It’s not an exaggeration to say Health Canada‘s proposed ban on flavours in nicotine vaping products will push hundreds of thousands of Canadians back to smoking because Health Canada freely admits this fact in the Regulatory Analysis Impact Statement for the proposed new regulations. [...] Joining us as co-host is national vaping activist Maria Papaioannoy-Duic from Rights4Vapers and guests include Shai Bekman, president of DashVapes Inc.; Luke Marshall, owner of County Vape; and David Levesque, founding partner of Digital Smoke supplies.
The recent increase of more workers returning to the office kept traditional cigarettes on a significant year-over-year decline in the latest Nielsen survey of convenience stores released Tuesday. Industry analysts said the 11% volume decline for traditional cigarettes reflects the impact on the industry of the COVID-19 pandemic and the later economic reopening.
A key 2020 industry development was smokers’ increasing their purchases in the early months of the pandemic in response to statewide stay-at-home orders, including in North Carolina.
Vaping is often marketed as a safer version of tobacco smoking. As regulations became widely introduced across the world to encourage people to stop smoking tobacco, such as a ban on smoking indoors in public spaces, the number of smokers finally began to fall. However, vaping emerged in its place.
With little scientific evidence available at the time e-cigarettes were launched pertaining to their safety and health risks, vaping became a modern, ‘healthy’ version of smoking. Now, research shows that vaping carries similar health risks to smoking tobacco. [...]
In this SPOTLIGHT, Aaron Biebert circles back to hear from Canadians who were affected by the deadly moral panic in Canada that sparked his latest film project. Because of the resulting irrational fear & political pressure that followed, thousands of Canadians are now at risk of losing their health or the information that can improve their lives.
Back in the 60s and the 70s, smoking was considered to be ‘cool’. We would to see movie stars puff away to glory and many tried to ape them to look ‘cool’.
Before they knew it, it became a habit and an addiction. While some have managed to shake it off, a majority haven’t.
That is the power of influencers, and today, we see the same pattern being repeated with e-cigarettes, which the youth are mistakenly influenced to believe are ‘cool’ and ‘less harmful’ than traditional cigarettes.
E-cigarettes have been shown to help wean millions of smokers off combustible tobacco. The UK Government’s health promotion body, Public Health England (PHE), says that: “Vaping is not risk free but is far less harmful than smoking. Our advice remains that people who smoke are better to switch completely to vaping.” That opinion, however, is not shared by the WHO, which has long pursued an almost pathological campaign against e-cigarettes and has just delivered its latest broadside which says: ‘’Nicotine is highly addictive.
From joints and pipes to blunts and bongs, smoking is the most common way people consume marijuana.
While getting high can be a therapeutic and fun recreational experience, you should know that like cigarette smoke, marijuana smoke contains irritating chemicals and tar associated with respiratory problems.
For the first time, the 2021 report presents new data on electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as ‘e-cigarettes’. These products are often marketed to children and adolescents by the tobacco and related industries that manufacture them, using thousands of appealing flavours and misleading claims about the products.
For a study of e-cigarette taxation to have any public health relevance, it must consider the impact of e-cigarette prices on cigarette demand. Cigarettes and e-cigarettes are economic substitutes. The demand for one responds to changes in the price of the other, an idea well understood in economics and quantified through the concept of cross-elasticity. The paper appears to pay no regard to the impact of vaping taxes on cigarette demand, [...]
The World Health Organization (WHO) and its single most significant funder for anti-smoking efforts, US billionaire Michael Bloomberg, have today sought to distract from years of failure under the WHO’s MPOWER tobacco control strategy by focusing instead on what UK-based public health agency Knowledge Action Change (KAC) and other observers are calling a new ‘war on nicotine’.
When the COP26 climate change conference hits Glasgow at the end of October, the media will be out in force to discover how world leaders are going to meet their ambitious carbon emission targets. It will be on the front pages. Edited highlights will be on television. Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon will be elbowing each other out of the way to get in the limelight. Extinction Rebellion will be performing their doomsday japes outside.
British experts have accused the World Health Organisation of risking the lives of millions by urging governments to crack down on vaping. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, said: “Nicotine is highly addictive. Electronic nicotine delivery systems are harmful and must be better regulated.” British experts criticised the message. Public Health England (PHE) promotes vaping as a tool to help smokers quit. [...] The UK-based public health agency Knowledge-Action-Change (KAC) accused the WHO of “seeking to distract from years of failure” to tackle smoking globally with “a new war on nicotine”.
Australian researchers who have studied the portrayal of vaping on TikTok say there is an “urgent need” for age restrictions to reduce teens’ exposure to videos that portray it in a positive light.
University of Queensland researchers have analysed e-cigarette content posted by TikTok users globally and are calling for tighter regulations to prevent nicotine products being promoted to underage users of the video-sharing platform.
Recently, the joint Australia-ASEAN Taskforce on Illicit Tobacco seized over 19 million illegal cigarettes bound for our Indo-Pacific region. The seizure follows multiple police raids over a single month in Malaysia that seized over $9.32 million AUD of contraband cigarettes, and raids across Victoria and Queensland that collectively seized over 400,000 illegal cigarettes and 4.5 tons of loose tobacco.
The legalisation of marijuana has been a controversial topic. While there have been studies about the health and economical benefits, the UK is yet to legalise its purchase.
Nonetheless, British American Tobacco (BAT) intends to invest in cannabis product development as it accelerates its transformation that reduces the health impact of its products. BAT boss Jack Bowles told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that ‘As we [BAT] think about our portfolio for the future, certainly beyond nicotine products are interesting for us as another wave of future growth.’
On July 27, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its eighth report on the global tobacco “epidemic,” highlighting the “need to tackle threats posed by new nicotine and tobacco products.” “Nicotine is highly addictive,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, said in a press statement. “Electronic nicotine delivery systems are harmful, and must be better regulated. Where they are not banned, governments should adopt appropriate policies to protect their populations from the harms of electronic nicotine delivery systems, and to prevent their uptake by children, adolescents and other vulnerable groups.”
One day last year, when I was working as a medical case manager at the Colorado Health Network, which operates a syringe service program in Denver, I was dismayed to see a poster on the door that echoed “Just Say No” propaganda. It read:
“I find strength within myself. Not inside a pack of smokes. As a community, we’re not ones to give up easily. After all, we overcome bullies, battle intolerance and fight for equality every day. When it comes to quitting smoking, tap into that strength.”
As authorities target illicit tobacco imports, criminal groups are turning their attention to farming their own crops across regional Australia. Illicit Tobacco Taskforce Australian Border Force Commander Greg Linsdell said that in the past 12 months there had been a significant increase in seizures involving the domestic growth of illicit tobacco as criminal groups look to maintain their supply after COVID-19 impacted imports.
In the last decade, the popularity of traditional cigarettes -- particularly among teenagers -- has declined tremendously, while the use of electronic cigarettes has been on the rise.
But now a new smoke-free alternative called heated tobacco is slowly gaining a foothold in the U.S. market. Also known as heat-not-burn tobacco products, the devices heat up a cigarette without using an open flame.
Studies keep indicating that most vapers use e-cigarettes as intended, to quit smoking. However while switching, some users end up getting stuck in the dual use phase where they start vaping but also keep smoking. Dual use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes tends to be discouraged by tobacco harm reduction experts and vaping advocates alike, as the whole point of vaping is cutting down on cigarettes. On the other hand, some argue that those who engage in dual use are still smoking less cigarettes, ie. reducing harm (...)