The Canadian Paediatric Society is calling for a ban on flavoured e-cigarettes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sounded the alarm on a rise in teen vaping, describing it as an "epidemic." [...] "While Canada and the U.S. have both recently regulated the vaping marketplace, the situation is not the same in the two countries," Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette said in an email.
Health Canada bans "the promotion of flavours that may be appealing to youth, such as candy and dessert flavours," Durette said.
Vaping products that have been pulled from sale in the US over fears about underage buyers remain on shelves at Sainsbury's in the UK.
The US e-cigarette giant Juul, which struck a deal with the British supermarket earlier this month, has banned the sale of several of its flavoured cartridges after an outcry in the US. [...] However, two of the flavours it has removed from sale in the US remain on sale at Sainsbury's [...]
One of the world’s biggest vaping companies has attacked the sale of e-cigarettes with flavours that appeal to children, such as sweets and milkshakes, which health experts want to ban.
Juul said it would never sell flavours, which are widely available in Britain, such as “gummy bear” or “cotton candy”. It added that they were “clearly targeted to kids”. The Sunday Times revealed last month that vaping products available in Britain for as little as £1 include flavours such as strawberry custard, ice-cream cake and jelly babies.
Canada’s rules around cannabis vaping are frustrating entrepreneurs and putting consumers’ health at risk, according to those in the industry.
The federal and provincial governments allow people to own cannabis concentrates meant for vaping and to vape cannabis concentrates, yet federal law bans businesses from selling those concentrates. A change in those laws is expected sometime next year as part of regulatory revisions that also legalize consuming edibles and cannabis-infused drinks.
The FDA’s just-unveiled Draconian restrictions on vaping products are an example of good PR but bad public-health policy. And regulators know better.
When he headed the FDA, Dr. Frank Young used to admonish his minions that there were times when common sense should modulate established policies and rules. That can be done in federal agencies via “enforcement discretion,” a tool that regulators use to carry out their mandate in light of sometimes ambiguous laws and regulations.
Speaking at the E-Cigarette Summit at the Royal Society, today on 15th November, NNA Chair Sarah Jakes, will call for a new approach towards safer nicotine products. Jakes points out that misinformation about safer alternatives is detrimental to public health and that such misperceptions are being promoted by unreasonable bans and regulations.
“The public need to be able to trust that the information given to us by public health authorities is accurate and complete”, [...]
THE FOOD and Drug Administration’s sweeping new tobacco rules did not quite satisfy public-health activists seeking more stringent rules, nor industry-sympathetic conservatives who see them as a “heavy-handed regulatory plan.” In fact, the rules represent an extraordinary step in the fight against nicotine addiction, one that, if successful, would become one of the nation’s greatest public-health victories.
On November 13, JUUL Labs, the company behind America’s most popular vaping product, announced a stringent new online age-verification system.
The move comes under the pressure of a US Food and Drug Administration investigation into the company and raging controversy over Juul’s relationship with teenagers, which Filter has extensively covered. The FDA probe launched in April “to make sure JUUL, and any other e-cigarettes or tobacco products, aren’t getting into kids’ hands in the first place,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
The Delhi high court has held that the Centre’s advisory to ban sale of e-cigarettes is not binding on states and Union Territories.
“The advisory is not binding and it would be open to the respective states and union territories to take an informed decision in this regard,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said on Wednesday. HT accessed a copy of the order on Thursday.
It is the Department of Complacency. For decades DH’s tobacco policy has missed opportunities, scored own goals and only made progress because its greatest errors have been overridden by reality. This is after all the department which repeatedly tried to ban vaping. If MEPs had listened to Jeremy Hunt’s plea then every e-cigarette on the market would have been banned…
Fortunately in 2013 the European Parliament ignored DH’s instincts and listened to the vapers flooding their inboxes with stories of lifelong smoking habits overcome by vaping.
Twenty years ago this month, I joined 45 other state attorneys general to enter into the landmark settlement with the tobacco industry. Since then, the U.S. cigarette smoking rate fell from 24 percent of adults to 14 percent last year — the lowest ever.
We have the opportunity to go much lower. But we’re also at risk of reversing these gains if we fail to give smokers safe alternatives to cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are prompting a great deal of discussion and debate, especially regarding their use by children. [...]
Smokers who spend time with people who vape are about 20 per cent more likely to try to quit, according to research that allays fears that e-cigarettes will “renormalise” tobacco.
Spending time with friends, family and colleagues who vape encourages smokers to try to give up by taking up e-cigarettes themselves, the study said. Britain should also be relaxed about the proliferation of vaping in public places, those behind the research said.
As vaping grows more popular, especially among teens, here are answers to some basic questions about its health effects. [...] E-cigarettes contain far fewer dangerous chemicals than those released in burning tobacco. Tobacco cigarettes typically contain 7,000 chemicals, including nearly 70 known to be carcinogenic. E-cigarettes also don’t release tar, the tobacco residue that damages lungs but also contributes to the flavor of tobacco products.
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called the presence of menthol flavors in nicotine products a major problem that has made it easy for young people to start smoking.
“Menthol is a significant problem,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at an event in Washington Tuesday, ahead of an expected announcement by the agency later this week of plans to restrict the use of some flavors, including menthol, in tobacco products.
[...] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) showing that more than 3.6 million middle and high school students were current (past 30 day) e-cigarette users in 2018, a dramatic increase of more than 1.5 million students since last year. According to the results [....] youth who use e-cigarettes also are using them more frequently and using flavored products more often than last year.
Critics of the vaping industry portray the flavors that the Food and Drug Administration wants to ban from stores that admit minors as evidence of a conspiracy to hook the youth of America on nicotine. The FDA itself has a more sophisticated understanding of the market but is still far too willing to sacrifice the interests of adult smokers in the name of fighting an "epidemic" of underage e-cigarette use.
"We recognize [e-cigarettes] as a viable alternative for adult smokers who want to get access to satisfying levels of nicotine [...]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts. The much-anticipated announcement will mean that only tobacco, mint and menthol e-cigarette flavors can be sold at most traditional retail outlets such as convenience stores. [...]
Facing mounting government pressure and a public backlash over an epidemic of teenage vaping, Juul Labs announced on Tuesday that it would suspend sales of most of its flavored e-cigarette pods in retail stores and would discontinue its social media promotions.
The decision by the San Francisco-based company [...] is the most significant sign of retrenchment by an industry that set out to offer devices to help smokers quit but now shoulders blame for a new public health problem: nicotine addiction among nonsmoking teens.
Vaping giant Juul Labs Inc. is stopping its sales of some e-cigarette flavours in U.S. stores to deter use by kids and teens, but is not doing the same in Canada. In a statement posted on the company website, CEO Kevin Burns said it had "stopped accepting retai l orders for our Mango, Fruit, Creme and Cucumber JUUL pods to the over 90,000 retail stores that sell our product." But the company is not taking the same actions in Canadian stores, where mango, fruit and cucumber flavours continue to be available, said spokesperson Victoria Davis [...]
The maker of blu e-cigarettes plans to tighten its sales practices in an effort to restrict underage access and appease federal health officials amid an industry-wide crackdown on "epidemic" teen use.
Fontem Ventures, a unit of tobacco company Imperial Brands, said it will raise the minimum age requirements to buy pods on its website to 21 across the U.S. and require its online retail partners to use age verification technology, among other measures designed to stop kids from buying its products. [...]