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The Office of the Ombudsman has asked relevant government agencies to listen to the voice of the public objectively in deciding on whether the ban on electronic cigarettes in Thailand should be lifted or extended. Representatives of the Ends Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST) and administrators of the Facebook page "What is e-cigarette" attended the August 17 meeting at the Office of the Ombudsman to tackle the petition questioning the ban on sales and import of e-cigarettes.

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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is recommending Albertans who smoke or vape take measures to quit the habits to decrease the impact of a coronavirus infection.


“What we’ve seen in other jurisdictions is that there does seem to be a link to things like smoking or vaping and having a more severe outcome after a COVID-19 infection,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Monday. A Stanford University study found those who vaped were five times more likely to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus than non-users. [...]

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A free roll of toilet paper with your vape? How about hand sanitizer? Vaping companies -- long criticized for marketing that appealed to kids and implied their products were less harmful than smoking -- are now under the microscope for seizing on the Covid-19 pandemic to sell their products. "While we thought we'd seen it all, we never imagined that we'd see tobacco companies exploiting a global pandemic for marketing purposes," study author Dr. Robert Jackler told CNN in an exclusive interview. "What really surprised us was how many different ways they did it, and how many companies and brands engaged in the practice."

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Tobacco firms are being warned they face tougher laws unless they do more to clear cigarette butts off the streets.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow has summoned industry chiefs to a meeting to give them the choice of ramping up their own efforts to collect more discarded cigarette ends, or of being forced to do so.

She is focusing her fire on the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association and cigarette giants Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International, which owns the Silk Cut, Camel and Benson & Hedges brands.

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Cigarette sales are plunging faster than any time before as smokers turn to alternatives like vaping - with 410 million fewer smokes sold annually than just two years ago.

Dr Murray Laugesen, a trustee of the End Smoking NZ charity, analysed tobacco company returns that are published by the Ministry of Health and found a remarkable drop in sales.

About 2132 million cigarettes were sold last year - 193 million fewer than 2018, and following a 217 million drop the previous year.

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While people were rightfully focused on the coronavirus pandemic, as May turned to June, Massachusetts hit a public health milestone, effectively banning flavored tobacco and other smoking products, including menthol, and levying a steep new tax on vaping products. Massachusetts has been on the forefront of anti-tobacco legislation before. In 2018, it became the first state to ban pharmacies from selling tobacco products. [...]

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The House joint committees on Trade and Industry and Health approved the substitute bill regulating the manufacture, importation, sale, distribution, use, advertisement, promotion and sponsorship of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems (ENDS/ENNDS) and heated tobacco products (HTPs). To be known as the “Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act of 2020,” the bill aims to regulate ENDS/ENNDS and HTPs “in order to promote a healthy environment and protect the citizens from any hazards.”

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A ban on flavored products and harmful additives, increased prices, tobacco retail licensure, and banning online sales are among the top recommendations to address vaping-related illness and the youth vaping epidemic. Gov. Kate Brown received recommendations Aug. 20 from the Vaping Public Health Work Group to address the epidemic of vaping-related illness and youth vaping in Oregon. According to the Oregon Health Authority, youth e-cigarette use jumped 80 percent between 2017 and 2019.

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They never stop. Tobacco control organizations in California convinced the California Assembly to pass SB 793 on August 24, after the Senate had already done so. The bill bans the sale of flavored vaping products in brick-and-mortar businesses. It also outlaws sales of flavored smokeless tobacco, small cigars and menthol cigarettes. Flavored hookah products, pipe tobacco and premium cigars are exempt.

The mainstream media predictably played their part, with headlines like, “California must ignore Big Tobacco’s attacks and protect kids from flavored nicotine.” [...]

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Despite the negotiations around the National Prevention Agreement being specifically designed to keep the tobacco industry and tobacco sellers from influencing it, the tobacco lobby managed to do just that, according to research by journalists from The Investigative Desk. The researchers called ruling party VVD a  "lead actor" in getting big tobacco's wishes into the prevention agreement, Follow The Money and NOS reported.

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There is no scientific evidence that vaping – smoking using an electronic cigarette – presents an increased danger of infection by Covid-19 to those in the immediate surroundings, according to virologist Steven Van Gucht. Prof Van Gucht was commenting on a call from the Anti-Cancer Foundation (STK) for vaping to be banned on cafe terraces because of the added danger it presents. “The vapour released by e-cigarettes contains a lot of water vapour, and therefore a lot of aerosols, which increases the risk of spreading the virus,” the foundation said. “And we know that aerosols – tiny water droplets – can carry the virus.”

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The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) will be hosting a consumer oriented online Video Conference entitled “Voices4Vape” on Saturday 26 September running from 16:00 – 20:00 HONG KONG TIME (GMT +8).
This will be the first ever conference by, for, and about consumers of less harmful alternatives to smoking tobacco. The conference is open to all and free to register.
The event will feature informative and educational presentations by leading advocates and researchers and will delve into the nuts-and-bolts of THR advocacy in Asia-Pacific.

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Russia may start labeling tobacco for e-cigarettes and non-tobacco blends for hookahs. The corresponding draft resolution of the Cabinet was published on the federal portal of draft regulatory legal acts. According to the document, from October 1, 2020, the authorities can launch an experiment on the labeling of tobacco products consumed using tobacco heating devices, as well as tobacco-free hookah smoking mixtures. It is noted that participation in the government experiment will initially be voluntary.

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The dangers of smoking are common knowledge. Smoking during pregnancy, even second-hand smoke, can hurt both the mother and her child. But her grandchildren? "Second-hand cigarette smoke exposure during pregnancy has damaging effects that could last for generations," said Hitendra Chand, a biomedical researcher at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. The Chand lab recently collaborated with scientists at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute to study the effects of second-hand smoke on animal models. The results were surprising. [...]

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International smuggling gangs are using the COVID-19 pandemic to expand their criminal empires by exploiting the growing demand for medical products and protective gear, according to experts in illicit trade.

And, the same networks developed to smuggle cigarettes and tobacco are now being used to perpetuate medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) fraud.

“COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have boosted all drivers of illicit trade, and criminals quickly seized opportunities and generate significant amounts of profit,” said Hernan Albamonte, head of Illicit Trade Prevention at Philip Morris International (PMI). [...]

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Thirty years ago, New Zealand dreamed a big dream – to prevent the harm and death caused by tobacco smoking. At the time, one in three adult New Zealanders – adults and youth – smoked regularly. In comparison to other health risks we face, smoking is uniquely harmful to the health of individuals, whānau, the health services and society as a whole. When used as directed by the manufacturers, up to two-thirds of people who smoke die early from smoking tobacco, and one-third of those deaths are in middle-aged people who lose, on average, more than twenty years of life.

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Recently, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic Party leaders have seemingly offered their support for marijuana legalization and decriminalization policies.

On Friday, the House passed legislation that, if enacted, would block the Department of Justice from enforcing the federal marijuana ban in states that have legalized recreational use. use.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently defended the inclusion of protections for banks that service marijuana businesses in the Democrat’s coronavirus relief legislation. [...]

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The American Lung Association is calling for an increased effort in the prevention of tobacco and e-cigarette use among Hawaiʻi’s youth. The call to action comes after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showed elevated vaping numbers among Hawaiʻi’s youth. The CDC data shows that more than half of all Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander high school students have ever tried e-cigarettes while 45 percent of middle school Pacific Islanders have said the same.

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In a desperate and dishonest ploy to keep children addicted to tobacco products, Big Tobacco has staged a last-minute, all-out assault on Senate Bill 793. Big Tobacco is now bombarding the public with propaganda attacks on legislators who support the historic legislation to ban flavored tobacco products.

One mailer sent to Sacramento County residents in recent days actually depicts Asm. Kevin McCarty of Sacramento as a supporter of tobacco. But McCarty has been fighting for years to get dangerous flavored tobacco products off of the market. [...]

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Strong evidence suggests that the national outbreak of electronic‐cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) was caused by use of vitamin E acetate in cannabis vaporizers, and not by nicotine e‐cigarettes. Nevertheless, this outbreak raises legitimate concerns about future outbreaks among nicotine e‐cigarette users, precipitated by, for example, use of e‐liquid constituents with considerable toxicity, or contamination of e‐liquids with toxic substances. [...]