France has banned the online sale of nicotine products and limited their sale in pharmacies, after researchers suggested that nicotine may play a role in protecting against coronavirus.
The new rules cover products like nicotine gum and patches, designed to help people stop smoking.
Last week, data from a Paris hospital indicated that smokers were statistically less likely to be admitted for treatment for Covid-19.
Anti-vaping activist groups are using the coronavirus crisis to advance their goal of restricting — or even completely banning — the use of e-cigarettes, arguing that vapers are at higher risk of harm from COVID-19.
However, the available evidence indicates the opposite: If they had worked to convince more smokers to switch to e-cigarettes, there might be fewer coronavirus-related deaths today.
That’s the view of Dr. Michael Siegel, professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.
LEICESTER is joining a national campaign called #quitforcovid to encourage smokers to kick the habit during the coronavirus lockdown. Assistant city mayor for public health Cllr Vi Demspter said: “These are difficult times for everyone, and it’s more important than ever that people are supported to stay safe and healthy. That includes giving up smoking. “Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but we know that quitting with specialist support significantly increases your chances of quitting for good. [...]
Pretoria - Tax Justice South Africa has again urged the government to heed growing calls for a review of what it calls “nonsensical” and “draconian” ban on cigarettes that threatens to undermine the lockdown.
Founder Yusuf Abramjee said: “The ill-thought prohibition of cigarettes is impoverishing the nation, enriching criminals and destroying the public’s faith in the lockdown, which is crucial for its success. “The ban is doing little to reduce the movement of people. Instead, it achieves quite the opposite: encouraging South Africa’s 11 million smokers to travel further to find cigarettes in the black market, [...]
The French government on Friday issued a decree suspending online sales of nicotine patches and other products designed to help smokers quit, and told pharmacies to limit physical sales. Chemists were told to only dispense the products to customers in amounts needed for one month of treatment.
It follows the publication of a study this week on 483 patients at Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, that found the infection rate for smokers among Covid-19 outpatients and inpatients was significantly lower than for non-smokers. [...]
The Lebanese parliament on Tuesday passed legislation to legalize cannabis cultivation for medical and industrial purposes, a move that was recommended by economic advisers even before the coronavirus pandemic dealt a devastating blow to the Mediterranean nation's struggling economy.
Under the new law, the cultivation of cannabis by farmers would be regulated within the country, according to The Daily Star, a Lebanese English-language newspaper. Although the plant has long been widely and openly cultivated in Lebanon, particularly in the country's eastern Bekaa Valley, growing cannabis was strictly illegal.
The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) has said that it would no longer pursue legal action against the government over its ban on the sale of tobacco products during the Covid-19 lockdown. This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement on Thursday that, from 1 May, the selling of cigarettes will again be allowed as part of government's phasing-out approach of certain lockdown conditions.
A tobacco lobby group representing southern African cigarette manufacturers is arguing that the ban on the sale of their product is “unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid”, and is preparing to challenge the prohibition in court. It is estimated that the ban on the sale of tobacco products cost SA almost R500m in cigarette excise duties in the first two weeks of the national lockdown. The government expected to collect about R14.5bn in excise taxes in 2020/2021
NZ Smokefree Tomorrow Limited, is the sole distributor of nicotine pouches in New Zealand. These tea bag-like pouches are placed under the upper lip for about 15 to 30 minutes for the preferred nicotine dose and have the added benefit of being tobacco-free, odour-free, and don’t require spitting.
The firm’s CEO Miles Illemann said tht the product is more effective than e-cigarettes and that the companys mission is helping New Zealand achieve smokefree status by 2025. “They just have such a high, proven effective rate. [...]
Jason McCoy, tobacco prevention coordinator for Clay County Public Health, says the split between people he’s heard from reacting to the pandemic by quitting vs. people smoking more than before due to boredom or anxiety is “about 50-50.”
“We’re seeing people who stay at home — you could feel like there’s nothing to do so I need to smoke,” he said. “And I think there are probably some people who are scared and maybe the nicotine is what they think will help them cope. But we know that while nicotine seems like it will cause instant comfort but it enhances anxiety.”
Tobacco manufacturers have received a 120-day extension — until Sept. 9 — for filing premarket applications with the Food and Drug Administration for electronic cigarettes and other next-generation products.
A federal court in Maryland approved Wednesday moving the deadline from May 12 at the FDA’s request in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on its staffing and those of the manufacturers.
The application is necessary for manufacturers to be included in a 12-month FDA review process. It includes makers of nicotine liquids.
In the Philippines, the medical community struggles with the lack of ENDS/ENNDS product regulation. “Juuls are only the tip of the iceberg. Due to poor regulation, nearly anyone has access to these vapes,” asserts Loyola Schools Office of Health Services (LSHS) Director Henrietta dela Cruz, MD, MPH, FPCCP. In line with dela Cruz’ concerns on the regulation of ENDS/ENNDS products, the national Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted to the poor regulation of the industry throughout the country. [...]
Industries often position products to tout the benefits of one category over another—such as the higher-quality, traditional ingredients of a microbrew over mass-produced brewery beer. Researchers suggest that during the past decade, efforts to promote e-cigarettes as a healthier alternative to combustible cigarettes instead backfired, resulting in a product with a reputation as bad or worse than the existing cigarette category.
In line with previous studies, a paper by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, has indicated that adults like candy-flavoured e-cigarettes too. “Our data show that flavors aren’t just popular with the youth, but with adults as well,” said lead author and associate professor of medicine and public health sciences, Dr. Ping Du. “Many of the participants in our study indicated that they used e-cigarettes as a means to quit smoking or avoid relapse, and these flavors may be part of the reason why they end up using e-cigarettes in the long term,” she said.
Alberta’s top doctor is urging smokers to quit, as new research suggests smoking and vaping can increase both the risk of contracting COVID-19 and of having more serious complications from the virus. “Smoking and e-cigarettes can expose the lungs to toxic chemicals . . . There is growing evidence that quitting smoking or vaping, even temporarily, can have positive outcomes in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.”
Smoking is more common in people with poor mental health than in the general population. In the UK, >40% of adults who have a serious mental illness also smoke; in the general population, the proportion of smokers is nearly 15% (Action on Smoking and Health, 2019a). Those with mental health conditions are also more likely to smoke heavily and intensively, inhaling greater volumes of carbon monoxide and other toxins (National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, 2018).
In Quebec, the challenge to vaping is starker, as the provincial government escalates its war on vaping to a point where a complete ban is not only possible but probable.
In this episode of RegWatch, we are joined by the Canadian Vaping Association’s executive director and lead advocate Darryl Tempest for a complete update (provincial and federal) about the impact COVID19 is having on vaping in Canada.
A panel of experts asked the ministers of nine Asia-Pacific countries to restate tobacco harm reduction as a core policy in the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to be held in The Hague, Netherlands in November this year. The CAPHRA experts sent the letter to the top ministers of Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand where cigarette smoking continues to cause deaths and diseases among large segments of their population.
Researchers at The Ohio State University will study the health effects of e-cigarettes and nicotine on youth and help develop vaping cessation programs after receiving a $5.5 million grant from the American Heart Association.
“This study engages experts across our medical center and health sciences colleges collaborating together,” said Dr. Hal Paz, executive vice president and chancellor for Health Affairs at The Ohio State University and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “It’s vital to better understand what gets our youth addicted, the long term effects on the lungs and heart [...]
In a way, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping ended in a compromise. As of Feb. 6, convenience stores and other retailers can no longer carry or display cartridge-based e-cigarettes or vaping pods in flavors other than menthol and tobacco.
“Our wholesale supplier along with our individual brand representatives were very helpful in managing product inventory levels throughout the entire dialogue,” said Lisa Dell Alba, [...] “We were able to keep product available until the deadline, allowing our eligible customers to purchase what they needed.”