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The South African government may start taxing e-cigarettes and plastic straws as it ramps up green and health taxes to boost revenue and change behavior. [...] The government will start taxing heated tobacco products immediately and intends to introduce a levy on electronic cigarettes next year. “Globally, policymakers are looking at regulating and taxing these products due to concerns about their health effect,” the Treasury said. [...]

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Juul is planning to propose e-cigarettes that only unlock for persons above the legal age of smoking to the Food and Drug Administration as it seeks to remain in business in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The e-cigarette makers have the chance to demonstrate if their products present a net health benefit to American people over traditional tobacco products to the FDA by May 12.

According to the Journal, Juul is planning to submit a proposal for a next-generation age-locked vaping device to convince the regulatory body that its products wouldn't be used by teenagers.

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In the wake of last year’s EVALI lung injury outbreak and a raft of legislative and media reactions to perceived threats to youth, an intriguing question is being asked about one potential cause of the exaggerated-but-real rise in nicotine vaping among teens who don’t smoke. Are anti-vaping advertisements inadvertently promoting product recognition and uptake among youth?

In a December report for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Senior Fellow Michelle Minton argued that anti-vaping campaigns portraying e-cigarettes as a deadly youth epidemic have the opposite effect to that intended. [...]

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According to the recently released Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking Cessation, just 3.2%of U.S. adults vaped in 2018. That’s a pretty low number, and it’s been stable for about the past 5 years. But new research shows that vaping in the workplace is a much bigger concern than many employers recognize, and it actually has as much to do with those who do not vape as it does with those who do. Vaping isn’t harmless, either for e-cigarette users themselves or for those exposed to secondhand aerosol. First and foremost, the long-term effects of e-cigarette use are not yet known. [...]

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Changing regulation and a lung injury outbreak last summer have soured the market for electronic cigarettes, a fortuitous development for nicotine pouch manufacturer Swedish Match (OTC:SWMAF), which is in the midst of a capacity expansion push.

Although cigars actually account for the bulk of the cigarette alternative's revenue, nicotine pouches are the fastest-growing segment in the tobacco market, and Swedish Match is looking to capitalize on it by adding to its ZYN brand's potential.

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have completed a cross-sectional human study that compares biomarkers and metal concentrations in the urine of e-cigarette users, nonsmokers, and cigarette smokers.

 

"Our study found e-cigarette users are exposed to increased concentrations of potentially harmful levels of metals -- especially zinc -- that are correlated to elevated oxidative DNA damage," said Prue Talbot, a professor of cell biology, who led the research team.

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has so far killed more than 2600 people in China has had limited impact up to now in the vaping industry around the world, but severe movement restrictions have led to fears of disruption.

Dimitris Agrafiotis, executive director of the Tennessee Smoke-Free Association and chief executive of Global eVapor Consulting, has found cause to worry about supply chain disruptions.

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In June 2019, a paper by prominent US academics found that people who used e-cigarettes were at greater risk of a heart attack. The authors concluded that e-cigarettes were just as risky as tobacco in provoking heart attacks, and that using e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes at the same time was even riskier. Unsurprisingly, this caused a stir in the media – in the form of 35 news stories, to be exact. Also unsurprisingly, it provoked vigorous scientific debate. Eight months later, the paper was retracted. When a paper is retracted it means we can’t trust its results. [...]

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Turkey on Feb. 25 banned the import of e-cigarettes and related products, announcing the decision in the country’s Official Gazette.

The ban covers all kinds of products used for electronic smoking, including e-cigarette devices, accessories, spare parts and solutions.

It also applies to e-cigarette products that use heating or incineration, including electronic hookahs, regardless of nicotine content.

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The Big Three tobacco manufacturers are again testing the elasticity of smokers’ habit and budget by raising their list prices by 8 cents per pack, effective today.

The list price is what wholesalers pay manufacturers for their products. The increase typically is passed on to customers at retail.

It is the first time in 2020 that Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and ITG Brands LLC apply a strategy that has become at least a semiannual occurrence since 2014.

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Juul has applied for a patent regarding a device, supposedly powered by artificial intelligence, that the company says could help users quit nicotine by restricting daily consumption and gradually weaning them off the product. The e-cigarette company applied for the patent last summer, and the application was recently made public, [...]

The patent application describes a device that would work “in communication” with a vaporizer (used to vape nicotine) and would alternate nicotine and a similar, non-nicotine product, such as citric acid, to gradually reduce the user’s nicotine intake. [...]

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Dozens of doctors had joined coordinated and independent campaigns to stall the Narendra Modi government’s slow tilt towards a ban on electronic cigarettes legislated by Parliament in December 2019, public health experts have said.

The campaigns conducted through letters to experts who could influence policy, a “consensus statement” from doctors and press releases, although irrelevant now after the ban, showed how sections of the medical community had backed dubious commercial goals, the experts said.

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A quarter century ago, a man named Steve Parrish was the ugly voice of the tobacco industry. The tobacco wars were raging: States were suing the cigarette companies, whistle-blowers were leaking damning documents to the media and David Kessler, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, was trying to regulate tobacco products. Parrish was a senior executive at Altria at the time, and his job was to strike back. He would go on television and hurl insults at Kessler. He would insist that cigarettes weren’t addictive. He would denounce the mounting lawsuits in strident language.

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London researchers are sounding the alarm about teen vaping, launching a first-of-its kind local forum to boost public awareness about the potential lung health threat.

Experts will provide facts about the potential risks of vaping at Generation Vape, a public forum March 10 at the Museum London lecture theatre.

“There’s been a crisis in the high school system and with young adults vaping, both in the local area and in North America,” said Grace Parraga, a panel member and medical biophysics professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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More than one in 10 people will still be smoking in 2034 despite a Scottish government commitment to stub out the habit by then, health campaigners say.

Ministers have set a goal of creating a "tobacco-free generation", with 5% or less of the population smoking in 14 years' time.

However, Cancer Research UK has warned that deadline could be missed by up to 16 years in the poorest communities.

The Scottish government said smoking in Scotland "continues to fall".

Cancer Research UK analysis suggested 12% of adults could still be smokers by 2034 if smoking rates decline as expected.

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Juul Labs Inc is halting sales in Indonesia, citing concerns that it can’t stop retailers from selling its high-nicotine e-cigarettes to young people in a largely unregulated tobacco market. Juul said in a statement that it would suspend Indonesia sales “indefinitely” until it could ensure that online and traditional retailers there will “increase and enforce age restrictions and compliance measures.” The firm’s decision to retreat from the world’s fourth most populous nation - which has not been previously reported - marks a major setback for Juul’s larger plans to expand in Asia. [...]

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Philip Morris International [...] drew up plans for a £1bn tobacco transition fund in the UK to be spent by local authorities and Public Health England on persuading smokers to give up cigarettes in favour of alternatives such as its “heat not burn” smokeless tobacco product, IQOS, leaked documents reveal. PMI wants to be seen as part of the solution to smoking, which kills half of all people who take it up, even though the company continues to make and market cigarettes around the world. Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said this approach was “breathtakingly hypocritical”.

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Sales of vaping products to under-18s will be banned, flavours restricted and vapers barred from lighting up in smoke-free areas under a law change set to be introduced to Parliament on Monday.

But the Government has ruled out a complete ban because it sees vaping as one way to help smokers quit more harmful cigarettes.

Vaping laws will be brought closer to tobacco laws under the proposed law change, including a prohibition on advertising and sponsorship of vaping products and e-cigarettes.

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[...] An e-cigarette will aerosolize a liquid and create anywhere from large amounts of vapor to very small amounts of vapor; the different products on the market create different amounts of aerosol. A Nicotrol inhaler delivers nicotine predominantly to the oral mucosa where it is absorbed. There is no heating involved in a Nicotrol inhaler.

Another important distinction is the difference between an e-cigarette and burned conventional tobacco. When you burn conventional tobacco, you are heating that tobacco to about 1000˚ C; [...]

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Vaping has exploded in popularity in the United Kingdom in recent years, as more vape shops open and growing numbers of people use e-cigarettes instead of smoking, but many questions remain about the activity, the results of a survey show.

The survey, which was carried out by Google Surveys for British vaping retailer Electric Tobacconist, sought the UK public's views on using e-cigarettes as a smoking-cessation tool, and if they believe the devices have a public-health benefit.

It comes at a time of intense focus on e-cigarettes in the United States, with ongoing negative news about vaping in the American media and, [...]