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Mysterious lung illnesses in the United States are being linked to vaping, but health officials in New Zealand have not received any such reports here. No reports any lung conditions could be linked to vaping had been lodged with the Ministry of Health as of Friday but concerns had been raised. The main issue appeared to be what was being vaped, a ministry spokesperson told the Herald. Director of Alt New Zealand and local vape retailer Vapo, Ben Pryor, said reports from the United States were misleading and deceiving.
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Tobacco giant Philip Morris International claims it wants a ‘smoke free world’ and the eventual phasing out of cigarettes, hailing its new smoke-free products as the future. [...] HARDtalk is in PMI’s research laboratories in Switzerland to talk to the CEO, Andre Calantzopoulos. Are his claims of a smoke free future clever strategic marketing or corporate hypocrisy?

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In an America so consumed by politics that everything short of picking out a dog leash is determined in an ideological construct, there is one thing upon which everyone agrees — smoking is bad and quitting is good. Yet in the critical debate on the importance of e-cigarettes in turning smokers into non-smokers, a baffling divide has occurred with conservatives generally supporting this pathway and liberals opposing it.
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Four dominant e-cigarette manufacturers face a probe into the health impacts of their products, as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee asked on Wednesday about the firms’ research and marketing practices. The committee sent letters to Juul Labs Inc, 35% owned by Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc, Fontem Ventures, Japan Tobacco Inc, and Reynolds American Inc, a unit of British American Tobacco Plc.

 

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An Egyptian Member of Parliament submitted an early day motion on Sunday demanding a ban on importing and trading electronic cigarettes in the local market. Member of the House of Representatives Amal Rizk-Allah said that many studies warn against the risks posed by these cigarettes, and that the World Health Organization has confirmed that e-cigarettes are no less dangerous than regular cigarettes.
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Seven out of 10 smokers are open to switching from cigarettes to nicotine vaping but lack information to make that choice, according to new research — and in Australia, where some of the world’s most draconian anti-vaping laws are in place, they are even more in the dark than others.

Getting caught in Western Australia with liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes, for example, can get you a whopping $45,000 fine, while in the ACT it can land you two years in prison.

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US health officials are reporting what could be the country’s first death linked to vaping. The officials said on Friday that an adult patient in Illinois, who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping, had died and that they considered it the first death in the US linked to e-cigarettes. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) received the report of the death on Thursday, the chief medical officer, Dr Jennifer Layden, said.
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In this headline edition of RegWatch we talk with Dr. Riccardo Polosa, Director of the Institute for Internal Medicine & Clinical Immunology at University of Catania, Italy. Dr. Polosa is the world’s foremost researcher studying the effects of vaping on the respiratory system, and in this episode learn why he thinks these allegations of vaping-related lung damage are beyond credible.

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The advice from health agencies, including the CDC, to avoid using "e-cigarettes" is irresponsible. This is such a broad category of products that it doesn't really give people any guidance whatsoever in terms of what to avoid. There are millions of people who are vaping nicotine-containing e-liquids and it would not be prudent for these millions of people to return to smoking in order to avoid the risk of this "unknown" and "mysterious" medical condition. [...]
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E-cigarettes, vaping devices and tobacco refills are to be hit with a 100 per cent tax from January, the UAE Cabinet has said. The expansion of the 2017 excise tax on tobacco follows the legalisation of the sale of battery-powered smoking devices in mid-April. In a series of tweets, the UAE Government Communication Office said the move was intended to "reduce consumption of harmful goods, prevent chronic illnesses linked to sugar and tobacco and help consumers make sensible healthy choices".

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2019 has been a divisive year for the vaping industry, with several massive battles going on at the same time. [...] Luckily, a new report out of Harvard University is reaffirming a long-held belief among vapers, that e-cigarettes are an invaluable tool in the fight against tobacco. [...] According to the lead researcher, Dr. Sara Kalkhoran, “This finding suggests that smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking need to use them regularly—every day—for these products to be most helpful.”
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Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has continued to look into a potential link between vaping and seizures. As of Aug. 7, the agency has received 127 reports between 2010 and 2019 of seizure or other neurological symptoms, such as fainting or tremors, that occurred after vaping. [...] "Although we still don't have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents, we believe it's critical to keep the public updated on the information [...]

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A growing body of evidence suggests the potential harm of vaping electronic cigarettes has been underestimated. While e-cigarette advertisements claim the devices can help people quit smoking cigarettes, research shows that they also targeted non-smoker teens, and scientists are discovering that e-cigarettes can cause serious harm on their own. [...] Scientists from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill found that, in a sample of 14 vapers, all those individuals had elevated levels of protease enzymes in their lungs. [...]

 

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Motor-skill training has proved capable of reversing brain impairments in rats treated with nicotine. This effect has been demonstrated in a recent study and, in the long term, the method may also come to be tested as an aid to human smoking cessation. "It was as if the training counteracted many of the changes caused by nicotine in the animals' brains, and helped to restore the balance faster," says Louise Adermark, associate professor of neurobiology and corresponding author of the study.

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Dutch health and safety watchdog NVWA has fined seven Amsterdam-based companies for selling illegal e-cigarettes, the Parool reports. Juul is an American brand e-cigarette which contains three times the permitted amount of nicotine, making it illegal in the Netherlands. Its popularity among teens is growing, however, and Juul has now appeared on the Dutch market as well, both online and in physical shops.

 

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Dozens of parents and anti-vaping advocates held a protest Tuesday outside the JUUL offices in Manhattan.

Critics want the City Council to restrict the e-cigarette company from selling flavored products, which they say attract kids.

“Kids start with flavored pods,” said 16-year-old Phillip Fuhrman, who is now vape-free after taking his first puff of a JUUL two years ago. “When my mom took my first one away from me and I started to feel the withdrawal symptoms, that was the first time I realized I was addicted.”

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One thing no one expected from Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s policy address was a frontal attack on Hong Kong’s long-standing commitment to free and open markets. However, in announcing a 
ban on the sale of e-cigarettes
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The ban is based on some seriously flawed arguments if indeed, as claimed, it has arisen from public health concerns.

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Kids used to duck into the school bathroom to sneak a drag on a cigarette. But with the electronic kind, they are becoming increasingly daring, often vaping right under their teachers’ noses.

I spoke to more than two dozen teachers, students and administrators across the country about the creative ways high-school and even middle-school kids have found to hide vape pens and take hits of nicotine—and sometimes marijuana—in class. Students conceal them in highlighter pens, pencil cases and long-sleeve shirts. [...]

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India’s health ministry has proposed a ban on the production and import of electronic cigarettes, documents seen by Reuters showed, potentially jeopardizing the expansion plans of big firms like Juul Labs and Philip Morris International.

The ministry has proposed that the government issue an executive order banning the devices in the public interest, saying it was needed to ensure e-cigarettes don’t become an “epidemic” among children and young adults.

 

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WALK DOWN any high street in Britain and you find no shortage of shops advertising e-cigarettes, which have seemingly exploded in popularity in recent years. Public-health officials are worried. Little is known about the long-term health effects of vaping, and many have accused e-cigarette manufacturers of aiming their products at children. Yet, newly released data suggest that concerns over e-cigarettes’ popularity among youngsters may be overblown, at least in England.

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