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Hong Kong could see a complete ban on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products soon, after the city’s largest party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, throws its support behind it. 

DAB lawmaker Wong Ting-kwong, chairman of the Bills Committee on Smoking, said the government has asked him to host a meeting Friday next week, which would see the government finalize its stance on whether or not to ban all these new tobacco products. 

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Health experts want e-cigarette makers to be banned from promoting them in ways that will appeal to children, including naming their products after sweets and using cartoon characters.

Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) and UK public health doctors are urging ministers to outlaw “totally inappropriate marketing techniques” that they fear will lure under-18s into vaping. They are demanding action to stop e-cigarettes and the e-liquids that go into them from being given names such as “bubblegum candy” and “gummy bears”, which are types of confectionery, and using cartoon images such as “slushies”, ice-filled soft drinks popular with children.

 

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How has exposure to nicotine products and their associated risk among US adolescents changed owing to the popularity of e-cigarettes? This cross-sectional study, which included 16 years of survey data for between 15 000 and 36 000 students in grades 6 through 12 per year, found that exposure to nicotine products, as assessed by nicotine product days, decreased prior to the popularity of e-cigarettes. This decrease slowed and then reversed owing to the upsurge of vaping; however, adjusting for differential long-term risks of nicotine products, risk-adjusted nicotine product days may have decreased if the risk associated with vaping is sufficiently low compared with that of smoking.

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For people who want to stop or reduce their smoking and have previously been unable to do so using conventional treatments, e-cigarettes are much more effective than nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT), according to new research.

study published in Addiction assessed the efficacy of e-cigs compared to NRT among smokers who had tried previous treatments, including NRT. It was conducted as a follow-up to an earlier study by many of the same researchers, which found vapes to be more effective than NRT for smoking cessation among people who hadn’t previously tried any treatments.

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Cannabis businesses are fearful a congressional mandate lumping them in with tax and shipping restrictions meant for nicotine vaping devices could change their legal treatment forever, resulting in more headaches, and bigger bills.

The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act imposes arduous registration requirements, strict noncompliance fines, and shipping bans. The law’s definition of liquid vaporizers is ambiguous, calling them electronic devices that deliver nicotine, flavor, or “any other substance” via an aerosolized solution. This categorization likely ropes the e-liquids made by the cannabis industry into the law, industry watchers say; [...]

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A new research by the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates has confirmed that several non-government organizations were among those which received millions of dollars from the anti-tobacco Bloomberg and Gates foundations to lobby the government for a ban on vaping in the Philippines. “These foundations dismiss compelling international scientific evidence and apply bullying tactics to unduly influence the public health policies of sovereign nations. [...]

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According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2019, 21.3 per cent of adults aged 15 and above, or 4.88 million Malaysians, are smokers, with a higher percentage of male smokers.

Malaysia has spent about RM15 billion (1.7 per cent of 2012's gross domestic product) on tobacco-related healthcare costs. Despite the evidence of significant potential positive equity impact on smoking if tobacco prices are increased via taxation, Malaysia's last tobacco excise tax rate increase was in 2015.

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The role of e-cigarettes, or nicotine
vaping products, in tobacco control
has been controversial from the outset.
Early divisions among public health
experts led to polarized coverage in the
media, confused messages to the public,
and inconsistent policymaking between
jurisdictions. For many authorities in the
United States, the potential health
harms of e-cigarettes and youth-vaping
concerns were overriding considerations. For others (most notably in the
United Kingdom), those risks have been
balanced more explicitly against the
potential benefits for smokers of easy
access to nicotine vaping products. [...]

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leadership and staff are accustomed to external criticism and pressure. After all, FDA-regulated products account for 20 cents of every dollar spent by American consumers, so criticism comes with the job. Over the past year, the volume of noise aimed at FDA over one particular duty—its review of applications for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and other “deemed” new tobacco products—has been dialed to 11.

Pressure has come from a variety of voices and in different forms. [...]

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Smoking marijuana is now nearly as common among the American population as smoking cigarettes. That is the conclusion of a new Gallup survey, which found that 49% of Americans now admit to using marijuana. This is the highest proportion ever recorded by the organization in more than 50 years of surveying the population about cannabis.

“More than 50 years ago, just 4% said they had tried the drug,” Gallup reports. The percentage increased to 30% between 1970 and 1985, then it remained in the 30s until 2015. After stagnating for 30 years, the percentage of adults who tried marijuana quickly increased to nearly 50% in the last 6 years.

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On August 26, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied the first marketing applications for about 55,000 flavored e-cigarette products from three small companies. Earlier in August, the FDA refused to file some 4.5 million product applications from JD Nova, citing that the company had failed to include an adequate environmental assessment for those products. It was largely a bureaucratic technicality to allow the agency to dismiss those applications without fully considering any corresponding scientific or behavioral data that may have been included.

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“One American Journal of Public Health article is proving to be a watershed moment in the vape debate. It has singularly pushed the World Health Organization to the complete outer when it comes to considered international opinion and research,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA). CAPHRA’s comments follow 15 past Presidents of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) publishing an article titled ‘Balancing Consideration of the Risks and Benefits of E-Cigarettes’ in the AJPH.

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Dr. Kenneth Warner [...] has published a research review in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Public Health endorsing vaping as a less risky alternative to the smoking of combustible tobacco cigarettes.

Filter Magazine reports that Warner, with some of the most respected nicotine use addiction and tobacco researchers in the United States, has opted to endorse vaping and smoke-free nicotine delivery as a potential strategy to eliminate cigarettes. “Our concern is that much of the public health community—certainly the media, and very much legislators—haven’t really heard the other side of the story,” Warner told Filter reporters.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to live in relative isolation for more than a year. As adolescents return to school, public health experts caution parents to pay close attention to signs of tobacco use among teens. While there has been a decline in smoking traditional cigarettes among youth as well as adults, e-cigarette use continues to increase. "Youth have gone through a rollercoaster of changes during the last year and a half during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. These dramatic and persistent changes take a toll and can cause anxiety, depression and stress that lead many to cope through smoking," said Theodore Wagener, [...]

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The potential of electronic cigarettes to save millions of lives is being lost because of the media, public health groups, and politicians' near singular focus on youth vaping to the detriment of adult smokers. That's according to a new paper written by 15 past presidents of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT).

SRNT is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to studying tobacco, nicotine, and their effects on public health. For decades, SRNT has been instrumental in advancing anti-tobacco policies.

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[...] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first marketing denial orders (MDOs) for electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products after determining the applications for about 55,000 flavored ENDS products from three applicants lacked sufficient evidence that they have a benefit to adult smokers sufficient to overcome the public health threat posed by the well-documented, alarming levels of youth use of such products. The products from JD Nova Group LLC, Great American Vapes, and Vapor Salon subject to this action are non-tobacco-flavored ENDS and they include flavors such as Apple Crumble, Dr. Cola and Cinnamon Toast Cereal.

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The “Vape Mail” ban could have a devastating impact on the nicotine vaping industry in the United States. But it also threatens another industry, one more popular and on the rise: the cannabis industry. It appears lawmakers intend to sweep cannabis vaping products into the new regulation.
In this episode of RegWatch, we are joined by Tami Wahl, Washington lobbyist for the cannabis industry. She’s leading an effort to fight the Vape Mail ban that includes cannabis vaping and nicotine vaping industries. [...]

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweeted about the dangers of nicotine pouches, a fairly new reduced-risk nicotine product.

The pouches are small bags of food-grade powder infused with nicotine. They’re placed under the lip, where the nicotine is absorbed into the user’s gum. Even though they have only been on the US market for about two or three years, public health groups seem to be developing a growing distaste for them.

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Could the days of the cigarette be numbered as millions of people worldwide switch from smoking to vaping?

When vape retailers say this is a process now well under way, that’s one thing, but when one of the world’s largest tobacco producers supports the argument, backed by industry groups and experts from the US to China, that’s another. Joe Dunne is director of Hale Vaping, which accounts for 45 percent of the Irish vaping market. He tells smokers eager to quit to see vaping as a “new miracle drug” they can use at their own initiative in order to take personal responsibility for their own health. [...]

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England saw a rise in young adults taking up smoking during the first lockdown, according to a study.

The number of 18 to 34-year-olds who classed themselves as smokers increased by a quarter, from 21.5% to 26.8%, says Cancer Research UK.

The data does not explain why the changes occurred but experts believe many turned to cigarettes in response to stress.

At the same time, heavy drinking increased across adults of all ages.

The findings, published in the journal Addiction, come from monthly surveys, each involving hundreds of people, about tobacco and alcohol use.