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International public health experts called on Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to reconsider the government’s plan to prohibit the sale of tobacco and smoke-free nicotine products to those born after 2005, which they said may eventually create a large black market and fuel the illicit trade of these products.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Yaakob on 21 February 2022, academics and tobacco harm reduction advocates David Abrams, Clive Bates, Ray Niaura and David Sweanor said the prohibitionist policy may have unintended consequences such as the growth of the black market for cigarettes and alternative nicotine products.

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After a lengthy battle last year, Connecticut’s Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont is still supporting a ban on flavored e-cigarette vapor products. It would be the third time a flavor ban bill was brought before the General Assembly. While the initial ban came during a so-called public health outbreak, all of the proposals have featured support from anti-harm reduction groups who purport that banning e-cigarettes and flavored e-liquids will protect youth. If Connecticut lawmakers truly want to protect youth, they would understand that bans are ineffective and ultimately make the issue worse.

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Talking about a recent legislation that will bar people aged 14 and under to legally buy tobacco, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledged that vaping can be an effective tool to help smokers quit.

The New Zealand prime minister said that continuing to raise tobacco prices will not continue to help people stop smoking and that is why there is a need for alternative ways. She said that the best way to reduce smoking rate would be if people don't take up smoking in the first place.

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With sales of both cigarettes and rolling tobacco declining month on month since May 2021 [NielsenIQ 52 w/e 11 September 2021], Big Tobacco’s vision of a smoke-free future is coming ever closer. Here are some of the new formats and technologies companies are exploring this year

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The fight to save vaping in the United States appeared almost over when FDA issued Marketing Denial Orders to over 300 vaping product manufacturers, thus requiring more than 5-million vaping products to be taken off the market. Today on RegWatch, hear from Eric Heyer, partner at the law firm Thompson Hine and litigator behind many of the court challenges on behalf of major U.S. vape manufacturers. [...]

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A new study by researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine gives insight into what happens to the cardiovascular system of adolescents when they vape.

In the mouse study, researchers found that vaping had a significant and long-term cardiovascular effect on adolescent males but not females. The results were published today in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers said the findings heighten the concern about vaping, especially in youth. [...]

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Vaping, both nicotine and zero nicotine, is now a very real topic of discussion for many Australians, some for and some against. I am not a doctor or health professional, so I’m not going to get into a debate on the health perspective whether positive or negative. In the ‘for’ side, it is widely being used by consenting adults globally and locally as a transition to quit smoking and change their behaviour. On the ‘against’ side the largest issue we are all facing is with teen vaping, either at school, at home or just socialising with their teen friends.

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SINCE the early 2000s, anti-smoking campaigns have been carried out in order to encourage Malaysians to quit smoking.

From displaying graphic images on cigarette packets to the Ministry of Health's 'Tak Nak' campaign, these efforts were meant to show the hazards of smoking.

According to medical practitioner Dr Nur Khaisiyah Othman, these anti-smoking methods emphasise one common message, 'Quit or die'.

While acknowledging the studies behind the dangers of smoking, she believes that these fear-mongering tactics do not work to help the public to stop smoking.

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It remains unclear whether electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use promotes persistent combustible tobacco use or smoking discontinuation over time. Alcohol use is associated with greater risk of adverse health effects of tobacco, and higher likelihood of e-cigarette use, making drinkers a high priority subpopulation. This study examined longitudinal patterns of combustible tobacco and e-cigarette use over 24-months in young adult binge drinkers.

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Cigarette smoking in the United States went up for the first time in two decades amid the persistent public health lobby against less harmful alternatives such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, according to an international consumer advocacy group.

“Nothing has been more egregious and harmful in our current age than the public health lobby’s persistent denialism of the harm reduction value of nicotine vaping products and other alternatives to cigarettes,” Consumer Choice Center (CCC) deputy director Yaël Ossowski said in a blog post on the organization’s website.

 

 

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An EU method for testing how much tar, nicotine and other chemicals are emitted by cigarettes has never been formally published in the European rule book and so it is up to local courts what to do with it, the European Court of Justice has decided. The case stems from a complaint made by anti-smoking groups in the Netherlands, who had asked judges in Rotterdam in 2018 to ban the technique because it provided inaccurate information about what smokers were actually inhaling. Wanda de Kanter , a lung specialist and chairwoman of the campaign group Rookpreventie Jeugd, said the European court ruling cleared the way to change the measuring system.

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Our community and country are seeing unprecedented health challenges right now.

We are in the midst of a pandemic that continues to evolve, change, make people sick and frustrate everyone. When there is an opportunity to directly impact our community’s health and safety, it is essential that we act to do so.

This is why I am urging the Brunswick Town Council to vote in favor of a recently proposed ordinance to end the sale of flavored tobacco in our town.

I am a pediatrician at Martin’s Point Healthcare, [...] I see firsthand the devastating effects of flavored nicotine in my practice every day.

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The market-share gap between the top-selling U.S. electronic cigarettes has shrunk over the past month with Juul holding about a 4.2-percentage point gap over R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co.’s Vuse.

The latest Nielsen analysis of convenience store data, covering the four-week period ending Feb. 12, determined Juul was at 37.9% market share and Vuse at 33.7%.

There has been a 4- to 4.8-percentage point gap between the two e-cigarettes for the last six Nielsen reports.

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On February 15, an administrative law judge dismissed a complaint issued from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Juul and Altria, which alleged the companies had violated antitrust laws. As a result, Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, can keep its 35 percent stake in the e-cigarette company. The decision is preliminary, however, and the FTC can appeal through a vote by its commissioners.

The news, perhaps overshadowed by the Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf as the next head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the same day, has major implications for vaping in the United States, even if experts are divided over what those are.

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Modern oral nicotine products (e.g. nicotine pouches) require no combustion, no lung inhalation, and they contain no tobacco. The fact that they do not require combustion, and therefore the 7000 chemicals present in cigarette smoke, mean that these products represent immense potential for the reduction of tobacco-related harm. [...]

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As a physician with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, Dr. Laura E. Crotty Alexander has heard from more and more patients over recent years that they’re thinking of switching to vaping e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. Not so fast, says the pulmonologist, who is also an associate professor at University of California San Diego. She calls it a “dangerous situation,” with so many people apparently unaware that e-cigarettes come with wide-ranging dangers of their own. While some tout e-cigarettes as a solution to quitting conventional smoking, the truth about relative risks is complicated, [...]

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A series of new studies by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry highlights how e-cigarettes alter oral health and may be contributing to gum disease. The latest, published in mBio, finds that e-cigarette users have a unique oral microbiome -- the community of bacteria and other microorganisms -- that is less healthy than nonsmokers but potentially healthier than cigarette smokers, and measures worsening gum disease over time.

[...] We are now beginning to understand how e-cigarettes and the chemicals they contain are changing the oral microbiome and disrupting the balance of bacteria," said Deepak Saxena, who led the research with Xin Li; [...]

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VAPE can play a crucial role in helping Malaysia achieve its Tobacco Endgame 2040 goal and this is why it is crucial to get vaping regulations right, said an expert in smoking cessation.

According to Dr Colin Mendelsohn, [...] vaping is a far safer alternative to smoking and is the most popular and effective quitting aid available and must be an important part of the strategy to achieve the Tobacco Endgame 2040.

“It should be encouraged as a quitting aid for the many Malaysian adult smokers who are unable to quit with other methods, as is the case in the United Kingdom and New Zealand,” he told FocusM.

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The ABC reported tonight the death of a Queensland man which was attributed to EVALI caused by vaping. Having carefully studied the case and the post mortem report, I disagree. It is much more likely that the man died from advanced lung damage caused by 40 years of heavy smoking.

The 71-year old man had smoked a pack-a-day for four decades and had wisely switched to vaping 10 years ago. In October 2021 he developed increasing shortness of breath. He was treated with antibiotics but he continued to deteriorate and died several weeks later.

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Tobacco use is the topmost preventable cause of death in Kenya according to the Ministry of Health. [...] the government continues to take a quit or die approach to tobacco control. Kenya urgently needs to shift its focus away from this and embrace a harm reduction mindset. However, we remain very far from this and it threatens hundreds if not thousands of lives. [...] Dr Kgosi Letlape, a doctor and AHRA President noted, most of the harm caused by cigarettes is from the burning of tobacco. If smokers switch to alternative products which don’t contain tobacco, you instantaneously reduce the harm and ultimately save lives.