On June 23, 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration announced that all Juul products must be removed from US markets. [...] According to the FDA, the decision was a precautionary response due to a lack of “sufficient evidence regarding the toxicological profile of the products” to ensure protection of public health. The FDA also noted that it hadn’t received any information suggesting Juul products were an “immediate hazard.”
@The_BDJ (British Dental Journal) letter on vaping erosive potential.
Dr Richard Holliday: “An important part of the peer review process is to constructively challenge errors and misrepresentations in published papers”.
According to the FDA, the decision was a precautionary response due to a lack of “sufficient evidence regarding the toxicological profile of the products” to ensure protection of public health. The FDA also noted that it hadn’t received any information suggesting Juul products were an “immediate hazard.”
In the announcement, FDA commissioner Robert M. Califf commented on the effects Juul products have had on youth vaping. And this decision comes at a time when some have hoped that a new ban on Juul products and other e-cigarettes for adults would help reduce vaping by teens.
An expert adviser on the regulatory regime around vapes warned today that convenience stores and other retailers must expect much closer scrutiny in the wake of the Khan review into smoking. All eyes are on the vaping sector since Dr Javed Khan OBE urged the government to embrace vaping as the most effective tool to help people quit smoking, says the managing director of Arcus Compliance. Dr Khan cautioned that vapes are not a ‘silver bullet’ and not totally risk-free but pointed out that (...)
Young people are able to access vapes through easily accessible black market channels with unknown long term health effects.
In some instances children as young as 14 say they have become addicted to nicotine despite government efforts to heavily restrict the accessibility of vapes.
Many tobacconists across Australia now sell disposable vapes under the counter and delivery services have sprung up on social media in many cases directly targeting young people.
A Comprehensive Review of youth vaping in the US has concluded that the harm from vaping is greatly exaggerated and that vaping is unlikely to be causing an increase in youth smoking. The review by leading researcher Professor Riccardo Polosa and colleagues was published today in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The review is a timely response to the regular alarmist media reports and government campaigns on vaping in Australia which have increased fears and misinformed the public. There is a strong pattern of Australian media stories focussing on (...)
“Tobacco harm reduction: Here for good“ was the theme of this year’s Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) conference, which took place in Warsaw June 16–18, 2022. Around 50 speakers and panelists discussed the issues that will determine the future of safer nicotine use and tobacco harm reduction (THR). [...] Two hundred years after the first snus brand was launched in Sweden and almost 20 years after the Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik invented the modern electronic cigarette, THR continues to face challenges. [...]
The FDA has ordered Juul to stop selling its electronic cigarette (popularly known as the Juul), the most effective technology ever devised for inducing smokers to quit. The agency is also proposing to limit the amount of nicotine in traditional cigarettes, an approach that has failed in the past to wean smokers off their habit—and would perversely induce them to get their nicotine in more dangerous ways, either by smoking more cigarettes or by buying full-strength ones on the black market.
There are calls for state governments to crack down on black market vaping after 4 Corners exposed a thriving business on social media. Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association founding chairman Dr Colin Mendelsohn told Liam Bartlett on 6PR Mornings you needed a prescription for vaping but there was a huge trade happening on the black market. “Dodgy products are being imported illegally into Australia … and being sold freely to kids, and there’s no quality control or concerns for the needs of the kids.
Bangladesh was the first developing country to sign the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in 2003. Two years later, in 2005, the government had passed the Tobacco Products (Control) Act in 2005, which was revised and amended in 2013.
Sadly, following in the footsteps of neighbouring India, in 2019, a Bangladeshi health official had announced that in response to increasing concerns about vaping, a plan to ban the products was underway. The officials added that the ban was to be incorporated in the new tobacco control policy, being drawn up by the government.
June, National Candy Month, is described by the National Confectioners Association as “a time to celebrate the authentic, fun treats that candy companies have been producing for more than 100 years.” What many people may not know is that candy has been used for years as a means to help people quit smoking.
Today, millions of Americans use flavors mimicking such sweet treats to remain smoke-free. Candy and candy flavors aren’t new to the efforts to help people stop smoking (...)
Kenya can learn from new research which shows there is no clear association between the implementation of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) tobacco control measures and low levels of tobacco-related mortality, according to the Campaign for Safer Alternatives.
The independent study by Dr. Lars M. Ramström was launched at the ninth annual Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) in Warsaw. The study found (…)
Nicotine is an addictive substance; it is THE addictive substance in tobacco, although tobacco’s combustion products are responsible for most of its adverse health effects. Nicotine has been in the news a lot between the plan to remove JUUL, a nicotine delivery system from the market, and the FDA proposal to require cigarettes to have lower nicotine levels. I asked myself a simple question for which I did not have a ready answer, what amount of nicotine is necessary to get you addicted – what dose makes the poison?
Joining us today for a deep dive into the impact of FDA’s Juul ban and to discuss how the War on Vaping harms consumers is Alex Clark, CEO of CASAA, the national consumer advocacy organization for smoke-free alternatives.
It’s claimed just one in ten vapes bought in Australia have been acquired through the prescription model, according to the CEO of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores. Retail leaders and cancer experts say the black market trade is rife, calling on the federal government for action. “It is absolute chaos,” Theo Foukkare said on 3AW Drive. “We have a catastrophic failure in the previous federal government’s policy that is driving the black market.”
Juul's U.S. e-cigarette ban could pave the way for Altria, one of its largest investors, to pursue other vaping product makers or go it alone, Wall Street analysts said on Friday.
Despite regulators highlighting the risks of vaping, analysts say e-cigarettes are key to the nicotine industry's future, with JP Morgan analysts expecting the $11-billion U.S. retail market to double in size by 2030.
Altria, like other tobacco majors, has therefore been investing in smokeless options, including snus and snuff, amid a broader crackdown on the use of cigarettes due to health risks.
The concept of harm reduction refers to programs and practices aimed at minimizing the health and social impacts that are associated with the use of harmful products, such as cigarettes. Dr. David Khayat, the former president of France’s National Cancer Institute and head of medical oncology at the Clinique Bizet in Paris, is one of the most respected and forceful voices who opposes what he says are ineffective peremptory slogans like ‘quit smoking or die’. “As a doctor, I cannot accept ‘stop or die’ as the only choice offered to a patient who smokes,” Dr. Khayat has previously explained, while emphasizing that the scientific community should (...)
Concerned over the rising use of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) among Cambodian youth and the health risks these products pose, the Ministry of Education on Friday issued guidelines to prevent the sale and use of these products in public and private educational institutions. According to the ministry’s directive issued by Minister Hang Chuon Naron, the guidelines aim to prevent the use of e-cigarettes and HTPs as they are dangerous to people’s health and pose the risk of heart and lung disease and the long-term impact on brain development in children and youths.
Like any tobacco product, e-cigarettes are not full-stop safe. Experts widely agree that no one who is not currently smoking should start vaping. But for those who already smoke, current studies suggest e-cigarettes can be a less-dangerous way to consume nicotine, potentially providing a bridge between lethal cigarettes and quitting nicotine entirely. “Juul is the most thoroughly researched #ecig in history,” Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences at Pennsylvania State University, tweeted after the FDA’s decision came out. “Banning this lifesaving escape route from smoking because some ‘potentially harmful chemicals’ may leach from some pods is a bit like locking the door to the fire escape because the steps may be slippery.”
In countries where e-cigarettes, and novel nicotine products in general, are gaining traction, there has been a noticeable downwards trend in traditional cigarette smoking, says Bing Du, co-founder and CEO at RELX International.
“This correlation indicates that when e-cigarette uptake among adult smokers increases, traditional cigarette smoking goes down,” he told Khaleej Times. “When we look at countries such as the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and many others, we can clearly see an upwards pattern of e-cigarette adoption versus a decline in traditional cigarettes use.”