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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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The McKell Institute published [...] a report titled 'Legalising Vaping in Australia' which explores the regulatory framework surrounding vaping as a means of tobacco harm reduction in Australia.

The report finds that 'legalising vaping has enormous potential to improve public health, particularly for disadvantaged smokers who are disproportionately affected by smoking-related diseases'.

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The most important way to stop the plague of smoking would be to stop the influx of new smokers, that is, mainly teenagers. When youngsters try their first cigarette, for reasons such as trying to fit in or peer pressure, most of them are not aware of the possible risk they are exposed to. Among young people, the short-term health consequences of smoking include respiratory and non-respiratory effects, addiction to nicotine, and the associated risk of other drug use. [...]

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Most American smokers continue to believe that snus, a moist tobacco product placed under the lip that originates from Sweden, is as harmful as combustible tobacco—even though it is not.

A new study out of Rutgers University asked 256 smokers about how they perceive the risks for developing lung cancer, heart disease and oral cancer when using snus versus cigarettes. A high rate of respondents (45 percent) incorrectly perceived that snus was equally or more harmful for all three disease-risks. [...]

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I’ve never smoked a cigarette, so it never really made sense for me to pick up vaping. After all, when vaping took off as a fad it was a bizarre bit of cyberpunk kitsch, and vapers were publicly ostracized. I ignored it, confident that the trend would soon end. Then, about two years ago, I began spotting friends and cool teens hitting the sleek little obelisks I would soon come to know as Juuls, and honestly, I felt pangs of jealousy. Sure, the company had insidiously started a “nicotine arms race” with their hyper-concentrated, addicting pods, [...]

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Since September 15th of last year, a single word haunts the vaping industry: epidemic. The United States Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb used the term to describe an alarming increase in youth vaping, due in no small part to the massive popularity of Juul.
RegWatch is launching a special series of coverage examining the issues facing the Canadian vaping industry as it braces for regulatory action in the wake of the youth vaping epidemic spreading from the U.S. to Canada. But is it an epidemic?

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Vaping is 95-percent safer than smoking: This fact, courtesy of Public Health England is the go-to rejoinder for every vaping advocate seeking to counter misinformation about the health effects of vaping. But is vaping really this safe?
In this RegWatch special series snippet hear from Michael Perley, Director at Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco and learn what he thinks about 95-percent safer?

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In the nearly two years that Dr. Scott Gottlieb has been Commissioner of the FDA, he’s been both a hero and a devil to the vaping industry. One of his first moves after taking office was to delay the controversial deeming rules until 2022, giving the industry more time to meet the new high standards. At the time many thought this was a sign of things to come, but ever since the rise in teenage vaping has majorly overshadowed the value of e-cigarettes. [...]

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The announcement last month that Dr. Scott Gottlieb will resign as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration has widely been seen as a victory for the vaping industry and producers of other alternative nicotine products. His tenure was marked not only by an intransigence towards accepting the health benefits of vaping over smoking, but also some extremely short-sighted policies towards traditional smoking, chief among them the idea of removing nicotine from tobacco.

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Juul has a new program to pitch its e-cigarette to companies and insurers who want to help their employees stop smoking cigarettes as the company continues to stave off criticism that its product has caused an epidemic in teen smoking.

CNBC has learned that the company hired former Cardinal Health executive Douglas Roberts in the fall to lead its new "enterprise markets team," which is focused on striking deals with health plans, providers, self-insured employers and the public sector.

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The tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) is hopeful its “heat-not-burn” tobacco products will be classified separately from the conventional cigarettes in the Philippines.

Anna Bodi, PMI global communication manager, said that heated tobacco, like the IQOS, is labelled separately from combustable tobacco products in some markets including the United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy, Poland, among others.

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Philip Morris (New Zealand) Limited (PMNZ) has today reiterated its unconditional commitment to have cigarettes replaced by less harmful alternatives in New Zealand as soon as possible, following yesterday’s renewed debate on how to truly achieve a smoke-free country.

PMNZ General Manager James Williams: “New Zealand is leading the world when it comes to devising the appropriate, risk-proportionate regulations around smoke-free products, which are better options for adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke.”

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Here in Australia, it’s currently illegal to buy e-cigarettes that contain nicotine without a prescription. That’s not the case in countries like the UK, USA, Canada or New Zealand. And there’s a lot of debate about the issue.

Whether or not Australian adults should be able to access nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in the same way they buy tobacco cigarettes was considered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in 2008, 2011 and again in 2017.

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The White House supports a Food and Drug Administration effort to crack down on youth vaping and plans more regulations on tobacco products despite the departure of the agency’s chief, senior White House officials said in an interview Thursday.

 
 

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb , 46, is leaving “only on the best of terms,” Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff, said in an interview on Thursday. “I’m not aware of any policy dispute in the administration regarding Dr. Gottlieb.’’

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In July 2017, an announcement by the FDA declared that the agency “places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts.”

It’s no surprise that with this renewed focus on nicotine—and ensuing FDA-driven fear-mongering surrounding products that contain the substance, even if they don’t involve combustion of tobacco—people are more confused than ever about what nicotine is and what it does.

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A quarter of smokers say they would not try vaping because they believe it is just as bad for them as cigarettes.

Commissioned by Yorkshire Cancer Research, the survey of 844 smokers and 1,156 ex-smokers found that tobacco users are “suspicious” of e-cigarettes with many saying they had no desire to give vaping a go.

The results revealed that the typical smoker has been doing so for 22 years and has attempted to kick the habit on average four times in their life.

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An issue that urgently needs Parliament’s attention is not on its radar — the addiction to nicotine of young Canadians through the use of vaping products. It must be.

Vaping products — or electronic cigarettes — have been sold in Canada for over a decade. Most contain nicotine, the addictive ingredient in tobacco products. Originally intended as stop-smoking aids, some smokers do use them to try to quit. [...] After years of ignoring the issue, Ottawa legalized vaping products containing nicotine last May, with relatively few restrictions. [...]

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By the end of February 2019, more than 200 bills had been introduced in multiple states aimed at regulating, taxing, or prohibiting e-cigarettes.

In response to media campaigns by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Surgeon General, state lawmakers have introduced flavor bans, draconian taxes, and proposals to restrict access to tobacco products to persons 21 years old or older.

Strangely, legislators in Connecticut, Iowa, and Nebraska are proposing to increase the age to purchase e-cigarettes and vaping devices from 18 to 21, but [...]

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Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on outgoing Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb to ensure a ban is placed on kid-friendly e-cigarette flavors like candies, juices, fruits and cookies before he leaves office.

Schumer, a Democrat from New York, also demanded that the nominee to head the FDA pledge to build on Gottlieb’s work.

“I’m publicly calling on Commissioner Gottlieb to ensure the ban on kid-friendly e-cig flavors is enacted within the month before he leaves. Because a ban on the kid-friendly flavors is in the pipeline. [...]

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When it comes to marketing electronic cigarettes to young people, fake news appears to stick.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently requires a prominent warning about the dangers of nicotine for e-cigarettes. But just before that mandate, a 2017 campaign by e-cigarette maker blu included fake warnings in precisely the place the real warnings would eventually appear. Messages such as "IMPORTANT: Contains flavor" and "IMPORTANT: Less harmful to your wallet" appeared atop the ads in large print inside a box, [...]

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