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According to Khayat, the role of oncologists is not to eradicate tobacco but rather eradicate cancer and today's alternative are heated tobacco and e-cigarettes. (...) "As an oncologist, I encourage my patients to quit. But if they can't, I must offer them alternatives. Even when people know that smoking is bad for their health, they continue to smoke. 64% of people with lung cancer continue to smoke," he said. He added; "When you tell your patient to eat less fat, you do harm reduction. When you put your seatbelt in a car, you do harm reduction. New technologies have given us the tools to do so."

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A federal judge has decided for the FDA and against several small vape businesses in three consolidated lawsuits challening the agency’s Deeming Rule. The actions were filed in 2018 with legal help and funding from the Pacific Legal Foundation. The cases were originally filed in U.S. District Courts in Minnesota, Texas, and Washington D.C., but were eventually consolidated to the D.C. district. Judge Christopher Cooper handed down his ruling Tuesday in three separate but identical memorandum opinions. The vaping industry plaintiffs had challenged the Deeming Rule on two separate grounds. First, they claimed that regulations (...)
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The vaping industry has been in the news quite a lot over the last few months, and unfortunately, it hasn’t been for good reasons, at least as far as vapers are concerned. Right now, we’re dealing with new legislation that bans flavored e-liquid cartridges, in addition to an increase in the age requirement for obtaining nicotine products. Now, more and more states are suggesting raising the taxes on vaping products, and all of this supposedly influenced by a need to curb teen vaping. Or, so legislators say. So, what’s going on with the taxes on vaping, and does it impact your state?

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New Zealand Vape Trade Association VTANZ, is encouraging the local government to limit access to combustible cigarettes, in a bid to achieve the aimed for Smokefree 2025. “With the series of annual cigarette tax hikes now complete, the Government needs to keep driving the country’s smokefree ambition and that includes not punishing the most effective smoking cessation tool New Zealand has – vaping,” said VTANZ spokesperson Ben Pryor. “Price hikes have helped smoking rates to fall, but more so has the arrival of vaping. The next thing the Government should do to reduce smoking is to simply restrict the access Kiwis have to cigarettes, and that includes limiting the types and numbers of retail outlets permitted to sell them,” he added.
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The two sides periodically break into open hostilities. The claim by PHE that vaping is 95% safer than smoking tobacco, frequently quoted by e-cigarette manufacturers and sellers, has been criticised as misleading by anti-smoking campaigners in the US. Matt Myers, who heads the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington DC, the biggest anti-smoking organisation in the world, has called the 95%-safer figure “mere fiction”. Prof Ann McNeill of King’s College London, a tobacco and addiction expert who advises PHE, defends its position. “We are battling against misinformation on a massive scale,” she says. McNeill acknowledges there has been a rise in vaping among kids in the US and Canada, but does not see it as a reason for panic. “I don’t think it merits discussion of an ‘epidemic’. That word is overblown,” she said.

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Vaping nicotine is the most popular and most effective quitting aid available. So why is it banned in Australia? Colin Mendelsohn from ATHRA explains.
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This is the latest study from a Keck School of Medicine of USC research team to show e-cigarette users develop cancer-related molecular changes similar to smokers. Biologically important changes in DNA seen in smokers are also being found in people who vape, according to a new study published in the journal Epigenetics. A team of scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have found people who vape (...)

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Most adolescents reporting e-cigarette use have also used combustible tobacco; however, the extent to which they use other substances is less clear. This study assessed e-cigarette use with tobacco, alcohol, or cannabis and quantified the risk of poly-substance use among adolescents overall and by socio-demographic characteristics. Approximately 12% of adolescents reported past 30-day e-cigarette use. Almost all (93%) e-cigarette users also reported other substance use; alcohol appeared most frequently in combinations. Odds of e-cigarette single use (...)
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Local vaping groups criticized the World Health Organization for publishing “an atrociously erroneous” question and answer page on electronic cigarettes.
“The Q&A has nine questions and every answer the WHO provides is filled with false, misleading or simplistic information,” said Peter Paul Dator, president of The Vapers Philippines.
“Stubbornly clinging to their myopic belief that the only way to reduce smoking is for smokers to ‘quit or die,’ the WHO conveniently ignores the science supporting e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes and shamelessly stoops to the level of falsity, propaganda, and fear mongering,” Dator said.

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NY Mag’s 6,000-word article isn’t just a mess—it’s much more insidious than that. Journalist Jacob Grier has already critiqued the piece, calling it “A one-sided mess that fails to convey the complexities of the issue and pays virtually no attention to the needs of current and former smokers whose lives are risk.” He’s right. But NY Mag’s 6,000-word article isn’t just a “mess”—it’s much more insidious than that. It stands in a long, sordid tradition of journalists participating in drug panics that spread misinformation and confusion, demonize drugs, ignore evidence and support the passage of harmful legislation. Like the journalists who signed on for the crack panic in the 1980s, whose work fueled massive stigma against people who used crack and directly led to racist mass incarceration.

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Vapers in the USA – and potentially around the world – are facing the threat of shortages as the coronavirus epidemic continues to paralyse swathes of the Chinese economy. Meanwhile a new study of US sales data shows that high taxes on vapour products are pushing ex-smokers back to harmful tobacco – just as harm reduction advocates have warned for years. This doesn’t seem to matter to lawmakers, though, as they continue to push for taxes and bans using ever more dishonest methods.

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NEW YORK — Philip Morris International (PMI), maker of the IQOS heat-not-burn tobacco device, is expanding its smoke-free initiatives with a partnership to market products from South Korean company KT&G outside of South Korea. KT&G, based in Daejeon, South Korea, has a portfolio of smoke-free products including heat-not-burn tobacco systems with brands such as Lil Mini and Lil Plus, plus hybrid technologies that combine heat-not-burn tobacco and e-vapor technologies. The agreement will run for (...)

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As Australians have weaned themselves off tobacco, one part of the country has become more addicted to cigarettes and smoking. The federal budget. So addicted is the budget to the revenues gleaned from smokers that if this year the government delivers a surplus, it will be solely due to the nation's smokers. Two specific measures, announced in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 budgets, are pivotal to the government's surplus pledge. And both measures depend on smokers and their habits. In the 2016-17 budget, handed down by then treasurer Scott Morrison, the government unveiled its plan to sharply lift the excise on tobacco. Every September for the next four years (...)

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Since electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are considered less toxic than conventional tobacco smoking, the use of e-cigarettes has increased, and the market for e-cigarette liquids (e-liquids) is continuously increasing. However, many studies showed that e-cigarettes may cause various harmful effects in lung, oral and heart. In this study, we investigated the effects of e-liquids on otitis media (OM) using human middle ear epithelial cells (HMEECs).

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The primary public health policy goal should be the reduction of disease: trying to stop people dying in agony of cancer, collapsing with heart attacks and living in misery with COPD. In practice, this means concentrating on the goal of smoking cessation, especially among middle-aged adults – the population most at risk. Article (..) consists of about 60 questions and builds on a brief Q&A that I submitted to a consultation, a critique of an absurd anti-vaping Q&A by the WHO and my critique of numerous false and misleading claims made by Professor Stanton Glantz. It mostly focusses on nicotine vaping as an alternative to smoking, but most of the argument also applies to heated tobacco products, modern smokeless tobacco and new oral nicotine products.

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The tobacco group Swedish Match (SWMA.ST) will increase production capacity again for its new and fast-growing tobacco-free nicotine pouch product, it said on Wednesday, as it reported an unexpected drop in fourth-quarter earnings. Operating profit was 1.1 billion crowns (87.81 million pounds) against 1.2 billion a year earlier. Adjusted for an impairment charge related to Swedish Match’s European chewing tobacco business, profit did, however, grow slightly more than expected, as did turnover.

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Vapers, vape shop owners, and harm reduction advocates in British Columbia attended two rallies on Saturday—one in Victoria and the other in Vancouver—to call on the B.C. provincial government to protect the rights of vapers and adult smokers to choose a less harmful alternative to smoking. RegWatch caught the Vancouver rally and grabbed great interviews with Dr. Mark Tyndall, Saadiq Daya, and more. Here’s our report hot off the presses.

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The misinformation about vaping is ubiquitous. From national news stories to misinformation about lung diseases, to small-scale events at schools around the country, which often feature speakers from anti-vaping organizations, the message is always the same: Vaping is dangerous! And sadly, this lie was repeated last month by the World Health Organization, which published a dishonest update to its Q&A document on e-cigarettes. In it, the WHO lied about the risks associated with using e-cigarettes, saying (...)

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The cost of smoking in the UK has risen since the advent of 'plain packs' for cigarettes in 2017, countering claims made by the tobacco industry at the time that the public health measure would lead to discount pricing. Authors of the new study from the University of Bath's Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), argue their findings provide important evidence to policymakers in the UK and around the world of the effectiveness of standardised packaging. The new paper, published in the journal PLOS One (...) highlights the impact of standardised packaging, comparing prices (...)
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Financial analysts are telling their clients that disaster in the vaping industry will only help the tobacco market. At the end of January, Adam Spielman, a London-based managing director at Citigroup, made a suggestion to clients in an email: Buy stock in Altria, one of the largest cigarette producers in the world. On its face, it was an odd proposal. That same month, Altria needed to write down its initial $12.8 billion investment in the vaping giant JUUL Labs—the second time it had to do so since October. Altria's stock had been dropping for some time, after it decided to (...)