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In the wake of the Stanton Glantz study scandal, Dr. Chris Lalonde Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria and harm reduction advocate returns to RegWatch to examine the how’s and why’s of suspect science and its impact on the vaping debate in Canada.

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Normally, non-smokers including vapers, are charged up to 50% less a year on their life insurance. This could equate to paying between $350 to $800 less a year, depending on other health related factors. However, health insurers in the United States, are following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in not considering e-cigarettes or vapes as cessation or harm-reduction tools, and insuring vapers as they would smokers.

“If you have any belief, even given all the uncertainties, that vaping can be a form of harm reduction, from a public-health and ethical standpoint, the answer to this question is obvious,” said Ronald Bayer, [...]

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Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld spoke to Prof Robert West, professor of health psychology [...] There is a lot of noise going around e-cigarettes but the evidence that is emerging now is very clear that it helps people to stop smoking. The only question is 'how much does it help?' So we have evidence from randomised controlled trails, showing the e-cigarettes were more effective than licensed nicotine products in helping people to stop smoking in a clinic. [...]

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[...] bill HR 2339 – The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act. Sponsored by Democratic representatives Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Donna Shalala of Florida. The bill was introduced a year ago, and now the house of representatives HAVE PASSED the bill which is ban on flavored vaping products in all 50 states.

Joining us today to talk about the ban, the potential impact on the industry and whether or not President Trump would veto the bill is Jon Glauser, CEO of Demand Vapes, Exec Board Member of the vapor technology association and anchor supporter of RegWatch.

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Finally, some Canadian provinces are acting to protect young people from vaping and e-cigarettes. Now it is time for the federal government to act urgently to protect young people by implementing a national tax on vaping products. Last week I wrote about an alarming report, the 2019 Ontario Student Drug Use survey, which was produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. The report stated that between 2017 and 2019, electronic cigarette use by youth had doubled.

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Several U.S. senators recently wrote to Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that it is imperative that his agency ensures that vaping products are properly regulated.

New Hampshire U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan coalition in calling on the FDA to take action. According to the letter, the senators rightfully expect Hahn will ensure that the agency reject e-cigarette product applications that do not protect the nation’s public health.