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China's tobacco regulator on Monday issued draft rules to strictly control e-cigarette production, as it tightened oversight of the industry.

The State Tobacco Monopoly Administration said it would "reasonably" control the scale of e-cigarette production capacity to prevent overcapacity.

Foreign investment in the retail of e-cigarette products would be banned, the regulator said, and it would review foreign investment in production, requiring e-cigarette firms that want to list in China or abroad to obtain pre-approval.

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Cigarette sales rose during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — the first increase in 20 years.

Meanwhile, millions in New Jersey continue to smoke. In fact, 10.8% of residents in 2020 were found to be smokers, according to AmericasHealthRankings.org.

For those wanting to quit, options are limited. There’s the gum. The patch. Lozenges. There’s Chantix (varenicline), a drug introduced in the mid-2000s. But besides vaping products, which are not considered a safe alternative, nothing new has offered hope in years. Researchers based in Princeton are hoping to change that. [...]

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The United States federal government, along with many state and local governments, have passed restrictions on electronic cigarette ("e-cigarette") sales with the stated purpose of preventing youth use of these products. The justification for these restrictions includes the argument that youth e-cigarette use will re-normalize youth smoking, leading to increased rates of cigarette smoking by teenagers. However, in this paper, we propose an evidence-based version of this model based on several years' worth of longitudinal and econometric research, which suggests that youth e-cigarette use has instead worked to replace a culture of youth smoking. [...]

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MANILA, Philippines — The vape bill will give the Philippines an opportunity to replicate the liberal approach of the United Kingdom in addressing the smoking epidemic by providing smokers with less harmful alternatives, according to the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP).

In a letter, the BCCP urged President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the vape bill into law, following its approval by the two chambers of Congress. “The liberal approach to vaping of the UK government has led to a significant reduction in smoking rates,” Chris Nelson, BCCP executive director and trustee, said in the letter.

 

 

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul insists the Public Health Ministry will not support legalising electronic cigarettes in the country.

He made his remark on Monday during a meeting with board members of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) to discuss tobacco control. Mr Anutin, in his capacity as chairman of the ThaiHealth board, said he has noticed e-cigarettes trending among teenagers and some of them are aiming to have sales legalised.

"The ministry will not support the legalisation of e-cigarettes," he said.

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John Pritchard from 22nd Century Group talks about the Chicago rollout of VLN cigarettes, FDA-authorized combustible cigarettes that claim to help people smoke less.

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The debate over the safety and efficacy of electronic cigarettes demands strong and accurate evidence by the scientific community. The growing body of knowledge on alternative nicotine delivery systems and the potential benefits for human health if compared to conventional cigarettes pushed researchers to analyze ecig liquids, which differ in nicotine percentages, type and flavors. [...]

By testing some liquids sold in Italy and present also in foreign markets, Coehar researchers analyzed four different e-liquids (flavored with different varieties of tobacco) by Dreamods.

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Until recently, few people would have mentioned the words “tobacco” and “innovation” in the same sentence. Even as other legacy industries started disrupting their respective operations, the tobacco industry remained content to milk its tried-and-tested business model and count on the habit-forming properties of nicotine to sustain its business.

That has changed dramatically over the past 15 years. Advances in technology, together with shifting attitudes, have turned the once-staid nicotine business into a cutting-edge innovator. [...]

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The 15% import duty imposed on nicotine gum products should be lowered or total exemption provided, as the products help smokers to quit smoking, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.

He said the Health Ministry currently received many complaints from pharmacies that bring in nicotine gum products regarding the introduction of import duty and would raise the issue with the Royal Malaysian Customs Department and the treasury.

Last Monday, a media portal reported that the Customs Department would be imposing a 15% import duty on every kilogramme of nicotine gum effective June 1. Nicotine gum products are medical products used by smokers to help them to quit smoking. 

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Colorado lawmakers are attempting to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vapor products under the auspice of “protecting the children.” It’s laudable to reduce youth use of age-restricted products, but a ban on all flavored tobacco and vapor products disregards data indicating youth are not overwhelmingly using combustible tobacco products. This could lead to more harm than good and ultimately fails to address why youth use vapor products.

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Smoker rights groups yesterday protested outside the legislature in Taipei against a proposal to ban e-cigarettes.

Holding signs that read: “Consumers have rights, too,” “Give me the freedom to choose” and “Do not force me to smoke cigarettes,” protesters said the government should not impose a blanket prohibition against e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs).

The government must respect the rights of smokers, they said, adding that it should offer people choices, instead of instituting an outright ban.

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The official website of China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration issued a number of documents on April 15, stipulating guidelines for the production, wholesale, retail and traceability of electronic cigarettes.

According to the new rules, when applying for a production license, an e-cigarette manufacturer should possess the necessary capital, technology and equipment and meet the requirements of the national e-cigarette industry policy.

Enterprises that have obtained the license for tobacco wholesale can operate within the e-cigarette industry with the approval of relevant departments. [...]

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The Malaysian Vape Industry Advocacy (MVIA) today urged the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) to extend the deadline for vape devices to comply with SIRIM standards.

MVIA also urges KPDNHEP to review and refresh the standards to align with international practices.

MVIA's comments came following KPDNHEP's move to gazette the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking) of Electronic Cigarette Devices Order 2022 under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011, requiring all vape devices to undergo testing and apply for SIRIM certification by 3rd August 2022.

 

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Social media platforms have become a popular avenue for young people to get their hands on the oral tobacco product snus.

With the exception of Sweden, the sale of snus is banned across the EU, including in Finland.

The most recent School Health Promotion study found that up to 43 percent of students in grades 10-12 and 67 percent of vocational school students have used a tobacco product at least once last year, with snus becoming increasingly popular.

The survey also showed that roughly one in three snus users got hold of the product via social media platforms.

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President Biden on March 15 signed into law a massive $1.5 trillion spending bill containing a range of spending priorities. Tucked away in this bill is a small provision that allows the Food and Drug Administration to expand what is considered a “tobacco product” to include synthetic nicotine. This change specifically allows the FDA — under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act — to regulate all lab-made nicotine products.

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It is difficult to have a balanced scientific debate on tobacco harm reduction in Australia. Pro-vaping views are often rejected by Australian medical journals. 

Responsible scientific journals should present both sides of an issue to allow a proper discussion

recent article published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health on how to manage tobacco dependence in Australia totally omitted any role for tobacco harm reduction. I wrote a letter to the editor arguing that THR should be included in the national approach. The letter was rejected.

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One might hope the plunge in teen vaping and near eradication of teen smoking would prompt Health Canada and the federal government to slow their campaign to restrict adult access and choice to nicotine vaping products.
But this is clearly not the case, the outlook for vaping in Canada may be growing worse.
Joining us today to discuss the compounding threats to the Canadian vaping industry is Daniel David, president of VITA, the Vaping Industry Trade Association of Canada and Meshaila Sinnis, VITA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.

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Many physicians incorrectly believe all tobacco products are equally harmful and thus are less likely to recommend e-cigarettes for people seeking to quit smoking or those being treated for a tobacco-caused disease, according to a Rutgers study.

 

About 480,000 people die each year in the United States from smoking tobacco. Although the Food and Drug Administration has not approved e-cigarettes as a cessation device, many people ask their physicians about using them as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes or as a way to help them stop smoking. E-cigarettes use a heated liquid containing nicotine.

 

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A study published April 15 in JAMA Network Open found that more and more US patients who smoke are asking their doctors about e-cigarettes—and that, as a result, more and more physicians are recommending them. This is the case even though a majority of doctors remain misinformed about the basics of tobacco harm reduction. [...] “Patient prompting—that is, the patient asking their physician about e-cigarettes—was associated with an increased likelihood to recommend e-cigarettes,” Dr. Cristine Delnevo, the lead author of the JAMA paper, told Filter. [...]

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The 108 percent tax increase on nicotine pouches will deprive Kenyan smokers of their best chance to kick their deadly habit, the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA) warns [...] In the Finance Bill, Treasury CS Ukur Yatani revealed plans to more than double the excise on tobacco-free nicotine pouches from Shs 1,200 to Shs 1,500 per kg. The average tax increase for excisable goods was 10 percent with nicotine pouches being the only product hit with a 108% increase.

“Prohibitive taxes on nicotine pouches and e-cigarettes are putting these safer options out of reach of millions of smokers who are desperate to quit,” says CASA chairman Joe Magero.