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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, who is overseeing an investigation into e-cigarette market leader Juul, sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday urging officials to finalize a policy by next Friday that would remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market. “Each day flavors are on the market is another day for young people to pick up their first e-cigarettes and start a lifetime of nicotine addiction,” Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., said in the letter.

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The first case was reported at the end of March but authorities have still not identified the chemicals that are causing the illness.

It also remains unclear if all cases are the same kind of injury.

But Prof John Newton, of Public Health England, said: “We are as certain as ever that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking.”

The outbreak does not appear to be linked to long-term use of nicotine e-cigs, which have been used in the US for over ten years.

Officials there instead believe illicit products containing THC – the psychoactive component of cannabis – are to blame.

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Leaders from some of the nation’s largest physician groups called for tighter e-cigarette regulations Wednesday, expressing concern over the risk of creating another generation hooked on nicotine. “No tobacco product is safe, but e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery devices have shifted that conversation,” Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, president-elect of the American College of Physicians, said Wednesday in a panel discussion at the National Press Club.
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In response to the "epidemic" of underage e-cigarette use, public schools are deploying the tried-and-true method of lying to children about the hazards of drug use, because how could that possibly backfire? A misinformation sheet about vaping, published by the Florida-based Nemours Foundation and distributed to eighth-graders at my daughter's school in Dallas, illustrates this approach, making scary claims that can easily be debunked by anyone with an internet connection.

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What these sales figures mean is that the emergency ban on the sale of all vaping products in Massachusetts has resulted in an increase in cigarette consumption, most likely due to large numbers of vapers going back to smoking. Because cigarette consumption is roughly linearly related to smoking-related disease and death, this means that unless the state reverses course, the vaping products sales ban is going to result in a substantial increase in disease and death.
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All packaging will feature the same brown base colour, basic grey text and minimalist layout under the new requirements. The measures will also standardize the size and appearance of cigarettes, cigars and other products inside the packages. Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society, lauded Canada’s plain-packaging regulations as “the best in the world,” having learned from the examples of at least 13 other countries that have adopted similar measures.

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In 1998, major tobacco companies reached a historic legal settlement with states that had sued them over the health care costs of smoking-related illnesses. But individual smokers have continued to sue, and to this day the tobacco industry remains tied up in hundreds of court fights with sickened smokers, or with family members who lost a loved one to cancer, heart disease, or other smoking-related illness. Professor John Geer, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University, has been consulting on behalf of tobacco companies from 2004 to at least mid-2018, according to court documents. [...]

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People who died as a result of a mysterious outbreak of vaping-related lung injury often used products exclusively containing THC, the main psychoactive substance in cannabis, according to new numbers released Monday [...] "It is evident from today's report that these lung injuries are disproportionately affecting young people," CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said in a statement Monday. "As CDC receives additional data, a more defined picture of those impacted is taking shape. These new insights can help bring us a step closer to identifying the cause or causes of this outbreak."

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Juul, the leading US e-cigarette manufacturer, sent to market 1 million contaminated mint-flavored nicotine pods earlier this year — just one of many disturbing actions against public health taken by the company, [...]

In that case, Juul didn’t tell customers about the problem pods or recall them. In another revelation, the plaintiff — Juul’s former senior vice president for global finance, Siddharth Breja — says he raised concerns that the company was reselling nearly expired product and suggested adding an expiration or “best by” date on Juul’s packaging. Again, Breja claims, Juul didn’t act.

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In-flight smoking became so antiquated that airlines started replacing light-up ‘no smoking’ signs with a non-illuminated placard. With smoking prohibited at all stages of flight, it was unnecessary to always illuminate a sign, unless a regulator stipulated as such. Besides practicality there was aviation’s legendary bean counting: removing the lightbulb does away with cost, weight and complexity. “Cases of smoking in cabin seats have become much more common,” Korean Air says in a statement. [...]

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Local vaping groups lauded the latest study conducted by researchers from University College London showing that the use of electronic cigarettes may help between 50,000 and 70,000 smokers in England quit every year.“The results of the UCL study affirm the findings of Public Health England and many other independent expert studies, which show that e-cigarette use is associated with improved quit smoking success rates and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the United Kingdom,” said Vishal Daswani, vice president of the Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association.

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Interview: David Sweanor, law professor at the University of Ottawa and member of the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association

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Democratic senators are calling on President Trump not to abandon his promise to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market.

In a letter sent Tuesday, 25 Democrats led by Senate Health Committee ranking member Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), said they had “significant concerns” because it has been more than a month since administration officials first announced their intention to remove all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes from the market.

“With each day, more children continue to be lured to e-cigarettes by flavors such as fruit, candy, and mint or menthol. [...]

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Juul Labs plans to cut about 500 jobs by the end of the year as part of a broader reorganization plan aimed at repairing the company’s relationship with regulators. The e-cigarette giant will also cut its marketing budget and invest in ways to limit underage vaping. In a statement to CNBC, the company said the cuts were part of a broad review of the company’s practices and policies by its CEO K.C. Crosthwaite.

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The researchers point to a higher prevalence of anxiety and depression in women, which might interfere with even the best intentions to kick the habit. And one expert noted that prior evidence has shown that women's brains react differently to nicotine. In the latest study, involving more than 200 patients at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, the prevalence of anxiety or depression was 41 percent in women while it was only 21 percent in men.

Depression and other mood disorders need to be addressed in women who smoke, especially those with heart disease and stroke, said senior study author Dr. Beth Abramson [...]

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A draft scheme to introduce a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s and on the sale of tobacco products from vending machines at venues where children might be present will be considered by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health next month.

It is hoped the legislation will be passed in early 2020.

Minister for Health Simon Harris received Cabinet approval last week for new legislation which will further restrict tobacco sales 15 years after the ban on smoking in the workplace was introduced.

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More than 50 health and advocacy groups are sending a clear message in letters to US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and first lady Melania Trump: Stick with the plan that was announced last month that would require e-cigarette companies to take their flavored products off the market, including mint and menthol. In the letters, the organizations say the policy would be "weakened" by such an exception: "A policy that does not remove all flavored e-cigarettes will not solve the current epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. [...]

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Nearly two years ago, Jeremiah Mock heard a student in Marin County, California, complain that her school was littered with e-cigarette waste. A health anthropologist by training, Mock did some shoe-leather investigating in a student parking lot, where he found a significant amount of e-cigarette and tobacco trash.

Surprised, Mock went further. From July 2018 through April 2019, he and a colleague, Yogi Hendlin, collected tobacco, cannabis and e-cigarette waste from 12 public high school parking lots across the San Francisco Bay Area. [...]

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The Baker administration projects that a three-month ban on retail nicotine and marijuana vaping products has the potential to cost private businesses $7 million to $8 million in sales.

The estimate was included in paperwork filed with Secretary of State William Galvin’s office by the Department of Public Health on Monday. The filing was required to implement an emergency regulation in compliance with a Superior Court judge’s order that questioned the way Governor Charlie Baker implemented his temporary ban on the selling of vaping product.

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The government's recent warning on the use of liquid e-cigarettes is confusing smokers, as they are left without further information on how harmful the products are and whether combustible cigarettes are any safer. Amid the confusion, more and more retailers are suspending sales of e-liquids, driving e-cigarette smokers to consider returning to combustible ones. Last week, the Ministry of Health and Welfare issued a "strong" recommendation that smokers stop using vaping products until their effects on the human body are fully confirmed, [...]