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Smokers around the world buy roughly 6.5 trillion cigarettes each year. That’s 18 billion every day. While most of a cigarette’s innards and paper wrapping disintegrate when smoked, not everything gets burned. Trillions of cigarette filters—also known as butts or ends—are left over, only an estimated third of which make it into the trash. The rest are casually flung into the street or out a window.

“There's something about flicking that cigarette butt,” says Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action. “It's so automatic.”

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Up until a month ago, it sometimes seemed like everybody vaped, from international celebrities to local teens. Now, it can feel as if everybody is trying to quit. “They’ve been touted as safer than cigarettes, even to the extreme of being safe, period,” said John Maa, a past president of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society. “But we don’t really know what the effects of chronic vaping is on your lungs.”

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E-cigarettes are continuing to prove they’re one of the most valuable harm reduction and smoking cessation aids ever created. While piles of evidence indicate vaping is useful for public health, there’s a growing concern among parents about teenage usage.

Despite studies proving these concerns are massively exaggerated, it’s no less important to keep minors away from products they don’t fully understand, or need. Unfortunately, many legislators have chosen to combat this problem with misguided flavor bans, [...]

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Philip Morris International CEO Andre Calantzopoulos joins 'Squawk on the Street' to discuss why Philip Morris International ended merger talks with Altria, Juul's future and vapings regulations.

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We all live under the specter of imminent demise. But cruel is life when someone or something intervenes and pronounces an abrupt end, thus stealing away time so vital to life and business.

In this episode of RegWatch we present a practical guide to the FDA’s onerous Premarket Tobacco Application process which—thanks to a recent court ruling—is now due in less than 10-months. It seems that time, for the U.S. vaping industry, could be coming to an end.

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Britain and America have been largely in step on regulating tobacco products since the mid-1960s, when they published their first tobacco control laws just months apart from one another. Now, however, a trans-Atlantic split has emerged. After six people died from vaping-related lung diseases in the US, Donald Trump has promised a ban on flavoured e-cigarettes. The UK’s public health chiefs, however, continue to downplay the risks. [...] Martin Dockrell, has said such a ban would be counter-productive since European vaping products are far safer than their US counterparts; [...]

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Use of the e-liquid flavourings diacetyl and acetyl propionyl has raised concerns that they might cause respiratory diseases amongst vapers. Product surveys show that these compounds, plus a less toxic alternative, acetoin, are widely used in e-liquids.

We have investigated the chemistry of acetoin, acetyl propionyl and diacetyl in e-liquids. They are reactive, with concentrations falling substantially over time. Acetyl propionyl is the most reactive, diacetyl less so, and acetoin significantly more stable. [...]

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States and local governments continue to push bans. Trump also now pushes to ban flavored e-cigarettes which will carry an economic toll. But, most importantly, an emotional one. Vape shop owners now assess the coming damage by making advanced plans to close their doors and layoff employees. The following is a dispatch from my travels across the United States. As I traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum, my mind was unsettled. This is what happened, who I spoke to, and where my mind was in the days leading up to my arrival in D.C.

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At Grace’s school, it doesn’t matter if you’re the coolest girl in the class or the quietest, when you get up to go to the toilet, you take your Juul. It doesn’t matter if you’re 11 or 16, like Grace was when she first started smoking the sleek black electronic cigarette. Depending on your gender, you’ll tuck the USB-like device into your pocket or your bra, knowingly risking suspension for a hit of mango- flavoured nicotine. Last year, Grace’s school implemented a new policy: if two kids go to the toilet at the same time, they’re automatically assumed to be Juuling.

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The vaping health crisis is happening at a very bad time for the Canadian cannabis industry. With pot stocks already down over 40% since the end of the first quarter, news that an Ontario youth has been diagnosed with Canada’s first reported vaping-linked illness while hundreds have fallen ill in the U.S., is further battering the sector. It’s not clear what’s causing the illnesses or whether they’re tied to nicotine, cannabis or both. As long as that uncertainty persists, so will questions about whether the big bets many Canadian pot companies have made on vaping will pay off.

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Urging individuals to shun tobacco, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stated e-cigarettes had been banned to forestall individuals from a brand new method of intoxication. These had been his first remarks on the difficulty of well being hazards linked to e-cigarettes after the Union Cupboard earlier this month banned its sale, manufacturing and storage by means of an ordinance. The ordinance shall be transformed right into a invoice within the subsequent session of Parliament.

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The Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee (NDAC) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the approval of the New Drug Application (NDA) from GlaxoSmithKline for an over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine mouth spray to aid in smoking cessation (9 to 6 vote). The nicotine mouth spray (NMS) delivers 1mg nicotine per spray; each dispenser would deliver at least 140 sprays, with a maximum of 4 sprays per hour and 64 sprays per day. The device includes an actuator press fitted to the spray pump and a press-and-push locking mechanism designed to be child-resistant.

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In recent weeks, government officials across America and in other countries responded to legitimate, yet still poorly understood, health threats from vaping with immediate actions, moving toward limiting or even banning e-cigarettes. Given how slowly governments have responded to persistent and life-threatening social problems like climate change and gun violence, many of my high school peers and I have been wondering: Why the rush to action on vaping?

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It has become a common coffee shop experience to get engaged in discussions concerning opioid and nicotine addictions, given all the frightening stories on overdoses and vaping. We wonder what can possibly be done to reduce the reported harms. After all, as we sip our lattes and cappuccinos; maybe a double espresso if we feel the need, we all have attitudes about addictions. Often, while possibly getting our cup refilled, we acknowledge that we cannot understand what could cause someone to use drugs. [...]

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It’s been a rough year for the vaping industry. What began as a purportedly less harmful replacement for combustible cigarettes has become the focus of investigations into everything from lung disorders to fatalities. And now a new study has found concentrations of dangerous heavy metals like lead and copper in vapors produced by some types of tank-style e-cigarettes. Tank-style e-cigs, as opposed to the thinner (aka “cig-a-like”) and disposable styles, generate aerosol vapors using large capacity vape-fluid tanks and powerful batteries.

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The Health Ministry on Tuesday said it was weighing a total ban on sales of e-cigarettes, following other countries that have sought to crack down on what has been described as a vaping epidemic.

The ministry said it was imposing an immediate ban on sales of flavored cartridges of oil used in the smoking devices. It was also considering imposing a blanket ban on sales via a temporary injunction, without waiting for the Knesset to pass new regulations.

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Medical experts in the Pune have welcomed the ban on 'e-cigarettes'. According to the draft ordinance, the storage of e-cigarettes shall now also be punishable with imprisonment up to six months or fine up to Rs 50,000 or both.
Pulmonologist Vaibhav Pandarkar of Columbia Asia Hospital, said, "Every day there are 1-2 patients who are addicted to e-cigarettes. Symptoms are chest pain, cough, nausea, fever or vomiting. Mostly we have youngsters who are addicted to cigarettes or e-hookah."

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The federal government may be getting close to cracking down on e-cigarettes amid concerns about the risks of vaping.

The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to finalize its policy on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products in the coming weeks, acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said Wednesday.
The FDA policy as it has been described would require all flavors other than tobacco to be taken off the market and then get "premarket authorization" before attempting to return to the market.
 
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High schoolers rallying in downtown Los Angeles this week chanted “Fight the flavor” as they showed their support for banning the flavored tobacco products that health experts say are fueling an epidemic of nicotine addiction among youths. Governments around the nation are considering banning flavored tobacco products amid burgeoning e-cigarette use among youths and a mysterious outbreak of a serious lung disease that appears to be linked to vaping. The legislative efforts would eliminate the fruity e-cigarette pods with flavors such as mango, strawberry and mint, [...]

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Smoking might be out of vogue, but flavored cigarette bans—like those of flavored vapes—are trending. Several cities in the United States, most recently San Francisco, have prohibited or restricted the sale of menthol cigarettes. [...] Major Franklin said banning the sale of menthols will not protect youth. “With a ban you will put more cigarettes into the hands of young people,” he said, explaining that the regulated market, which restricts sales and requires ID for purchase, protects youth more than the underground market—through which anyone can buy cigarettes on a street corner. [...]

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