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A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics in April 2020 shows that more and more American teenagers were turning to vaping and ingesting marijuana in various forms over the period 2015 to 2018. This is a disturbing trend given the increasing evidence that chronic marijuana use at this age does cause abnormal development as well as causing social consequences.

It is well known that adolescents find it easier to obtain marijuana in forms that aren’t suitable for smoking. However, there haven’t been many studies comparing the use of this weed in different forms. [...]

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Vaping regulations have been ramping up over the last several years as concern reaches an all-time high. It’s only been a little over ten years since modern vaporizers first hit the scene, but the industry has grown into a massively important, multi-billion dollar business. As such, any plans to significantly curb vaping rights are immediately met with intense debate from both sides. Anti-vapers believe e-cigarettes need to be reigned in, as they’re leading to a new generation of smokers. [...]

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A bipartisan group of senators said Wednesday that they believe their bill to raise the age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes can pass Congress and be signed into law -- but only if they can keep it free of loopholes and fend off efforts to water it down or load it up with controversial provisions. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, said major anti-smoking organizations, like the American Lung Association, are backing their bill for one major simple reason: "It has no loopholes, it has no exceptions, there are no tricks. It is a clean piece of legislation."

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The commission’s 6-1 vote last week sends a strong message to the Board of Supervisors, which will vote in the coming weeks on the legislation introduced by Supervisor Shamann Walton.

The proposal would ban the sale of e-cigarettes until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates the products’ impact on public health and approves their marketing. Walton refused to make any amendments to his proposal when presenting his legislation to the commission last week.

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It must be hard to get noticed, as pot stocks proliferate. Witness last week’s announcement by Vireo Health International, one of the smaller multistate cannabis sellers. It brands itself as “science-focused” and physician-led. Last Thursday, Chief Executive Kyle Kingsley, M.D., said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had allowed his application for mixing cannabis-derived substances with tobacco—an invention that sounds a lot like the marijuana-laced cigarettes that Americans call a spliff.

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Industry documents, court testimony, and advertisements all show that the tobacco industry has been working for decades to equate nicotine with innocuous vices like coffee, tea, or gummy bears. The effort aims to erode damaging connections to substances with worse reputations, like heroin or cocaine. Now, that same caffeine-nicotine connection is flavoring the discourse about electronic cigarettes, too. “Chemically, nicotine is very similar to caffeine, and coffee is one of the most widely traded products in the world,” Juul co-founder James Monsees told [...]

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There’s still plenty of debate going on over the value of vaporizers. Legislators and public health officials the world over are working to agree on the best path forward, while more research is continually being added. Vaping supporters point to this peer-reviewed evidence as more than enough proof to the extreme harm reduction and smoking cessation value of e-cigarettes. Meanwhile, anti-vapers continue to question the long term effects of vaping, particularly on the youth.

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For months, Juul Labs has had a clear, unwavering message for officials in Washington: The e-cigarette giant is committed to doing all it can to keep its hugely popular vaping products away from teenagers.

But here in Columbia, the South Carolina capital, and in statehouses and city halls across the country, a vast, new army of Juul lobbyists is aggressively pushing measures that undermine that pledge.

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The UK’s advertising watchdog is investigating whether a series of Instagram posts by British American Tobacco breached rules prohibiting the use of social media to promote vaping products to teenagers.

It is the first time that the ASA has examined the use of Instagram, the online platform owned by Facebook, for pushing e-cigarettes.

Tobacco companies have invested heavily in their e-cigarette businesses, as sales of traditional cigarettes fall across developed economies.

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You arrive at the airport and remember that you are carrying a vaporizer. The device may not have marijuana, but it definitely has residue from your previous vaping session. So, you queue wondering whether you will really make it. Almost every marijuana enthusiast that travels more often has been in this situation.

So, is it safe to travel with vaping marijuana? Well, it depends on several factors including where you are traveling to and who is in charge. For instance, you may carry a vaping device when traveling to Denver, Colorado. [...]

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Four in 10 cigarettes tested by the Dutch product safety board contain too much tar and other chemicals, but manufacturers are rarely being fined, the AD said on Wednesday. Of the 100 plus cigarettes tested in 2017, 43 did not meet official Dutch standards, which say smoke should not contain more than 10 milligrams of tar, 1 milligram of nicotine and 10 milligrams of carbon monoxide, the AD said. Nevertheless, just one fine was handed out because the NVWA maintains a 20% margin of error, the AD said. [...]

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Ohio University implemented a smoke-free campus policy along with creating a task force to monitor the initiative in the fall semester of 2015 but the task force is no longer active.

Jim Sabin, OU spokesman, said OU became a tobacco-free campus in accordance with a resolution made by the Ohio Board of Regents in 2012. The policy change came after OU sought input about what the policy should look like from a survey, open forums and the university’s shared governmental bodies.

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BRITS are forced to pay some of the highest “sin taxes” in Europe, a report warns today.

Smokers are hit by the most expensive duty on tobacco across the Continent, while drinkers have to pay the second-highest rates on wine and beer. Overall the UK is ranked fourth-worst country out of 28 in the Nanny State Index compiled by think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Its experts claim there is no proof that tough laws on tobacco, alcohol and sugar make Britain a healthier place, however.

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"We've got a very large problem here in Hawaii," Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Founder and Creator of the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, said.

According to the Department of Health, the number of Hawaii youth experimenting with e-cigarettes or vapes has increased four times among middle school children from 2011 to 2015, and six times among high schoolers.

"In the last twelve months is when we've seen a particular rise, really in 2018 of e-cigarette and Juul use," Dr. Halpern-Felsher said. 

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Cigarette use was lower among pregnant women in the United States (8 percent) than among nonpregnant women (14.3 percent) but rates of e-cigarette use were almost identical (3.6 percent for pregnant women and 3.3 percent for nonpregnant women) in a study based on national health survey data. The study included data for 1,071 pregnant and 26,849 nonpregnant women (18 to 44 years old) from 2014 to 2017. E-cigarette use was more common among pregnant women who also smoke cigarettes (38.9 percent) than among nonpregnant women who use both kinds of cigarettes (13.5 percent). [...]

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Dr Sharon Cox has over ten years’ experience working in the drug and alcohol field, including working at front-line services with some of the UK’s most deprived communities. She has a special interest in harm reduction and the use of translational methodologies in vulnerable and marginalised groups. She currently works as a Trial Manager at London South Bank University’s Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research. [...]

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Dr Roberto A Sussman is a full time senior researcher and lecturer in physics at the National University of Mexico. He specializes in Theoretical Cosmology but has undertaken research and frequent peer reviewing for journals in other areas of Astrophysics. He is also the founder and Director of Pro-Vapeo Mexico, an association representing Mexican consumers of noncombustible nicotine products and is a member of INNCO. [...]

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Use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, nearly doubled among Kentucky youths from 2016 to 2018, even as state and local officials escalate efforts to curb the increasingly popular practice among teens.

High school seniors reported the highest use of e-cigarettes, with nearly 27% reporting in 2018 that they had tried the product that contains nicotine, the addictive drug found in tobacco, according to a state public health survey of youth behaviors conducted every other year.

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The government's annual 10 per cent hike on cigarettes and tobacco was most keenly felt among the country's poorest, resulting in a higher cost of living for beneficiaries and Māori.

Stats NZ figures show the cost of living for beneficiaries rose 0.6 per cent in the three months through March, and rose 0.4 per cent for Māori. The national average increase in the cost of living for the period was 0.1 per cent.

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We are encouraged to see that members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are getting serious about raising the minimum age to 21 years old to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. This will build on the momentum of several state and territorial legislatures that are working towards banning the sale and use of cigarettes to people under 21.

Why does age matter? We know that increasing the age at which young people can purchase tobacco products is emerging as a promising, commonsense strategy. [...]