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Don’t give in to pressure to water down proposed regulations around prescription-only vaping, e-cigarettes, Senator tells government

A motion has been moved in the Senate calling for the government to “resist any attempts to weaken the laws surrounding vaping and nicotine e-liquids”.

Introduced into the Senate last week (Wed, 7 October) by Senator Stirling Griff (Central Alliance, SA), the move notes recent research and regulatory preliminary announcements regarding e-cigarettes, before advising the government to hold firm against any pressure.

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Nicotine tests collect samples from either the hair, urine, saliva, or blood. Most nicotine tests don't actually test for nicotine. Instead, they look for one of its by-products: cotinine.

"In the body, nicotine is broken into its derivatives, the most important being cotinine," says Anis Rehman, MD, an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at Southern Illinois University. "Cotinine usually lasts much longer than nicotine in the body. Therefore, most smoking tests look for cotinine."

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One of China’s most adamantly anti-smoking cities has vowed to stop selling e-cigarettes near schools and reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke at home as part of a new “smoke-free communities” campaign.

In a more focused update to its “smoke-free city” campaign launched in 2018, the southern metropolis of Shenzhen pledged Saturday to strictly prohibit the sale of not only tobacco products but also e-cigarettes within 50 meters of primary and middle schools, according to Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper.

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E-cigarette use among young people has fallen for the first time in Wales, according to research by Cardiff University.

But the decline in 11 to 16-year-olds smoking has stalled, the study found.

The 2019 Student Health and Wellbeing Survey asked more than 100,000 pupils from 198 secondary schools across Wales about their smoking habits.

The findings show 22% of young people had tried an e-cigarette, down from 25% in 2017.

Those vaping weekly or more often had also declined from 3.3% to 2.5% over the same period.

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It’s taken some time to write about the cannabis referendum because I’ve been researching and weighing up the pros and cons. Here’s what I found out, squeezed into my parenting column, writes Ian Munro.

 

Is it a medicinal issue?

No. Medicinal cannabis is legally available.

Is it a criminal issue?

Currently, yes. And it’s likely to continue to be so since organised crime will quickly work to find and take advantage of new commercial opportunities; for example, black market discounted pricing for the young and a higher potency product, including the problematic synthetic cannabis.

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Filipino smokers are willing to try smoke-free alternatives, according to tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI), citing a study conducted recently.

Denis Gorkun, president of PMFTC Inc., the Philippine affiliate of PMI, said the study revealed that 59 percent of the estimated 16 million Filipino smokers were open to try smoke-free alternatives so long as these were “commercially available and subject to certain product safety standards.”

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CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has decided to ban hookah bars, an issue that was pending for last two to three years. UT adviser Manoj Parida said instructions were issued to deputy commissioner Mandip Brar to issue the official orders. The step was important, especially to control the spread of novel coronavirus, he said. Brar said, “We are seized of the matter and official orders ill be issued”. [...]

 

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When Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan was first opened to public consultation in early February, the feedback was substantial, with a record 348 submissions from citizens, patients, healthcare workers and policymakers. While the submissions offered a rich variety of opinion, one overarching theme appeared to prevail in 20% of the submissions: if the plan is to work, it cannot afford to overlook cancer prevention, and, specifically, we must implement an effective harm reduction plan across sectors of high risk.

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Teenagers are between three and five times more likely to start smoking if they have used electronic cigarettes previously, a new report has claimed.

The Health Research Board (HRB) [...] said its review into e-cigarette use found that e-cigarettes are associated with adolescents starting to smoke tobacco cigarettes, which could potentially lead to serious harm. Its review concluded that e-cigarettes are no more effective than approved and regulated nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) to help people stop smoking, while their safety beyond 12 months is not yet known.

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Current public health advice focuses on the hazards to the person using a device due to the repetitive hand-to-face movements, and recommends washing your hands, cleaning your e-cigarette regularly and avoiding sharing them.
[...] Professor Linda Bauld, the Bruce and John Usher Chair of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, told Metro.co.uk it is therefore ‘entirely plausible’ that Covid-19 could be transmitted through vape clouds in the same way.

She said: ‘We don’t know anything about the transfer of the virus through either tobacco smoke or vape clouds.

 

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Convenience store owners already suffering from slow sales amid the coronavirus pandemic say a ban on menthol cigarettes has set the stage for a thriving black market “on every corner of the city.”

“The biggest problem facing us right now is people going out of state, buying cigarettes, coming in front of stores and selling,” said Humayun Morshed, secretary of the Boston Convenience Store Owners Association.

 

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Select Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction is set to be established to look into “tobacco reduction strategies”, particularly around nicotine vaping.

The committee will inquire into factors like how nicotine vaping products have been treated in countries like New Zealand, the European Union, the UK and the U.S., and the impact of vaping on smoking rates.

It’s also going to assess the “evidence of the impact of legalising nicotine vaping products on youth smoking and vaping rates” and ways Australia could reduce youth smoking and vaping.

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If teens are vaping nicotine, it's likely they're also using cannabis-based e-cigarettes and vice versa, according to a new analysis published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open.

The survey of more than 3,000 adolescents and teens from 10 high schools in the Los Angeles area found that older teens who identified as frequent users of nicotine vaping devices were 25% more likely than others to be moderate users of cannabis e-cigarettes.

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According to the recently released Tobacco Transformation Index, from 2017 to 2019 the world’s 15 largest tobacco companies achieved only a marginal decline in cigarette sales while continuing marketing practices that focus on boosting high-risk product sales.

In this episode of RegWatch we are joined by Dr. Derek Yach, President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World to discuss the results of the Tobacco Transformation Index and how this first-of-its-kind measure could help large institutional investors pressure tobacco companies into taking substantial action to mitigate the world’s smoking burden.

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Demand for cigarettes has picked up in the COVID-19 pandemic, helped by a rise in home working that has given smokers more opportunities to light up, Imperial Brands said on Thursday. A spokesman for the British firm said consumers appeared to be spending more on tobacco as they saved money in other areas, such as travel and holidays, while working from home meant many of them were not restricted by when they could smoke.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Government regulation hurt e-cigarette sales, but Goldman Sachs Managing Director Bonnie Herzog remains “cautiously optimistic” about the category.

“Certainly, I was a lot more bullish a couple of years ago when regulation was more limited,” Herzog recently told [...]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s flavored cartridge ban, state-level tobacco sales bans in places like California and Massachusetts, the THC vaping crisis and a long and expenses premarket tobacco application (PMTA) process all stunted the category’s growth, Herzog said.

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The prevalence of smoking has been decreasing in Norway for decades. In contrast, the prevalence of snus use has recently increased substantially, especially among females. While there is a clear social gradient in smoking, with a higher smoking prevalence among individuals with low socioeconomic status (SES), a possible social gradient in snus use has been less studied. The aim of the current study was to investigate the trends of smoking and snus use and to examine whether ongoing changes in snus use are similar to prior smoking epidemic development.

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Oregon Measure 108, on the Nov. 3 ballot, would increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack, up to $3.33 per pack. It also increases taxes on cigars, and establishes a new tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products that are essentially nicotine delivery systems. This tax revenue would fund health care and mental health care for low-income families, and public health programs aimed at preventing the use of tobacco and nicotine, and helping users quit.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has not only re-highlighted the complex health needs of the homeless population in this country but it also highlighted a need to address the additional infection risks from smoking in a very vulnerable group.

As the country entered lockdown, Greater Manchester’s Covid-19 Emergency Committee secured emergency accommodation for hundreds of rough sleepers in hotels across the city region. Around 85% of the UK’s homeless population are smokers and with research showing that smokers who contract Covid-19 are more likely to die than non-smokers, this was an area of real concern.

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Unlike smoking, rules on vaping vary between venues. While smoking is banned indoors everywhere, e cigarettes are allowed in some pubs, cafes and restaurants. The discussion was prompted when officers amended their draft statement of licensing policy to say vaping ‘isn’t unlawful, just treated in the same way as smoking’.

But Coun Otten said this was unfair. He said: “It’s my view that vaping should generally be allowed on the premises and therefore vapers don’t have to stand outside in the shelter and breathe in second-hand smoke to the detriment of their health and causing noise to the detriment of neighbours.”