San Francisco cares about your health – so much so that they outright banned the sale of e-cigarettes in 2020. As usual for SF, the ultra-progressive city sought to be a leader in the fight against electronic cigarettes, issuing one of the most stringent measures taken in the U.S. However, a recent study shows that the measure was probably a costly mistake. After all, the very bans enforced by the city may well have ended up doing more harm than good.
Customs police in Finland are reporting they are seizing a record number of counterfeit snus imports. Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered that snus use can reverse the chance of developing oral cancer. Meanwhile, Bengt Wiberg’s Snus Revolution has published its latest podcast – an interview with Doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos.
The Food and Drug Administration has notified JUUL Labs that its Premarket Tobacco Product applications for its e-cigarette device and nicotine cartridges will undergo a "substantive scientific review", according to an announcement by the company on Tuesday.
JUUL Labs filed the applications last month in an effort to continue to sell its e-cigarette products despite scrutiny over its impact on underage children.
Highly addictive fruit-flavoured e-cigarettes which have caused a "public health crisis" among children in America are now making their way to the UK. The flavoured e-cigarettes boast colourful cartoon-like packaging and come in varieties including mango, grape and pink lemonade. Others flavours include bubblegum, butterscotch and kookie crunch. The sweet flavours were banned by Donald Trump’s government in January after 13 deaths were blamed on e-cigs and studies revealed a quarter of US high school pupils were vaping in 2019. [...]
For the first time in weeks, South Africans are allowed to buy alcohol and cigarettes as the government relaxes lockdown restrictions introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Long queues of eager customers formed outside shops just hours after the new rules came into effect.
The government said it had eased the lockdown because South Africa was seeing a decline in coronavirus cases.
More than 500,000 infections and 11,000 deaths related to Covid-19 have been reported in the country.
While snus remains widely banned in the UK and across the EU, in response to a question about the product by a representative of the Department of Health, the UK government said that they may “..consider in due course reviewing the position on snus.” A recent study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has found that Camel Snus is relatively as effective as nicotine gum in helping smokers quit smoking. [...]
A common green apple vape flavor enhances nicotine reward, which could heighten reward and drug-seeking behavior, according to researchers at Marshall University.
Of the more than 7,000 available flavored vape chemicals, only a handful have been studied. In a new study recently published in eNeuro [...] the team of Marshall University researchers, [...] identified that the flavorant farnesene in green apple e-cigarettes triggers reward-related behavior by promoting high-sensitivity nAChRs in the ventral tegmental area.
Tasmanian smokers and the health system would save big dollars if vaping using nicotine was legalised, a retail group says.
The Australian Retail Vaping Industry Association (ARVIA) has also suggested Tasmania could gain new businesses and jobs if it was the first jurisdiction to make the move, with much of an estimated $438 million per year spent overseas by Australian vapers being spent in Tasmania.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government not to entertain any suggestion to reduce tobacco taxes.
The authorities must remember that Malaysia is a party to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), ratifying it in 2005. As such Malaysia should abide by WHO FCTC Article 6, which requires the countries to “implement the simplest and most efficient system that meets their public health and fiscal needs”.
Taxing tobacco is the most effective way to discourage smoking. [...]
The Spanish region of Galicia has effectively banned smoking in public places over concerns it increases the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
It issued a blanket ban on smoking in the street and in public places, such as restaurants and bars, if social distancing is not possible.
The north-western region is the first to introduce such a measure, but the Canary Islands has since followed suit.
This segment of What’s Ahead tackles the mortally misbegotten campaign against electronic cigarettes. The attacks are factually false. Contrary to the antivaping narrative, e-cigarettes are the best, least harmful way for smokers to give up tobacco. By discouraging smokers from switching to e-cigarettes, antivapers are consigning hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of people to painful, premature death. [...]
In a previous post, I described how, through the use of statistical hocus pocus, anti-vaping interest have exported the great American vape panic to nations around the world. But the misuse of survey data is far from the only rabbit those seeking to ban nicotine vapor products can pull out of their hat. In this post, I discuss another approach employed by anti-vaping activists, one that is arguably much more dangerous: morality.
While advertising affects and influences a person' behaviour, recent research has discovered one such effect of vaping among the youngsters. In the study, researchers are raising the alarm about the increase of vaping among teenagers and how e-cigarette marketing strategies target youth.
Assistant Professor Laura Struik, who teaches in UBC Okanagan's School of Nursing, recently published a paper examining why teens take up vaping and whether advertising capitalises on those reasons. The research was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
In this fourth episode of our second season, Gregory Conley speaks out about his concerns related to a recent letter U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi sent to the Food and Drug Administration commissioner Stephen Hahn asking him to clear the market of all e-cigarette products during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. is using deep discounts and a wide-ranging marketing campaign to grab a bigger share of the U.S. e-cigarette market while rival Juul Labs Inc. is under fire from regulators.
Unit sales of Reynolds’ Vuse e-cigarettes are surging, fueled by price promotions, TV spots, billboards and social-media posts. The brand is hiring musicians and artists for videos in which they design skins that wrap around Vuse devices. The company is selling its Vuse Alto vaporizers for 99 cents apiece. [...]
Smokers may be at risk of having their efforts to quit smoking derailed as new Government legislation conflicts with current COVID-19 restrictions.
New legislation passed last week will significantly restrict the range of vaping products available to the public through dairies and service stations in the coming weeks.
At the same time, speciality vaping stores are not considered an essential service provider during a Level 4 lockdown.
Nabhik Gupta, spokesperson for NZ owned Shosha the country’s largest retailer of e-cigarettes says weeks under lockdown can place additional stress on smokers.
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D–Ill.), who chairs the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, wants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban e-cigarettes as a COVID-19 hazard. He cites a new study that supposedly shows "e-cigarette users are much likelier to be diagnosed with COVID-19 and to experience symptoms." But contrary to what you may have read, that is not what the study actually found.
Samrat Chowdhery has been a journalist for two decades with stints in mainline newspapers in India. He leads the consumer movement for lower-risk alternatives in the country and is involved in tobacco harm reduction advocacy since 2014, building grassroots resistance to anti-THR policies through consultations with authorities and stakeholders, identifying and seeding research opportunities and creating awareness about THR through public dialogues.
California’s tobacco research mob, obsessed with youth vaping and hell-bent on enacting total vaping bans, has a devious, three-step strategy. Hunt for a link between vaping and a disease, publish studies based on junk science to “prove” the association, then create a panic that ends in more restrictions or outright prohibition.
This is precisely what happened with 2019’s misnamed “E-cigarette or Vaping Product-Use Associated Lung Injury” (EVALI) outbreak, as Filter reported. No link was ever found between vaping nicotine and lung injuries, but the panic unleashed by the Centers for Disease Control [...]
There have been calls from certain quarters to reduce taxes on legal cigarettes in Malaysia. However, this unorthodox or paradoxical sounding measure does not seem to be a viable measure to resolve the country’s illegal cigarette trade or protect the people’s well-being.
To put things in perspective, there are two different tax structures for domestic and imported cigarettes in Malaysia. Excise tax per stick is levied on locally produced cigarettes sold in the country, while import duty is levied on imported cigarettes.