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As concerns persist over youth vaping, legal attacks on leading e-cigarette company Juul have intensified. Last month, Attorney General Josh Shapiro added Pennsylvania to the growing list of states suing Juul. [...] Proponents of legal action against Juul suggests it’s necessary to hold the e-cigarette makers accountable for what the Food and Drug Administration declared an “epidemic” of teen vaping, with over 5 million teen users in the U.S. But critics worry that resulting restrictions or bans on e-cigarette sales will interfere with Juul use by adults who rely on the product to quit cigarettes, which are worse for health.

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Tobacco harm reduction advocates gathered in Makati City last Friday, February 28, 2020, to launch the Asia- wide education and information campaign#SmokeFree4Life and urged the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) to respect the rights of smokers who want to switch to safer smoke-free alternatives. “We, vapers and former smokers, and advocates of tobacco harm reduction, have an opportunity to add to the global discussions on ENDS, heat-not-burn tobacco products and snus as much safer alternatives to combustible cigarettes. We stand up for our freedom of choice. [...]

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[...] Now scientists say they have measured levels of such “thirdhand” smoke, suggesting it is carried on the bodies and clothing of moviegoers and could be a prominent, and lingering, source of hazardous chemicals.

“This represents significant but poorly understood health risks to non-smokers and a source of reactive chemicals indoors,” said Dr Drew Gentner, co-author of the research from Yale University, noting that previous studies suggest thirdhand smoke may account for between 5% and 60% of the combined disease burden from cigarette smoke in non-smokers.

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A well-known New Zealand vaping advocate has returned from the Philippines resolute that the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) steadfast position of tobacco control, not harm reduction, is costing considerable lives globally.

Nancy Loucas, Executive Director for CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia-Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates), says tobacco use causes one million deaths a year in the Asia-Pacific region alone, and the rights of consumers using smoke-free alternatives need to be respected.

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Virginia Lawmakers are considering an amendment to the 2020 State Budget Bill that would increase the excise tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as enact a new excise tax on electronic cigarettes and vapor products.

The amendment would increase the tax rate on cigarettes from $0.30 per pack to $0.60 per pack. The legislation would also double the tax on other tobacco products, including moist snuff and loose leaf. Finally, the amendment would apply a new tax to components of vapor products, and would tax nicotine-containing e-liquid at a rate of $0.066 per fluid milliliter. [...]

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British American Tobacco Uganda has asked the government to lift a ban on e-cigarettes as it seeks growth opportunities in a tough business environment.

“We are in talks with the regulator of the tobacco industry to see if the law can be reviewed,” Mathu Kiunjuri, the managing director of BAT Uganda, said at a briefing at the Uganda Securities Exchange on Tuesday.

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Electronic cigarettes sales continued to slump during February, with recent federal regulatory changes playing a key role in demand declining for closed-pod cartridges.

Overall sales of mainstream e-cigarette products, as determined by total dollar amount, dropped 14.5% for the four weeks ending Feb. 22 compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest Nielsen report released Tuesday.

The latest Food and Drug Administration tobacco-industry restrictions debuted Feb. 6. The FDA raised the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 on Dec. 20.

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A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices [...].

Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas said they will lead the multi-state investigation into San Francisco-based Juul, which also is facing lawsuits by teenagers and others who say they became addicted to the company’s vaping products.

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Legislation passed by the House of Representatives to ban flavored electronic cigarettes would outlaw the flavored tobaccos used in hookah pipes.

 

The bill, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act authored by Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey that was approved last week, would ban flavored tobacco, which members of Congress say attracts teenagers to use nicotine.

In doing so, it would outlaw flavored tobacco used in hookah pipes, according to former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore.

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A survey finds nearly one quarter of Iowa’s high schoolers vape and critics say new federal regulations on e-cigarettes are having virtually no impact toward heading off the epidemic.

Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says the new policies are “entirely inadequate” and will not help stop a new generation of Iowa kids from becoming nicotine addicts. “There was a great deal of publicity about the new federal rule prohibiting the sale of certain flavored products, but literally thousands of flavored e-cigarette products remain on the market,” Myers says, [...]

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A review of studies on the effects of nicotine on pregnancy outcomes concluded that there is no reason to doubt that switching to smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products is better than continuing to smoke. “There is strong evidence linking smoking while pregnant with negative effects on the health of a woman’s pregnancy and ill-effects on her infant. Despite knowing this, some pregnant women can’t stop smoking. In some countries it is now accepted practice to prescribe nicotine replacement products, such as nicotine gum, to help pregnant women quit” said lead author Dr Marewa Glover [...]

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In the wake of the Stanton Glantz study scandal, Dr. Chris Lalonde Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria and harm reduction advocate returns to RegWatch to examine the how’s and why’s of suspect science and its impact on the vaping debate in Canada.

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The first study to examine both chest X-ray and CT imaging findings in teenagers with electronic (e-)cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was published [...] in the journal Radiology. "This population is particularly vulnerable to e-cigarette use and its potentially life-threatening consequences," said the study's lead author, Maddy Artunduaga, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld spoke to Prof Robert West, professor of health psychology [...] There is a lot of noise going around e-cigarettes but the evidence that is emerging now is very clear that it helps people to stop smoking. The only question is 'how much does it help?' So we have evidence from randomised controlled trails, showing the e-cigarettes were more effective than licensed nicotine products in helping people to stop smoking in a clinic. [...]

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Public Health England’s (PHE) sixth independent e-cigarette report, commissioned from researchers at King’s College London, is published today (Wednesday 4 March 2020) alongside new PHE advice on vaping in NHS mental health trusts.

The report provides an update on the use of nicotine vaping products among young people and adults, and public perceptions of the harmfulness of vaping. It also takes an in depth look at the evidence on e-cigarette use in people with mental health conditions and pregnant women.

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Finally, some Canadian provinces are acting to protect young people from vaping and e-cigarettes. Now it is time for the federal government to act urgently to protect young people by implementing a national tax on vaping products. Last week I wrote about an alarming report, the 2019 Ontario Student Drug Use survey, which was produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. The report stated that between 2017 and 2019, electronic cigarette use by youth had doubled.

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Legislators in the Aloha state are moving forward with several bills that would prohibit the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes, and would ban flavored tobacco products, including cigars and cigarettes.

Senate Bill 2228 would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, as well ban any sale of any tobacco product “other than through retail sales via a direct, in-person exchange.” Senate Bill 2538 would ban the bill of all flavored tobacco products, including cigars, cigarettes, and vapor products. [...]

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Normally, non-smokers including vapers, are charged up to 50% less a year on their life insurance. This could equate to paying between $350 to $800 less a year, depending on other health related factors. However, health insurers in the United States, are following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in not considering e-cigarettes or vapes as cessation or harm-reduction tools, and insuring vapers as they would smokers.

“If you have any belief, even given all the uncertainties, that vaping can be a form of harm reduction, from a public-health and ethical standpoint, the answer to this question is obvious,” said Ronald Bayer, [...]

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Stopping smoking can be a tough challenge, people have tried many techniques from nicotine patches to e-cigarettes in a bid to to quit. Now, a new device has launched in the UK that delivers nicotine in a similar way to an asthma inhaler, and it's even been passed as safe for pregnant women.

The device, called Voke has been licensed as a medicine by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and delivers rapid craving relief without heat, burn or vapour.

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[...] bill HR 2339 – The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act. Sponsored by Democratic representatives Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Donna Shalala of Florida. The bill was introduced a year ago, and now the house of representatives HAVE PASSED the bill which is ban on flavored vaping products in all 50 states.

Joining us today to talk about the ban, the potential impact on the industry and whether or not President Trump would veto the bill is Jon Glauser, CEO of Demand Vapes, Exec Board Member of the vapor technology association and anchor supporter of RegWatch.

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