New Zealand’s 200,000 vapers are being encouraged to attend an online conference [...] “Over 10 years of scientific research shows that smoke-free nicotine products are at least 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco and have helped millions quit deadly smoking. As consumer groups, we now want to do all we can to influence public policy and reduce the enormous health risks and costs caused by cigarettes,” says Ms Loucas. Ms Loucas believes New Zealand vapers’ participation and input would be highly valued, particularly given Parliament has just passed legislation to regulate vaping, [...]
The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) commends the Nova Scotian entrepreneurs who have submitted intent for a constitutional challenge after Nova Scotia passed restrictive vapour product legislation. The new legislation imposes nicotine ceilings and bans flavoured vapour products. Flavoured products are the key for adult adoption and are used by 90% of adult vapers. Eliminating flavours will discourage adult smokers from transitioning and cause many vapers to return to smoking.
The coronavirus pandemic is driving more people to smoke cigarettes, at least according to the CEO of Altria, the company that manufactures Marlboro. The tobacco executive expects cigarette sales to decline by 2 percent this year instead of the original expected 4 to 6 percent.
[...] The manager Debbie Baker said business is thriving.
"I thought it was going to take a little longer and yes I was surprised because it did pick up so quickly, but that just goes to show you that we have loyal customers,” said Debbie Baker, Store Manager of Puff-N-Snuff Discount Tobacco.
Nonsmoking ordinances and the pursuit of society for a healthier lifestyle has led to a decline in the public’s smoking rate. With this drop, the tobacco industry introduced new ways to deliver nicotine to consumers. Among these products are smokeless and spitless tobacco goods to offer that nicotine fix to users. These products are also introduced and innovated in an effort to expand the marketplace.
The effects of nicotine and smoking are plentiful. Although tobacco has always been associated with being harmful, there is also a positive impact of nicotine on human performance. [...]
A recent national survey conducted in the US has indicated a significant drop in teen vaping rates. On the other hand, the report showed an increase in the use of disposable e-cigarettes, which is believed to result from the fact that the ban on flavours vaping exempts disposable products. Before the release of this data, the FDA had already sent warning letters to ten vape businesses including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), asking them to remove their flavoured disposable e-cigarettes off the market since they do not have the required PreMarket Authorization. [...]
According to a Rutgers-led national survey, most doctors misperceive the risks of nicotine, the addictive chemical in tobacco products. "Physicians must understand the actual risk of nicotine use as they are critical in the prescription and recommendation of FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy products to help patients who use other dangerous forms of tobacco," said Michael B. Steinberg, director of the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program [...] "Doctors should be able to accurately communicate these risks, which may include low-nicotine cigarettes, which are not safer than traditional cigarettes."
This portion of the program is produced by the underwriter, Philip Morris International. Dr. Moira Gilchrist, VP of Strategic and Scientific Communications, in conversation with Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill.
It’s only been one day since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s anti-vaping regulation went into effect and already the FDA has informed some stakeholders that their Premarket Tobacco Applications have been received and accepted for review by the regulator.
Is there truly a glimmer of hope for the survival of the U.S. vaping industry or do vapers have a dark future to face?
If there’s anyone who might know the answers, it’s Dimitris Agrafiotis a.k.a. the VapinGreek. He’s a globally known vaping advocate and executive director of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association. [...]
Smoking is a bad habit, and quitting this habit is next to impossible. Many people want to stop the smoking habit but fail to do so. With the help of an e-cigarette, a person can skip smoking tobacco cigarettes. Whenever a person wants to do smoking at that time, they should either drink vape juice or e-cigarette. Some people think that quitting smoking is not easy, but let me tell you, vaping will help you to get out of this bad habit. It is one of the hardest addictions to leave, but everything is possible with the help of substitutes. [...]
Under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, the PMTA regulatory pathway is a mandatory process that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must enforce due to the need to protect the public health in the most scientifically-focused manner possible. The PMTA deadline was initially well-intentioned, but the law turned into a morass of bureaucratic red-tape that truly places innocent lives at risk. But, what happened to the so-called transparency of government and the equitable treatment of people, services, goods, and beliefs under the banner of tolerance and freedom?
Flavored e-cigarettes - Pause of state rule endangers Montana Kids
We know that flavored vape and tobacco hook kids.
That is why as advocates for Montana’s kids and public health in general, we’re disappointed that politics in the Montana Legislature has led the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPPHS) to pause its rule to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in our state.
In pausing the rule, DPPHS said that “more education and collaboration” is needed in the Montana Legislature before the rule moves forward. [...]
Women and children exposed to tobacco are more likely than men to develop coronary heart disease over their lifetimes — as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Additionally, exposure to tobacco through smoking or passive smoking imposes female-specific health concerns for women and children. Pregnant women and their unborn babies are also at risk of tobacco harm.
Men remain the majority of smokers: the 2016 South African Demographics Survey shows that more men smoke than women, with 8% of women older than 15 using tobacco products, while 37% of men do. [...]
Black market trade in e-cigarettes and associated products is being driven by smuggling. Regulating the category will protect consumers, secure much-needed tax revenues, and bolster Egypt’s free-market model.
Illicit trade of e-cigarettes has emerged as a mounting problem in Egypt, as adult smokers across the country are gradually switching away from cigarettes to what is considered by global health bodies as a better alternative to combusted tobacco. The sale, distribution, and importation of electronic cigarettes have been prohibited in the country since 2015, [...]
Teenagers’ e-cigarette use declined this year, according to an influential annual survey, marking a positive trend that health officials say still leaves the number of users too high.
In 2020, 19.6% of high-school students and 4.7% of middle-school students said they vaped, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, [...] “Although the decline in e-cigarette use among our nation’s youth is a notable public health achievement, our work is far from over,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a statement. About 3.6 million youths reported using e-cigarettes within the prior 30 days, down from 5.4 million in the 2019 survey.
The governor of New Mexico again agued that that marijuana legalization represents an economic opportunity for the state, especially amid budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said at a press briefing on Thursday that the state needs to “look for innovative ways to increase economic activity.”
“Recreational cannabis is one of those areas where that’s $100 million,” she said. “It doesn’t fix it, but it plugs one of those holes [and] potentially would be enough to do a whole lot in the Medicaid gaps.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 because it would have also banned the sale of flavored liquid nicotine products used in vaping.
The Republican governor said in the veto letter released Tuesday night that federal law already raised the age to buy tobacco to 21, but said that hundreds of thousands of Floridians vape as a lower risk alternative to smoking. “This legislation would almost assuredly lead more people to resume smoking cigarettes and it would drive others to the hazardous black market,” DeSantis wrote, [...]
Scientists from a group of American universities, including Yale, Johns Hopkins and Princeton have found exposure to e-cigarette vapour creates a "tumour-promoting environment" in the breast and elsewhere in the body. A surgeon at the London Breast Institute at the Princess Grace Hospital named Professor Kefah Mokbel warned the findings should be a wake-up call to those who think the devices are harmless, or better than smoking normal cigarettes.
"This study provides a good level of evidence that vaping has the potential to induce breast cancer and promote its progression and spread to the lungs," he said.
KUALA LUMPUR: The the e-cigarette industry remains unregulated in Malaysia and experts believe it is imperative for proper and effective regulation of the sector.
This will raise the standards of products in the market, provide quality assurances to users, and complement the government's long-term goal of reducing tobacco consumption.
RELX Technology, Asia's leading e-cigarette manufacturer, has also expressed strong support for regulations of the industry.
"Reasonable regulations, especially on product standards, protect the interests of consumers," RELX regional director of external affairs Eddie Chew said.
“Is it going to be Kassandra?” There’s a reason that question was asked over and over in harm reduction circles after the departure of Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, the previous executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, was announced at the beginning of the year.
In a series of past roles at DPA*, Kassandra Frederique has earned a reputation as one of the most formidable advocates out there—whether leading street protests, whipping up a conference crowd, lobbying in Albany or speaking out to the media. So to many who know her, it felt like only a matter of time.
Guy Bentley, Dir. of Consumer Freedom at the Reason Foundation joins RegWatch to discuss the impact of the industry killing Premarket Tobacco Application Process; how the FDA’s anti-vaping regulation forces winners and losers; and why “clear the market” is an extraordinary response.