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South Korea's health authorities said Wednesday they will announce the results of their investigation into possible harmful substances in heat-not-burn electronic cigarettes next month.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it will make its announcement before June 13.

The ministry launched the probe in August into three tobacco heating devices -- IQOS by Philip Morris Korea Inc., British American Tobacco's Glo and South Korean leading cigarette maker KT&G Corp.'s lil.

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THE chairman of a Federal inquiry into vaping and e-cigarettes in Australia has delivered his committee’s report into the subject with a stunning sting in the tail: he doesn’t agree with it.

The parliamentary health inquiry spent almost a year and thousands of hours inquiring into Australia’s approach to e-cigarettes, vaping, and whether they can reduce smoking rates to come up with ... nothing new.

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Non-smokers who use cannabis may be at an increased risk of taking up cigarette smoking, a study has found. According to the research, former smokers who use cannabis are also more likely to relapse to cigarette smoking. “Developing a better understanding of the relationship between marijuana use and cigarette use transitions is critical and timely as cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease,” said Renee Goodwin [...]

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A Wellington court gave the New Zealand unit of Philip Morris International the green light to sell its heated tobacco product, dismissing a case by the country's health authorities.
New Zealand's Ministry of Health had argued the HEETS product would fall under the country's "Smoke-free Environment Act's" ban on tobacco products for chewing or any other oral use.

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England star Jamie Vardy has admitted taking smokeless snus in the past to help boost his mental sharpness – even on international duty.

And now there are fears that a growing number of Premier League players are also seeking the nicotine hits despite the sale of the tins being banned in the UK.

The Mail say use of snus (pronounced snooze) has exploded among young players in England with some even taking them during matches.

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The Chair of the Committee inquiring into e-cigarette use in Australia has prepared a “dissenting” report recommending permitting nicotine use in e-cigarettes
Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee has presented its Report on the Inquiry into the Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia, looking into the possible health impacts of the devices, international approaches to their regulation [...]

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If you believe the hype from the vape industry, e-cigarettes don’t explode; and if they do, it is a rarity caused by the user. This story has been disproved time and again.

What the vaping industry doesn’t tell you is that when an e-cigarette does catch on fire (as we often see in the news), the consequences can be severe and life-altering.

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In the new study, the researchers tested 148 e-liquids. They found that the e-liquids contained a total of 143 chemicals, which indicates that the ingredients in e-cigarettes are extremely diverse, said senior study author Robert Tarran, [...]

With more than 7,700 commercially available e-liquid flavors [...] a quicker method is needed to screen e-liquids to evaluate their safety and chemical makeup, according to the study.

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A Wellington court gave Philip Morris International (PMI) the go ahead to sell its Heat not Burn (HnB) device iQOS, after dismissing a case by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health. Earlier this month the Ministry of Health took PMI to court, arguing that selling HEETS is against local law as they would fall under the country’s “Smoke-free Environment Act’s” ban on tobacco products for chewing or any other oral use.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been sued by several major public health groups because of the delays on the agency’s part to implement rules regarding electronic cigarettes and cigars. The health advocates say that this delay could mean that more consumers could be exposed to “lethal and addictive components” of these tobacco products for years before they could be controlled.

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There's an urgent need to better understand why people start smoking, the barriers to quitting, and how to motivate one billion smokers worldwide to reduce their health risks, according to the head of a controversial new antismoking agency.
Results from a global survey of smoking suggest that quit rates could be higher if smoking cessation programs focused on the different behavioral, emotional, and social factors [...]

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A team of scientists has developed a new technique to better understand the effects of nicotine on the brain. [...] the investigators described the creation of a novel light-activated nicotine compound, which will allow scientists to better study receptors that play a key role in nicotine addiction.
"Investigators are now able to study the neurotransmitter receptor for nicotine in ways not previously possible," said co-corresponding author Ryan M. Drenan [...]

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Smoking cannabis and vaping may soon be banned from almost all public places in Greater Victoria.

A Capital Regional District committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a proposal to add cannabis and e-cigarettes to the clean air bylaw that already bans tobacco smoking in parks, within seven metres of buildings and in other public spaces. [...] the expanded bylaw is needed to give consistency to provincial regulations on cannabis and vaping [...]

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Electronic cigarettes fall under the same restrictions as cigarette smoking, Greece’s  Council of State plenary has ruled, including a ban on their use in public spaces, transportation and in advertisements.

Laws on conventional smoking also affect e-cigarettes, Greece’s highest administrative court said in decision 704/2018, rejecting a petition by the Association of Greek e-cigarette Businesses to cancel the law in force since early 2017 that restricts its use.

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As the use of combustible cigarettes has begun to decline in recent years, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) usage has increased. According to 2016 statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3.2% of adults in the United States were current users of e-cigarettes, and 4.3% and 11.3% of middle and high school students, respectively, reported having used e-cigarettes in the prior 30 days.

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Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. stood outside a former vape shop in Highland Park Monday to call on the federal government to be more aggressive on regulating "Juuling," and protect teens and children from its harmful effects. The problem is JUUL is highly addictive. JUUL even advertises on its website that the device's liquid nicotine cartridge contains the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

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Tobacco shops illegally selling e-cigarettes have been targeted in a city-wide crackdown.

A total of seven retailers were hit with fines and had illegal goods confiscated and destroyed as part of a widespread campaign in Al Hudaiba, Bur Dubai and Al Murar.

Municipality inspectors seized 30 electronic cigarettes from 11 outlets, as well as 100kg of tobacco that was being sold in illegal packaging.

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Advertising for traditional cigarettes is strictly regulated: No cowboys looking cool, no cartoons and no bright colors that play up candy-flavored cigarettes that might appeal to kids.

Yet these bans don’t apply to e-cigarettes or vapes — increasingly a choice for experimentation by adolescents and young adults. These smoking products use chemical solutions with nicotine flavored with “juices” [...]

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To vape, or not to vape. Even after a year-long inquiry, Australia’s parliament can’t decide.

The parliamentary committee charged with reviewing the nation’s e-cigarette laws, which bans personal vaping devices and the nicotine liquid which accompanies it, remains split. The official report called for further inquiry, recommending the National Health and Medical Council fund an independent review of the available evidence of the health impacts of vaping, [...]

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E-cigarette users were less likely than nonusers to abstain from tobacco at 6 months in a study of smokers who planned to quit after being discharged from the hospital. However, patients using e-cigarettes generally used them infrequently and not every day. This pattern of e-cigarette use may not be an effective way to use the products to quit smoking. However, this finding does not rule out a benefit of e-cigs if a smoker switches completely [...]