Altria Group, responding to federal regulators' worries about rising rates of teen vaping and the possible health implications, said Thursday it would stop selling its pod-based e-cigarettes, at least temporarily.
The tobacco manufacturer, which also makes Marlboro cigarettes, said it would not put the vaping products back on the market until they get federal clearance or “the youth issue is otherwise addressed.”
It's been a tough year for Altria Group (NYSE:MO) and most of its tobacco-stock peers. Bearish investors point to all kinds of headwinds for the tobacco giant, including threats of tougher regulation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and ongoing shifts in consumer demand toward e-cigarettes and other alternatives to Altria's Marlboro cigarette brand. Amid all this controversy, marijuana stocks have been all the rage in the investing community. [...]
When Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb threatened to crack down on vaping products last month in response to "an epidemic of e-cigarette use among teenagers," he alluded to "preliminary data" showing that "youth use of e-cigs is rising very sharply." Although we still have not seen those numbers, that has not stopped Gottlieb from making policy decisions based on them, including changes that could limit the appeal and availability of products he concedes have enormous potential to reduce the harm caused by smoking.
When we first unveiled our comprehensive plan on tobacco and nicotine regulation, we set out to tackle the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. by focusing on two key areas: reducing the nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes to render them minimally or nonaddictive; and harnessing new forms of nicotine delivery that could allow currently addicted adult smokers to get access to nicotine without all the risks associated with lighting tobacco on fire.
Unless you are a smoker who has tried and failed to stop, I don’t think you can really appreciate how demoralizing “quit attempts” can be.
I had my first cigarette at the age of 15. I smoked at least 20 cigarettes a day for 26 years. I enjoyed it, but gradually came to wish I could stop. I tried numerous methods: nicotine patches, nicotine gum, self-help books and good old “will power”—and failed every time. I nearly cracked it once, using the Nicorette Inhalator—a device [...]
Nearly a quarter of users who follow the electronic cigarette brand Juul on Twitter are under 18, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
The latest findings are raising concern not only because the products aren’t intended for underage use, but because many of these youth followers are retweeting the company’s messages.
For the study, researchers [...] analyzed users who engaged with the 3,239 tweets sent by @JUULvapor between February 2017 and January 2018.
First, they came for cigarettes. Now, vape pens are replacing vitamin pills, too.
The newest generation of smokers is hooked — on wellness, that is. With the e-cigarette market expected to balloon by 22 percent in the next four years, according to consumer firm Orbis Research, a growing number of vape manufacturers are expanding beyond nicotine and marketing e-cig cartridges fortified with trendy nutrients instead. [...]
The first vaping products designed to prevent fires and explosions — and safety certified by UL — are scheduled to hit the market in a few weeks. While these redesigned electronic cigarettes will be available in Canada, they won’t be sold in the United States.
The vaping industry blames the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates tobacco products, for preventing Americans from buying these safety-enhanced devices.
The research [...] examined young adults' responses to flavour capsule cigarettes. When crushed, these capsules add a flavour (typically fruit or menthol) to the cigarette smoke inhaled; this type of cigarette allows users to customise their smoking experience and reduce the harshness of smoking.
Lead researcher, Professor Janet Hoek [...] says the findings suggest susceptible non-smokers see flavour capsules as more appealing, and they are more likely to experiment with these than with unflavoured cigarettes.
Smoking outside hundreds of cafes, restaurants and bars is being snubbed out in Auckland. Auckland Council is making more than 800 restaurants, cafes and bars with outdoor dining smokefree as part of new licensing rules. The move would apply to all hospitality venues that use council-licensed areas for al fresco dining and drinking. Council's environment and community committee chairperson Penny Hulse said the change was part of a commitment to be a healthier, smokefree city by 2025.
Health and consumer rights groups on Wednesday urged the Punjab government to lift a ban on e-cigarettes in the state while pointing out that the use of tobacco was on the rise in Punjab.
Two organizations -- one seeking to reduce tobacco's harmful effects and the other representing consumer rights group -- sought lifting of the government's recent ban on e-cigarettes. Dr Rohan Sequeira, a cardio-metabolic physician at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital, termed the Centre's advisory as "a knee-jerk reaction".
A recent report by Nicotine & Tobacco Research urges lawmakers not to treat electronic cigarettes and vaping devices the same as combustible cigarettes, because the more research measures “e-cigarettes as equivalent to cigarettes, the more the likely research may err in conclusions about these unique devices.”
Lead author Matthew Olonoff [...] remarked that before “making policy changes, such as controlling nicotine or flavor options in e-cigarettes, [there is a] need to better understand what role these unique characteristics have.”
Claims by the tobacco industry that heated tobacco products (HTPs) are safer than conventional cigarettes are not supported by the industry's own data and are likely to be misunderstood by consumers, according to research [...] The issue was assembled by Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.
HTPs are aggressively promoted by the tobacco industry as less harmful than cigarettes because they heat tobacco rather than burn it to generate the aerosol that delivers nicotine to users' lungs.
State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker is promising a sweeping crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes that are marketed to teens, as pressure mounts for New York to ban the sweetened nicotine products.
“We are concerned about this. There’s a lot of marketing to children of this and we need to tackle it,” Zucker told the Public Health Council on Oct. 11.
Vaping company Juul’s products come in flavors such as mango, mint, and crème brûlée, which critics say are aimed at kids.
Where we live can have a significant bearing on our health, with those in deprived areas more likely to engage in risky behaviours such as binge drinking and smoking, according to a new report. [...]
Women living in deprived areas are more likely than those in affluent areas to continue smoking and binge drinking (six or more standard drinks) into their 50s, while men aged 55-64 are 2.5 times more likely to smoke than their peers in affluent areas.
Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death.
In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium — all of which accumulate naturally in the leaves of the tobacco plant.
It's no surprise, then, that much of the available evidence suggests that vaping, which involves puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine instead of inhaling burned tobacco, is at least somewhat healthier.
Philip Morris International Inc will sell cheaper versions of its IQOS "heat not burn" products in Japan from Tuesday and introduce new upgraded products next month to expand market share, its chief executive said.
As regular e-cigarettes with nicotine-laced liquid are effectively banned in Japan, the country has become the main market for "heat not burn" (HNB) products, which emit less smoke and smell less than conventional cigarettes.
One of the world's biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of "staggering hypocrisy" over its new ad campaign that urges smokers to quit.
The Marlboro maker said the move was "an important next step" in its aim to "ultimately stop selling cigarettes".
But Cancer Research UK said the firm was just trying to promote its smoking alternatives, such as heated tobacco. "The best way Philip Morris could help people to stop smoking is to stop making cigarettes," George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK's tobacco policy manager said.
President Trump routinely boasts of unshackling the economy by cutting red tape. But one industry may be about to face an onslaught of regulations, as senior members of his administration discuss a crackdown on electronic cigarettes.
The e-cigarette industry grew over the past decade into a significant part of the economy, with billions in annual revenue as large manufacturers and small local shops induced smokers to switch en mass from foul-smelling analog tobacco to vaporized nicotine-laced liquid.
The number of adults currently using e-cigarettes in the UK is close to 2.9m, many of whom will have turned to the devices to quit smoking. While certainly they may help people kick the habit, there is a big problem with e-cigarettes: we don’t actually know for certain whether they are safe or not.
E-cigarettes were originally designed as an alternative to, and an aid for quitting, tobacco cigarettes. [...]