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The Nova Scotia Legislature's law amendments committee heard Thursday that the government's effort to reduce youth vaping rates won't achieve its goal, but will unfairly affect small businesses and adult consumers. "If big tobacco designed a vaping control policy framework to advantage themselves, they could not have done better than what Nova Scotia has done," Jody Allen, the general manager of the Vapour Trail chain of stores, told MLAs at Province House. Allen and others argued that rather than banning flavours, the products should be restricted to adult-only vape shops. [...]

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A review of studies on the effects of nicotine on pregnancy outcomes concluded that there is no reason to doubt that switching to smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products is better than continuing to smoke. “There is strong evidence linking smoking while pregnant with negative effects on the health of a woman’s pregnancy and ill-effects on her infant. Despite knowing this, some pregnant women can’t stop smoking. In some countries it is now accepted practice to prescribe nicotine replacement products, such as nicotine gum, to help pregnant women quit” said lead author Dr Marewa Glover [...]

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Multiple past studies have reported that, compared to whites, Native Americans have relatively high cigarette use, and this has contributed to speculation that Native Americans might be inherently prone to such use.

A new study at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, however, found that after adjusting for differences in the income and education levels of the two groups, whites were more likely than Native Americans to use cigarettes daily, to consume larger numbers of cigarettes per month and to be nicotine dependent.

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The first study to examine both chest X-ray and CT imaging findings in teenagers with electronic (e-)cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was published [...] in the journal Radiology. "This population is particularly vulnerable to e-cigarette use and its potentially life-threatening consequences," said the study's lead author, Maddy Artunduaga, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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Eligible smokers enrolled in new smoking cessation pilot programmes will be entitled to full subsidies for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help quit the harmful habit.

These pilots will be implemented in public healthcare institutions such as hospitals, polyclinics and national specialty centres [...] The programme aims to reach out to about 10,000 smokers, and Singaporeans can benefit from intensive behavioural support, follow-up for up to a year and a three-month NRT.

About one in 10 people here smokes, and the habit is considered one of the biggest risk factors for poor health.

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Public Health England’s (PHE) sixth independent e-cigarette report, commissioned from researchers at King’s College London, is published today (Wednesday 4 March 2020) alongside new PHE advice on vaping in NHS mental health trusts.

The report provides an update on the use of nicotine vaping products among young people and adults, and public perceptions of the harmfulness of vaping. It also takes an in depth look at the evidence on e-cigarette use in people with mental health conditions and pregnant women.

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Vaping is not risk free but is far less harmful than smoking. Our advice remains that people who smoke are better to switch completely to vaping but if you have never been a smoker, don’t start to vape.

This blog, published to coincide with PHE’s latest independent evidence report, looks at some of the most common misconceptions around e-cigarettes and provides the facts.

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Legislators in the Aloha state are moving forward with several bills that would prohibit the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes, and would ban flavored tobacco products, including cigars and cigarettes.

Senate Bill 2228 would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, as well ban any sale of any tobacco product “other than through retail sales via a direct, in-person exchange.” Senate Bill 2538 would ban the bill of all flavored tobacco products, including cigars, cigarettes, and vapor products. [...]

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Nearly 90% of those who suffered lung injury after vaping last year used cannabis e-cigs, most often an illegal brand called Dank Vape—the [...] The injuries were like those seen in poison gas victims. Medical studies suggest that the culprit in most cases is vitamin E acetate, a chemical recently adopted by some illegal manufacturers to dilute the cannabis in their vape cartridges.

While those findings may reassure users of legal cannabis vapes or nicotine e-cigs like the Juul products of Altria Group (ticker: MO), Illinois public health physician Jennifer Layden and her co-authors advise caution while research continues.

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Stopping smoking can be a tough challenge, people have tried many techniques from nicotine patches to e-cigarettes in a bid to to quit. Now, a new device has launched in the UK that delivers nicotine in a similar way to an asthma inhaler, and it's even been passed as safe for pregnant women.

The device, called Voke has been licensed as a medicine by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and delivers rapid craving relief without heat, burn or vapour.

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As concerns persist over youth vaping, legal attacks on leading e-cigarette company Juul have intensified. Last month, Attorney General Josh Shapiro added Pennsylvania to the growing list of states suing Juul. [...] Proponents of legal action against Juul suggests it’s necessary to hold the e-cigarette makers accountable for what the Food and Drug Administration declared an “epidemic” of teen vaping, with over 5 million teen users in the U.S. But critics worry that resulting restrictions or bans on e-cigarette sales will interfere with Juul use by adults who rely on the product to quit cigarettes, which are worse for health.

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Tobacco harm reduction advocates gathered in Makati City last Friday, February 28, 2020, to launch the Asia- wide education and information campaign#SmokeFree4Life and urged the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) to respect the rights of smokers who want to switch to safer smoke-free alternatives. “We, vapers and former smokers, and advocates of tobacco harm reduction, have an opportunity to add to the global discussions on ENDS, heat-not-burn tobacco products and snus as much safer alternatives to combustible cigarettes. We stand up for our freedom of choice. [...]

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[...] Now scientists say they have measured levels of such “thirdhand” smoke, suggesting it is carried on the bodies and clothing of moviegoers and could be a prominent, and lingering, source of hazardous chemicals.

“This represents significant but poorly understood health risks to non-smokers and a source of reactive chemicals indoors,” said Dr Drew Gentner, co-author of the research from Yale University, noting that previous studies suggest thirdhand smoke may account for between 5% and 60% of the combined disease burden from cigarette smoke in non-smokers.

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A well-known New Zealand vaping advocate has returned from the Philippines resolute that the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) steadfast position of tobacco control, not harm reduction, is costing considerable lives globally.

Nancy Loucas, Executive Director for CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia-Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates), says tobacco use causes one million deaths a year in the Asia-Pacific region alone, and the rights of consumers using smoke-free alternatives need to be respected.

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Virginia Lawmakers are considering an amendment to the 2020 State Budget Bill that would increase the excise tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as enact a new excise tax on electronic cigarettes and vapor products.

The amendment would increase the tax rate on cigarettes from $0.30 per pack to $0.60 per pack. The legislation would also double the tax on other tobacco products, including moist snuff and loose leaf. Finally, the amendment would apply a new tax to components of vapor products, and would tax nicotine-containing e-liquid at a rate of $0.066 per fluid milliliter. [...]

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British American Tobacco Uganda has asked the government to lift a ban on e-cigarettes as it seeks growth opportunities in a tough business environment.

“We are in talks with the regulator of the tobacco industry to see if the law can be reviewed,” Mathu Kiunjuri, the managing director of BAT Uganda, said at a briefing at the Uganda Securities Exchange on Tuesday.

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Electronic cigarettes sales continued to slump during February, with recent federal regulatory changes playing a key role in demand declining for closed-pod cartridges.

Overall sales of mainstream e-cigarette products, as determined by total dollar amount, dropped 14.5% for the four weeks ending Feb. 22 compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest Nielsen report released Tuesday.

The latest Food and Drug Administration tobacco-industry restrictions debuted Feb. 6. The FDA raised the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 on Dec. 20.

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A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices [...].

Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas said they will lead the multi-state investigation into San Francisco-based Juul, which also is facing lawsuits by teenagers and others who say they became addicted to the company’s vaping products.

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Legislation passed by the House of Representatives to ban flavored electronic cigarettes would outlaw the flavored tobaccos used in hookah pipes.

 

The bill, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act authored by Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey that was approved last week, would ban flavored tobacco, which members of Congress say attracts teenagers to use nicotine.

In doing so, it would outlaw flavored tobacco used in hookah pipes, according to former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore.

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A survey finds nearly one quarter of Iowa’s high schoolers vape and critics say new federal regulations on e-cigarettes are having virtually no impact toward heading off the epidemic.

Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says the new policies are “entirely inadequate” and will not help stop a new generation of Iowa kids from becoming nicotine addicts. “There was a great deal of publicity about the new federal rule prohibiting the sale of certain flavored products, but literally thousands of flavored e-cigarette products remain on the market,” Myers says, [...]