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In a victory for vapers and vape shop owners, a state appellate court imposed a temporary restraining order on New York’s intended ban on flavored vaping products on October 4—a day before it was due to take effect.

The lawsuit that secured this stay of execution was filed by the trade group Vapor Technology Association, and by Benevolent ELiquids Inc. and Perfection Vapes, two local businesses. “We are very pleased with the New York State Appellate Division’s decision, which acknowledges the strength of our claims about the State’s executive overreach, [...]

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Dutch lung specialists have called for a total ban on e-cigarettes on the grounds that they cause lung disease and do nothing to prevent smoking. ‘We want a complete ban on e-cigarettes in the Netherlands, Leon van Toorn, of lung specialists’ association NVALT told AD. The association, which last month conducted a survey among its member to gauge the extent of the problem in the Netherlands, said the number of Dutch people reporting lung problems after vaping has risen from three to eight.

 

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The Senate leader of Mexico’s ruling party said that the lawmakers will vote on a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use by the end of the month. [...] “We’re thinking that we’ll bring the law out, approve it, at the end of October,” Monreal said. “That’s the schedule we have.”

That would mean that lawmakers are expecting to meet a Supreme Court deadline to end federal cannabis prohibition. Last year, the court ruled that the country’s ban on personal possession, use and cultivation of marijuana was unconstitutional and said the government must formally legalize [...]

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New Yorkers think the use of e-cigarettes is a serious public health problem and support a ban on flavored e-cigarette products, according to a poll released Monday.

The Siena College Research Institute found that 78% of the 589 New Yorkers surveyed in late September believe that vaping is a somewhat serious or very serious public health problem. Sixty-one percent of those polled supported a temporary ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarette and vaping products, while 52% said they supported banning the sale of all e-cigarettes [...]

 

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Even if Alberta’s Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act wasn’t up for a scheduled review, one couldn’t fault the government for looking into whether any gaps exist or whether the law could be improved in any way.

As it happens, the act does require that a review begins by Nov. 1, and the Alberta government intends on using the opportunity to examine whether we need new regulations to specifically address vaping products. Hopefully, they’ll take a cautious, considered approach to this issue as opposed to the knee-jerk overreaction some voices are calling for.

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David Sweanor talked to TVNZ1’s Breakfast as experts claim the country is not on track to reach its goal.

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One health advocate is predicting that the Trump administration won’t ultimately follow through on its crackdown to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

Linda Richter, a Director of Policy Research and Analysis at the nonpartisan Center on Addiction, on Monday pointed to a recent Los Angeles Times report that found that Obama-era officials had nixed a similar ban on child-friendly vaping flavors in 2015 because the economic impact at the time outweighed the supposed negative health effects.

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The outbreak of serious vaping-related lung injuries in the US and Canada is almost certainly due to black-market THC (cannabis) oils sold by street dealers, NOT nicotine e-liquid. The epidemic has caused great alarm amongst vapers, and Australian vendors have reported huge declines in sales eg here and here. The concerns have been fuelled by misleading information from Australian government officials and misleading media reports which have incorrectly suggested that vaping nicotine is the cause of this outbreak.

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E-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, damaging their DNA and leading researchers at New York University to conclude that vaping is likely “very harmful” to humans as well.

“It’s foreseeable that if you smoke e-cigarettes, all kinds of disease comes out” over time, Moon-Shong Tang, the study’s lead researcher, said in an interview. “Long term, some cancer will come out, probably. E-cigarettes are bad news.”

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Marlboro maker Altria started developing its new tobacco device more than a decade ago — as smoking rates declined but long before vaping took hold in the U.S.

It took two more years for regulatory clearance. But Altria is finally launching Iqos in the U.S. this week, and the company’s timing — though coincidental — couldn’t be better. “It’s perfect timing,” said Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Lavery. “I don’t think they would have expected some consumer uncertainty around vapor coinciding with the launch of Iqos in the U.S.”

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US Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi announced new legislation Monday that would put a cap the concentration of nicotine in e-cigarette products. The newly introduced bill would restrict nicotine content to no more than 20 milligrams per milliliter "to make them significantly less addictive and appealing to youth," according to an announcement Monday by Krishnamoorthi's office. [...] Experts say that high nicotine concentrations have played a role in what they describe as an epidemic of vaping among youth. [...]

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In November 2018 the US Food and Drug Administration announced restrictions on e-cigarette manufacturers in response to a perceived epidemic of e-cigarette use among high school students. The stimulus was headline figures from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). We analyse e-cigarette use and dependence in the NYTS in relation to lifetime history of use of tobacco products.
Design and setting: Nationally representative survey of high school students in 2017 and 2018.

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Kroger Co and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Monday they would stop selling e-cigarettes at their stores, amid heightened regulatory scrutiny of the product and reports of lung disease and some deaths linked to vaping.

Their move comes weeks after Walmart Inc said it was pulling the plug on e-cigarette sales, citing growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty. Kroger said it would discontinue sales of e-cigarettes at its stores and fuel centers after selling through its current inventory.

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According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than 20% of US high schoolers vaped in 2018—an alarming increase of 78% over the previous year. Preliminary data from this year’s survey suggest a continued rise in youth e-cigarette use. Recent studies suggest that young people who vape are more likely to become smokers. Public health officials warn of an epidemic, the full consequences of which are not yet known. But the most dangerous aspect of vaping might not be what it does to the body, but rather what it does to the body politic.

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Dr. Sally Satel, addiction psychiatrist and Yale University School of Medicine lecturer, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss vaping health risks as more deaths are reported.

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Dr. Rob Reid, deputy chief of prevention and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, said vaping — used by many as a tool to attempt to quit smoking — can actually complicate things.

A growing issue is that increasing numbers of smokers prefer to quit using e-cigarettes, he said, but the vast majority, in his experience, go on to smoke and vape at the same time, rather than quitting cigarettes entirely.

“More people are attempting to quit (smoking) using vaping than all other combined (tools). [...]

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THE Malaysian Vape Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) pleaded against the outlawing of vape — once a lucrative industry — as the domestic e-cigarette demand is still in tandem with the global market.

MVCC president Syed Azaudin Syed Ahmad said the government should instead consider allowing the sales of regulated liquid with nicotine [...] in the upcoming law-making process. [...] “The industry supports regulations for vape to be introduced as soon as possible and to take into consideration the direction and development of this industry, especially in the use of vape liquid with nicotine.

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Health warnings on individual cigarettes – including how many minutes of life a smoker loses each time they inhale – would help people to kick the habit for good, researchers argue. Experts say having a warning about the health impact or financial consequence on every single cigarette would be a better deterrent than graphic pictures which have lost their shock value. Aaron Drovandi from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, led the research, surveying more than 2,000 smokers and non-smokers about how effective current approaches to encourage people to quit are.

 

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Global anti-smoking experts highlight e-cigarette opportunities

A new report from global anti-smoking experts is warning that the advantages of e-cigarettes should not be dismissed.

 

The authors are cautioning the Government to not be heavy-handed with regulation of the products. Whilst the report highlights the importance of protecting youth, the authors recommend that this can be achieved whilst assisting smokers to quit smoking and transition to the much less harmful e-cigarette option. They underline that a range of flavours are important to the smokefree proposition of e-cigarettes.

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The outbreak of vaping-related lung disease among youth in the United States, along with a recent case in London, Ont., has sparked calls for new regulations designed to protect our youth from vaping. These calls have ranged from placing tighter restrictions on youth advertising all the way to banning the sales of e-cigarettes completely. Vaping among youth in Canada has increased dramatically in recent years. According to survey data, 20 per cent of youth have vaped in the past 30 days and some are daily users. [...]