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I like to think of myself as a healthy, calm lady-boss who aims to inspire others. [...] And so it may surprise my clients, family, and friends that I am one of the 50 million people around the globe addicted to e-cigarette juice.

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “Juuling”, you probably picture a teenager who rips a Juul that’s hidden in the sleeve of their hoodie, holding in the hit so as not to get caught vaping in math class, not a middle-class woman in her early 30s who gets HydraFacials and sips turmeric tea. [...]

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After becoming aware that the study in the above‐referenced article did not fully account for certain information in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health [PATH] Wave 1 survey, the editors of Journal of the American Heart Association reviewed the peer review process. During peer review, the reviewers identified the important question of whether the myocardial infarctions occurred before or after the respondents initiated e‐cigarette use, and requested that the authors use additional data in the PATH codebook (age of first MI and age of first e‐cigarettes use) to address this concern. While the authors did provide some additional analysis, the reviewers and editors did not confirm that the authors had both understood and complied with the request prior to acceptance of the article for publication.

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Over the past two decades, each of Canada’s provincial governments has filed a lawsuit against tobacco companies to recover the costs of treating diseases caused by the companies’ wrongful behaviour.

Health organizations have long supported these efforts, recognizing that they can help achieve justice against corporate wrongdoing, can compensate taxpayers for health-care costs, and can expose the truth about unscrupulous industry behaviour. Most importantly, these lawsuits are seen as a way to protect future generations from the ravages of smoking by accelerating an end to this harmful trade.

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Recent news about e-cigarette misuse has fueled both public misperception and policy responses that are likely to have unintended consequences. As the US vaping market continues to evolve, policymakers face the tricky challenge of safeguarding the potential for positive public health outcomes from e-cigarettes, which offer a lower-risk alternative to traditional cigarettes, while ensuring reasonable protections against youth use. Because e-cigarettes are a less harmful alternative to cigarettes, public health advocates and officials must appreciate the impact of e-cigarette restrictions on smokers. A number of recent studies indicate that cigarettes and e-cigarettes are substitutes, which means that policies that discourage e-cigarette use will lead to more smoking. A study released last July (Abouk et al. 2019) found that state-level e-cigarette taxes cause an increase in pre-pregnancy and prenatal cigarette smoking of about 6 percent. Higher prices for e-cigarettes lead to higher pre-pregnancy smoking rates. A paper from last December (...)

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Yet last week, the White House fiscal 2021 budget plan proposed an interesting move: taking the Center for Tobacco Products, CTP, out of the FDA to create a new agency within HHS to focus on tobacco regulation. [...] Even this modest transfer probably doesn’t stand a chance in Congress. No lawmaker will want to be seen as soft on vaping. Indeed, despite being far safer than cigarettes and intended for smokers only, e-cigarettes have a serious image problem.

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FlySense is a new device which like a smoke detector can detect vaping byproducts in the air, making it an ideal tool for school teachers and administrators in order to fight vaping amongst students. Displayed at the National Conference on Education, the FlySense machine is manufactured by Soter Technologies. “We can determine if a flavor is in the air, if THC is in the air, or if nicotine is in the air,” says CEO Derek Peterson. “The device can determine what’s in the air, whether someone’s using a jewel pen, vaping, or an old fashioned e-cigarette, or a regular cigarette.” The installed device works by sending alerts to the cell phones of nearby teachers and administrators so they are able to take action. Peterson pointed out that they have already sold 7,000 FlySense devices around the country, amongst which 1,000 in California.

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In a bombshell new report by Michelle Minton, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute titled “Perverse Psychology: How Anti-Vaping Campaigners Created the Youth Vaping Epidemic,” Minton argues it was not the vaping industry that “reignited youth interest in vaping—it was anti-vaping advocacy.”

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We explain the law about vaping nicotine in Australia and how to do it legally. "Under Australian law it is a criminal offence to possess liquid nicotine without a prescription from a registered Australian doctor. It is legal, however to use a vaporiser with nicotine-free e-liquid. However if you have a prescription from a doctor you're legally able to import (...)"

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The administration has requested a budget authorization to strip down the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products. President Donald Trump, apparently, has the vision to create a new tobacco agency that isn’t an administrative monstrosity like the FDA. There’s no chance that the administration will get their request from Congress. No lawmaker in their right mind would consider breaking down the FDA. Between hiring alarmist health officials and treating vaping as a crime in some instances, Trump has no better strategy but to upend the entire public health administrative state with an off-handed idea.

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Eight months after the Journal of the American Heart Association published a study implying that e-cigarettes magically cause heart attacks before people even try them, it has retracted the article. (...) Notwithstanding the evidence that vaping is much less hazardous than smoking, Glantz and Bhatta, an epidemiologist at the center, concluded that "e‐cigarettes should not be promoted or prescribed as a less risky alternative to combustible cigarettes and should not be recommended for smoking cessation among people with or at risk of myocardial infarction."
But as University of Louisville tobacco researcher Brad Rodu pointed out last July, the analysis that Bhatta and Glantz ran included former smokers who had heart attacks before they started vaping. Once those subjects were excluded, Rodu and University of Louisville economist Nantaporn Plurphanswat found, the association described by (...)

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Europe’s leading e-cigarette conference looking at scientific, commercial and regulatory aspects, will this year be held in Brussels on the 13th and 14th of May. Dedicated to the e-cig industry, the conference covers all topics related to scientific, commercial and regulatory matters pertaining ENDS, such as the latest regulations (including TPD) and research to testing methods, concerns and standards, product design, potential harm reduction and more. Besides delegates from the vaping industry, attending the conference there will be interested parties from other industries such as testing companies, Big Tobacco, regulatory and legislative bodies, law firms and more. This creates an opportunity and a platform for dialogue and exchange of information.

 

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Beginning January 1, 2019, city public health officials implemented a ban on smoking at publicly funded addiction treatment programs (including outdoor spaces). Philadelphia ranks second among large US cities for overdose death rates. Advocates have long been concerned about the unintended consequences of this policy—namely, a rise in patients leaving treatment prematurely and increased barriers to their seeking treatment in the first place. "Every time we spoke, Bobby made it clear that he would not enter a treatment facility which prohibited smoking." Bobby explained that he had entered a treatment facility in March 2019, three months into the smoking ban. But he had left against medical advice because the struggle to abstain from opioids and nicotine simultaneously had proven too difficult. (...) Although replacing cigarettes with vapes would have been a good option for him, the Philadelphia treatment smoking ban, unconscionably, also extends to vaping.

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LONDON, February 18th, 2020: UK visitors to India who use e-cigarettes to improve their health on the advice of British health organisations are having their devices confiscated at airports. The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) has become aware of five travellers who have suffered hard-line and unsanctioned action, but those affected could stretch to tens of thousands more UK citizens who have chosen vaping as a way of stopping smoking. Regular UK traveller to Goa, Fiona Hodge, reported that UK vapers are having their property confiscated both on the way in and out of India. “I had to leave £60 worth of my property behind despite possession of e-cigarettes not being an offence under the law. UK tourists are being harassed at airports, which will surely be a threat to India’s tourism industry. I certainly won’t be going back if the attitude towards vapers carries the hallmark of being designed specifically to maintain, and even increase, the number of smokers in India.”

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The State of Smoking is designed to provide a snapshot of progress, challenges, and circumstances facing smokers as they struggle to quit and as we work to end smoking worldwide. We’ve examined the tobacco control environment, trends, and key data points in 13 countries and provided profiles for each (9 are also translated into native languages). We hope that the State of Smoking provides useful information to all those interested in smoking cessation, harm reduction, and ultimately ending smoking worldwide within our generation.

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The tobacco control policies of Japan, the world's ninth largest cigarette market and host of the 2020 Olympics, are not working, according to new studies from researchers at the University of Waterloo. The two studies were part of the Waterloo-based International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) and involved a survey of 3,800 smokers in Japan. Waterloo researchers collaborated with researchers in Japan on both studies, which are the first national-level evaluations of Japan's efforts to reduce smoking. The first study, led by Janet Chung-Hall of the ITC project, found that only 30 percent of Japanese smokers (...)

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Spokesperson for the Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ) points out that bans set in place by Queenstown Lakes District Council on a number of popular beaches in the area, are based on snobbery not science. "Sadly, by confusing vaping with smoking, they’re only hindering, not helping, national progress on New Zealand’s Smoke Free 2025 ambition.” Due to the unfortunate events that took place across the US with the outbreak of EVALI, which has been erroneously linked to vaping regular nicotine products, lawmakers around the world are still setting in place illogical vaping bans.

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Researchers are studying whether a nicotine patch can also help people suffering with memory loss. The research is part of a clinical trial at Georgetown University Medical Center in D.C. Dr. R. Scott Turner, the director of the memory disorders program at Georgetown, is enrolling more volunteers for the research. A small pilot study in 2012 showed promise, which is why the research is being expanded to track more people over a longer period of time with higher doses of nicotine. Turner hopes the research will one day be part of the strategy to fight Alzheimer's disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans.

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Working with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), the Government has launched a campaign to encourage battery safety following rare incidents of the devices exploding or causing fires potentially linked to the power source. Many vapes and e-cigarettes are powered by 18650-style batteries, which are slightly larger than the common AA battery. While this size of battery is widely available to purchase, the bodies have said consumers should only use those recommended by the manufacturer as 18650 batteries can vary in chemistries and voltages.

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In September, the CDC released a blanket statement warning against the dangers of all vaping products. Even though it was suggested by other sources that nicotine vaping was not the culprit, the CDC and other news sources brought fear to all nicotine vaping individuals. As early as September 19th, 2019 we reported that the vaping lung breakout was very likely a result of Vitamin E acetate, and had nothing to do with traditional nicotine e-liquid vaping products. 5 months later, the CDC finally agrees. Unfortunately, the major news outlets across North America ran with the original story, lumping in nicotine vapes such as these with illicit THC infused vapes being sold on the street or on the black market.

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Patients who smoke tobacco are likely to experience more complications with anaesthesia during operation compared to non-smokers, says a report by World Health Organisation. According to the international health agency, tobacco smokers are at a significantly higher risk than non-smokers of post-surgical complications, including impaired heart and lung functions, infections and delayed or impaired wound healing. The joint study by WHO and University of Newcastle, shows that the nicotine and carbon monoxide, both present in cigarettes, can decrease oxygen levels and greatly increase the risk of heart-related complications after surgery. “Smoking tobacco also damages the lungs, making it difficult for the proper amount of air to flow through, increasing the risk of post-surgical complications to the lungs,” says the study.