Foodstuffs NZ and Z Energy are lobbying the Government to drop a proposed immediate limit to the number of retailers able to sell tobacco products in an amendment bill deemed world-leading smoking legislation.
But the Cancer Society NZ says maintaining the thousands of tobacco retailers across the country will significantly hinder New Zealand's Smokefree 2025 aim.
The health select committee today heard public submissions on the bill, which would mean people aged 14 and under would never be able to legally buy tobacco and dramatically reduce nicotine levels.
For those under the age of 18, it’s illegal to purchase e-cigarettes (also called vapes) in the U.S. But that hasn’t stopped underage individuals from using the product. In fact, according to a 2021 survey from The National Institute on Drug Abuse, 13.4% of eighth graders, 22.8% of 10th graders and 31.4% of 12th graders reported vaping in the last year.
Vaping among kids and teens is a trend that’s raised serious public health concerns. In 2019, the American Medical Association and other public health organizations issued a statement urging the U.S. government to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market. [...]
While implementing Sweden’s new regulations for nicotine products has been a breeze for retailers, a lack of detail in new guidelines from the public health agency has created uncertainty for manufacturers.
The new law, which was approved by Sweden’s parliament in June and came into force on August 1st, had been watched closely as early drafts contained a proposed ban on flavoured e-cigarettes. While the flavour ban was dropped, the new rules include a number of tougher restrictions on the marketing and sales of tobacco-free nicotine products.
Tobacco heating products (THPs) have reduced emissions of toxicants compared with cigarette smoke, and as they expose user to lower levels than smoking, have for a role to play in tobacco harm reduction. One key concern of Public Health is that new tobacco and nicotine products should not be more addictive than cigarettes. To assess their abuse liability, we determined nicotine pharmacokinetics and subjective effects of two THPs compared with conventional cigarettes and a nicotine replacement therapy (Nicotine inhaler). [...]
Cereal and milk or toast with avocado sounds like perfect breakfast pairs but for many people, their favorite combo is coffee with a cigarette. Why?
A study from the University of Florida in Gainesville may finally have an answer.
Researchers found that certain chemical compounds in roasted coffee beans may help ease the effects of morning nicotine cravings. The study authors were able to identify two coffee compounds that appear to directly affect highly sensitive nicotine receptors in the brain. For smokers, these receptors are often more sensitive after a long night without nicotine.
The EU Commission (EC) has just announced the registration of a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) titled 'Call to achieve a tobacco-free environment and the first European tobacco-free generation by 2030', which urges the commission to ban the sales of tobacco and nicotine products to anyone born after 2010. Discussing this announcement in a press release, director of the World Vapers’ Alliance (WVA) Michael Landl, said that this initiative is a clear example of the rife misinformation circulating about vaping. “This initiative shows the widespread misinformation about different nicotine products. We can’t have a one-size fits all approach on very different products. [...]
In less than 24 months, nicotine pouches are back on the Kenyan market after British American Tobacco (BAT), the biggest manufacturer in Kenya, lobbied government authorities for their reintroduction. Meanwhile, the tobacco manufacturer continues to push for the opening of its $2.5m nicotine manufacturing plant in Nairobi.
Confidential documents seen by The Africa Report show that BAT Kenya Plc imported ten tonnes of Velo – the new name for the nicotine pouches in Kenya, and the name given to the product in other countries – from South Africa in July 2022, and has already ordered additional supplies, which are expected to arrive in the country by the end of August.
A record 4.3 million people are actively vaping in Britain after a fivefold increase in a decade, according to a report.
Some 8.3% of adults in England, Wales and Scotland are now believed to be regular vapers - up from 1.7% (about 800,000 people) 10 years ago. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), which compiled the report, said a "revolution" had occurred.
E-cigarettes allow people to inhale nicotine rather than smoke.
The NHS says they carry "a small fraction of the risk of cigarettes" because they don't produce tar or carbon monoxide.
Past research shows that smoking has a negative impact on a person’s blood vesselsTrusted Source — more than 30% of deathsTrusted Source from coronary heart disease occur from active smoking or secondhand smokeTrusted Source exposure. Now, researchers from Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, have found evidence suggesting that smoking not only impacts a person’s blood vessels but also weakens the structure of the heart itself, impacting how well it functions.
Proposition 31 on the Nov. 8 ballot would uphold contested legislation — Senate Bill 793 — which would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide except for hookah tobacco, loose leaf tobacco and premium cigars. The legislation was signed into law in 2020 but stayed pending this veto referendum. Here, two essays explore two sides of the issue.
It might seem incongruous, but new research suggests that teens who engage in more physical activity may vape more frequently than their less active peers.
In the study, high schoolers who reported being physically active had a higher risk of using vaping products than their peers who were active just one day a week or less. When compared to their less active peers, teens who reported engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity four to five days per week were 23% more likely to use a vaping product. Teenagers were 11% more likely to use such products if they reported being active two to three days per week.
Philip Morris International, the world’s biggest multinational tobacco company, is drastically misleading consumers about the amount of nicotine in its range of Iqos heated tobacco products, developed by the company as a “better” alternative to cigarettes. In some promotional material, and to Bureau staff posing as consumers, Philip Morris International (PMI) has claimed there is 0.5mg of nicotine in each tobacco stick, but new research conducted by the Bureau has revealed the actual figure is more than eight times higher.
Henrico County’s Altria Group Inc. advertises on its website that it is “moving beyond smoking,” although the owner of Philip Morris USA still is one of the world’s largest producers of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Now the 6,000-employee, $26 billion corporation may have to move beyond smoking more quickly than it anticipated.
As part of the Biden administration’s cancer moonshot initiative, which aims to cut U.S. cancer deaths by 50% during the next 25 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it plans to limit the amount of nicotine in cigarettes “to minimally addictive or nonaddictive levels.” [...]
New research has found the majority of Queenslanders think e-cigarettes are highly addictive, vaping should be banned in many public places and vape advertising should not be allowed on social media. The findings come as the state government is criticised by doctors who have jointly awarded Queensland and Victoria this year's "Dirty Ashtray Award", for what they say is a failure to licence tobacco retailers and combat the sale of e-cigarettes to children.
Submissions to the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill have closed, with Parliament’s Health Select Committee now tasked with reviewing public feedback.
The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) says one aspect of the legislation that Crown Law will need to scrutinize closely is the Government’s proposed generational tobacco ban.
The bill limits the number of retailers able to sell smoked tobacco products, aims to make tobacco products less appealing and addictive, and prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone born in 2009 or after.
The prospect of a potential on sales of Juul Labs e-cigarettes in the U.S. has helped accelerate the market share gains of R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co.’s Vuse brand, reports the Winston-Salem Journal.
According to the latest Nielsen analysis of convenience store data, which covers the four-week period ending Aug. 13, Vuse’s market share rose from 37.4 percent in the previous report to 39 percent compared with Juul declining from 30.7 percent to 29.4 percent.
Meanwhile, No. 3 Njoy dropped 3 percent to 2.9 percent while Fontem Ventures’ blu e-cigarettes slipped from 1.7 percent to 1.6 percent.
The government has affirmed its stance against vaping, saying e-cigarettes are affecting the health of vapers of whom more than half are considered youths. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stressed the need to continue banning e-cigarette imports to protect youths from vaping health risks when he spoke at a national conference on cigarettes and public health held in Bangkok on Monday. A survey conducted by the National Statistical Office of Thailand last year found more than half of the about 80,000 e-cigarette smokers in Thailand were people aged 15 to 24.
A federal appeals court this week sided with several companies whose applications to sell nicotine vaping products in a variety of flavors were rejected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown noted yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that the FDA's decisions were "arbitrary and capricious" because the agency ignored marketing and age-verification plans aimed at preventing underage vaping. But as Judge Robin Rosenbaum noted in her dissent, the manufacturers' victory probably will be short-lived, because the FDA seems dead set against allowing the sale of vaping products in flavors other than tobacco.
The Macau parliament yesterday (Monday) approved an amendment to the law on smoking prevention and control that prohibits the manufacture, distribution, import, export and transport in and out of the SAR of electronic cigarettes.
The law provides for penalties of MOP4,000 (US$500) for individuals, with a fine of between MOP20,000 and MOP200,000 for companies.
Although the proposal was unanimously approved, during the debate in the Legislative Assembly, several members said that the government should go further, and impose a total ban on electronic cigarettes.
The letter to Minister for Health and Aged Care the Hon. Mark Butler MP was sent earlier this week and addressed serious issues with the current Nicotine Vaping Products (NVP) regulations.
In the letter Professor Robson outlined the health risks associated with vaping, which is increasing among adolescents and young adults and is a gateway to cigarette smoking. Vaping can also cause harmful effects such as seizures, nicotine poisoning and E-cigarette Associated Lung Injury.
Professor Robson said the long-term health impacts are not yet known and said legislation enacted on 1 October last year needed to be made stronger.