A industry consultation on how to approach regulating flavoured vaping products in Saskatchewan is underway.
A letter obtained by Global News asks stakeholders for comment “to determine how flavoured vapour products will be regulated in Saskatchewan.” The letter, sent by the Ministry of Health, notes that while a number of vaping regulations came into force earlier this year, legislation pertaining specifically to flavoured products was left out. At the time, Health Minister Jim Reiter called those regulations “step one” and indicated more consultation was needed before addressing flavoured products.
The Russian Ministry of Finance has found a way to cover the costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic and has prepared a draft amendment to the Tax Code, RBC writes.
The agency has planned to increase excise rates on cigarettes, tobacco products and e-cigarettes by 20 percent in 2021 compared to current rates. The Ministry of Finance’s document was approved at the commission on legislative activity [...]
The current version of the Tax Code provides for an increase in the rate of excise taxes on cigarettes, tobacco and nicotine-containing products, and e-cigarettes by 4 percent from 2021.
Heated tobacco products (HTP) are often touted as less harmful alternatives to smoking cigarettes [...] While cigarettes and HTPs produce a similar-looking cloud during use, it’s important to note that the emissions from the two products are not the same. PMI’s lead of scientific and medical affairs Dr Markus Nordlund stated that cigarette smoke generated at high temperatures during combustion contains solid particles (soot), liquid droplets, and thousands of chemicals, 100 of which are recognised as harmful or potentially harmful by health authorities.
The emergence of new consumer tobacco and nicotine products, notably electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products, has produced controversy and confusion. This is partly because the two products are often conflated, not least by Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company. With global sales of cigarettes inexorably declining, the company’s future now depends on IQOS, its flagship heated tobacco product.
Yet e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are quite different. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco but heat nicotine-containing liquids to produce an inhalable aerosol. [...]
On September 18, 2019, the Indian government banned e-cigarettes through the Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance, 2019. Citing health risks associated with e-cigarettes, vaping devices as the reasons for enforcing the ban.
And, now, a year later, the Association of Vapers India (AVI), an organisation that represents e-cigarette users, has urged the Centre to lift the ban. While talking to The Free Press Journal, Samrat Chowdhery, Director, AVI, explained why the reasons behind their request. "There are a number of reasons, primarily from the health perspective, but also from the economic view. [...]
Party leader Winston Peters announced the policy today, saying the party intended to stop punishing smokers with high excise tax and help them quit.
Peters says it will support ASH's surge strategy, making alternatives to smoking affordable and widely available.
He says the government's current Smokefree 2025 approach isn't working with the added contradiction and hypocrisy of holding a referendum on legalising recreational marijuana.
"We don't think that young and, particularly, poor people should be screwed any longer on this matter," he says.
With the implementation this week of Nova Scotia’s new vaping product tax it’s become clear the province is determined to destroy the industry, forcing thousands of vapers back to smoking. In this episode of RegWatch, Nova Scotia vape shop owner Margaret Preston walks viewers through the new tax and shares correspondence with government compliance officers as she seeks clarification in her struggle to keep her business afloat.
A new study led by Dr. Matthew Rossheim [...] provides important findings on how labeling of secondhand emissions from e-cigarettes can help more effectively communicate the harm from e-cigarettes and build support for tobacco-free campus policies. In the study "Aerosol, vapor, or chemicals? College student perceptions of harm from electronic cigarettes and support for a tobacco-free campus policy," researchers found that undergraduate students are more likely to see secondhand exposure to e-cigarettes as harmful when accurate labels like 'chemicals' or 'aerosols' are used rather than tobacco industry coined jargon like 'vapor.'
Traditional cigarette sales continued to slump, with more consumers opting for lower-priced options rather than top brands during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report out Wednesday.
Overall sales volume for traditional cigarettes was down 2.2% for the four-week period that ended Sept. 5. "Given ongoing uncertainties around federal government stimulus, we are interested to see what the potential impact may be on the nicotine category," Goldman Sachs analyst Bonnie Herzog said.
On September 10th, an international tobacco harm reduction media event was held in Sofia [...] Prof. Khayat was one of the most pre-eminent speakers. He has been Head of the Medical Oncology Department at La Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital in Paris and President of the French National Cancer institute. He said that the number one risk factor for cancer worldwide is smoking, which even surpasses excessive alcohol use and high body mass index. To understand more precisely how smoking causes diseases, one should understand cancer is. [...]
People who smoke are increasingly using e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.
The researchers found that between 2016 and 2018 the level of awareness, as well as the use of e-cigarettes, increased among smokers and those who had recently quit smoking. The principal investigator of the study, Professor Richard Edwards from the University’s Department of Public Health, says e-cigarette use was most common among those aged 18-24 years and among those who had recently quit smoking.
The use of tobacco heating system does not adversely affect the overall indoor air quality, according to several scientific studies published in peer-reviewed publications.
The studies were conducted to determine the impact on air quality of new nicotine products such as tobacco heating system which are considered better alternatives to combustible cigarettes. Researchers said assessing air quality is an important factor of the science behind products that heat and not burn tobacco as it provides a strong indication of the potential impact that a product’s use may have on bystanders.
Are electronic cigarettes a safe alternative to smoking?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says no, but China’s largest e-cigarette brand Relx Technology thinks more research could prove otherwise.
“E-cigarettes are sometimes viewed with suspicion because we have incomplete knowledge,” said Relx co-founder and head of R&D and supply chain Wen Yilong. The company unveiled a new bioscience laboratory on Thursday to study the health effects of vaping.
Patients treated for bladder cancer with a surgery known as radical cystectomy have worse outcomes if they are smokers, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis by Keck Medicine of USC. Cacciamani and fellow Keck Medicine researchers searched databases to select 17 studies that reported on the impact of tobacco smoking on chemotherapy response and survival outcomes of 13,777 patients following radical cystectomy. Of these patients, 40.8% were active smokers at the time of the surgery, 14.1% former smokers and 45.1% had never smoked or were not smoking at the time of the surgery.
The vast majority of Twitter users who vape with JUUL e-cigarettes are not using the devices to stop smoking or to improve their health [...] The researchers say this finding, which challenges JUUL's stated mission of improving smokers' lives, could help hone anti-smoking and vaping efforts targeted at Twitter users, particularly underage teens.
Based on their manual analysis of more than 4,000 tweets, the scientists concluded that only 1% of Twitter users mentioned JUUL as a smoking cessation method and scarcely 7% referred to any potential health benefits of using the vaping devices.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of challenges, including that many are spending more time at home than ever before. This is a significant problem for those with neighbors who smoke. Smoking continues to be a problem in multi-unit housing, and while stay-at-home orders have helped to reduce transmission of COVID-19, they have also increased exposure to secondhand smoke from neighbors.
But the problem is more than just secondhand smoke: long after secondhand smoke has cleared, the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapors remain as thirdhand smoke. [...]
When Philip Morris International (PMI) reacted to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a modified risk tobacco product marketing order for its proprietary IQOS heat-not-burn product, it heralded it as a broader public health victory. The FDA confirmed that IQOS eliminates a traditional cigarette’s burning characteristics by heating the tobacco sticks to a vapor aerosol.
This product is said to significantly reduce the production of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals adding that the company was able to demonstrate that IQOS reduces a human body’s exposure to toxic substances, [...]
Quitting smoking is extremely important ― the biggest reason is that smoking affects nearly every organ of your body. But now, you have an even more immediate reason to kick the habit – COVID-19. While the novel Coronavirus can infect anyone, smokers, in particular, are more prone to fall victim to it. It causes extensive damage to various vital organs and systems of the human body. However, the lungs continue to remain one of the most affected organs. In smokers, the lung function is already impaired, which makes it more difficult for the body to fight off the coronaviruses. [...]
Hangsen Technology, located in Shenzhen, China, is a division of Hong Kong-based Hangsen Holding Co., Ltd. The company has manufactured e-liquid in facilities around the world since 2009.
Hangsen will launch SYN NIcotine—which is created with lab chemicals, rather than extracted from tobacco plants—in North America soon. Synthetic nicotine is not a new concept; other companies also manufacture tobacco-free nicotine, and it has been used commercially in a few vaping products.
In July, when the B.C. provincial government enacted new rules and regulations governing the sale of vaping products in the province, it gave retailers until September 15 to sell off non-compliant product and adjust inventories to meet the new B.C. (specific) packaging and device specifications. In this episode of RegWatch, we are joined by Sam Tam, President of the Canadian Vaping Association to discuss what the industry needs in order to navigate the new regulatory environment and to learn what critical clarifications the province has indicated it might deliver before the deadline.