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This will be the first time that international campaigners and leaders of the vaping industry join forces to reform discordant global health policies. Organisations from across North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia have signed the UK Vaping Industry Association’s call to action.

The WHO’s tobacco control group will be meeting at the 8th session of its Conference of the Parties (COP8) in Geneva (1-6 October) to explore international guidance on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (aka vaping products/e-cigarettes).

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E-cigarettes have been marketed as the new, safer way to smoke. But scientists say they don't know enough about the long-term health hazards. E-cigarettes may not be as safe as we've been led to believe. In September, Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb sounded the alarm about what he called an "epidemic" of underage e-cigarette use. Over the past several months, the FDA has issued warnings and citations to more than 1,300 stores for selling e-cigarettes to underage users.

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The fact that Switzerland has yet to have ratified the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and is hosting its conference is shameful, a top WHO official has declared.

“I think this is more of a shame than a problem that Switzerland is not party to the treaty, as this is all about protecting the public health of the population,” the head of the FCTC Secretariat, Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva [...]

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During the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit, taking place in September 24 & 25 in New York, André Calantzopoulos, CEO of Philip Morris International, delivered a speech highlighting the need to have a dialogue between the industry, leaders, policy-makers, scientists, medical, and public health professionals in order to provide the 1.1 billion people who smoke with better alternatives to cigarettes.

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The Algoma Public Health (APH) board of directors, [...] written concern to the Ontario government over sales to adolescents of electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes) in the province.

The letter will be forwarded to the Ontario Minister of Health and to MPPs (including Sault MPP Ross Romano), recommending the province retain sections of Ontario’s Smoke-Free Ontario Act to prohibit the display and promotion of vapour products in stores which would encourage the purchase and use of e-cigarettes.

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According to cannabis industry experts, it’s very likely that the country’s largest tobacco companies will get into the marijuana business, in some way, when it is possible. The question becomes how much control these corporate giants will have over the industry, what they will do to marijuana products and how these changes will occur.

For decades, companies like Phillip Morris have wanted to get in on the marijuana action. [...]

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In a recent letter to the Chicago Sun-Times, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) takes issue with my argumentthat new FDA restrictions on e-cigarettes could deter smokers from switching to vaping, resulting in more tobacco-related deaths than would otherwise occur. "Mr. Sullum needs to check his facts," Durbin says, claiming that e-cigarettes, on balance, lead to more rather than less smoking. That conclusion is based on some highly implausible assumptions.

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North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson admits she has never personally known the desperate urge for nicotine.

"I think I might have had a puff of a friend's cigarette when I was about 14 or something but no I've never been a smoker," she said.

Now she is spearheading a push for North Sydney to become smoke-free, with the council unanimously endorsing the plan.

The proposal will be put to the local community as part of a consultation process to see what it thinks of the move before being implemented.

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There’s a war on nicotine. And just like the War on Drugs in general, it cannot be won. We will never live in a world where nicotine isn’t used by millions.    

A nicotine-free world is as unobtainable as one without caffeine or heroin. Why? Because people have always needed and loved drugs–for recreational, spiritual and medicinal purposes. And in the 21st century, drugs are never more than a couple of clicks away, through legal prescriptions or illicit markets.  

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Australian pharmacists are unsure with how to proceed in offering information about e-cigarettes in the face of conflicting information and a lack of guidelines about what to do.

New research has shown a high level of confusion about how to react to customer enquiries about e-cigarettes, and a relatively low level of knowledge about their regulation and what advice to be offering.

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Four Hong Kong medical groups have banded together to step up calls for a total ban on e-cigarettes following a 55 per cent rise in the proportion of Primary Two to Four pupils trying the products. The Council on Smoking and Health, Federation of Medical Societies, Medical Association and Dental Association on Thursday also cautioned that e-cigarettes could help youngsters abuse other drugs.

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The Food and Drug Administration is considering banning companies from selling e-cigarettes online to reduce the prevalence of vaping among teens.

"That's going to be one thing that's on the table," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at an Axios event Tuesday about the possibility of online sales. "It's very clearly something we are now looking at."

The FDA will be putting out proposals in November for regulating e-cigarettes, and will allow several months for feedback before a final decision is issued.[...]

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Ontario residents will be able to smoke recreational cannabis wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted, the Progressive Conservative government said Wednesday, loosening rules established by the previous Liberal regime.

The government will also not put a cap on pot shops when it starts licensing and regulating the province's private cannabis retail marketplace, and municipalities will have until January to opt out of hosting the stores.

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The Canadian Institute of Health Research has awarded $929,475 to Professor Jo Knight of Lancaster Medical School, [...]

 

Their aim is to understand how genetic variation can be used to optimize smoking cessation treatment choice using data from nine existing clinical trials with more than 5,000 smokers.

Professor Knight said: "We propose to elucidate genetic sources of variation in the nicotine metabolite ratio (NMR), a biomarker of nicotine metabolism rate which optimizes smoking cessation treatment choice.

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British tobacco company Imperial Brands aims to launch Nixx, a tobacco-infused e-cigarette, during the first part of 2019, its chief executive said on Tuesday, as the company bolsters its portfolio of cigarette alternatives.

Nixx could be launched around the same time as Imperial’s tobacco heating device Pulze but might come earlier, CEO Alison Cooper told Reuters before a capital markets day in London where Imperial will discuss its “next-generation products”.

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Vaping is new and might be healthier than regular cigarettes, but how do you choose the best vape products for you?
As a long-time smoker, it’s becoming more difficult to enjoy a cigarette wherever and whenever I want as more places are banning them every day.

I’ve been looking for an alternative that will allow me to get the full enjoyment that traditional cigs offer but without the health risks and dangers that are inherent to them.

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The same drug combination behind July's outbreak of overdoses — fentanyl and a synthetic cannabinoid, commonly known as "K2" — was found in a sample of the drug that health officials suspected caused another overdose spike over the weekend.

Health officials said the combination turned up in a sample collected from Hahnemann University Hospital on Friday — at the beginning of a surge that would eventually sicken at least 110 people and kill 7 around the city.

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The majority of Canadians are concerned about the use of e-cigarettes among youth, with almost 90 per cent backing a ban of the vaping products for those under 18, a national survey suggests.

The survey by the Angus Reid Institute, released Tuesday, found that support for prohibiting vaping among minors crossed all age and gender demographics, among tobacco smokers and non-smokers alike. “The one big take-away is that concern about vaping really does focus and centre on the impact on children,” said Shachi Kurl, [...]

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Despite the Centre’s advisory issued last month asking the States to stop the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) which use a nicotine-laced liquid, the Rajasthan government is yet to take action to protect the adolescents and youths against nicotine addiction. The sale of e-cigarettes continues unabated in the State. The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had asked all States in an advisory issued on August 28 that the ENDS, [...] were not sold, manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised in any manner.

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A special task force team of state drug controller has registered 37
cases against hookah bars across Haryana since
December 2017. Four such cases have been registered in
Panchkula alone. As of now, the authorities are finding it difficult to register anymore cases as hookah bars have stopped using flavours mixed with nicotine and were only adding nicotine as per the demand — that too in quantity, which is hard to trace.