[...] For ‘public health’ reasons, nicotine vaping products (NVPs) came under strict regulation after instruction from the state and federal governments. Vaping products – which now require a prescription – are commonly used as a replacement for harmful alternatives such as cigarettes and cigars.
Despite being widely acknowledged in global studies as a way to quit smoking, they were put under prescription-only use to, ‘balance the need to prevent adolescents and young adults from taking-up nicotine vaping (and potentially smoking).’ Oddly, young adults can still take up smoking directly without a prescription.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Cabinet on Thursday (Jan. 13) initiated an amendment bill to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act for legislation, aiming to ban e-cigarettes and flavored cigarettes, increase health hazard warning content on cigarette packages, and raise the smoking age to 20.
The proposals contained in the amendment bill includes one intended to ban manufacture, import, sale, supply, exhibition, advertisement, and use of e-cigarettes.
FDA regulations required that manufacturers of cigars (excluding premium cigars), pipe tobacco, electronic cigarette products, hookah tobacco and oral nicotine products, which were introduced in the market after Feb. 15, 2007, and on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016, file a PMTA with the agency by Sept. 9, 2020. A PMTA filing allowed the product to continue to be sold while the FDA reviewed the PMTA to determine if the product should remain on the market.
A recent announcement by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA),1 that it “seeks to encourage the licensing of electronic cigarettes and other inhaled nicotine-containing products as drugs and aims to support companies to submit marketing authorisation applications for these products,” should be welcomed.
E-cigarettes are electronic nicotine delivery systems: users inhale vapour created by heating liquid containing a humectant (propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine), nicotine, and flavourings. Although no serious commentator describes e-cigarettes as “completely safe,” [...]
NEW JERSEY — Being a daily smoker could cost New Jersey residents more than $2 million over a lifetime, a new study shows.
A new study by WalletHub measured the costs — financially, not physically — of maintaining that nicotine addiction.
WalletHub calculated the costs of smoking a pack a day (factoring in current pricing as well as historical pricing), health care costs, income losses, and other costs associated with smoking and with secondhand smoke. The study does not factor in e-cigarette use.
It was exactly 58 years ago on Tuesday that the U.S. Public Health Service released a report linking cigarette smoking to cancer. Spearheaded by Surgeon General Luther Terry, the document was based on 7,000 articles that warned about the negative health impacts of tobacco.
Today, the groundbreaking report is considered the nation's first punch in its ongoing battle against nicotine use. Before then, cigarettes were a mainstay of American society and tobacco advertisements adorned the nation's billboards, airwaves and television screens. Many claimed there were no negative health impacts associated with the habit.
With over 200,000 legal-aged smokers in TT, cigarette company Philip Morris International (PMI) is seeking to replace tobacco-based cigarettes with smoke-free products.
Speaking with Business Day, PMI country manager for TT and the Caribbean Sheldon Wood said the thrust was scheduled to happen over the next two-five years, once the regulations, scientific approvals and other necessary operating documents were finalised.
Although it makes tobacco products, the company has pivoted to make them safer to use.
“PMI is looking to move into a smoke-free future. Combustible or traditional cigarettes, as we know it...have harmful effects due to the combustion of tobacco. [...]
Some electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) users are interested in quitting e-cigarette use, though few studies have assessed what factors contribute to this interest. This study aimed to identify factors associated with e-cigarette quitting interest and quitting behaviors in exclusive, long-term e-cigarette users. These e-cigarette users were surveyed in January 2017 (baseline) and June 2019 (follow-up), with an average follow-up period of 2.4 years. At baseline, the sample had been e-cigarette users for an average of 5.6 years. Among the 221 participants, 205 (92.8%) did not intend to quit using e-cigarettes at baseline.
Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said on Friday he would continue efforts to legalise e-cigarettes, which were safer than tobacco and would bring in added tax revenue.
He confirmed his position when he met a group of people campaigning for legalisation at his ministry on Friday.
Mr Chaiwut said legalisation of e-cigarettes would enable the country to tax sales and would provide people who found themselves unable to quit smoking with a safer option.
Singapore is open to imposing a smoking ban on young adults on the lines of similarly strict rules proposed in New Zealand last month, underscoring its commitment to bolstering tobacco control.
“It is an attractive proposal, in that it prevents young people from taking up smoking while not putting too many restriction on older smokers,” Singapore’s Ministry of Health said in a statement Tuesday, in response to questions from parliament. “Then, as the years go by, more and more cohorts are smoking free.”
People who use electronic cigarettes and test positive for COVID-19 have a higher frequency of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, compared to people who don't vape, according to new research from Mayo Clinic.
The study, which is published in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, finds that people who vape and test positive for COVID-19 symptoms have a higher frequency of experiencing symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches and pain, chest pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of the sense of smell or taste. Also, the study finds that people who vape and also smoke tobacco, and who test positive for COVID-19, [...]
The Philippines is poised to join the ranks of progressive countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand which are seeing sharp declines in the number of smokers with the passage of the so-called vape bill in the Senate and the House of Representatives, two leading international experts on tobacco harm reduction said. “The VNP (vaporized nicotine product) bill is a step in the right direction. [...] As like the above-mentioned countries, the VPN bill is expected to accelerate the decline in smoking prevalence in the Philippines, too,” Dr. Riccardo Polosa, [...]
[...] “Smoking is back,” said Isabel Rower, a 24-year-old sculptor, one of the spirited Americans outside Clearing. “Weirdly, in the last year or two, all my friends who didn’t smoke, now smoke. I don’t know why. No one is really addicted to it. It’s more of a pleasure activity.” Across New York City, as the pandemic waxes and wanes, a social activity that had seemed diminished, or replaced (with vapes, cannabis and education), seems to have reappeared. Have cigarettes, those filthy, cancer-causing things — and still the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — lost their taboo?
Smokers who did not intend to stop but nonetheless began vaping drastically increased their likelihood of quitting cigarettes, according to a new study. Just 6 percent of daily smokers quit smoking cigarettes entirely, but those who decided to vape daily instead saw their success rate dramatically go up: Twenty-eight percent of those smokers, in the end, quit when they began vaping every day. “These findings are paradigm-shifting, because the data suggest that vaping may actually help people who are not actively trying to quit smoking,” Dr. Andrew Hyland, [...]
If you’re new to vaping, you might be confused by the number of brands available. In fact, almost every day I seem to get an email from a new vape brand I’ve never heard of before.
At the same time, there is a stable of reliable brands that have proved themselves over the years with consistent high quality devices. That’s not to say every device they make is a winner – every brand has their big successes as well as some that don’t quite make the mark. [...] There’s also some smaller brands who have focussed on creating some excellent products – I’ve included them under honourable mentions.
Smoking electronic cigarettes, or vaping, can cause a decline in oral and dental health, a dental health practitioner, Drg Amalia Rahmaniar Indrati, cautioned.
"Nowadays, e-cigarettes, or vaping, has become a lifestyle, but bear in mind that vaping can have an impact on health," Indrati said here on Tuesday.
Indrati, a dental health practitioner at the Banjarnegara Islamic Hospital, said some research indicated that smoking electronic cigarettes had negative impacts on lung, dental, and oral health.
According to the dentist, oral disorders caused by smoking e-cigarettes, or vaping, may include gum infections, dry mouth, cavities, and yellow teeth.
When Californians head to the polls this year, they will decide whether or not to keep flavored tobacco and nicotine products legal. Industry lobbyists have poured millions into a campaign to block California’s 2020 law to end sales of flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes that have helped spread addiction into vulnerable communities and particularly among children. The state’s voters will cast ballots on whether to uphold or repeal the law in a November referendum. In the meantime, local governments are adopting their own fail-safes in case the tobacco lobbyists win. [...]
Prof Lion Shahab, Professor of Health Psychology [...] “This paper reports on the potential impact of secondhand nicotine vape exposure in young adults on respiratory symptoms. After controlling for various potential confounders such as young adult’s own use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cannabis as well as secondhand exposure to cigarette or cannabis smoke, young adults who were exposed to secondhand nicotine vaping were more likely to report respiratory symptoms than those who were not. While this finding is worrying and deserves further investigation, the results should be seen in context of the limitations of this study. [...]
For decades, tobacco control and public health organizations have sought to stigmatize tobacco, nicotine, smoking and smokers. The invention of vaping, a far safer nicotine alternative which looks like smoking, is a threat to their strongly-held views and the traditional approach.
Attitudes to vaping nicotine are shaped less by the scientific evidence and more by this longstanding prohibitionist approach. Other factors such as moral judgements, values and priorities, politics, vested interests and financial factors also play a role. These considerations help to explain why different organizations have diametrically opposed views, despite using the same evidence.
Heated tobacco products (HTPs) are designed to heat tobacco to a high enough temperature to release aerosol, without burning it or producing smoke. They differ from e‐cigarettes because they heat tobacco leaf/sheet rather than a liquid. Companies who make HTPs claim they produce fewer harmful chemicals than conventional cigarettes. Some people report stopping smoking cigarettes entirely by switching to using HTPs, so clinicians need to know whether they are effective for this purpose and relatively safe. Also, to regulate HTPs appropriately, policymakers should understand their impact on health and on cigarette smoking prevalence.