Unlike other countries, Hong Kong is still indecisive about its approach to alternative tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn-products. The government is still mulling over either a comprehensive ban or specific regulations on these products.
Hong Kong-based consumer advocate factasia.org is urging the government to regulate and allow the sale of alternative tobacco products, claiming consumers have the right to choose what they buy and use.
In the latest of a series of actions to address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today launched "The Real Cost" Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign, a new, comprehensive effort aimed at educating kids about the dangers of e-cigarettes. The campaign targets nearly 10.7 million youth, aged 12-17, who have used e-cigarettes or are open to trying them, and features hard-hitting advertising on digital and social media sites popular among teens, as well as placing posters with e-cigarette [...]
Chicago will be on the leading edge of efforts to reduce e-cigarette usage if a mayoral proposal to toughen the city’s laws passes.
A City Council committee will consider a proposal Thursday that would roughly double the tax on e-cigarettes and require the devices and related products be sold from behind store counters.
The policy, introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is designed to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people.
The FDA has a regulatory dilemma on its hands with e-cigarettes. In one sense, the government might want to encourage e-cigarette use as a public health policy because if e-cigarettes replace regular cigarettes they would save lives and billions of dollars in healthcare costs. On the other hand, claims are multiplying that e-cigarettes appeal to teenagers and may serve as a gateway to real smoking, meaning that e-cigarettes worsen public health.
[...] Zero is a telemedicine-based product: Users get a personalized quitting regimen from a doctor via online visit, then the company ships them a $129-per-month “Quit Kit” containing bupropion (a medication to curb cravings) and nicotine gum. They’re also encouraged to use Zero’s app, which helps them track their progress in terms cumulative days without smoking as well as consecutive days off, and talk to their assigned physician at any time.
Canadians who invest in marijuana-related stocks, as well as those who use pot or work in the cannabis industry, could be banned from ever entering the U.S., according to a report Thursday. While pot smokers and cannabis-industry workers have previously faced the prospect of lifetime travel bans, it may be news to investors that the risk extends to them as well. [...] According to the report by Politico, border crossings could face disruptions once recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17.
Teens today are more reluctant to smoke cigarettes than their counterparts nearly three decades ago, according to a study released this summer. But parents should hold their collective sigh of relief. The study, carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), uncovered a new, troublesome trend: vaping. "We don't want youth to use devices and become addicted. That's my concern. The addiction to nicotine and conversion to cigarettes," says Roy S. Herbst, [...]
The health minister Greg Hunt has agreed to an independent inquiry into the health impacts of nicotine e-cigarettes after a concerted push in the Coalition party room over several months to legalise vaping.
Several MPs raised the issue in Tuesday’s party room meeting, saying there was widespread support within the government for making nicotine e-cigarettes legally available.
Liberal MPs have forced Health Minister Greg Hunt to commission research on the potential health benefits of e-cigarettes, just six months after a parliamentary inquiry opposed their legalisation. It is understood an “overwhelming majority” of Liberal parliamentarians now support legalising vaping and e-cigarettes as a way of helping cigarette smokers quit. Even though Mr Hunt had earlier declared legalisation would not happen — “not on my watch” — he has agreed to the compromise position of further research. [...]
A couple of Stanford engineers who had been cursed with smoking habits invented what is now the most popular smoking-cessation tool on the market — and the FDA has just declared war on it, because it looks trashy. The FDA has ordered five big players in the vaping business — JUUL, Vuse, MarkTen, blu, and Logic — to submit plans for keeping their products out of the hands of minors, giving them 60 days to do so — and threatening to take their products off the market if Washington is not satisfied.
Swiss producers of electronic cigarettes, and several retail outlets that sell such products, have agreed to a voluntary ban on the sale to minors until a Swiss law change comes into effect.
The code of conduct from the consortium of tobacco manufacturers and large retailers will come into force on October 1. Some 38 companies have previously signed up to an earlier charter from the Swiss Vape Trade Association, which also seeks to protect minors from such products.
Smokeless tobacco remains a dependable product category, with popular brands like Copenhagen, Skoal and Grizzly, a plethora of price promotions, and a solid customer base made larger by Americans transitioning from cigarettes due, in part, to the greater social acceptability of smokeless. Despite the threat of continued regulation, smokeless remains a durable part of c-store tobacco sets. According to IRI, store sales of smokeless tobacco for the 52-week period ending July 15, 2018 rose to nearly $7.2 billion, an increase of 9.06%.
Hashish, a marijuana product that’s gotten people stoned for centuries, has spawned a new generation of cannabis concentrates that are in such high demand they’re poised to become the most popular way for Americans to consume legal pot.
Dried marijuana flower buds account for the majority of sales in states where pot is legal, but concentrates are gaining ground fast, largely because of new vaping products, according to a report published Tuesday by industry consultants Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics.
Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are at increased risk of using substances such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana, a new study from Oregon State University has found. "This data shows definitively that polysubstance use is an issue among many youth who identify as sexual minorities, meaning they are facing added health risks," said Sarah Dermody, an assistant professor in the School of Psychological Science in OSU's College of Liberal Arts.
Cigarettes contain 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, which is the highly addictive component. For pregnant women who continue to smoke, some obstetricians have been prescribing nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT), such as e-cigarettes, patches and gum, with the rationale that nicotine alone is a better alternative than exposure to nicotine plus the 3,999 other chemicals in tobacco products.
Makers of smoking alternatives hit some potentially major hurdles this week in their quest to create a rival to the almighty cigarette. While Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb views tobacco products as a progression of risks, with cigarettes being the most harmful, his agency and its outside advisers dealt possible setbacks to products that deliver nicotine without cancer-causing smoke.
Shares of Altria (NYSE:MO) jumped nearly 7% on Sept. 12 after executive VP and general counsel Murray Garnick discussed the cannabis market at the Barclays 2018 Consumer Staples Conference. Garnich stated that Altria was "exploring options" and "evaluating market opportunities." That news seemed to offset a negative development regarding Altria's e-cig business. The FDA issued a warning to tobacco companies, stating that it would pull their e-cigarettes from retail shelves if they didn't make more changes to curb teen use. [...]
What cigarette do doctors says causes less throat irritation? In the 1930s and 40s, tobacco companies would happily tell you it was theirs. Doctors hadn’t yet discovered a clear link between smoking and lung cancer, and a majority of them actually smoked cigarettes. So in cigarette ads, tobacco companies used doctors’ authority to make their claims about their cigarettes seem more legitimate. To the modern-day reader, the pitching of cigarettes as healthy (even to youth and pregnant moms) [...]
More than 3 million people in Great Britain are now vaping, according to new survey data. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found an estimated 3.2 million adults in Great Britain are using electronic cigarettes, up from 700,000 just six years ago.
Vaping remains a popular choice for those looking to quit tobacco cigarettes in 2018, with 62 percent of ex-smokers who vape and 40 percent of current smokers who vape doing so to help kick the habit or stay away from tobacco.
The costs of vaping should be reduced for smokers in developing countries as an urgent “human rights issue”, researchers have told a pro-tobacco conference in London. Addressing a 300-strong audience of tobacco and vaping industry representatives, Helen Redmond, an expert in substance use at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, said people in poor countries should not be priced out of nicotine-based products that could potentially help them to quit smoking.