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Researchers are criticizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for what they see as not prioritizing testing for whether e-cigarettes can reduce smoking deaths while vaping products more visibly face scrutiny due to deaths linked to them.

Despite the vaping deaths, some experts say they see e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to cigarette smoking, according to The Wall Street Journal. Kurt Ribisl [...] told the Journal that the FDA could have gotten rid of some expensive and lengthy requirements for animal testing, product composition and stability studies, noting that this is done for some other drugs.

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Over the summer, US media reported that two National Health Service hospitals in England were allowing Ecigwizard, a vape retailer, to open stores inside their facilities.

What some critics quoted in these reports missed was that these stores were established in order to encourage patients who struggle to quit smoking to switch to vaping. The stores had a secondary purpose of enabling hospital employees to benefit from store associates’ vaping knowledge.

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Once e-cigarettes enter the market, the population will immediately drop cigarettes for vaping, and governments will lose out on a huge source of tax revenue

It's clear that US cases of acute lung injury happened because of using illegal marijuana products [...] During the seventh annual UK E-Cigarette Summit which took place this month in London, Daily News Egypt interviewed Konstantinos Farsalinos, M.D Research Fellow, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Greece, Department of Pharmacology, University of Patras, Greece, to get his insights on the issue.

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The goalposts are shifting on vaping regulation with the Government today saying legislation will be introduced this parliamentary term, which could be nearly a year away, at odds with previous indications the introduction would be late this year. [...] “It’s unacceptable… for every day that we leave that regulation, the market unregulated, is another day that we’ve got more young people being addicted to nicotine and we just can’t have that,” Auckland Secondary Schools Principals’ Association president Richard Dykes said.

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The obsession of policy makers, politicians, and health groups on banning flavored e-cigarettes as a solution to the youth vaping epidemic is misguided and is detracting attention from the real issue: the use of nicotine salts that have greatly increased the addiction potential of e-cigarettes.

Prior to the introduction of JUUL, three-fourths (74%) of nonsmoking youth e-cigarette users reported using e-cigarettes no more than about once a week and only 4% used them every day, a sure sign of addiction. [...]

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The vaping industry is filled with unknowns. Those unknowns are leading to more questions as the number of users dealing with injuries, or in some cases, death, continues to rise. Portland State University Chemistry Professor Rob Strongin led a research team to study what happens when additives are put into vaping products. Specifically, they studied the chemical reaction that takes place when cannabis is consumed using a vape pen or dab rig. [...] "What's inhaled is actually different than what's listed in the ingredients," Strongin said.

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A backlash against vaping in US has dented revenue growth at the cigarette-maker British American Tobacco.

BAT said revenues in its “new category” arm – which includes vaping – would grow at the lower end of its previously announced range of 30% to 50% for the 2019 financial year. The overall US vaping market has declined by about a quarter, according to Tadeu Marroco, BAT’s finance director, since the health concerns emerged centred on sometimes fatal lung injuries.

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Warren Lenney and 15 other paediatric healthcare professionals sound the alarm over e-cigarettes and call for the urgent education of young people on their dangers. We in the British Paediatric Respiratory Society advocate urgent health education targeted at children on the dangers of vaping. Children are the most important group to target if long-term health has any hope of improving. We also recommend medicinal-standard controls for the advertising and manufacturing of vaping products and tobacco. This is not currently the case.

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Just 10 per cent of New Zealand websites selling vaping products require customers to prove they are 18 or older before purchase, according to new research.

University of Otago public health experts analysed how e-cigarettes and e-liquids were marketed online for the first time in New Zealand.

Their study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, found the majority of e-retailers in the industry failed to prevent children and teenagers from accessing their products.

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The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban flavored e-cigarettes as officials seek to curb a spike in underage vaping. The ordinance bans all flavored e-cigarette and vaping liquid flavors except for tobacco. Mayor Bill de Blasio will either sign the bill or let it pass into law, his deputy press secretary Avery Cohen said, which will make New York the largest city in the U.S. to ban all vaping flavors except tobacco.

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When the vaping industry and its allies launched a major push to dissuade President Donald Trump from banning flavored e-cigarettes this fall, they pointed to a newly identified demographic group: vaping voters.

Battleground state polling conducted for the industry by one of the president’s trusted campaign pollsters suggested a ban could tip the balance against the president — 96 percent of vapers said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who wanted to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

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Mint and menthol nicotine and tobacco products will no longer be sold in convenience stores in Boston after the Board of Public Health approved regulations proposed by Mayor Martin Walsh at a Monday night meeting.

“What we are seeing now with the explosive expansion of vaping products risks reversing decades of gains in reducing youth tobacco use,” said Boston Board of Health Chairman Manny Lopes.

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Recent cases in the United States have raised concerns over the safety of e-cigarettes. Authorities continue their efforts to get to the bottom of this new health crisis, with vitamin E acetate having been identified as a chemical of concern. In the face of this, many consumers are understandably questioning how they can be reassured about the products they are using.

While e-cigarettes are well established in many countries, there are big differences between the way the US regulates vaping compared to other regions like the EU. [...]

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The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with e-liquids after information it describes as “alarming” revealed the product is becoming “more deadly”.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos released data from the Victorian Poisons Information Centre that shows concentrations of nicotine are getting stronger and the number of child poisonings from e-liquids are increasing.

The standard nicotine percentage in pre-packaged liquids is between 0.06% to 0.38%.

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Massachusetts on Wednesday adopted the country’s toughest ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to a rise in youth vaping and an outbreak of vaping-related serious lung injuries.

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President Donald Trump last week met with vape industry executives to discuss the youth e-cigarette epidemic, two months after he sat next to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and watched him tell reporters that the Food and Drug Administration was preparing to remove almost all flavored e-cigarettes off the market.

But in early November, the Washington Post reported the president changed his mind [...] Congresswoman Anna Eshoo has voiced her support for a tough new bill that would ban all flavored e-cigarettes, ban online sales of e-cigarettes [...]

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As concerns over vaping continue to grow, researchers and public health officials are investigating the causes of more than 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses. It’s confusing even for experts. [...] Although e-cigarettes in the U.S. are regulated as tobacco products rather than smoking cessation tools, Juul – the biggest maker of these devices – has marketed its product as a way for smokers to quit tobacco, with its website saying that its products are a “satisfying alternative to cigarettes.” There are other vaping products, however, that are designed more to inhale THC.

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The vaping community is in crisis for all the wrong reasons.

There has been a torrent of bad news over the past few months regarding illnesses and deaths caused by illegal vaping products. It has caused the government to do what the government does: respond to hysterical media coverage with a “ban first, ask questions later” mentality. When President Donald Trump announced his support of a flavor ban on nicotine vaping products in September, he was under the impression that “vaping” in general was killing people. Today, we know that [...]

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Is the Philippines getting better in regulating e-cigarettes?

Sen. Joel Villanueva posed this question on Tuesday during the period of interpellation for Senate Bill No. 1074 which seeks to raise taxes on liquor, e-cigarettes, and vapor products.

 

“Sadly, my answer to that question is no, we are not getting better,” Sen. Pia Cayetano, who sponsors the bill, said. “Right now as we speak, there is no regulatory agency looking over this. Why? Because members of the industry filed a TRO [temporary restraining order] against FDA [...] and DOH [Department of Health] to regulate,” she added.

 

 

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If you have ever smoked, or know someone who has—they might tell you that smoking a cigarette probably felt disgusting at first. Taryn Grieder has a personal interest in understanding why people continue to smoke despite the initial revulsion and countless health risks.

"In my family we have six people and five of us—everyone but me—smoke, or at least they did smoke," says Grieder, research associate and neuroscience lecturer at U of T, who lost her dad prematurely to smoking.