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Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new generation of alternative tobacco products, [...]

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Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the proposal from the FDA could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new generation of alternative tobacco products, allowing the industry to survive — even thrive.

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The adult smoking rate increased slightly to 15.5 percent in 2016 after years of decline, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. [...] “The good news is that these data are consistent with the declines in adult cigarette smoking that we’ve seen for several decades,” said Corinne Graffunder, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

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Vapers around the world can breathe easy knowing that E-cigarettes are not harmful, according to new research. A leading vape brand carried out the two year, 200 person study that found the tobacco alternative does not damage the heart or lungs or cause any health problems. It backs claims that the smoking devices are a safer option than cigarettes used by an estimated three million Britons, say scientists.

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If you can smoke it it’s not allowed on B.C. Ferries as of Monday.

Pot, tobacco, e-cigarettes and anything else you can put in your pipe and smoke is all covered under a new non-smoking policy on the entire fleet of B.C. Ferries ships and terminals.

And hiding in your car for a smoke won’t work — the ban covers the interiors of all vehicles on B.C. Ferries property.

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Next Thursday, on the 25th of January, the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), will be at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, fighting the current EU snus ban alongside public health experts and consumers of reduced risk nicotine products. [...] The case against the ban on snus was originally put forward by the Swedish Match. Then, around this time last year, the NNA had appealed to the High Court in London, [...]

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An alternative tobacco technology that drastically cuts harms from smoking is causing cigarette sales to plummet at an “astounding” pace in Japan.

A press released [...] shows the record declines the company has experienced in cigarettes sales throughout 2017 accelerated in the final month of the year. Heat-not-burn technologies like the IQOS device by Philip Morris International (PMI) are fueling the tobacco shakeup in Japan. [...]

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Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has signed a deal to buy Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a cannabis producer on Vancouver Island, in a transaction it valued at $230 million in cash and stock.

Under the agreement, Aphria will pay up to $10 million in cash with the remainder in shares based on a deemed price of $15.09 per share.

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In a decision expected to test the Trump administration’s approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc (PM.N) to sell its novel iQOS tobacco device and claim it is less harmful than cigarettes. The advisers to the Food and Drug Administration will discuss the product on Wednesday and Thursday and recommend whether it should be cleared. [...]

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A new peer-reviewed clinical trial [...] shows that regular use of e-cigarettes does not have any negative health impact on smokers.

The study, "Evaluation of the Safety Profile of an Electronic Vapour Product Used for Two Years by Smokers in a Real-life Setting", examined 209 volunteer smokers who used a typical closed-system e-cigarette for 24 months while researchers monitored for adverse events, [...]

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A TOTAL OF 306 retailers around the country were targeted in sting sales operations in the first nine months of last year to see if they were selling cigarettes to minors.

The ‘test’ tobacco sales to minors are carried out by the Health Service Executive (HSE) every year.

In Ireland, it is illegal to sell cigarettes to someone under the age of 18.

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The independent Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) reviewed the two "heat-not-burn" tobacco products that are sold in the UK, and found them to be less risky than regular cigarettes. The COT reviewed PMI’s IQOS and British American Tobacco’s iFuse. The evidence gathered by the committee indicated that the products still pose a risk, [...]

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Critics of the FDA's plan are doubtful that tobacco companies will comply by drastically reducing nicotine levels, and concerned that they could also launch cigarette alternatives that still might carry substantial health risks. Cigarettes are no longer what they used to be several decades ago — a symbol of sophistication for some, the epitome of youthful rebellion for others. [...]

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexual adults to have tried e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products, according to a study led by tobacco researchers at the Georgia State University School of Public Health. In addition, lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are less likely than their heterosexual counterparts to perceive exposure to secondhand e-cigarette vapor as harmful, the study found.

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The share of Norwegians who smoke on a daily basis has halved in the last decade and was last year exceeded for the first time by the use of snus, a wet snuff tobacco product, Statistics Norway said on Thursday.

Among the adult population, 11 percent were daily smokers in 2017, a fall of one percentage point from the previous year and down from 22 percent in 2007 as authorities continue to campaign against the use of tobacco.

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A new Yale study shows that e-cigarette flavors may contribute to increased usage in adolescent populations.

Researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered that e-cigarette flavors differently affect patterns of e-cigarette usage between adolescent and adult populations. These findings provide researchers with a greater understanding of the consequences of the availability of a wide range of e-cigarette flavors. [...]

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More Norwegians use “snus” — a form of snuff particular to Nordic countries — instead of cigarettes for their nicotine fix, official figures showed for the first time yesterday. The preference for snus in Norway, is certain to revive debate over the health effects of the product, a moist powder tobacco that is popped under the lip. Though its sale is illegal across the EU, it is manufactured and used in Sweden, which has an exemption, and Norway, which is not an EU member.

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Due to limited data, the European Commission has decided not to propose a harmonised approach for excise taxation of e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products until further information about these products is available.

The EU executive stated that it would re-examine the situation in the next regular report on tobacco taxation due in 2019.

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The case to overturn the ban on snus in the EU now reaches a new important milestone – a hearing at the European Court of Justice on 25th January (Case number = C-151/17). Last year the ECJ asked all EU states and the EU Institutions to comment on the case. The court received five responses. On the 25th January our lawyer gets a brief opportunity to expand on our case before the court. Other parties also get this opportunity.

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The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged the Federal government to emulate countries that have banned the smoking of water-pipe tobacco otherwise known as shisha, due to its addictiveness and deadly effect on the health of users.

ERA/FoEN made the demand following the ban of shisha by some African countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.