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Two advocacy groups have rejected a proposed blanket ban on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping, saying regulations and enforcement should be the appropriate response to lingering health concerns. “We note that the NGOs are concerned with the use of vape among those below 18 years old and the recent cases in the US where the products have been abused through drug use.

“This is exactly why regulations have to be introduced to ensure there are controls to prevent children from having access to the products and that the products are regulated with standards [...]

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Fag machines are going to be banned and the sale of vapes to under 18s is to be outlawed.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, got the unanimous backing of his ministerial colleagues when he brought the two measures before Cabinet yesterday.

Mr Harris has taken up the reins from previous health ministers Leo Varadkar and James Reilly in the Government’s determined battle against tobacco.

The latest restrictions are part of the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill, which has now been introduced by Mr Harris.

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It took its sweet time, but the Ford government in Ontario is finally doing the right thing by banning the promotion of vaping products in convenience stores and gas stations as of Jan. 1.

After all, doctors and smoking experts have been sounding the alarm for years now that governments should act to prevent the big tobacco giants from marketing their addictive, nicotine-laced vaping products to kids.

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Tuesday was an important day for public health in the U.S. For the first time ever, the Food
and Drug Administration ruled that a company will be allowed to advertise its tobacco
products as less harmful than cigarettes. As momentous as this decision is — and it is
momentous — the public health community was not exactly cheering the news. In fact, it was
downright grumpy about the whole thing.

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Two major South Korean duty free stores said Monday they have suspended sales of flavored e-cigarettes, following the government's warning against the use of such vaping products due to rising health concerns.

Lotte Duty Store and the Shilla Duty Free said they have halted sales of flavored vaping products made by US maker Juul Labs and Korean brand KT&G. The move came days after the government warned that vaping products could cause serious lung illness or death.

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In the early 2000s, Hon Lik’s father, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Hon, a pharmacist by training living in Shenyang, China, had a tobacco dependency of his own. That fact, along with the sobering news, spurred him to invent the device that became the precursor of most of today’s e-cigarettes.

Hon believed that “aerosolizing” nicotine, infusing it in a vapor rather than delivering it through smoke from tobacco, could help addicts sustain their habit without risking their life from exposure to tar and toxic chemicals. [...]

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A USC study has found that teens who vape candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to stick with the habit and vape more heavily, implicating flavors in the teen vaping epidemic. "While many children try e-cigarettes, not all become regular users. Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more inclined to continue vaping rather than just temporarily experiment with e-cigs," said Adam Leventhal, director of the USC Institute for Addiction Science and professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. [...]

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You could say that Jed Rose has spent his entire career – his entire life, even – trying to get people to smoke fewer cigarettes.

Rose’s father died at 47 of smoking-related heart disease. Then, as a post-doc at UCLA, Rose became fascinated with how millions of people, like his own dad, could become cripplingly addicted to a drug that “doesn’t get people visibly high.”

Since then, he’s pioneered patches, drugs, and vape-like e-cigarette prototypes that target smokers in the hopes they will make a switch that could net them extra years of life.

 

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The Volstead Act prohibiting intoxicating beverages became law on October 28, 1919—a century ago this week—and came into force a few months later. Most people now agree that Prohibition was a failure, driving the alcohol industry underground, where its products became unsafe, its profits lucrative and tax-free, and its methods violent. Most countries have since taken the view that it is better to legalize, regulate and tax drink than to ban it.

Today, there is a similar debate over vaping, [...]

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Chinese cities are tightening up smoking bans on electronic cigarettes, with the first penalties for vaping issued on the mainland last week.

Shenzhen began enforcing a new smoking control regulation on Oct 14, and since then two men have been fined 50 yuan ($7) each for smoking e-cigarettes at bus stations, [...]

The new smoking regulation includes e-cigarettes for the first time, and zones near public transportation facilities, including bus platforms and subway entrances, have been added to the list of nonsmoking places.

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Juul’s decision to halt the sales of most of its flavors will not deter the Trump administration’s plans to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC.

Juul last week said it would discontinue online sales of its fruit, creme, mango and cucumber nicotine pods. The market-leading e-cigarette company halted sales of these flavors in bricks-and-mortar stores last fall amid pressure from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Even as states and the federal government crack down on vaping products, conventional cigarettes remain on store shelves—and pose a greater danger to public health than flavored nicotine vapes do. But to acknowledge this is taboo, at least in the United States.

Last month, the Trump administration announced its intention to bar all e-cigarettes that don’t taste like tobacco. Massachusetts recently imposed a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products—a drastic move now under litigation in state court. [...]

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The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) says the importation and sale of e-cigarettes in Jamaica should be banned.

Electronic or e-cigarettes are a type of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), which do not burn or use tobacco leaves, but vapourise a solution that is then inhaled.

But according to JCTC e-cigarettes are not safe and may cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease.

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In a historic decision, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration authorized Swedish Match U.S. Division's amended Modified Risk Tobacco Product applications (MRTPAs) for eight varieties of General Snus, making it the first tobacco product to secure the modified risk designation and right to market the product as a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. "Today's decision is a huge accomplishment for public health in the U.S. and another step toward realizing our vision of a world without cigarettes," said Gerry Roerty, Vice President and General Counsel. [...]

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CBD cigarettes are aiming to be a better-for-you vice.

Aspen-based Cannabis brand Toast has launched a new line of CBD pre-rolls you can smoke like a cigarette sans tobacco. They’re made with CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient found in the cannabis plant that won’t get users high like THC. And while doctors don’t support smoking, some say they can be less addicting than nicotine, and a better option when compared to vaping flavored e-cigarettes.

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The Finnish Defence Forces are beefing up their campaign to bring down the use of nicotine products among conscripts, according to a study conducted with lung health organisation Filha over 2014-16.

Smoking was discouraged among conscripts and staff during that period. In early 2019 a new campaign, Irti nuuskasta or "Lose the snus", kicked off in two brigades; the programme is meant to extend to the rest of Finland's barracks in 2020.

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As more and more youth use electronic cigarettes, combined with research showing the health consequences of vaping - including nicotine addiction - researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill found that non-menthol flavors attract youth and adults to use e-cigarettes and that the use of flavored e-cigarettes contributes to multiple pathways linked to higher e-cigarette use among youth.

The study [...] is a systematic review of all peer-reviewed scientific literature published on e-cigarette use behaviors and perceptions through March of 2018. [...]

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Nicotine vaping has come under intense media and regulatory scrutiny over the last several weeks. This comes amid growing news reports of illnesses misattributed to nicotine vaping and e-cigarettes despite evidence illegal marijuana oil cartridges are the cause of these outbreaks.

While a majority of these cases were found to be caused by using black market THC cartridges, a wave of unscrupulous entrepreneurs have taken advantage of the recent CBD craze by intentionally selling PEG400 spiked with various synthetic cannabinoids and opiates as CBD oil cartridges. [...]

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In an October 16 letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who faces enormous pressure to ban menthol cigarettes, the two women wrote, “We urge you to pay very close attention to the unintended effects of a ban on menthol cigarettes and what it would mean for communities of color…”

The City Council is currently considering two bills—one that would ban sales of menthol cigarettes and another that would do the same for flavored vapes. Johnson has said he supports the vapes ban—even though he himself uses Juul—but is undecided over menthol cigarettes.

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At an October panel, it was revealed that the July 2020 smoking ban—previously only set to apply to combustible forms of tobacco—may also include restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarettes were deliberately exempted from the ban when it was first announced in April 2018. However, James Davis, medical director for Duke’s Center for Smoking Cessation and a key voice in the development of the ban, aired his concerns upon the ban’s creation, telling The Chronicle in June 2018 that “good, long-term data” on e-cigarettes did not yet exist.