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To Chris Chin, owner of the Gone With the Smoke vapor shop in San Francisco, the city’s proposed legislation to ban the sale of e-cigarettes would mark an end to his nearly six-year run in the Tenderloin neighborhood.

“They’re going to absolutely put me out of business, 100%,” said Chin, [...] Chin is one of about 730 San Francisco tobacco retailers whose business would take a hit or be snuffed out entirely by the proposed ban on e-cigarettes, which City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton are spearheading as an attempt to curb youth vaping. [...]

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The latest news story to upset vapers is about the FDA’s wish to ban E-cigarette flavors. Does the FDA have enough supporting evidence to make the case against vaping or is it all just about politics? A recent press release from the FDA about E-cigarettes and vaping revealed that up to 35 cases were brought to them regarding people experiencing seizures or convulsions after vaping. While that number seems and is low, it’s still a cause for concern among health officials.

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Amid a raging debate over banning of (ENDS) in the country, including and flavoured hookah, more than 3,000 users of these devices have written to Narendra Modi, requesting him to legalise them.

In their petition, they claimed their health has improved significantly after they switched to vaping from conventional cigarettes.

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The Vermont State Senate sent a clear message to the vaping industry, one that should have vapers there shaking in their boots. They voted recently over whether or not to ban online vaping sales across the state, and the measure passed by a unanimous 30-0 margin. It’s extremely rare for anything to have this level of support in any level of the government. The move was aimed at significantly reducing teenage vaping, something the lawmakers see as a rapidly increasing problem. [...]

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President Donald Trump finished his overture at this year’s Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta by asking the conference attendees to stand with him in fighting for a “drug-free America.”

Trump’s “work” to fight any public health crisis related to the widespread use of legal or illicit substances has featured policies that undercut years of harm reduction success. His administration’s approach to tobacco-related health issues and nicotine is a case in point.

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The bottom line is to help children grow up safer and healthier and to increase parents' ability to help them do that, says the investigator leading a $1.4 million state-funded alcohol and substance abuse prevention program.

Investigators at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Cancer Center are working with Augusta area schools to prevent or reduce use of two major substances abused by children: alcohol as well as e-cigarettes, whose use by teens is reaching epidemic proportions, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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The legal age to buy tobacco and nicotine products in Maryland will be raised from 18 to 21, and the state will add vaping devices to the list of tobacco products, under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan (R). 

The law was passed in response to an uptick in teen vaping, which federal officials have declared an “epidemic.” The law will take effect in October.

“There is no more important job than protecting the health and safety of Marylanders,” Hogan said in a statement.

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Joanne Ursini didn’t need help from a nicotine patch or stick of chewing gum to quit smoking. She could just stop, whenever she wanted to, even after having smoked off and on for 35 years.

“But I always started again,” said Ursini, 65, a 23-year Yale Hospitality employee who works in the dining hall at Davenport College. “After awhile something is so addictive that you don’t look at the reason behind doing it. I just always went back. I knew my capabilities (to quit). I just never committed myself to stopping.”

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A ban on displaying cigarettes and tobacco at shop counters has reduced the risk of young people taking up smoking, according to a new study.

Tobacco products have been hidden from point-of-sale displays across the UK for more than four years.

University of Stirling researchers said their study showed the ban "helps safeguard young people".

Lead author Dr Allison Ford added: "Our findings help to justify this policy approach in the UK and elsewhere."

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You can’t avoid e-cigarettes in this day and age. This pocket-sized temptation entices us with wide range of tastes and scents, attractive design and, seemingly, being a safer alternative to traditional smoking. Recalling the words of great Paracelsus: “Omnia sunt venena, nihil est sine veneno. Sola dosis facit venenum.” we should carefully consider pros and cons of vaping. The pro e-cigarette lobbies outvie each other for factual and reliable pros for vaping. Their principal argument is that e-cigarettes help people stop smoking. [...]

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Free e-cigarettes could be handed out at food banks under new plans being trialled in one area of the country. As part of the proposed project, smokers accessing support from a food bank will be offered a free e-cigarette starter kit. It is hoped it will help people save money and improve health if switching from normal cigarettes.

 

Jim McManus, the director of public health at Hertfordshire County Council, said he hopes it will be up and running by the end of the year.

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If you have a child in middle or high school, there is a high chance that one of their friends is vaping. The effects the vapor is having on their bodies, at this time, is unknown. We talk to researchers at the cutting edge of studies to find out what's more dangerous smoking or vaping?

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Los Angeles International Airport has seen arrests surge 166 percent since marijuana was legalized across the state of California in 2016.

Authorities at LAX say airline passengers carrying small amounts of marijuana have been emboldened by reduced marijuana possession penalties, but that drug traffickers stuffing entire checked bags with pot have also been apprehended in much larger numbers.

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A new national Leger poll reveals that large majorities of Canadians support urgent action by the federal government to significantly restrict vaping product advertising to help curb increasing youth consumption of nicotine vaping products. Recent revelations have confirmed that Canada's youth are following the same trends seen south of the border, where both the FDA chief and the Surgeon General have qualified the rise in youth vaping as "an epidemic".

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Tobacco giant Imperial Brands has hit out at rival e-cigarette maker Juul, comparing its high-nicotine products to “legal highs” and accusing it of attracting younger customers to vaping.

Matthew Phillips, Imperial’s chief development officer, said Juul’s success in the US, where its market share is more than 70pc, had led to increased scrutiny of vaping by regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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The roll-out across EU countries of Juul, has been hampered by limits of 20 milligrams of nicotine per millimetre of liquid, compared to 59 in the United States. The San Francisco-based manufacturer says that this makes their product less effective as an alternative to cigarettes for heavy smokers.

This argument has been backed by science. A recent review of research related to NRTs, has indicated that smokers who use higher doses of nicotine are more likely to quit than those using lower doses. [...]

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Cigarette maker Philip Morris International has suspended a global social media marketing campaign in response to Reuters inquiries into the company’s use of young online personalities to sell its new "heated tobacco" device, including a 21-year-old woman in Russia. The company's internal "marketing standards" prohibit it from promoting tobacco products with youth-oriented celebrities or "models who are or appear to be under the age of 25."

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The latest development has sent shockwaves through the industry, as the FDA just approvedPhilip Morris’ iQOS devices to be sold in American stores starting later this year. As usual, both sides of the vaping debate have had plenty to say about the development. But this time things are a bit more complicated since many vaping advocates and anti-vapers agree that Big Tobacco owned products like iQOS shouldn’t be supported. Experts are warning this may only be the start of much more significant problems which radically change the face of vaping in America.

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A Halloween store seemed an unlikely origin for one of Ireland’s leading electronic cigarette brands. Yet for Stuart Fagan, co-founder of Hale Vaping, the idea seemed frighteningly simple.

It was his brother Declan’s plan to open a Halloween costume shop in Cork city. Having expressed his dislike of cigarette smoke to one of the store’s suppliers, Fagan learnt about how ecigarettes were being used to help people kick the habit.

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FIRST there were smokers. Then there were vapers. Now there is a tribe of nicotine users so new that they don’t have a name yet. Maybe we’ll call them heaters or smoulders. But if the tobacco industry gets its way, they will become a familiar sight.

The new tribe are converts to what are called heated tobacco products (HTPs) or heat-not-burn (HNB) devices. [...]