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After two years of consideration, the FDA is finally allowing tobacco company Altria to begin selling IQOS, a product manufactured by its sister company Philip Morris International. But why is approving a new tobacco product made by one of the world's most hated companies a win for public health?

Because IQOS heats tobacco instead of burning it, the levels of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in the aerosol are dramatically reduced compared with a regular cigarette. [...]

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China, the world's biggest tobacco producer and consumer, has drawn up standards for regulating e-cigarettes, it said in a filing published by the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, without specifying any date for adoption of the rules.

"This standard specifies the terms and definitions, technical requirements, test methods, packaging, identification, instructions, storage and transportation of electronic cigarette," the filing said.

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As underage vaping continues to rise in popularity, school resource officers at high schools are looking for teenagers with devices that are increasingly difficult to spot and cheaper to buy.

These devices can be as small as a USB drive and cost less than $20. Their use with marijuana elevates the concern.

The largest challenge, however, remains minors vaping tobacco products, most of which contain nicotine.

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Data from state and local-level surveys of high school and middle school students in Hawaii and Massachusetts find e-cigarette use increased after laws restricting tobacco products to 21 were put in place. In response to a so-called nationwide youth e-cigarette use epidemic, lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills that would increase their state’s tobacco and vaping product purchasing age from 18 years of age to 21. As of late April, 14 states and more than 400 localities have raised the tobacco product purchasing age to 21.

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Tobacco company Reynolds is fighting the Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to curb teen vaping, singling out one competitor it says the agency should rein in instead: e-cigarette maker Juul.

The FDA in March proposed limiting sales of fruity e-cigarette flavors to websites, vape shops and other retailers that impose age restrictions in response to federal data showing huge increases in teenagers vaping. The public comment period closed Tuesday. Reynolds, a unit of British American Tobacco, in its response said it opposes the plan.

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Tobacco products in Canada must be sold in packages that are brown, devoid of all colours and logos and feature large, graphic health warnings, according to new federal rules that health experts say are the toughest in the world.

The plain-packaging regulations, which were announced Wednesday and will come into force at retail stores next February, are a key pillar in the federal government’s strategy to reduce tobacco use among Canadians to less than 5 per cent of the population by 2035.

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Cigarettes: even if you don't die from them, you are their slave. Every few hours you have to stop what you're doing to answer nicotine's siren call.

Most addictions have this sort of effect. They force you to take a break from what you were doing while you seek out your fix and answer the demands of your compulsion. This causes you to lose focus and efficiency not only for yourself, but others as well.

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Electronic cigarettes, first developed in China, have proliferated in many countries in the last decade. In the UK, adult use of e-cigarettes rose rapidly from 2011 before plateauing from 2013. Some argue that e-cigarettes appear to have had small, but important, positive population level impacts on adult smoking cessation rates. Although this remains contested,4 5 their harm reduction potential has led many to support their use as an alternative to smoking.

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Philip Morris International, the company that sells Marlboro, Chesterfield, Parliaments and other brands internationally, thinks smoke-free products may be the solution to the company's longstanding cigarette problem.

The company's cigarette shipment volumes have faltered as more smokers ditch the habit. But shipments of the company's heated tobacco devices, called IQOS, are soaring. To bolster the trend, Philip Morris (PM) is leaning heavily into its "anti-smoking" effors. [...]

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Tobacco smoking is one of the world’s and India’s biggest and most preventable cause of early death and a blight on culture and society. With 120 million tobacco smokers, India is the second largest consumer of combustion-based tobacco products globally and witnesses over one million deaths per year due to tobacco related illness. Despite efforts to reduce tobacco burden by means of taxation, stringent labelling requirements, etc., cigarette volumes have not witnessed significant decline in India.

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According to U.S. government statistics, about 90 percent of tobacco users become dependent on nicotine before their 21st birthday. That's why University of Cincinnati assistant professor Ashley Merianos believes the Ohio governor's push to raise the age to purchase tobacco products is the right decision.

As part of his state budget proposal, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has asked the Statehouse to approve raising the age to purchase tobacco products in Ohio from 18 to 21, including e-cigarettes and vaping supplies. [...]

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said it would allow Philip Morris to sell a heated tobacco product called IQOS in the United States, a major victory for the international tobacco giant as it looks to sell more alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Following a review of about two years, the FDA determined that authorizing the device for sale in the U.S. market was “appropriate for the protection of public health” because the products produce “fewer or lower levels of some toxins than combustible cigarettes.”