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According to a Rutgers-led national survey, most doctors misperceive the risks of nicotine, the addictive chemical in tobacco products. "Physicians must understand the actual risk of nicotine use as they are critical in the prescription and recommendation of FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy products to help patients who use other dangerous forms of tobacco," said Michael B. Steinberg, director of the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program [...] "Doctors should be able to accurately communicate these risks, which may include low-nicotine cigarettes, which are not safer than traditional cigarettes."

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Children who are exposed to tobacco have higher rates of hospital admissions after visiting emergency departments or urgent care facilities, according to a new study by University of Cincinnati researchers. The study, set to be published in October in Pediatric Research and currently available online, found that tobacco smoke exposure also increased the risk of pediatric patients having respiratory-related procedures performed while in the emergency department, as well as medications prescribed.

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It’s only been one day since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s anti-vaping regulation went into effect and already the FDA has informed some stakeholders that their Premarket Tobacco Applications have been received and accepted for review by the regulator.
Is there truly a glimmer of hope for the survival of the U.S. vaping industry or do vapers have a dark future to face?

If there’s anyone who might know the answers, it’s Dimitris Agrafiotis a.k.a. the VapinGreek. He’s a globally known vaping advocate and executive director of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association. [...]

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Philip Morris International Korea expects that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s designation of IQOS, its heat-not-burn tobacco, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) will prompt a change in the local tobacco regulations.

The FDA grants MRTP status to products that have demonstrated that is expected to benefit the population's health in general by reducing harmful or potentially harmful chemicals, PMI Korea said.

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Under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, the PMTA regulatory pathway is a mandatory process that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must enforce due to the need to protect the public health in the most scientifically-focused manner possible. The PMTA deadline was initially well-intentioned, but the law turned into a morass of bureaucratic red-tape that truly places innocent lives at risk. But, what happened to the so-called transparency of government and the equitable treatment of people, services, goods, and beliefs under the banner of tolerance and freedom?

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According to the document, as of October 1st, Russian authorities may be launching a study looking into the effectiveness of labeling tobacco products for tobacco heating devices, as well as tobacco-free hookah smoking mixtures. [...]

Earlier this year, a member of the Public Chamber Sultan Khamzaev had appealed to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to limit the operation of hookah bars until the end of the year due to the coronavirus epidemic. According to Khamzaev, a temporary ban should be set in place in order to reduce the spread of infection in the fall.

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Women and children exposed to tobacco are more likely than men to develop coronary heart disease over their lifetimes — as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Additionally, exposure to tobacco through smoking or passive smoking imposes female-specific health concerns for women and children. Pregnant women and their unborn babies are also at risk of tobacco harm.

Men remain the majority of smokers: the 2016 South African Demographics Survey shows that more men smoke than women, with 8% of women older than 15 using tobacco products, while 37% of men do. [...]

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The first point of contact for Germans who are seeking advice on switching to an alternative to combustible cigarettes is a general medical practitioner, a pharmacist or a dentist. However, according to a survey that was conducted by the market research institute Psyma on behalf of PMI’s German subsidiary, Philip Morris GmbH (PMG), more than half of German dentists feel that they struggle to provide advice to their patients about alternative tobacco products, owing to a lack of information.

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Teenagers’ e-cigarette use declined this year, according to an influential annual survey, marking a positive trend that health officials say still leaves the number of users too high.

In 2020, 19.6% of high-school students and 4.7% of middle-school students said they vaped, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, [...] “Although the decline in e-cigarette use among our nation’s youth is a notable public health achievement, our work is far from over,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a statement. About 3.6 million youths reported using e-cigarettes within the prior 30 days, down from 5.4 million in the 2019 survey.

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The number of Americans using electronic cigarettes is soaring, especially among youth, a new study finds.
Nearly 14 million U.S. adults vaped in 2018, up from just over 11 million adults in 2016. The increase was seen in all socioeconomic groups, the researchers found.

"An increasing number of individuals are using e-cigarettes, especially in the younger age groups, which suggests that more individuals are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes rather than just experimenting with them, making the increased uptake among tobacco-naive individuals even more concerning," said lead researcher Dr. Olufunmilayo Obisesan. [...]

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 because it would have also banned the sale of flavored liquid nicotine products used in vaping.

The Republican governor said in the veto letter released Tuesday night that federal law already raised the age to buy tobacco to 21, but said that hundreds of thousands of Floridians vape as a lower risk alternative to smoking. “This legislation would almost assuredly lead more people to resume smoking cigarettes and it would drive others to the hazardous black market,” DeSantis wrote, [...]

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The most recent study, led by scientists from Australia’s University of Technology Sydney, indicates that smoking may increase the genetic contribution to Covid-19 infections.

 

The new coronavirus enters the body by hijacking proteins on the surface of healthy cells, in particular a protein called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).

In adult lungs, just three cigarettes can increase the activity of genes with the information for building ACE2, according to an international research team led by Dr Alen Faiz.

Dr Faiz told Reuters that ACE2 levels were lower in people who had stopped smoking for more than a month.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The the e-cigarette industry remains unregulated in Malaysia and experts believe it is imperative for proper and effective regulation of the sector.

This will raise the standards of products in the market, provide quality assurances to users, and complement the government's long-term goal of reducing tobacco consumption.

RELX Technology, Asia's leading e-cigarette manufacturer, has also expressed strong support for regulations of the industry.

"Reasonable regulations, especially on product standards, protect the interests of consumers," RELX regional director of external affairs Eddie Chew said.

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Conducted every three years for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the leading survey of licit and illicit drug use in Australia, asked 22,274 people aged 14 and above, about their drug use patterns, attitudes and behaviours. The sample was based on households, so people who were homeless or institutionalized were not included in the survey. The latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey indicated that between 2016 and 2019, vaping increased in all age groups but most notably among young adults. However most importantly, the survey highlighted a relationship between vaping uptake and smoking cessation, [...]

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s anti-vaping regulation takes effect today Wednesday, September 9, and promises to deliver a lethal blow to the U.S. vaping industry.

Guy Bentley, Dir. of Consumer Freedom at the Reason Foundation joins RegWatch to discuss the impact of the industry killing Premarket Tobacco Application Process; how the FDA’s anti-vaping regulation forces winners and losers; and why “clear the market” is an extraordinary response.

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Vaping Weekly Returns, this episode, returns with a brand new full-length interview between host Michael McGrady and Alex Clark of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association as they discuss the upcoming Sept. 9 deadline for the Premarket Tobacco Product Applications regulatory pathway in the United States of America. We are independent of big tobacco.

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The Chicago City Council [...] delivered a win for kids over the tobacco industry by voting 46-4 to prohibit the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes. This legislation is a critical step to help end the worsening youth e-cigarette epidemic and stop e-cigarettes from addicting a generation of kids. This action comes at a critical time as a recent study, highlighted in The New York Times, found that young people who vape are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

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People who smoke socially are more than twice as likely to die of lung disease and more than eight times as likely to die of lung cancer than non-smokers, a study suggests.

The research shows that the risk of lung cancer death for “social smokers” – those who smoke fewer than 10 cigarettes per day – is not substantially lower than those who smoke more than 20 a day.

According to the researchers, their 17-year-long study suggests that cutting down, or combining fewer cigarettes with vaping, is no substitute for quitting.

The research was by Dr Pallavi Balte and Dr Elizabeth Oelsner [...]

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Electronic cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking but are not risk-free, a report from the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products, and the Environment (COT) has concluded.

COT, which is made up of independent experts, was commissioned to produce a report by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to review electronic nicotine delivery systems and devices that use an e-liquid that does not contain any nicotine.

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After Sept. 9, 2020, the only vaping products that can be legally sold in the United States will be products approved for marketing by the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, or submitted to the agency and accepted for further review. The submission process is called a Premarket Tobacco Application, or PMTA. [...]

How the PMTA deadline will affect the lives of vapers and the businesses that serve them has been the subject of a lot of speculation, starting when the PMTA deadline was first announced in 2016. [...]