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Tobacco companies need to step up efforts to stop kids from vaping, according to a warning from U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

The comments are the latest in a series of FDA efforts to crack down on companies that are producing e-cigarettes and selling them to minors. E-cigs like the products made by Juul Labs Inc. are the newest craze in underage tobacco use as youth smoking rates of combustible cigarettes hover around historic lows.

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To avoid the incidence of exploding electronic cigarette or e-cigarette device there’s a need to regulate the relatively new but a slowly growing vaping industry in the Philippines.

Like any other products, the manufacture of e-cigarettes and its parts, including the battery and vaping juice, must undergo quality control and meet safety standards, Heanage Mitchell of factasia.org told reporters at a press briefing in Quezon City on Monday.

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With cannabis legalization on the horizon, Alberta Health Services is trying to grapple with how and where people can use the substance — but also how they can help people quit if they want to stop using it.

“It does worry me,” said [...] Mark Snaterse.
“When we look at some parts of the world that have done this (legalization), they have found that in many instances, recreational users of marijuana will often become daily or regular users of marijuana.”

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With the summer holiday season upon us, it’s certain that some of the three million vapers in the UK will be thinking about jetting off for a bit of sun. Vaping is becoming largely accepted as a way to give up smoking, but enjoying an e-cigarette abroad can be confusing, as many countries are vague about the regulations concerning their use.

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Northwestern scientists have discovered new mechanisms used by nicotine to manipulate the brain's reward pathway—findings which could inform the development of future anti-addiction therapies. [...] "Identification of the detailed mechanisms by which nicotine alters brain circuitry is a major priority," Drenan said. "We all understand the detrimental effects of cigarettes and other tobacco products. But electronic cigarette usage is also on the rise with adolescents, [...]

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As they have become more widely available, e-cigarette use has increased significantly, although it is notable that the rate of current use declined from 2015 to 2016 for both adults and high schoolers. The proliferation of e-cigarettes has fueled concerns about potential health risks and adolescent use. While these concerns should be investigated and studied thoroughly, focusing exclusively on the potential negative aspects could preclude considering the potential harm reduction benefits [...]

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According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization, there has been a small but steady decrease in the estimated number of smokers globally since 2000 - from 1.14 billion then to about 1.1 billion now.

But it's a different matter when it comes to vaping. The number of vapers has been increasing rapidly - from about seven million in 2011 to 35 million in 2016.

Market research group Euromonitor estimates that the number of adults who vape will reach almost 55 million by 2021.

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Big marijuana news was made last week when the firm Aurora Cannabis merged with rival MedReleaf in a $3.2 billion deal — the largest in the history of the industry. The merger will help consolidate Auroa’s status as “the biggest pure play cannabis company in the world,” the CBC reported, noting the company’s “supply and licensing agreements in countries as far afield as Germany, Italy, Brazil and Australia.”

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“Alderman Ed Burke's proposed ordinance is nothing more than preening for moralizing anti-fun busybodies. Selling e-cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18 is already illegal in Illinois, so the ordinance's aims are already addressed by existing laws. Prohibiting the sale of flavored vaping products won't save any lives, but it may stop people currently addicted to cigarettes from switching to less-harmful alternatives or even kicking the nicotine habit. [...]

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Worldwide, cigarette smoking results in 7.2 million deaths every year, with about half a million of those deaths occurring in Africa .To curb this menace and bring an end to unnecessary deaths, there is urgent need to quickly adopt and promote reduced-risk alternatives aimed at accelerating the transition out of harmful tar-based cigarettes. We should (including tobacco companies) embrace technology and innovations to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 [...]

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A plan to prohibit smoking for those under age 21 failed in the Illinois House Tuesday after meeting opposition from lawmakers calling it a governmental overreach.

The plan, which would ban under-21 sales of tobacco or related products including e-cigarettes or vaping materials, fell four votes short despite a strong lobbying campaign and Senate approval in April.

Rep. Camille Lilly, a Chicago Democrat, said her measure is meant to prevent teens from forming a deadly habit. [...]

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One million people in France quit daily smoking habits in the space of a year, according to a new survey by the country’s public health agency, which claims anti-smoking measures like neutral packaging are behind the decline.

In 2017, 26.9% of 18- to 75-year-olds smoked every day, compared to 29.4% a year earlier, according to the study by Public Health France, which described the results as “historic”.

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Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ acknowledges that we need to support smokers who want to quit, but also calls for the need to protect the wider communities’ children and young people from taking up e-cigarettes and vaping in the first place.  The Foundation supports the Ministry of Health’s intention to develop ‘risk-proportionate regulation’ that considers the whole area of smoking including e-cigarettes and the tightening of regulation on smoked tobacco products [...]

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A leading GP and anti-smoking campaigner in Whanganui is now actively promoting vaping as an option for people trying to quit smoking. [...] Previously there wasn't enough information about vaping and the devices were not legal, he said.

"As a result of a recent court ruling, the sale of vaping devices and nicotine liquid is now legal in New Zealand," McMeniman said, and he was now promoting vaping as a means to quitting cigarettes.

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There are around one billion smokers in the world, about a seventh of the global population, according to World Health Organization (WHO) and other estimates.

China has the highest number: of its population of 1.3 billion, about 315 million are smokers and they consume more than a third of the world's cigarettes, the WHO said in a report last year.

Indonesia has the highest proportion of smokers at 76 percent of men aged over 15.

 

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Mr Mohammed Saleem Mohammed Ibrahim's suggestion to allow the regulated use of e-cigarettes for smokers who are genuine about quitting will take time to be considered [...]. However, we should swiftly supply e-cigarettes to one group of people - taxi and private-hire car drivers who smoke in their vehicles.

Education and enforcement have failed to stop many such drivers from smoking while driving.

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Asia is home to 60 per cent of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers. Globally, millions of smokers are switching like never before to smoke-free alternatives, like heated tobacco products or e-cigarettes. These disruptive products eliminate the combustion and the smoke and, by doing so, significantly reduce levels of harmful chemicals, while still delivering the nicotine and ritual that millions seek.

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The incoming president of the Australian Medical Association has dashed hopes that he might move to relax the association’s opposition to e-cigarettes.

Melbourne GP Tony Bartone told The Australian there would be no change in the AMA’s stance on the issue — “absolutely none” — even though it is legal to use the electronic devices in the US, the EU, Canada and New Zealand. Even the Cancer Council of Australia, which is ­opposed to the introduction of e-cigarettes, has conceded that using e-cigarettes [...]

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Before Mike Moran was a small business owner and an e-cigarette evangelist, he was a smoker.

He picked up a cigarette as a teen and didn't quit until about six years ago, when he swapped it out for a Kangertech E-vod.

Moran says vaping helped him do what 14 years of sheer effort and smoking cessation drugs couldn't, and he's paying it forward through his Firehouse E-Cigs & Vapors shops. He opened his store on the lot where as a teenager he used to buy and smoke cigarettes.

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More than 80 local retailers will wind down sales of menthol cigarettes this week, as new restrictions on flavored tobacco products in Duluth take effect Friday.

Starting June 1, adults-only smoke shops will be the sole retailers allowed to sell such products, widely regarded as a gateway to nicotine addiction for young people.

Andy Verhel, owner of the Piedmont Milkhouse, said he aims to sell off his inventory of flavored cigarettes before the deadline arrives or risk having to eat the loss. [...]