This month the principal architect of America’s nicotine policy regulation, Mitch Zeller, will retire as head of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. His career highlight might be the arbitrary outlawing of nearly all nicotine vaping products, which are the single most effective smoking cessation method ever devised.
But that’s just Mr. Zeller’s latest ignominy. Back the frame out and behold the carnival of policy ineptitude that has marked his tenure as tobacco czar.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, for the first time in 20 years, cigarette sales are rising. That reverses a downward trend that had seen its steepest decline during the emergence of nicotine vaping.
Despite a ban on indoor smoking, Greece remains among the countries with the highest smoking rates in the world, although there has been a significant decrease compared to a few years ago, the chief executive of tobacco giant Philip Morris International, Jacek Olczak, tells Kathimerini in an interview.
Olczak says that the ideal for smokers, over 1 billion worldwide, would be to quit smoking altogether, but as the indications so far show that they will not, the most “pragmatic approach” is to use products that eliminate combustion, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
China's market regulator on Tuesday (Apr 12) unveiled technical standards for e-cigarettes which will go into effect starting Oct 1.
In a public document, the State Administration for Market Regulation listed the requirements for design, chemical compounds, and the mechanics for e-cigarettes that domestic manufacturers must meet in order to sell their products.
The release of the standards marks another milestone for China's e-cigarette industry.
State-level vaping bans are associated with increases in cigarette sales, according to new research. The study, published in the scientific journal Value in Health, adds to a growing body of evidence that prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes has potentially driven more and more people away from safer nicotine alternatives and back to smoking. They found that an additional 3.4 million cigarette packs were sold through convenience stores across the three states during a three-month study period.
Previous analyses of the effect of e-cigarettes on real world smoking cessation success have mostly been based on surveys undertaken in the US and UK where nicotine e-cigarettes can be readily obtained. In Australia, regulations have made obtaining e-cigarettes containing nicotine difficult. The effectiveness of e-cigarette use as a smoking cessation aid in Australia might therefore be lower than survey-based estimates published to date. This study aimed to estimate the effect of using e-cigarettes for a smoking cessation attempt on past-year smoking cessation success in Australia.
The government last month unveiled plans to ensure that future generations are tobacco-free by banning the sale of cigarettes and other nicotine products to anyone born after 2010.
People under 18 are not legally allowed to purchase cigarettes under current Danish laws, so although the ban would not have an effect for six years, it would prevent people born after 2010 from ever buying cigarettes.
But the Danish plan now looks unlikely in its current form because EU member states may not forbid the sale of tobacco, according to a response given to a parliamentary question by the health minister, Magnus Heunicke.
The first Australian real-world study of vaping nicotine has found that using e-cigarettes to quit increased the odds of success by 68%-124% compared to not using a vape. The results suggest vaping may be more effective than NRT and other stop smoking medications.
The study published in the journal Addiction today, included 1,601 smokers in the 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey who had attempted to quit in the previous 12 months. Successful quitting was defined as self-reported abstinence of at least 4 weeks.
This week CEI joined a coalition of groups urging Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf not to prohibit synthetic nicotine (read the full letter here). Slipped into the omnibus spending package that President Biden signed in late March was a measure giving the FDA the authority to regulate synthetic nicotine as a tobacco product.
Though presented as a seemingly reasonable measure aimed at preventing e-cigarette businesses from bypassing existing regulations, it would act as a de facto ban on the use of synthetic nicotine. [...]
Recent studies have confirmed that cigarette smoking can aggravate COVID-19 symptoms in patients and can lead to deaths due to health complications. Despite this, anti-smoking campaigns and the threat of the novel coronavirus failed to change people’s behavior. Some smokers have even switched to vaping, thinking that it is healthier and safer.
Three patients shared their COVID journey and how they recovered successfully. While all cases are related to smoking, they differed in their post-recovery behaviors. One quit smoking entirely, the other is still smoking, but trying to quit, while the third is not even a smoker.
Something remarkable is happening in Japan; combustible cigarette use is disappearing. And, with the right policies in place, this collapse in deadly cigarette use can happen in every country.
Japan Tobacco International’s third-quarter results for 2021 showed that domestic sales of cigarettes in Japan had fallen by 8.2 percent during the previous year, which followed an 8.9 percent decline in the preceding quarter.
A foretaste of this phenomenon was seen in 2018, with the Financial Times reporting that Philip Morris’ heated tobacco product, IQOS, was laying waste to cigarette sales in Japan. [...]
Malaysia’s long-time ban on the sale of vaping products is set to end, saving thousands of lives every year, says leading local advocacy group MOVE (Malaysian Organization of Vape Entities). Taking effect on 3 August, the regulation of vaping devices precedes the imminent legalization of vape sales. It follows years of campaigning by MOVE and other Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) supporters. The Malaysian Government has now moved to gazette the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking) of Electronic Cigarette Devices Order 2022 under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011.
Business leaders are floating two of Tasmania's poorest areas for a vaping trial, despite a review for the federal government finding e-cigarettes pose a serious health risk.
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tasmanian Small Business Council on Thursday said the state's smoking rate of 17.6 per cent was the second highest in the country and new ideas were needed to bring it down. "There is considerable evidence internationally that nicotine vaping and e-cigarettes are not only significantly less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but they are also very effective smoking cessation aids," the organisations said.
Altria Group Inc. is expecting to finalize development work by the end of this year on two novel nicotine products that could be submitted to federal regulators for approval soon after that, as the nation’s top tobacco company continues to push into alternatives to the conventional cigarettes that still produce most of its sales, the company top’s executive said on Wednesday.
“We know that cigarettes are dangerous and addictive,” said William F. “Billy” Gifford, Altria’s chief executive officer, [...] “And we know that the No. 1 expectation that society has for us as a company is to reduce the harm associated with cigarettes.
Researchers at the Australian National University published a detailed report [..] on vaping for the federal Health Department. As expected, the report Electronic cigarettes and health outcomes: systematic review of global evidence, delivered what the paymaster wanted and is seriously flawed. The report exaggerates the risks and potential risks of vaping and fails to compare them to the far greater risks of smoking. It makes unsubstantiated claims of harm and downplays the effectiveness of vaping as a quitting aid.
Packed with nicotine and sold in a myriad of kid-appealing flavors, e-cigarettes, or vapes, remain the tobacco products most commonly used by young people. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made it one of our top priorities to reduce youth use of these products. But in recent years, some in the e-cigarette industry have responded to our efforts by trying to skirt federal regulation.
In one instance, after receiving a warning letter from the FDA, the maker of the e-cigarette brand most popular with kids removed its products from the market, only to then resume selling its products by claiming to now be using a chemical form of nicotine not derived from tobacco.
The growing use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, in Australia poses a "serious public health risk" and threatens to introduce a new generation to smoking.
That's according to the authors of a major new government report into the health effects of e-cigarettes, which found vaping can be harmful, particularly for non-smokers and young people. [...] "We reviewed the global evidence in order to support informed choices on vaping for Australia," said review lead author Emily Banks from the Australian National University's National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.
"The evidence shows e-cigarettes carry significant harms." [...]
There’s always a certain schadenfreude to be enjoyed when lawmakers – even, or perhaps especially, with the best of intentions – fail to look ahead properly and so end up falling foul of the law themselves. The law, that is, of unintended consequences.
Take the curious case currently unfolding in the US state of Colorado, where a no-doubt well-meaning ballot measure enthusiastically taken up by voters just 18 months ago now has Assembly members tied up in a knot of their own making.
On the outskirts of Dallas, Texas, at an unassuming warehouse, two young men in scrubs carefully weigh out liquid nicotine. All they do is measure, actually. They move back and forth in a clean room, a carefully engineered space intended to keep out unwanted airborne particles. It almost sounds windy when you open the door.
A computer spits out what they need—this much propylene glycol, this much vegetable glycerin, this much flavoring—before the e-liquid barrel moves onto a gyroscopic mixer. [...]
Most market research firms combine traditional smokeless tobacco products, such as moist, loose chew and snus, with the more recent newcomer segment of modern oral nicotine, including the highly popular nicotine pouches. From an analysis point of view, that appears to be a beneficial pairing because it makes the segment a strong leader among the collection of all other tobacco products (OTPs).
Per IRI convenience store data for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 26, 2021, dollar sales for the overall smokeless subcategory grew by almost 6% in U.S. convenience stores. Plus, Nielsen noted the combination accounts for 11% of the total tobacco/nicotine category.
U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin [...] spoke by phone with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf about the agency’s delay in comprehensively regulating the e-cigarette marketplace to protect public health. During today’s call, Durbin urged new Commissioner Califf to finally conclude FDA’s review of premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) for e-cigarette products, now seven months past the court-ordered deadline for the review. While FDA has reviewed nearly seven million PMTAs it received, the agency has yet to act on e-cigarette products most often used by children, including JUUL.