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Some Canadian doctors and public health experts say Canada should hit pause on this week's legalization of cannabis oils, given the nearly 1,300 cases of vaping-related lung injury in the U.S. due to an unknown cause.

Cannabis vapes are among a series of new products — including edibles, extracts and topicals, like lotions — that officially become regulated on Oct. 17, 2019. [...]
While doctors welcome the idea that the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, content in legalized products will be regulated, they are concerned about the health effects of vaping, which have yet to be well-researched and tested.

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Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes was temporarily blocked by a state judge, who ruled that the emergency provision short-circuited normal lawmaking procedures.

The ruling Tuesday is at least the second to temporarily bar enforcement of a state measure targeting e-cigarettes amid a rising epidemic of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping. An emergency ban on flavored e-cigarettes instituted by New York state was blocked this month by a state appeals court following a challenge by the Vapor Technology Association, a Washington-based trade group. [...]

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One of the UK's largest mental health hospitals is to hand out free e-cigarettes to those trying to quit smoking, in a deal with a vaping retailer.

The trust said it would help patients “transform” their health.

But critics last night said the deal - believed to be the first of its kind - was “extraordinary” at a time when the safety of vaping is under increasing scrutiny. Prof Martin McKee [...] said: “This is an extraordinary time for the NHS to engage in a project like this, in light of what we are seeing in the United States, and the risks of vaping.”

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Matthew Myers still doesn’t trust the tobacco industry. The president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, who successfully fought the powerful tobacco lobby in the late 1990s, is worried that the progress he and other health advocates have made over the past two decades is being eroded amid the rise of smokeless tobacco and flavored e-cigarettes.

“The tobacco industry today continues to do what it has always done, which is to prevent the government from taking the action that everyone knows is necessary to protect the public,” Myers said during a recent interview with The Hill.

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In 2009, not long after Dr. Margaret Hamburg became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a package arrived at her home. Inside was a clunky device called an e-cigarette.

“It was my first exposure to this emerging, new technology,” Dr. Hamburg recalled.

The package was sent by an antismoking activist as a warning about a product that was taking off in the United States. But over the next decade, the federal government — across the span of two presidential administrations — allowed the rise of a largely unregulated industry that may be addicting a new generation to nicotine.

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E-cigarette or vaping-linked lung injuries that have killed 29 and sickened more than 1,000 people in the United States are likely to be rare in Britain and other countries where the suspect products are not widely used, specialists said on Monday. Experts in toxicology and addiction said they are sure that the 1,299 confirmed and probable American cases of serious lung injuries linked to vaping are “a U.S.-specific phenomenon,” and there is no evidence of a similar pattern of illness in Britain or elsewhere.

 

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The number of cigarettes being sold in New Zealand looks to have fallen more sharply over the past two years or so, according to new stats released to 1 NEWS under the Official Information Act.

The Health Promotion Agency has published statistics showing the number of cigarettes sold in millions over four-weekly periods. Those numbers are gathered from supermarket, service station and liquor store sales numbers by AC Nielsen.

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Almost 40% of sellers targeted by councils in England have been caught illegally allowing children to buy e-cigarette products, a report has found.

Ninety of the 227 premises tested sold vaping goods to under-age teenagers in 2018-19, data from 34 councils showed.

Trading Standards - which compiled the research - has called for greater resources to enforce the law.

Public Health England said vaping was 95% healthier than smoking.

It is estimated 3.6 million people in the UK now use e-cigarettes.

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The study, led by UCL researchers and funded by Cancer Research UK, found that as use of e-cigarettes in quit attempts went up from 2011 onwards, so did the success rate of quitting. And, when the increase in use of e-cigarettes flattened off somewhat around 2015, so did the increase in quit success. This led the team to estimate that in 2017 around 50,700 to 69,930 smokers had stopped who would otherwise have carried on smoking. Lead author Dr Emma Beard [...] commented: "This study builds on population surveys and clinical trials that find e-cigarettes can help smokers to stop. [...]

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a lung injury outbreak registered across the United States since the beginning of October. While the cause of the outbreak remains unknown, the CDC warn against using e-cigarettes, particularly those that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or nicotine. Although vaping products and electronic cigarettes are often advertised as less harmful than regular cigarettes, the debate over the health effects of e-cigarettes is ongoing.

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The proposed legislation, titled Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (H.R. 2339), would raise the age for buying nicotine products to 21, regulate the sale of vaping products to be more like cigarette sales, further limit advertising, and ban all flavored nicotine products—from menthol cigarettes to mango Juul pods. Siegel, a longtime anti-tobacco advocate, voiced his support for the bill, with the exception of the ban on flavored e-cigarette products.

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Prof Dame Sally Davies, the country's most senior doctor for almost a decade, said sweet-like flavours could make vaping attractive to children. She also said she is concerned that the long-term health consequences of the devices remains unknown.

That's despite advice from Public Health England, which claims e-cigarettes are 95 per cent safer than smoking.

[...] “Vaping is a lot safer than smoking tobacco and probably a good way to help people quit.

"But I would prefer if if we did not have flavoured e-cigarettes because I think that is the kind of marketing that can appeal to children.

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The European Union banned the sale of snus in 1992, after a 1985 World Health Organization (WHO) study concluded it was carcinogenic to humans. Snus remains popular in Sweden,is now available in the U.S. and is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. [...] "Nicotine use during pregnancy, regardless of whether it is in snus, cigarettes, smoked tobacco or vaped tobacco products, is not safe and may have a negative impact on the future health of the child. Nicotine easily passes through the placenta and reaches the developing fetus," said lead author Felicia Nordenstam, [...]

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Hungary was allowed a long transitional period until December 31, 2017, in order to gradually increase the excise duty on cigarettes and reach the required minimum threshold, recalled a press release on the Commission website.

Currently, the excise duty applied by Hungary remains below the EU threshold, generating distortions of competition with other Member States, and is at odds with EU health protection policy, it noted.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics on Tuesday slammed e-cigarette maker Juul in written congressional testimony, saying the salts it uses in its vaping devices help deliver “dramatically higher levels” of nicotine to the brain than other products.

“Adolescents simply do not stand a chance,” pediatrician Dr. Susanne E. Tanski said [...] Juul executives, who didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Tanski’s remarks, have previously said its nicotine salts give users an experience similar to conventional cigarettes that helps smokers quit. [...]

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stopped for a few days and then I ended up buying new pods. The withdrawals got to me.”

“My friends are the ones who got me into vaping. And they think I shouldn’t stop, but I want to because I don’t want to hurt my family if I get sick.” [...] These are just a few of the messages that teen vapers texted in September to the new “My Life, My Quit” program, which offers phone, text and chat lines to young people trying to quit smoking in 13 states.

Even though “quitlines” were designed to help people kick cigarette habits, [...]

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At the moment, the leading public-health issue in the news is vaping. Push alerts mark incremental tallies in people hospitalized with serious respiratory illnesses related to vaping. [...] In September, President Donald Trump announced a commitment to ending the vaping scourge: “We can’t allow people to get sick, and we can’t have our youth be so affected.” In addition to the youth of the victims, uncertainty about exactly what’s causing this spike in sickness has fueled an emotional public response. [...]

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Some of the biggest e-cigarette companies in Canada have joined forces to create an industry association to lobby against proposed government regulations amid widening concerns over the health risks of vaping.

The Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) officially launched last month. President Daniel David said the goal is to help ensure regulations prevent youth access while allowing companies to advertise their products to existing smokers and continue to use flavours adults enjoy.

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Adolescents who use vaping products are not only more likely to smoke cigarettes but are also likely to increase their use of both products over time, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The research, which provides insight into patterns of vaping and cigarette smoking as youth transition into young adulthood, also finds that the increased use of both e-cigarettes and cigarettes over time cannot be attributed to other risk factors, such as consuming alcohol or marijuana.

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Our report provides information about the identity and known hazards of chemicals available for vaping. However, there isn’t enough information available about the inhalation toxicity of these chemicals to conclusively assess their health risks. [...] Chemicals used in e-cigarette liquids that do not contain nicotine (or are not marketed as having a therapeutic use, such as being an aid to smoking cessation) are regulated as industrial chemicals in Australia. The import or manufacture (introduction) of these chemicals is subject to the same requirements as any other industrial chemical.