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The Food and Drug Administration struck the wrong balance on its oversight of the e-cigarette industry, former Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb said at CNBC’s Healthy Returns conference Tuesday.

While commissioner, Gottlieb championed e-cigarettes as a way to help adults stop smoking. The agency’s delayed oversight has been blamed, in part, on a rise in teen vaping that Gottlieb eventually labeled as an “epidemic.”

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Joe Biden supports decriminalizing marijuana, a Biden campaign spokesman told CNN, but the former vice president isn't going as far as calling for the drug to be legalized on the federal level.

"Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana," Biden told voters at a Tuesday house party in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Asked by CNN if the former vice president supports legalizing marijuana, Andrew Bates, a Biden campaign spokesman, said Biden believes the drug should be decriminalized and that decisions on legalization should continue on the state level.
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Most people who smoke e-cigarettes want to quit and many have tried to reduce their use, according to Rutgers researchers.

The study [...] is the first to examine e-cigarette users' past attempts and current intentions to quit e-cigarettes in a representative sample of adult e-cigarette users in the United States. The study found that more than 60 percent of e-cigarette users want to quit using e-cigarettes and 16 percent plan to quit in the next month. More than 25 percent have tried to quit using e-cigarettes in the past year.

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Altria shareholders grilled CEO Howard Willard on his $12.8 billion bet on e-cigarette giant Juul at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday.

Analysts and investors worried Altria paid too much for its 35% stake in the company and very little say over its operations, especially with the e-cigarette giant facing regulatory scrutiny. Willard on Thursday defended the terms of the deal, saying the e-cigarette market wasn’t growing much before Juul entered it. [...]

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The WHO defines electronic cigarettes as devices that do not burn tobacco leaves but
instead vaporize a solution inhaled by the user. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes aim to provide a similar sensation to inhaling tobacco smokes for the user; they are used
worldwide by millions of people as alternatives to real cigarettes and some studies shows
that they are effective in helping to quit smoking.

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E-cigars have been gaining popularity amongst young adults and adolescents in recent years. However, whether e-cigars pose a threat to our health remains a hot-debated subject. A quick research on the net is enough to release that there is plentiful of scientific reports either accrediting or discrediting this novel product.

Starting from the “bright side” of e-cigars, UK public health authorities state that e-cigarettes are 95% less toxic that conventional cigars. [...]

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University of Washington researchers are recruiting pregnant woman to study the effects of prenatal marijuana use on an infants brain development.

“Moms + Marijuana” study will track a woman’s marijuana use from the first trimester throughout pregnancy. Researchers will then scan infants brains at 6 months old to identify possible effects of cannabis exposure, including cognitive and motor development, medical health, and social behavior.

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City Councilor Matt O’Malley knows firsthand how hard it is to quit smoking.

It’s part of the reason he’s demanding Boston officials take further action to curb the chances a new generation will pick up a nicotine addiction, he told fellow councilors Wednesday.

Calling the sharp rise of e-cigarette use among teenagers “an unrecognized epidemic,” O’Malley requested a hearing to delve into the particulars of just how much a so-called “vaping” habit has harmed Boston’s young people — and what exactly can be done to stop it.

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FEW would envy Erik Stoel his post as the big boss of a tobacco company in Malaysia today, especially when the industry is waging a war against illicit cigarettes and trying to maintain its margins as consumers downgrade to cheaper brands.

However, the group managing director of British American Tobacco (M) Bhd is determined to put the group back on a growth path despite it having few weapons to fight the illegal cigarette trade in the country.

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A majority of healthcare professionals in New Zealand view Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, as a viable alternative to cigarettes if they are legalised and regulated appropriately, according to new research conducted by Frost & Sullivan. New Zealand has moved to reduce smoking rates in recent decades, and currently boasts one of the lowest smoking rates in the developed world. However, almost 600,000 New Zealanders continue to smoke, [...]

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Sir, – There is currently a great deal of one-sided discussion about cannabis. This discussion has been driven by two separate debates. First, there is the argument in favour of legalising cannabis for medicinal use. Second, there is the argument criticising the use of criminal sanctions to deter people from using cannabis.

Most of the people taking part in these discussions are sincere and well-intentioned. However, as doctors, we are concerned that Ireland is being led down the path of cannabis legalisation. [...]

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It’s been a little over ten years since modern vaporizers first started to gain traction as a harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. In that time, governments around the world have worked to agree on the correct regulatory path forward. Despite encouraging statistics, many are worried about the full impact acceptance of vaping will have on our society, particularly the youth. As you can imagine, vaping laws have been continuously subject to change as the industry grows and politicians cycle.

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Someday, soon perhaps, the Juul e-cigarette will pass into the heap of cast-off youth fads and we may breathe sighs of relief that that’s over.

Until then, fuel for wild-eyed screeds against the product needs to come from somewhere. Religious and moral opposition to smoking has a long and varied pedigree, from the “Counterblaste to Tobacco” of England’s King James I, to the seventeenth-century papal rulings against tobacco use at Mass, to calls by long-skirted ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

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North Carolina filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against e-cigarette company Juul, making it the first state to legally challenge the popular business.

Attorney General Josh Stein filed the suit against Juul Labs, Inc. in state court, alleging that the company violated North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act by misrepresenting the dangers of nicotine in its products. Stein also alleges that Juul designed, marketed and sold its e-cigarettes in a way that attracts youth who are younger than the legal tobacco purchasing age.

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A total ban on electronic cigarettes in the Philippines is one of the options that the Duterte administration may consider amid the proliferation of the unregulated battery-operated devices, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

While taxation is still on the table, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the government is not ruling out the possibility to just ban the sale and use of all kinds of e-cigarettes, whether vape or heat-not-burn tobacco.

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A federal judge is siding with public health groups suing the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes on the U.S. market.

The ruling handed down Wednesday in district court states that the agency shirked its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S. vaping products by several years. [...] "It is now the FDA's responsibility to take immediate action to protect our kids and require manufacturers to apply to the FDA if they want to keep their products on the market," the groups said in a statement.

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The City of Montreal is redefining the word butthead in a bid to keep city streets clean and cut down on pollution.

 

In a new social media campaign, the city defines a butthead as “someone who throws their cigarette butts on the ground.” In Montreal and other big cities, discarded butts make up around 30 per cent of litter found on the ground. On its website, the city explains that just one cigarette butt can contain up to 7,000 toxic chemicals, and if thrown on the ground, it can pollute up to 500 litres of water.

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Since their introduction, e-cigarettes have triggered controversy. Often touted as safer alternatives to regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes come with their own risks, including possible nicotine addiction. Use among youth in particular has increased dramatically, and the FDA has proposed tighter regulations in an effort to reduce teen use. [...]

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Massachusetts’ progress in reducing teen smoking during the past two decades is being quickly undermined by the popularity of vaping. The Commonwealth needs to take rapid action to stem the tide of this new wave of nicotine addiction.

Electronic nicotine delivery systems — such as vape pens, e-hookahs, and other forms of e-cigarettes — arrived a few years ago under the guise of providing a less harmful and better smoking experience than traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes typically have no tobacco and none of the cancerous toxins found in cigarettes. [...]

 

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After the failure to include legalized adult use cannabis in the New York State budget earlier this year, sponsors of the legislation say they are introducing a new bill that they hope stands a better chance at becoming law.

Democratic Manhattan Senator Liz Krueger, who is a longtime supporter of legalizing marijuana says "the new bill incorporates some of the ideas the governor and legislature came up with when they talked about the issue during the budget talks," according to Karen DeWitt of WAMC radio.