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There’s an old joke about the neighbourhood dog that loved to chase cars down the road – what would it ever do if it caught one?

The Government has been a bit like that with tobacco harm reduction. A very promising car has come around the corner and stopped. And the puzzled dog is standing there growling at it.

For decades, government has wanted to reduce smoking rates. Why? Smoking causes cancer, myriad respiratory problems, and shortens lives.

 

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Officials say it’s becoming more common among people and people trying to quit smoking to turn to vaping. Now, a Michigan dentist says things like vaping an E-cigarettes can have a negative impact on dental health. Doctor Zareena Banu of Grand Blanc has been a dentist for more people who vape over the past few years and E-cigarette use among teens is also growing.

"Nicotine is something that constricts your blood vessels and it causes decrease in blood flow to the gum tissue,” said Dr. Banu. [...]

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My colleagues and I in the tobacco control movement have based our entire careers on the principle that it is wrong to lie to the public. The bulk of our campaign against Big Tobacco was based on the contention that the cigarette companies lied to the public about the health risks of smoking. Numerous lawsuits were filed against Big Tobacco, seeking damages based on the claim that the companies are responsible because they misrepresented the health effects of their products, thus preventing smokers from making an informed choice. [...]

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved forward with its much-anticipated plan to limit sales of most flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to curb what it calls an epidemic of youth vaping.

 
 

The agency released a draft guideline for the industry on Wednesday, just weeks before Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is set to step down. The move is one of Gottlieb’s signature priorities after antismoking advocates blamed his earlier steps to ease restrictions for e-cigarettes for the rise in underage use.

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There are plenty of theories about why so many people seem to hold maniacal dispositions against vaping.
Are they in bed with big tobacco? Or maybe they work for big pharma? Some may simply have an authoritarian personality and like telling people how to live their lives. It could be all of these reasons and more: Including prejudice. Find out how in our inaugural edition or “Reg Rant” by RegulatorWatch.com.

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Making sure electronic cigarettes don't get into the hands of youngsters is the key to beating tobacco use and nicotine addiction in the United States, a new American Heart Association policy statement says. The statement authors said the tobacco industry's aggressive targeting of youngsters has led to a sharp rise in the use of e-cigarettes and other new types of tobacco products, which threatens Americans' health and decades of efforts to reduce tobacco use.

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Daughters born to women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be short and obese as adults. 

That's according to an international study led by the Liggins Institute in Auckland, which found women whose mothers smoked during early pregnancy were 47 per cent more likely to be obese as adults.

They were also 51 per cent more likely to be short compared to women whose mothers were non-smokers.

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Youth are using e-cigarettes (also known as vaping devices) at a rapidly increasing rate — a practice that constitutes an urgent threat to public health. [...] Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control in the United States also found that 1.5 million more youth used e-cigarettes in 2018 than in 2017. If unchecked by strict regulations, the next generation of youth is likely to be the most nicotine-dependent and the heaviest smoking in recent history, wiping out decades of efforts to protect them.

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Research shows that experiencing menopause before the age of 45 is associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer. This higher risk was notable if the woman is a smoker. The study, which looked at health outcomes of more than 220,000 US Nurses [...]
Bladder cancer is the 6th most common cancer diagnosed in Europe*. It is more common in men than in women, but women are more likely to suffer from advanced bladder cancer and are less likely to survive than men. Around 27,000 European women, and 19,000 US women, are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year.

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A few years ago, a pensioner friend of mine was laid up in hospital after breaking her ankle. I went to visit her when I could. My main duty was to help her into a wheelchair and take her in the lift down to the hospital entrance, so she could smoke a cigarette or two. Like many patients, she felt that being stuck in hospital was pretty much like being in prison. [...] Since then, the smoking ban has come into force for all ‘public places’ (mostly workplaces). Now anyone who wants to smoke has to go outside. [...]

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in 2017 with an ambitious plan to reduce cigarette smoking, a habit that kills nearly half a million Americans each year, by shifting smokers to less harmful alternatives like e-cigarettes.

But he was quickly embroiled in an unexpected crisis: the explosion of vaping among millions of middle and high school students, many of whom were getting addicted to nicotine.

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Ned Sharpless, the director of the National Cancer Institute, will be named temporary chief of the Food and Drug Administration, taking for now the post being vacated by Scott Gottlieb.

Sharpless will serve as acting head of the agency when Gottlieb leaves [...] The appointment of Sharpless, 52, could allay concerns by health advocates that Gottlieb’s departure would signal a letup in the FDA’s crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes and teen smoking. Sharpless has supported Gottlieb’s efforts to stem what the commissioner has called an “epidemic” of youth vaping.

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[...] the Food and Drug Administration took another step towards limiting the sale of sweet-flavored e-cigarettes in places where kids can buy them. But public health experts wonder if the move will be enough to make a dent in the massive increase of youth vaping.

After announcing plans in November to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes that come in kid-friendly flavors, the FDA today issued what’s called a “draft guidance” that starts to spell out how the agency intends to do so. [...]

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President Donald Trump's budget proposal would make vaping more expensive by targetting e-cigarettes with a new "user fee" intended to generate $100 million annually.

The tax would fund regulatory programs and public health campaigns run by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products—despite the fact that there is no tobacco used in e-cigarettes, which instead use nicotine-laced fluids. Cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco are already subject to the FDA's user fees.

 

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Tobacco company Philip Morris says it will stop the sale of cigarettes in New Zealand when required to by law, regardless of whether the government lowers taxes on its new smokeless tobacco products. It was reported last week that Philip Morris was seeking a tax break as part of its plan to stop selling cigarettes in New Zealand ahead of the government's 2025 goal of making the country smokefree.

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As much as concerned adults like to blame fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes, it’s hard to pin down what drives teens to vape in record numbers. Is it really the sweet-smelling vapor that makes e-cigarettes so irresistible? [...] In this new analysis, a team of researchers used data gathered from adolescents (ages 12 to 17), young adults (18 to 24), and older adults to investigate the much-discussed connection between sweet flavors and youth vaping. [...]

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For many within the tobacco control movement the debate over vaping—considering the decades spent fighting big tobacco—is filled with contradiction.
On one hand, you have the cigarette which is proven to be deadly and on the other, you have vaping, which despite relentless demonization is considered by even the most ardent critic, to be a much safer alternative to smoking. As the saying goes within vaping advocacy: Smoking kills and vaping saves lives.

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A cigarette is a lot like a sausage: you’re better off not knowing what’s inside. You might think it’s tobacco, but this is not true. According to experts, it contains a reconstituted tobacco product known as ‘sheet’, the ingredients of which include recycled tobacco stems, stalks, and floor sweepings, plus glue and chemicals. This is then sprayed with nicotine and shaped into curls. As a smoker, I’m okay with everything else, but the floor sweepings are a bit of a no-no.

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Vaping regulations around the world vary quite dramatically. From places such as the UK, which have gotten fully behind e-cigarettes for their harm reduction and smoking cessation purposes, to those such as Australia and Thailand, which have instead taken a very strict stance and virtually banned them. However, as more evidence is published regarding the impact of vaping there’s more and more support for loosening vaping regulations. Australia’s neighbor, New Zealand, went down this path a few years back after having followed suit with the Aussies for years. [...]

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It’s great the Government has announced it’s committed to amending the 1990 Smoke-free Environments Act. This follows Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa submitting a paper to cabinet in November titled “Supporting smokers to switch to significantly less harmful alternatives.”

The cabinet paper makes clear the main intentions of any legislative changes would be “to improve smokers’ access to quality vaping and smokeless tobacco products, while protecting children and young people” as well as “improving publicly available information on vaping.”

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