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Stakeholders in the manufacturing sector have called on the Federal Government to reverse the proposed upward review of the excise duty rates on alcoholic beverages and tobacco from June 4, 2018.They submitted that it was with deep regret that this is happening at a time manufacturers in the industry are with declining volumes and contracting margins, noting that the impact of absorbing the cost of the revised duty would be over-whelming on current players in the industry.

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Recent headlines offer a snapshot of how e-cigarettes are increasingly finding their way into the daily lives of children and teenagers. The alarming rise in popularity of JUUL e-cigarettes, which resemble a USB flash drive and come in flavors such as mango and fruit medley, has added to the recent uptick in the conversation surrounding the products.

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Changes in pricing of tobacco products affect sales of those products at varying rates, with demand for little cigars, cigarillos, loose "roll your own" tobacco, pipe tobacco and e-cigarettes more sensitive to price change than that of some other products, according to a study [...] Researchers also found that sales of nicotine replacement therapy products (NRT), such as nicotine patches, gum and lozenges, drop when prices of those items rise, [...]

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Cigarette packages are about to get really boring in Canada. Except for those graphic warning labels.

New federal legislation will prohibit promotional information and branding, including logos. That means every pack of smokes will look the same, although they will bear different warnings and photos illustrating the health risks of smoking. “When you basically get rid of that branding, there’s nothing more to look at except for the warning,” [...]

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Portland State University researchers who published an article three years ago in the New England Journal of Medicine about the presence of previously undiscovered forms of formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapor revisited their research and found that formaldehyde risks were even higher than they originally thought. The 2015 study by PSU chemistry professors David Peyton, Robert Strongin, James Pankow and others revealed that e-cigarette vapor can contain the new forms of formaldehyde [...]

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Over half of the tobacco smoke consumed by young American smokers is inhaled through hookahs, and more must be done to specifically curb this kind of smoking, a new study published in the British Medical Journal Thursday found.

In the study, researchers surveyed more than 3,300 American adults aged 18 to 30 and asked them how frequently and how much hookah smoking -- also known as waterpipe tobacco smoking -- and regular cigarette smoking they did in March and April of 2013.

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While most pot stock investors are betting big on future gains, volatility in the sector is showing signs of a marijuana stock bubble on the horizon. Heavy stock promotions, price pump gimmicks, and questionable acquisitions have caused a rift in the market, with analysts split on the future of cannabis stocks, even as legalizations looms on the horizon. One thing that is for certain, however, is that an influx of capital from big tobacco, pharma, and alcohol, [...]

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In a few months time, Parliament is expected to approve C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act. True, Health Canada’s proposed packaging looks like an ambitious crossover between David’s Tea and your local hospital’s medical waste disposal department. But, on the bright side, there’s never been a better time to finally kick that weed-smoking habit and pick up a cannabis vape instead. The Cannabis Act will legalize the use of recreational marijuana for adults aged 18 years and above. [...]

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a crackdown on e-cigarette sales to minors, but before then, the city of Chicago had already taken matters into its own hands. The City Council passed an ordinance to require tobacco dealers to post warning signs at their doors about the health risks of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. These signs, once designed and distributed, will also contain quit-line numbers to help our residents beat a nicotine addiction. 

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The contradiction is bizarre: Americans are terrified of toxic compounds and buy organic food to avoid the pesticides and chemicals that are sprayed on fruits and vegetables. Yet, there’s an increase in the number of individuals hospitalized for using synthetic cannabinoids.

Also called spice, K2, and fake weed, synthetic cannabinoids are mind-altering chemicals made in laboratories that are sprayed onto shredded plant material. [...]

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More American adults have tried e-cigarettes, but the rate of current use appears to be declining, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed national data from more than 101,000 Americans who participated in the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) [...] the NHIS has asked adult participants whether they currently use e-cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all.

 

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Not that long ago, if a company had invented a far safer way to deliver nicotine to addicted smokers, politicians would be celebrating. Smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of disease and death in the world. If every smoker quit cigarettes today, we would have a healthier society, and healthcare costs undoubtedly would decrease. That's a win-win.

But today, partisanship has ruined just about everything. [...]

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One year on from the controversial introduction of plain packaging for
tobacco in the UK, new research [...] reveals that the majority of the UK public are not supportive of the policy.
In the largest public opinion poll of its kind since plain packaging was introduced, research found
that UK citizens are concerned their government has imported a failed policy from Australia
without fully evaluating the potential negative consequences. [...]

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[...] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continued to take important steps to address youth use of e-cigarettes by sending official requests for information to four e-cigarette manufacturers requiring them to submit important documents to better understand the youth appeal of these products.

With this information, the agency will further examine marketing practices, and the youth use and appeal of these types of tobacco products. [...]

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With little fanfare late last month, the Ontario government under Premier Kathleen Wynne moved ahead with regulations that will have a profound impact on the ability for adult smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes. When the new regulations come into force — which the government just announced will happen on July 1 — they will paradoxically erect roadblocks to the province's goal of creating a smoke-free Ontario.

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The Heartland Institute applauds the World Health Organization’s (WHO) efforts to reduce premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Such goals will not only promote better health practices, they will improve economic conditions in communities around the world. Smoking significantly contributes to the development of NCDs, including cardiovascular disease, strokes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases. [...]

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Alternative tobacco technologies that drastically cut harms from smoking are continuing to fuel a historic decline in cigarette sales in Japan.

A press release Friday from Japan Tobacco (JT) reveals heat-not-burn products such as Philip Morris International’s (PMI) IQOS and British American Tobacco’s (BAT) glo are maintaining their popularity in overseas markets. Domestic cigarette sales for JT dropped by 13.2 percent in April, [...]

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Junior health minister Paul Blokhuis is drawing up rules to cover the use of electronic cigarettes which heat tobacco but don’t make smoke. There are currently no restrictions on the use of inhalers such as the Philip Morris IQOS because they don’t fall under the current tobacco laws. The minister is planning to change this, which would mean the inhalers would be subject to an age limit, a ban on advertising and new packaging.

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The sudden success of an e-cigarette called JUUL—pronounced “jewel”—is causing a backlash. Sales of JUUL, invented by two Stanford engineers, have exploded 30-fold since early 2016. JUUL doesn’t burn tobacco. It heats a nicotine-containing liquid held in replaceable pods, and, like other vaping devices, delivers nicotine far less dangerously than cigarettes.

But instead of cheers for a blockbuster of American ingenuity that’s saving lives, JUUL has sparked a moral panic. [...]

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An analysis of federal data by University of Iowa researchers [...] finds that more American adults have tried e-cigarettes, but the rate of current use appears to be declining.

Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, analyzed national data from more than 101,000 Americans [...] The NHIS has asked adult participants since 2014 whether they currently use e-cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all.