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They know it's addictive. They know it's linked to dangerous and even fatal lung diseases. And they know it delivers far more nicotine than the cigarettes it's supposed to replace.

But the social aspects of vaping drives young people to use Juul and other e-cigarettes, according to nearly two-thirds of teens and young adults in a new study. Less than 5% say the availability of fruity flavors drives use of e-cigarettes by members of their generation, and only 10% say that addiction does.

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The UK has been a world leader in vaping research and progressive regulations which support e-cigarette use as a smoking cessation tool. [...] The North American EVALI outbreak has shifted the UK’s public perception of vaping. Now almost half of the UK’s population views e-cigarettes as more harmful than smoking. The UK released its 6th annual independent report, “A Tobacco Control Plan for England”. Following the report is a statement reassuring the public that vaping is still at least 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

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Opponents and proponents of vaping will have a chance to lobby Melbourne City Council before it decides whether to ban e-cigarettes from smoke-free areas.

The public will have about a month to make submissions to the council on a local law to make vaping illegal in the 11 smoke-free zones in the CBD, including at Bourke Street Mall and along the Tan running track. The health effects of vaping as well as the public amenity issues caused by vaping smoke will be considered by councillors.

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As a long-term smoker who has tried unsuccessfully to quit cold turkey, one of my biggest victories came in early 2019 when I picked up a Juul for the first time. It was love at first pull and, after a few days of formaldehyde clouds, I even lost the desire to pick up another cigarette altogether. The smell of cigarettes began to bother me, a sharp change from the warm nostalgia they used to hold, something I attribute to my extended Italian-American family smoking in front of me as a child. [...]

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In line with the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), Rule 22.12 of the UK CAP Code forbids the promotion of unlicensed nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in newspapers, magazines, periodicals and online media. However, the regulation permits factual claims about products on a marketer’s own websites, and in principle, this exception might be extended to social media activity.

To this effect, BAT, which is one of the manufacturers who had their adverts banned, argued that their promotions fell within this exception. [...]

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In this VIDA News Spotlight, we travel to Medellin, Colombia where the leaders of 11 consumer advocacy groups across Latin America and Spain gathered to form ARDT Iberoamérica or the Alliance to Reduce the Harm from Smoking.

While respected experts, medical journals and health professionals from all across the world have supported the benefits of tobacco harm reduction for over a decade, many governments in this region have taken a hard-line prohibitionist stance on alternative products, leading to unregulated devices and products flooding the black market.

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In this episode of RegWatch we’re joined by Dino Baccari Founder & President of White Horse Vapor in Providence, Rhode Island. Brash and insightful, Dino is going to share his thoughts on a wide range of issues affecting local vape shop owners around the country; what’s been the real impact of COVID19 on vaping; how he thinks anti-vaping forces have capitalized on the pandemic; and his advice for regulatory relief which may indeed lead to a “new normal.”

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“We have to seize this moment,” said Laurie Rubiner, executive vice president of the Bloomberg-funded Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

She was speaking earlier this month, when the National Medical Association (NMA) held a webinar titled, ”COVID-19: Accelerating the urgency of anti-vaping initiatives.”

Why—amid an unprecedented pandemic that has killed 60,000 Americans, stressed hospitals to the point of collapse and left thousands of frontline healthcare providers without personal protective equipment (PPE)—would the NMA choose to hold that webinar? [...]

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Troubled e-cigarette maker Juul plans to move its headquarters from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., becoming the latest in a wave of corporate departures. Juul, which has around 3,000 global employees, plans to retain a presence in San Francisco, but could close some offices, the Journal reported. Juul is contemplating layoffs of up to 950 workers as it faces multiple federal investigations and falling sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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To reduce the risk e-cigarettes pose during the pandemic, the federal government should move quickly to pause e-cigarette sales for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

According to the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, because coronavirus attacks the lungs, smokers and vapers put themselves “at increased risk of COVID-19 and its more serious complications.” Similarly, an NIH-funded study out of Baylor University also found that e-cigarettes disrupt lung function, harm the lungs’ ability to fight viral infections, and increase the chances of a viral infection leading to death. [...]

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The blu eCigs brand has become the latest electronic cigarette to enter the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory gauntlet in pursuit of retaining its retail presence.

Fontem US LLC, a subsidiary of Imperial Brands Plc, said this week it has submitted a premarket tobacco application with the FDA for several styles of its myblu products.

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. said April 15 it had submitted a second and third premarket application for its Vuse electronic cigarette. The applications are for the Vibe and Ciro version of Vuse, the No. 2-selling e-cigarette in the U.S.

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Titled, “Method for Comparing the Impact on Carcinogenicity of Tobacco Products: A Case Study on Heated Tobacco Versus Cigarettes,” the study looked at eight carcinogens which are known to occur in the emissions of both heated tobacco products (HTPs) and tobacco smoke. The researchers compared the harmful health effects of the two products, by applying a risk assessment method consisting of six steps. “The first three steps encompass dose-response analysis of cancer data, resulting in relative potency factors with confidence intervals. The fourth step evaluates (...)

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Scotland’s leading anti-smoking charity is backing calls for a minimum unit price (MUP) on tobacco after scientists said “now is the time” to tackle the largest preventable cause of chronic disease.

Ash Scotland is supporting a new levy similar to that introduced in Scotland on alcohol products two years ago. It would see the price of cigarettes and tobacco rise with the aim of persuading more smokers to quit.

Sheila Duffy, the charity’s chief executive, backed the move which she said would have to go “hand in hand with strategies and support to help people to quit”.

 

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The government should work towards creating a safe and regulated market for vaping in Australia, General Practitioner Dr Joe Kosterich says. It is currently illegal to sell e-cigarettes which contain nicotine and an attempt by Health Minister Greg Hunt to introduce a ban on imported liquid nicotine for vaping has been delayed for six months after 28 Coalition backbenchers signed a letter condemning the decision. Mr Kosterich said the original decision would have condemned approximately 300,000 Australians who had quit smoking by vaping, back into smoking”. He said Australia needed to follow (...)

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Coming from a family of 3 generations of doctors, Pooja has always been passionate about providing holistic care to patients. [...] People with mental health conditions have significantly high smoking rates and die nearly 10-20 earlier than those without mental health conditions. Pooja has been making a positive impact in the challenging area of helping people with mental health conditions quit smoking.

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A research project at the University of East Anglia is seeking to understand how the services provided by vape shops have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Planet of the Vapes has been asked to help spread the message to vape store employees, asking for them to take part and share information. Doctors Caitlin Notley and Sharon Cox highlight from the outset: “Taking part is completely anonymous and voluntary. Your data will not be linked to your company.”

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Smokers faced no difficulty in access to and availability of cigarettes during the lockdown in Pakistan’s 11 districts, though some hinted at quitting or reducing smoking because of COVID-19, reveals a rapid assessment survey conducted by the Pakistan Alliance for Nicotine and Tobacco Harm Reduction (PANTHR). [...] All study respondents, smokers and vapers, were male and young, mostly between 18-35 years of age.

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The public is generally acutely aware of e-cigarettes and the principle of tobacco harm reduction is increasingly being recognised. Many, however, will not realise that there are many more safer nicotine products than just vaping. Snus is currently banned in the EU apart from Sweden which carved out an exemption and now boasts by far the lowest smoking rates in Europe. New tobacco free snus products have recently been introduced to the market in the UK and elsewhere. Heat not burn tobacco products which are far safer than cigarettes - and reduced smoking prevalence in Japan by a third in less than three years – are also a relatively new harm reduction option. What could be the role of these products for smokers looking to reduce their risk from nicotine consumption?

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A new tool developed by a Cornell Tech team can unobtrusively monitor electronic cigarette inhalations—yielding important information for research about when and where people vape, how deeply they inhale and how much nicotine they consume. The first-of-its-kind device, which can be easily attached to all types of e-cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery kits, can help fill gaps in knowledge about vaping that might help users curtail it, the researchers said.

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Flavors in e-cigarette liquids are a critical part of the success formula for quitting smokers. This is the opinion of Acvoda, the consumer organisation for e-cigarette users. All members of Acvoda have successfully quit smoking with the help of electronic cigarettes, in which flavors have played an important role. “It is unbelievable that there is no regard for that, while the State Secretary wants to reach a smoke-free generation.” Acvoda chairman Sander Aspers is astonished that State Secretary Blokhuis cites the argument of under aged vapers as justification for his intention. “The reasoning that flavors are specifically on the market to lure young people is simply a fallacy (...)

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