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The American Association of Pediatrics finally has something to say about e-cigarettes; unfortunately, it’s nothing good for the vaping community

Vaping continues to be an ample source of debate between public health officials, legislators, and parents. As soon as it became a national phenomenon, arguments over how and when to regulate e-cigarettes have gone back and forth with little sign of ending in sight. [...]

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E-cigarettes will not be offered as an aid to help smokers quit until the full health impact is determined, doctors have said.

This week the government's product regulator said e-cigarettes and vaping products could be sold legally from mid-April.

Regulation will ensure consumers will have transparency over the vaping products they buy and help authorities stamp out black market and unregulated sellers.

But government doctors said the country will not go as far as some nations in promoting the devices to problem smokers.

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A basic principle of public health ethics is that we don't lie to people. Telling the truth is a critical component of the public health code of ethics. It is important not only because it is unethical to lie, but also because we greatly risk losing credibility and the public's trust if we are found to be lying. [...]

Therefore, it pains me today to have to report that the Pennsylvania Department of Health is urging parents to lie to their kids about e-cigarettes in order to dissuade them from vaping.

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A recently published study and conference abstract released earlier this month concluded that “Daily e-cigarette use, adjusted for smoking conventional cigarettes as well as other risk factors, is associated with increased risk of myocardial infarction.” [...]

Renowned cardiologist and well published tobacco harm reduction researcher Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, responded to these allegations saying that both conclusions are wrong and “constitute epidemiological malpractice and misinformation.”

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Switching to Juul e-cigarettes reduces smokers' risk to cigarette toxins at similar levels to quitting entirely, according to results from a clinical trial presented at a conference Saturday.

Researchers found switching entirely to Juul reduced smokers' exposure to biomarkers, or signals of exposure to cigarette smoking, 99.6 percent as much as abstaining entirely from cigarettes. [...] In the study presented Saturday, researchers tested 90 adult smokers for nine biomarkers associated with combustible cigarette smoke. [...]

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Lawmakers in the state House on Wednesday passed a bill raising the smoking and vaping age to 21. The bill targets both tobacco products and so-called "vape" products, including e-cigarettes and other vapor devices. If signed into law the bill would make Washington the seventh state to do so [...] "If we can keep kids, young adults, from smoking before the age of 21, 95 percent will never smoke." said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Paul Harris, a Vancouver Republican.

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Vaping, the “safer” alternative to smoking, is leading to serious injuries from battery explosions, doctors have warned.

The devices use powerful lithium batteries to heat nicotine-laden fluids into a vapour that is inhaled.

However, a report in the British Medical Journal warns of a surge in “clinically significant blast injuries from exploding devices, chemical injuries from leakage of battery fluid and flame injuries from ignition of the lighter’s content”.

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Many consider E-cigarettes (ECs) to be a gateway to combustible cigarette use. Accordingly using PATH data, several studies have attempted to demonstrate that adolescents who use e-cigarettes at one point in time are more likely to use combustible cigarettes later. In 2017, for example, Bold et al. evaluated the trajectory of e-cigarette use among teens and found that those who used them were seven times more likely to go on to smoke combustible cigarettes than teens who did not. [...]

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E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc’s revenue is expected to triple this year to about $3.4 billion following a profitable 2018, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The vaping device maker revealed its first official growth figures last month, saying it made sales of over $1 billion in 2018, up from $200 million the year earlier. The soaring sales come even as a divisive debate rages on over e-cigarettes, which offer an alternative free of the cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarettes, but are often seen as spurring new nicotine addiction, especially among teens.

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By now, we are all aware that the use of flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products is running rampant in this country. A recent survey of one particular age group of electronic cigarette users (vapers) revealed that 85 percent prefer flavored e-cigarettes, including 74 percent who use fruit flavors and 66 percent who use dessert or pastry flavors. Nearly half (49 percent) of these vapers regularly used candy, chocolate or other sweet-flavored e-liquids.

If you think we’re talking about teenagers, think again. [...]

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Controversy is brewing in San Francisco this week as it was revealed that the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) accepted money from an e-cigarette company to sponsor its annual meeting which is being held this week. [...] Wait a minute. I apologize. I just received word that I got the story slightly wrong. GSK is indeed sponsoring the conference, but GSK doesn't stand for GreenSmokeKloud, it stands for GlaxoSmithKline, and it's not producing vaping products for smoking cessation, it's producing nicotine replacement products for smoking cessation. [...]

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Health experts and anti-smoking groups are hoping the federal government to do more to keep young people from taking up a dangerous habit.

Teen vaping is on the rise in Canada, and Quebec is no exception.

“The product is attractive. It's very easy to use. You've got a very high dose of nicotine. And they taste good. This is the cocktail you need to make the product attractive and popular among youth,” said Flory Doucas of the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control.

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A federal regulator on the Federal Communications Commission has weighed in on e-cigarettes, proposing significant federal overreach.

E-cigarettes are the public-health crisis du jour, and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has vowed to take action by banishing e-cigarette advertising from radio and television airwaves. Yet by leveling the marketing playing field between cigarettes and e-cigarettes, the proposed ban not only represents agency overreach, it will likely hurt public health.

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For the first time ever, when the Territory Parliament regroups this week it is expected to discuss how it will regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes. Despite the fact that Australia has some of the toughest vaping laws across the globe, many locals have turned to the devices in order to quit smoking. In Australia the devices are legal, but the use of nicotine-containing refills is not. [...]

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While nicotine keeps smokers addicted, it’s the smoke and the 7,000 chemicals contained in it that causes the disease and death. That’s why a key element of our comprehensive plan to significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death is recognizing that nicotine, while highly addictive, is delivered through products along a continuum of risk with combustible cigarettes at one end, and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products at the other. [...]

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Recently in this column (Chronicle, February 6 ), I called for greater responsibility of both government and individual citizens for getting the facts on important potential dangers in order to avert paralysing fear and thus, make reason based action possible.

While the greater focus was global warming, I used as example the rather casual way that so-called vaping has been normalised in New Zealand with minimal to no regulation.

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Mixed in with the cigar display is a box of electronic hookahs in flavors like watermelon and mango. The hookahs are manager Mohammad Omer's attempt to get in on the e-cigarette craze. Barely any have sold.

But each day he sells about 50 Black & Mild cigars, a brand of small cigars made by Marlboro maker Altria that look a lot like cigarettes. They come in flavors with names like Jazz and Blues and are sold as single sticks or packs of two, rather than cartons, for a buck or two.

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Lawmakers in Utah have introduced legislation that would apply an 86.5 percent tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products. The legislation’s author intends to put “the price point up” to make it difficult for youth to purchase e-cigarettes. While addressing youth e-cigarette use is commendable, the draconian tax that would be placed on tobacco harm reduction (THR) products would threaten the public health gains e-cigarettes provide and hurt small businesses. 

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recent study confirms that teenagers who try e-cigarettes are more likely than those who don't to subsequently try conventional cigarettes, which is consistent with the hypothesis that vaping is a gateway to smoking. But this association is also consistent with the hypothesis that pre-existing differences make some teenagers more likely to experiment with both products, and a closer look at the data casts doubt on the idea that vaping causes smoking.

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Over 3 billion cigarettes were sold in Luxembourg in 2018, a 5.86% increase from the year prior. [...] According to the figures provided in Gramegna’s reply, the price for a packet of 20 smokes is €4.20 and did not change from 2017 to 2018, although it has increased from €3.20 in 2010. Nevertheless, there is a steep price differential between Luxembourg and its neighbouring countries, specifically France.