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Attorney General Maura Healey called Wednesday for banning flavored vaping products and taxing e-cigarettes to crack down on unsafe teen smoking habits in a speech before the New England Council. “The reason I’m raising this is because this is a really big deal right now in schools and for parents around the state,” said Healey, as she joined local business leaders to talk about the work of her office. “I think it’s important that we update our law to address and try to curb this epidemic.”
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Flavored e-cig bans are being considered. Meanwhile, c-store sales of electronic smoking devices rose 163% to $2.8 billion in 2018.

Flavored e-liquids once were the key marketing focus for the electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) marketplace.

Now that marketing banner is being stretched tighter by federal and local regulators. For example, New York City Council is considering a ban on vaping flavors, and at presstime a key committee had recently held a public hearing to discuss the proposed ordinance, [...]

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All anyone needs to know about the trade talks between the US and China is contained in the two boxes of Juul pods that I have in front of me. Juul, in case you don’t know, is one of those electronic cigarette brands that is made by an American company. The “pods” are the size of a top of a computer thumb drive. The pods plug into the smoking device — the electronic “cigarette” — and deliver the flavor and nicotine to the smoker.
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Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs is under the microscope again, with 11 senators demanding answers from the company at the center of the youth vaping "epidemic" whose business practices have been shrouded in "immense secrecy," the senators said in a letter to Juul on Monday.

They are requesting data, plans and other information from Juul related to its popularity among youth and its relationship with tobacco giant Altria, which invested nearly $13 billion in the company late last year.
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With China home to the world’s largest tobacco industry, several of the world’s leading e-cigarette manufacturers and with over 300 million smokers breathing down its neck, it is possible that the decision of the Hong Kong government to institute a near blanket ban on safer nicotine products is at least partly an attempt to embarrass their lord and master. Under the new law, it will still be legal to use the products, though doing so in a non-smoking area will be subject to a fixed penalty of HK$1,500 or a court-imposed fine of HK$5,000. [...]
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The government is drafting a new act on regulating tobacco consumption comprising traditional tobacco cigarettes and its electronic alternatives.

According to a report from Bernama, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said at present, tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes are being regulated under different directives.

“The new bill will underline all regulations and controls on e-cigarettes and vapes, including the sales guidelines,” he said in the report.

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Twenty-five years ago, when I started working on tobacco control at a government policy level, the politicians used to reject our recommendations that they ban tobacco advertising and up the tax on cigarettes. They said it was a slippery slope, the thin edge of the wedge—after demanding that they ban smoking, would we turn on chocolate, beer, eating out? Of course not! I said. Smoking is totally different to obesity! Most people who drink alcohol aren’t addicted! I thought they were being misled by industry lobbyists. How naive was I?
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Researchers explored the skin-related conditions associated with electronic cigarette use in a literature review and concluded that e-cigarettes are not safe alternatives to traditional tobacco cigarettes in developing dermatological issues. Increased reports of contact dermatitis secondary to e-cigarette use have been reported, which is secondary to the release of nickel from the heating coil in the devices, according to researchers.

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Placing graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packages may deter some adults from purchasing tobacco products, but the strategy is unlikely to influence those smokers who are most addicted to nicotine, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Conducted in a one-of-a-kind laboratory that replicates a convenience store, the study found that the effects of graphic health warning labels on adult smokers' purchase of cigarettes depends on their level of nicotine dependence. Such labels typically include an image of a tobacco-caused illness [...]
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It's estimated smoking kills almost 19,000 Australians each year.

E-cigarettes and vaping are often touted as a way to help bring that number down — but are they risk-free? If you're looking for a bad product that does bad things, then tobacco is a perfect place to start.

In the USA today, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death. Some 480,000 people die each year.

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Likely the most common battle fought over vaping currently is how we should be regulating them. While some believe they’re causing harm to teens and others believe the harm reduction value provided is worth it, few are saying vaping should be entirely unregulated. However, most politicians have become obsessed with using vaping as a scapegoat to generate more tax revenue, or even worse, to shirk their responsibility of developing an adequate regulatory framework for the vaping industry. [...]
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I am, in my bones, a law-abiding sort of chap. I was brought up to respect the law and in turn have done the same with my children. I have also spent much of my medical career doing my best to help smokers quit their habit using all the methods available to me.

You might wonder what links these two statements and the answer lies in Hong Kong where – if I was a smoker trying to quit their cigarettes – I would now be wondering if I was going to be sent to prison for up to six months simply by carrying an e-cigarette in my pocket.

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India’s trade ministry says it cannot impose a ban on electronic cigarette imports as there is no legal basis for doing so, an internal government memo viewed by Reuters shows, in a boost for those looking to tap into the country’s growing vaping market. This comes amid repeated calls for a ban from the country’s health ministry, which urged states and government agencies last year in an “advisory” to step up efforts to halt sales and imports, warning vaping devices pose a “great health risk”.
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An NGO has written to the highlighting the need for a regulatory framework for vaping products, so that they can be used as an alternative to combustible products like cigarettes.

The Heart Care Foundation of also marked the letter to the and state health departments on policies and regulations of vaping products, including e-cigarettes, based on a consensus statement signed by leading medical practitioners, which is scheduled to be published in the April edition of Indian Journal of Clinical Practice.

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Parents who smoke cigarettes typically don’t light up in enclosed spaces like their cars or their homes with children or infants around. After all, we’ve known for years that secondhand smoke is bad for our health. But a recent study suggests a lot of parents are unaware those same rules should apply to e-cigarettes too — as secondhand and thirdhand exposure to vaping may also pose health risks.
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For San Francisco vaping company Juul, the outcry from officials at all levels of government seems unrelenting: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on e-cigarette sales to minors, California lawmakers are weighing a bill to halt the sale of flavored tobacco like Juul pods, and, in the company’s own hometown, the city attorney is pushing to ban e-cigarettes altogether. Juul itself has yanked many of its most popular flavors off of store shelves.

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Little is known about the potential health effects of JUUL e-cigarette products that have recently risen in popularity, especially among adolescents. [...] FDA, has a growing concern about this uptick in their use because these electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine -- a highly addictive stimulant, with potential to affect the still-developing adolescent brain.

A research team led by Prue Talbot, [...] has now found that nicotine concentrations are higher in JUUL electronic cigarettes than in any of the hundreds of other electronic cigarette products the team analyzed.

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Stoked by public health special interest groups a litany of frightening headlines has splashed across Canadian newspapers and TV news screens: Vaping Addicts Youth to Nicotine; Youth Vaping Leads to Youth Smoking; Vaping Is an Urgent Threat to Public Health. [...] In this RegWatch feature interview, hear what Dr. Mark Tyndall, Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population [...] thinks about the pressure campaign to rollback vaping regulations and why he says it’s based on a contrived “moral panic.”

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New research shows record few Year 10 students in New Zealand are smoking, while vaping by 14 and 15-year olds remains equally low and is falling.

Kiwi vaping entrepreneur Jonathan Devery says this highlights that any concerns around vaping marketing and flavours seducing young teens are more perceived than real.

“We are very pleased to hear that the Year 10 daily smoking rate has fallen to 1.9%. It’s a dramatic drop from the 15.2% of Year 10s smoking 20 years ago, and inches us closer to Smoke Free 2025,” says Mr Devery – the co-owner of Vapo and Alt New Zealand.

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Three-quarters of more than 9,000 parents polled in a survey want a complete ban on e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, saying a plan to choke only their supply, sale and promotion – but allow consumption – did not go far enough. Seventy-five per cent of the 9,083 parents – both smokers and non-smokers – called for the complete ban on electronic cigarettes as well as other new tobacco alternatives such as heat-not-burn products and herbal cigarettes.

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