Although it’s a relatively new market, the global e-cigarette and vape sector was already worth US$ 18.1 billion (EUR 18.6 billion) in 2021 and this year is projected to reach US$ 22.4 billion. The US leads the market with sales at around US$ 7.5 billion. It’s estimated the worldwide market will grow 30% by 2030.
Let those stats sink in for a moment – on International E-waste Day. Bear in mind we’re talking about a mostly disposable waste stream that includes aroma and nicotine cartridges, a metal mouthpiece, heating element and, of course, (lithium-ion) batteries. Depending on how much you smoke or, sorry, vape, a single cartridge lasts for about 200-400 puffs.
Snus, nicotine sachets which are consumed orally, is becoming increasingly popular among the Belgian youth, worrying health experts. [...] While this product is illegal in Belgium, the tobacco industry has circumvented the laws preventing its sale by manufacturing a tobacco-free version, a purely nicotine pouch, which is causing alarm as it is becoming very popular with young people here. "For a smoker, it's a way to do without tobacco by lowering the cancer risk factor," explains Adrien Meunier, a tobacconist from Liège. “But for young people there are other risks.”
The lengths to which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is prepared to go to mislead the public was laid bare on October 6 during an astonishing zoom call to announce the results of the latest data on youth vaping. Convened to launch the taxpayer-funded CDC publication, “Notes from the Field: E-cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students,” stakeholders logged in to learn of the long-awaited new figures. However, CDC Press Officer Robin Scala seemed unhappy that some were in attendance and, describing the event as a briefing for CDC “partners” only, requested all unapproved attendees to leave.
On Oct. 6, the FDA marked the release of preliminary 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) results with a press release. A large part of that document was dedicated to playing up the agency’s get-tough approach to disposable vapes, and specifically highlighted new actions taken against Puff Bar importers and the manufacturer of Hyde disposables.
Hyde was named as the sixth most popular vape brand (7.3 percent) among vaping middle and high school students who listed a brand in their NYTS responses, according to the authors of the CDC report released last week. [...]
BAT has conducted an innovative cross-sectional clinical study of Veloi, which is designed to provide new insights into the real-world health impact of its modern oral nicotine pouch product compared to smoking. Protocol details explaining the design have been published in the journal JMIR Research Protocols.
The study evaluates exposure to certain toxicants and early indicators associated with smoking-related disease in people who have been exclusively using Velo for over six months and compares them with groups of smokers, former smokers, and never-smokers.
The WA Cancer Council is leading a push to "revitalise tobacco control" in the state by proposing halving the number of retailers and banning the sale of e-cigarettes, among other measures. WA Cancer Council president Ruth Shean said tobacco control in WA had benefited greatly from a strong commitment by the state government.
"However, there are more than 200,000 West Australians still smoking," Dr Shean said. "Our goal is to halve smoking rates in WA by 2030, but it requires all tiers of government to work together to implement an evidence-based, comprehensive approach."
Nicotine vapes contain no tobacco but are routinely called “tobacco products.” A 2019 lung disease outbreak is still known as “EVALI” (e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury), when nicotine vapes had nothing to do with it. The war of disinformation against tobacco harm reduction relies on a host of inaccurate and outright misleading terms that leave the public asking, “Make it make sense.”
While e-cigarette products have managed to evade regulatory oversight under South Africa’s Tobacco Products Control Act, the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, which Cabinet has approved for submission to Parliament, seeks to bring vaping products into the regulatory fold, in addition to tightening up on restrictions on tobacco cigarettes. The long-awaited bill, approved for submission to Parliament on 21 September, will repeal the Tobacco Products Control Act of 1993 and seeks to align the country’s public health measures with the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Cabinet said.
The AMA attended a roundtable hosted by Health Minister Mark Butler in Adelaide late last month to discuss current tobacco control regulatory settings in Australia and the emerging harms and increased uptake of e-cigarettes.
The roundtable was comprised of public health experts, academics and leaders on tobacco control including Professor Emily Banks, Professor Tom Calma, Professor Simon Chapman, A/Professor Becky Freeman, Maurice Swanson and Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin.
The Scottish Government is currently tightening the rules on advertising and promoting vaping products, which cannot legally be sold to under-18s. However many use fruit and sweet flavours appealing to children, and schools are confiscating increasing numbers from pupils.
Marketed by the tobacco industry as alternatives to smoking for adults giving up, there are fears vapes are instead becoming an introduction to nicotine products for children.
President Biden’s pardon of people convicted of a federal crime for simple marijuana possession is a long-overdue step to rectify policies that have disproportionately impacted communities of color. But the push for decriminalization should not be misinterpreted as signaling that marijuana is safe for everyone or that recreational use — especially among youths — ought to be normalized. The dominant narrative about marijuana seems to be that it is harmless. Indeed, 19 states and D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana, and young people are increasingly nonchalant about using it. [...]
In August 2019, an outbreak of “e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury” (EVALI) prompted many states and health organizations to warn against the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, due to the presumed link between e-cigarette use and the illness. However, it was later shown that vitamin E acetate, a component of some illicit vaporizable THC products, was the causative agent in this outbreak. We conducted a series of cross-sectional surveys of the websites of all state departments of health to determine how they communicated the risk of e-cigarette use during and after the EVALI outbreak. [...]
According to a new study by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaping remains common for teenagers. The study estimates more than 2.5 million middle school and high school students used E-cigarettes this year. Of the teens who used e-cigarettes, more than one quarter of them reportedly were using daily. Nearly 85% of teens who vape say they use flavored E-cigarettes. I spoke with WISH-TV’s medical expert and former U.S. Surgeon General about this report.
After the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed a massive decline in youth vaping, officials at the government agencies that conduct the annual NYTS went out of their way to explain that the results couldn’t be trusted because half of the students took the survey online from home, rather than in school.
What will the CDC and FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) use as an excuse this year, when overall numbers of school-age vapers barely increased from 2021? High school and middle school vaping in 2022 remained well below even the levels seen in 2020, which themselves represented a 29 percent decline from the 2019 teen vaping peak.
Tobacco is a leading cause of disease. It is estimated that it kills half of its consumers. Over a million additional deaths result from exposure to second hand smoke. Countries around the world are moving towards stricter regulation of tobacco products in compliance with their obligation to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In 2018 South Africa published a tobacco control bill that sought to better regulate the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.[...] Ina Skosana speaks to Catherine Egbe, a lead researcher on South Africa’s Global Adult Smoking Survey, about the latest developments.
New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has found that the use of vaping products rather than smoking leads to a substantial reduction in exposure to toxicants that promote cancer, lung disease and cardiovascular disease. The report reviewed many aspects of vaping, including who is vaping and what products, the effects on health (both absolute and compared with smoking) and public perceptions of harm. The authors examined studies of biomarkers of exposure [...] as well as biomarkers of potential harm (measures of biological changes in the body) due to vaping or smoking.
New York City’s crisp autumn air has a distinct scent to it, and this year that scent is weed. Many of the city streets have a fresh look to them, too — marijuana and cannabis products are for sale, out in the open, everywhere. New York legalized recreational marijuana in the spring of 2021, but the state is still in the process of doling out licenses to legally sell it, which makes the situation ... confusing.
So I recently treated myself to a little NYC cannabis secret shopping-reporting tour to try to figure out what was going on. [...]
Local tobacco manufacturers say they are worried that the new bill aimed at curbing smoking could have the opposite effect.
The Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill seeks to change where people can smoke and how cigarettes are packaged.
But there are fears that tighter regulations could also see the legitimate tobacco industry go up in flames.
Independent tobacco manufacturers in the country believe that over-regulating the tobacco industry could impact the economy, leading to possible job losses and gives more power to the black market.
“It’s vaping advocates who first raised concerns about the proliferation of dairies becoming specialist vape retailers (SVRs). New Zealand’s Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s (ARFNZ) latest round of public scaremongering is not helpful,” says Nancy Loucas, co-founder of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA). “Not one Kiwi has reportedly died from vaping, yet 5,000 die every year from smoking-related illnesses. Despite this, the ARFNZ continues to obsess about the most effective smoking cessation tool we have. Its latest media beat up doesn’t help one Kiwi quit tobacco nor help New Zealand achieve Smokefree Aotearoa 2025,” she says.
Is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration intentionally trying to wreck the U.S. nicotine vaping industry?
It’s a fair question to ask, considering every regulatory action the FDA has taken toward nicotine vaping products appears myopic and prohibitionist. And these actions are causing significant damage to the lives of people who vape and smoke.
Amanda Wheeler and Greg Conley from the American Vapor Manufacturers Association are joining us to discuss the never-ending saga of the FDA’s war on vaping. We take a deep dive into FDA’s dysfunctional PMTA process, the damage caused by years of misinformation, the continuing destruction of U.S. vape businesses, [...]