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Last year, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enacted an “emergency” six-month flavor ban on vaping products, including mint and menthol, via an executive order and cooperation with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Gov. Whitmer is now proposing another executive order that would harm Michigan vape shops and tobacco cessation efforts. This time, she is proposing a permanent ban on all flavors of nicotine-containing e-liquids, except for tobacco-flavored products.

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A large study exploring possible genetic influences on cannabis use disorder has identified two regions in our DNA — one newly identified and a second that replicates a past finding — that appear to contribute to one’s risk of becoming dependent on marijuana. The researchers analyzed DNA and other data from almost 21,000 people diagnosed with cannabis use disorder and another 360,000 who did not have that diagnosis. They found an association with cannabis use disorder in a region of DNA near the FOXP2 gene on chromosome 7, a gene previously linked to language development and to risk-taking behavior. [...]

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Smoking rates in the UK are at an all-time low but this masks considerable inequalities; prevalence amongst adults who are homeless remains four times higher than the national average. The objective of this trial was to assess the feasibility of supplying free e-cigarette starter kits to smokers accessing homeless centres and to estimate parameters to inform a possible future larger trial. In this feasibility cluster trial, four homeless centres in Great Britain were non-randomly allocated to either a Usual Care (UC) or E-Cigarette (EC) arm. Smokers attending the centres were recruited by staff. [...]

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We announced to the government [of Kenya] about two years ago now that we had the intention to invest $25 million in a new manufacturing site. This is part of the group’s strategy to move the business into potentially harm-reduced products.

Basically, we are providing more choices and allowing people to move away from smoking. That strategy has been in place at the group level for over 10 years in terms of research and development. But, as a business, now we are at a position to start expanding the footprint of these new categories around the world.

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CANCER COUNCIL AUSTRALIA and the Heart Foundation circulated a ‘fact sheet’ on vaping nicotine last week to federal Members of Parliament. Unfortunately, this document contains a number of significant factual errors and omits important evidence. It cannot be regarded by policy makers or the media as reliable.

We examine six of the more egregious claims made in the document. [...]

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In 2009, Congress knew it needed to stop companies that manufactured tobacco and nicotine products from deceptively marketing new products such as “light cigarettes” and e-cigarettes as “healthier alternatives,” particularly to the nation’s youth. In an effort to stop those tactics, lawmakers passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and charged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with putting new tobacco products through premarket reviews, including labeling and marketing plans. [...]

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One of the most hotly contested issues with regard to vaping is whether or not e-cigarettes are an effective tool in the battle to stamp out smoking. Joining us today on RegWatch is Dr. Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, from the Cochrane Tobacco Review Group. She is the lead researcher on the Cochrane review of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation, which released this month and further supports the growing evidence that vaping is an effective tool to quit smoking.

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In September 2019, Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s finance minister, announced a ban on vaping products—an ordinance, passed months later by parliament, that would “prohibit the production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage, and advertisement of e-cigarettes.” It was unfortunate that “e-cigarettes got promoted initially as a way in which people can get out of the habit of smoking cigarettes,” Sitharaman stated after a cabinet meeting that fall. “It was to be a weaning process from using cigarettes.”

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As the four-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts nears, the state has made monumental progress in moving an entire industry from the alleyways into the light.

As of Oct. 9, a total of 689 licenses have been approved in Massachusetts, which includes 268 retail establishments. In total, the commission has received 904 completed applications to operate in over 160 municipalities. As of Oct. 10, 77 dispensary locations have commenced operations in the state.

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The discussion over how and whether so-called “novel products” such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products can help people stop smoking has been prominent in Europe in recent years. Different EU countries have adopted various approaches but there is still no overall picture of their effectiveness and their long-term health effects.

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation has once again put the spotlight on smoking. A WHO official told EURACTIV during the first wave of the pandemic in March that because any kind of tobacco smoking is harmful to the bodily systems, [...]

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The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce and a number of local businesses are voicing opposition to a flavored tobacco product ban that the Missoula City Council will take up for vote on Monday, Oct. 26.

The Chamber said it does not support the proposed ban in a letter to Council last week, saying it would punish retailers who follow the law and only sell to legal-aged customers, and would not address the passage of legally-purchased products to underage users.

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Ask a smoker what they get out of cigarettes and they are likely to talk about pleasure, contentment, and an overall good feeling. Nicotine, the active ingredient in cigarettes, is a stimulant. Used in low doses like those delivered by combustible cigarettes, stimulants activate the nervous system, resulting in enhanced arousal and alertness. Nicotine binding in the limbic system — the part of the brain that houses the pleasure and reward center — releases dopamine, resulting in feelings of euphoria. These effects combine to give smokers a boost in their mood.

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Islamabad : Even though a belated development, medical professionals and representatives of tobacco control entities in Pakistan have finally broken the silence around whether e-cigarettes (ECs) should be promoted as effective anti-smoking aids for smokers attempting to quit. The impetus to discuss the use of ECs for smoking cessation—a subject mired in controversy—came from the recently released Cochrane Review which provides “moderate-certainty evidence” that nicotine containing ECs are 70% more effective in supporting smokers to quit as compared to nicotine-free ECs, and even Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). [...]

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Despite an increase in awareness campaigns that has made smoking cigarettes less popular than its heyday, the percentage of regular smokers among future doctors attending Malta’s medical school appears not to have changed significantly since 2008, with the percentage decreasing slightly from 12% to 11%.

A study published in Malta Medical Gazette shows that despite the greater health awareness expected from students aiming to become doctors, more than a quarter of medical students are either regular smokers or social smokers, with the number increasing from 24% among first-years to 28% among fifth-years.

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One of the undisputed truths in the world is that smoking is detrimental to health—and that it kills. According to HealthHub, Tobacco use kills 5.4 million people a year worldwide and accounts for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide. Every six seconds, an average of one person dies from it. 

In Singapore, about six Singaporeans die prematurely from smoking-related diseases each day. With this in mind, one would think that people would lay off cigarettes, especially pregnant women. 

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Anyone with a passing knowledge of American history is aware of the failures of prohibition. Both the now-repealed ban on alcohol and the ongoing “war on drugs” did little to reduce demand for substances, instead pushing people toward more dangerous behaviors, fueling illicit markets and drug cartels, and putting otherwise law-abiding citizens in conflict (sometimes fatal) with law enforcement.

Yet, we never seem to learn. Though they avoid the word “prohibition,” those in power continue to present bans as the solution to all manner of social issues. [...]

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Health campaigners have expressed alarm after it emerged that a loophole in the law means it is legal for marketing companies to hand out vapes to children for free.

British American Tobacco (BAT) is investigating after a 17-year-old was offered a free sample of the company’s Vype brand. The minor was not told that the product contained nicotine and was not asked for proof of age. Vape companies regularly distribute free samples to adults using paid, third-party promotional companies operating in city centres and at festivals and transport hubs. [...]

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The 2020 U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking cessation is the first such report to focus on this topic since 1990. Its release came as the Department of Health and Human Services was investigating an outbreak of deadly lung injuries linked to the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Although these products pose a new public health challenge, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the burden of death and disease associated with tobacco use in the United States is still overwhelmingly caused by combusted tobacco products, especially conventional cigarettes. [...]

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In the United States, federal agencies and private organizations have pushed the narrative that the use of e-cigarettes threatens to get more people “hooked” on combustible products, leading to laws that have reduced the availability of non-smoke alternatives.

A new study from the United Kingdom, a country that recognizes and promotes vaping as a harm reduction intervention to smoking, found that most adult vapers buck the behavioral trajectory alleged across the Atlantic.

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Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have identified new clues into ways tobacco use impacts patients with kidney cancer.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, provides the first steps in developing personalized treatments for patients with this type of cancer.

Expanding on previous work that identified the mutations of kidney cancer cells, this study reveals metabolic fingerprints that distinguish cancers from nonsmokers compared to smokers.