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The tip came to Minnesota police officers in July via a confidential informant: In a suburb in Anoka County, the informant said, a man had been quietly selling thousands of vaping cartridges laced with marijuana from his home.

When authorities entered the man’s condominium last week, they found a staggeringly large stash of vaping cartridges, believed to be one of the biggest busts in the country. [...]

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This study analyzed the National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) of 2016 (n = 33,028) and 2017 (n = 26,742) to examine whether e-cigarette use is consistently associated with myocardial infarction (MI) and coronary heart disease (CHD). The pooled analysis of the 2016 and 2017 NHIS showed no association between e-cigarette use and MI or CHD. The associations between established risk factors, including smoking, and both conditions were remarkably consistent. [...]

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The feds have been publicly finessing their approach to vaping, amid national outcries over both an outbreak of lung disease and the impact of bans of vape flavors on former smokers. But what do their words indicate in practice?

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on the outbreak of lung disease popularly associated with “vaping” indicate that 77 percent of over 800 reported cases⁠ [...] involve patients who used unregulated cannabis-derived products. Just 16 percent of the patients reported using only nicotine-containing products.

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Dr. Robert Tarran, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Tony Abboud, Vapor Technology Association, debate the safety and health impacts of vaping.

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Vaping has been heralded as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, but what do you need to know about the risks attached? In the US an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses has been linked to 12 deaths and 805 cases of lung injury [...] But in the UK, no vaping-related deaths have been confirmed and health officials continue to endorse e-cigarettes as an effective way to quit smoking. Governments around the world are divided about vaping. Thirty-nine countries have banned the sale of e-cigarettes or nicotine liquids, according to the 2018 Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report.

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The growing moral panic around vaping could have disastrous consequences, warns a key figure in the global effort to reduce cigarette smoking.

David Sweanor [...] said bans and restrictions on vaping could drive more people to smoke, undoing years of public health efforts to reduce the habit. Over the past 30 years, Sweanor has spearheaded the development of efforts to reduce cigarette smoking in Canada and around the world.

“It is like everyone has forgotten about smoking, which will kill over 100 Canadians today,” he said.

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Washington will become the fourth state to ban flavored vaping products amid the slew of mysterious lung illnesses that have sickened hundreds across the country.

Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order on Friday asking the state's Board of Health to issue the emergency rule at its next meeting, scheduled for October 9. 

The ban, slated to last four months, will apply to products containing nicotine as well as THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. 

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New York has joined a wave of bans on sales of flavored vape products that’s spreading across US cities and states—with the threat of a national ban to follow. On September 17, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that an emergency ban on flavors will take effect on October 4.

While the voices of wealthy white parents concerned about youth use have been centered in the vaping debate, those of former smokers who now vape—who overwhelmingly come from marginalized populations, and most of whom used flavors to quit cigarettes—have been ignored.

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Smoking cigarettes has a well documented history of causing health problems, such as lung cancer, and respiratory diseases. But there isn’t the same level of knowledge about vaping, and recent news about illnesses and deaths have raised concerns about the health effects of vaping. 

“These products will likely be at least 95 per cent less hazardous [than cigarettes] just based on what we know,” said David Sweanor, a Canadian lawyer and professor at the University of Ottawa who focuses on public health. “Cigarettes are just so incredibly deadly,” he added.  

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Malaysia is planning to introduce strict regulations on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes and vaporisers, health officials said on Tuesday, as countries around the world move to ban devices that have been linked to deaths and youth addiction. Malaysia wants to club e-cigarettes and vaporisers together with tobacco products under a single law that would prohibit promotions and advertising, usage in public areas and use by minors, the health ministry said.

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Turkey is preparing to ban the use of e-cigarettes and stop them from entering the country, Health Minister Faruk Koca said.

Koca said that ministry was currently working on the legal regulation for the ban and it would soon be brought to parliament, independent news site Diken reported on Tuesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is a fierce opponent of smoking, has labelled e-cigarettes as products as “bizarre” and addictive. In September, he said the ministry and customs officials were working to ban the entrance of e-cigarettes into the country.

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Vaping adverts are making electronic cigarettes “more appealing” to teenagers, new research has found.

The study, which used data from a 2017 international online survey of 12,064 16 to 19-year-olds, suggests that changes need to be made in terms of how businesses are allowed to promote vaping products, especially online.

Currently, adverts for vaping are banned in the UK's mass media. However, e-cigarettes can still be promoted via billboards, flyers and in shops that sell tobacco, vaping paraphernalia and liquids.

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Current advice from the National Health Service states that vaping is a useful tool to help people quit smoking.

They even recommend that pregnant women struggling to quit tobacco continue to vape if it helps them, saying: "It's much safer for you and your baby than continuing to smoke." Experts claim vaping has helped thousands of smoker to quit tobacco.

NHS Professor John Newton said: "It isn't risk-free but it is far less harmful than smoking. It would be tragic if smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette did not do so because of false fears about their safety."

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The commerce ministry on Monday said it has banned exports of electronic cigarettes, e-Hookah and other similar devices.
The notification was issued to comply with the government's ordinance issued on September 18 to ban production, import, distribution and sale of electronic cigarettes.

"Export of electronic cigarettes including all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Heat Not Burn products, e-Hookah and the like devices by whatever name called and whatever shape, size or form it may have...is prohibited," [...]

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Published in the September-October issue of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, the study is one of a few to examine the perception adolescents have of e-cigarettes and where these youth receive information about the products. In the wake of recent vaping-related illnesses and deaths, teenage perceptions of the products are crucial to guiding the development of interventions, says Eunhee Park, PhD, lead investigator and assistant professor in the UB School of Nursing.

"E-cigarette use is an emerging health issue," said Park. [...]

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Is vaping a proven way to quit smoking, or is it just a side-step to another addiction?

Dr Sarah White from Quit Victoria explains what vaping is and how little we know about the health implications of e-cigarettes.

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While the CDC and many health groups have been obsessed with youth e-cigarette use, an even more troubling epidemic has been spreading among our nation’s youth. In contrast to the e-cigarette use explosion, which has not caused any significant disease or deaths, this other, ignored epidemic has caused hundreds of youth to develop life-threatening respiratory failure and has been responsible for 13 deaths.

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A collection of the biggest names in the vaping industry have set aside their competitive differences to fight a bigger foe: Government regulation.

In a bid to offer a collective voice against proposed regulatory changes, a collection of vaping businesses recently banded together to form the Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ).

The Herald understands that major Kiwi vape brands including Shosha, Alt, Vapourium, The Vape Shop and Vapo, among others have agreed to work together to ensure that excessively prohibitive legislation isn't passed in the local market.

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Three University of Auckland researchers discuss the outcomes of new New Zealand trials on vaping amid a global backlash against e-cigarettes Discussion on the therapeutic benefits of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to smokers worldwide who want to quit the killer habit is being overtaken by concerns over potential harms. But while the debate over vaping is raging, we have shown in our research with more than a thousand New Zealanders who smoke cigarettes and want to quit, that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes when used alone or with nicotine patches can help.