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James Cook University researchers are calling for cigarette price increases after they found plain packaging has moved smokers to buy cheaper cigarettes – and to consume more of them.

Associate Professor Riccardo Welters, Head of Economics and Marketing at JCU, was part of the study. He said plain packaging was implemented in Australia in December 2012.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the world and as part of an effort to diminish its effects the Australian government eliminated every form of branding and promotion of cigarettes. [...]

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On September 18, 2019, the Indian government banned e-cigarettes through the Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance, 2019. Citing health risks associated with e-cigarettes, vaping devices as the reasons for enforcing the ban.

And, now, a year later, the Association of Vapers India (AVI), an organisation that represents e-cigarette users, has urged the Centre to lift the ban. While talking to The Free Press Journal, Samrat Chowdhery, Director, AVI, explained why the reasons behind their request. "There are a number of reasons, primarily from the health perspective, but also from the economic view. [...]

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Fifteen years ago, the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force, the first global compact to systematically address the burden of tobacco related health problems. [...]

The objective of the special issue in Drugs and Alcohol Today [2] and of this “15 Years Conference” organised in its wake is to take stock of the current global tobacco control landscape, highlight the challenges in the development and delivery of effective harm reduction tools globally, and discuss the opportunities to accelerate the decline of risky tobacco use globally- without leaving anyone behind.

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With the implementation this week of Nova Scotia’s new vaping product tax it’s become clear the province is determined to destroy the industry, forcing thousands of vapers back to smoking. In this episode of RegWatch, Nova Scotia vape shop owner Margaret Preston walks viewers through the new tax and shares correspondence with government compliance officers as she seeks clarification in her struggle to keep her business afloat.

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A federal government proposal to allow pharmacies to sell smoke-free tobacco, to the exclusion of convenience stores has been condemned by the industry.

The National Retail Association (NRA) has described the proposal put forward by the government to the Therapeutic Goods Administration to consider allowing pharmacies to sell smoke-free nicotine products as the ‘worst of both worlds’ for C-stores, who are heavily reliant on tobacco sales. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said allowing pharmacies to sell the products would create a monopoly, to the detriment of small convenience retailers.

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Traditional cigarette sales continued to slump, with more consumers opting for lower-priced options rather than top brands during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report out Wednesday.

Overall sales volume for traditional cigarettes was down 2.2% for the four-week period that ended Sept. 5. "Given ongoing uncertainties around federal government stimulus, we are interested to see what the potential impact may be on the nicotine category," Goldman Sachs analyst Bonnie Herzog said.

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Liquid-type e-cigarettes are expected to become more expensive in South Korea from next year as the government seeks to double the special tax on the type due to fairness issues.

The Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare said Tuesday that the Cabinet has approved the plan to revise the national health promotion law, which would allow the government to impose 1,050 won ($0.90) special health tax on liquid-type e-cigarettes per 1 milliliter(mL), doubled from 525 won per mL.

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People who smoke are increasingly using e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

The researchers found that between 2016 and 2018 the level of awareness, as well as the use of e-cigarettes, increased among smokers and those who had recently quit smoking. The principal investigator of the study, Professor Richard Edwards from the University’s Department of Public Health, says e-cigarette use was most common among those aged 18-24 years and among those who had recently quit smoking.

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With regards to the part pertaining to cannabis, the amended measures expand Louisiana’s medical marijuana program. This now allows doctors to recommend the substance to any patient or medical condition they believe it would help. Therefore, any limits/restrictions on what conditions doctors may recommend marijuana for have been lifted.

Additionally, new restrictions have been set in case with regards to vaping in cars. State law already prohibited drivers and passengers from smoking combustible tobacco products in a vehicle with a child inside. The new law has rightly expanded this regulation to include vaping.

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Are electronic cigarettes a safe alternative to smoking?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says no, but China’s largest e-cigarette brand Relx Technology thinks more research could prove otherwise.
“E-cigarettes are sometimes viewed with suspicion because we have incomplete knowledge,” said Relx co-founder and head of R&D and supply chain Wen Yilong. The company unveiled a new bioscience laboratory on Thursday to study the health effects of vaping.

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A national plan aiming to protect people from secondhand smoke in 63 cities and 63 villages over the course of five years has just piloted in the central city of Qom.

Following Article 8 of the Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization to protect people from tobacco use and reduce its side effects, Iran declared Qom city as the country's first “tobacco-free city”.

This five-year program will eventually launch in 63 cities and 63 selected villages of the country, however, it is probably can cover the whole cities, Behzad Valizadeh, head of the National Secretariat of Tobacco Control said.

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The vast majority of Twitter users who vape with JUUL e-cigarettes are not using the devices to stop smoking or to improve their health [...] The researchers say this finding, which challenges JUUL's stated mission of improving smokers' lives, could help hone anti-smoking and vaping efforts targeted at Twitter users, particularly underage teens.

Based on their manual analysis of more than 4,000 tweets, the scientists concluded that only 1% of Twitter users mentioned JUUL as a smoking cessation method and scarcely 7% referred to any potential health benefits of using the vaping devices.

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Professor Gerry Stimson is a British public health social scientist, emeritus professor at Imperial College London from 2014, and an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 2017.

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When Philip Morris International (PMI) reacted to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a modified risk tobacco product marketing order for its proprietary IQOS heat-not-burn product, it heralded it as a broader public health victory. The FDA confirmed that IQOS eliminates a traditional cigarette’s burning characteristics by heating the tobacco sticks to a vapor aerosol.

This product is said to significantly reduce the production of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals adding that the company was able to demonstrate that IQOS reduces a human body’s exposure to toxic substances, [...]

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Amid all the bad news of the COVID-19 pandemic, one bright spot was the relative resilience of young people. Then came a survey of more than 4,000 people aged 13 to 24 conducted in May: Users of e-cigarettes were five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than non-users. 

Since one in five 18- to 29-year-olds reports vaping regularly, the link to COVID-19 triggered a call in Congress for the FDA to clear e-cigarette products from the market for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. 

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Hangsen Technology, located in Shenzhen, China, is a division of Hong Kong-based Hangsen Holding Co., Ltd. The company has manufactured e-liquid in facilities around the world since 2009.

Hangsen will launch SYN NIcotine—which is created with lab chemicals, rather than extracted from tobacco plants—in North America soon. Synthetic nicotine is not a new concept; other companies also manufacture tobacco-free nicotine, and it has been used commercially in a few vaping products.

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A industry consultation on how to approach regulating flavoured vaping products in Saskatchewan is underway.

A letter obtained by Global News asks stakeholders for comment “to determine how flavoured vapour products will be regulated in Saskatchewan.” The letter, sent by the Ministry of Health, notes that while a number of vaping regulations came into force earlier this year, legislation pertaining specifically to flavoured products was left out. At the time, Health Minister Jim Reiter called those regulations “step one” and indicated more consultation was needed before addressing flavoured products.

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The Russian Ministry of Finance has found a way to cover the costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic and has prepared a draft amendment to the Tax Code, RBC writes.

The agency has planned to increase excise rates on cigarettes, tobacco products and e-cigarettes by 20 percent in 2021 compared to current rates. The Ministry of Finance’s document was approved at the commission on legislative activity [...]

The current version of the Tax Code provides for an increase in the rate of excise taxes on cigarettes, tobacco and nicotine-containing products, and e-cigarettes by 4 percent from 2021.

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Heated tobacco products (HTP) are often touted as less harmful alternatives to smoking cigarettes [...] While cigarettes and HTPs produce a similar-looking cloud during use, it’s important to note that the emissions from the two products are not the same. PMI’s lead of scientific and medical affairs Dr Markus Nordlund stated that cigarette smoke generated at high temperatures during combustion contains solid particles (soot), liquid droplets, and thousands of chemicals, 100 of which are recognised as harmful or potentially harmful by health authorities.

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The emergence of new consumer tobacco and nicotine products, notably electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products, has produced controversy and confusion. This is partly because the two products are often conflated, not least by Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company. With global sales of cigarettes inexorably declining, the company’s future now depends on IQOS, its flagship heated tobacco product.

Yet e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are quite different. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco but heat nicotine-containing liquids to produce an inhalable aerosol. [...]