is why tobacco harm reduction needs to be an additional measure complementary to the existing tobacco control efforts in the country. Advances in science and technology have enabled the development of better alternatives to smoking, presenting a huge opportunity for improving public health, if acted upon.

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China will become the world’s first country to regulate all synthetic cannabinoid substances, in a bid to get ahead of new variations whose chemical properties are not yet subject to regulation, the country’s drugs control office said on Tuesday.

Synthetic cannabinoids are lab-made drugs originally designed to produce similar effects to cannabis, but which are often far stronger and carry a greater health risk, Deng Ming, deputy director of China’s National Narcotics Control Commission, said at a briefing.

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E-cigarettes “undoubtedly” reduce risks compared to traditional cigarettes and have a place in the EU’s plan to fight cancer. However, these products should not enjoy “lighter” regulation and Europe should treat them with the same vigilance as tobacco products, MEP Michèle Rivasi told EURACTIV in an interview. “I see no reason why the electronic cigarette and its products should benefit from tax reductions or exemptions,” she said.

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In the light of the global pandemic, there have been calls to abolish, repurpose or revitalize the World Health Organization. I am firmly in the revitalize camp. Naturally, most of the hindsight has focused on the WHO’s response to infectious diseases. In April 2021, Covid-19 deaths are approaching 3 million worldwide. However, according to the WHO, tobacco-related deaths exceed 8 million annually. So what would new thinking on the WHO’s approach to tobacco policy look like? Here is my seven-point reform plan.

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After the global spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), research has highlighted several aspects of the pandemic, focusing on clinical features and risk factors associated with infection and disease severity. However, emerging results on the role of smoking in SARS-CoV-2 infection susceptibility or COVID-19 outcomes are conflicting, and their robustness remains uncertain. In this context, this project aims at quantifying the proportion of SARS-CoV-S antibody seroprevalence, studying the changes in antibody levels over time, and analyzing the association between smoking status and infection using seroprevalence data.