Disposable vapes are to Juul what TikTok is to Vine: wildly more successful despite being virtually the same in every way. And like Vines, Juuls could be about to go the way of the dinosaurs.
Pity Marlboro cigarette maker Altria, which paid nearly $13bn for roughly a third of Juul Labs in 2018. In late July, weeks after the Food and Drug Administration backtracked on its June decision to all but ban the sale of Juuls in the US, Altria valued its investment at $450mn, after slashing the valuation several times. Notably, a 2020 agreement said Altria can create its own e-cigarette products if the value of its Juul investment falls below $1.3bn.
Many businesses in China continued selling fruit-flavored e-cigarettes after a ban on such products took effect Oct. 1.
A journalist working for Beijing Youth Daily reportedly found several stores violating the new rules, while a small number appeared to have closed.
In stores that are still in operation, the reporter saw only an estimated six vaping product on display, with only two or three varieties of products. Some stores experienced increased sales of combustible tobacco products.
Today’s duty-free and personal use tobacco quota amounts to 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of other tobacco products (e.g., snuff) and 200 sheets of cigarette paper.
The quota also includes liquid with nicotine for e-cigarettes and other nicotine products. [...] The government intends for the changes to be limited to the duty-free tobacco quota for personal use.
The Ministry of Finance expects the tightening to increase the state’s tax revenue by roughly 800 million kroner.
The Australian government’s medical, prescription-only model for nicotine vaping was introduced on October 1, 2021, and has been a resounding policy failure. Like most prohibitionist policies, it has created a thriving illicit market and detrimental public health outcomes.
To legally possess nicotine e-liquid to quit smoking, vapers must get a doctor’s prescription and purchase supplies from pharmacies or international online vendors. The sale of nicotine from vape shops and other retail outlets is banned.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to prevent smoking-related deaths by making cigarettes less appealing. Toward that end, the FDA plans to ban menthol cigarettes and limit nicotine content to "reduce the addictiveness of cigarettes."
Meanwhile, the FDA seems determined to make vaping products, the most promising harm-reducing alternative to cigarettes, less appealing to smokers. The perverse combination of these two regulatory strategies would undermine public health in the name of promoting it.
China has joined a handful of countries in banning flavored vapes to combat underage use of nicotine. Starting October 1, e-cigarette companies are only allowed to sell tobacco-flavored vapes in the country, an effort by the government to “standardize” the production, sales and consumption of the novel tobacco product.
China’s e-cigarette makers had a short-lived boom before regulators began reining in the lucrative industry around three years ago. First, it was a ban on the online sales of vapes. Then in May this year, a set of comprehensive regulations went into force, effectively subjecting e-cigarettes to the purview of China’s tobacco authorities.
High school students resumed taking the annual National Youth Tobacco Survey in school this year and 14 percent of them reported using e-cigarettes, underscoring how an upstart industry is dodging regulators’ efforts to spare a generation from nicotine addiction.
The number shows a slight change from 11 percent last year, but researchers cautioned against drawing comparisons to 2021’s survey, which was conducted differently because it took place when many schools were closed during the pandemic. The latest results were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.
The peak body for Australia's convenience stores wants tougher vaping regulations, including a licensing scheme for retailers. It comes after the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) introduced a prescription-only model in all states and territories for nicotine-containing vapes and e-cigarettes in October last year.
"This decision will both reduce the risk of an on-ramp for teenagers," former health minister Greg Hunt said in December 2020. But Australian Association of Convenience Stores strategy and policy advisor Ben Meredith said the decision had failed to keep the products out of young hands, and more needed to be done.
The Health Ministry has taken proactive steps by categorising nicotine replacement products as non-poisons, allowing people to gain better access to them.
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, in a statement today, said the move was done by granting an exemption to nicotine under the Poisons Act 1952 for products in the form of patches or gum registered under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984, both of which are used as aids to quit smoking. Khairy said through this exemption, access to nicotine replacement products in the form of patches or gum were now easier through over-the-counter purchases, including at retail or convenience stores that carry the products.
The vaping and e-cigarette industry says there has been inadequate consultation over the new tobacco control bill passed by cabinet last week, amid claims the industry was denied access to the draft bill last year.
The new Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, which still needs to go through a parliamentary process for approval, seeks to regulate e-cigarettes similarly to cigarettes [...]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doubled down on what’s still being touted as a youth vaping “epidemic” when releasing new data on October 6. Its annual National Youth Tobacco Survey found that youth vaping rates have modestly increased since 2021, but are still substantially down from a few years ago.
In 2022, according to the agency, 14.1 percent of high school students and 3.3 percent of middle school students reported “current e-cigarette use”—which can mean vaping just once in the past 30 days. [...]
Roughly 460 people die from cancer in the UK every day and, sadly, many of these deaths are linked to entirely preventable causes, like smoking and heavy drinking. These preventable cancers overwhelmingly afflict the most deprived communities in the country, a new study by Cancer Research UK has found.
Across all income brackets, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable cancer and death with 15 per cent of all cancer cases attributed to nicotine inhalation. However, people with the lowest incomes are more than twice as likely to develop a smoking-related cancer as those with the highest incomes.
Consumers of nicotine vaping products in Canada are grappling with another rise in the cost of living, and this time, increasing costs are not a result of inflation but a new federal excise tax that went into effect on Oct. 1st. In this episode of RegWatch, the Canadian Vaping Association’s executive director and lead advocate Darryl Tempest provides a complete update on the implementation of the new excise tax. We discuss specific challenges facing Canadian manufacturers, distributors, and retail shop owners as they struggle to keep their businesses open, and nicotine vapes in the hands of adult consumers.
Spanish public health NGO NoFumadores wants the European Commission to legislate to "save new generations from falling into tobacco addiction, to act against related environmental dangers and against smoking".
In particular, they want to ban the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to citizens born after 2009, as well as tobacco advertising and the presence of tobacco in audiovisual productions and social media. They also want to create a network of tobacco and cigarette butt-free national parks and extend outdoor vapour-free spaces.
A group of companies that make liquids used in e-cigarettes has sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over a marketing and recordkeeping rule the companies say is overly difficult and would limit what they can market.
The companies — along with the trade group the United States Vaping Association — filed a complaint in Texas federal court Tuesday challenging the FDA's premarket tobacco product applications and recordkeeping requirements rule issued a year ago.
The rule should not be enforced, the plaintiffs say, arguing the FDA incorrectly said it wouldn't harm small businesses. [...]
The chief growth officer for British American Tobacco Plc made his case Thursday for how the manufacturer is advancing its “A Better Tomorrow” smokefree initiative. [...] BAT is the parent company of Reynolds American Inc., which has its U.S. headquarters and largest manufacturing plant in Forsyth County. A Better Tomorrow debuted in September 2019. The strategy emphasizes gaining market share in smokeless and smokefree products, such as top-selling Vuse electronic-cigarettes, glo heat-not-burn cigarettes and oral products, such as Camel Snus.
CPPR chairman Dr. D Dhanuraj said the regulations of e-cigarettes can be framed in a manner that balances the potential use of e-cigarettes as new technology
Kerala-based Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), an independent public policy organisation, on Tuesday, urged the Union government to provide an alternative to cigarette smokers to switch to some less harmful products. The CPPR, which released a White Paper on regulatory regimes for novel tobacco and nicotine products, called upon the government to take on a "multi-dimensional and scientific evidence-backed stance" in adopting harm reduction alternatives for the betterment of its citizens.
A new study concludes that the 2020 European ban on menthol cigarettes made it more likely that menthol smokers would quit smoking, supporting previous Canadian research on the positive public health impact of banning menthol cigarettes.
I REFER to a report in a local daily recently on a panel discussion on vaping headlined “Learn from NZ and UK to reduce smoking”.
The message that came out of the discussion is that e-cigarettes and vaping are relatively harmless and is the path to quitting smoking. The panelists also feared that if the Generation End Game Bill becomes law, there will be increased robberies and illicit trade in cigarettes. Their fears are misplaced. What is needed is effective law enforcement.
The panelists’ claim that e-cigarettes are harmless is not based on any credible scientific evidence. [...]
A recent whitepaper by the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that the number of smokers worldwide is in decline.
The main argument behind vaping being less dangerous than tobacco is the chemical makeup of both substances. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 250 of which are harmful to (...)