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Today's announcement of new national regulations restricting e-cigarette advertising is a much-needed advancement that will reduce youth vaping and help protect youth from becoming addicted to nicotine. The Canadian Cancer Society applauds Minister of Health Patty Hajdu and the federal government for adopting these important regulations. The regulations include an extensive ban on e-cigarette advertising, with an exception for locations where youth do not have access. The regulations come into effect on August 7, 2020, although for certain retail locations the implementation date is September 6, 2020. Youth vaping in Canada has more than tripled in just four years. Data from the Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs survey found that (...)

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In Great Britain, more than half (52.7%) of people aged 16 years and above who currently smoked said they wanted to quit, and 62.5% of those who have ever smoked said they had quit, based on our estimates from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN). In the UK, in 2019, 14.1% of people aged 18 years and above smoked cigarettes, which equates to around 6.9 million people in the population, based on our estimate from the Annual Population Survey (APS) (...)

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Canadian province Nova Scotia has published a ridiculous list of prohibitions on vaping products – criminalising most vapers in the process. It was celebrated in the media by calls for legislators to go even further. In Tax Information Bulletin 5111, notice is given of amendments to the Revenue Act and Revenue Act Regulations - Prohibitions on Vaping Products. As of 12:01 am, September 15, “there will be limitations on the possession, sale and transfer of Vaping Products.” The incredible list is as follows (...)

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Evidence collected over the last decade indicates that flavors are essential for adults looking to use vaping products to quit smoking. Indeed, a new study published finds flavored vapor products to be more effective than tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes in helping adults remain smoke-free. A new study published by JAMA Network Open examines the role of flavors in electronic cigarettes and vapor products and their influence on subsequent smoking initiation and cessation by both youth and adults. The use of flavored e-cigarettes was associated with more than twice the odds of (...)

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The country has begun its recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, and we are attempting to get back to normal, catching up on those things we missed while the world stopped to deal with the threat. While there has been promising and positive research released in the last few months related to vaping and vapor products, much of it seems to have gotten lost in the mix as news outlets almost exclusively covered the pandemic, rightfully so. Now, however, as the executive director of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association, I believe the public should have this latest information. First came the news that tobacco or non-nicotine vaping products were not responsible for a string of hospitalizations and deaths, as originally publicized — instead, the primary cause was tainted THC in illegal marijuana vaping products. The misinformation was an unfortunate blow to the e-cigarette and vaping industry, and we are still working to correct the image of vapor products. Second, two recent studies show (...)

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In an exercise of transparency, EUobserver filed a freedom of information request to get insights into an internal debate on e-cigarettes at the European Parliament. The issue revolves around the possibility of setting up specialised booths at parliament premises for MEPs who vape. Vaping is banned at the parliament, outside designated areas for cigarettes. Some MEPs are now demanding four new specialised booths for e-cigarette smokers in Brussels and in Strasbourg, an issue being debated among all the quaestors in charge of running day to day affairs. Polish conservative MEP Karol Karski, who is one of the European Parliament's handful of quaestors, is also supporting a proposal to (...)

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Following 43 months of evaluation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 7 July authorized the marketing of IQOS in the country, Philip Morris International’s (PMI) electrically heated tobacco system, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP). The finding recognizes the harm-reduction effects of the “heat-not-burn” technology, which provides smokers with nicotine, while substantially reducing the risks associated with the combustion of conventional cigarettes. While rates of smoking have decreased in wealthy countries, they have grown in poorer nations. In sub-Saharan Africa, cigarette consumption increased by over 50 percent between 1980 and 2016. Of deaths among African adults caused by second-hand smoke, over 60 percent are among women who live and work with smokers. Six lessons can be learned from the decision by the USFDA and similar regulatory bodies in Europe (...)

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The state Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a bill banning flavored tobacco products. House Bill 2457, known as the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020, would prohibit the sale or distribution of all flavored tobacco products in the state. In 2009, the federal Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act prohibited flavors, including fruit and candy flavoring in cigarettes, but not for other smoking devices. The 2020 state Legislature is hoping to change that. The bill states that while there has been a decline in the use of cigarettes during the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in (...)

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Juul CEO K.C. Crosthwaite announced the board appointment earlier this month. He pointed out that during her tenure as health minister, Ambrose played a part in efforts to introduce regulations with the aim of combating the marketing of flavoured vaping products and set in place a tax on cigarettes. In recent months, Juul has been incessantly accused by lawmakers, health entities and angry parents alike, of fueling the current alleged teen vaping “epidemic”. Since its merger with Big Tobacco company Altria, the manufacturer has understandably lost credibility as having harm reduction at heart, and also been on the receiving end of multiple lawsuits.

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Sales of cigarettes are doing a little better this year than any of the industry players expected. By way of background, at one point in the late 1960s, nearly half of American adults smoked. With a greater awareness of the high health risks, stricter regulations arrived, causing a slow-but-steady decline in smoking prevalence. Since the early 1980s, cigarettes have been a melting ice cube, with volumes declining at an average clip of 3% to 4% annually. Coming into 2020, the major U.S. tobacco players all expected industry volumes to drop in the 4% to 6% range, another year of above-average decline. Then the pandemic hit, and unemployment skyrocketed. Covid-19 is specifically dangerous for smokers, says the CDC, given (...)

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Lung cancer is responsible for 30% of all cancer deaths worldwide and is expected to kill 154,050 Americans this year, with over 80% of cases directly attributable to smoking. Chronic inflammation plays a central role in the pathogenesis of smoking-induced lung cancer. Smoking is characterized by neutrophilic inflammation and reduced mucociliary clearance in the lung, which, at least in part, can be explained by exposure to LPS and other endotoxins. Smoking-related lung tumors are characterized by (...)

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today authorized the marketing of IQOS, Philip Morris International’s (PMI) electrically heated tobacco system, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP). In doing so, the agency found that an IQOS exposure modification order is appropriate to promote the public health. Today’s decision demonstrates that IQOS is a fundamentally different tobacco product and a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking. IQOS is the first and only (...)

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An article carried across ex-Fairfax Media titles provoked outrage when it contained a lazy falsehood about a leading advocate of vaping. Tobacco harm reduction expert Colin Mendelsohn was accused of receiving funds from the tobacco industry. Following a wave of protest, Fairfax Media's partner company published apologies, but heavily edited vaper comments on its online articles. Owners said nothing would change, but critics predicted a swing to restricted coverage of events – something that has come to fruition as 70 employees wrote to the owners last week.

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Many factors lead to the commencement and maintenance of smoking, and better understanding of these is relevant in the management of oral health, particularly as smoking cessation advice (SCA) from the dental team is a key component of patient care. Whereas most previous research has focused on dental professionals’ perceptions of providing SCA, and identified facilitators and barriers to its provision, there has been more limited research focusing on patients’ perceptions of receiving SCA in the dental context. Accordingly, this study aimed to explore the views of smokers with periodontitis receiving dentist‐delivered SCA.

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Extending the United States cigarette flavour ban to include menthol products could encourage existing smokers to quit and lower the rates of people starting to smoke, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned flavours in cigarettes, citing their appeal to youth and young adults. Although initially exempt, the FDA has recently announced its intention to also ban menthol in cigarettes (...) Dr David Levy, lead author of the study said: "Previous studies suggest that the frequency of menthol smoking has remained consistent, despite declines in non-menthol smoking. Although the role of menthol flavouring in those who start and quit smoking is well-documented, it has been less clear how a menthol ban may impact these behaviours. Our study aims to examine this by utilising studies focused on the US and comparable regions."

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In another step to tighten the regulation of sin products, the Department of Finance (DOF) may ban the online sale of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. In a text message to reporters, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the DOF may ban the sale of cigarettes and alcohol in online spaces where it is hard to ensure that they are not being sold to minors. “We will move to ban online sales of cigarettes and liquor,” Dominguez said. The proposal comes at a time when more Filipinos are using online transactions to buy products, especially with community quarantines in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Fraser is adamant about what’ll happen if he can’t access liquid nicotine: smoking is the last option. “I would figure out a way to get either the nicotine salt, or whatever, to add to liquid, or just go to a place and buy it,” he laments. “I would still rather go through that than smoke.” On June 19, the Federal Government announced its intention to further restrict liquid nicotine — which Fraser uses for vaping. Currently, it’s illegal to buy or sell liquid nicotine in Australia, but a loophole exists, via the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Personal Importation Scheme, which allows anyone to import prescribed, but unregulated, medicine from overseas. “The goal was to not ever smoke a cigarette,” he explains. Under the proposed plan (...)

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Chinese e-cigarette and vape manufacturer Smoore International 6969.HK, one of the largest companies of its kind in the world, has raised $918 million (£734.93 million) after pricing its shares at HK$12.40 each in its Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), according two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The Shenzhen-based company offered 574 million shares, according to the company’s prospectus, and had (...)

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Filter interviewed nearly a dozen people currently operating in the newly burgeoning illicit vape markets in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, where versions of flavor bans have recently gone into effect, high excise taxes have been instituted and billions of dollars—at least according to one report out of Massachusetts—are already being generated in illegal transactions. Most requested anonymity for fear of legal repercussions. “This is the same kind of dumb failure that has led us into the War on Drugs.” One e-liquid manufacturer in New York State, who told Filter he acquired 10 gallons of liquid nicotine before the state ban became a reality, just leased a new property to produce and sell his homemade flavors to his hundreds of established customers. “I’m set for a few years,” he claimed.

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“It’s good news the Minister of Finance didn’t use this Budget to hike tobacco tax, as has been the case for the past four years,” said Nancy Loucas, Director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA). Loucas believes that while tobacco tax is used as a way of gaining revenue, it has a negative impact on vulnerable groups and does little to motivate the public to quit smoking. “AVCA does not support tobacco tax hikes. Too often they’ve been used as a revenue gathering exercise and always hit the vulnerable the hardest. They’re terribly regressive and (...)"