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Troubled e-cigarette maker Juul plans to move its headquarters from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., becoming the latest in a wave of corporate departures. Juul, which has around 3,000 global employees, plans to retain a presence in San Francisco, but could close some offices, the Journal reported. Juul is contemplating layoffs of up to 950 workers as it faces multiple federal investigations and falling sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The UK has been a world leader in vaping research and progressive regulations which support e-cigarette use as a smoking cessation tool. [...] The North American EVALI outbreak has shifted the UK’s public perception of vaping. Now almost half of the UK’s population views e-cigarettes as more harmful than smoking. The UK released its 6th annual independent report, “A Tobacco Control Plan for England”. Following the report is a statement reassuring the public that vaping is still at least 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

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The blu eCigs brand has become the latest electronic cigarette to enter the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory gauntlet in pursuit of retaining its retail presence.

Fontem US LLC, a subsidiary of Imperial Brands Plc, said this week it has submitted a premarket tobacco application with the FDA for several styles of its myblu products.

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. said April 15 it had submitted a second and third premarket application for its Vuse electronic cigarette. The applications are for the Vibe and Ciro version of Vuse, the No. 2-selling e-cigarette in the U.S.

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As a long-term smoker who has tried unsuccessfully to quit cold turkey, one of my biggest victories came in early 2019 when I picked up a Juul for the first time. It was love at first pull and, after a few days of formaldehyde clouds, I even lost the desire to pick up another cigarette altogether. The smell of cigarettes began to bother me, a sharp change from the warm nostalgia they used to hold, something I attribute to my extended Italian-American family smoking in front of me as a child. [...]

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Scotland’s leading anti-smoking charity is backing calls for a minimum unit price (MUP) on tobacco after scientists said “now is the time” to tackle the largest preventable cause of chronic disease.

Ash Scotland is supporting a new levy similar to that introduced in Scotland on alcohol products two years ago. It would see the price of cigarettes and tobacco rise with the aim of persuading more smokers to quit.

Sheila Duffy, the charity’s chief executive, backed the move which she said would have to go “hand in hand with strategies and support to help people to quit”.

 

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In this VIDA News Spotlight, we travel to Medellin, Colombia where the leaders of 11 consumer advocacy groups across Latin America and Spain gathered to form ARDT Iberoamérica or the Alliance to Reduce the Harm from Smoking.

While respected experts, medical journals and health professionals from all across the world have supported the benefits of tobacco harm reduction for over a decade, many governments in this region have taken a hard-line prohibitionist stance on alternative products, leading to unregulated devices and products flooding the black market.

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Coming from a family of 3 generations of doctors, Pooja has always been passionate about providing holistic care to patients. [...] People with mental health conditions have significantly high smoking rates and die nearly 10-20 earlier than those without mental health conditions. Pooja has been making a positive impact in the challenging area of helping people with mental health conditions quit smoking.

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“We have to seize this moment,” said Laurie Rubiner, executive vice president of the Bloomberg-funded Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

She was speaking earlier this month, when the National Medical Association (NMA) held a webinar titled, ”COVID-19: Accelerating the urgency of anti-vaping initiatives.”

Why—amid an unprecedented pandemic that has killed 60,000 Americans, stressed hospitals to the point of collapse and left thousands of frontline healthcare providers without personal protective equipment (PPE)—would the NMA choose to hold that webinar? [...]

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Smokers faced no difficulty in access to and availability of cigarettes during the lockdown in Pakistan’s 11 districts, though some hinted at quitting or reducing smoking because of COVID-19, reveals a rapid assessment survey conducted by the Pakistan Alliance for Nicotine and Tobacco Harm Reduction (PANTHR). [...] All study respondents, smokers and vapers, were male and young, mostly between 18-35 years of age.

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To reduce the risk e-cigarettes pose during the pandemic, the federal government should move quickly to pause e-cigarette sales for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

According to the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, because coronavirus attacks the lungs, smokers and vapers put themselves “at increased risk of COVID-19 and its more serious complications.” Similarly, an NIH-funded study out of Baylor University also found that e-cigarettes disrupt lung function, harm the lungs’ ability to fight viral infections, and increase the chances of a viral infection leading to death. [...]

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A new tool developed by a Cornell Tech team can unobtrusively monitor electronic cigarette inhalations—yielding important information for research about when and where people vape, how deeply they inhale and how much nicotine they consume. The first-of-its-kind device, which can be easily attached to all types of e-cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery kits, can help fill gaps in knowledge about vaping that might help users curtail it, the researchers said.