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Philip Morris International, which sells Marlboro outside the U.S., says its future is beyond cigarettes. It's now trying to prove it.

The tobacco company has invested more than $4.5 billion since 2008 developing smoke-free products, including IQOS . The device heats tobacco until it's warm enough to emit an aerosol but not quite hot enough to cause combustion, the chemical process responsible for producing toxins in cigarettes.

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The European Union needs to promote and actively protect innovation, research and development.

This will not only send the appropriate positive signals to investors [...] it will also have a positive impact on high quality employment creation and on consumers’ satisfaction.

Vaping products embed significant research and development. These are highly innovative products and represent a potentially safer category for consumer use.

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In February this year, Public Health England (PHE) published its annual evidence review on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. The report challenged public perception and policymaker communication about e-cigarettes, and recommended encouraging smokers to switch from smoking to vaping. The report caused an immediate stir among the online community of healthcare professionals (HCPs) in the UK and internationally, with opinions divided [...]

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The proposed Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill has been opened up for public debate. Dramatic changes to South African smoking laws could soon become a reality, should the bill receive Parliamentary approval.

The changes are said to be in the interests of all South Africans and their health. However, smokers – and the tobacco industry itself – feel that the war against cigarettes has gone a step too far.

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The Netherlands is immediately withdrawing from an international committee that gives the tobacco industry advice on measuring nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide in their products, according to newspaper Trouw.

The national institute for public health RIVM and the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA believe that the tobacco industry has too much influence on the committee, and therefore decided to withdraw. [...]

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) may seem an unlikely member of the abstinence movement. Yet when it comes to smoking at least, he is firmly in favor of pushing the “just say no” line rather than providing information about how to limit the risk of harm.

No one who cares about public health wants any current nonsmoker to start smoking or vaping. Particularly, we don't want teenagers to make decisions that put their health at long-term risk [...]

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Urgent action is needed to protect European consumers and producers. This includes better protection at our borders, which have so many holes they resemble Swiss cheese.

Tobacco producers face significant problems regarding illegal trade. Novel tobacco products and eCigarettes differ from conventional tobacco products in many ways.

There are many new products available on the market. In general, a large variety of similar products is a good thing for consumers [...]

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The company is unique in that it conducts all of its design work from its Scottish base to ensure quality and content. Although it has a small retail operation, the bulk of sales are generated online and via wholesale agreements. Chief executive Neil McCallum said the business was growing at a rate of about 30 per cent a year – double what the market is doing. “We decided very early on that we wanted to design something that was a bit different,” he told The Scotsman. [...]

 

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While vaping isn’t a new trend, teens in the U.S. do have a new word for it.

 

Juuling, which essentially means vaping, was coined after the popularity of The Juul e-cigarette. According to a report in Time, the vape made up 33 per cent of the e-cigarette market in 2017  Although these e-cigarettes are intended to help adults quit smoking, teens are quickly getting their hands on them.

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Puffing on a pack of cigarettes a day will leave your lungs black and riddled with cancer.

Nurse Amanda Eller, from North Carolina, shared the video showing one set of healthy lungs next to the diseased organs from a smoker.

The contrast is shocking.

On one side, a pair of bright red, healthy lungs — taken from someone who has never smoked before.

Next to the prime specimen, a grossly bigger set of lungs, that are black and almost resemble a pile of charcoal.

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Many Saudis say the increase in tobacco prices which doubled after the introduction of the value-added tax (VAT) in June last year, has helped them to quit this bad habit.

Salman Al-Imam, a Sudanese driver living in Saudi Arabia, gave up 10 months ago. “I had been smoking for 15 years and never thought I’d quit,” he said. “However, with willpower, determination and Champix, I now can’t even stand the smell. I’d rather spend that money on my family.”

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Three-dimensional structures of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor determined by cryo-EM, courtesy of Hibbs Lab. "When this receptor binds to either the neurotransmitter acetylcholine or to nicotine, it leads to activation of the neuron, which then sends signals to other neurons," said Dr. Ryan Hibbs, corresponding author [...] "This process of 'chemical neurotransmission' underlies all fast communication between neurons. This specific receptor is tightly linked to nicotine addiction."

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Tobacco use by Guam youth is declining, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control, but 34.6 percent of students surveyed said they currently use electronic cigarettes.

The survey, of Guam students between the ages of 13 and 15, states 47.7 percent of those children reported they were not prevented from buying tobacco because of their age.

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Vaping among teens is on the rise at an alarming rate, spurring federal regulators and health officials to start cracking down on the e-cigarette industry for fear the trend will lead to dire health consequences, especially among preteens and teens. It has also prompted Facebook's Occulus to back a pilot program to see how virtual reality technology can help turn the tide.

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ABOUT A decade ago, the e-cigarette industry began to boom in the United States, largely unregulated. Vaping was much safer than conventional smoking, and the devices helped some longtime smokers to moderate their highly deadly habit, but e-cigarettes also addicted a generation of new nicotine users. Now, finally, the Food and Drug Administration is stepping in more forcefully to encourage the positive effects of e-cigarettes and discourage the drawbacks.

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A new study from Iceland’s Directorate of Health shows that smoking in Iceland is on the decline, with evidence that the use of e-cigarettes may be contributing to a decrease in the consumption of traditional cigarettes, RÚV reports. Although these are viewed as positive trends, some in the medical community fear that parliament’s proposal for new restrictions on e-cigarettes could negatively impact the trend away from traditional tobacco use.

 

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Senator Chuck Schumer is asking the Food and Drug Administration to fully regulate vapor products, including a call for a ban of fruit and candy e-cigarette flavors.  

"The FDA needs to be the adult in the room and put an end to these cynical marketing ploys," Schumer said at a news conference.  His stance is that these flavors, like "bubble gum" and "gummy bear" are "cynical marketing ploys" aimed to attract minors.

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“The reality in our youth is that they’re actually starting their nicotine addiction through these e-cigarettes because of the culture that’s surrounding it and the cool nature,” said Diane Litterer, CEO and executive director of New Jersey Prevention Network.

“More and more young people use these products and think that they’re not addictive or as dangerous as tobacco, as cigarettes for example, and in fact that’s not true,” said Rep. Frank Pallone.

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A local health expert has a warning about the dangers of nicotine poisoning in kids. "The liquid is a pretty easy thing for a kid to take a swallow and because some of these formulations have high amounts of nicotine in them it might not take that much for them to get actually fairly sick," said Dr. Daniel Rusyniak, who is the Medical Director of the Indiana Poison Center at IU Health.

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“E-cigarettes are under thorough scientific scrutiny and we are currently collecting data. At the moment, it’s known that e-cigarettes are less damaging compared to traditional smoking,” said EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.

However, the Lithuanian politician pointed out that they are still damaging. “Less [harmful]…but,” he said.